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May 27, 2016


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The San Pedro Sun

Blackadore Caye Development updates media on development plans
Blackadore Caye, a private island located west of Ambergris Caye, is about to go through a major restoration process under the expertise of a development team. The first public consultation held on January 14th regarding the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the development of the island did not sit well with locals. Thus, the Blackadore Caye Development team invited the local media corp for a visit to the island on Thursday, May 26th for an onsite tour and informative session on the development. The group is comprised of local and international professionals, and is in the process of completing consultations prior to completing their second EIA, which will be then presented at a public consultation on Ambergris Caye.

Team Caribeña Enterprises wins Inter-office 6-A-Side Marathon
The San Pedro Sports Committee held an Inter-office 6-A-Side football marathon from Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 22nd at the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex. A total of 20 teams registered with players from different businesses around the island. The games took place every night at 7PM, and after each night of tight games a number of teams were eliminated. After two days of heated matches, Team Caribeña Enterprises walked away with the victory, after defeating the Team Rain Restaurant with a final score of 3-1. The marathon was a warm up for the upcoming Inter-office 6-A-Side football tournament that will officially open on Friday, May 27th. Games start at 7PM sharp at the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex.

Another sailing win for SPR’s Kevin Velasquez
San Pedro Racers’ Kevin Velasquez has taken the first place title in yet another national ranking regatta in the 2016 sailing season. Velasquez earned his second big win of 2016 during the 4th Annual Placencia Sailing Regatta on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd. With 17 registered sailors from across the country, the Placencia Sailing Regatta was an exciting one, testing Belize’s young sailors’ skills in maneuvering her waters. With the regatta being one of five races that determines which sailors will participate in the National Champions Regatta (BIZ16) at the end of the sailing season, all top sailing clubs entered participants. Participating clubs included the Belize Sea Scouts (BSS), Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC), Placencia Sailing Club (PSC), San Pedro Racers (SPR) and the San Pedro Sailing Club (SPSC).

Inspiration Center to host its biggest fundraiser yet
2The Inspiration Center (IC), an outpatient rehabilitation center in Belize City that aids children with disabilities, will be hosting its biggest fundraiser on Saturday, June 18th at Mahogany Bay Village from 7PM to 11PM. This charity event serves to help sustain the services that the IC provides. Tickets are $150 BZ and may be purchased at El Fogon, Ramon’s Village, and Rum & Bean. The dress code is (WHITE) island casual attire. A buffet dinner will be served, and Rock and Roll band The Tequilla Shooters, will perform live music. All proceeds benefit the Inspiration Center.

11th Annual Reef Week ends with a bang!
The 11th Annual Northern Reef Week culminated on Sunday, May 22nd with a series of activities that included the annual Reef Triathlon. Island athletes of all ages converged at the Boca Del Rio Park for an intense morning of swimming, and running. Organized by San Pedro Town Council Sports Coordinator Kent “Bob” Gabourel and Mariela Archer of Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the triathlon was divided into three categories: juniors, female and seniors. At the end of the competition, there was a tie and the competitors, Jordan Santos, Brandon Santos, and Eric Donis were willing to share the prize. The junior category saw boys under the age of 12 taking on the arduous competition. The young athletes swam about 20 yards in the Boca Del Rio channel, then ran all the way to Wet Willy’s Dock and back to Boca Del Rio Park. Taking first place was McLeish Lambey. In a close second was Adrian Cobo, while Kyle Jacobs finished off in third. In the female category, sisters Amy Requeña and Karina Requeña swam two laps from the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge to the mouth of Boca Del Rio. They then ran one lap from Boca Del Rio Park to Wet Willy’s Dock and back. Amy came in first place, followed by her sister Karina. There were the only participants in the female division.

Blackadore Caye Development team
On Thursday, May 26th, the Blackadore Caye Development team invited the media corp for a visit to the island. As part of the visit, a presentation was given on the current status of the development of the island, including an update on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as well as the concept for Blackadore Caye - A Restorative Island Resort.

Dr. Boumerhi and his family give back to San Pedro
During the month of April, Dr. Pierre Boumerhi from Pennsylvania, USA spearheaded a team of dentists who for one week, from Monday, April 18th through Friday, April 22nd, provided free dental services at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. Besides providing their valuable service, the group also donated a large quantity of dental supplies and equipment to the Polyclinic. During his time as a volunteer, Dr. Boumerhi was captivated by the charm of La Isla Bonita and on Wednesday, May, 18th he returned to Ambergris Caye for a short vacation with his family, and taking advantage of their getaway, brought boxes full of donations for the island. The donations included clothing, footwear and even sporting supplies such as footballs for the island’s young football players. Welcoming them to the island was Laurie Norton from the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch. She assisted them with the initial donation process during their first days in San Pedro. After getting familiar with the town, they took it upon themselves to distribute some of the items during the football games at the Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex, while the rest of the donations went to the San Pedro Food Bank.

SPHC presents the History of the Fishing Industry in San Pedro
The San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) has launched a new exhibit showcasing the history of the fishing industry in San Pedro. The exhibition, which hallmarks the founding industry for the island, was revealed on Thursday, May 19th as part of Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s Reef Fair. Among the old photographs of local fishermen and fishing equipment artifacts, the SPHC highlighted the various types of fishing methods used, and how it benefited the community throughout the years. Some photos even date back as far as 75 years ago when Ambergris Caye was nothing more than an island inhabited by approximately two families. Reef Week House of Culture Exhibit-4One of the key purposes of the exhibit is to show the community and visitors how San Pedro fishermen went from net fishing, spear fishing, and other sustainable fishing methods used today. The SPHC invites the community to visit the exhibition and see the many generations of fisher folk in San Pedro. The House of Culture is located on Angel Coral Street and is open Mondays to Fridays from 9AM to 5PM.

Ambergris Today

Ministry of Health Confirms Second Zika Case in Pregnant Woman
A press release from Belize’s Ministry of Health states that it has received another confirmed case of Zika in the country by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The case is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Health staff as the patient is a pregnant woman. This patient is from the Cayo District. The case was picked up through the heightened and strengthened vector borne disease and vaccine preventable disease surveillance, which now includes the monitoring of Zika, currently underway across the country.

Belize/Guatemala Ministers Commit to Peace and Good Faith on Bilateral Agenda
On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit held by the United Nations Secretary General, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala, Hon. Wilfred Elrington and Mr. Carlos Raúl Morales, and in the presence of Magdalena Talamas, Representative of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), held a working meeting in the City of Istanbul, Turkey on the 23 and 24 May 2016, and discussed several issues under their bilateral agenda.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Renal Failure Prevention Project
Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin hosting first meeting today with Taiwanese delegation on "Renal Failure Prevention Project" at the Ministry of Health offices in Belmopan.

Walk for a Green Belize 2016
In commemoration of World Environment Day 2016, the Department of the Environment (DOE), the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) and the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) conducted the “Walk for a Green Belize” 2016. This event was held on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 and involved cleaning both sides of the George Price Highway from Belize City to Benque Viejo del Carmen. An estimated 785 (33 to 55 gallon-sized) bags of garbage were collected yielding a weight of approximately 9,806.56 pounds of garbage! The Walk For A Green Belize clean-up activity was conducted by several organizations, students, activists, both government and non-government agencies, and the general public. The Secretariat for the “Walk for a Green Belize” initiative extends heartfelt gratitude to all the participants and sponsors of the event and we look forward to your support and participation in the “Walk for a Green Belize” 2017.

EDUCATION MONTH: SCHOOL VISITS 2016
Education is definitely the key to success, and as a part of Education Month, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Councilor Ruben Gonzalez, and members from the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) visited the San Pedro High School, Holy Cross Anglican School, Ambergris Caye Elementary School, Isla Bonita Elementary School, New Horizon Seventh-day Adventist School, and the San Pedro Roman Catholic School. The initial purpose for the Mayor’s visit was to emphasize the importance of education and to assist schools in renovating, improving, or aiding all schools visited.

Gemini Fete
THIS Saturday CAYE CAULKER: ‪‎DJH6‬ N ‪HARLEMYOUTHS. Get your ticket, Rent a boat, FLY* Maya Island Air/ Tropic Air. Don't swim..

Mother's Day Extravaganza 2016
The SISE Town Council had a great Mother's Day Extravaganza, and they gave away loads of prizes to many of the moms that attended. They had live music and entertainment for the special event, which was held at the Cayo Welcome Center. Thanks, SISE Town Council!

Cayo Art Collection 2016
The SISE House of Culture is calling all Cayo artisans to submit are for the 2016 Cayo Art Collection, which will launch on the 28th of July. "The Cayo Art Collection 2016 is coming up in July, giving Artists an opportunity to Exhibit/showcase their Art Work. For more information or to register, please contact SISE House of Culture (NICH)."

Documenting the flora and fauna of the Chiquibul Forest
Video/film producers contracted by the Selva Maya Programme prepare to document the flora and fauna of the Chiquibul Forest from the Tower at Las Cuevas Research Station. According to Dr. Jennie Garcia-Saqui the video will intend to capture the importance of the Maya Forest.

Rotary Orthopedic Clinic
The Rotary Club of Belmopan is doing their annual Orthopedic Clinics, and they'll be in Cayo on Monday, June 20th, at La Loma Luz in the morning, and at the Western Regional Hospital in the evening. Thanks, Rotary! "The Rotary Club of Belmopan, in collaboration with the Illinois Rotary District 6510 and WPP, announces its annual Orthopedic Clinic, for the Belize Children's Program, with Orthopedic Surgeon from St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Coles L'Hommedieu. We see children (up to age 18) who are in need of orthopedic care suffering from neck, spine, shoulder, arm, elbow, hand, hip, leg, knee, foot and other types of bone problems and abnormalities"

Cayo Honey Day 2016
The Cayo Quality Honey Producers Cooperative is having their Honey Day on Saturday at the Cayo Welcome Center. It goes from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and there will be samples, educational displays, games, and cooking demonstrations. The Beekeeping Forum is Friday, May 27th.

Belize Security Forces Commonwealth Sovereignty Parade
This Monday, the US Embassy Security Cooperation Office and the Military Liaison Office attended the Belize Security Forces Commonwealth Sovereignty Parade at the MCC park. The parade had members of the Belize Defence Force, Belize Police Officers and Agents, Belize Coast Guard, Belize Defence Force Band, ROTC, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to name a few.

Channel 7

Notorious "El Diablo" Executed in Paraiso
A man was shot and killed on the main road in Paraiso village in the Corozal district this evening. It happened around 5:00 pm, and according to unofficial reports, the victim is 44 year old Delmar Javier Guerra, better known as El Diablo, a notorious figure from San Joaquin. Reports from Paraiso say that Guerra was driving a white minivan when he pulled up at a home in the village where he regularly washes his clothes. But before he could get out of the van, two men pulled up on a motorcycle and shot him. Residents report hearing as many as 10 shots - on the scene police put down 9 markers. The shooters sped off, and when residents came out to see what was the commotion they saw the bullet riddled van - we saw 5 bullet holes in the windshield. They opened it, and Guerra was still alive inside while his revolver fell out of the van - he may have pulled that weapon to try and defend himself. Residents in the area tried to rush him to the hospital but he died on the way.

Behind The Blackadore Curtain
We first reported on Blackadore Caye in 2005. That's when reports were that Hollywood Mega star Leonardo Di Caprio had bought the 104 acre private island off the coast of Ambergris Caye. In the 11 years intervening, much has been said about Blackadore, but little done - and today the Caye remains undeveloped, like a pregnant promise that just never delivered. And why is that? Well the media was invited out to the caye today to find out why Blackadore is a beautiful and odd mystery:... Looking at Blackadore Caye from it's coast line, a fly over of its land mass, or from its malformed beaches, you might be tempted to view it as just another island paradise waiting to be developed into a pricey tourist getaway. But, the biologists hired by the intended developers of the Blackadore Caye project say that it's a location under ecological pressures, both man-made, and by nature.

Broken Tie Rod Causes Woman's Death
A traffic accident in the North yesterday claimed the life of 55 year old Elba Gongora, a resident of Orange Walk Town. It happened around 4:30 when Gongora, accompanied by two others, was driving a rented Kia Sportage on the San Felipe Road. Near the entrance to the village, Gongora lost control and flipped several times. Elba Gongora was flung out of the vehicle in the process. She sustained severe injuries and died on the spot. But just what caused the vehicle to flip in the first place? Well police believe that a broken "tie-rod" might have been the source of the problem. The deputy commander of Orange Walk Police Inspector Nicholas Palomo told us more. Insp. Nicholas Palomo, Deputy OC, Orange Walk Police: "Upon our arrival, on the left side of the road, police observed a blue KIA Sportage with an Orange Walk license plate with extensive damages. The windshield was broken and at the top of the KIA was damaged; the front bumper was off. About 3 feet from the KIA Sportage there was the lifeless body of a female who was later identified as Elda Gongora, a resident of Belize Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town. Initial investigations was that Miss Gongora was travelling from the direction of Orange Walk heading to San Felipe. Upon reaching the curve, she lost control of the vehicle and flipped several times."

Who Knocked Out Knox
Yesterday you heard Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams respond to the questions posed to him regarding the medical status of 19 year Zacharia Knox. As you may recall, he is the one being accused of attempting to shoot ACP Chester Williams during a high-speed chase that turned into a deadly stare down. Knox allegedly fired 3 shots at Williams but missed. Somehow, after that, he ended up at the Hospital in a critical condition. Yesterday when the question was brought up to ACP Williams, he simply told us he didn't know. But Knox remains at the hospital in a very bad condition. Today a close friend of his shared some pictures of his injuries and told us that Knox wanted to tell his side of the story. But just how he intends to do that we don't know, because he remains under police guard. The images that were shared with us show multiple abrasions, lacerations and bruises - clearly indicating someone who endured a punishing full body beatdown.

Alrick's Alleged Attacker Gets Bail
Two alleged Ladyville shooters got Supreme Court bail today. The first is 29-year-old Shane Bahadur. He is accused of shooting at Alrick Smith and later on he was charged with attempted murder and wounding. Well today in court, Bahadur was able to go home after he met his $10,000 bail. But he must still follow certain conditions: he has to report to the Ladyville police station twice a week, and he must not interfere with the victims. The shooting happened on Friday May 6th. Smith was outside his house with his now deceased brother in law Lionel Rhamdas when Bahadur and another man allegedly opened fire on them, hitting Smith in the leg.

Prado Remains Behind Bars, Got Bail Didn't Meet It
The other alleged shooter is 19 year old Darwin Prado. He was involved in the Lozano home shootout on May 16th. Today in court he was also granted bail, his one for $15,000 but he was unable to meet it. Since Prado could not pay the bail he was taken back to prison. Prado, along with 18 year old Egbert Baldwin were both charged with several offenses ranging from wounding to attempted murder. This is after the crazy shootout on Marage Road that left 3 men from the Lozano home injured and Lionel Rhamdas dead. Prado and Baldwin go back to court on August 15th.

Teenaged Arsonist Terrorizing LADYVILLE Residents
A wild car-burning teenager is on the loose in Ladyville. Police had caught the 13 year old boy who was behind the recent vehicle fires, but he escaped yesterday. In the past 2 weeks, two Ladyville residents have reported that they woke up to find their vehicles torched. Apparently the boy lurks around at night in Ladyville and just sets cars on fire. Today Assistant Commissioner of Police for Eastern Division Edward Broaster told us more about this mischievous boy and how they plan to recapture him. ACP Edward Broaster - OC, Easter Division Rural: "We arrested a juvenile who is no more than 13 years old, who has confessed to the burning of two vehicles for no apparent reasons. Unfortunately last night or I should say early this morning when he asked for a bathroom break, he forced his way through an opening of the window and made good his escape. So we are now searching for him and that matter we will be dealing with."

Police Connect the Dots in Recent Ladyville Murders
So while police are on the lookout for the teenaged arsonist, they still continue to investigate the links between the recent Ladyville shootings. The latest update is that police had found a gun in the Ladyville area that is believed to be the one used to kill Lionel Rhamdas during the Lozano house shootout. Well, to add to that piece of evidence, the shells found at Merkel Pitts' April Murder scene, the ones found after Lloyd Robateau was executed in the Japan area and the ones found at the Lozano home shootout, were all fired from the same gun. But while more elements are coming together, they still don't bring police that much closer to solving these cases because although they have the gun and matched shells, they still need to find the shooters. Police told us more today.

Senator Ashley Supported S.I.
The Sarstoon S.I is history; it was rescinded earlier this week. And while all anyone heard were the criticisms of it, there was a not so vocal section of the populace who supported the measure. Senator for the council of churches Ashley Rocke is one of them. Today he told the media that it was necessary:... Hon. Ashley Rocke, Church Senator: "As a senator I did not see the issue. The thing I saw was that the Prime Minister had a responsibility to make sure that he did all he could do to prevent whatever incident could have happened there with the Belizean people. I think writing the SI was one of the ways that, if you were thinking of another way, that would have been the best way to do with the understanding that that is not ultimately going to restrict Belizeans from going to the Sarstoon, but was going to quench the obvious disquiet that was there."

CWU And Port (Authority, Not, "Of Belize") Sign CBA
The Christian Workers union has taken all kinds of flak for failing to make any breakthrough in its collective bargaining negotiations with the private Port of Belize. And while that negotiation trudges on, tonight the Union is proudly proclaiming that it has signed an agreement with the Belize Port Authority - which is a statutory body. 48 CWU Members employed at the Port will get a 12% increase in salaries. The CWU also signed a collective agreement with the Central Bank of Belize. According to a press release, 106 CWU Members at the Central Bank will get a 5% salary increase, retroactive to January 1, 2015.

The Mentally Ill And The Law
How to deal "legally" with mentally ill persons who break the law? The situation is not uncommon to Belize and recently we have seen major crimes perpetrated by mental health patients. The Death Penalty Project, a London-based NGO, is here in Belize to host a three day workshop in an attempt to at the very least, create a baseline protocol for dealing with the mentally ill within existing laws. We spoke to the event organizer this morning and he told us about the importance of hosting such an event in Belize. Parvais Jabbar, Co Exec. Dir., The death Penalty Proj.: "We've been working in Belize now for over 20 years on individual cases representing prisoners who had been sentenced to death. Over that period of time, we got to know the country very well, we have very good relationships with lawyers and other organizations here and one area that we wanted to explore was the criminal justice system. A couple years ago, together with other stakeholders in Belize, we launched a report 'Behind the Prison Gates' which looked at issues that were important not only in relation to death row prisoners, but other vulnerable prisoners such as juveniles, mentally disordered, and so on. As a result of this report and some of the findings and recommendations that were agreed and considered by a number of important stakeholders in Belize, together with the Chief Justice and with the Belize Bar Association, we agreed to hold a number of training workshops and seminars looking at mental health and the law."

More Police Promotion Needed For "Eat and Greet"
Today the police department held its first "Lunch with a Cop" session. The idea behind this initiative is to give residents a chance to sit down with officers in their area to voice concerns or even make suggestions on how the police can better protect the community. So officers from both South and Northside gathered at the Sea View Restaurant at the Princess Hotel for lunch. But the cops pretty much enjoyed their meal amongst themselves because…Yah! Nobody showed up. Luckily there were a few willing lunch-goers who sat down and spoke to the officers. Assistant Commissioner of Police for Rural Eastern Division Edward Broaster told us that the lack of proper publicity played a role in this case. And we also spoke to a youth advocate who gladly joined in the session, she told us how it went. The next Lunch with a Cop session will be held next month. The police will also be rolling out another initiative called Shop with a Cop.

Top Cop Honoured
Yesterday we told you about Police Constable Edward Gonzalez. He shot himself in the head yesterday morning in front of the Queen Street Police Station. The suicide stunned everyone because Gonzalez was known for his good police work. And maybe it would have been him who would have received an award sometime this year for officer of the month. But now it is left up to other officers to keep his memory alive through their hard work and dedication. And his colleagues PC Gregory Witty and Harris Gabourel are doing just that. Today they received their award for officers of the month for April and May. Today we found out why they stood out among the rest. PC Witty has been a police officer for 20 years while PC Gabourel has been for 2 years. Zitro Western Union sponsored the monetary gifts.

Festival Finish
And tonight we close with highlights of the Primary School Festival of the Arts Districts Showcase. That brings the best youth performers from all over the country to the Bliss Stage. We leave you with the Belize City and Orange Walk Showcase. Enjoy and join us back here tomorrow...

Channel 5

Delmar Guerra is Ambushed and Killed in Paraiso Village
Late this evening, San Joaquin resident, Delmar Guerra was shot multiple times as he drove a van through the village of Paraiso, Corozal. Guerra was ambushed by a pair of [...]

P.U.P. Senator Eamon Courtenay Discusses Istanbul Talks
The much anticipated Istanbul talks are over and done with, but there is no definitive resolution and certainly no protocols coming out of those very high-level discussions. A release sent [...]

Is Guatemala Willing to Fast Track Sarstoon Protocol?
The fact is that if Guatemala agrees to any protocols with equitable use of the Sarstoon as an end point, it would represent a significant back-tracking. In past months the [...]

A Timeline to Continue Negotiating Sarstoon Protocol is Pretty Much Set
Both positions are polar opposites, so the next step is actually to the point where concrete protocols enter the equation. We’ve actually been there. On April eighth Belize presented eleven [...]

Ambassador Courtenay Says O.A.S. Has Critical Role in Discussions
The incident in Chiquibul in which a Guatemalan minor was shot also made it to the negotiating table in Istanbul. Following that incident, Guatemalan officials including President Jimmy Gonzalez, Foreign [...]

Is There Any Update from O.A.S. in Chiquibul Shooting?
And finally, in our coverage of the Istanbul talks, we asked Courtenay about the ongoing investigation into that Chiquibul incident. The OAS launched one at the request of Guatemalan authorities, [...]

IMF Preliminary Report on Belize Doesn’t Inspire Economic Confidence
The International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) has issued a report at the end of its most recent visit to Belize which concluded this Wednesday. The team was led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe [...]

A Single Firearm is Used in Ladyville Murders/Shootings
Since March of this year, Ladyville has been experiencing an upward trend in violent crimes. It started with the murder of Rene “Fat Cat” Chavarria and since then, three other [...]

Suspected Arsonist Escapes from Police Custody in Ladyville
Police also believe they have the person responsible for setting two vehicles on fire in Ladyville over the extended weekend. But while quick police work led to the apprehension of [...]

Shane Bahadur is Granted Bail Following an Attempt on Alrick Smith’s Life
While Ladyville police connect the string of violent crimes in the jurisdiction, the suspect in the shooting of thirty-old year Alrick Smith was granted bail by the Supreme Court today. [...]

Darwin Prado Remains in Police Custody After Being Unable to Post Bail
The court also granted bail to Darwin Prado, another Ladyville resident, but he remains in police custody since he was unable to post the required fifteen thousand dollars to be [...]

Port Authority and Christian Workers Union Sign CB
Two collective bargaining agreements were signed today to benefit members of the Christian Workers Union. The Belize Port Authority and the CWU, after five weeks of negotiations, reached agreement in [...]

Port Authority Chair Says Signing New Agreement is Historic
According to Chairlady of the Belize Port Authority, Ruth Staine Dawson, the signing is a historic experience because the agreement was concluded in a relative short time and there is [...]

Central Bank Signs CBA with CWU
As we said, there was a second CBA signed earlier today, but at the Central Bank. While the media was not invited to that signing, a total of one hundred [...]

Ashcroft Attorney Says Speculation on Arbitration Award is Pointless
The official figure tallied in what will very likely be a whopping arbitration award is due in soon. We’ve all heard the numbers being thrown around – anywhere from a [...]

Government Loses Another Multimillion Dollar Litigation to BCB Holdings
That arbitration award is hefty, but government will spend much more. Recently, G.O.B. lost another multimillion dollar litigation brought by BCB Holdings in a U.S. Court. Courtenay says that the [...]

Blackadore Caye Development is Back on Track
Blackadore Caye Resort is back in the news tonight. The multimillion-dollar, eco-friendly, luxury resort project restructured, following a round of consultations in San Pedro in which residents expressed serious concerns [...]

Lunch With a Cop at the Princess
The police department has embarked on a new initiative to strengthen its community policing approach. The three regional commanders of the Eastern Division came together today to Lunch with a [...]

Courts Donates Ten Thousand Dollars to Lifeline Foundation
A donation that will go a long way for children was handed over to the Lifeline Foundation today at Courts Main Store in Belize City. Unicomer Belize Limited provided the [...]

Remembering Elijio Briceño
And this news…Elijio Briceño, affectionately known as Don Joe or Boss Joe, was laid to rest in his hometown of Orange Walk on Wednesday. The former Minister of Energy and [...]

Healthy Living: Why Men Don’t Like to Go to the Doctor?
There are many reasons why men simply don’t access the healthcare system as often as women do – and no, gentlemen – it has nothing to do with being stronger [...]

CTV3

Traffic Accidents Claims One Life And Leaves Two Injured
At about 4:30 yesterday evening the road leading to the village of San Felipe in the Orange Walk District turned deadly as it claimed the life of a 55 year old Orange Walk business woman and left two others injured in a tragic traffic accident. Reports are that Elba Concepcion Gongora was driving a 1990 blue Kia Sportage heading towards San Felipe Village and upon nearing a curve she lost control of the vehicle which overturned several times until coming to a stop. Accompanying Gongora at the time of the accident along were 47 year old Luis Briceno Sr. and 36 year old Amalia Cocom, a resident of Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk. Preliminary investigations indicate that Gongora died on the spot after receiving several head and body injuries while Briceno sustained injuries to both his legs and Amalia Cocom escaped with minor injuries.

IMF Gives A Grim Prognosis For Belize's' Economy
In a recent release issued by the International Monetary Fund, it indicates that the economic outlook for Belize has worsened since last year’s Article Four Consultation. In order to shed some light with regards to this issue that is of grave concern for our country, the IMF team, spearheaded by Jacques Bougha-Hagbe visited Belize from the 11th of May to the 25th with the purpose of hosting conferences based on the country’s Article Four Consultation for this year 2016. The team met with Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, financial secretary, Joseph Waight, Central Bank Governor, Glenford Ysaguirre, private sector representatives along with other government and central bank officials for the meetings. After the entire visit concluded, it was established that Belize’s economy is slowing at this point in time while both fiscal and external vulnerabilities are increasing.

OW PC Rewarded For His Services To The Community
As part of their monthly initiative to acknowledge police officers and present them with a token of appreciation for their commitment and dedication towards serving the community, the Orange Walk Police Formation held a short ceremony today with the objective of recognizing police constable Eugenio Uk, who has been working in the department for about twenty five years, for a doing a remarkable job throughout this entire month. Eugenio Uk – Police Officer of the month: “I feel great to be recognized to be police of the month; honestly all police officers of this detachment should receive an award because all of them work very hard at this station.”

Rotarians Donate Computers To Assemblies Of God Primary School
Access to reliable, up-to-date computer technology has become increasingly important in classrooms across our country yet not all of our primary schools have the finance to provide computer access for their students. Seeing the need for more computers in classrooms across the Corozal District, the Corozal Rotary Club and the Virginia U.S.A Rotary Club, are currently donating computers to various schools. One of the lucky recipients was Santa Rita Assemblies of God Primary School, and according to Principal Jesus Catzim, the donation will make a substantial difference for the learning environment. Jesus Catzim Principal Assemblies of God Primary School: “I am very happy for the Rotarians to bring the computers for our school and definitely we are going to have our students use them, we will probably include some lessons so that we can have a group of them come and give them lessons so now we have these other computers, definitely they will use them more on doing their research after classes they use them but since we only had three of them it took them longer but now we have five more it will definitely be more beneficial to them.”

Orange Walk Resident Missing For Three Weeks
The family and friends of twenty four year old Pedro Alfonso Caliz remain in despair at this point in time, for yesterday marked three weeks since he mysteriously disappeared from his neighborhood in the Louisiana area, Orange Walk. Caliz reportedly left his residence at about 11:00 on the morning of May 4th to shop for groceries at a local store but never made it back home. CTV3 News spoke to Caliz’s aunt, Dolores Sanchez, who informed us that the family has been doing everything in their power to locate him but so far, have been unsuccessful. Dolores Sanchez – Aunt: “Les Preguntamos a los amigos, a los que lo conocen nadie lo ve que hasta ahorita no hemos sabido nada de él, a su familia como tiene hermanas en Camalote haya les hemos avisado a ellos y que no saben nada de él.”

LOVE FM

IMF Says Belize Needs to ‘Put Public Debt on the Downward Path’
Following a two week working visit in Belize, the findings documented by the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are alarming when it comes to the economy and the country’s vulnerabilities. While the document is not a final report from the IMF’s Executive Board, it is a preliminary report put together by the team […]

Crooked Tree Causeway Gets Overdue Attention
Crooked Tree Village is the home to about a thousand people and is an area that seems to only get attention during election time or when the rains come and the causeway gets flooded. There is, however, some good news this evening as funding of just under one million dollars has been approved for a […]

The Talks in Istanbul, Turkey
Earlier this week, a delegation led by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington met with his Guatemalan counterpart in Istanbul, Turkey. Earlier this week Cabinet announced the statutory instrument limiting movement on the Sarstoon River would be revoked since the talks proved successful. Yesterday Prime Minister Barrow was asked about the meeting. DEAN BARROW “There’s an agreement […]

Belize’s Ombudsman Takes Over as Head of the Human Rights Defenders
Ombudsman Lionel Arzu, has been installed as the President of The Council of Human Rights Defenders. He assumes presidency for the year 2016-2017. The baton was handed over by the former president, the Ombudsman of Honduras, Doctor Roberto Herrera in a ceremony that took place in Belize for the first time. Arzu spoke to Love […]

Ombudsman Cites Displaced Migration as a Crucial Regional Issue
The New President of The Council of Human Rights Defenders, the Ombudsman of Belize, Lionel Arzu, spoke with Love News about the current issues affecting the region, especially the issue of displaced migration. LIONEL ARZU “—the guy who is the outgoing president had some issues that were started by him as the president and it […]

Consultations Continue for Blackadore Caye
A multi-million dollar eco-friendly hotel to be built on Blackadore Caye has begun its second process of consultations. A number of amendments were made to the Environment Impact Assessment, based on consultations with those who will be affected by the development of the project. For the eco-friendly hotel to become successful, they need a healthy […]

Traffic Accident Claims Woman’s Life and Injures Two
A woman is dead and two others injured as a result of road traffic accident that occurred on Wednesday in Orange Walk Town. According to Police, sometime after four o’clock yesterday evening, 55-year-old Elba Concepcion Gongora was driving a four door KIA Sportage from August Pine Ride to San Felipe Village when she lost control […]

Woman dies in traffic accident in OW
A woman is dead and two others injured as a result of road traffic accident that occurred on Wednesday in Orange Walk Town. According to Police, sometime after four o’clock yesterday evening, 55-year-old Elba Concepcion Gongora was driving a four door KIA Sportage from August Pine Ride to San Felipe Village when she lost control […]

CBA to Benefit Staff of Port of Belize
Christian Workers Union and The Port Authority have signed, a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was negotiated for five weeks. The CBA benefits the 48 staff members of the Port of Belize union and non union members. Port Commissioner Merlene Bailey Martinez commented on the main benefits the employees will gain. MERLENE BAILEY MARTINEZ “The […]

Costa Rica Seeks Investment Opportunities in Belize
A Costa Rican company is looking for investments in Belize. This morning Procomer Costa Rica exports, along with the Embassy of Costa Rica held a breakfast at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina to discuss investment opportunities for Costa Rica in Belize. Director of Trade Promotion Office Itzamn Huelat spoke with Love News about […]

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Istanbul Talks successful - Sarstoon Protocol coming soon
A delegation from both Belize and Guatemala has held extensive bilateral meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, and satisfied by the outcome of those talks, the Government of Belize has decided to revoke the 30-day ban on the Sarstoon a few days early. Those meetings happened on Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24, but it was the Monday working session which went on for 4 hours. That meeting happened at the Hilton Bomonti Hotel in Istanbul, and Belize was represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington; Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado; and the Representative for the Opposition Leader, Eamon Courtenay. The Guatemalan delegation was represented by that country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carlos Raul Morales, Guatemala’s Ambassador to Belize Manuel Barrillas and other officials. Magdalena Talamás, the Representative for Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) was the mediator in these bilateral talks.

Two cops: one attempts suicide, one succeeds
One police officer is dead and another is receiving medical treatment after a suicide and an attempted suicide this week. The first took place on Monday May 23 when police constable Melvin Nah drank herbicide, apparently because he had sentimental problems. Our information suggests that he was intimately involved with another police officer, a woman, who decided to sever relations with him and he opted to take his life. He was unsuccessful and ended up being treated at the KHMH after he ingested Gramaxone, a herbicide, to take his life. He remains hospitalized receiving treatment. In the second attempt, which was successful, Police constable 34 year old Edward Gonzalez went to work at the Queen Street Police station at 7 a.m. on Wednesday May 25, he was his usual self being what appeared to be a carefree individual. Reports are that, as he usually does, he was hugging women police constables who were his friends when shortly thereafter he sat on the front steps of the Queen Street Police Station, he drew his service pistol, placed it to his head and pulled the trigger.

Who will it be?
On Sunday May 29, 589 delegates of the United Democratic Party will have to make perhaps one of the most difficult political decisions they have ever been asked to make in selecting either Hon. John Saldivar or Hon. Patrick Faber to be the First Deputy Party leader of the UDP. Both men are exceptional and charismatic leaders within the UDP and as such the decision is no small task. Added to that pressure is that of a well animated campaign which is seeing both candidates campaigning across the country. Hon. Faber is carrying his message under the banner - Path to the Future, while Hon. Saldivar has his under the theme Unity, Maturity, Integrity. Both men have mounted aggressive campaigns visiting constituencies to speak to candidates as groups as well as campaining to delegates on a one on one basis. All the work that they are putting in will yield their results on Sunday at the ITVET compound on Freetown road where the delegates will cast their votes from 9 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. According to the convention rules, any delegate who has not cast their vote by 2 pm will have that vote replaced by an alternate.

Sarstoon SI repealed - PUP fail to rile up Sarstoon issue
After weeks of hyping this supposed trip to the Sarstoon River, on Saturday, the PUP failed to deliver on their promise. In addition to that, the Government has since revoked the 30-day Sarstoon Ban. This means they have also missed their window to try to make a political spectacle of the Government trying to ensure that were not bamboozled by persons trying to politicize an important issue. The reasons they have given to explain the cancelation of the Sarstoon trip is that the Government supposedly leaned on their hired boat captains and intimidated them into backing out. As usual, instead of being straight with the Belizean public, the PUP have to paint themselves as victims to the big bad government.

Taiwan to disburse first installment for Renal Failure Prevention Project to the Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health on behalf of the Government and people of Belize will be receiving the first disbursement of US$34,500 for the capacity building project for the prevention and control of chronic renal failure in Belize at a ceremony to be held at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel on May 30th, 2016 at 9:00a.m. The “Renal Failure Prevention Project” is a three-year project with a total approved budget of US$2.2 million. It was signed on February 10, 2016 between Belize and Taiwan to treat patients at the early stages of renal failure or kidney disease, ultimately reducing the socio-economic burden to families and to the health system.

Condolences
78 year-old Eligio Joe Briceño, a two term Area Representative for Orange Walk, passed away at 11:58 p.m., on Saturday, May 21. His son, John, and the entire Briceño family, were at his bedside until the very end. The Briceño family say that “Joe” suffered a stroke some 11 years ago, and that, is believed, started the decline in his health which took its toll this weekend. Briceño has told the press that his father’s death factored into his decision to cancel the Sarstoon trip. To honor his contribution as a former Minister of Government and a former Parliamentarian, the Government held an official funeral on his behalf at La Immaculada Church, in Orange Walk Town.

California Missionaries Bring Gospel, Joy and Supplies to Belize
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” said Jesus Christ to his disciples in Mathew chapter 28 verse 19. This is the Great Commission and all believers are called to adhere. Those who do are called missionaries. They spread the gospel all over the world and their love has saved many troubled societies. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of missionaries visit Belize each year. They host summer and Easter camps, vacation bible schools, crusades and clinics. Some renovate churches, schools and homes. They come from various religious denominations and as long as they come with clean hearts they are all welcome. However, there are certain mission teams that are ever so slightly more appreciated. Those are the teams that include members with Belizean blood; like the team from Abundant Living Church from Rancho Cucamonga, California that is currently in Belize.

Benque resident drowns
A taxi driver from Benque Viejo del Carmen has drowned after consuming alcohol. Benque Viejo Police visited an area on George Street behind the bus terminal at about 4:25 pm on Saturday of this past weekend, on arrival they observed the body of a male Hispanic being escorted to the bus terminal. Initial investigation revealed that Pedro Valdez, a 51year old Belizean Taxi Driver was alone at J&G Bar situated on George Street, Benque Viejo Town and at the time he was consuming alcohol. He then decided to go take a bath in the Mopan River at an area behind J&G Bar. About five minutes later, he disappeared from the area. A search was conducted and approximately 100 yards away from where he was last seen going down, the body of Pedro Valdez was found and retrieved from the river.

Drugs and firearm found in Cayo
Police in Cayo have safely removed a weapon from off the streets. On Tuesday May 24th 2016 about 7:00am a joint operation by San Ignacio Police and the K-9 unit executed a search in an abandoned lot in the Hotpoint area, Santa Elena town. At that location police discovered a red bucket with white cover containing (6) black plastic bags which contained green vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis under an abandoned cement building. Further searches behind the same building, under some dry grass, led to the discovery of (1) 12 gauge pump action shotgun (Remington Brand) with serial number T356956V. Both items were taken to the San Ignacio Police Station where the drugs was weighed amounting to 2,141 grams. Both items were deposited as found property since no one was found in the area.

Nicole Flowers confesses to trafficking 7 kilos of weed
Officers of the Gang Suppression Unit were operating in the Lake Independence area on May 14, 2015, when their attention was drawn to Nicole Flowers, 23, as they entered a yard. She was behaving suspiciously and this caused police to conduct a search on her. Inside a purse she was carrying, police found five pounds of weed. They decided to take Flowers to her home on Jasmine Street to conduct a search of her residence. There the officers found another substantial amount of marijuana in a room, eleven pounds. Flowers was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. Trial commenced for Flowers in the Belize City Magistrates Court and on Friday, May 20, she decided to plead guilty to one count of drug trafficking. When Magistrate Mendoza asked her where she got so much marijuana from, Flowers told him that a man gave her the weed to hold for him. She chose not to reveal the name of the man. Magistrate Carlon Mendoza imposed a non-custodial sentence upon Flowers, who is in an advanced stage of pregnancy. She was fined $10,000, which is to be paid by December 31, 2016. In default, she will serve three years imprisonment.

Twelve years for killing Jason Pott
Twelve years imprisonment is the sentence handed down by Justice Adolph Lucas after Devaughn Goodger, 22, accepted a plea deal in trial for the murder of Jason Pott. On Wednesday, May 11, Goodger pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which is a less serious charge than murder for which he was on trial. Justice Lucas deducted 5 years and 2 months from the sentence for the period of time he has been on remand. The senseless killing of Pott occurred on Cleghorn Street near the intersection with Slaughter House Road in March of 2011. Pott and his cousin were approached by a group of three men. They got into an altercation and he was stabbed once to the chest. His cousin tried to rush him to the Karl Heusner Memorial on bicycle but they were stopped by police who allegedly knocked them off the bike for riding contrary to the flow of traffic. Pott pleaded to the officers for help and they then transported him to the hospital. Pott later died as a result of the stab wound to the chest.

Officer accused of molestation is out on bail
Police Constable Darren Evan Martinez, 21, is out on bail after being on remand for four days for sexual assault upon a child under the age of 16. Martinez is being accused of penetrating the vagina of an 8-year-old girl with his finger on February 21, 2016. Martinez appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers on Monday, May 16. He is being represented by attorney Oswald Twist. Since the matter is an indictable offense, no plea was taken. Court prosecutor, Cpl. Kennard Clark, objected to bail on the grounds of the prevalence and serious nature of the offense. Twist was concerned about possible harm that could come to his client while on remand at the Belize Central Prison. However, Martinez was placed in protective custody while his attorney carried out the bail application process.

Vehicle stolen in Roaring Creek
A hard working Belizean has been deprived of his vehicle. Elias Reyes, a 23 year old Belizean of Frank’s Eddy Village Cayo District has reported that on Friday of last week at about 5:45 pm he had parked his 1990 four door car with license plate C-01957 at the Westar Compound in Roaring Creek and had gone to work at Santander. On the following day at about 7:40 am on his return from work he noticed that his Sky Blue in color Honda car was nowhere to be found. The value of the car is $4000.00 Belize. Police investigation continues in an attempt to recover the stolen vehicle.

Over 33 pounds of weed and shotgun found in Cayo
A quantity of weed has been discovered by San Ignacio Police near one of its booths. On Friday 20th May 2016 about 5:00 am, San Ignacio Police were on mobile patrol between miles 68 and 69 on the George Price Highway and upon making checks opposite Rumors Resort by the Police booth, they discovered a large black bag wrapped with transparent tape. Upon further checking its content they noticed that it was a large quantity of green leafy vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis. Further checks in the immediate area led to the discovery of another small black plastic back containing more green leafy vegetable substances. A determined search also led to the discovery of a 20 gauge sawed off shotgun with a wooden brown stock, and a brown wooden handle with a weed leaf carved and painted green on the grip. Beside the shotgun was a single yellow in color 20 gauge cartridge RIO Brand inside the barrel. All items were retrieved and taken to the San Ignacio Police Station, where the big bag was weighed amounting to 14,968.5 grams or 33 lbs. The small black plastic bag was weighed amounting to 170 grams. All items were deposited as found property.

Steven Young granted Supreme Court bail for attempted murder
Steven Young, 25, is out on Supreme Court bail after Prosecutor Sheneiza Smith had no objection to a bail application submitted to Justice Herbert Lord on Friday, May 20. Justice Lord released the accused who had been charged with attempted murder on bail of $8,000 plus one surety of the same amount or two sureties of $4,000 each. Young was arraigned on Monday, May 16, for the attempted murder of Lord’s Bank resident, Brandon Stevens, who was stabbed during an altercation inside Ruba’s Bar on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Charges against Young include attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm upon Stevens. On Saturday afternoon, Stevens went to Ruba’s Bar and saw his common-law-wife sitting down with four men. He approached and asked her for their house key.

First Annual Elodio Aragon Sovereign’s Day Cycling Race
The organizing committee for the 1st annual Elodio Aragon Sovereign’s Day Cycling Race is proud to report that the race which took place on Sunday 22 May was a huge success. Hon. Aragon through vision and determination has made this event possible and has pledged to make it even bigger and better as time goes by as the plan is to have it every year. Honorable Aragon who is responsible for the ministry of sports, understands that it is only through education and sports that we are going to rid ourselves of ignorance and crime. By encouraging our athletes we will ensure that they develop that physical and mental competitive spirit which will see us being propelled to the next level. He has a passion for whatever he does and there is no doubt that we are now witnessing the ushering in of a new era in the area of sports in Belize.

Belizean athletes to Central American Junior Track & Field Championship
The Belize Athletics Association had representation at the XXIV Central American Junior Track & Field championship, which as hosted by Confederación Atle?tica del Istmo Centroamerico (CADICA) from May 20-22, 2016, that was held at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. Belize competed in the 100m event for female 15-17 years old where Faith Morris and Hilary Gladden were the competitors. Faith Morris finished 8th in the qualifying round to advance to the finals where she finished 5th in a time of 12.53. In the 200m event for female 15-17 years old, Belize’s competitors were Faith Morris who finished 3rd in the qualifying round in a time of 25.98 and Hilary Gladden who placed 9 out of 11 starters. However, Faith Morris was unable to compete in the finals of her 200m event.

Mega Business opens in Santa Elena, Cayo
Now sandwiched between Era Store and Brother’s Supermarket on the George Price Highway in Santa Elena Town, Sargent Pepper’s mega project made a soft landing last week, opening its doors to customers from all over. The new addition of Sargent Pepper’s to the Santa Elena landscape will boost the local economy; as 22 Belizeans are now employed there. Sargent Pepper’s Manager is Amir Segura Junior, who is a resident of Santa Elena Town. Sargent Pepper’s will now be opened Sunday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, with their servings such as the Sargent Pepper’s Burger, which is now available therein. There is also a selection of healthy orange and lime juices at the new business place. Sargent Pepper’s drive through was also opened last week, which provides a great convenience for those on a busy schedule.

Campbellsville University Doing Service Work at High School in Belmopan
Seven Campbellsville University (C.U.) students and two team leaders are doing teaching service work at Our Lady of Guadalupe High School O.L.O.G in Belmopan. C.U. is a private Baptist university in the state of Kentucky. The seven students are finalizing their Teacher of Students of Other Languages (T.E.S.O.L ) certification. While at the same time, the team is doing 12 days of Service Teaching at O.L.O.G. and will be in Belize for a total of 19 days. O.L.O.G. teachers say that this is beneficial for everyone where the American team gets to experience some of the Belizean culture and educational system. Likewise for Belizean teachers, it is an opportunity to work with the American teachers, who are here to do individual tutoring and to share the teaching methods they have been taught. Most importantly, O.L.O.G. students will be able to receive instructions and lessons from teachers with different perspectives, teaching methods and teaching styles.

WORDS OF LIFE
In his book, “How to Obtain Strong Faith,” Dr. Frederick K.C. Price sets out six principles. The first step is to “Know the Reality of God’s Word.” (Believe the Bible is true.) The second principle is “Know the Reality of your Redemption in Christ.” (Jesus freed us from bondage.) Now we look at principle 3: “Know the Reality of the New Creation.” Dr. Price comments, “You should not see yourself as Satan sees you. You should not see yourself as other [people] see you, but you should see yourself as God sees you. Until you learn to see yourself as God sees you, you will never be able to obtain strong faith… You must see yourself as God sees you – a new creature in Christ.

House Speaker helps with easing tensions with Guatemala
For the first time in 150 years of the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute, the parliaments of both countries have decided to get involved to try to assist their governments in peacemaking initiatives. This decision was made at the 17th ordinary meeting of the Forum of Presiding Officers of the National Parliaments of Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL). Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, the Speaker of the Belize House of Representatives is the current vice-president of FOPREL, and Mario Taracena Diaz-Sol, who is the Speaker of the Guatemala Congress, is the President. So, that FOPREL meeting, held in Managua, Nicaragua, gave these two men an opportunity to also discuss Belize-Guatemala relations. Also present were the Speakers and Deputy Speakers of parliaments of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica.

California Missionaries Bring Gospel, Joy and Supplies to Belize
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” said Jesus Christ to his disciples in Mathew chapter 28 verse 19. This is the Great Commission and all believers are called to adhere. Those who do are called missionaries. They spread the gospel all over the world and their love has saved many troubled societies. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of missionaries visit Belize each year. They host summer and Easter camps, vacation bible schools, crusades and clinics. Some renovate churches, schools and homes. They come from various religious denominations and as long as they come with clean hearts they are all welcome. However, there are certain mission teams that are ever so slightly more appreciated. Those are the teams that include members with Belizean blood; like the team from Abundant Living Church from Rancho Cucamonga, California that is currently in Belize.

PUPs told Johnny to paddle and bail his own canoe
Belizeans were waiting to see if the PUPs would follow through on their resolve to challenge the security forces and proceed with their planned illegal voyage to the Sarstoon River. Well like all things associated with the PUP, the voyage was a NO GO! Even at the risk of sounding repetitive we must and we say MUST repeat this statement “PUP has not been able to get anything right in the last 150 MONTHS, having not only have they lost every election held during that time, they have also not made any forward progress. For them it is like Midas touch in reverse. Everything they touch turns into EXCREMENT. We may be at the point where BWS might be charging them for creating too much raw sewage. Around 11 p.m. on Friday word started to spread that the PUP would not be going on the much talked about voyage , that had been planned for the next morning . It was not that their decision caught us by surprise because we have gotten to know the PUP as what can only be described as TALK PLENTY- DO LITTLE! They talk up a storm but just at the moment when it is time to put up or shut up they fall down. And so they left the stage without even a whimper. We can understand Wil’s and BTV’s disappointment at the PUP decision not to go. Say what we may say about Wil but he is either brave or stupid enough, to follow up on his plans to go to the Sarstoon even if it is wrong headed, he would still follow through, unless he is stopped by the security forces.

Taiwan to disburse first installment for Renal Failure Prevention Project to the Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health on behalf of the Government and people of Belize will be receiving the first disbursement of US$34,500 for the capacity building project for the prevention and control of chronic renal failure in Belize at a ceremony to be held at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel on May 30th, 2016 at 9:00a.m. The “Renal Failure Prevention Project” is a three-year project with a total approved budget of US$2.2 million. It was signed on February 10, 2016 between Belize and Taiwan to treat patients at the early stages of renal failure or kidney disease, ultimately reducing the socio-economic burden to families and to the health system. Training will be provided to general practitioners and dialysis nurses in Taiwan, while local training programs will be conducted for Case Managers and Community Health Workers in identification and management of risk factors for kidney failure. Furthermore, the project also includes the establishment and launch of a tracking and management system for chronic disease cases in medical facilities.

Walk for a Green Belize was a success!
In setting the pace for the upcoming World Environment Day, a “Walk for a Green Belize,” was coordinated by the Department of the Environment DOE on Saturday of this past weekend. The event started at 7:00 a.m. and ended at 11:00 am along the 77 mile stretch of the George Price Highway, with the participation of a number of organizations and Government bodies. The Police and Transport Department as well as City Traffic were involved to caution drivers to be more wary of all the participants, who were cleaning along the busy highway. Among the participants were the Rotaract Club of San Ignacio, San Ignacio Community Police Officers, Belmopan Police, Belmopan Cadets as well as the Belmopan City Council. In a statement from the office of the Mayor of Belmopan, Khalid Belisle, he extended a big thanks to everyone, who came out to volunteer their time on Saturday. Mayor Belisle and his team removed more than 200 bags of garbage from along the Hummingbird Highway (Guanacaste Park to almost the entrance to the City dump site).

Meshack Banner charged for stabbing his brother, a GSU Officer
Crooked Tree resident, Meshack Banner, 25, is at the Belize Central Prison on remand after he was charged with the attempted murder of his own brother, Walton Banner, an officer of the police department’s Gang Suppression Unit. Allegations are that Meshack and his brother Walton got into an altercation on Friday, May 20, and it ended with him pulling a knife and inflicting a stab wound upon his sibling. Meshack Banner was unrepresented when he appeared in court on Tuesday, May 24, before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. He was read three indictable offenses: one count each of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and wounding with a deadly instrument. Due to the nature of the offenses, no plea was taken and bail could not be granted.

Two injured in Traffic accident in San Ignacio Town
There was a traffic accident in San Ignacio Town on Saturday of this past weekend, where two persons resulted with various injuries. Acting on information, San Ignacio Police visited Savannah Street in San Ignacio Town at about 4:10 am, near the Low Lying Bridge area where on arrival they saw a blue Toyota Corolla 4 door car, which had collided into the recently constructed concrete Market Wall. Trapped inside the vehicle was a male person of dark complexion, who was seated on the driver’s side in an unconscious state, and a female of clear complexion, who was seen on the passenger’s seat of the vehicle and was crying for help. Both persons inside the vehicle had injuries all over their bodies. Initial investigations reveal that at about 4:00 am, Patrick Gordon was driving his blue Toyota Corolla from an east to west direction whilst crossing the low lying bridge from Santa Elena Town to San Ignacio Town. Unfortunately, after crossing the board bridge and onto the pavement road he lost control of the vehicle, which caused the vehicle to swerve left, directly into the solid concrete wall of the San Ignacio Market Square area.

Man from Cayo drinks Paraquat

Burglar says he has “seven kids to feed and one on the way”
Zane Pott, 19, will spend the next two years at the Belize Central Prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of theft on Tuesday, May 24. Pott told Magistrate Deborah Rogers that it was a moment of weakness and he was desparate to provide for his family, which include seven children and a pregnant common-law-wife. Hue Hulse, a resident of Belize City, says he went to his warehouse at about 7:15 a.m.on Tuesday, May 17, and noticed that it had been burglarized. The burglar bar from one of his windows was removed and an HP printer was stolen. Hulse then checked his surveillance system and realized that the cable wires were cut. However, the camera captured a Hispanic male with a pony tail entering the warehouse before the wires were cut. Police were called to the scene and they were able to identify Pott from the footage. He was arretsed and charged for burglary. Police additionally charged him with theft and damaged to property for an incident that occurred later that same week. Roni White, a tour guide of Captain Eiley Street, reported to police that on Friday, May 20, he went to start his bus and noticed that his batteries were missing.

Kristoff Riverol pleads guilty to theft
Kristoff Riverol is lucky to have been spared jail time after he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from his former workplace, Fultec System. Bjana Bradley, Belize Operations/Human Resources Manager of Fultec System, reported to police that between May 16 and May 20, 2016, Riverol stole two 1-terabyte My Passport Ultra external hard drives valued at $239.95 each. Bradley viewed a surveillance monitor at 2 p.m. on May 20, 2016, and noticed Riverol taking two hard drives from off the counter and placing them into a plastic bag. According to Bradley, Riverol was employed as a sales support representative whose duties included phone and after sales support. However, he has no authority to move items from the counter. The police was called in; they reviewed the camera recording and proceeded to arrest Riverol within a four day period. Police investigation also revealed that Riverol had already sold one of the hard drives to a businesswoman from the Buttonwood Bay area.

Anthony Robinson Takes Rap for Gun Again
Leith Bermudez, 21, Deshane Mena, 29, Anthony Robinson, 29, and Richard Flores, 38, were charged with gun and ammunition offenses after they were found inside a vehicle with a firearm on Tuesday, February 26. At around 8:25 p.m. that Tuesday, police intercepted a gold Toyota Camry that was driving recklessly at the corner of Flamboyant and Mahogany Street with the four men inside. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a chrome .38 Smith and Wesson revolver with a wooden grip and five live rounds of .38 special S&B ammunition under a seat. All four men were arrested and charged with keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license.

Alrick Smith Charged for Plotting to Kill 11 Persons
Alrick Smith, 31, is in trouble with the law yet again. This time the charges against him may certainly be something of a reach by police but with Smith it is now difficult to give him the benefit of the doubt. Smith is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was arraigned for abetment to commit murder upon 11 persons. According to Ladyville police, on May 14 he solicited to cause the death of Cynthia Lozano, Jerome Lozano, Justeen Lozano, Cassidy Lozano, Amber Lozano, Celine Lozano, Sherdon Lozano, Camryn Lozano, Athlee Lozano, and Shemera Williams. Cynthia Lozano is the mother of Casey Lozano, one of three persons shot over the weekend of Saturday, May 14, on Marage Road, Ladyville. In that exchange, Lionel Rhamdas was shot fatally. Smith is said to be an in-law of Rhamdas and the charge stems from his intended retaliation.

Ebenezer Methodist School boys continue on winning path
The Belize City Primary Schools Football competition continued over the last week with a number of games in both the girls’ and boys’ competition at the MCC Grounds. On Friday 20th May, 2016, in the first of two games played in the girls’ competition, Salvation Army School and St. John’s Primary School played to a 0-0 draw. In the second game, St. Martin de Porres shut-out St. Mary’s Primary School by the score of 3-0. The goals for St. Martin de Porres were scored by Jeanna Usher, Shantel Flowers and Hui Ling Chen. In the first game in the boys’ competition, Salvation Army School and St. John’s Primary School played to a 2-2 draw. The goals for Salvation Army School were scored by Emmeth Serrano and Jerwin Carcamo. For St. John’s Primary School, the goals were scored by Rashied Lord and Patrick Kerr.

Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy continues to lead in Cayo Softball Competition
The Raymond Garbutt Cayo Senior Female Softball Competition which is being sponsored by the Hon. John Saldivar continued on Sunday 22nd May, 2016, at the Dembeigh Fuller Softball Stadium in Camalote Village. In the first game played, Camalote defeated Esperanza Wolverines by the score of 17-2. The winning pitcher was Tiara Bradley and the losing pitcher was Shanaya Soberanis. In game two, Belmopan Bandits won over Unitedville Rebels United by the score of 6-4. The winning pitcher was Laniesha Jones and the losing pitcher was Francine Salazar. And in the final game of the day, the defending champions and the competition’s league leading team, Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy blank the Belmopan Capital City Emeralds by the score of 12-0. The winning pitcher was Leandra Guy and the losing pitcher was Dominga Tut.

Orchid Girls of Burrell Boom halt Exotic Girls from Hattieville
The Belize Rural Softball Association competition continued on Sunday 22nd May, 2016, with four games on the schedule. In the first game played in division A, Orchid Girls defeated Exotics Girls by the score of 14-3. The winning pitcher was Therese Baptist and the losing pitcher was Iceany Baptist. In game two, UB Jaguars defeated Lords Bank Sunrise by the score of 11-4. The winning pitcher was Karlene Williams and the losing pitcher was Karen Hilton. In Division B games played in game one, Easy Does It of Flowers Bank defeated Beverly Hill Flames of Lord’s Bank by the score of 14-7. The winning pitcher was Margaret Hendy and the losing pitcher was Nikita Anderson.

Softball returns to the Stann Creek District
The Stann Creek Softball Association 2016 Senior Female competition opened on Sunday 22nd May, 2016, in Independence Village with three games on the schedule. In the first game played, Independence Pals blanked Seine Bight by the score of 13-0 in four innings. The hitting gem for the Independence Pals team was Arlette Linarez who drove in 2 runs, scored 2 runs and stole 2 bases in leading her team to the win. Her teammate Ardis Linarez also drove in 2 runs, scored 1 and stole 1 base. The winning pitcher was Leona Linarez who struck out 8 batters in leading her team to the victory. In the second game of the day, Silk Grass defeated Ashley Lucas and the Hopkins team by the score of 10-7.

Belize Softball Federation to hold Umpires Training
The Belize Softball Federation has announced that it will be holding an Umpires Training for intermediate and advanced 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 Belize Times

Only Bull From Istanbul
Nothing of substance was accomplished by Belize in its “ten cents” meeting with Guatemala in Istanbul, Turkey, over the weekend. Guatemala had refused to hold a direct meeting with Belize as it relates to the Sarstoon River. For months Belize was chasing after Guatemala to please allow them to sit down and talk about the serious issue of the Sarstoon River. At a summit in Turkey, attended by many countries, including Guatemala and Belize; the Guatemalans decided to meet for a few minutes over this past weekend. What was discussed? Several matters which had been discussed already. But not the serious issue of Sarstoon River which has caused such grave concerns in Belize. These are what were discussed. Belize and Guatemala Foreign Ministers said they wanted peace and good faith. That is nothing new. They said that the territorial, insular and maritime disputes should be resolved at the I.C.J once it passed the referendum in both countries. This is nothing new. They said that while this I.C.J process is going on and even after it is concluded it will still be necessary to develop good neighbourliness which helps with peace and stability and will promote economic development.

PUP mourns passing of Hon. Elijio Briceño
The People’s United Party mourns the passing of the Hon. Elijio Briceño, former Minister of Energy and Communications and father of PUP Party Leader Hon. John Briceño. Don Joe, as he was popularly known, succumbed peacefully with his family by his bedside on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 11:58 p.m. The People’s United Party assures the Briceño family that they can find comfort in knowing that they’re not alone in their grief. People from inside and outside of the Party have known the generosity and goodness of Don Joe. Deputy Party Leader Cordel Hyde recalls, “Don Joe was a source of towering strength to his family, and a giant figure in the Orange Walk community. He was always such a fantastic cheerleader and trusted advisor for our Party Leader, and though he had been ill for some time, and his feet eventually got tired, his huge heart never wavered. “He worked long and hard for his family, his community and his country. And now his work is done; his soul is at rest.”

Diplomacy, Not Lunacy!
Secretary General to the Commonwealth, Baroness Scott’s visit to Belize has been critically significant in the wake of the spate of incursions and illegal fishing by Guatemalan civilians and the asserting of military power by the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) in the Sarstoon. The Baroness’ message was resonant with the re-affirmation by the Commonwealth Heads of Nation in support of Belize’s right to sovereignty and territorial integrity. Baroness Scott is that individual that is mandated by the Commonwealth Heads of Government to examine the needs of small and vulnerable states like Belize, including their security needs. The organisational body has been deeply concerned about the precarious situations that have overcome these vulnerable countries and have admonished that “the need to be scrupulous about security arrangements is both obvious and urgent”. However, the significance of the visit was transformed into media footnotes complemented with a passive embrace by the Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow.

Cop Commits Suicide??
Queen Street Police are investigating a suspected suicide from within their own ranks. PC Edward Gonzalez allegedly shot himself with his personal weapon in front of Precinct 3, which is the Queen Street Police Station sometime in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

THINK ABOUT IT
Graduation season is here once again. And once again there are no jobs available for our young people. None. The government of Belize has been stocking up the public service offices with cronies and unqualified people. They are also keeping their supporters in offices even after such persons reach the retirement age of 55 years. Young people whose parents sacrifice and send them to college and sixth form and in many cases to University, are forced to stay home and idle their lives away because the government couldn’t care less whether they work or not. It’s a damn shame.

Celebrate Our Forefathers
I do not share the sentiment that we have too many holidays in Belize. In fact, I believe that we could do with a few more so that the working class people can get a break. In what amounts to nothing short of modern day slavery, the aristocratic business owners can vacation whenever and for however long they choose while the regular Joe must toil away endlessly for meagre wages. But, “dah suh it set” and I’m not here to rock that boat just yet. We just came out of a long weekend and the average person on the street had no idea what we were celebrating. It didn’t matter much really, suffice only that we were able to get some time off and enjoy a long weekend. While I’m not in favour of getting rid of any holidays, we should take a look at a couple and exchange them for others more relevant and appropriate to our culture and traditions. What started out as Queen Victoria’s birthday evolved into Queen’s Day and then Commonwealth Day and most recently, Sovereign’s Day. When you think about it then, and when you think about what “sovereign” actually means; it means we have come full circle to where it all began; celebrating a day to honour the monarchy. Another ridiculous holiday is what is now known as Day of the Americas. It is said that a rose by any other name remains the same and regardless of how they dress this one up, it is a day in honour of the most vicious and barbaric son of a gun ever to walk this planet.

GOODBYE, DON JOE
A giant has passed away. The great spirit of Don Joe has left our Earth. We mourn our loss and we celebrate his life. We join with the people of Orange Walk and Belize in extending our sincere condolences to the Hon. John Briceño and family as they lay to rest a beloved father, uncle and family patriarch; Elijio “Joe” Briceño. Here was a man amongst men. A leader who helped shape Orange Walk and inspire the many who were fortunate to come in contact with him. La Inmaculada Church could not hold the thousands who turned out to pay tribute this Wednesday afternoon. The former Prime Minister and the present Prime Minister joined by the Queen’s representative, Governor General Sir Colville Young, were among the Ministers of government and elected representatives of the National Assembly; as were the leaders, executives and members of Don Joe’s beloved People’s United Party. Don Joe is remembered for a multitude of accomplishments, all and always for the benefit of the people whom he loved so much.

Belize Elementary girls lead with 8 goals
The Belize Elementary School girls posted their 3rd win against St. John Vianney RC School girls last Thursday, when Aaliyah Herbert scored the winning goal. BES girls also defeated Wesley Upper School 5-0 last Tuesday with 2 goals by Chrystal Young and Michaelen Hyde, while Niesha Garbutt and Rianna Chebat scored a goal each. BES had enjoyed their 1st win: 2-0 vs Holy Redeemer with a goal each from Michaelen Hyde and Aaliyah Herbert.

BEL Powersockets lead Interoffice Softball with 4 wins
The BEL Powersockets are leading the 2016 Belize City interoffice softball competition with 4 wins, hammering KHMH 12-5 at the Roger’s Stadium on Saturday. BEL’s pitcher Melissa Foreman struck out 3 batters to hand the medics their 4th loss, as Godsden Ferguson, Glenford “Mac-10” Flowers, Jason Bennett and Foreman score d 2 runs apiece, while Susan Lu, Mark Cassasola and Jorge Fabro scored 1 run apiece.

Camalote United defeats Wolverines in Cayo softball
The Camalote United mauled the Esperanza Wolverines 17-2 by mercy rule in 3 innings when the Cayo Softball Association’s female competition continued in Camalote Village on Sunday. Esperanza’s Shanaya Soberanis gave up 14 hits and walked 3 batters. Shanae Williams led the attack scoring 3 runs, while Shanice Williams, Samantha Casey, Taesha Lewis, Kenisha Sutherland, Isha Matute and Renisha Richards scored 2 runs apiece. Patricia Budna and Rhea Flowers scored a run each. Only Denise Gordon and Rose Vernon scored for Esperanza.

UDP Crabs in a Bucket – Saldivar vs. Faber Pt. 2
Last week we shared with our readers the nasty infighting taking place in the United Democratic Party over the race for First Deputy Leader. Only two candidates cared to vie for the post, Patrick Faber and John Saldivar. Something must be very wrong with a Party in search for the best and most qualified candidate for leadership that ends up with Faber and Saldivar. Mr. Immature Loudmouth and Mr. Petty! How pitiful. The candidates and their supporters have taken the campaign to new lows with their attacks at each other. Saldivar landed the first low blow when he posted a flyer on his own Facebook page with the message: “REAL MEN DON’T HIT WOMEN” in bold letters. It was a “did he really go there??” moment in the UDP, but not without reason. Faber’s past domestic affairs has been too messy for a senior Government official. He has come under heavy scrutiny and criticism for his not so mature behaviour many times, but more so during his separation with his wife. Among the reports is one that he attacked her by smashing her car’s windshield with a brick.

NOT GOOD ENOUGH
The Millennium Development Goals were the World’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions – income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion – while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. The eight MDGs, as they have been called, were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in the year 2000. One hundred and eighty-nine countries committed to work to achieve them, and the goals were all measured from the baseline year 1990 and for twenty-five years up to the year 2015. These goals were (I use the past tense because we are now in 2016) 1) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2) Achieve universal primary education 3) Promote gender equality and empower women 4) Reduce child mortality 5) Improve maternal health 6) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 7) Ensure environmental sustainability and 8) Develop a global partnership for development. During the twenty-five year period progress towards these goals was uneven worldwide. Some countries achieved much, while others were not on track to achieve any. And since the beginning of this year 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals have replaced the MDGs.

Image Factory to launch “The Adventures of Rowan Garel” Children’s Book
The 32-page illustrated children’s book tells the story of Rowan’s high-adrenaline undertakings to raise funds for Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) to provide services and support for children who are blind. To the summit of Victoria’s Peak; Across the country of Belize and Down into the Blue Hole, Rowan surpassed his personal and charitable goals each time. Written by Katie Usher and Gia Martinez and Illustrated by Marvin Vernon, Climb Walk Dive is the brainchild of Image Factory Foundation’s Yasser Musa who felt it imperative to tell Rowan’s incredible story. “This children’s book was developed because the action of Rowan Garel sparks our imagination and fills our hearts with the enduring power and fire of the human spirit. It is a story about family, tenacity and hope. It is a great Belizean narrative,” Musa said.

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
There’s so much happening in our little country that it’s hard to keep up. When you criticize the Government, they call you names and attack you. They accuse you of preaching doom and gloom, of behaving like the sky is falling. Well look up people because something sure is falling…and it’s not the price of fuel or anything else. Abuse of alcohol can destroy a home. It can destroy a community, and it can destroy a country. Abuse of politics and power is the absolute same thing. Look at one thing – this situation with sports in Orange Walk. The people who have always supported sporting activities for our youths, like the beloved Mad Bull and others, may support one party over another. But sports transcends politics. And still we have problems because some of the people at the Sports Council and at the Ministry of Sports are political and power junkies. They can’t see that this isn’t about demonstrating who has power, or about using that power to punish those who may support the PUP and not the UDP.

Akeem Humes, accused of 2013 murder, walks free
A young man, who walked off a murder case for lack of evidence in August 2011, walked off another murder charge this morning for lack of evidence. Akeem Humes, who has been linked to the George Street Gang, was brought to the Supreme Court this morning from the Belize Central Prison where he has been on remand for the January 2013 murder of Orlando Williams who was shot on East Canal and apparently died on the scene. Shortly after Williams was murdered, police arrested and charged Humes for the murder. Humes had only enjoyed a short stretch of freedom, since his release from prison in August 2011 after a similar murder charge against him was dismissed for lack of evidence.

Bulgarians Plead Guilty to Daring ATM Thefts
Jeorgi Petrov, 28 and Halid Aptula, 25 were visibly upset with their attorneys on Friday after Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer reserved her sentence and sent them back to the Belize Central Prison until June 8, 2016. Both men pleaded guilty to 18 counts of theft from the Belize Bank ATMs located on Albert Street and North Front Street by the Water-taxi Terminal. On May 7th Halid Aptula was caught in the act by a vigilant Belize Bank auditor as he withdrew money from the ATM on Albert Street. The Bank had been targeted on different occasions earlier in the year, so Bank officials were on the lookout for the suspected cyber-thieves. When the auditor spotted Aptula he recognized him from surveillance footage and followed him to the ATM on North Front Street. As Aptula withdrew from that ATM, a passing Policeman was summoned and briefed, after which Aptula was taken into custody.

Barrow Eats Crow after Hostile Nationalization of Telephone Company
The Prime Minister of Belize is today eating crow as he grasped to put a positive spin on what his hostile piracy of Belize Telemedia in 2009 will now cost the tax payers of Belize. While the Prime Minister was trying to explain his costly gamble, his son, whom he had appointed to run the telephone company, at a press conference, appeared to be far removed from the national implications and the cost to his father’s government and the people of Belize. The younger Barrow, while acknowledging that the national telephone company, which he was nepotistically appointed to head at his father’s behest, also seemed far removed from the judgement of tribunal, that the Barrow Administration must now pay an additional $500 million to the Ashcroft Group of companies that once owned and invested in the modernization of the telephone company that enjoyed a top-notch reputation in the region. Touting the social and economic benefits of the nationalization of the telephone company, while hastily pushing legislation through parliament with much jingoism to get his way, the Prime Minister, at the time, said that he did not estimate that the nationalization of the company would have been at a cost of more than $150 million. Real market value for the company put it at a little over $300 million.

Dolly House Crumbling
The UDP is clearly on its way out. Their leader is still braggadocios and a bully but his days are numbered, while their up and coming leaders are all major failures. But the most glaring signs of serious trouble on the horizon for the UDP are the infighting and backstabbing taking place. With the Patrick Faber-John Saldivar race heating up, so have the divisions in constituencies. Cayo South, for example, has become the battleground for internal warfare for the UDP. The division is no longer controlled by the chiney man.

Court gives GOB until June 27th to respond to PUP’s “Sarstoon Law” challenge
The Barrow Government today announced that it has revoked the now infamous Statutory Instrument number 42 of 2016, otherwise known as the Sarstoon Law, which restricted the movement of Belizeans from entering the Sarstoon River for a period of one month. The Opposition People’s United Party opposed the passing of the law and is of the view that it is seriously flawed and unconstitutional. As a result, Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceño launched a legal challenge to the legislation. Party Leader Hon. Briceno and the party’s Legal Advisor, Andrew Marshelleck, SC, appeared in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin last Friday to begin the constitutional challenge to the law which the government hastily passed on April 29, 2016. “The Sarstoon Law” is a serious encroachment on the freedom of movement guaranteed by the Belize Constitution, and it is now left to the Supreme Court to declare that the law was unconstitutional, because the circumstances which the law sought to alleviate did not exist in the first place.

The Gems of Graduation Season 2016 Part II – Featuring Anglican Cathedral College, Escuela Secundaria Mexico, Independence High, Gwen Lizarraga High and Belize Rural High
Week 2 of the BELIZE TIMES’ coverage of High School Graduation Season 2016 continues with results from Anglican Cathedral College (ACC). This Southside mainstay, located on Albert Street and recognized as the only Anglican high school in Belize City, will graduate 69 students on Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts on Southern Foreshore, starting at 2:00 p.m. Leading this year’s class are: 17- year-old Valedictorian Mr. Winfield White (from Class 4-Wallace, with a Grade Average of 84.85%), 18-year-old Salutatorian Ms. Athaleah Rivas (from Class 4-Sylvester, with a Grade Average of 83.53%) and 3rd Place finisher, giving the Vote of Thanks, 18-year-old Mr. Joseph Young (also from Class 4-Wallace, with a Grade Average of 82.32%). The BELIZE TIMES interviewed the students on Tuesday, May 17th, at the St. John’s Cathedral, right next door to their campus, in the midst of their graduation practice.

Hard Knocks
A Policeman killed himself this morning at the Queen Street Police Station, a young dude. Who knows what was on his mind and why he felt so desperate that he got to the point there was no other option but to end it all. It’s something he will have to figure out with his Maker. But here’s the thing. So many of our men and women who serve do so in the worst of conditions. The pay is crappy, resources are practically non-existent, conditions are terribly and the work just sucks most of the time. Hell, we’ve all heard stories about officers transferring to other jurisdictions and not being able to collect their transfer allowance for years. Seriously, people, these guys are the frontline between us and the criminals. While we’re at home in bed they’re dealing with the scums in Belize. They’re the ones who have to deal with children who are molested. They’re the ones who need to deal with all the dead bodies bleeding on the ground. They’re the ones who have to deal with the most evil elements of society. So while they take care of us, who takes care of them? Certainly not the fat Minister/DJ/everybody’s buddy/sports mascot/rock star. Big deal my a@*. He’s getting his in every way that counts. He doesn’t care about anything else.

Stay the course, PUP!!
Dear Editor, Two very significant things happened this weekend. The first is the passing of an icon of our community and country, a former Minister and a longstanding soldier of the People’s United Party – a Party man for sure, but a man who gave his all to God, country and people first and always. Elijio ‘Don Joe’ Briceño was the father of our Party Leader John Briceño, but he was also a legend in his own right. I’ve seen the messages come in after his passing – messages of grief and sadness, but also remembrance of the great person he was…productive members of our community who remember Don Joe for some little thing he did for them during their childhood, some small gesture which made all the difference in their young lives. There are many such stories because this giant did so much for so many. If I could paraphrase from a message sent by Hon. Cordel Hyde – even as his feet got tired, his great heart never faltered, never wavered.

Round-About John
Dear Editor, I am amazed as to how much money John Saldivar is wasting around Belmopan on roundabouts. His pet project, the football field with an A/C and Glass Lounge for himself and his cronies to watch his bandits at work. Yet, no kind of help for Belmopanese. The reality is that some of the resources could have gone to the paving of the George Price Boulevard, a much needed traffic artery in the capital. But without vision, the people shall perish…with roundabouts. John is all about show time and feel-good projects instead of true development. Any UDP will tell you, that’s just John – a lot of glitter and no substance. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Well, after Sunday’s showdown with Patrick, we’ll see if John will continue his roundabouts or if he will just be going round and about?

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Corozal man shot and killed in his vehicle
Delmar Javier Guerra, 44, was killed in an execution style murder in Paraiso Village, Corozal. Unconfirmed reports are that Guerra, also known as “El Diablo”, of San Joaquin Village was driving his white van when, at about 5:00 p.m., he pulled up to a […]

SUV catches fire in San Ignacio Town
An SUV vehicle caught fire in front of the police station in San Ignacio Town just now. Fire fighters were immediately called to the scene to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was left completely destroyed and luckily no one was injured. Police and a crew […]

Zachary Knox, Police Brutality and Cover-ups
Zachary Knox, 19, the young man that allegedly fired shots at Eastern Division South Commander, ACP Chester Williams on May 12 is reportedly admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in critical condition. At a press event yesterday, the media pressed Williams and […]

Woman dies in traffic accident
Yesterday evening at around 4:30, Orange Walk Police visited San Felipe Road in that municipality, where officers saw an extensively damaged Kia Sportage vehicle and a woman lying motionless on the ground. That woman was later identified as the driver of the vehicle, 55-year-old […]

How Blackadore Caye can regain former glory – and make money
The 107-acre Blackadore Caye, seven miles west of Ambergris Caye and San Pedro Town, appears at first glance to be no different from the many tiny cayes dotting the Caribbean Sea off Belize’s coast. But it faces a critical […]

BoneVille Cafe gives back to Punta Gorda students
BoneVille Café, located on Front Street in Punta Gorda (PG) Town, on the third floor of the popular Sea Front Inn, is a unique eatery that in recent years, has held many programs for children during holidays, with the aim to give back to […]

How To Save and Empower Our Youths
In the early to mid-90s, gangs started becoming prominent in Belize City. In Placencia, where I was born and where I grew up, we were introduced to this world, more so than other parts of Belize, at that time, due to the ‘sea […]

IMF says Belize economy slowing
A new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), released this morning, has given a bleak prognosis for Belize’s economy saying it is slowing while fiscal and external vulnerabilities are rising. “The economic outlook has worsened further since the 2015 Article IV Consultation and is subject […]

Zika confirmed in pregnant woman from Cayo
There is a second case of Zika confirmed by testing at the regional agency. A pregnant woman from Cayo was picked up through heightened Ministry of Health surveillance and is being monitored, while a second sample from another pregnant woman has been collected for testing. […]

Popular restaurant in San Ignacio goes up in flames
A fire ripped through Cenaida’s Restaurant in San Ignacio Town on Wednesday night, completely destroying the building. The restaurant which is located on West Street served a variety of Belizean foods and was rated one of the top places to eat in San Ignacio by […]

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Belize’s Phenomenal Inspiration Center, How You Can Help & A Grand Event On Ambergris Caye
The Inspiration Center (their motto is, aptly, Where Hope Lives) was founded in 2014 by our Prime Minister’s wife, The First Lady of Belize, Kim Simplis-Barrow to help some of the most vulnerable children in Belize. The facilities are located just outside of Belize City. SO…they are having a benefit here in San Pedro. And I hope that everyone who is able can help in some way. Dress code is Evening Casual WHITE. Think white slacks and a white button down, or a simple white dress. This is not a super formal event. Tickets are available at Ramon’s Village, El Fogon and Rum + Bean Coffee Shop at Mahogany Bay. ALL proceeds will go directly to the Inspiration Center. Donors are filling in. Mahogany Bay is donating the Facility, the staff and the liquor aside from donations by Bowen & Bowen of all the beer. Travellers Liquors Ltd. is donating all rum. Karl H. Menzies will be donating the wine. At 8pm, food will be served. Tables/food are being donated by Belcampo Lodge in Punta Gorda, by Ian Anderson’s Farm House Deli, by Victoria House, by Rojo Beach Bar & Lounge, by AmberGreens, the gorgeous aquaponics green house on the Mahogany Bay property and by the TacoShack, also part of Mahogany Bay.

Travel In Belize: Top 10 Things To Do
If you’re planning your first trip to Belize it can be hard to decide what to do, given there are so many choices. Here’s a list of the top 10 activities to consider when planning your trip: 1. Visit a Mayan Ruin. Remnants of the amazing Mayan civilization have been found throughout Belize. After all, Belize was the center of the Mundo Maya. It’s a special treat to explore one of the unique ruins and step back in time. In the Cayo you have a choice of touring Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, or Caracol. If in Corozal, check out Santa Rita or Cerros. Even if you stay on Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker you can take a boat trip and tour of Lamanai or Altun Ha.

Inside the Great Blue Hole of Belize
An almost perfectly circular sinkhole measuring 300 meters across, the Great Blue Hole is one of the most popular and special sites for diving in the Belize Barrier Reef. Formed about 10,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age, the Blue Hole offers divers a uniquely gothic experience of starkly beautiful underwater caves featuring enormous stalactites and the occasional glimpse of the elusive hammerhead shark. As an underwater diving attraction, there is little variation by season or time of year so just about any time is a good time to explore the watery depths of the Belize Blue Hole. Be aware that storms or heavy rainfall can somewhat reduce visibility as well as make transportation to the Belize Blue Hole more difficult. There are no commercial routes that connect Lighthouse Reef (which surrounds the Belize Blue Hole) and the mainland or other islands. A number of private companies offer boat service to and from the area, as well as supplying the necessary diving gear and equipment.

Ginger Pork and Broccoli
In a medium skillet, saute 2 garlic cloves, minced, and 2 teaspoons minced ginger in 1 teaspoon sesame oil for 1 minute. Add 4 ounces cubed pork loin, fat removed, and cook 5 minutes until browned on all sides. Add 1 cup cooked brown rice to pork. Cook 1 cup chopped cauliflower and 1 cup chopped broccoli in boiling salted water for 1 minute; strain, reserving 1/3 cup water. Add vegetables and water to skillet with pork. Cook until water has evaporated, and then add 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sliced scallion, and a dash red chili flakes.

International Sourcesizz

IMF Says Belize 'economy is slowing and fiscal and external vulnerabilities are rising.'
'The economy is slowing and fiscal and external vulnerabilities are rising. Falling oil production and multiple shocks in the primary sector reduced GDP growth to 1 percent in 2015. The decline in prices of energy and other commodities led to deflation in 2015, although the increase in fuel tax restored positive inflation, at 0.1 percent in March. The current account deficit widened to 9.8 percent of GDP as exports fell by 9 percent (mainly oil and marine products) and imports continued to grow, partly due to investment projects. Following partial compensation payments for the two nationalized companies, international reserves fell to 4.6 months of imports in March 2016. The fiscal deficit widened to 8 percent of GDP due to a one-off payment related to a settlement of a loan to one of the nationalized companies, an increase in public sector wages and transfers, and a large overrun in capital expenditure. As a result, the stock of public debt climbed to 82 percent of GDP. The banking system continued to strengthen, although the challenges posed by loss of correspondent banking relationships with international banks have increased since the 2015 Article IV Consultation.

IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission to Belize
End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF's Executive Board. This mission will result in a Board discussion. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe visited Belize during May 11-25 to hold discussions in the context of the country's 2016 Article IV Consultation. At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Bouhga-Hagbe issued the following statement: 'The economy is slowing and fiscal and external vulnerabilities are rising. Falling oil production and multiple shocks in the primary sector reduced GDP growth to 1 percent in 2015. The decline in prices of energy and other commodities led to deflation in 2015, although the increase in fuel tax restored positive inflation, at 0.1 percent in March.

IMF staff completes mission to Belize
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe visited Belize during May 11–25 to hold discussions in the context of the country’s 2016 Article IV Consultation. At the conclusion of the visit, Bouhga-Hagbe issued the following statement: “The economy is slowing and fiscal and external vulnerabilities are rising. Falling oil production and multiple shocks in the primary sector reduced GDP growth to 1 percent in 2015. The decline in prices of energy and other commodities led to deflation in 2015, although the increase in fuel tax restored positive inflation, at 0.1 percent in March. The current account deficit widened to 9.8 percent of GDP as exports fell by 9 percent (mainly oil and marine products) and imports continued to grow, partly due to investment projects. “Following partial compensation payments for the two nationalized companies, international reserves fell to 4.6 months of imports in March 2016. The fiscal deficit widened to 8 percent of GDP due to a one-off payment related to a settlement of a loan to one of the nationalized companies, an increase in public sector wages and transfers, and a large overrun in capital expenditure. As a result, the stock of public debt climbed to 82 percent of GDP.

CDB to fund US$400,000 road project in Belize
The village of Crooked Tree in Belize is home to approximately 1,000 residents, many of whom need to commute daily for employment or educational opportunities. Currently, the village can only be accessed via a 5.6km-long unpaved road, or causeway across the lagoon. During periods of high-intensity rainfall, high water levels in the lagoon regularly overtop the causeway and portions of the road, interrupting access to the community. To assist with ensuring uninterrupted access to the village, the board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding in the amount of US$400,000. The funds will be used to partially finance a feasibility study and the preparation of designs to upgrade the Crooked Tree Road and Causeway.

A Spider vs. Gecko Battle Showed Me the True Heart of Belize
It was 2 a.m. I was huddled in the middle of my bed at Chaa Creek, a luxury jungle resort in Belize, trembling and staring at the blanket I just chucked to the floor in a fit of fear. I’d been in the jungle for three days. Everything up to this point had been great. I trekked through the jungle to nearly the Guatemala border searching for Mayan ruins. I helped stir some drying painted sand locals in a small village use to create elaborate murals on the ground for the Easter season. I snorkeled with sharks and stingrays. But at this moment, none of that mattered. There were two beds in my room and I was using the one closest to the door. I turned off all the lights except the main room light and the bedside table. Then, something in the dark shadows at the foot of the next bed moved. Years of monsters-under-the-bed nightmares had trained me well, and I quickly pulled my legs up onto my bed. And then the monster crawled out of the darkness: a lightly fuzzed and largely segmented black spider as big as my hand. It slowly advanced toward my bed, staring at me with its soulless eyes the entire time.

Jesse Lee youth preparing for Belize
Jesse Lee Church’s youth will be hosting their first breakfast-to-go before the Memorial Day parade on May 30. The breakfast will include an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich with your choice of bacon or sausage and a beverage for $8. They will be set up at the corner of Main and King Lane. The money raised by the high schoolers will be added to the group’s Belize mission trip fund which has a goal of $30,000. The group of 16 youths and their leaders will be traveling to Belize to help impoverished children. Jesse Lee’s team will be working with the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission in their efforts in reconstructing and refurbishing classrooms.

What to Know Before Buying Travel Insurance
Don’t let the extra money deter you from making the investment of travel insurance — the peace of mind it buys is worth every penny. A dream of Belize for your birthday or experiencing the Australian Outback doesn’t have to be derailed by events outside of your control. Travel experts have found that many recent global events have affected how travelers view insurance. For many U.S. travelers, insuranced used to be a “nice to have” but not an essential, however that attitude is changing. The U.S. Travel Insurance Association reported that insurance purchases are up by over 15% since 2012. Looking to purchase a package for an upcoming trip? Some things to do before buying:

Watch Shyne Perform ‘Bad Boyz’ During Bad Boy Family Reunion Show
There’s a few rappers missing from Diddy’s star-studded Bad Boy Reunion show but Shyne isn’t one of them. The 37-year-old rhymer surprised fans when he appeared to perform “Bad Boyz” via video. The former Bad Boy artist appeared live onscreen for concertgoers at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last week weekend to spit lyrics from his his 2000 song. Shyne moved back to his home country, Belize, back in 2009. But that didn’t stop the rhymer from joining in the Bad Boy fun as he rapped in from of one of Belize’s famous Mayan temples. “Happy birthday to the greatest rapper of all time,” he said before getting into the track. “Notorious B.I.G.” Diddy put together an epic lineup for The Notorious B.I.G.’s birthday (May 20) with his Bad Boy family. Lil’ Kim, Ma$e, Faith Evans, the LOX, French Montana, Total, 112, Mario Winans and Carl Thomas were just some of the artists who came out to perform. Bad Boy affiliates and friends such as Jay Z, Mary J Blige and DMX also stepped on the stage to perform.

SHYNE JOINED THE BAD BOY FAMILY REUNION TOUR FROM BELIZE
Shyne streamed into the second night of Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour from Belize. (Revolt TV)

Cost of corn flour in Venezuela skyrockets 900% as economy continues to slide
The arepa – a corn flour patty that's typically stuffed with meat, cheese and vegetables – is a staple of the Venezuelan diet, but that regional dish has become a lot pricier after the government-controlled price of corn flour skyrocketed almost 900 percent. For the last 13 months, the government of President Nicolás Maduro kept the price a steady 19 bolivares per kilogram – which is a little less than $2 at the official exchange rate. But earlier this week, Venezuela’s Superintendent of Fair Prices increased the price of corn flour to 190 bolivares per kilo, or around $19.

Honduras aims to become the leader of the textile industry in the Americas
Honduras is pursuing an ambitious development plan focused on strengthening the textile industry, according to government sources. The Central American country has established itself as a leading player in recent years, currently holding the spot as the second largest exporter of textiles in the Americas, after Mexico. Here are the top five reasons given by the government why Honduras is on the path to becoming the leader of the textile industry in the Americas. 1. Sustainability The key to success for this transformation is sustainability. The plan, a joint initiative of the government and the private sector, seeks to position the country as a leader in the Americas that pushes the frontier of sustainability and innovation in textiles, raising the bar for development and productivity in the industry. This is a critical factor in the current global context where consumers, particularly the younger generations, demand sustainable practices and supply chain integrity throughout the production process.

Videos

  • Belize Fun, min. Belize fun dives (Spanish bay, Gallow's point, Border Line, Sandy Point, Cypros Canyon). Sea cucumber, eagle rays, lion fish, barracuda, dolphins, sea turtle and so many sharks and moray eels that we lost count.

  • You better Belize it, 2.5min.

  • Belize Destination Wedding with Samuel Rivera Photography, 11min. A little fun we had during a destination wedding to Belize. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Prado for taking us along :)

  • Safe and Profitable Seafood through SPS, 6.5min. Endhir Sosa, Senior Food Safety Inspector at the Belize Agricultural Health Authority, demystifies SPS

  • BELIZE ZOO, 10min. The Belize Zoo is on of those great places to visit in Belize. The animals are not gathered for display but rather, they are injured or orphaned animals that would most likely die. The Belize Zoo is a rescue rehab and release back into the wild as main reason for this endeavor. The chance to learn about these exotic creatures is simply incredible and it is possible to intern here..

  • Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, 10min.

    May 26, 2016


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Ministry of Health Confirms Zika in Pregnant Woman
    The Ministry of Health has received another confirmed case of Zika in the country by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The case is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Health staff as the patient is a pregnant woman. This patient is from the Cayo District. The case was picked up through the heightened and strengthened vector borne disease and vaccine preventable disease surveillance, which now includes the monitoring of Zika, currently underway across the country. The Ministry this morning collected a sample from another pregnant woman with symptoms of the virus. The sample will be sent to CARPHA for further testing.

    Mayor Guerrero makes education a priority
    Education is definitely the key to success, and as a part of Education Month, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Councilor Ruben Gonzalez, and members from the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) visited the San Pedro High School, Holy Cross Anglican School, Ambergris Caye Elementary School, Isla Bonita Elementary School, New Horizon Seventh-day Adventist School, and the San Pedro Roman Catholic School. The initial purpose for the Mayor’s visit was to emphasize the importance of education and to assist schools in renovating, improving, or aiding all schools visited. Mayor Guerrero’s agenda included giving a welcome to the student body of each school, touring each classroom and interacting with teachers to hear their needed requests. “After various school visits, it is apparent that many schools are in need of repairs, and improvements to infrastructure are needed,” said Guerrero. He pledged to put a commitment on education, and promised to supply schools with needed materials to improve the overall quality of the education system in San Pedro.

    Ambergris Caye residents join Hands across the Sands against offshore oil exploration
    On Saturday, May 21st Belizeans from among 13 municipalities joined hands as part of the second annual “Hands across the Sand,” in order to promote and highlight the issues of offshore oil exploration and drilling. This year, the campaign was also aimed at spreading the message of saying ‘NO’ to filthy fuels and saying ‘YES’ to clean energy. The event, which also took place in over 80 countries around the world, was spearheaded in Belize by Oceana in Belize who rallied citizens to take part in this worthy cause. In San Pedro Town a total of 19 residents gathered on the beach in front of the Central Park. For around 15 minutes, the group held hands in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize’s marine environment. Hundreds of Belizeans across the 13 municipalities also joined in. Orange Walk Town, Corozal Town Belize City, Belmopan City, San Ignacio Town, Hopkins Villa, Placencia Village, Sarteneja Village, Caye Caulker Village, and Punta Gorda Town said NO to filthy fuels.

    Full Moon concert highlights local talent
    The glow of the full, beautiful moon inspired the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC), and the San Pedro AIDS Commission (SPAC) to host a full moon concert on Saturday, May 21st. The event took place at Central Park, where dozens of people viewed the full moon while enjoying free entertainment from four local artists. The concert featured Wil Nuñez, Oscar Aguilar, Natalie Arceo, and Rompe Raja for a night of family fun. Vice President of SPAC, David Jenkins, and his committee was productive throughout the night raising funds from their food and drink sales. “The weather is perfect and the concert finally happened after many attempts. On behalf of our AIDS Commission, all proceeds will help our organization to continue to stand up for people living with HIV/AIDS in San Pedro,” said Jenkins. The night was perfectly clear, and people danced and applauded the musical talents of the artists. Overall, the concert was a success and the SPHC is hoping to plan a Full Moon concert each quarter of the year.

    SPTC celebrates teachers and nurses
    In honor of Teacher’s and Nurse’s week, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), along with Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., organized a celebration to commemorate their tremendous contribution to the island on Thursday, May 19th. Nurses, doctors, and medical practitioners from Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II, as well as teachers, administrators, and principals from schools across San Pedro packed the Angel Nuñez Auditorium for a night of fun. Prior to starting the ceremony, guests enjoyed socializing and mingling with colleagues and business friends. With an apology given for the absence of Hon. Heredia, Councilor Ruben Gonzalez gave the official vote of thanks for the night. “The purpose of this event is to celebrate all our teachers, nurses, and medical practitioners. We are all very thankful for the commitment from them and we recognize their hard work, long hours, patience, and grace they have. I encourage them to keep up the good work,” said Councilor Gonzalez.

    Ambergris Today

    Belizeans Across the Nation Hold Hands for a Cause
    Residents across Thirteen municipalities join hands as part of the Second Annual “Hands Across the Sand” to Say ‘No’ to Filthy Fuels and ‘Yes’ to Clean Energy - On May 21, 2016, at noon, Belizeans around the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in other public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment. Belize was one of 83 countries to observe Hands Across the Sand with participation from hundreds of residents across the following municipalities: Orange Walk town, Dangriga, Belize City, Placencia, Corozal Town, San Ignacio, Hopkins, Sarteneja, Punta Gorda town, Caye Caulker, San Pedro (Headline Picture) and Belmopan.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Habaneros Pepper Sauce
    This stuff is just onions in vinegar with maybe a few habaneros or jalapenos cut up and tossed in for a little kick and some other secret spices. Rosita's Burrito stand had it in a big jug and you could put it on burritos/hotdogs.

    Village Initiative Arcadia San Pedro Seminar Series August 8 – August 19
    Arcadia University is being hosted in San Pedro for the purpose of bring free education and seminars to the community. With focus on Education, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Medical and Psychological Support, and Business, Supervisory and Leadership initiatives.

    Republic of China (Taiwan) to Disburse First Installment for Renal Failure Prevention Project to the Ministry of Health
    The Ministry of Health on behalf of the Government and people of Belize will be receiving the first disbursement of US$34,500 for the capacity building project for the prevention and control of chronic renal failure in Belize at a ceremony to be held at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel on May 30th, 2016 at 9:00a.m. The “Renal Failure Prevention Project” is a three-year project with a total approved budget of US$2.2 million. It was signed on February 10, 2016 between Belize and Taiwan to treat patients at the early stages of renal failure or kidney disease, ultimately reducing the socio-economic burden to families and to the health system. Training will be provided to general practitioners and dialysis nurses in Taiwan, while local training programs will be conducted for Case Managers and Community Health Workers in identification and management of risk factors for kidney failure. Furthermore, the project also includes the establishment and launch of a tracking and management system for chronic disease cases in medical facilities.

    Minister Panton delivers Keynote Address at Galen University Graduation
    On Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, Galen University graduated ninety-nine students at its 13th Commencement Exercises held at the Muffles College Auditorium in Orange Walk Town. Graduates received degreesin various fields including Anthropology, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Accounting and Business Administration. Hon. Tracy Taegar- Panton, Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade & Commerce, delivered the keynote address, highlighting the emerging socio-economic needs and challenges in the public and private sectors and how Belizeans can combine their skills, talents and experiences to shape a new future. The minister stressed the importance of diversifying our economic base using technology, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship as well as maintaining open dialogue to foster co-ordination and objectivity on matters of national importance.

    Empower Yourself Belize Movement
    Empower Yourself Belize Movement (EYBM) recently held a event to commemorate IDAHOT Day. EYBM is a Belize NGO that works with People Living with HIV and focuses on delivering health tips and the importance of medication adherence, addressing nutrition, increasing prevention education interventions for HIV/STI, and advice on personal hygiene. Currently EYBM is funded through The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donor and partner nations and others to make smart investments to save lives.

    Education in Belize: Breaking bad habits
    I commend the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) for defiantly standing up to Guatemala during its escalating armed border incursions into Belize. An age old, yet formerly non-violent, border dispute has now turned violent. Guatemala has defiantly stationed its military at Belize's Southern Sarstoon border, and may want to push armed contingents even further into our Southern and Western borders. Our government ignored the first armed encroachment, and then urged Belizeans to stay away from the Sarstoon border. Yet, we now have incurred loss of life on both sides. Many Belizeans have reached a boiling point (against their own government as well as Guatemala), and are taking defiant actions to protest Guatemala's armed bullying and the Belize government's sudden Sarstoon Prohibition law. BNTU members/teachers have set a positive example for thousands of students in Belize, and showed them the importance of "taking action".

    May 2016 External Trade & Consumer Price Index
    During the month of April 2016, the prices of goods and services purchased by Belizean households were a marginal 0.1 percent higher than in April 2015. According to latest statistics released by the Statistical Institute of Belize, the All Items Consumer Price Index was 102.9, up from 102.8 in April of last year. For the first four months of the year 2016, an inflation rate of 0.2 percent was recorded.
    Belize’s total imports for the month of April 2016 were valued at $168.9 million. This was an increase of 7.2 percent or $11.3 million over last April’s imports, which totaled $157.6 million. Of the various categories, ‘Machinery and Transport Equipment’ was the primary reason for the rise in total imports during the month, growing considerably by $25 million dollars, from $31 million in April 2015 to $56 million in April 2016. This increase was mainly attributable to purchases of telecommunications equipment valued at $17 million dollars made during the month. The ‘Other Manufactures’ category had the only other observable increase, growing by a lesser $2 million due mostly to purchases of construction material along with plastic boxes and crates.

    2nd annual Summer Music Camp, Caye Caulker
    You have seen what our children are capable of accomplishing with a dedicated and excellent music instructor like Mr. Carlos Perrote so Come join us during the summer as we get ready for our 2nd annual Summer Music Camp. Our Saturday music classes will continue as scheduled. The music camp is not only designed for children but adults as well. If you would like to join us or sponsor a child give me a call at 605-5904 or visit my Tutoring center at the corner of Estrella Street and Avenida Mangle.

    Bartending Training in Belize City
    Belize Mixology is finally coming to Belize City for bartending training. Details are as follows: Venue: BTEC building at the ITVET compound. Introduction to Bartending: Tuesday June 7th to 9th from 9am to 12pm. Cost $350 Advanced Bartending: Friday June 10th to 13th from 9am to 12 pm. Cost $450 We are offering a 10% discount for the first 10 persons to to sign up and pay the required 50 % deposit. Payment can be made via cash, cheque, or bank deposit to our Scotia company account. This is a great oppurtunity to gain knowledge in a rapidly growing sector of the hospitality industry. We also help in finding jobs for qualified participants after training. If a participant would like to take just the Advanced course, he/she would need to have a minimum of 5 years of experience at a fully functioning bar. If not then the Introduction training is required first. Certificates are awarded for each training. Spaces are very limited.

    De-escalating the Working Poor's Mental Health Issues
    We are all challenged with emotional distresses. As men it is harder as we are expected to be stronger. There is a correlation with physical work. The more physical the environment is, the more macho a male is expected to be. The only therapy that most of us receive is when we chat with a friend or in a group, social setting. You ever see a bunch of guys hang out and drink? In the middle of the loud music and chatting about which woman is sexy, there will be moments when relationship issues are brought up. The only help they get is the release, depending on the quality group they may or may not receive good advice. But they will get the "I feel yo pain" response, which is all the therapy they receive. Earlier in the week you may have noticed a series of "high school fights" of mostly girls and maybe one with adult females. The quality of the discussion by the friend who recorded these attacks, that's what they were, attacks to shame the victim who they expected to lose. They didn't want a fight, they wanted a victim whose pain can be repeated continuously. If you look at the comments, they range from "this boring" "They can't be from this neighborhood because they so lame". People have no empathy. People are cold.

    Submit your application today to the BETEX Committee
    Deadline for applications is April 29, 2016.

    Ministry of Health Confirms Zika in Pregnant Woman
    The Ministry of Health has received another confirmed case of Zika in the country by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The case is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Health staff as the patient is a pregnant woman. This patient is from the Cayo District. The case was picked up through the heightened and strengthened vector borne disease and vaccine preventable disease surveillance, which now includes the monitoring of Zika, currently underway across the country. The Ministry this morning collected a sample from another pregnant woman with symptoms of the virus. The sample will be sent to CARPHA for further testing. Vector control and public health officers, along with staff from the Epidemiology Unit and Maternal and Child Health Departments, are actively engaged with the community and are further scaling up efforts in the monitoring of Zika.

    The Ombudsman of Belize Assumes Presidency of the Central American Council of Human Rights Defenders/Ombudsmen
    The Ombudsman of Belize welcomes the Central American Council of Human Rights Defenders/Ombudsmen to Belize City, Belize from 25 to 27 May, 2016. During the Council’s visit, the Ombudsman of Belize will assume the Presidency of the Council for the year 2016 to 2017. On May 25, the Council will host a Forum on Internal Displacement and Forced Migration, a topic of important concern to the region at the moment. The Council will also have closed meetings to discuss other important topics, including the formulation of plans and projects, adoption of resolutions and other matters. The Council was reconstituted in February 2015 and consists of the seven Central American Countries: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The Presidency rotates among the member countries annually.

    Poets Corner: Shock Wave
    By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Pause for a cause Let’s look at our laws The Mayan cause Is Belize’s cause Their ICJ victory Made legal history Setting precedence for indigenous peoples throughout the territory This makes the status quo uneasy Sending shockwaves throughout the hegemony The NGC, NCC and the East Indian Council Need to seek legal counsel Join together taking your indigenous cause to the judiciary This will put a stop the hegemony’s corruption in country We all have rights to this territory We won’t be able to accede any land and territories To any other countries

    Power interruption from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday May 29th for the entire Corozal District.
    BEL to conduct critical maintenance of equipment at the Corozal Substation.

    2016 Frenchie's Offshore Open
    First place honors for the 2016 Frenchie's Offshore Open went to Team Venator out of Chetumal who boated a 135lb Blue Marlin, a 15lb Wahoo and 5lb Tuna. 2nd Place winners were Princesa Del Mar out of San Pedro who released a Sailfish on Day 1 and a White Marlin on Day 2 while 3rd Place went to Fishizzle also from San Pedro who released a White Marlin on Day 2 and took heaviest Dorado which weighed 18lbs. In all the tournament boats released 2 Sailfish, 3 White Marlin and weighed 1 Blue Marlin. Thanks to all our sponsors for their support and to all 17 boats who competed. We'll see you again next year Caye Caulker!

    Men at Work art Exhibit in Corozal
    Mark the date, as we celebrate Corozal's talented male artists at the 4th annual Men at Work art exhibit.

    I AM Belize scholarship Program
    Belize Electricity Limited and RESTORE Belize entered into a four-year partnership on May 25, with the Company committing to provide a $36,000 total contribution towards the “I AM Belize scholarship Program”. BEL’s contribution will provide tuition, books, and uniforms for 9 new scholarship students for the 2016 – 2019 school years. A total of 38 students have graduated from the program since its inception in 2010, with a success rate of 80% in 2014 – 2015.

    ATLIB Professional Development 2016
    ATLIB had their 2016 Professional Development Sessions last week, where most of the country's tertiary level professors met to learn everything from technology in the classroom to grant writing to statistics. Sacred Heart Junior College, Belize hosted the event. Minister Faber was there to kick off the learning, and he gave a great speech about quality and the need to strive for that goal in the field of education.

    Public Service Info Day 2016
    Public Service Information Day is Friday, May 27th, and it'll be celebrated at Sir George Brown Field in Belmopan. The Benque Marimba Academy will be there along with entertainment for everyone. There will also be chocolate making. Thanks, MoEYSC! "Happening on Friday May 27th 2016 @ The Sir George Brown Field in Belmopan!!! Come out and view our booth MOEYSC from 9:00 am to 3:00pm!!!"

    Belize Zoo Conservation Camp 2016
    The Belize Zoo is gearing up for their 23rd annual Conservation Camp. Now is the time to apply because the camp will start on June 27th. "CONSERVATION CAMP 2016!: TBZ will once again be accepting young Belizeans join our Education team as we explore Belize's natural wonders through our week long conservation camp. This will be the 23rd year of 'Zoo Camp.' Special guest presentations, field trips, scientific studies and role play are just a few of the many activities planned this year. The goal of Camp, as always, is to foster conservation-minded attitudes in the next generation of stewards of our natural heritage. June 27th to July 1st are the dates this year, so, parents, start applying! Campers must be 12-17 years of age, and come prepared for 4 nights and 5 days of activities. More info and registration forms can be requested from education@belizezoo.org, or outreach@belizezoo.org, or call the Zoo at 822-8000."

    Maypole Dance w/ the Charikanari Dancers in San Pedro
    Join us this Friday at the San Pedro House of Culture as we revive the traditional Maypole dance. Performing will be the Black & White Charikanari Dancers. This events will be a fundraising event for the cultural dance group. Food & drinks on sale. Performing will be the Charikanari Dancers and local children. See you there!

    Learn more about The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project
    Public Engagement meeting #2, June 15th

    Channel 7

    PM Was Curt When Discussing Istanbul Talks
    Yesterday bilateral talks between the Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala concluded in Istanbul, Turkey. At the conclusion of that meeting, the Foreign Affairs Ministries of both Belize and Guatemala sent out a joint press release. Although it was lengthy, and mentioned that both parties recognized the need to avoid further incidents along the border, it did not give much specifics as to what was actually discussed. However, as a result of these talks, the Prime Minister, who sits as the chair of the National Security Council, saw it fit to revoke the Sarstoon SI. That was a surprising action, given that the Prime Minister ended the 30-day Sarstoon Ban a few days early. So, what did the Belize delegation relay back to give him that kind of confidence? That's what we asked when we caught him Orange Walk Town after attending Elijio Joe Briceño's funeral. Here's how that very brief conversation actually went:

    Ambassador Courtenay Was More Forthcoming On Bilateral Talks
    We had a few more important questions for the Prime Minister on this topic, but he declined to entertain anymore and walked off. We did however meet Eamon Courtney at that same event, who had returned home early. He was a bit more candid in speaking with us about the bilateral talks at Istanbul. He attended the summit as a representative of the Leader of the Opposition and as a member the Belize delegation. Here is his take on the Istanbul discussions. Eamon Courtenay - Representative of the Leader of the Opposition: "First of all I think the most significant thing is that Belize and Guatemala have now agreed that it is necessary to have a protocol for the free navigation in the Sarstoon and the parties have agreed that they will start the negotiations very shortly of that protocol. As the Foreign Minister indicated during the course of the meeting the basis on which Belize will start is that we will have full sovereignty and territorial integrity over our side of the Sarstoon River as well as the Sarstoon Island; so that was the basis from which we will start. The second important thing is a sort of informal understanding from Guatemala that there will be free navigation even whilst we are negotiating so we do not expect that the Guatemalan naval forces and military are going to continue to stop Belizeans or other people from using the Sarstoon River."

    The Opposition Leader's Representative Is Cautiously Optimistic
    But just how confident is the Belize Delegation that Guatemala will hold true to this "informal" agreement? We couldn't get the Prime Minister's thoughts on that issue but according to Eamon Courtney, it is all but a waiting game now. He added that, at least for their part, the PUP remains confident - but not too confident - on the way forward. Here is how he put it. Eamon Courtenay - Representative of the Leader of the Opposition: "I would say it's important for us to see what happens. Saying something in a diplomatic meeting is one thing, the proof of the pudding is in the eating so we need to see what happens beginning now when we exercise our rights to use the Sarstoon when our citizens and when the military exercise their right. We expect based on the understanding at the meeting that they will be entitled to do so as we have always done. Now as you say the important thing is whether or not the Guatemalan forces in the Sarstoon is going to respect that. We are hopeful that they will, we insisted that the information be communicated not only to the top of the military but to the soldiers and the naval forces in the area. So there should be no defence that the message didn't reach the people in the field and that type of thing; we expect full compliance and respect for our territorial rights."

    When's the Next Bilateral Talks On Sarstoon Protocol?
    So, the SI is revoked and tensions at the Southern border are expected to de-escalate given the "Informal" agreement that allows for the free passage of Belizean military and civilians along the Sarstoon. It's is a good start, but just for how long will this "informal" agreement stand? Both countries have agreed that it is necessary to set the protocol of operation at the Sarstoon but no timeline has been given for when that protocol will be fleshed out; however according to Eamon Courtney, negotiations are expected to begin soon in that regard. And, it better, he says, because the PUP have all intentions of continuing to assert their sovereignty over Belize's portion of the Sarstoon. Eamon Courtenay - Representative of the Leader of the Opposition: "The understanding is that Ambassador Roldan and Ambassador Rosado will meet very shortly and set the time table for the meetings which we expect to start as a matter of urgency. We expect the meetings to take place very quickly and to be progressed with some deliberate speed because we need certainty and we need a clear understanding because we will be exercising our rights in the Sarstoon."

    PUP's Failed Trip Could Have Affected The Outcome Of Istanbul Talks
    Full respect of our rights to even visit the Sarstoon… this is very a strong position from a PUP senator. As you know, the party's trip didn't happen for the reasons the Opposition Leader described last night. Nevertheless the members of the Guatemalan delegation caught wind of the planned expedition and at the diplomatic talks at Istanbul yesterday it was briefly brought up. Eamon Courtenay - Representative of the Leader of the Opposition: "The Foreign Minister of Guatemala did mention the fact that the proposed trip by the PUP was in his view and in his words provocative. Our side didn't respond to it but as you know we believe that we have a right to travel in the Sarstoon and to travel anywhere in the 8,867 square miles of Belize. It is regrettable that Guatemala would regard that as being provocative but it is our right that the PUP believes that every Belizean has a right to exercise and we as a party if necessary will do it."

    Opposition Leader's Rep. Sees Purpose For PUP Lawsuit
    So now with the SI revoked, it makes another PUP Trip to the Sarstoon a little less meaningful by way of political standards. The main reason for the PUP's visit to the Sarstoon was to challenge the - what they called- unconstitutional move by the Government. So no SI, no political meaning. But is the same true for the Constitutional Challenge which the opposition filed against the Government? Today we asked Eamon Courtney for his legal opinion on this matter. Here is what he said. Eamon Courtenay - Representative of the Leader of the Opposition: "It's not mute and it is not pointless because we expect the challenge to continue. You see what you have there is in our view an unlawful exercise of state power. As I said before it is bad policy and it is bad in law. The public safety act has a specific criteria for the Governer General to exercise that power to restrain people from moving in the Sarstoon or anywhere else. We believe that the facts were not there for him to do it and therefore he acted unlawfully and we have to set a precedent, the court has to speak to the circumstances in which that kind of power can be exercised in the future. So it is a very important case, it violated our constitutional rights and the constitutional rights of many Belizeans who attempted to go there and we ask the court to still pronounce on it for the future."

    2nd Zika Confirmed In Belize; This Time It's A Pregnant Woman
    Belize has another confirmed case of Zika in country, and this time, it's a pregnant woman who is infected. That's not the type of news that the Ministry of Health wants at this time, since the woman's baby is at risk of being born with the medical condition as micro-cephaly, a birth defect where newborns have abnormally small heads and under-developed brains. The Ministry of Health confirmed before news time that it has received the confirmation of the pregnant woman by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Their statement says, quote, "The case is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Health staff as the patient is a pregnant woman. This patient is from the Cayo District. The case was picked up through the heightened and strengthened vector borne disease and vaccine preventable disease surveillance, which now includes the monitoring of Zika, currently underway across the country.

    Police Constable Killed Himself
    Suicides don't normally make the evening news, but one of them is tonight after a cop killed himself this morning. Another cop attempted to take his life less than 5 days before, and we'll get to that, but first to the very tragic story of Constable Edward Gonzalez. Right now, the Queen Street Police Formation, where he was stationed is still trying to grapple with his death. The 34 year-old constable shot himself in the head early this morning around 2. Gonzalez was with 2 other officers outside of the Queen Street Police Station when he suddenly pulled out his licensed gun and shot himself. Gonzalez's suicide has stunned his colleagues and today at a press briefing, they told us they didn't see this coming. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. PC Edward Gonzalez went to work every morning at 7:00 sharp. He was always right on time for the routine inspection and briefing sessions. Gonzalez became known for his promptness, tidiness and good police work.

    Another Cop Tried Suicide; Very Fortunately, He Failed
    Now while it is very unfortunate that Gonzalez lost all hope and ended his life, there is hope for Precinct 2 Police Constable Melvin Nah. He is recovering at the hospital right now after he tried to poison himself on Monday night. Luckily his family and friends got to him quickly and rushed him to the hospital. Nah was saved. Police told us more about this other troubling case. ACP Chester Williams - OC, Chester Williams: "There was an incident on Monday night where a police officer who is assigned to precinct 2 apparently drank some noxious substance and was rushed to the KHMH. He is currently in the hospital admitted in a stable condition. From what we have been made to understand he's slowly recovering and he should make a full recovery in a very short space of time."

    Police Counsellor Trying Assist With The Stressors Of The Job
    So Now, what is being done in the police department to help officers like Gonzalez and Nah? Well as you heard, there is an Employee Assistance Program which provides counseling to police officers. Today we spoke to the coordinator of the program Shawn Vargas and he highlighted some of the stresses that police offices face and he also discussed how to manage that stress. Shawn Vargas - Coordinator, Employee Assistance Prog.: "It's a high stress job. There are several factors that police officers have to contend with. Many among them is putting your life at risk on a daily basis and so as to some of the challenges that they are faced among the general public on their job it's the idea of walking to know that you might be a target; now that's a level you have to work with. It is important for us to understand ourselves, it is important for us to understand our body; our body tells us a lot in terms of dealing with stress and coping with personal challenges. So if you believe that you are a point, at a breaking point then it is best to get professional help. It is best to get professional help for guidance and professional help is available through the employee assistance programme."

    Eastern Division South Commander Wants In-House Personal Constable
    But is this Employee Assistance Program enough? Well, the Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams doesn't think so. Williams explained that there needs to be a greater focus on having in house counsellors at the different divisions. ACP Chester Williams - OC, Chester Williams: "Our department have grown so huge and I think that the police department is the largest organization in the government service, bigger than the BDF, bigger than the coast guard. The only organization bigger than us are the teachers and I think that we have grown to the extent that we should be able to have our own in house counsellors and I think that what we need to do is look seriously at how we can achieve this to have at least one at each of the different divisions within the police department. That is only 6 regions so to hire 6 counsellors to be available at any given time to provide counselling to our officers I do believe that the benefit will surely outweigh the cost. While we do have the employee assistance programme it is a good idea, good initiative but I think that if we have our own in house counsellors our officers will be more use to those person and they'll be more willing to open to those persons."

    Calaney's Attorney Says She Has No-Case To Answer To
    For the past 16 days now, 30 year-old Calaney Flowers has been standing trial in the court room of Justice Troadio Gonzalez for the capital offenses of murder and attempted murder. Police say that on August 28, 2012 she used her car to intentionally knock her ex-boyfriend, 29 year-old Lyndon Morrison, down. He was on his motorcycle with his new girlfriend Sochyl Sosa, and the impact of the collision caused them to suffer serious injuries, which ended up claiming Lyndon Morrison's life. Well, since we last reported on the trial without jury, a lot has taken place. The prosecutor, Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith, has called a number of witnesses including Morrison's mother Laurel Grant, as well as Sochyl Sosa, the woman who survived the deadly accident. She told the court last week from the stand that, on that night, at around 9:00 o'clock, she was at home, when Lyndon Morrison arrived at her house to pick her up on his motorcycle. They stopped at Friendship Restaurant on Mahogany Street to buy a burger and headed to a Chinese shop near to get a juice.

    The Newco Ghost of Previous Government's Past
    You may remember Newco, as a European Consortium which had a brief 30-year concession agreement with the Previous Musa Government over the Management and control of the Philip Goldson International Airport. That business deal eventually led a legal dispute which for which a 4.2 million US dollar award has been hanging over the current Government's head. Well, it appears that this ghost of the Musa Government past is coming back to haunt the current Goverment once again. It's a dispute that dates back 11 years ago to May of 2005 when Newco, sued the the Musa Government. The company's claim is that the then Government of the day entered into that concession agreement and 11 months later, they terminated it without cause. If that deal hadn't ended abruptly, Newco would have been entitled to operate the airport and make improvements to it. You'll remember that the Belize Airport Concession Company, the group of well-connected local investors, got the deal to run the airport after the canceled Newco agreement.

    BEL Teams Up With Restore Belize For Scholarships
    Every year, Restore Belize sources business partners to help fund four years of secondary school expenses for a number of underprivileged students. Today they signed a formal agreement with the Belize Electricity Limited, BEL, in which the electricity company is granting $36 thousand dollars to the "I AM Belize scholarship Program". The grant will provide tuition, books, and uniform for 9 new scholarship students for a period of four years. We spoke with Restore Belize and the BEL representatives who signed the document. Here's what they told us about this new partnership. Roger Bradley - Sr. Prog. Officer, RESTORE Belize: "What is happening is we are embarking on a partnership between RESTORE Belize and the Belize National Energy Charitable Trust to riase funds for another 4 years and this morning we really appreciate the assistance of the Belize Electricity Limited and this will enable 9 students to have an opportunity to complete their secondary education."

    A Discrepancy In the Narrative Of Chester's Alleged Shooter
    You may remember the high speed city chase that almost got Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams shot by a gunman, or worse. As we told you, On May 13th Williams was driving in his personal vehicle when he got word of a shooting on Euphrates Avenue. He was also alerted of a fleeing black truck that was nearby when the shooting happened. Williams was in the area and set chase after the men in the vehicle. He caught up with them and that is when he came face to face with 19 year old Zacharia Knox. Knox fired 3 shots at Williams but he missed. Knox along with 2 others were charged in connection with the shooting. But there is one thing that does not quite add up, Knox somehow ended up in the hospital in a critical condition after that brazen encounter with Williams. So how did he get there? Well we asked Williams about it today and he said plainly : he does not know! Mike Rudon - Channel 5 News: "That fellow last report we got he fired at you, he was apprehended that same evening and somehow from there to this point he is at the KHMH in what was critical condition up to a couple days ago. Could you take us from the apprehension to the KHMH."

    Don "Joe" Laid To Rest
    Earlier you heard the Prime Minister's comments on the latest developments on the diplomatic front between Belize and Guatemala. We met him in Orange Walk earlier this evening, but he was not there on official business. He was actually there in a sort of informal capacity, to attend the funeral service of the late Joe Briceño, a stalwart PUP, former Government Minister, and two time representative for Orange Walk. He is also happens to be the father of the now leader of the People's United Party. Today, the Prime Minister and a few other UDP Ministers paid a courtesy visit to the Leader of the Opposition and attended his father's funeral. Minister for Port Loyola even offered a few kind words to the late Briceno during the official funeral service. Today we spoke to the PM who told us that while He and the Briceno's are political enemies, outside of that political arena is no space for animosity. And so today it was just right to join in honor the legacy of the late Briceno.

    Come Have Lunch With A Cop
    You know all about the weekly meet and greets that the different Eastern Division commanders hold to become more friendly and available to the communities they serve. Well, the Eastern Division's commanders are offering another means to reason with them on a one-on-one basis. It's called the Lunch with a Cop initative, in which, as the name suggests, members of the public can sit down and share a meal, with the different Eastern Division leaders. Assistant Superintendent of Police Desiree Phillips told us more about it today. The first edition of the Lunch with a Cop initative is set for tomorrow at 11;30 to 1 at the Sea View Restaurant at the Princess Hotel. Everyone is invited to come and have lunch with 12 officers at your own expense.

    The ESRI User Conference Is Here Again
    The 2016 Belize Esri user conference was held today at Biltmore Plaza. The two day event saw key note speaker Jacqueline DaCota, the Chairperson of the Land Information Council of Jamaica, presenting her expertise in the field of applied Geographic information system (GIS). Other speakers included lecturers, GIS students, business owners, bank managers, members of Government agencies, and just about anybody else you could think of- all sharing their knowledge and experiences in the use of GIS technology. The wide variety of participants set the background for what ESRI and its local partners are trying to do- and that is to get everyone using this GIS technology.

    Channel 5

    Suicide at Queen Street Precinct: On-duty Police Officer Shoots Himself
    Today, the Belize Police Department is reeling from the sudden death of one of their own, Police Constable Edwardo Gonzalez – not in the line of duty, but allegedly by [...]

    Another Officer Ingests Deadly Poison in Suicide Attempt
    That suicide this morning follows what we are told was an attempt by another police officer on Monday. In that case the officer allegedly ingested some form of poison, reportedly [...]

    Police Department Addresses Critical Turn of Events
    When and if that officer does recover, he will be placed into counseling which is provided by the Employee Assistance Program. It’s a twenty-four hour service available to those within [...]

    Counseling to be Provided for Traumatized Colleagues
    That counseling is sorely needed by officers who deal with long hours at a very difficult job. The suicide and attempted suicide this week highlight the need. But there’s some [...]

    ‘Papa’ Mena Discusses U.D.P.’s Upcoming Special Convention
    On Sunday at the ITVET in Belize City, the United Democratic Party will be holding a special convention to elect a First Deputy Leader.  Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar is [...]

    A Pregnant Mother in Cayo Tests Positive for Zika
    There is another confirmed case of zika in Belize. Late this evening, the Ministry of Health issued a release confirming that another patient has tested positive for the virus. This [...]

    Did Police Pummel Zachry Knox Following Incident Involving Top Cop?
    On May twelfth, nineteen-year-old Zachry Knox allegedly fired three shots at Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams during a high speed chase in the city. Knox was picked up that [...]

    A Date for Decision in Calaney Flowers Murder Trial is Set
    Thirty-year-old Calaney Flowers, a former employee of Atlantic Bank who is accused of the vehicular homicide of her ex-boyfriend, appeared before Justice Troadio Gonzalez today.  Flowers has also been charged [...]

    Youths Charged for Beating Up Elderly Man Near BTL Park
    Two Belize City youths were today fined five hundred dollars each after they both pled guilty for badly beating a sixty-four-year-old fisherman over the weekend. Today, twenty-year-old Justin Marin and [...]

    Public Service Day Celebrated with Information Fair
    An all-day information fair concluded in Belize City this evening.  The event was part of the annual celebration of Public Service Day and saw the participation of a number of [...]

    B.E.L. and Restore Belize Sign MOU for High School Scholarship
    A Memorandum of Understanding was signed earlier today between Belize Electricity Limited and Restore Belize for a grant of thirty-six thousand dollars.  The money, given for a specific purpose, has [...]

    Skills Training Center Showcases Talented Young Students
    Over four hundred students have been graduated from the Skill Training Center in Belize City since its inception in 2012. There has been a fifty percent success rate so far [...]

    Belize Wins Gold in COCABA Men’s Volleyball Tournament
    The Belize Male National Volleyball Team wins the Copa Cancun 2016 Tournament. Over the weekend, three teams from Belize, including the MOEN Stars female team and the UB Black Jaguars [...]

    Special Edition Sports Wednesday – Football and Softball Stats
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley with a Wednesday edition of Sports Monday. You know some days are better than others so let’s jump into the action.   Monday’s Belize City [...]

    PlusTV

    Sarstoon Restriction SI revoked
    The Government of Belize has announced that it has revoked the Sarstoon Prohibition SI which was placed into effect on April 29th of this year. Government made the announcement on Tuesday May 24, 2016, following a cabinet session, just 5 days shy of when the restriction would have been lifted accor...

    Guatemala-Belize Foreign Ministers agree to “work on formal cooperation mechanism”
    That agreement to start work on “a formal cooperation mechanism” between the two countries was reached when the Foreign Ministers attended the World Humanitarian Summit held by the United Nations Secretary General. There, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala, Hon. Wilfred Elringt...

    PUP blames Government for postponed Sarstoon trip
    The People’s United Party (PUP) says it has postponed, not cancelled, its planned educational trip to the Sarstoon River for party leaders that was scheduled for Saturday. According to an official statement from the party issued Saturday evening, “..this unfortunate postponement in no way signals an...

    BPP and BTV go to Sarstoon
    However, while the PUP backed out, the Belize Territorial Volunteer leader Wil Maheai and Belize Progressive Party member Bobby Lopez, did not . The two organizations teamed up and took a boat to the mouth of the Sarstoon River on Saturday before the law was revoked. Also with Maheia and Lopez on...

    Teacher drowns on fishing trip with Coast Guard friends
    A teacher drowned after he and two of his Coast Guard friends went on a fishing trip in the Orange Walk district. According to reports, on Sunday May 22, 31-year-old Coast Guard Elijio Reyes of Xaibe Village, Corozal District and another Coast Guard, Genaro Chan, were along with their friend 31...

    Two injured after car slams into concrete wall
    Two Santa Elena residents were injured on Saturday May 21st after the car they were travelling in slammed into the concrete wall by the San Ignacio market. Police say they were called out to Savannah Street, San Ignacio, near the low wooden bridge area sometime around 4 o’clock Saturday morning wher...

    RTA on Hummingbird Highway
    There was another traffic accident over the long holiday weekend. This one happened on the Humingbird Highway on Monday May 23 somewhere near St. Margaret’s village. There is not much information to go on except that a black SUV apparently lost control and ran off the road flipping and landing with...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Deadly accident in OW kills one, several others hospitalized
    Tonight the Gongora family are mourning the death of one of their loved one, 55 year old Elba Gongora, who perished in a fatal traffic accident on the San Felipe Road in the Orange Walk District. Breaking Belize News was made to understand that a […]

    Teenagers, 20 and 19, pleaded guilty to wounding 64 year old man
    Senior citizen and fisherman 64 year old Lester Hernandez was allegedly caught taking public relief at the BTL Park on Newtown Barracks this past Sunday. He received a beating for his trouble and today two teenagers were made to pay fines for taking the law […]

    Belmopanese charged for beating senior citizen
    Two young men from Belmopan are accused of beating up a La Democracia villager ten days ago, such that he may lose an eye. 22 year old Justin Ashley Clark and 20 year old Edmond Anthony Pascascio appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, accused […]

    Judge to decide fate of woman accused of murder
    Justice Troadio Gonzalez is to hand down a ruling next Monday, May 30, 2016 in the case of Calaney Flowers, accused of the August 28, 2012 murder of her ex-boyfriend, Lyndon Morrison, and the attempted murder of his new girlfriend, Sochil Sosa, a Honduran national. […]

    Belizean taxi driver hijacked by Guatemalan
    Credible information reaching our newsroom indicates that a Guatemalan has been detained for allegedly hijacking a Belizean taxi driver in the Cayo District. BBN Sources have indicated to us that sometime this afternoon a taxi driver was stopped by two men who requested to be […]

    Police United represent Belize in CONCACAF Champions League
    Newly crowned national football champions Police United Football Club is Belize’s representative to the CONCACAF Champions League, as winner of the overall Premier League of Belize season 2015-2016. When all points won in competition are taken into consideration, Police, which won the opening season […]

    Council of Churches supports ICJ resolution
    During Friday’s press briefing in Belize City, the Belize Council of Churches, which represents the three largest Christian denominations in Belize – Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism and Methodism – and other smaller churches, revealed that it supported taking Belize and Guatemala’s territorial dispute to the […]

    Melchor vendors did not demonstrate; say it’s safe to shop there
    This past Friday there were reports that merchants in Melchor de Mencos, Peten would hold a protest targeting their leadership in Government. But the demonstration never happened. In the weeks following the death of a Guatemalan minor in the adjacency zone on April 20th, […]

    Elijio Briceno buried today
    Past government minister under the People’s United Party (PUP) from 1979-1984, Elijio ‘Joe’ Briceno, passed away on Saturday night in a Belize City hospital after falling gravely ill. Elijio, the father of current PUP leader, John Briceno, was laid to rest today and given […]

    Weed and shotgun found in Santa Elena
    San Ignacio Police with the assistance of its K-9 Unit, conducted searches in two areas of Santa Elena Town yesterday morning, resulting in the discovery of cannabis and a shotgun. At around 6:00 a.m., the team searched along the banks of the Macal River, […]

    Sixth ESRI User Conference reaches out to businesses
    Total Business Solutions’ 6th annual ESRI User Conference showcases development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and how to adopt it to modern work. This year, the benefits to businesses are being discussed. Location intelligence – maximizing where you are to be more attractive […]

    Police officer kills himself in Belize City
    A police officer posted in Precinct 3 of the Queen Street Police Station killed himself last night. Information is still sketchy and according to reports, he shot himself with his own weapon. The police officer is Edwardo Gonzales P.C 944 of Santa Elena, Cayo District. […]

    Blogs

    A Trip to A New Beach On the Leeward Side of Caye Caulker – Koko King
    Monday was a holiday in Belize. I celebrated by joining a bunch of friends on a boat trip to Caye Caulker – actually…to a small caye with a sandbar off the northern tip of Caye Caulker. My friend Jackie had spotted it from her Tropic Air plane and thought it would be a great place to lounge and enjoy the day. There was a sandbar…of sorts. But, the area was extremely grassy and the sandbar, more of a…smushbar. We decided to head to the backside (the leeward side of Caye Caulker – about another 15 minutes) and try the new cleared beach just north of the famous Split in the island. I believe the name is Koko King. A large plot of white sand beach with a beautiful dock and lots of lounge chairs. We pulled up and paid $10bzd each to have access to all the chairs and the sails used for shade. Perfect. To the left, The Split. To the right, a hammock in the water…and lots of kids kayaking and swimming. A few families were up here too for a day in the water.

    10 Reasons to visit Belize, Central America
    After travelling through Guatemala, the final stop on my Central America itinerary was Belize. Crossing the border from Guatemala to Belize was a surreal experience in itself; armed border police watched on as we dragged our wheelie cases through the ‘no mans land’ between both countries. I didn’t expect to see or feel a whole lot of difference as soon as we crossed the border, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Despite being located next to one another, the identities of Guatemala and Belize are a world apart. Guatemala is full of vibrancy, colour and has a strong Hispanic cultural influence, with Spanish being the first language. In contrast, Belize has a much more laid-back Caribbean vibe and being located right on the Caribbean sea, there is a geographical logic to this strong cultural influence. Like much of the Caribbean, English is the first language in Belize. The country has become an on-trend honeymoon destination in recent years, and after visiting for myself, it’s evident why. And if that hasn’t tempted you enough, here are 10 reasons to visit Belize…

    Driving directions from Belize City Airport (BZE) to Placencia, Belize!
    You will depart the airport and follow the “International Airport Road” – signs should say – to Belize City. You’ll drive with the airplane runway on your left as you depart the airport. Next, you’ll turn left onto the “Northern Highway”. This is a little different (easier) than going through Belize City. It will probably add about 10 minutes to your drive, but will make the drive a lot easier to manage. You will proceed North for only about 10 minutes. You will make a left onto the “Burrell Boom Cut”. Burrell Boom is a town and this “cut” will take you around to the Western Highway. Follow the Burrell Boom Cut all of the way to the Western Highway, where you will make a right turn onto the Western Highway (this turn is in the area of Hattieville). Go West on the Western Highway.

    Dry/Fire Season …. Rain/Hurricane Season
    According to a forecast released last Friday by The Weather Company, the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012. Perhaps more alarming to me are some studies that point to climatological and meteorological conditions mimicking weather patterns from 1998, the year that produced Hurricane Mitch. Preliminary analysis of the 2016 fire season in Belize: In terms of the environmental impacts of fires, thus far in the current fire season, 89% of fires occurred outside of protected areas (a similar percentage to previous years), and when fires did occur in protected areas, they generally affected pine savannas. In the case of the Caracol Archaeological Reserve and the Chiquibul National Park, however, fires detected signified illegal encroachments (clearing of forest) from Belize’s western neighbor. If the 2016 fire season is similar to that of 2012 (when a similar number of fires occurred in the January-April time frame), another 300 or so fires might be expected prior to the end of the year. So it would seem we have not had a record fire/dry season and my early reports are that we did not have an intense dry season. It would seem, though, that when it starts raining it just might pour.

    Oscar Generale and Denny Mendez expect a new star!
    Leading female character of La Isla Bonita Telenovela, Denny Mendez is soon expecting a bundle of joy. Actress/model Denny Mendez and husband Oscar Generale, a Hollywood producer are living the charmed life in Southern California. The Italian superstar couple were spotted shopping in Beverly Hills among the famous store fronts and top designer labels. The glitz of ritzy Rodeo Drive was matched by the sparkle in Oscar and Denny’s eyes, due in no small part to Denny’s baby bump. Generale and Denny took time off from the Cannes Film Festival this year in anticipation of their new addition to the family. Denny recently completed filming a promotional campaign for Festina watches with Gerard Butler. Oscar Generale was the force behind the deal. The couple will welcome their new little star late in the summer of 2016.

    Pleasure over Business a Tropical Tip and a Cheap Dinner
    Reef week in Belize has just finished it’s 11th year of recognizing and highlighting the importance of the Belize Eco-system. The 7 day event included fishing tournaments, beach clean ups, a swim to the Belize Barrier Reef and back from the shores of San Pedro, and a kayak race. The event I made it to was the kayak race and had a great time cheering the women’s division (our friends), Cindy Vigna and Lara Goldman on with my other friend Jack. After having a blast chasing the race a bit we continued to hitch our way around town and the last driver we picked up, Terry, decided to keep us for a while :) We got did a joyride to the bridge, down the beach road, made a stop at Palapa Bar then all headed back to my place to hang out.

    BELIZE IS HOME TO 5 OF TRIPADVISOR’S TOP 25 LANDMARKS IN CENTRAL AMERICA FOR 2016!
    Five landmarks in Belize were named in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Landmarks in Central America for the year 2016. This should come as no surprise as the country boasts thousands of years in unearthed history owed to the Mayan Civilizations that flourished in what is now Belize. At #4 – Caracol Mayan Ruins – Located deep within the Mayan Mountains, Caracol rests on the Vaca Plateau at an elevation of about 500 meters or 1640 feet above sea-level. The actual size of Caracol is approximately 200 square kilometers (124 Sq Miles). In real time comparison – this would be an area much larger than present-day Belize City. #7 – Xunantunich – One of my personal favorites. Xunantunich was named the 7th top landmark in Central America. The word Xunantunich has several meaning in Maya including “Maiden of the Rock” or “Stone Woman” and is situated on the Western Highway across the river from the village of San Jose Succotz. The site of Xunantunich provides an impressive view of the entire river valley.

    Bucket List Family portraits on a caribbean island: Caye Caulker
    Peachie and her family took 1 year off from their regular routine in USA and moved on our island… to live the experience of their lives here! And.. was a year full of extraordinary things who gave them an entire different perspective of life. Each had his own Bucket List and they checked most of them… At the end of the list, the mom have her “family photos” checked… she decided to have me snap them. We went in Caye Caulker and had a blast! Life on a tropical island in caribbean.. yeah… you can write a novel! Thank you, guys, for visiting our country and make it your home for this past year! I look forward to see you again!

    International Costa Maya Festival – A Week of Culture and Festivities
    First conceived as a celebration of the wider Maya world with participants from Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Mexico in 1992, the festival has since blossomed to become one of the most popular events on the Belizean calendar. The festival begins with a beauty pageant featuring contestants from the “Mundo Maya” countries and then explodes in a celebration of dance, food, art, games, and music. The International Costa Maya Festival is held in the streets of San Pedro Town, the capital of Ambergris Caye. Various locations in the town feature musical entertainment, games, face-painting booths, food stalls, and local arts and crafts. The three-day festival is always held in August on a weekend but the dates vary from year to year. In 2016, the festival will be held from August 4-6. A celebration of all things Maya, the festival is a colorful mix of a beauty pageant, music including Punta, Salsa, Merengue, Soca, Reggae, and traditional Maya melodies, riotous parades, and a celebration of food, art, and merrymaking. The first night of the festival begins with a beauty pageant featuring the winners of regional contests from neighboring countries as well as representatives from Europe, North America, and Australia. Contestants demonstrate elegance, poise and beauty in evening gown, bathing suit, and talent categories, with the winner given the coveted title of Miss Costa Maya International.

    International Sourcesizz

    Chicxulub 'dinosaur' crater drill project declared a success
    The effort to drill into the Chicxulub Crater off the coast of Mexico has been declared an outstanding success. A UK/US-led team has spent the past seven weeks coring into the deep bowl cut out of the Earth's surface 66 million years ago by the asteroid that hastened the end of the dinosaurs. Rocks nearly 1,300m below the Gulf seafloor have been pulled up. The samples are expected to reveal new insights on the scale of the impact and its environmental effects. The original target was to get down to 1,500m, cutting through a feature called the "peak ring" in the process. This ring was created at the centre of the impact hole where the Earth rebounded after being hit by the city-sized space object. In earlier geophysical surveys that were able to sense below the seabed, the feature looked like an arcing chain of mountains. Rocks from the ring have certainly been sampled. And even if the 1,500m mark was not reached, the team believes it has more than enough material now to answer its key science questions.

    The most amazing museums around the world
    Technology is not the only tool that museums are using to transform themselves. Institutions around the world are breaking rules that were once set in stone. Remember those hushed, dusty halls you visited as a child? They are well and truly gone. Today's museum is a place where DJs set you dancing, where visitors are encouraged to touch the exhibits, and where you can run loose through the storage areas. This new approach has been a resounding success. Attendance numbers are soaring at museums across the globe. However, according to one Australian expert, the most powerful tool any museum has remains its exhibits. "People are looking for the real and authentic," says Kim McKay, the director and chief executive of the Australian Museum, who has a reputation for encouraging innovation. "These days, we can see just about everything on a screen, but there is nothing like the real thing." They may be more entertaining than ever before, but the mission of today's museum remains the same as ever: education. Or, as McKay puts it, "Museums take you to new places."

    Mexican narco arrested in Nigeria
    An article forwarded to me a few days ago reminded me that we will never know the extent of narco trafficking and the involvement of particularly the Colombian/Mexican/Guatemalan cartels in Belize. One of the names and picture of one of the detainees, a Mexican, caught the eye of one of my sources who thought he looked familiar. The man was known in Belize as Christobal Castillo, a Mexican and he was held and questioned by Belize police here in connection with a shipment of pseudo-ephedrine pills and the violence, which included murders, which accompanied that discovery. Drug transshipment in Belize has gone through several distinct periods. In the 70’s it was weed and that came to the public notice in a sensational way when a ship was busted with literally tons of weed in bales as cargo. It was piled so high at the Queen Street police station it towered over the fence and reached to the top of the second floor of the CIB building.

    CDB to fund US$400,000 road project in Belize
    The village of Crooked Tree in Belize is home to approximately 1,000 residents, many of whom need to commute daily for employment or educational opportunities. Currently, the village can only be accessed via a 5.6km-long unpaved road, or causeway across the lagoon. During periods of high-intensity rainfall, high water levels in the lagoon regularly overtop the causeway and portions of the road, interrupting access to the community. To assist with ensuring uninterrupted access to the village, the board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding in the amount of US$400,000. The funds will be used to partially finance a feasibility study and the preparation of designs to upgrade the Crooked Tree Road and Causeway.

    Green & Black's co-founder says travel industry could do more to exploit Fairtrade demand
    The travel industry could do more to exploit demand for Fairtrade products, according to the founder of Green & Black’s, the organic chocolate brand. Jo Fairley told the Global Travel Group conference in Dubai said she was surprised more ethically-sourced holidays aren’t made available by agents and operators. She said in the early days of Green & Back’s the firm worked with Bristol-based travel agent Trips to offer customers the chance to visit where it sources the cocoa for its chocolate in Belize. “Today I think there are more and more people who want to do that. We live in a more caring world. People are more conscious of the impact they are having.

    Shyne Has a Documentary and World Tour Coming
    The headline-worthy moments from this past weekend’s Bad Boy reunion concert event are too numbered to count, but among them was the surprise return of Shyne. While he wasn’t quite live in the flesh on stage, the Bad Boy affiliated artist did perform his hit “Bad Boyz” from Belize with the performance shown on the stage’s large screen. What’s more, the Brooklyn-bred rapper is reportedly making a more official return to centerstage with an upcoming documentary and tour. Sources close to the rapper tell XXL he’s been hard at work on a documentary which will hit theaters along with an accompanying soundtrack. He is rumored to be going on tour as well, joining Puff Daddy once he hits Europe and embarking on his own world tour with Barrington Levy, who is featured on “Bad Boyz” and “Bonnie & Shyne,” another of the rapper’s early 2000s hits.

    Sugar shortage cuts Coca-Cola production in Venezuela
    A sugar shortage has forced Coca-Cola to stop producing soft drinks in Venezuela amid an escalating food and energy shortage. Coke said that suppliers in Venezuela will "temporarily cease operations due to a lack of raw materials". The announcement comes after the country's biggest brewer, Empresas Polar, closed plants due to a barley shortage. Venezuela's economy has contracted sharply as oil prices plunge. A Coca-Cola spokesperson said the company would continue producing sugarless drinks such as Coca-Cola Light (Diet Coke). "We are engaging with suppliers, government authorities and our associates to take the necessary actions for a prompt solution," she said.

    Videos

  • Manatee encounter, 1min. Woooohaaaaa!! Ik word gek!! Vandaag enorm vette nieuwe opnames gemaakt voor Freeks Wilde Wereld 2016 (Zapp/VPRO) Wat een dag! Zo bijzonder en uniek! Kippenvel. Woooohaaaaa!! I'm going crazy!! Today huge fat new recordings made for freeks wild world 2016. What a day! So special and unique! Goose Bumps...

  • Belize 2016, 7min.

  • Snorkeling Mexico Rocks in Ambergris Caye, Belize, 4min. This is a video of me snorkeling (for the first time) at the Mexico Rocks Patch Reef in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  • Lionfish getting speared, Belize, 1min.

  • The Great Kayak Race Reef Week Ambergris Caye Belize, 2min. My friend Jack and I went out to support our Friends Cindy Viga and Lara Goldman in the Kayak Race. We were also there to support Emil Teck and his mom Angelica Teck. Lara was helping get them a kayak that morning and how I leaned that Amil was challenging himself to do the race, he has Spina bifida. What an inspiration.

  • KELLER WILLIAMS REDDAY 2016,BELIZE, 7min. Painting of the Macal Park,San Ignacio,Cayo,Belize by Keller Williams Redday 2016

  • THINKING ABOUT MOVING IN WITH YOUR MAN??? THINK AGAIN!!, 2min. Want to get married? what not to do. Morning Matters

  • B.P.P'S PATRICK ROGERS DISCUSSES THE ICJ, COMPROMIS & GUATEMALA'S CLAIM TO BELIZE (PT. 2), 21min. The featured interview here on Belizean Legends highlights the work of the Belize Progressive Party's (BPP) political leader, Patrick Rogers, who has emerged today as a progressive voice on the Belize political scene after many years as an activist for many Belizean causes on the ground in Belize. Rogers, who is also an astute Belizean historian with credible historical facts to drive home his political views on the Belize / Guatemalan Dispute, spoke with Belizean Legends producer and host, Bilal Morris, about the insidious and treacherous Compromis signed by the Belize and Guatemalan governments in December of 2008, without the consent of the Belizean people, to take the aged old Anglo Guatemalan Dispute to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J).

  • El Pilar La Ciudad Perdida, 26min. El Pilar is highlighted in this special. Dr. Anabel Ford explains El Pilar's significance in the Maya world. The El Pilar exhibit at the SISE House of Culture is in full swing.

  • Global Service Partnerships, 2.5min. Global Service Partnerships (GSP) creates and designs service projects in partnership with schools and communities in Belize to address educational challenges. We believe international service and travel, combined with intentional learning, broadens the mind and heart, giving us global perspectives on ways we mutually impact one another's lives.

  • Belize 2016, 6min.

  • Belize, 2.5min. First in swimming with stingrays and a barracuda.

  • BELTRAIDE - BELIZE INVEST, 3.5min.

  • BELTRAIDE - EXPORT BELIZE, 4.5min.

  • Belize 2016, 4min. My trip to Belize in May of 2016.

  • Diving Belize 2016, 9min.

    May 25, 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


    The San Pedro Sun

    Kayak Race highlights 11th Annual Northern Reef Week
    The 11th Annual Northern Reef Week ended with a spectacular kayak race, which saw nine teams paddling around the island on Sunday, May 22nd. Junior and senior kayakers alike took to the channel heading south of Ambergris Caye on the leeward side, racing for their chance to claim the first place title, while bringing awareness to conservation of the barrier reef. In the last minutes of the race, competitors began separating from each other as the finish line came into view in the horizon. In a fast sprint, Team Sea Monsters crossed the finish line to glory. Afterwards each winning team was given their respective prizes. In the Juniors category, second place went to Team Do It Boys, comprised of Joseph Pineda and Brayan Bradley, who received $100. First place went for Team Buff Kids, comprised of Kyron Vasquez and Brayan Averdado, who walked away with a cash prize of $100.

    Ambergris Today

    La Isla Bonita Telenovela Star Pregnant
    The continuation of La Isla Bonita Telenovela is still in the works and rumors that production of the telenovela might be picked up seem to be true. Information coming in to Ambergris Today is that if all goes well, shooting should start this year. But the telenovela might need a new a new cast member to take on the leading roll of Carolina as news came in this week that Oscar Generale and Denny Mendez expect a baby. Generale & Ms. Mendez took time off from the Cannes Film Festival this year in anticipation of their new addition to the family. The Italian superstar couple was spotted shopping in Beverly Hills among the famous store fronts and top designer labels. Denny recently completed filming a promotional campaign for Festina watches with Gerard Butler; Oscar Generale was the force behind the deal.

    Catch and Release Success at Frenchie’s Offshore Open in Caye Caulker
    The Frenchie’s Offshore Open was hosted by the Belize Game Fish Association (BGFA) out of the Lazy Lizard in Caye Caulker over the Commonwealth Day weekend. A total of 17 boats hit the seas in a blasting south-east breeze early Saturday morning and it seems the Billfish were hungry! Princesa Del Mar captained by Shadany Bradley was the first boat on the board with a Sailfish release. Team Venator later reported landing a Blue Marlin just outside of Tres Cocos in San Pedro, which weighed in a 135lbs. The first place trophy as well as a check for $5,000 went to Team Venator out of Chetumal who recorded 1,370.5 points over the two days with a Blue Marlin, Wahoo and Tuna, which also won them the cash prize and trophy for the Heaviest Blue Marlin and the tournament’s Top Angler. Second place went to the San Pedro boys aboard Team Princesa Del Mar who accumulated 1,156.5 points by releasing a Sailfish, a White Marlin and weighing a Tuna. The third place cash prize also went to a San Pedro boat, Team Fishizzle who recorded 668 points with a White Marlin release and an 18lbs Dorado, which also won them the trophy and cash prize for Heaviest Dorado and Heaviest Non-Billfish.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    GOB Revokes Sarstoon Prohibition SI
    The Cabinet of Belize announces that the Government of Belize has asked the Governor General His Excellency Sir Colville Young to sign a Statutory Instrument revoking, with immediate effect, the Sarstoon Prohibition SI. Government's decision comes as a consequence of the agreement reached in Turkey between Belize and Guatemala regarding the Sarstoon. That agreement commits both sides to start work now on a formal cooperation mechanism that will respect Belize's and Guatemala's respective use and navigation of the Sarstoon. While the formal mechanism is being worked on, the two sides have informally accepted a situation in which there will be untrammeled traffic for Belize's military and civilians along the Sarstoon.

    Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala Meet in Istanbul, Turkey to Address Matters in their Bilateral Agenda
    On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit held by the United Nations Secretary General, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala, Hon. Wilfred Elrington and Mr. Carlos Raúl Morales, and in the presence of Magdalena Talamas, Representative of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), held a working meeting in the City of Istanbul, Turkey on the 23 and 24 May 2016, and discussed several issues under their bilateral agenda. Both Foreign Ministers once again expressed their commitment to peace and good faith. In this vein, they reiterated that the existing Territorial, Insular and Maritime differendum should be definitively resolved by the International Court of Justice, once approved by the required referenda. They expressed that as long as this process continues and even after its conclusion, it is necessary that both promote and develop relations of good neighborliness that conduce to peace and stability and that promote the economic development of both peoples. In this vein, they underlined the importance of the thirteen agreements signed in Placencia, Belize in December 2014 that have contributed to the development and strengthening of their bilateral relations.


    The BHA is being represented by staff of the Embassy of Belize in Mexico at the The Feria de Las Culturas Amigas (FCA 2016) which is being held in Mexico City at the Plaza Zocalo from May 21 to June 5, 2016. Ambassador of Belize in Mexico, HE Oliver del Cid and Mrs. Elena Baeza del Cid at the Belize Booth FCA 2016 The Festival is one of Mexico City's most important international cultural events, where visitors can learn about the culture, traditions and customs of the 85 participating countries which include Belize, Jamaica, Haiti, Austria, and Malaysia to name a few. The Festival has become a tradition, being held every year since 2006, and serves as a great opportunity for the residents of Mexico City to strengthen ties of friendship at the international level. In 2015, the Feria de las Culturas Amigas received approximately 3 million attendees, and as many if not more, are expected for this year.

    3-day FREE Spay and Neuter Clinic on June 24 to 26
    GREAT NEWS! Belize Humane Society will be having a 3-day FREE Spay and Neuter Clinic on June 24 to 26 at St. Catherine Academy (SCA). This is your opportunity to have your dog or cat "fixed" at no cost. We are very fortunate to be assisted in this event by a group of vets and veterinary technicians from the US who have done similar work with other Humane Societies in Belize. Watch this page for more information as the date gets closer. And please share the news with your friends! We will be needing lots of volunteers to help with the event, so please consider signing up. In the weeks before the event, we need people to help us go door to door in neighbourhoods to spread the word and sign-up animals and their owners for the clinic. On the days of the clinic, we need about 15 volunteers each day to help with intake of animals and other duties so that everything runs smoothly. If you can volunteer, message us with your contact info or contact Annette at 610-1071 (after May 27).

    Rockin' the Caye w/ Abracadabra
    Saturday, June 4 at 4 PM - 7 PM at Mahogany Bay Village. Former and current members of the Steve Miller Band, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy inductees, ­live and in concert! Proceeds support the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch providing security and well being to our neighborhood. Tickets going for sale online at www.SACNW.org and at Seaside Realty across from Fido's. General admission is $125BZD and limited VIP Meet & Greet tickets are $400BZD.

    Splashers
    Sign up for this weeks paint party! ERBER DAISIES!! I LOVE them. I'll be in the studio to paint these.

    Deputy Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Three Day Working Visit to Belize
    Ambassador Manorma P. Soeknandan, PhD., Deputy Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), is currently in Belize for a three day working visit. During that time, Dr. Soeknandan will be meeting with officials of the Government of Belize, as well as representatives of the various CARICOM institutions headquartered in Belize. Today, May 24th, 2016, Dr. Soeknandan completed a visit to the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone, where she was briefed on the latest developments taking place in the Adjacency Zone between Belize and Guatemala. In demonstrating their strong support for Belize, CARICOM Foreign Ministers at the Nineteenth Meeting of the Council of Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), emphasized their “resolute support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize.”

    Lobster Fest 2016 Cook-Off Competition
    You say you have cooking skills?? Sign up for this year's official Lobster Fest 2016 Cook-Off Competition. That's right, this year we have teamed up with GraceKennedy (Belize) Ltd. to bring you this fierce cooking competition. If you think you have what it takes, then step right up!!

    Calling Entrepreneurs in Belize!
    Good News!!! The YLAI deadline has been extended until Friday! Don't miss out! Apply today!

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    13 Hours, The Other Side of the Door, Zootopia, The Brothers Grimsby.

    Channel 7

    Bilateral Talks In Istanbul; FM's Vague About Details
    Belize-Guatemala talks were held yesterday and today in Istanbul, Turkey. On Sunday, Belize's Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart Carlos Raul Morales held what we are told was a four-hour working session in the margins of the World Humanitarian Summit. The business of the meeting was concentrated into that session at the Hilton Bomonti Hotel in Istanbul. The Belize delegation was led by Foreign Minister Elrington, accompanied by Ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado, and Representative of the Leader of the Opposition, Eamon Courtenay. The Guatemalan side was represented by Foreign Minister Morales, and the Guatemalan Ambassador to Belize, Manuel Barillas, among other officials. Magdalena Talamas, the Representative of the OAS Secretary General, acted as mediator.

    Cabinet Ends Sarstoon Ban Early
    Now we've all heard that so many times before, so if you're scratching your head and wondering what's the real takeaway from the meeting, well…maybe the Prime Minister knows. He's the chair of the National Security Council and the report he got seems to have given him confidence about the way ahead. Shortly after the joint releases went out, another Government release arrived announcing that the 30-day ban on the Sarstoon is over - the S.I. has been pulled a few days early. This release says quote, "the Government of Belize has asked the Governor General…to sign a Statutory Instrument revoking, with immediate effect, the Sarstoon Prohibition SI." End quote. The release then goes unto say, quote, "While the formal mechanism is being worked on, the two sides have informally accepted a situation in which there will be untrammeled traffic for Belize's military and civilians along the Sarstoon." End quote.

    PUP Failed To Go To The Sarstoon
    But it's a moot point for the PUP - who failed to challenge the law as they had promised to do on Saturday. 3 weeks ago, the party said it was going to the Sarstoon to challenge the Government to stop them. It was marketed first as direct action against an oppressive law. But then, starting last week, the leadership of the party started to change tune, describing this intended excursion as an "educational" trip. Still, we were on board, and plans were made for the members of the PUP's National Party Council to go down to PG on Saturday morning at 10:00. The plan was for them to board boats which would take them near the mouth of the Sarstoon. But, at about 11:00 on Friday night, hours away from departure time, word started getting around that the PUP had suddenly cancelled their Sarstoon sojourn. Politically, that's a major letdown, especially since the law has now been rescinded.

    Joe Briceno Passes; Son, John, Stayed At His Bedside Til The end
    As you heard, one of the two reasons that Opposition Leader John Briceño agreed to cancel the trip was because his father's health was failing fast. And, personally, he made the right decision, because 78 year-old "Elijio Joe Briceño" passed away at the hospital at two minutes to midnight on Saturday. The elder Briceno was a two term PUP representative for Orange Walk and today, his son John spoke with us about his many accomplishments: Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "MY father passed away on Saturday at 11:58pm. As you all know that my father suffered a stroke 11 years ago and its because of him being unable to move that overtime his party started to slow down, his metabolism and it started affecting his organs. We did everything try to try to keep him here, but the good Lord has other plans for him. Whilst we've been through a difficult time, a time of sorrow, a time of grief, it fills our heart with love to find out that so many people appreciated the work that my father did as a person and as a politician.

    BPP Members Visited; Without Hype Or Fanfare; PUP Senator Also Went
    So, after hearing that the PUP failed to follow through with their trip to the Sarstoon, border activist Wil Maheia took his fellow BPP party member Bobby Lopez and TV personality Rosalie Staines to the river in his own personal boat. Maheia had told the teachers that the Security Forces had been closely monitoring his movements ever since the Sarstoon Statutory Instrument was passed. Well, it appears that on Sunday, he was able to make the trip without being stopped. Here's Rosalie Staines making the announcement only minutes after they had arrived close to the river mouth:

    Bilateral Commitments Made At FOPREL Meeting
    On Friday's newscast, we told you about how House Speaker Mike Peyrefitte tried his hand at parliamentary peacemaking between Belize and Guatemala at the FOPREL meeting in Managua, Nicaragua. As we reported, Peyrefitte is the Vice President of "FOPREL", the Forum of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Basin, while the speaker of the Guatemalan Congress, Mario Taracena Diaz-Sol is the President. Well, during the weekend, Peyrefitte spoke with us, and he told us that while he was speaking with Mario Taracena for the parliamentary cooperation on last Tursday, he also mentioned that that worrying resolution that the Guatemalan Congress had passed. You'll remember that it was the travel advisory warning citizens not to travel to Belize - alleging human rights violations by the BDF.

    CARICOM's Deputy Sec. Gen. Visits Belize
    Ambassador Manorma P. Soeknandan, the Deputy Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), is currently in Belize for a three day working visit. During that time, Dr. Soeknandan will be meeting with officials of the Government of Belize, as well as representatives of the various CARICOM institutions headquartered in Belize. Today, May 24th, 2016, Dr. Soeknandan completed a visit to the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone, where she was briefed on the latest developments taking place in the Adjacency Zone between Belize and Guatemala. In demonstrating their strong support for Belize, CARICOM Foreign Ministers at the Nineteenth Meeting of the Council of Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), emphasized their "resolute support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize." Dr. Soeknandan leaves Belize on Thursday, May 26th.

    Families Terrible Accident Victims Waiting In Vain For Compensation Cheques
    You may remember that terrible traffic accident back on July 3, 2013 which killed 64 year-old taxi driver Eliseo Chan, and his 3 female passengers Molly Hude, Angela Bugeja, and Ioanna Thomopoulou. The three women were all international scholars who were studying archeology under the then Director of Archaeology, Dr. Jaime Awe. On that date, they were heading to the airport when the taxi that they were in slammed head on into a Westline Bus right after Busman Arnold Bridge, at mile 60 on the Western Highway. They died on impact or shortly after. Well, in the years that followed, their foreign families brought a private suit against the insurance company involved in covering the vehicles in the accident, and they won over a hundred thousand dollars in compensation.

    Wildfire Threatens Zoo's animals
    The Belize Zoo's animals almost perished in a weekend fire. The blaze erupted on Sunday afternoon in the Pine Savanna forest area - opposite the Belize Zoo and took the fire dangerously close to the facility. The wildfire was raging, and wind carried the smoke and ash over to the Zoo's compound. That's when the staff rushed over to try and contain it. Guests had to be asked to leave the compound. eventually, it was too much and the Belmopan fire department had to be called in to put out the fire. This is not the first time that a fire came so close to destroying the Zoo. There was another bush fire in 2011 but this one was much closer.

    Orange Walk Teacher Drowns
    This morning police found the body of a teacher who had drowned in San Carlos, Orange Walk. 31 year old Bartolo Torres and 2 of his Coast Guard friends were on a Sunday fishing trip across the New River Lagoon. Around midday that Sunday, they decided to rest at a nearby wharf but the strong winds caught them on their way and water got into their small boat - sinking it. The men then jumped into the water. 2 of the men survived but Bartolo Torres did not know how to swim and he drowned. Police told us that they conducted the post mortem immediately after they found Torres' body this morning. Torres taught at Chunox St. Viator Vocational High School.

    Mystery Chopping In Independence
    A man was chopped this weekend in Independence. 33 year old Guatemalan watchman Jose Coc left for work around 6 Saturday evening. Coc was guarding the tools and equipment at the bridge being built just outside Trio village. But later at 11, 2 men came to the bridge and called out to him, and when Coc did not respond, the men approached him and chopped him - slicing off his right hand. Coc was also slashed to his stomach and foot. He is at the KHMH in a stable condition. Coc told police that he did not recognize the men because it was too dark. No tools were stolen from the bridge so police believe this may have been a planned attack.

    Cayo Cops Come Up On Weed/Weapon Bust
    Police in San Ignacio came up big last week Friday when they discovered upwards of 33 pounds of cannabis and an unlicensed firearm in the streets of San Ignacio. The first discovery was made around 5 am on Friday. San Ignacio Police were on mobile patrol between miles 68 and 69 on the George Price Highway and upon making checks by the police booth in front of Rumors Resort, they discovered a black plastic bag wrapped in transparent tape. Inside that bag was a large quantity of suspected cannabis. The substance weighed in at a total of 14,968 grams- approximately 33 pounds. Further searches in the area lead to the discovery of a smaller black plastic bag which also contained suspected cannabis. The substance in this bag weighed approximately 170 grams. Searches continued in the area which lead police to discover a 20 gauge sawed off shotgun with a wooden brown stock, and a brown wooden handle. Inside the barrel of the shotgun police discovered a single RIO Brand cartridge. No one was around the area when the discovery was made and as a result the items were deposited as found property.

    4 Difference Accidents Over Holiday Weekend
    There was a spate of traffic accidents over the long weekend but fortunately, none were fatal. On Friday afternoon at around 2:00, 64 year old retired Mechanic Kenneth Wright was driving his Dodge Ram Pickup to Sandhill from Ladyville. His brakes failed near the Burrell Boom Junction and he swerved into the opposite lane, hitting the rear tail of American National Carlos Arango's Toyota 4 Runner. The impact sent Arango's truck spinning on the highway then landing on the side of the road. Wright was served with a notice of intended prosecution. No one was seriously injured. And later that Friday night, a pastor and his family were hurt in another accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway. At 9:10, 37 year old Pastor Angelo Dominguez and his family were heading to Ladyville from Belize City in his Toyota Hilux. As he was driving between miles 7 and 8, a white SUV coming in the opposite direction veered onto Dominguez's lane. Dominguez then darted to the side of the road to avoid the collision, but he lost control of the vehicle and it flipped twice. Dominguez received injuries to his hand and lower back, while his wife Gayle Dominguez was injured to her knee and upper back. The pastor's 63 year old mother Mona Requena Smith received only scratches. Other minors who were seated inside and in the pan of the Hilux also received minor injuries. The family was treated at the KHMH. Now their injuries are classified as harm and wounding but for now the driver of the SUV, American national Krlo Barbery has been charged with failure to provide specimen. Police continue to look into this case.

    Police United Needs Your Help To Compete In Champion's League
    It is the biggest football tournament in the region and the Belize Police Department has been invited to participate. After a tallying of points from the two local tournaments back in April, the Police United FC came out on top with a total 40 points besting the Belmopan Bandits by only one point. As a result the last two weeks, the team committee received their official letter from CONCACAF inviting them to this, one most prestigious football tournament. And while it is noteworthy that for the first time ever, a police club is entering the Champions League, this regional tournament will be a very costly initiative one that is of course not included in the police department budget. So today the police department invited us to a press briefing at the Raccoon Street Police Station to appeal for the public's support as they take on this venture. The team committee has enlisted Charlie Slusher as the head coach for the team and are also looking for foreign players to add some more muscle to their rank.

    ESRI GIS Conference Upcoming
    Looking at the world and everyday life through digital maps: that is the idea behind the Geographic Information System technology. And to celebrate the impact of this type of referencing, the 6th annual ESRI conference will be held tomorrow at the Biltmore. There will be a number of presentations on how GIS can improve business operations in Belize. Organizer Loretta Palacio told us more today . The conference is a 2 day event. It starts tomorrow at 8:30 at the Biltmore.

    Hand In Hand Against Offshore Oil
    On Friday Oceana Belize joined 82 other countries around the world in observing the annual Hands across the Sand campaign. It is an event held every year to in a very literally way, draw a line in the sand in solidarity against offshore oil development. Oceana was joined by hundreds of activists and ocean lovers from all across the country: including people from Orange Walk town, Dangriga, Belize City, Placencia, Corozal Town, San Ignacio, Hopkins, Sarteneja, Punta Gorda Town, Belmopan and of course from the islands of Caye Caulker and San Pedro. No numbers are yet confirmed as it relates to how many persons actually participated in the activity but according to Oceana it was very much comparable to last year's event- which would put the number at somewhere between 400 to 500 individuals.

    Shyne's Reunion Performance For Bad Boyz
    One of the biggest names in rap history, Sean Puffy Combs, rap mogul, producer, and founder of the Bad Boyz record label in the United States launched his much anticipated 2nd reunion tour on Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It featured mega stars such as Jay Z, Rick Ross, DMX, and Usher performing live. And Belize's Music Ambassador was right there in the lineup with them. Of course, Shyne can't travel to the US because he is a deportee, but he did grace the stage, well sort of. Shyne came up on the big screen at the Barclay Center to perform his hit "Bad Boyz" - and he did it from Xunantunich. He told us about it today: Though not quite on par with a Tupac Hologram, Shyne's was well received, and one press report we saw described it as a performance that drew goosebumps.

    Channel 5

    G.O.B. Revokes Controversial Sarstoon Law!
    There’s a lot of news tonight revolving out of Belize/Guatemala talks and the Sarstoon – perhaps the most sensational being that G.O.B. has revoked the Sarstoon Prohibition S.I., that piece [...]

    Belize and Guatemala Negotiate Sarstoon Protocol in Istanbul
    That’s big news indeed, since the Sarstoon has remained a potential flashpoint for months. So that brings us to the Istanbul talks, scheduled for May twenty-first. We’re told they didn’t [...]

    P.U.P. Cancels Planned Weekend Sarstoon Trip
    While those talks were supposed to be happening on Saturday, the P.U.P. had planned a trip to the Sarstoon. They claimed that it was an educational trip as opposed to [...]

    Deputy Party Leader Cordel Hyde Says There Were No Boats
    The revocation of the Sarstoon Prohibition SI comes only four days after it was challenged in Court by the People’s United Party, and three days after the P.U.P. planned an [...]

    P.U.P. Cautiously Optimistic About Progress in Istanbul Talks
    So what’s the P.U.P. position on the big news coming out of the Istanbul breakthrough? That agreement between both foreign ministers that Belizean military and civilians will be allowed to [...]

    C.E.O. George Lovell Speaks on SI Annulment
    The P.U.P. may not be showing much enthusiasm just yet, but for Ministry of National Security C.E.O. George Lovell the agreement is a welcome one. We’ve all seen the footage [...]

    Former P.U.P. Minister Elijio Briceno Passes Away
    The father of P.U.P. leader John Briceño passed away at midnight on Saturday after a long illness. Elijio Joe Briceño was a former Minister of Government, and as such will [...]

    Cordel Hyde Weighs in on B.T.L. Arbitration Award
    In a matter of a couple weeks, the arbitration panel will be delivering its final, tabulated award on B.T.L. share value assessment, reliably reported to be close to half a [...]

    Police Investigation into Alleged Abduction of Roger Plett Concludes
    Last Wednesday, the C.E.O.s of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Security spoke out for the first time on an allegation made by Belizean Roger Plett. Plett claimed that [...]

    A Run for Diabetes Awareness
    The Second Annual Diabetic Run and Wellness Expo was held over the weekend in the west. Wellness Ambassadors in collaboration with the Belize Diabetic Association Belmopan Branch and Marathon runner [...]

    Many Road Traffic Accidents Reported Over Holiday Weekend
    There were at least seven traffic accidents in the Belize and Cayo districts over the weekend, but none were fatal. The wave of RTAs started on Friday near the Burrell [...]

    Forest Fire Comes Dangerously Close to the Belize Zoo
    On Sunday, fire nearly burned its way into the Belize Zoo. Reports from Zoo Management is that a raging bush fire which started in the pine savanna forest south of [...]

    Ocean-lovers Hold Hands Against Offshore Oil Development in Belize
    On Saturday at midday, Belizeans across the country joined hands on beaches, along sea walls and other public areas to stand in unity against offshore oil development in Belize’s sea [...]

    Chocolatiers Descend on Punta Gorda for Annual Festival
    It started as the annual Cacao Festival, but over the weekend, the tenth edition of the event surrounding chocolate was held in the southernmost town of Punta Gorda. The three-day [...]

    Police United to Defend Belize in CONCACAF Champions League
    The Police United Football Club, winners of the 2016 Premier League tournament, will represent Belize in the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League series.  It is a momentous occasion since the Belize [...]

    Team Needs Financial Assistance to Meet Competition Expenses
    The team has put together a budget for expenses related to the tournament; however, it needs another one hundred thousand dollars to meet its overheads.   Supt. Andres Makin Sr., [...]

    Shyne Rocks Bad Boy’s Barclays Center Concert from Xunantunich
    Music powerhouse Bad Boy Records took a journey down memory lane this weekend.  An audience of twenty thousand gathered at the Barclays Center in New York City to experience the [...]

    CTV3

    Honorable John Briceno Remembers His Father's Accomplishments
    Eleven years ago Elijio Joe Briceno suffered a stroke and since he could not move his body slowed down and started affecting his organs. But this did not stop Don Joe from continue being an active member of the People’s United Party and following step by step his sons political career. Today Leader of the Opposition John Briceno told our colleagues at Seven News how he will remember his father and also spoke about some of his other accomplishments. “It fills our heart with love to find out that that so many people appreciated the work that my father did as a person and as a politician, he was larger than life person and he took on the powers of when he felt it was not in the interest of the people that he represented for instance in the history book we talk about black Wednesday when he with the cane farmers of Orange Walk stood up to defend the interest of the cane farmers in the Orange Walk district and went against his own government and they sent the BDF and I was there and witness what was going on.”

    PUP Will Proceed With Law Suit
    As you heard at the top of the newscast GOB has revoked the SI implemented in the Sarstoon that restricted movements through the area. So…. will the PUP move forward with their claim against the Sarstoon Law in court even though it was rescinded? According to Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceno, the People’s United Party will be moving full steam ahead with the constitutional challenge. According to Honorable Briceno, the P.U.P.’s legal team is proceeding with the suit in an effort to provide guidance to this current government and others to come, from the court as to when it is accurate for a law of this nature to be implemented. “We do plan to go through the law suits as what our legal advisor pointed out that it is very important for which ever government to know how far they can go with this which is almost like the preventative detention that they try to do remember that when they wanted to amend the constitution when Belizeans were vehemently against the likewise in this case it is almost like that, it is important for the courts to make a ruling to see if it is something that it is allowed within the constitution in the laws of Belize so it is important for us for the government and future governments to see how far they can go.”

    Oceana Corozal Promotes Awareness And Environmental Consciousness
    Hands across the Sand across the Land was also commemorated in Corozal on Saturday. According to OCEANA’s Field Representative for Corozal, Ryan Rivero, the activity showed that there are still Belizeans who care about the environment. “The purpose of the event, Hands Across the Sand, is to show solidarity in the efforts being carried by Oceana and other organizations to keep oceans health and our reef healthy, in fact our entire environment healthy, this was done nationally and internationally in countries that are supportive of this initiative, it just entails people that come out holding hands for a period of fifteen minutes to show that they are in support of what we are fighting for right particularly free from offshore oil exploration and that is the support and participation that we are looking for people to want and to help us work in any way possible.”

    GOB Issues Press Release To Rescind The Sarstoon Law
    An hour after GOB issued the release on the meeting in Istanbul, another release was issued…this time by Cabinet stating that a decision had been made to recede the Sarstoon Law. The decision comes five days before the law was scheduled to expire on May 29th. In the release Cabinet states that the Government of Belize has asked the Governor General His Excellency Sir Colville Young to sign a Statutory Instrument revoking, with immediate effect, the Sarstoon Prohibition SI. The decision came as a consequence of the agreement reached in Turkey between Belize and Guatemala regarding the Sarstoon. That decision, according to Cabinet, commits both sides to start work now on a formal cooperation mechanism that will respect Belize's and Guatemala's respective use and navigation of the Sarstoon.

    GOB Issues Release On Meeting In Istanbul, Turkey
    Before midday today the Government of Belize issued a press release on the meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey where discussions for protocols for the Sarstoon was at the top of the agenda. There is no doubt that Belizeans were waiting anxiously for word on the outcome of that meeting attended by Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala Wilfred Elrington and Carlos Raul Morales, their delegations and representative of the Opposition Eamon Courtney. But after reading the Governments release we can simply state that Belizeans remain in the dark because while the release is quite lengthy…it does not mention any direct decision taken in reference to the Sarstoon. The release states that “The Ministers recognized the need to avoid incidents between the two countries that affect the process of confidence building as agreed in 2000, 2003 and 2005. In this context they affirmed the need to work more in the development of building confidence, especially between the Armed Forces of both countries, including the possibility of having joint training for the troops responsible for patrolling the Adjacency Zone.

    PUP Party Leader Speaks On Cancellation Of Sarstoon Trip
    The PUP's scheduled educational trip to the Sarstoon, which was to take place this past Saturday, was called off late on Friday night. According to a release issued by the PUP the Party was having difficulties with the boats for the journey as they were unable to assure the boat captains that they would not be victimized by GOB. On Friday, indications were that the group would not have been allowed to reach their first destination, the BDF's Forward Operating Base at the mouth of the river but according to the release issued by the PUP, GOB went a step forward as there was reportedly a barrage of overt intimidation of licensed boat captains and charter groups in Punta Gorda Town and southern maritime areas which untimely resulted in the last minute cancellation of the charter arrangements the party had made weeks ago. Today Opposition Leader, Hon. John Briceno spoke to the media about the cancellation of the trip.

    LOVE FM

    Belize and Guatemala to Formulate Cooperation Mechanism for the Sarstoon
    Bilateral talks between Belize and Guatemala began yesterday in Istanbul, Turkey with delegations from Belize, Guatemala and the Organization of American States.For Belize’s part, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington led the delegation while Carlos Raul Morales represented Guatemala and Magdalena Talamas represented the Secretary General of theOrganization of American States. The meetings coincide with the World […]

    BTV Visits Sarstoon; Boycott Efforts Continue Against Guatemala
    While the top foreign affairs officials from both Belize and Guatemala were making their way to Turkey for these bilateral meetings, a handful of Belizeans had ventured out onto the Sarstoon on Sunday. Head of the Belize Territorial Volunteers, Wil Maheia led that small group including Bobby Lopez of the Belize Progressive Party. According to […]

    CARICOM’s Deputy SG In Belize
    Deputy Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Manorma P. Soeknandan, PhD. is on a three day working visit to Belize. During that time, Dr. Soeknandan will be meeting with officials of the Government of Belize, as well as representatives of the various CARICOM institutions headquartered in Belize. Earlier today, Dr. Soeknandan visited the OAS Office in […]

    US Court of Appeals Affirms Judgement Against Government of Belize
    Belize’s debt is at the highest it has ever been and with the final ruling imminent regarding the nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited, it will go even higher. Today, however, there is more to add to the country’s debt as a US court has confirmed an arbitral award made against the Government of Belize. It […]

    US Citizen Found in Belize Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Activities
    The gravity of the issue surrounding offshore banking and the effects it has had on the banking sector was not given much attention back in July 2014 when Belize was in the international news following the launch of an investigation into CYNK Technology, a company that had falsely stated its address to be inside the […]

    Former Government Minister Elijio Joe Briceno Dies
    Last week when we brought you an interview with the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, he was standing outside the Buttonwood Bay Clinic in Belize City where his father was being treated. His father had become frail in the last few weeks after suffering from cardiac complications. On his Facebook page, John Briceno wrote […]

    Garifuna Council Elects New Executive
    The National Garifuna Council has a new executive. During the thirty second annual NGC convention in Libertad Village in the Corozal District, Sandra Miranda was elected as President. Other members of the executive are Vice President, Hazel Cayetano; second Vice president, Stanislus Martinez; Secretary, Dr. Ethel Arzu; Assitant Secretary, Marsha Mejia; Treasurer, Marietta Enriquez and […]

    Saldivar Remains Confident on a Win for the Upcoming Convention
    A convention to elect the new first Deputy Party Leader of the United Democratic Party will take place on Sunday. The two men contesting to fill the post, Minister of Education, Patrick Faber and Minister of National Security, John Saldivar have been on a campaign to woo the almost five hundred delegates. The two men […]

    BTL Hustles to Repair Broken Fiber Optic Cable
    A fiber cable break in Belmopan, this morning caused the interruption of 4G internet network around the vicinities of the US Embassy and the British High Commission. Public Relations for the Belize Telecommunications Limited, Roneisha Gentle told Love News the company is doing everything to restore the network by nine o’clock tonight. RONEISHA GENTLE “There […]

    Sedan Collides Into Market Wall in Saturday Morning Incident
    In the wee hours of Saturday morning, San Ignacio Police was called out to the area of the low lying bridge in that municipality following a traffic incident. Reports are that police responded to Savannah Street just after four o’clock where they found a blue Toyota Corolla sedan with extensive damages near the wall of […]

    PlusTV

    Council of Churches weighs in on Belize-Guatemala dispute
    The Belize Council of Churches says it supports Government’s program of diplomacy with relation to the Belize-Guatemala dispute and is calling for all involved to avoid unnecessary conflict. That is the main plank of a statement issued this morning during a press conference called by the Council at ...

    PUP leader speaks to press
    Yesterday Leader of the Opposition John Briceño confirmed that his People’s United Party (PUP)’s intends to travel south to the Sarstoon and spoke about why the party feels it must go this weekend. The PUP leader also discussed the partnership with civil society, who will not be a major part of thei...

    1 Killed and 1 Injured in Road Traffic Incident in Placencia
    42 year old Richard Moguel died in a road traffic incident on Thursday night between miles 19 and 20 on the Placencia road. It happened sometime around 9 0’clock when Moguel was riding his bicycle on the road. Along with Moguel at the time was 46 year old Osvaldo Matute of Saine Bight Village . Acc...

    Shooting victim charged with abetment to murder
    Police continue to try to crack down on the spiralling violence in the Ladyville area of Eastern Division (Rural). In the wake of the shoot-out at the residence of Cynthia Lozano early last week Saturday on Marage Road, police have arrested the two accused of the incident, Darwin Prado and Egbert Ba...

    Accused Bulgarian ATM thieves plead guilty
    This afternoon, Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser reserved sentence who has been hearing the case of two accused of theft of over $14,000 from the Belize Bank ATM machine against the men after they both changed their not guilty plea to guilty for the offenses of a total of 18 counts of theft each. Bu...

    Constitutional case against Sarstoon Regulations adjourned
    The first hearing of the People’s United Party’s challenge to the Public Safety Act Regulations, Sarstoon Order of 2016, took place this morning at the Supreme Court. But when the case goes back to court, it may be likely that the crux of the case will be moot. That’s because the regulations expire...

    Chief Executive Officer addresses MOE’s latest news
    Yesterday during our interview with Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Education David Leacock, we queried him on ongoing issues within the Ministry. A few years ago the Ministry started a program to review funding being given to schools, aiming to level the playing field and reward schools ...

    The Reporter

    Former minister of energy dies
    Elijio “Joe” Briceno, former Minister of Energy and Communications and father of People’s United Party Leader John Briceno, died today. Briceno, who had been very ill for some time was at the Northern Regional Hospital, when he passed away at 12 a.m. “HIs family and friends were close by his side. We are thankful for the life of our father and grateful to everyone for the amazing support. We ask you to pray for our family and for one another and remain thankful for your support.” John briceno posrted on his Facebook wall this morning. During the 1979-1984 term of the PUP, “Joe” Briceno served as Minister of Energy and Communications under the late George Price. He later retired from politics in favour of his son, John, who has kept the Orange Walk Central constituency as a PUP stronghold since taking up the mantle.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Two busted for illegal logging in National Park
    Last Wednesday, two men were detained for ‘illegal logging within a national park’ after they were busted by a team comprising of police officers, park rangers and a member of the Mayflower National Park. The men, Carlos Palacio, 35 and Donald Wewe, 45, were […]

    Teenager pleads guilty to burglary and theft
    Nineteen year old Zane Pott, a construction worker of 2 and a half miles George Price Highway, pled guilty to burglary and theft when he appeared today before Magistrate Deborah Rogers. Because he had no previous conviction for crimes of dishonesty, Pott was sentenced […]

    Ex-Fultec employee pleads guilty to theft
    Twenty-nine year old Kristoff Riverol, a former employee of Fultec Systems, located on Coney Drive, who posted a hard drive he stole in the “buy and sell” column on Face Book, was spared a custodial sentence when he appeared today before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza […]

    Watchman chopped in Trio Village
    Dangriga Police visited the Independence Polly Clinic on Saturday night at around 11:24, after receiving reports of a chopping incident in Trio Village. Upon arrival, officers saw Jose Coc, 33, suffering from large cut wounds to his abdomen, left foot and right hand. His […]

    Ladyville burglary cost home owner over $17,000 in losses
    On Friday of last week, 34-year-old Melissa Ellis of a Ladyville Village address, reported to police that her house had been burglarized and an assortment of valuables were stolen. Ellis stated that around 5:50 that morning, she arrived home from work and became suspicious […]

    $15,000 van stolen in city
    Philip Kewley, a 55-year-old resident of Ladyville Village in the Belize District, reported to Belize City Police on Sunday morning that his Ford-350 van was stolen from New Town Barracks. Kewley told officers that sometime between 9:00 on Saturday morning and 6:00 on Sunday […]

    Belize and Guatemala meet in Istanbul
    Belize and Guatemalan Foreign Affairs Ministers, Wilfred Elrington and Carlos Raul Morales, met in Istanbul, Turkey yesterday and today to discuss several issues related to recent tensions between both countries. Elrington and Morales met at the World Humanitarian Summit held by the United Nations Secretary […]

    Agreement reached on Sarstoon, SI revoked
    The following is a statement issued The Cabinet of Belize announces that the Government of Belize has asked the Governor General His Excellency Sir Colville Young to sign a Statutory Instrument revoking, with immediate effect, the Sarstoon Prohibition SI. Government’s decision comes […]

    Bail for cop charged with unlawful sex assault and accused attempted murderer in bar brawl
    Interdicted cop, Darren Evan Martinez and 25 year old Belize City resident, Steven Young, accused of the attempted murder of Lord’s Bank resident, Brandon Stevens, were each granted bail on Friday in the Supreme Court. Martinez, a police officer of Haulze Street, Belize City, was arraigned last week on a single count of unlawful sexual assault on a minor, at the tender age of 8. Young is accused of stabbing Stevens in an altercation to the chest with an ice pick. In the case of Martinez, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution did not raise an objection. According to Crown Counsel Sheiniza Smith, she was not aware that the victim in Martinez case was 8 and not 10 as previously reported because the age of the victim was not on the information and complaint form.

    Blogs

    Once more to Caye Caulker and a bunch of other stuff, like Reef Week
    As small an island as Caye Caulker is, there is always something — or someone — new to be discovered. Like the kids in the picture above. I have never seen kids have more fun in four inches of water. I’d take a picture and then the kids would all run over to see themselves on the screen. Then I’d take another picture and they’d all run behind the camera to see themselves. Then I’d take another picture . . . . you get the idea. We could have kept this up all day. Yesterday was filled with great friends, gorgeous weather, long white sand beaches, cool water, delicious food and drink and, yeah, exactly the kind of day you imagine on a tropical island. Hey, look. It isn’t every day. Not by a long shot. When they do happen, when all the island gods align themselves, well, it becomes pretty special.

    International Sourcesizz

    Don't feed the monkeys—why your generosity is harming their health
    Tourists who feed wild monkeys are risking the health of an endangered species by making them larger, more susceptible to disease, and more stressed, according to new research. Behavioural ecologists compared the health of two groups of wild Barbary macaques in Ifrane National Park in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco; one which spent nearly 50 per cent of their feeding activity eating food provided by humans, and another which rarely encounter tourists and instead relied on natural food resources. The macaques which ate food from tourists were found to have poorer quality fur, with some patches of alopecia, and also suffered from higher levels of stress hormones compared with the other group. All the females in the non-fed group gave birth, but only a third of females in the groups of Barbary macaques frequently fed by tourists had babies. The monkeys which relied on natural food were observed to only suffer one incident of a stomach upset, while the group which received large amounts of food from tourists had 32 bouts of illness.

    Scuba trip to Belize nearly fatal for Rogue River man
    When you’re 90 feet deep in the ocean, things can go wrong very quickly, as Rogue River veterinarian Bob Bradford learned while diving with his wife, Jan, a few weeks ago on a barrier reef off Belize. Bradford, 77, made several key mistakes — delay in starting up to the surface before he got below 700 pounds of air pressure, not staying with his diving partner when he reached the 15-foot depth and ran out of air, then shooting up to the choppy surface and, realizing he was in trouble, not dumping his weights so he could float. His wife quickly joined him and found him not breathing. A nearby dive boat saw trouble and pulled him aboard. Paramedics Dave and Becky Cook, leaders of Vagabond Ventures of Phoenix, quickly surfaced and found Bradford blue and unconscious, not breathing and with no heartbeat. As the boat sped to a shoreside clinic, the Cooks took turns doing CPR, restoring Bradford’s vital signs after five to eight minutes of unconsciousness. He was flown by private jet to a larger hospital and brought back to health over several days.

    Ursuline students put lessons from Belize to work close to home
    A group of Ursuline Academy High School students delivered two murals and more than 40 blankets to the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children on April 22. The students painted the whimsical murals for the shelter’s play therapy room and constructed blankets to comfort the children in residence. They devoted their school year to volunteering at the shelter and making a difference in the lives of women affected by domestic violence. The project is part of Beyond Our Borders, Ursuline’s service-learning immersion program. Students traveled to Belize, where they built a 16-by-16-foot home for a family in an impoverished community. They were challenged to take inspiration from their trip and relate it to comparable social issues in New Orleans. The students divided into four groups, recruited additional students and worked to implement service projects that connected their experiences in Belize with the Ursuline community and with organizations throughout the city.

    THE BEAUTY OF BELIZE: A Tropical Paradise Made for Montanans
    The Montana winter is a long one. The only thing paler than my skin come spring is the snow still causing slide-offs on the Bozeman pass. Every once in a while, a Montanan just needs to head south.

    Armed conflict between Guatemala and Belize unlikely despite military build-up and increased border incidents
    Guatemala and Belize have agreed to seek to de-escalate a border dispute through the staging of diplomatic talks in Istanbul, Turkey on 21 May. The Belize Foreign Ministry announced on 19 May that it had requested that the Organization of American States (OAS) investigate allegations that Guatemalan uniformed personnel had kidnapped a Belizean farmer and detained him in Guatemala the previous week. The request was made in the context of the OAS having already started an investigation into live-fire incidents involving the Belize Defence Force (BDF), which resulted in the death of a Guatemalan child on 20 April, and the wounding of a man on 13 May in Chiquibul National Park along the shared border. The child's death, along with the injury of his father and younger brother, triggered a rapid build-up of 3,000 Guatemalan soldiers on the border, including along the Sarstoon River near Belize's Forward Operating Base (FOB) on the Caribbean coast.

    Videos

  • Guatemala and Belize, 4min.

  • University of Belize | Calabash Caye Trip, 13min.

  • Hopkins and Xunantunich- Belize 2016, 10min. May 2016 Hopkins Village 2 1/2 hrs south of Belize City

  • Belize Sharks & Rays Tour, 2.5min. Check out our excursion in Belize swimming with nurse sharks, stingrays, barracuda and various other sea life!

  • Holidays to Belize - San Pedro & Caye Caulker, 4in.

  • PUP MOURNS THE DEATH OF FORMER CABINET MINISTER AND FATHER OF LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, 8min. The Peoples United Party, Orange Walkenos and Belizeans on a whole are mourning the death of Mr. Elijio Joe Briceno father of Leader of the Opposition John Briceno. Elijio Joe Briceno died on Saturday May 21st at midnight after falling gravely ill. At the time of his death he was surrounded by family and friends. “Don Joe or boss Joe” as he was affectionately known served as a member of Cabinet for two consecutive terms from 1974 to 1984 and tonight we look back at his years of service to the people of Belize and his numerous contributions to the development of the country.

  • Former Government Minister and father of the leader of the opposition dies, 4min.

  • Cuba to Belize 2015, 3.5min. finishing 2015 in the Caribbean - this song is the biggest song we have heard through Central America

  • Belize - GoPro, 3.5min.

  • Aftermovie: 3 months 7 countries, 6min. USA, Costa rica, Panama, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico & Cuba

  • CHW of Belize, 1min. Community Health Workers of Belize Allies to Maternal and Child health care A production of the Ministry of Health - Belize , financed by JSDF and The World Bank

  • Yet Another Belize Bonefish, 8min.

  • Snorkeling Shark Ray Alley, Belize with Lil' Alphonse, 2min. My friend and I had a great time snorkeling while visiting Belize. Snorkeling with Lil' Alphonse was great! We hit up Shark Ray Alley and lured all the sharks over with bait and jumped in. So cool. They only have nurse sharks there, so it's perfectly safe. If you're ever staying out on San Pedro, check this guy out.

  • Blue Hole, Belize, 3.5min.

  • Another Belize Bonefish, 2min.

  • Clips from Belize: April 2016, 5min. Girls Weekend trip to Hopkins Belize

  • Dolphin Drive By Belize 2015, 1/2min.

  • Belize 2016, 6min.

  • Belize Tourism Board's "TASTE OF BELIZE" tv ad, 1min.

    May 24, 2016


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Second phase of SPPD Barracks nears completion
    In less than a month, the San Pedro Police Formation will be provided with a brand new police barracks. Nearly two years since construction began, phase two of the police barracks project will finally be completed, providing additional space to accommodate more police officers as the Department seeks to increase its numbers on the island. Once the police barracks is complete, the ground floor will have an assigned area for the San Pedro Police Cadets, complete with private bathroom. It will also accommodate an office for members of the Central Investigation Bureau along with a separate bathroom and a computer/conference room. The top floor will accommodate three officers and a separate bathroom. Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Sub-Formation Superintendent Sandra Bowden at the San Pedro Police Formation feels very confident about the progress of the construction. She is aware of all details of the construction and appreciates the support of everyone in finally completing the building.

    Expo Tattoo Belize promises to be spectacular
    Tattoo lovers unite! Expo Tattoo Belize will be in San Pedro for one very unique, colorful, loud weekend of inking, music, freak shows and fun. From Saturday, May 28th through Sunday May 29th, talented international tattoo artists from such places as Bolivia, México, USA, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Belize will be on the island to provide their unique artwork. For an entrance fee of $20, you will be able to venture to the San Pedro High School Auditorium where you can select one of the top notch artists to use your skin as canvas! (Prices for the tattoos vary, but organizers have ensured that you get the best value for your money). For those seeking the extra crazy, there will be a freak show courtesy of Victer Max. The pierced, tattooed, horned man will be alternately freaking you out and amazing you with his skills! For the music lovers, the bands Verge of Umbra and Almost 7 will be performing as well! There will be Deejays throughout the day. Tickets are available at Belizean Ink (Wimpas Tattoo Shop). Festival hours run from 10AM to 10PM.

    Taxi permits cannot be sold
    Taxi cabs are a source of transportation in San Pedro Town. It has been brought to The San Pedro Sun’s attention that various local taxi drivers attempt to sell their taxi permits, when selling their vehicles. The questions is, ‘is that legal?’ A call to the San Pedro Traffic Department led to the confirmation that taxi permits are nontransferable and thus, cannot be sold. According to Chris Nuñez, Head of the San Pedro Traffic Department (SPTD), the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is not entertaining anymore taxi permits. This is an effort to alleviate the number of cabs on the island. The SPTD also mentioned that those who applied for the permit should be the one driving the cab and taxi drivers are not allowed to rent vehicles to other individuals. The public is also welcome to question taxi drivers about their credentials as safety measures.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Assemblage Exhibit Launch
    Wildfire Artz Space had their Assemblage Art Exhibit launch on Sunday. Wine, chocolate, and some great art were all there, along with some spectacular music.

    One of a Kind Rock Concert
    Rockin' the Caye 2016! Rock n Roll & Grammy Hall of Fame inductees are coming to San Pedro June 4th, 2016! Kenny Lee Lewis, Bobby Vandell, Will Peterson and Billy Peterson will be rocking Ambergris Caye from 4-7 pm June 4th at Mahogany Bay Village - 2 miles south. Playing as Abracadabra. (you know the song - these are the guys) Is an all American Classic rock 'n' roll band. The band is spearheaded by Grammy hall of famer (Bob Dylan) Billy Peterson, and current Steve Miller band bassist and guitarist Kenny Lee Lewis. On drums is the virtuoso, Bobby Vandell, probably best known for his work on the drum set on the world wide hit, "Funkytown" The keyboard chair is filled by Billy Peterson's son, Will Peterson. The singing multi keyboardist is a cornerstone for Abracadabra delivering soulful performances on Bad Company and Stevie Wonder renditions.

    Happy Reef Week 2016 from all at The Phoenix!
    Show your love for our barrier reef by joining us each Saturday to help remove any trash from our shores. Help us keep our reef pristine! Thank you to this weeks volunteers. We would love to see some new faces in our weekly pictures

    BELIZE AT THE 5TH. ANNUAL GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!
    The documentary features the work of the southern Belizean community organizer, farmer, and activist, Leonides Sanchez, and his struggle for food security and agricultural awareness in his hometown of Punta Gorda in Belize's southern district of Toledo. Sanchez also an educator, has been advocating for black consciousness and self awareness among the Garinagu, and has developed farming cooperatives among the Belizean people of the South while working with civil society in Belize to bring about change in land reform and self-sufficiency.

    Official Death Announcement - Hon. Elijio Joe Briceño
    The Government of Belize announces the passing of Mr. Elijio Joe Briceño, Former Minister of Government and former Member of the National Assembly. Mr. Briceño passed away on Saturday, 21 May, 2016 in Belize City. An Official Funeral will be held on Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at La Immaculada Church, Orange Street, Orange Walk Town. Interment will follow at the Piemonte Cemetery.


    The Belize Women's Political Caucus is unveiling the Development of Belizean Women in Politics Exhibition at the GPC on Thursday and Friday, from 10:30am to 4:00pm. It showcases all the women that have held offices in Belize.

    The Reporter

    Council of Churches weighs in on Belize/Guatemala dispute
    The Belize Council of Churches, has given its full support to the Government of Belize in finding a diplomatic resolution to the territorial dispute with Guatemala. The Council held a press conference at the ITVET compound in Belize City over the weekend, explaining that in light of Guatemala’s recent acts of aggression along the Sarstoon, it feels that GOB is making the right moves in trying to find a peaceful solution. “The Belie Council of Churches supports actions that seek to avoid confrontation in the Adjacency Zone, along the Sarstoon, and along the border between Belie and Guatemala,” the Council said. The Council also gave it’s full support to taking the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice. The BCC then called upon the government to work in unity with the opposition in resolving the dispute; on the media to report facts relating the issue responsibly as not to cause trouble; and on its membership to be informed on the issues.

    DOE hold second “Walk for a Green Belize”
    To spread awareness about the importance of not littering, the Department of the Environment held its second “Walk for a Green Belize” clean-up activity on Saturday. The clean-up campaign started around 7 a.m. in Benque Viejo and del Carmen and spanned some 77 miles along the George Price Highway. DOE and its partners also cleaned along the Ladyville Area and the Phillip Goldson Highway. The clean-up was done in collaboration with the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority, the Belize Audubon Society the Police Department, Department of Transport and the Belize City Traffic Department. The DOE reminds everyone travelling along Belize’s roadways that littering is a violation, for which a ticket can be issued and carry a fine of $100 for a person and $500 for a company.”

    PUP cancel their Sarstoon trip
    The People’s United Party (PUP) announced Saturday morning that it will not be making it’s scheduled trip to the Sarstoon River. There were conflicting reports on the reason for the cancelation. One report said it was because PUP leader John Briceño’s father was ill, and Briceño canceled the trip to be with him in his last hours. However, another report said that the PUP could not get a boat captain willing to take them to the river because of the Statutory Instrument in place, which prohibits travel to the Sarstoon without authorization. Briceño could not be reached for confirmation on whether or not they had trouble getting a vessel. Since the beginning of May, Briceño announced that the PUP would go down to the Sarstoon and he challenged the government to arrest them under the provisions of the SI. The trip was originally scheduled for May 7. They postponed it, however, in consideration of progress GOB was making in negotiations with the Government of Guatemala.

    CEDA moves to strengthen Caribbean-US export efforts
    The Caribbean Export Development Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Latin Chamber of Commerce of the United States, to strengthen trade and investment promotion with the region. The MOU will serve to strengthen investment and trade to develop reciprocal cooperation between the US-based entities and the member states of Caribbean Export. The agreement will help CEDA members to access Latin American markets and open collaboration opportunities for US-based Latin firms and Latin investors seeking to enter the Caribbean market. The signing of the agreements formed a part of the activities at Regional Public Goods Initiative entitled: Support to Foreign Direct Investment in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Investment Summit and the Inter-American Development Bank collaborated on holding the event, which targeted US-based markets.

    UN holds humanitarian summit
    Representatives of 175 countries, including around 65 heads of states gathered in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit. The two-day summit is aimed at restructuring the world’s response to wars, disasters and the need for humanitarian aid that arises from them; including changing the way aid is provided. The UN’s Emergency Relief’s office is running the summit. The summit is the brain child of outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who in his opening speech, set out the key commitments that he hopes leaders will sign up to in order to improve the global humanitarian system. “I proposed this summit four years ago out of concern for rising humanitarian needs and declining political will. Today, the urgency has only grown,” he said.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belmopan Quick Response Team seize homemade firearm
    On Sunday May 22nd at about 4:00 a.m. members of the Belmopan Police Quick Response Team (QRT) were on mobile patrol when their attention was drawn to a male person driving a motorcycle in high speed on Cemetery Road in the San Martin Area, […]

    Orange Walk authorities search for missing man
    Reliable information reaching the BBN newsroom is that presently members of the Belize Coast Guard, Orange Walk Police and volunteers are searching for a missing man. According to family members, a group of men went on a fishing trip in the Indian Church Lagoon […]

    Mainly fair, warm and mostly dry weather conditions will continue today
    The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies during the daytime and partly cloudy skies tonight. Little or no rainfall is expected. Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast at 5-15 knots and the sea state will be choppy. High temperatures today […]

    Passengers trapped in vehicle after vehicle crashes on George Price Highway
    Reports reaching our newsroom are that a traffic accident just happened on the George Price Highway. According to our sources, some passengers are trapped in the vehicle and police have been dispatched to the scene. We will be updating this story as more information is […]

    Blogs

    Ka’ana Boutique Resort – True Luxury & Attention to Details In The Ideal Location
    Last week, I visited Ka’ana Resort, just outside of western Belize’s San Ignacio town, for two glorious nights. A short distance from my home at the Belize reef (less than 100 miles), Ka’ana immerses you in a totally different world – and doesn’t skimp one bit on the amenities. he staff is amazingly attentive, the attention to decor and detail (all Belize specific) in each and every nook of the property is amazing and the food is honestly the best that I have eaten at any resort in Belize – and there are some STRONG contenders. Ka’ana’s property may be smaller than some of the 1000+ acre lodges that surround them in the Cayo District but by being so close to town (San Ignacio) and to the main thoroughfare, you have easy access to the AMAZING adventures and sights in the area. From the caves to the waterfalls to the Maya temples.

    As the World Sleeps Belize keeps getting destroyed, terrorized and invaded
    As the world sleeps, Belize is being systematically destroyed and invaded both from within and without. For decades Guatemala has remained head strong claiming that it owns Belize despite the world noting that Belize is an independent nation and it’s people have full rights to independence. At the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Community (ACP-EU) meeting in Abuja Nigeria on March 2000 the following was noted: United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 35/20 of 11 November 1980, which reaffirmed the inalienable right of the people of Belize to self-determination, independence and territorial integrity and called on all parties concerned to respect that right. Calls upon both governments to continue their discussions to put into effect measures that will ease tensions along their border, and to establish a process for the early and definitive settlement of their differences in accordance with the principles and practices of the United Nations and with full respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Belize.

    Making the Coffee Connection
    From the classic espresso to the flavoured frappes, we just can’t seem to get enough coffee into our systems. Ambergris Caye has its fair share of caffeine enthusiasts, and luckily there are several establishments to satisfy our needs. Whether you find yourself north, south or anywhere in between, you are sure to find a place to sit down and have a cup of fresh brew on the island. For many coffee is more than just a drink – drinking coffee means hanging out with friends, family or your significant other. And that’s exactly what Rum+Bean elaborated on! Even though Rum+Bean is undoubtedly one of my favourite places to get good coffee, I often find myself going there to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown San Pedro. Located south of town inside the Mahogany Bay development, Rum+Bean is a quaint coffee shop with charm and great brews.

    International Sourcesizz

    U.S. Businessman Pleads Guilty in Belize Money-Laundering Scheme
    A U.S. businessman pleaded guilty Monday to helping stock manipulators launder hundreds of millions of dollars through Belize, a victory for prosecutors seeking to crack down on offshore havens. Robert Bandfield, 71 years old, pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to one count of conspiring to launder money and now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. He had been set to begin trial next week. Mr. Bandfield was arrested in 2014 and charged as part of a sprawling probe into overseas shell companies used by various penny-stock promoters to commit financial fraud. He is the third defendant in the case to plead guilty. Several other defendants are still at large. Prosecutors say Mr. Bandfield, a U.S. citizen who operated a group of companies in Belize, was the architect of a scheme that allowed his clients to secretly manipulate U.S. stock prices, launder their illegal proceeds back to the U.S. and evade taxes. As part of the scheme, Mr. Bandfield created more than 5,000 shell companies in Belize and the West Indies to hide from the U.S. government his clients’ stock ownership and ill-gotten proceeds, according to prosecutors.

    Lee College Study Abroad program off on 8-day exploration of Belize
    The Lee College Study Abroad program headed off to the Central American country of Belize for an 8-day exploration of Mayan ruins, the natural beauty of land and sea, and the unique relationship between place and identity. Study Abroad allows students to experience another country while also earning academic credit for their Lee College degrees. Students and faculty left for Belize on May 16 and returned to campus on May 23. The program was revived at the college last year with a trip to Great Britain, Ireland and Wales. As part of their participation, Study Abroad students had to complete intensive English and kinesiology classes that began weeks before their departure and provided a theoretical foundation for their journey. They must also share impressions from their trip with the community upon their return.

    Stevie J’s Reunion Concert Footage Will Remind You Why He Will Always Be Bad Boy For Life!
    The Bad Boy Reunion concert kicked off last Thursday and Friday and certainly did not disappoint those who came out. For those who couldn’t make it, Stevie J was sure to catch all that action from his Bad Boy fam on camera. What better way to celebrate the (would have been 44th) birthday of the late and great B.I.G than to have performances from legends such as Mary J Blige, Jay Z, Lil Kim, Mario Winans, Faith Evans and even Shyne who performed from Belize via live feed, for the Brooklyn show. A shirtless Stevie can be seen rocking out on his guitar with Total to their classic, “What About Us” as a fan hilariously shouts out an ask to be on his bus. Check out some dope videos from the concert:

    Videos

  • Belize fishes, 1min. Pairs of Queen Angelfishes, Queen Triggerfish, and Black Durgon frolicking on a reef in Belize.

  • Making of the Iconic BELIZE Mural | San Pedro, Ambergris Caye | Welcome to the Truck Stop, 1.5min. 1 Mile North San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • Belize Travel Log, 3min.

  • Belize 2016, 6min. A Belizen awesome trip to Belize in January 2016. Stayed in Caye Caulker for a week and went snorkelling in Shark Alley. Then sailed down the coast from Caye Cauker to Placencia on the Ragga King with RaggaMuffin Tours...

  • SHYNE JOINED THE BAD BOY FAMILY REUNION TOUR FROM BELIZE, 1min. Shyne streamed into the second night of Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour from Belize. (Revolt TV)

  • BPP Dared to Challenge Barrow's Unlawful SI., 1min. While PUP was finding fault about going to Sarstoon. BTV and BPP actually went.

  • Belize Vacation- Gordy Honeymoon 2016, 11.5min. Honeymoon trip to Belize with my best friend.

  • TAN Airlines Miami Belize San Pedro Sula Belize Miami 1990, 20min. Round Trip TAN 737 Miami Honduras 1990.

  • The Beer Diaries World Tour: Belize - Full Concert in Hopkins, 23min. The Beer Diaries is proud to present The Beer Diaries World Tour: Belize, a series dedicated to using beer as an introduction to history, culture and the geo-political state of countries around the world. In this episode, host Mike Mann and his team capture the admiration of Aurelio Martinez with the people of Belize, during a once in a lifetime concert at the Driftwood Beach Bar & Pizza Shack in Hopkins. Celebrate Garifuna Culture and experience a concert that cannot be duplicated.

  • Flying on Tropic Air from San Pedro to Belize City 5/22/2016, 4min. After taking the Belize City Ferry 3 times, I decided to fly back to make my United connecting flight to Houston.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize!, 3min. I had always wanted to check out cave tubing while in Belize and I got to do it in May of 2016! Cave-tubing.com was the tour I went with, they were great to deal with and I highly recommend them. They picked us up at the Belize Water Taxi and off we went. After touring the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, we drove to the jungle. After hiking for about 45 minutes on a stone trail, you jump into the warm and clear waters of the river. The inner-tubing last about an hour, you start by going through a cave. Once you're done, you can swim around a bit and enjoy the pool. Great fun!

  • Diving and Fishing in Belize, 10min.

    May 23, 2016


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Tropic Air gives back to Octavia Waight Centre
    Tropic Air, The Airline of Belize, has announced April’s results of its 2016 nationwide #TropicGivesBack charitable fundraising campaign. For every ticket bought at the month’s selected station, $1 is donated to an organization chosen by our staff stationed in that community. April was the chosen month for San Ignacio. As part of the airline’s largest charitable fundraiser of the year, Tropic Air business partners, staff and Customers joined efforts and raised $450 for the Octavia Waight Centre in San Ignacio. A check was presented to the organization on Friday, May 6th. “It’s very humbling to see the real and tangible difference the donations, made so generously by our customers, make” said John Greif III, Tropic Air’s president. “The money they give really can help deserving organizations in this country, and we are proud to support that.”

    Letter to the Editor: Dive Safety Seminar
    Dear Dive Community, We are hereby inviting Dive Operator’s, Dive Instructor’s, Dive Master’s, Certified Diver’s and other personnel involved in the Diving Industry to assist in a Diver Safety Seminar that we are offering to promote Dive Safety through Education and Training on 25 and 26 of May, 2016 the Dive Safety Seminar is being promoted by DAN Divers Alert Network and TEMS Traveller Emergency Medical Services. There will be 3 topics that will be presented and discussed by Dr. Matias Nochetto the Director of Medical Programs for Divers Alert Network which will include Decompression Sickness, Arterial Gas Embolism, Inner Ear Decompression, Case Presentation and Hazardous Marine Life Injuries. There will also be some snacks and a raffle of DAN products.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Family Planning
    “Where are you off to?” Sherry asked. “I’m going to visit Melody at her art gallery,” I told her. “I haven’t seen her and the kids for a long time.” “They do need to see their grand dad every once in a while,” she said. “Why don’t you take them out for ice cream?” “Good idea.” “Where are the boys?” I asked Melody, when I got to the gallery. “Grayson is with his nanny and Davin is still at school. He should be walking through the door any minute.” “Hey, Grandpa!” Davin said, when he came in. “Are we going for ice cream?” “Of course, “ I said. “That’s what grandpas are for.” Melody said, “Davin, you were supposed to have your first family planning class at school today. How did it go?

    Barbara Miller Celebrates 30 Years at Tropic Air
    This month, Government Liaison Officer, Barbara Miller celebrates 30 years of employment with Tropic Air. Barbara joined Tropic Air in 1986. Over the years, she has also served our customers in many roles, including Station, Sales and Marketing Manager positions. “Having served Tropic for over three decades, she has seen us grow from a small company to one that now serves 18 destinations,” says John Grief III, President of Tropic Air. “Barbara was dispatching flights before many of current employees were born. That’s says a lot about her experience and her value to our company”. As a token of the Company’s appreciation, Barbara was presented with a beautiful watch chosen to fit her unique style and was thanked for her many years of dedicated service.

    Doctor Love: Oldest Daughter
    Dear Doctor Love, My family needs some help deciding what to do about our father. Eight years ago our mother died at an early age (49). My father went into some kind of mourning and was devastated for several years and could barely function. Three years ago he sold his business and retired, moving in with my younger sister. He started living on the internet and developed a hot relationship with a young woman from the Philippines. This lady is nothing but a scam artist. She managed to talk my dad into paying for a boob job for her because she said her small boobs were holding her back in her modeling career. None of the family knew about this until it was over. We found out because she sent topless pictures to him showing the before and after. He shared the photos with us and that’s when we discovered what was going on. Then he sent her money to pay off her lease so she can move here. When she was supposed to arrive her father died and she had to spend the money to pay for his funeral.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Chocolate Festival 2016| Big Falls
    Celebrating everything chocolate!

    The Reporter

    Former PUP Minister Briceno dies
    Former People’s United Party (PUP) Minister of Energy and Communications, Elijio “Joe” Briceno has died. Briceno, who was the father of the PUP’s current leader John Briceno, passed away at a private hospital in Belize City. On his Facebook page, PUP Leader John Briceno posted comments saying his father died at the stroke of midnight on Sunday in the company of relatives. Briceno said he loved his father all his life and that he was grateful for the life his father gave his family and for his service to Belize. Hours before that, Briceno asked people via the same medium to pray for his dad, who was approaching the end. Joe Briceno was Belize’s Minister of Energy and Communications from 1979 to 1984 under the late Right Honorable George Price. He represented Orange Walk North.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Shyne wows the world at ‘Bad Boyz’ reunion tour
    Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, long time hip hop mogul, rapper, producer and owner of the ‘Bad Boyz’ record label in the United States, launched his highly anticipated second reunion tour at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday night. The two night event featured accomplished artists such […]

    Alcohol suspected as cause of yesterday morning’s traffic accident
    An investigation is ongoing into the traffic accident that happened in San Ignacio yesterday morning, when a Toyota car collided head on with a concrete wall of the town’s market square. Police arrived on the scene sometime around 4:10 a.m., seeing Patrick Lewis Gordon, […]

    Taxi driver drowns in Mopan River
    The body of 51-year-old Benque Viejo taxi driver, Pedro Valdez, currently awaits a post mortem examination at San Ignacio Hospital’s morgue after he reportedly drowned yesterday evening. Valdez was reportedly at J&G Bar alone and consuming alcohol when patrons saw him suddenly get up […]

    Car stolen in Roaring Creek
    23-year-old Elias Reyes, a resident of Franks Eddy Village in Cayo District, reported to police that his Honda car valued at $4000, was stolen from Westar’s compound in Roaring Creek. Reyes said he left it there at around 5:45 p.m. on Friday and went […]

    Weed seized in Unitedville
    At around 3:20 on Friday afternoon, while San Ignacio Police were on an operation in Unitedville Village, Cayo District, officers discovered 315 grams of cannabis, equal to 0.7 pounds. The cannabis was found inside a lard bucket in the Ingram Creek area where searches […]

    Weed and gun found in Cayo
    While on patrol between miles 68 and 69 on the George Price Highway at around 5:00 on Friday morning, San Ignacio Police discovered more than 33 pounds of cannabis and a shotgun near Rumors Resort. Officers made checks near a police booth opposite from […]

    Blogs

    10 Reasons To Live, Retire, And Invest In English-Speaking Belize
    Belize is a little country with a population of fewer than 350,000 people, most all of whom speak English. Part Caribbean, part Central American, it’s mostly wide-open spaces with a long coast and a sprinkling of small islands just offshore fringed by white sand and swaying palms. This is one of the least densely populated places on earth. In Belize, you enjoy plenty of elbowroom ... and plenty of opportunity. Belize is also peaceful, democratic, and stable. The country has generally no beefs with the rest of the world. Really, few other than scuba divers, sports fisherman, and Caribbean sun-seekers give Belize a second thought. The country flies under the radar, and Belizeans (and those of us who appreciate what it has to offer) like it that way. Belizeans are fiercely independent folks, proud of their young democracy. More than 70 percent of registered voters turn out for every election. The political process in this country is dynamic, grassroots, and underfunded. That last being an especially good thing. Underfunded politicians are the best kind.

    WTF!?! Where’s The Food?!
    WTF!?! Where’s The Food?! Belize Food Tours (BFT) is where the food is! It sounds pretty self explanatory, right? Well what it doesn’t tell you is the particularly obscure items on this adventure. The foods range from Ghetto Pringles to Goat Shit, don’t worry, it’s not actually goat shit. They also offer more common tasties like Cuto Brut, yummy coconut that has been boiled down with sugar to a hard candy. Unexpectedly there was also a touch of Belize folklore in the seasoned Macobi Seeds aka Pumpkin seeds. Legend has it they help keep your mind off a bad romance or distant lover. In Creole language, the word Macobi is used to describe love sickness. All of that is just what BFT has shown us so far. Who knows what other tasty treats and heart healing foods have up their sleeve! So many travelers want to know about local favorites and hidden food gems. Now the perfect option for you to explore, eat and discover is about to open it’s doors. This tour isn’t just for tourists or locals, it’s for everyone! Who doesn’t like food? The food runs from sweet treats to savory snacks and every stop is different. Combined with a leisurely social walk through town where you never know what deliciousness could await you around the next corner. This is Belize, always expect the unexpected and be pleasantly surprised and quite possibly have a good story to tell later.

    The Truck Stop’s Second Monthly Farmers Market Stops Traffic on Ambergris Caye
    Farmer Markus of AmberGreens Aquaponics – I bought the last two bunches of swiss chard. Farmer Sue of Home Baked Breads – her boules are so delicious. This time I bought two. Pumpernickle for some of the Farm House Deli’s pastrami I was expecting and Cranberry & Walnut for slathering with cream cheese and eating as often as possible. She sold out of her 50 loaves in less than an hour and a half. The Farm House Deli crew was working hard…the pickles and kraut station. I picked up a parmesan cheese, smoked barracuda (which is so gorgeous on pumpernickel with cream cheese, OH MY), pastrami, this slice of heaven called porkchetta and…I think that’s it. A new farmer selling fresh pastas including this luxurious offering. I tasted a really good sample of a slider/burger from the Rasta food truck… SO…farmers and shoppers alike, keep your eyes on the Truck Stop facebook page for the next June market – as well as information on Wednesday movie nights and Sunday Pig Roasts. So far the market has been the third weekend of the month and in June, that will be Lobsterfest-time. Fun and delicious.

    International Sourcesizz

    A soccer field with a goal in Guatemala and one in Belize
    Un campo de fútbol con una portería en Guatemala y otra en Belice. Meter un gol en Guatemala y otro en Belice solo es posible hacerlo en el campo de fútbol más inusual del mundo. Situado entre las localidades de El Arenal, en el Petén guatemalteco, y El Arenal Belice, se trata de un campo compartido por ambos países. Así, una portería pertenece a Guatemala y la otra a Belice, mientras que por la mitad atraviesa la ‘línea imaginaria’ que hace la función de frontera. Conocida como la línea de adyacencia, fue delimitada en 2001 por Guatemala y Belice con la mediación de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) a la espera de que estos dos países resuelvan su litigio territorial que se remonta a hace 150 años. Cada país administra un kilómetro al este y al oeste de la zona de adyacencia. Guatemala reclama a la ex colonia británica más de 12.272 kilómetros cuadrados de su territorio, lo que supone la mitad de Belice, a pesar de que en 1991 reconoció su independencia. Ambos países se comprometieron en 2008 a realizar una consulta entre sus respectivas poblaciones para que decidan si desean que este conflicto sea resuelto en la Corte Internacional de Justicia de La Haya.

    Belize - Sugarcane crush continues at steady pace
    Belize Sugar Industries milled 45,585 tonnes of cane during week 23 of the 2015/16 crushing season, down from 46,756 a week earlier and also slightly below 47,114 in the same period a year ago, the company announced.

    DMX, Desiigner, Shyne Make Appearances At Puff Daddy's 2nd Bad Boy Reunion Concert
    The surprises kept coming at the Barclay's Center Saturday night. Puff Daddy's highly anticipated Bad Boy reunion tour kicked off Friday night at the Barclay's Center, hosting not only performances from the many billed guests like Mase, The Lox, and Faith Evans, but also some surprise appearances from the likes of Jay Z, Nas, and more. Saturday night was the encore performance, and naturally, there were no shortage of special guests on day 2. DMX and Swizz Beatz came through to run through classic hits like "Party Up" and "Ruff Ryders" anthem, while X made sure to give it up for Notorious B.I.G., who was honored throughout the night even moreso than on night 1, on account of it being the late rapper's birthday. Meanwhile, Desiigner took the stage alongside Lil Kim to put on for Brooklyn and perform his inescapable hit, "Panda," making sure to deliver some of his signature arm flailing to the large crowd. Bad Boy vet Shyne also made a special appearance from Belize via live feed, while Fabolous performed his live favorite, "Lituation". Check out some of the biggest moments from the show below. Did they top night 1?

    Diddy Brings Out DMX, Shyne & Desiigner at Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour
    Diddy (aka Puff Daddy) returned to the Barclays Center stage on Saturday (May 21) to perform the second edition of the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour. Saturday night’s performance was even more special because it was on the Notorious B.I.G.’s 44th birthday. On Friday (May 20), Diddy had an impressive lineup of guest appearances. Music superstars Mary J. Blige, Jay Z, Nas and Usher came through to salute the rap mogul and Bad Boy Records’ musical legacy. For the encore performance on Saturday, Diddy delivered some of the BIG-gest surprises yet. Perhaps the biggest surprise was DMX who rocked the mic alongside his producer and friend Swizz Beatz. The dynamic duo perform several of their classic hits including “Party Up” and “What These Bitches Want.” During Lil’ Kim’s set, the Queen Bee brought out in-demand rapper Desiigner, who performed “Panda,” and BK’s own Fabolous who rapped “Lituation.”

    A Taste of Belize with Caribbean Flavor
    Sunday, June 12 at 2 PM - 6 PM. 3725 Don Felipe Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90008-4210, United States

    Backyard Fundraiser for Belize Peaceful Solidarity Movement
    Saturday, June 25 at 1 PM, 8280 FAIR AVENUE, SUN VALLEY, CA 91352

    Videos

  • Belize Blue Hole, 3min.

  • Belize Documentary, 6min.

  • OFF TO BELIZE, 4min.

  • Nadia Bood from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Belize on her blue solution, 3min. Nadia Bood from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Belize on her blue solution “Valuating climate adaptation options on Placencia Peninsula”. On the Placencia Peninsula, coastal infrastructure and natural ecosystems face significant climate-related impacts. Efforts are leading toward seeking protected areas designation of the Placencia Lagoon as a means to protect mangrove forests and fringing ecosystems, seasonally and permanently inundated wetlands, endangered species and nursery habitats for marine life as well as to create buffer zones for flood and wind control.

  • Belize National Zoo, 3min. Wethersfield High School trip to the Belize National Zoo.

  • Sea Trek/Snorkel Belize, 3min. Wethersfield High School Sea Trek and Snorkel in Belize.

  • Sea Trek in Belize, 3min. Wethersfield High School Sea Trek in Belize.

  • Kaydan visits Belize Zoo, 15min. Kaydan goes on an adventure at the Belize Zoo.

  • Belize, 5.5min. Happy Hour, San Pedro

  • MUMC Belize 2016 College Mission Trip, 10min. Matthews United Methodist Church. College age mission trip. San Pedro, Belize. May 16-21, 2016. On Eagles Wings Ministry.

  • Tropical Lightning Storm in Belize, 1min.

  • Belize 2016, 4min.

    May 22, 2016


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Hands Across The Sand
    Island residents joined thousands of Belizeans across the country in the annual event 'Hands Across The Sand'. The initiative propelled by Oceana Belize, aims at creating awareness on the negative impacts of offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment.

    First Quarterly Police Report Released
    The San Pedro Police Department (SPPD) has released their report for the first quarter of 2016. The report demonstrates statistics that compare major crimes to the same time period in the previous year of 2015. The Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Sub-formation, Superintendent Sandra Bowden reported that overall, the amount of crimes committed this quarter shows a decrease in major crimes, especially relating to robberies and murder. In 2016, the accumulative statistics for January to March indicate that there were nine less major crimes committed than in 2015, a 39% decrease. On the other hand, San Pedro saw an overall increase in rape and unlawful sexual intercourse compared to 2015. Major crimes reported on the island for this quarter include: three murders (decrease of 40%), one rape (increase of 100%), two robberies (decrease of 60%), 16 burglaries (decrease of 20%), six thefts (decrease of 25%) and two incidents of unlawful sexual intercourse (increase of 100%).

    Primary School Football Tournament officially begins!
    The Belize District Zone 5 Primary School Football Tournament officially started on Wednesday, May 11th at the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town. The tournament is being organized by The San Pedro Sports Committee in collaboration with the National Sports Council of Belize. Both male and female teams from different primary schools of Ambergris Caye including Caye Caulker are participating in the sporting event which culminates on Thursday, May 26th. The winning team will represent Ambergris Caye at the Belize District Finals, tentatively set for Thursday, June 2nd in Belize City. Games will resume on Tuesday, May 24th beginning at 2PM sharp. Everyone is encouraged to come out and support their favourite teams.

    Reading: “I see the world”; Writing: “I change the world”
    I write to the education theme, Reading: “I see the world”; Writing: “I change the world,” as the relationship between reading and writing is weave in a web and when properly use can have a tremendous effect on student’s achievement and development. In the history of our education system in Belize, we have appreciated the three R’s of reading which comprised of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Respectively, this threesome had been coined together as the foundation of what may be classified as the background needed when students left the primary school system. However; today’s education have plummet educators to challenge the Language Arts Curriculum which emphasizes the skills of Language Arts from a holistic approach. These skills have been outlined in five main basic category of learning. These are: listening, viewing, and speaking, reading and writing. Twenty – five of the forty- five Content Standards in the curriculum speak to reading and writing of which I will address.

    Hol Chan hosts another successful Reef Fair
    The Hol Chan Marine Reserve hosted their Reef Fair on Thursday, May 19th at the San Pedro House of Culture. Numerous environmental and marine conservation organizations came out to educate students of San Pedro Town. Participating organizations included: the Belize Fisheries Department, Mar Alliance, Hol Chan, Protect Our Manatees, Saga Humane Society, Blackadore Caye Supporters, Oceana Belize, Belize Solid Waste Management Authority, and the Department of the Environment. Tips on how to efficiently preserve the environment, as well as making Belize a more sustainable country, were highlighted at each booth. Also, many interactive demonstrations such as a cooler with live sea creatures, a display of Bacalar Chico Reserve, and videos from Blackadore Caye Supporters had the students highly engaged. They also had opportunities to play games for prizes, which tested their knowledge about topics discussed. After an appearance from Langoustine, a six-foot tall lobster mascot, refreshments were served and tasty lionfish ceviche provided by the lionfish tournament was served to the crowd.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Road to Cayo factory sale at Mahogany Bay Village
    If you missed the Road to Cayo factory sale at Mahogany Bay Village today don't despair — here's what we've got left! Visit us tomorrow morning (Sunday May 22) 9am-12noon for round two! We are located in south San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

    Amandala

    Toledo Maya and GOB at odds over land rights consultations
    A year after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) handed down a consent order aimed at breaking the impasse between the Government of Belize and 39 Maya villages over indigenous land rights in the Toledo District, the parties are again at loggerheads—this time, over the manner in which the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission is planning to proceed with consultations, key to the application of the appellate court’s ruling. On Monday, May 16, the Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA) issued a statement reporting that village leaders who attended a meeting organized by the Commission had been ordered to leave. Since the publication of that report, the Government of Belize has issued a statement on the matter, which fell short of denying the claim made by the TAA that the Maya contingent was chased from the meeting. “The planned meeting was held and present were 32 of the 36 village leaders. The participants were very engaged and welcomed the opportunity to commence dialogue with the Commission,” the Government release said.

    GOB accepts that Guats abducted Roger Plett!
    Roger Plett, a young Belizean farmer of the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout, is still trying to cope with the terrifying experience he had exactly one week ago when armed Guatemalans whom he identified as a group of both civilians and military men, abducted him from his farm and took him over to Guatemala, threatening to beat him up, apparently in retaliation for a forest fire which had been raging in the area. Plett told police that the light-skinned man who was giving orders said he works for the Organization of American States (OAS). Belize police have a very extensive report with the information gleaned from four men—two Mennonites and two Guatemalans—who encountered the Guatemalans in the Green Hills area last week and were allegedly forced to the other side of the border. Ironically, Plett said that he had gone to the area to help put out the fire when he came under attack. After the Guatemalans released him, he found out that the very tractor he was using to quench the forest fire had been so badly vandalized, he could barely drive it.

    2 months for touching buttocks of girl, 10
    A man who sexually assaulted a child by touching her on the buttocks was sentenced to two months in prison today after he pleaded guilty to the offence when he was arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith. Ashton Lambey, 26, a laborer and resident of Lake Independence, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault upon a 10-year-old girl. Chief Magistrate Smith spared Lambey from the maximum 3-year sentence the offence carries when she sentenced him to two months in prison for his guilty plea, which saved the court the time it would have taken to conduct a trial. The incident occurred shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.

    Over $60 million: the cost of Guatemalan illegal activities in Chiquibul
    The government and people of Belize have been deprived of tens of millions of dollars due to illegal farming, illegal logging, extraction of xaté, large land clearing for farming and other illegal activities being conducted in the Chiquibul National Park in the Cayo District by Guatemalan poachers and farmers. The tally includes $1.541 million dollars in xate extraction and its loss of royalties, and an overall loss of $60,082,232 due to illegal logging, among other losses. Amandala visited the Chiquibul and saw the large tracks of burnt land, cleared for farming by Guatemalan farmers, exposing the land to erosions and degradation by the elements. Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of FCD, a master patrol officer of Chiquibul, after studying the negative impacts of the activities carried out by Guatemalans in the protected area and national park, reported that an estimated 1,500 Guatemalans were combing the Chiquibul Forest illegally for xaté.

    Devaughan Goodger, 22, gets 12 years for manslaughter
    A 22-year-old man, Devaughan Goodger, who has been on remand for murder since he was a 17-year-old minor, learned his fate today when Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas sentenced him to 12 years in prison after he aborted his murder trial on the advice of his attorney last week and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. In sentencing Goodger, Justice Lucas noted he had already spent 5 years and 2 months behind bars, so that time has been deducted from the 12-year sentence. The sentence is to take effect from today, Justice Lucas stipulated. Goodger was remanded to prison for the March 5, 2011 murder of Belize Defence Force (BDF) top recruit, Jason Pott, 27, a father of two children whom he stabbed once in the heart on Cleghorn Street. The trial of Goodger for murder began in the Supreme Court of Justice Lucas last week Wednesday, May 11, but after the first day of testimony, Goodger returned to court the following day and decided to accept the advice of his attorney, Bryan Neal, rather than risk spending the rest of his life in prison if he was found guilty of the murder.

    From the Publisher
    I enjoyed reading Mervin Robateau’s article (Where will you be?) in last weekend’s issue of Amandala. It had been sent to us more as a letter than an article, and our editor asked me to choose a heading for Mr. Robateau’s material. In retrospect, in fact even at the time, I realized my choice of a head was weak. We are therefore publishing Mervin’s article again in this issue with a more attractive head – How we can defend Belize. In all the escalation of tension between Guatemala and Belize which has been taking place since the murder of Danny Conorquie in September of 2014 and the abduction of the Northern Territorial Volunteers (NTV) by the Guatemalan military at the end of February in 2015, our United Democratic Party (UDP) government has based all its reasoning and policies on the presumption that it is impossible and suicidal for us Belizeans to defend ourselves from Guatemalan military aggression. It appears to me that the reasoning and policies of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) are based on a similar presumption, but I cannot speak categorically for the PUP. The UDP Cabinet Ministers, however, have been unhesitant and they have been repetitive: Belizeans cannot even think of fighting.

    Washington’s hands
    Dear Editor Amandala, Sir, The campaign waged against Belize through the international press couldn’t have been done without the consent and support of the “Friends of Guatemala and Belize.” This has been an old trick that was put into practice during the time of Jacobo Arbenz when the U.S. attack began through publications from the Reader’s Digest, the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Saturday Evening Post, etc. I am convinced that Washington has their hands in the Guatemala issue. Guatemala couldn’t have invaded Belize without the order from Washington. The people of Belize love the United States of America, Great Britain’s big sister. The strategy is exactly what Guatemala is following to correct the Anglo/ US Treaty of 1850/1856.

    Barney, Perle, Marie and Bill
    Dear Editor, Marie Knowles was the sister of Bill Belisle, saxaphonist with the original Messengers. Both Bill and Marie were adopted or raised by Barney Cervantes and Perle Kemp, good citizens and productive people. Barney and Perle, along with a niece of Dr. John Reneau, were crushed to death by a vehicle at the curve on Princess Margaret Drive in front of the now Princess Hotel on a Sunday evening in the late 1950 or early 1960’s. Fate is cruel – 4 lives snuffed out in similar fashion. To put it another way, parents and daughter cheated out of life, in the same way, about 50 years apart. Question – what is a life worth in Belize? $5,000 dollars, probably about 1/5th or less of her pension?

    Big up, Lorenzo A. Aldana
    To all Conscious Belizeans, Recently, we have been living a tense life with Guatemala breathing fear on Belizeans (well, at least the majority of the population). We recognize that Guatemala has a bloody reputation, being involved in a 35-year GENOCIDE. They believe that their track record will be enough to make us curl our tails in submission. I know that Belizeans are hoping for the best peaceful resolution but we must be real. When dealing with animals, we must be prepared with the whip. God will help. This is the reason why after so long waiting from the politicians for a PLAN OF ACTION (similar to when there is a hurricane threat), Belizeans are at a loss. All those in authority are lost themselves. So while politicians are seeking diplomacy (I strongly think that they do so because they are intimidated), we should start preparing for the worst. This means that from now on, we should maintain that state of readiness just like when we are at school. Please check on Mexican, Cuban, Guyanese, and American military, etc. and judge the similarity of what I am saying.

    “ … not a problem for brave leaders, and knowledgeable nationals.”
    Dear Editor, National parks should not extend to our international borders. I’ve heard it said that, “Business is not the good thing or the bad thing. It’s the necessary thing”. To that saying I’ll add, business is the necessary thing, until it clashes with national security. That’s when border closures, boycotts and other economic tools are implemented, and business as usual is revised in exchange for a national good. The United Democratic Party (UDP) and the National Alliance for Belizean Rights Party (NABR) coalition government 1993 to 1998, established the 65 square miles Sarstoon/Temash National Park in 1994, and redrew the Chiquibul National Park boundary in 1995, such that the Chiquibul National Park is now 414 square miles. Security-minded individuals and agencies may likely have recommended that the boundary of these two national parks not extend to the international border with Guatemala. But, Belize politicians seem not to be very national security-minded. Belize is not a physical island. Were our politicians national security-minded, Belize’s road network would have been four lanes wide Corozal to Toledo at least twenty years ago; such that emergency services and commerce can get from one end of the nation to the other without much hindrance.

    Belize gained independence through hard work, intelligence, high-skilled diplomacy, statesmanship, bravery and courage!
    In the late 1950’s, the then president of Guatemala, Miguel Hidigoras Fuentes, declared: “Belize will be ours by right or by might”. Notice that he said “WILL BE”, which makes clear, in the president’s own words, that BELIZE WAS NOT AND IS NOT for Guatemala. It is only because Guatemala’s Constitution says that Belize is for Guatemala, that they keep the unfounded claim, with absolutely no right to claim Belize. However, despite this, Belize, valiant and bold, lobbied tirelessly for international support in a very courageous manner, under the leadership of Hon. George Price, and achieved its independence with all its territory intact. The United Nations then accepted Belize’s independence with all its territory intact. The crucial Independence movement had begun some years before the 60’s but became even more intense in the mid and latter part of the 70’s. Belizeans under the leadership of the incorruptible George Price were strongly motivated by the unstoppable desire of having a nation of our own with full sovereignty and territorial integrity, with borders from the Rio Hondo to the Sarstoon River, as our borders have always been. Belizeans wanted independence for Belize by all means. Those Belizeans thus felt compelled to be part of this colossal movement because of their love for Belize.

    The Special Agreement and the ICJ
    The Special Agreement (SA) or Compromis was signed between Belize and Guatemala on 8 December 2008 in Washington DC. The wording of the SA did not benefit from any public discussion in Belize, as the SA was considered a confidential document that was only to be released to the Belizean public after its signature. As a matter of fact there existed at that time an Advisory Council on the Guatemalan Claim (ACGC), of which I was a member, and we did not have any direct input on the wording of the SA. The Organization of the American States (OAS) had prepared and presented a Draft SA to Belize and Guatemala for review and finalization and the ACGC only received updates from the Belize Negotiating Team on the progress of the negotiations with Guatemala while finalizing the SA. I am confident that if prior public consultations had been held on the content and wording of the SA, it would be different and more acceptable than what presently exists, as it is said that to get a good idea you need to get several good ideas, and none of us is better than all of us. Probably the intellectuals at the OAS are?

    Soul brothers of Istanbul
    Belize’s first native millionaire, Isaiah Emmanuel Morter (1860-1924), bequeathed his fortune to Marcus Garvey for the cause of African redemption in the early 1920s. Garvey never got the money and assets, because the United States government framed him on mail fraud charges and sent him to jail in the Atlanta State Penitentiary. During the two years plus Garvey was in jail, after which he was deported to Jamaica, charlatans got ahold of Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and the matter of the Morter fortune ended up in the courts. (In 1939, British courts finally gave Isaiah Morter’s fortune to one Lionel Francis, a Trinidadian physician, who came to British Honduras to enjoy the money and assets. Garvey died broke in London in 1940.) Belize’s second native millionaire, Robert Sydney Turton, was arguably the individual who was most responsible for the birth of the independence movement in British Honduras in the 1940s. Turton, the “illegitimate” son of a British army officer and a black Belizean lady, had selfish motives for seeking self-rule in Belize. He was doing most of his mahogany, chicle, and import commission business with United States companies, and the British colonial tariff laws in the colony gave great advantage to Turton’s British competition – the Belize Estate and Produce Company, Limited (BEC). The man who ended up leading Belize to independence, Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price, was Mr. Turton’s personal secretary, and Mr. Turton was responsible for Mr. Price’s entry into electoral politics in 1944.

    SI 13 of 2016: Some teachers may be unable to continue in the profession.
    In February, Hon. Patrick Faber explained, at a press conference, a process that teachers would have to undergo to ensure that they are qualified and that they remain in possession of a full teaching license. Faber had explained, in making reference to a provisional license that, “if you have not met the requirement for a full license, then we are in effect carving out a special permit for those teachers who meet the requirement for that permit.” Today, Dr. Carol Babb, Deputy Chief Education Officer, told Amandala that the mandatory permit came into effect with the passing of Statutory Instrument (SI) 13 of 2016, which affects early childhood teachers, primary school teachers and high school teachers. Babb said that the application process has already begun.

    FFB Congress update
    As previously reported, on the 30th day of April, 2016, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) held its IX Congress at the Princess Ramada Hotel in Belize City. Of the items listed on the agenda, one was for election of a new executive, where persons vied for the posts of President, Senior Vice President, Vice President and two Executive Members. After twenty-two rounds of voting, only three posts were filled, being Senior Vice President, Marlon Kuylen, and Executive Members Shane Orio and Darlene Vernon. Thereafter, the Federation was advised to halt with further attempts at selecting a President and Vice President, which remained deadlocked at 10-10 each, until further directions were given by FIFA. At the end of the night, all members were advised that the Senior Vice President would be elevated to Acting President until such further time. On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the three elected members travelled to Mexico City to attend the 66th FIFA Congress and to vote for the election of the new CONCACAF President, but more importantly to meet with the relevant FIFA personnel as to the way forward in relation to the posts that still remained vacant.

    The Reporter

    Taiwan’s new president says she will try to keep the peace with mainland China
    Taiwan’s new President, Tsai Ing-wen, has said she will try to maintain peace with mainland China as she takes over reign amidst a cloud of economic and social challenges on the island. Tsai, who was sworn into office Friday, faces different of expectations. Her supporters want indepenedence and social and political reform and China wants to maintain control over Taiwan. Tsai’s platform on which she won promised the 23 million Taiwanese just what they were asking for, but increased pressure from China, which has a claim on Taiwan, could undermine her promise to her people. In her inauguration address, Tsai listed the areas that needs urgent attention. “The path forward is not a smooth one. Taiwan needs a new government that readily takes on each and every challenge. And it is my job to lead such a government.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Former Cabinet Minister Joe Briceno grave in hospital
    Former Cabinet Minister Elijio “Joe” Briceno, father of current People’s United Party (PUP) leader John Briceno, is in an extremely grave condition at the Northern Regional Hospital at this hour. PUP chairman Henry Charles Usher today asked for the prayers and thoughts of all Belizeans and PUP’s to be with Mr. Briceno and his family at this time. Briceno served as Minister of Energy and Communications in the 1979-1984 term of the PUP under the late Right Honorable George Price. He later retired from politics in favour of his son, who has held the Orange Walk Central seat ever since.

    PUP blames Government for canceled Sarstoon trip
    The People’s United Party (PUP) cancelled its planned educational trip to the Sarstoon River for party leaders that was scheduled for today. According to PUP insiders, they were unable to guarantee the boat owners that they had contracted to take them to the area that they would not be victimized by the ruling government. Speaking with us this morning, party chairman Henry Charles Usher laid direct blame at the feet of the Government for threatening the livelihoods of any operators who assisted the PUP in today’s planned exercise. Usher also told us that the party may likely continue with its constitutional challenge to the Public Safety Act Regulations Sarstoon Order, 2016, after the first hearing was adjourned on Friday at the Supreme Court.

    Ladrick Shephard raises funds for sickle-cell afflicted son
    Sickle cell anemia is a severe hereditary form of anemia – or “poor a blood” – in which a mutated form hemoglobin distorts the red blood cells into a crescent shape at low oxygen levels. It is most common among those of African descent. Well-known football official Ladrick “Mad Bull” Shepherd and his family have been struggling with the disease, which afflicts his son Keshawn Shepherd. Today, Shepherd is hosting a fundraiser in the Sugar City Orange Walk to help get his son to the United States for clinical trials for a new pill that may be able to help. Shepherd is collaborating with Universal Radio for a radiothon and dollar drive at the Queen Elizabeth Park, in front of the Town Council’s offices; there will also be a barbecue sale.

    Traffic accident leaves two critical
    An early morning traffic accident near the San Ignacio market in Cayo District, has left two persons hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Hospital (KHMH) and reportedly in critical conditions. Due to the severity of their injuries, both persons were rushed from San Ignacio to the KHMH where they are now receiving emergency treatment. Details are still sketchy but more will be posted as the information becomes available.

    PUP trip to Sarstoon Island cancelled
    Reports reaching Breaking Belize News are that the People’s United Party’s (PUP) trip, scheduled to have left this morning en route to the Sarstoon Island, was cancelled. According to those reports, the cancellation was because of the medical condition of party leader, John Briceno’s father, who is said to be really ill at this time. The trip, which would have gone against the 30 day ban set on the area by government, had garnered much attention as the Belizean public waited to see if it would share the same fate as Belize Territorial Volunteers’ last attempt to traverse to the island.

    Blogs

    New British Defence Attaché strengthens the UK’s defence relationship with the Guatemalan army
    This is who we are looking at to defend Belize. Well, sorry to burst your bubble people, they are in bed with the enemy. From:British Embassy Guatemala City, First published:18 April 2016, Part of:Guatemala. Colonel David Strawbridge MBE, a serving officer in the British Army, paid a three day visit to Guatemala to initiate his new role as the UK’s Defence Attaché to Guatemala. He assumes the role with over 34 years of military experience including time spent in operational theatres such as Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq as well as peacekeeping in Africa. During this initial visit, Colonel Strawbridge met with the Guatemalan Deputy Minister of Defence, Mynor Francisco Mus Tujab and other high level officials including the Chief of the Defence Staff Brig General Perez Ramirez. The British Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) mission is to protect the security, independence and interests of the UK at home and abroad, working closely with allies and partners. During his visit, Colonel Strawbridge reiterated the United Kingdom’s eagerness to work alongside Guatemalan counterparts and to share operational experiences. Whilst remaining resident in Mexico City he hopes to visit Guatemala on a regular basis.

    International Sourcesizz

    Remains of long-ago child sacrifices found in Belize cave
    Midnight Terror Cave has a name that really fits. Grim discoveries there are shedding light on a long tradition of child sacrifices. They happened long, long ago. Researchers have often emphasized that human sacrifices in ancient Central American and Mexican civilizations targeted adults. Clearly, however, not all were adults. In fact, these rituals occurred so long ago that no one today can be sure how or why someone would have been chosen. From 2008 to 2010, scientists found 9,566 human bones, bone fragments and teeth on the floor of the cave in Belize. (Belize is a country in Central America.) A large share of those pieces, it now turns out, had belonged to individuals no more than 14 years old, reports Michael Prout. He is an archaeologist at California State University, Los Angeles. Many of the bones came from 4- to 10-year-olds. But because the bones are so broken, it’s hard to estimate precisely how many people they represent. The bones belonged to a people called the Maya. They had a grand civilization in Mexico and Central America. It spanned from about 2500 B.C. to 1500 A.D. Their descendants still live in the region today.

    Videos

  • THE GUATEMALANS ON THE GROUND KNOW ALL TOO WELL (BELIZE'S WESTERN) BOUNDARY LIMITS , 2min. Five local media crews on Monday May 16, 2016 headed out to a farmland area known as Green Hills in the Cayo District. It is a Mennonite acquired property some 6 miles behind the center of Spanish Lookout. It was bought around 1987 and is close to the Belize Guatemala border. In fact, only a few hundred meters separate the only remaining government land which buffers the Mennonite farmland and the Belize – Guatemala border. The important detail we learned from the farmers and businessmen in the area is that the Guatemalans know very well where the border line is. Below is that story.

  • A deceptively easy way to die - Cave Diving, 10min. NSS/CDS safety video. Do not dive in caves without proper training. There have been a few disturbing rumors and videos popping up of people diving without the proper training and equipment in the cave we call "winter wonderland" just off Caye Chapel. If you or someone you know have been thinking of diving in any cave or have dove in a cave without a cave certification and redundant systems, then I urge you to watch this video. Cave diving is an amazing sport, with breathtaking beauty and history, but just like flying a plane, doing it without the right training is not just suicidal, it's stupid. Being a Dive Master or instructor is not the sort of training you need to handle any bad situation in a cave. I need to share this with the Caye Caulker community.

  • Belize Zip Line Adventure!, 3min.

  • Belize Tubing`, 12min. Cave Tubing in Belize.

  • Belize Tubing`, 9min. Cave Tubing in Belize.

  • Aziatic 2015 Belize Day performance, 3.5min. First annual Belize Day in Inglewood California at the Hollywood Park Casino.

  • Lova Boy 2015 performance at the first annual Belize Day in California, 5.5min. Belize Day at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood California.

  • Shyne Performs Live From Belize At Diddys Bad Boy Reunion Tour NY, 2.5min. Shyne Performs Bad Boys At Diddys Bad Boy Reunion Tour This is the 20th Anniversary for Diddy's Bad Boy Records & Family.

  • Diddy Brings Out Shyne Perfoms Bad Boy At The Bad Boy Reuion Tour Barclay's Center From Belize!!!, 2min. Shyne Performs Bad Boys At Diddys Bad Boy Reunion Tour This is the 20th Anniversary for Diddy's Bad Boy Records & Family.

    May 21, 2016


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Police Report – Arson
    29-year-old Wendy Lineth Carpio of San Marcos Area reported to the San Pedro Police Station that on Sunday, May 15th, while she was home sleeping she was awakened by a banging noise and noticed it was her neighbour yelling that her blue 4-door-Ford car with license plate SPC- 4095 was in engulfed in flames. She immediately went outside and noticed her car in flames. The value of vehicle is $15,000. Police are investigating the matter which is believed to be an act of arson.

    8 teams to advance to the second round of the Five-a-Side Football Tournament
    The first round of the Five-a-side football tournament has come to an end and only eight teams are advancing to the second round. The games took place on Sunday, May 15th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium and after a series of intense matches these are the teams that qualified: Catrachos, Pro Divers, United FC, Scorpion, Island Pure, Boca Bombers, Los Dorados and E and L. The games were tight with each team picking their best players to try and win a spot in the second round of the competition. From the Under 11 to the Senior’s category, teams gave their all, delighting their fans during game time. The second round of tournament will begin on Thursday, July 7th and run through Sunday, July 24th.

    SPTC donates golf cart to health inspector
    The San Pedro Town Council donated a golf cart to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II on Friday, May 13th. Receiving the welcome donation was Health Inspector Horris Patten, who expressed that the golf cart will be used to conduct health inspections through the week, and will assist him in performing his daily tasks. The Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II extends their gratitude to the SPTC for this donation.

    Island students participate in Reef Trivia Contest
    The Hol Chan Marine Reserve held its 11th annual Reef Trivia Contest at the San Pedro House of Culture on Wednesday, May 18th. The program commenced at 9:30AM and seven students from Island Academy, Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES), New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School (NHSDAS), and Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School (CCRC) participated in the contest. The purpose of the competition serves to test each contestant’s knowledge about reef conservation, marine ecosystems, and protected areas through education. In round one, Yari Flores (ACES), Matilde Carillo (NHSDAS), Mia Gonzalez (Island Academy), Lupita Aldana (CCRC), Edward Polanco (ACES), Astrid Ruiv (NHSDAS), and Ethan Ancona (Island Academy), were asked one basic question about corals, sea turtles, and sea grass question by Mariela Archer, Environmental Educator at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Judging the contest were Cecilia Guerrero, Nidia Chacon, and Shakera Arnold. New Horizon’s Astrid Ruiv was the lucky first place winner, and she took the grand prize of a roundtrip ticket courtesy of Tropic Air, a 7” Samsung Galaxy Tablet, a backpack filled with school supplies, an engraved trophy, and $600 will be donated to her school. In second place, Island Academy’s Ethan Ancona also received a 7” Samsung Galaxy Tablet, a backpack filled with school supplies, and an engraved trophy. In third place, ACES Edward Polanco to a prize of a backpack filled with school supplies and a $50 gift certificate to A&R. All eliminated contestants who participated were given a t-shirt from Hol Chan.

    Ambergris Today

    Letters To The Editor: San Pedro Not as Advertised
    We had booked an island vacation but not a traffic vacation with parking problems. The high traffic is wrong for a small island with just one road and very, very wrong for tourism. I am not sure about the rest of the year but Easter conditions were not what we as tourists had in mind. Something major needs to be changed or the last tourist will have visited soon.

    Letters To The Editor: Tourists Are Just Seen as an Entitlement
    We were regulars since 2009, some years even twice a year. We used to love this island, it was cozy and unique. First we stayed at a hotel in/near town, than further South and a few times up North. Sometimes we visited just the 2 of us but three times we also brought friends and once our kids. Finally we must quit. We saw it coming over years, the worsening situation on this island but for some years we were somewhat still hopeful that logic eventually would prevail. By now we have no hope. The many years of "no rules, no regulations, no plan, no foresight, no vision" has smashed this originally so beautiful island to the very bottom in attractivity. The ugliness of electronic billboards, advertising sign bonanza all over the island, high traffic in combination with arrogant and unsafe driving, unsightly developments, no apparent zoning law (every junk yard gets mixed in), no sustainable transportation system, dangerous boat traffic, lack of infrastructure to name just a few . . . .. "Viva to a cheaper version of Mexico but at higher prices"!

    Commonwealth Urges Peaceful Settlement of Belize, Guatemala Border
    The Committee reiterated and endorsed the firm support of the Commonwealth for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Belize, as expressed consistently and most recently in the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Communiqué. The Committee encouraged all concerned to work towards a peaceful and final resolution of the longstanding disagreements concerning the border between Belize and Guatemala. The Committee encouraged progress to be made through dialogue between Belize and Guatemala, and urged both parties to honour the terms of the Agreements reached in 2005 and 2008.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project Residents and Business Engagement Meeting
    The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project completed its first Residents and Business Engagement Meeting for the Foreshore, Albert and Regents Streets areas. Our inaugural meeting was a success and we thank all of the residents/business owners who attended. Our next meeting will be held in about two weeks. We will communicate the date and time by next week on this page. Our plan at these meetings is to share the Mission, Vision, Objectives and Strategies for the Downtown Rejuvenation Project. Make it a point to attend one of our meetings and be a part of the change. — at Government House ~ House of Culture (NICH).

    Taipei International Tourism Expo
    Belize is well represented at the Taipei International Tourism Expo 2016.

    Have lunch with a cop!
    May 26, Sea View Restaurant, Ramada Princess

    PRESS RELEASE from the National Assembly of Belize
    The Honourable Michael Peyrefitte, Speaker of the House of Representatives, met with the Honourable Mario Taracena Diaz-Sol, Speaker of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala at a meeting hosted by the Nicaraguan Government through the XVIII Extraordinary Meeting of FOPREL (Forum of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Basin). The meeting was held on Thursday, 19th May 2016, at the Congress Conference Room in Managua, Nicaragua. The meeting also had the participation of Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the parliaments of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica. At the meeting, the Honourable Peyrefitte briefed the Speakers of Central America about Belize’s perspective in relation to the recent incident that occurred in our Chiquibul Reserve where a young boy lost his life.

    Televisa's TV host of "Mojoe" Montserrat Oliver in Belize
    There she is - we found her. Her vacation started from Tulum, Mexico down the Costa Maya to Ambergris Caye Belize. Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur, Televisa's TV host of "Mojoe" Montserrat Oliver of D.F. Mexico City caught enjoying the best of Belize with our friends at Amigos Del Mar on our little paradise, Ambergris Caye. Welcome to Belize Monsterrat and enjoy your vacation.

    The Corozal Town Council embarks in a plan of action to keep our parks and playgrounds litter and loiter free
    We fully support the efforts of the Corozal Town Council to keep our community safe and clean. The Corozal Town Council has embarked in a plan of action to keep our parks and playgrounds litter and loiter free. These two signs have been recently erected at Rainbow Park on 1st Avenue. One warns of fines up to $500.00 for anyone caught dumping garbage at or littering the park. The second signs warns that NO PUBLIC DRINKING or SMOKING is ALLOWED. This is a great initiative that should be implemented and enforced in all our parks and playgrounds, especially our Central Park.

    Black Pearl River Run 2
    Ascenthium will be playing at the Black Pearl River Run this Sunday. The festivities will be around the wooden bridge, and it all starts at 2:00pm. "In San Ignacio! we hit the stage with Almost 7 from Belize City! Black pearl's River Run is gonna be epic! tons of cool bikes, good rock n roll and an awesome experience! see you there."

    Tropic Air Helps Octavia Waight Centre
    Tropic Air raised $450 for the Octavia Waight Centre. Thanks, Tropic Air! "As part of the airline's largest charitable fundraiser of the year, Tropic Air business partners, staff and Customers joined efforts and raised $450 for the Octavia Waight Centre in San Ignacio. A check was presented to the organization on Friday, May 6th."

    Psychedelic Blues Concert
    The SISE House of Culture is having a special Full Moon Concert tonight, May 21st, at 7:00pm, at the Cayo Welcome Center. It'll be a Psychedelic Blues Experience, and Eddie Allen and his band will really tear it up. If you like music, you'll love this. "SISE House of Culture invites you to a Full Moon Concert happening Tonight Saturday May 21st at 7 pm at the Cayo Welcome Center. Don't miss out!"

    Wildlife in Belize Video Contest
    The Department of Environment is having a video contest for World Environment Day, with the theme being 'Wildlife in Belize.' It's for primary and high school students, and there are prizes, including a domestic trip. Rules are here. "Announcing World Environment Day 2016 Video Competition - Please tell as many students as you can..."

    Chocolate Festival 2016 at Big Falls
    Celebrating everything chocolate!

    Marine Fair 2016
    It was a long hot day but the Reef Week 2016 Marine Fair was a success. Organizations who took the time to come out and share their message with the students of San Pedro. Hol Chan wants to thank all those who participated, The Department of Environment, Solid Waste Management, OCEANA, Sea to Shore Alliance, Saga Humane Society, MarAlliance, and the Belize Fisheries Department. Also thanks to The San Pedro House of Culture for hosting the event at their compound.

    Boca Del Rio cleanup
    As part of Reef Week the Hol Chan staff went out to clean up the entrance to the river at Boca Del Rio. We all enjoy the water, so lets keep it clean by picking up our trash when we visit the beach so it odes not end up in the water.

    Channel 7

    Bulgarian ATM Fraudsters Plead Guilty
    Ten days ago, we showed you the 2 Bulgarian ATM Scammers who are believed to have stolen thousands of dollars from Belize Bank ATM's from around Belize City. Initially, 25 year-old Halid Aptula and 28 year-old Georgi Petrov were each arraigned on 1 count of theft for only 500 dollars. Well today, when they were taken back to court for an adjournment, the police slapped on 17 additional counts of theft. And that's where the Bulgarians did a very surprising thing: they stood up and pleaded guilty to all charges brought against them. As we told you they were caught on Saturday, May 7, by mere chance, after a vigilant internal auditor from Belize Bank spotted Halid Aptula in the act of scamming the Belize Bank ATM. Both men, it appears, had stolen pin numbers from persons outside of Belize. The investigation into the scam revealed that they had an interesting cyber theft scheme going on. They installed hidden cameras at ATM's outside of Belize, which captured PIN numbers of bank patrons. They then made fake credit cards, and they then came to Belize, where they used the stolen pin numbers and these fake cards to make mass withdrawals, all of which were stolen monies.

    PUP Takes S.I. Challenge To Supreme Court
    Yesterday, we showed you our interview with Opposition Leader John Briceno about the PUP'S trip to the Sarstoon River, scheduled for tomorrow. Member of the Party's National Party Council and the entire media, are preparing to go down to Punta Gorda, where they will try to get in or near the Sarstoon. And while that is one front, on another front, Briceno and the party's legal advisor were in the Supreme Court before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin this morning for the first hearing of their challenge to the Sarstoon Statutory Instrument. That's the now infamous law which restricts civilians from entering the Sarstoon for a period of 30 days. The S.I. expires next week but the case went before the Chief Justice for the first time today, and the Government's attorneys told the court that they were not ready to file their arguments, given that the date for the hearing had been moved up. So, the Chief Justice adjourned it until June 27, by which time, the Sarstoon SI will be history. So, was the adjournment a setback for the PUP? Here's what Briceno and the PUP's legal advisor had to say about it:

    Will Police/Coast Guard Block PUP's Sarstoon Expedition?
    So, while the PUP has to wait an entire month to have their lawsuit against the Government heard, it's possible that their other planned Sarstoon action might not happen. Our information is that security forces will attempt to stop them from leaving Punta Gorda Town by boat - same as they did the Belize Territorial Volunteers 17 days ago. So, is the PUP prepared for that possibility? Here's what the Opposition Leader had to say: Reporter: "I've gotten it on good grounds that the national executive will be stopped tomorrow. Will not even be allowed to go on the waters - will be stopped in PG by elements of the Coast Guard and the police. Are you surprised to hear something like that?" Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the PUP: "Well I'd be most disappointed in the government and in the Prime Minister, because the Prime Minister last week made a pronouncement that he would lift the tight restrictions on Belizeans visiting the Sarstoon as long as you report to the B.D.F.'s Forward Operating Base. We are saying it is not a political trip, it is an educational trip."

    Belizean Fishermen Caught Smuggling Conch In Honduras
    We always hear about foreign fishers form Honduras and Guatemala raiding Belizean waters and then taking out of season catches south to their countries. But, it's a dirty trade in which Belizean fishers also play a role - and there's proof of that tonight. A trio of Belizeans were caught last week Thursday in Honduras in an illegal fishing operation. They are Manuel Flores and Bartolo Jimenez from Belize City, and Jeffery Gongora from Ranchito, Corozal. According to reports from Honduras the group were found at the entrance of the Alvarado Lagoon, in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. Inside the vessel the authorities discovered 600 pounds of conch in an icebox. The conch is believed to have been captured in Belize and then taken to Honduras for sale. The products were impounded and the men were arrested. The boat remains at the naval base in Puerto Cortes and the illegal catch has since been donated to an orphanage and home for the elderly in that country. As for the three men, they were handed over to the Honduran immigration department and are now awaiting deportation back to Belize.

    Churches Say "No" To PUP
    The Belize Council of Churches is saying NO to the PUP Sarstoon trip this weekend. Today they called the media to a press conference at the IVET conference room to present their position on several matters concerning the ongoing Belize/Guatemala dispute. But before we get into the broader scope of their position, here is what they had to say regarding tomorrow's PUP expedition: Bishop Roosevelt Papouloute - Methodist Church "We are just coming out of a meeting with the Leader of the Opposition and some of the members of the opposition party that were present and we have made our position very clear that we would support a stop to that trip tomorrow to give to the negotiation in the process to take its course as all diplomats seek to meet with those from Guatemala with the support of the international community to arrive at a peaceful resolution to this. So, yes we have call on the opposition party not to pursue that trip tomorrow."

    Churches Take Position On Bze-Guat Dispute
    Now back to the real reason of why we were called for the press conference today. The topic of the Belize/Guatemala dispute has been at the fore of National discussion for a while. But the churches are only now choosing to come out publicly on the matter. They prepared a one page document outlining their position on several key issues surrounding the dispute. They presented this to the media today. Bishop Philip Wright - Anglican Diocese of Belize: "The Belize Council of Churches calls on the people of Belize to support the peaceful approach that our government brings to the negotiation table. The Belize Council of Churches calls on the Government of Belize and the Opposition Party to work together for the common good of Belize and a peaceful solution to this problem. The Belize Council of Churches calls on all parties involved; governmental, political and nongovernmental to work for a united front at arriving at a peaceful resolution. The council calls on the media to be more responsible in its reporting so as to avoid an atmosphere in panic among all parties. The Belize Council of Churches calls among the Government of Belize, the Opposition Party and all who are intimately involved in the process to be resolute in their effort at maintaining Belize's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

    Ecclesiastical Diplomacy?
    But more than just putting forth a position, the churches say they are also actively pursuing solutions to the problems in their own way. For starters, they will be holding a day of prayer next week Sunday. But the most substantial move that the churches are making is the dialogue they are attempting to create with their Guatemalan counterparts. One of the those contacts is Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Morales. He made headlines earlier this week for his criticism of the Guatemala government using the territorial dispute as a distraction. Bishop Christopher Glancy - Auxillary Bishop. Roman Catholic Church" "In the media this week there was reporting here in Belize, the arch bishop of Guatemala City and what he said in preaching about the situation. I called him yesterday, I know Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian from meetings that I have been with him both in Costa Rica and Bogota Columbia. I in fact visited him in his office as well in Guatemala City when I was there giving retreat to a group of priests."

    Churches Say "Amen" To ICJ
    We also asked the head table about their position on the ICJ. Should Belize go to the ICJ to resolve its territorial dispute with Guatemala? Here is the Council's consensus on that matter. Reporter: "What's the council's position on whether or not the matter should be resolved at the International Court of Justice? Have you sat and discuss a formal position on that matter?" Bishop Philip Wright - Anglican Diocese of Belize: "We believe we should go to the ICJ and pursue the diplomatic course." Present at the head table in support of the positions taken today were Bishop Philip Wright of the Anglican Diocese; Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Glancy of the Roman Catholic Church; Bishop Roosevelt Papouloute of the Methodist church; Reverend Canon Leroy Flowers, past president of the Belize Council of Churches; Karen Taylor, president of the Black Cross Nurses Association; and Fred Shyu, of the Belize Chinese Christian Mission.

    Melchor-ians Will Protest Against Guatemala City
    And while the PUP goes to the Sarstoon in protest of the Belize government's law - and also against Guatemala's military presence - at the same time, Guatemalans will be doing their own protest out west. But they won't be protesting against Belize. Nope, they're protesting against their own government! It seems that since the Guatemalan government seriously stepped up its aggression one month ago - the flow of Belizeans over to Melchor has slowed to a trickle. Guatemalan Immigration authorities report a decrease of 80% in Belizean visitors - and that has put a serious hurting on businesses in that border town. And so, reports to security forces in Belize say that tomorrow, Melchor business owners will be protesting against their capital, Guatemala City for sponsoring the aggression against Belize which has ha da serious business backlash.

    Alrick Smith charged for Planning Hit on Lozano Family
    Police are making major progress in the fatal Ladyville shootout investigation. As we told you, both 19 year old Darwin Estuardo Prado and 28 year old Egbert Baldwin were charged with a number of offenses. Those include 3 counts of attempted murder, 3 counts of use of deadly means of harm, 1 count of wounding, 1 count of grievous harm and 1 count of dangerous harm. These charges were brought against Prado and Baldwin for shooting at Lozano's crew outside their Marage road house. But another ominous element has been introduced, in the form…of the infamous Alrick Smith. Yes...he is in the news AGAIN! for the second night in a row but tonight he is the one charged for abetment to commit murder. Now police had told us that they are examining the familial link between Smith and the deceased gunman Lionel Rhamdas - they are in-laws, and police said they had to be prepared for any retaliatory acts from Smith and his crew. Well so said, so done - after the death of his brother in law Rhamdas, Smith allegedly threatened the life of 11 members of the Lozano family including the mother Cynthia Lozano and her sons. Apart from Smith's charge, police also found a weapon that is believed to have been used to kill Rhamdas. Today at a press briefing Assistant Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster gave us more details.

    From Threats To Action : Men Found Scouting Lozano Residence
    Now although Smith has been charged, police remain alert and in tune with the street operations in Ladyville. That's how they caught 4 men and a minor in a truck, lurking near the Milpa and Marage Road Area - right where the Lozano's live. Police spotted them around 11:30 last night and they were all searched. No weapons were found but what raised the red flag was the fact that one of the men in the vehicle was Rhamdas's cousin. Police told us that last night was not the first time men were seen suspiciously scouting that area. ACP Edward Broaster, O. C. Eastern Rural Division "This last evening due to efforts of our police officers in the Milpa-Marage road area, we came upon a black pickup truck, C-27748 which was driven at the time by Glen Reneau, 34 years of a Neal's Pen Road address. A juvenile, 16 years of the same address, One Germain Patnet, 31 years of Manta Ray Boulevard, Curl Estrada, 28 years of Silk Grass Village and Dion Rhamdas of Manta Ray Boulevard in the area of Bobo Hill near the Milpa-Mirage road area. Upon seeing the police, the driver of the pickup, increased speed. However, the police managed to intercept them and we have been conducting searches in the area this morning to see if any firearms or what have you was thrown out."

    Police Push Peace Project Among Ladyville Gangs
    Now things are only getting worse in the Milpa-Marage Area since that Saturday morning shootout at the Lozano home. But how are police dealing this? Today they told us that their primary focus is gang interventions. Broaster had told us that it is quite a challenge getting all the groups to settle their grievances because they all refuse to compromise or even speak to one another.

    Peace Park At Pilar?
    In our last segment we told you how the Melchoristas want back their Belizean customers, but archaeologists from Belize, Guatemala and the US seem to be getting along just fine at the El Pilar Mayan Site. And to prove it, the Guatemalan Minister of Culture and Sports Jose Urruela visited El Pilar earlier this week. As you may be aware, a part of El Pilar is in the Cayo District in Belizean territory, and the other part is in Peten, Guatemala. Up until a few years ago, the Belizean tour guides have been afraid to take their guests there because they've been the target of Guatemalan bandits. But, this ancient city could be a thing that unites Belize and Guatemala. That's because the Guatemalan Minister of Culture expressed on his Wednesday visit that El Pilar could become the symbol of peace and co-existence where both country's co-management this Natural monument.

    Parliamentary Peace-making
    Earlier, we showed you how the council of churches will try its own kind of ecclesiastical diplomacy, well, speaker of the House Mike Peyrefitte was in Nicaragua earlier this week to try his hand at Parliamentary peace-making. Peyrefitte is the Vice President of "FOPREL", the Forum of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Basin, while the speaker of the Guatemalan Congress, Mario Taracena Diaz-Sol is the President. They met yesterday at the Congress Conference Room in Managua, Nicaragua along with Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the parliaments of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica. According to a press release from the National Assembly Peyrefitte briefed the Speakers about Belize's perspective on the recent shooting death of a Guatemalan child in the Chiquibul Reserve.

    Commonwealth Calls For Peace
    And tonight, we have one more piece of news for you on Belize Guatemala Relations. That's the meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Committee on Belize which happened on Monday May 16. That's exactly as newly elected Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, committed to when she visited Belize at the end of last month. The committee, which chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, and comprising Barbados, Canada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Nigeria and Tanzania, as well as Belize, was briefed by Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington. He spoke to them on recent issues related to the Adjacency zone, and the discussions taking place between both country

    Prisoners 'Pot' Picked up by Police
    This afternoon police found 12 ounces of weed in front of the prison. The report is that a group of inmates were working outside when someone drove passed and threw out parcels of weed in front of the prison. One of the working prisoners was walking towards the drugs but he was stopped by a prison officer. Since the prisoner did not pick up the drugs, he was not charged. The weed was deposited as found property.

    Illegal Loggers Charged
    Yesterday we told you about the illegal logging operation that got busted in the Mayflower Bocawina National Park. That's in the Stann Creek District. Two men were arrested and today they were brought before the court in Dangriga to be read charges of illegal entry into a national park and illegal logging of a protected area. Those men are Carlos Palacio and Donald Wewe of Silk Grass Village. In court today both men plead not guilty to the offence and were granted bail of $4,000 dollars plus a surety of the same amount. Carlos Palacio met his bail and was released however Donald Wewe was not able to meet bail and remains in police custody. At this time the Forest Department is still assessing the amount of damage done to the forest, so we cannot give you a figure on the loss. What we can tell you is that among the trees being felled were Mahogany and Sapodilla. As we told you yesterday, on Wednesday Park Rangers of the Mayflower Bocawina Reserve were conducing regular patrols in the area when they heard the distinctive sound of a chain saw. As a result they alerted APAMO, who in turn alerted the authorities. We will be following this case.

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    Alrick Smith Remanded for Alleged Intention to Kill an Entire Family
    Another Ladyville resident is tonight on remand, following a shootout last Saturday on Marage Road during which twenty-one-year-old mechanic Lionel Rhamdas was killed. Thirty-one-year-old Alrick Smith has been charged for [...]

    Ladyville Police Recover Firearm Used in Marage Road Shootout
    Investigations are ongoing into the deadly exchange of gunfire which claimed the life of Lionel Rhamdas. In that shooting, at least three firearms were involved and police had initially recovered [...]

    Sentencing in Bulgarian ATM Scam Reserved
    On May tenth, two Bulgarian nationals were charged for an unusual theft – using fake credit cards to withdraw cash from Belize Bank ATMs. Jeorgi Petrov and Halid Aptula would [...]

    Pregnant Mother Fined $10,000 for Drug Trafficking
    An expecting mother, five months into her pregnancy, was fined ten thousand dollars today after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.  Twenty-three-year-old Nicole Flowers appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza this morning, [...]

    P.U.P. Challenge Sarstoon Law in Court
    The People’s United Party was in court today challenging the Statutory Instrument informally dubbed the Sarstoon Law. It prohibits civilians from going into the river under the Public Safety Act, [...]

    Briceño Says a Message Must Be Sent to Guatemala
    The Sarstoon River is currently a study in confusion and controversy. Here’s why. We’ve always owned half of the southernmost waterway. Guatemala has a claim, but we own it. Things [...]

    Will the P.U.P. Reach the Sarstoon on Saturday?
    The P.U.P. heads to the Sarstoon on Saturday, with its leadership scheduled to depart P.G. at ten for the Guatemalan controlled waterway. But with all that said, will the P.U.P. [...]

    Parliamentarians Discuss Belize & Guatemala
    Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peyrefitte, while attending the Eighteenth Extraordinary Meeting of FOPREL in Nicaragua, met with Mario Taracena Diaz-Sol.  He is the Speaker of the Congress [...]

    Council of Churches Weighs in on Belize/Guatemala Differendum
    The Belize Council of Churches is weighing in on the Belize/Guatemala differendum and has issued a statement in support of a peaceful solution to the enduring territorial dispute.  The position [...]

    Belize/Guatemala Clergy Seeks to Broker the Peace
    Last weekend, Guatemalan Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian openly spoke out against the government of President Jimmy Morales for seeking to use the territorial claim as a smokescreen to divert attention [...]

    Council of Churches Does Not Support P.U.P. Trip to Sarstoon
    The church is somewhat late in joining this national conversation, but what is the impetus behind a need for it to weigh in on Belize and Guatemala?  According to Bishop [...]

    The Asian Community Gives Input on Guatemala Issue
    The Asian community being an integral part of Belize’s social fabric, along with its involvement in the private sector, we asked a representative of the Belize Chinese Christian Mission to [...]

    Gateway Youth Center Hosts Community Health Fair
    “Healthy Me, Healthy You, A Gateway to a Healthy Life” – that was the theme of a community health fair held today at the Gateway Youth Center on Daker’s Street [...]

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    Belize and Guatemala Sign Declaration of Peace in Managua
    The Presidents of the Legislative Bodies of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) met in Managua. The meeting was an emergency session called to discuss the escalating issue surrounding Guatemala’s claim to a portion of Belize’s territory. Coming out of that meeting was a signed declaration of peace by Belize’s House Speaker, Michael Peyrefitte […]

    Council of Churches Present Their Views on Guatemala’s Claim and Escalation of Tensions
    The Belize Council of Churches met with the media this morning inside the conference room at ITVET on Freetown Road to present their recommendations on the ongoing Belize/Guatemala differendum. Bishop Philip Wright of the Anglican Diocese presented those points of recommendations. The Belize/Guatemala issue has been at the forefront for some months now and the […]

    Council of Churches Advises PUP to Refrain From Expedition to the Sarstoon
    Less than an hour prior to this morning’s press briefing by the Belize Council of Churches, they had met with the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno along with other members of the People’s United Party to get their feedback and views on the Belize/Guatemala situation as they had done some days ago with the […]

    Chinese Community Weighs In on the Belize/Guat Issue
    In this morning’s press briefing, Fred Shyu of the Belize Chinese Christian Mission was present at the head table. He weighed in on the Belize Guatemala issue as he drew a similarity with their experience with Taiwan and China and their territorial disputes. Today, the Belize Council of Churches was asked what their position is […]

    The Influence of the Churches in Belize
    The Belize Council of Churches has the representation of several denominations present in Belize and is one of the country’s social partners. Their counsel is sought at times by the politicians in several areas particularly when it comes to matters of human rights, national security and others. While the council is known to be a […]

    Belize to Invite Guatemala to Join In Prayer Over Territorial Dispute
    With the Belize Council of Churches coming out with their views on the Belize/Guatemala issue, they have also embarked on efforts to bring the situation in prayer in collaboration with the churches in Guatemala. According to Bishop Christopher Glancy, the communication on the matter has already begun as he was recently in contact with the […]

    Lozano Family Targeted in Thursday Night Shooting
    The gun violence continues in the Milpa Marage area of Ladyville. This past weekend, Lionel Rhamdas was shot and killed while three other men were injured. Last night a shooting occurred and Police believe the target was ten members of the Lozano family. They have arrested five men, including Alrick Smith. Smith was charged with […]

    Ladyville Police Foils Plans to Avenge Recent Murder
    In a separate operation yesterday, Ladyville Police, acting on two reports of gunmen in the Milpa Marage area, apprehended four men in a black vehicle. Assistant Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster spoke on the apprehension. Although police suspect that the men were out to retaliate for Rhamdas’ death, which occurred on May 14, they are […]

    Rural Police Strengthens Anti Crime Efforts
    Alrick Smith is well known to Police and as we said earlier, yesterday he was charged for abetment in the attempted murder of members of the Lozano family. Police are hoping that his arrest will ease the criminal activity in the Milpa Marage area, as Smith is considered to be very involved in a number […]

    US National Detained For Fatal Traffic Incident
    42-year-old Richard Christopher Moguel died in a road traffic accident on Thursday night. Shortly after nine o’clock last night, Police responded to reports of a traffic accident between miles nineteen and twenty on the Placencia Road. On arrival they saw a black single cab Chevrolet S10 pickup truck on the right hand side of the […]

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    Guatemala and Belize presidents of parliament sign declaration of peace
    At our news time, there is still no word from the Belizean Press Office but according to Nicaraguan media, president of the Belizean National Assembly, Michael Peyrefittie and president of the Guatemala parliament signed a peace declaration today May 19 in expectation that the two governments w...

    12 years for teenager Devaughan Goodger who fatally stabbed Jason Pott on March 5, 2011
    A moment of madness will cost 22 year old Devaughn Goodger at least seven more years of his life behind bars. Goodger pleaded guilty to the manslaughter death by stabbing of Jason Pott on Cleghorn Street, Belize City 5 years ago, on March 5, 2011. Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas at sentencing too...

    Shane Bahadur arraigned for attempted murder of Alrick Smith
    29 year old Shane Bahadur, a resident of Ladyville, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned late this evening on two criminal and indictable offenses of attempted murder and wounding for the Friday, May 6, 2016 shooting of Ladyville Mechanic, 31 year old Alrick Smith. This e...

    After plea change, court hands down shorter sentence for firearm possession
    Recently, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin handed down a critical decision which releases the hands of magistrates from handing down a mandatory minimum 5-year prison sentence in firearms-related cases. It is part of the fallout from the Allyson Major case where the law was found to violate the consti...

    Hon Beverly Castillo, Minister of State- Immigration addresses passports
    Channel 7 News says that over the last 5 weeks they have been seeking official information from the Immigration Department regarding a report they received that the Department had discovered two fraudulent nationality documents. Beside questioning whether the two persons had ever been to Belize, the...

    Woman’s dead body found near Dangriga Town pier
    A woman’s body was discovered near the Dangriga Town Pier but police say they do not suspect foul play. Just befor 10 o’clock on Wednesday morning, Dangriga Police were called to an area near the town pier and saw the body of a woman apparently dead. The woman was later identified as 54 year old Ang...

    Illegal Loggers in the Mayflower Bocawina National Park Caught
    On Wednesday May 18, two Hispanic men were found illegally logging in the Mayflower Bocawina National Park located off Mile 6 on the Southern Highway in the Stann Creek District. According to a statement from the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO),which coordinated t...

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    Police officer jailed for allegedly raping 8-year-old girl
    A 21-year-old Police Constable, Darren Martinez, has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned in Magistrates Court on Wednesday for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl. Martinez was arriagned in front of Magistrate Deborah Rogers on Wednesday evening. He was charged with a single count of “sexual assault […]

    Three men charged for Belize City shooting
    Three out of four men connected to a Belize City shooting involving Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, appeared in court this week, answering to charges of use of deadly means of harm. On Monday, 23-year-old Devon Sankey, 21-year-old Justin Hyde, and 44-year-old Larry Wright were remanded […]

    Hail of gunfire in Ladyville: one dead, three injured
    A weekend shooting in Ladyville has left one of the attackers dead and three victims with gunshot wounds. Shortly after midnight on Saturday May 14, a group of four were socializing outside the home of Cynthia Lozano, when three men approached, one from the front and two […]

    Guatemalan Gold Poachers Remanded on Multiple Charges
    Three Guatemalan nationals – Carlos Roberto Perez Hernandez, 23; Edin Alexander Escobar Garcia, 17; and Solomon Martinez Pasqual, 21, were formally arraigned in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of ‘Illegal Entry to Belize’ and ‘Illegal Entry to a National Park’. Perez Hernandez was additionally charged with […]

    Belmopan cop suspected of causing fatal accident DUI

    Belmopan Police officer Roberto Tec is being investigated on suspicion that he was driving under the influence (DUI) when he drove his silver Kia Sorento into a head on collision with a blue Ford Explorer on the Philip Goldson Highway in Carmelita village around 6 o’clock Tuesday evening. Orange Walk […]

    UB donates computers to primary schools
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    Global Rosary Crusade to unite over 2,500 Catholics
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    Taiwan’s International Participation is Vital to Ensuring Global Health Security
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    Belie confirms first Zika case
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    CARICOM Foreign Ministers support Belize-Guat dispute to be resolved by ICJ
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    NICH launches Belize Music Week
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    Elrington expects continued good relations with Taiwan
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    GOB slow to react to allegations of Guatemalan incursion and kidnapping
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    Editorial
    The Government of Belize has suffered an unexpected setback with the higher-than-expected valuation of BTL shares by the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Belize is legally bound to accept this valuation. The court has said it estimates the shares taken from the Ashcroft companies to have a value of some $253 […]

    Belize Banks, Visa sued for fraud
    The Belize Bank and Belize Bank International Ltd. along with several other entities owned by Michael Ashcroft are being sued jointly with Visa for alleged fraud. Evergreen E¬Pay Solutions Inc., an e-¬commerce payment processing company based in Palm Coast, Florida filed the lawsuit in a Miami U.S. District Court last […]

    Elrington: Belize and Guatemala to reach diplomatic agreement on Sarstoon soon
    The high tension that prevails, particularly at the Sarstoon border, as part of a long¬standing territorial dispute with Guatemala is expected to be diffused “very shortly”, Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington said this week, despite uncertainties that he will be able to meet with his […]

    Your electric bill will go up
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    Fuel prices hiked AGAIN!
    Motorists in Belize are feeling another burn in their pockets as fuel prices rose again on Wednesday following a price hike just weeks ago. With the hike, premium gas is now cheaper than Regular. Pump prices are now $9.62 per gallon for regular gasoline, […]

    Fuel prices hiked AGAIN!
    Motorists in Belize are feeling another burn in their pockets as fuel prices rose again on Wednesday following a price hike just weeks ago. With the hike, premium gas is now cheaper than Regular. Pump prices are now $9.62 per gallon for regular gasoline, […]

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    First “Sarstoon hearing” adjourned
    The first hearing of the People’s United Party’s challenge to the Public Safety Act Regulations, Sarstoon Order of 2016, took place this morning at the Supreme Court. But when the case goes back to court in June, it may be likely that the crux […]

    Alrick Smith charged with abetment to murder
    Police continue to try to crack down on the spiraling violence in the Ladyville area of Eastern Division (Rural). In the wake of the shoot-out at the residence of Cynthia Lozano early last week Saturday on Marage Road, police have arrested the two accused […]

    Bulgarians plead guilty to ATM thefts
    This afternoon, Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser reserved sentence on the case of two men accused of theft of over $14,000 from the Belize Bank ATM machine after they both changed their not guilty plea to guilty for the offenses of a total of 18 […]

    Gas price up again
    The price of gas at the pump went up again on Wednesday night. Regular gasoline is now $9.62 per gallon, up from $9.12. Premium remains at $9.26 per gallon and diesel remains at $8.29 a gallon. There was also another fuel price increase just […]

    Churchmen call for peace in Guatemala dispute
    The Belize Council of Churches says it supports Government’s program of diplomacy with relation to the Belize-Guatemala dispute and is calling for all involved to avoid unnecessary conflict. That includes, according to president Reverend Roosevelt Papouloute, not supporting tomorrow’s planned trip to the Sarstoon […]

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    How Do You Grocery Shop in San Pedro, Belize?
    The answer is: very differently than I did in the US. But then, that makes sense. I am not in the US. And that being said, it did take me a while to adjust and learn how to make it work for me. 1. Fruits and Vegetables: Eat local. Vegetables and fruits grown in Belize are fresher, generally and much cheaper in price. You can find apples, pears, imported lettuces…but you are going to pay for them. The year round fruits are usually: pineapple, bananas/plantains, papaya and watermelon. And then we get all sorts of fun seasonal stuff from mangoes to custard apples. Buy what looks and smells good. And try new stuff! 2. Dairy Products: Fresh diary products – from milk to yogurt to ice cream – are a relatively new thing in supermarkets. We live on an island and the temperature is generally quite warm. Not ideal for diary transportation. 3. If you want to “eat American”, it’s going to be cost ya. I’ve seen it so many times. A group of visitors going around a store, filling their cart with Doritos and Fruit Loops, frozen pizzas and Stoli Vodka. They get to the register, see the total and pale. These things are imported and cost up to five times what they cost in the states.

    A Travel Guide to Belize City
    Belize City is the old capital of the jewel and also the financial and industrial hub of Belize. Contrary to popular belief, Belize City can be an enjoyable urban adventure like any other city in the world. Much history has taken place in and around its vast area making it a heritage center for Belizeans. Just to clarify the city status: the actual capital of Belize is Belmopan, the new capital of the country. However, most people still refer to Belize as Belize City, established in 1638 as “Belize Town” and then “Belize City”, which was then abandoned as the capital a couple years after hurricane Hattie destroyed it in 1961. With Belize City’s diverse offerings, we’re here to give you a heads up on the best of the best of things to do, see, taste, and experience in the old capital of Belize.

    International Sourcesizz

    Lorain County volunteers help with mission in Belize
    The saying “one person’s trash is another one’s treasure” might be best illustrated through a global lens. That is the lesson learned by many Lorain County residents who spent time this spring traveling to Belize to help provide much-needed equipment and educational materials to extremely poor regions. It was the ninth annual mission trip sponsored by Resource Centers International, a cooperative project of the Rotary Clubs of District 6600 — which extends from mid- to western Ohio — and civic and educational organizations in Belize. Three of the volunteers who made the trip are members of the Rotary Club of Elyria, said Kent Iler of LaGrange, who was along for his third trip to the country. The group delivered and distributed chairs, books, school supplies, computers, videocassette recorders and other equipment to a library, medical clinics and 19 schools.

    Hershey Expands 'Learn To Grow' Program To Belize Sugar Industry And Launches New Sustainable Sugar Sourcing Policy
    The Hershey Company announced a new partnership with the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) to expand its Hershey Learn to Grow sustainable farming program to sugar suppliers in northern Belize. The program will train farmers in sustainable agriculture practices to responsibly grow and harvest sugar cane. The new program builds on The Hershey Company’s leadership in ensuring the raw materials used for its iconic brands are procured from sustainable sources where the entire community benefits from the business. “We’ve seen great success from our Learn to Grow program in the cocoa sector and now have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the sugar industry,” said Eric Boyle, Director of Responsible Sourcing and Procurement at the Hershey Company. “The combination of our new Sustainable Sugar Sourcing Policy and the new farmer training program will give consumers the assurance that the sugar in our products is responsibly and sustainably grown and harvested.”

    Videos

  • The Belize Tree Houses at Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, 2min. The Belize Tree Houses at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch offer outstanding accommodations with spectacular views of the surrounding jungle canopy where the songs of toucans, chortle of chachalacas and howls of howler monkeys harmonize and complement the soothing sound of the Caves Branch river below.

  • La Beliza Island Resort, 1.5min.

  • Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa • A Scuba Diver’s Paradise, 1.5min. For over twenty years, Jaguar Reef Lodge has been the resort of choice for thousands of travelers who enjoy our central location, our comfortable cabanas and suites, our beachfront dining and our easy access to many of the natural wonders that have made Belize a world-class adventure travel destination!

  • Villa Margarita, 2min. A Tranquil Beach Hideaway. Escape to a relaxing beach getaway where picturesque sunsets, white sandy beaches and alluring waters of the Caribbean Sea, is at the heart of your doorstep!

  • Almond Beach Resort & Spa, 2min. Our intimate 25 room beachfront resort offers outstanding accommodations, lavish amenities, exciting adventures and breathtaking sunrise and sunset views of the ocean.

  • Join us in Belize!, 2min.

  • Consulate of Belize to California Celeste Peterson Art Exhibit, 32min. Consulate of Belize to California Launches Cultural Desk, Fine Arts Exhibit

  • Ziplining in Belize, 25min. Ziplining through the rain forests of Belize.

  • A close-up look at a Stingray's needle in Belize, 1min. Steve Irwin, the famous Crocodile Hunter, was killed by one of these stingrays. R.I.P. Steve.

  • Wyatt's World: in Belize, 2.5min. I went snorkeling with my dad in Belize.


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