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October 5, 2015


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The San Pedro Sun

Letter to the Editor: Health benefits of walking
To the Editor of The San Pedro Sun: The lack of walking has become a major health issue throughout the world. We San Pedranos are no exemption. Just a few years ago, we all used to walk much more. Nowadays everybody seems to drive and very little walking is involved in our daily lives. Health Organizations and doctors throughout the world recommend that every person should walk at least 30 minutes a day. The benefits are: • Reduce overweight and body fat • Improve muscle strength, trim of waist line, better physical appearance and overall beauty • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels • Improve blood lipid profile

Wolfe’s Woofer: Homework
“Hello, Melody,” I said, when I answered the phone. “What’s up?” “It’s Davin,” she said. “He needs some help with his English homework. I tried but Davin is one of those kids that needs a demonstration to understand something. I told him to ride his bike over to your house and get some help.” “Hi, Grandpa.” “Hey, sweet boy,” I called from the porch when Davin arrived. “I understand you need some help with your homework.” “I’m really having trouble with one thing, Teacher told us to explain the difference between annoyance, exasperation and anger. My mom understands it but she can’t explain it to me.” “This is easy,” I told him. “I’ll show you the difference.” I turned up the volume on my telephone and laid it on the table. I chose a number at random and dialed it.

Police Report
Found Drugs: On Friday, September 25th at 11:45AM, acting on Special Branch (SB) Intelligence, a team of Criminal Investigation Branch and SB personnel headed by Cpl #1043 Allan Woods visited Tropic Air Cargo section located on Sea Star Street where a black plastic bag was retrieved. The bag was sent from Corozal Town to San Pedro Town.
Aggravated Burglary: On Friday, September 25th around 7:50PM, police responded to an Aggravated Burglary at a house located on Lion Street, San Pedro Town. Upon arrival, police noted 29-year-old Paul Jex of DFC area sitting on the ground. Alden Augustine then reported that around7:30PM he arrived at home and Jex entered his apartment pointing a firearm at him and demanding his belongings.

Doctor Love: Reprimanding a child
Dear Doctor Love, When I was young my father abused me to the point where I have very low self esteem. These issues have plagued me for years. The abuse was physical and mental. My dad was not a bad man but he was a terrible father. I have two sisters and three brothers and we were punished and reprimanded for the smallest things. Looking back now I can see that the things we did that got punished are very acceptable in most families. We got scolded in public and sometimes smacked for just doing things that kids do. I never saw the same kind of thing happen to my friends. I have a wonderful fiancé and one thing we have agreed on is that we will be lenient on our children so they don’t grow up warped. I can’t afford to go to Belize City for counseling. The boat trip and losing work makes it too expensive. What can I do to get over this? /s/ Traumatized

Ambergris Today

Islanders Participate in National River and Beach Cleanup 2015
The San Pedro Town Council assembled it’s crews and personnel to organize a island coastal clean up day as part of a national River and Beach Cleanup 2015 campaign that took place on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Joining in were several businesses and individuals who took charge of one of seven groups that were organized to cover several section of the beach starting from the Mosquito Coast Park, located about 2 miles south of San Pedro Town, all the way down to the Boca del Rio Park. Two groups were in charge of cleaning up underwater areas that included the Mexico Rocks Dive Site and the Boca Del Rio cut. In North Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan Marine Reserve took up the task of cleaning up the coastal area at the Turtle Nesting Beach of Rocky Point. Assisting their staff were students from San Pedro Junior College and San Pedro High School

Island Tour Guides Freshen up on New Regulations as Hol Chan Marine Reserve Expands
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve started conducting its annual “Responsible Tour Guide Seminars” for 2015 last week. The sessions serve to inform and refresh tour guides on the rules and regulations of the Hol Chan Marine Reserves and presents a forum whereby they can provide feedback on management issues. Hol Chan invited all dive shops and free-lance tour guides from San Pedro and Caye Caulker to participate. Important for this year will be the recently amended Hol Chan Legislation (Statutory Instrument No. 17 of 2015) that includes the expansion of the protected area. This year’s seminars commenced in mid September and will run into October. The management and staff at Hol Chan stress the importance of each tour guide using the Marine Reserve to attend these sessions, as they will be presenting new boundaries, rules and regulations of the recent expansion of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Human Resources - Hiring Smart Workshop
Workshop Date: October 8th, 2015 9am to 12pm. Presented by: Mrs Nilda Riverol Manager, SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE Cost: $30.00 LOCATION: BELTRAIDE OFFICE, BELMOPAN. The best predictor of future performance is past performance - get the most out of your interviews! Rely on expertise not intuition to evaluate the best candidate for the job. This course is designed to provide a hands-on experience of the highly effective method of behavioral-based interviewing and candidate screening.

Coastal Cleanup 2015
San Pedro Junior College and San Pedro High School Student assist staff of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Coastal Cleanup 2015. Beach Cleanup was conducted at the Turtle Nesting Beach of Rocky Point, Ambergrs Caye.

Wildtracks Update: An update from the Fireburn post-release monitoring tracking crew
Rudy and his crew report a new arrival in the Fireburn reintroduced howler troops...Nicky and Hazel have a baby - making our fourth wild-born howler this year, and our third troop to have young!! Another globally endangered Yucatan black howler monkey in the Fireburn forest! Nicky, Willow and Hazel were released as a troop in 2013, and have stayed together since then, developing a well defined territory behind the Fireburn Fieldbase - Nicky has come a long way since he first came Wildtracks as a confiscated pet, delivered by Forest Department, and barely hanging on to life.


Elderly Woman Sexually Assaulted By Son-In-Law
Tonight there is a disturbing report coming out of the Corozal District as a senior citizen from the Village of San Joaquin is accusing her son-in-law of sexual assault. According to the 77 year old woman, on the 30th of September she was in front of her house in her wheelchair when she was approached by her son-in-law who took her inside her house and sexually assaulted her. Police have arrested and charged a 54 year old Guatemalan national for the crime of harm and sexual assault.

Orange Walk Police Investigates Carlos Griffith Attackers
It’s been a little over four days that Carlos “Paraquat” Griffiths was badly beaten and left for dead after an altercation with two men on Monday night. Today, relatives say his prognosis has not changed and doctors say he is not showing any signs of improvement. Griffiths suffered a fractured skull and large abrasions to the back of the head and face after getting embroiled in an argument with the two unknown Belize City men over a stool he was occupying. And while his prognosis is grim, the medical bills at the KHMH are mounting. Meanwhile, police say they have been unable to locate the men who we were told boarded a bus to Belize City shortly after the incident. Authorities say surveillance footage they acquired identified two dark skin male persons as his attackers.

PUP Not Happy With Foreign Minister's Speech At UN
The People’s United Party today issued a press release where they are reiterating their position when it comes to the Belize/Guatemala Territorial Dispute. This comes after a speech given by Foreign Minister of Belize Wilfred Elrington at the United Nations today. According to the P.U.P, in his speech Elrington, said that Belize had and we qoute “signed a Protocol to the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime claim to the International Court of Justice.” End quote. The P.U.P states that at no point during his speech, did Elrington ever say that there must first be referenda in Belize and Guatemala, in order to approve any such submission.

Four Men Pleaded Guilty For Offence Of Possession Of Conchs During Closed Season
Today four men from the Village of Chunox in the Corozal District appeared at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to answer to charges of possession of conch during the closed season. On September 30th, one day before the conch season was declared open, the Fisheries Department caught eight men with almost a thousand conch. Among them were Chunox residents, 36 year old Demerrel Tun who was caught with 125 conch, 22 year old Eli Tun who was in possession of 302 conch, 22 year old Roger Linarez who had 206 conch, and 41 year old Edgar Tun who was found in possession of 159 conchs. The men were caught onboard a sail boat North East of Mauger Caye in the Turneffe Atoll. We understand all four pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of conch in the closed season and were all fined $500 each plus a $5.00 cost of court fee.

Investigations Continues In Case Of Gabriel Cabrera Sr.
Yesterday we told you about a brazen daylight home invasion at the residence of Gabriel Cabrera Sr. that netted thieves over 10 thousand dollars in jewelry and cash. The incident occurred around 8:00am shortly after Julie Cabrera had open her clothes shop for business and was getting her daughter ready for school. As we reported, three men barged into their homes wielding a machete, a knife and an object which resembled a firearm and demanded for money and gold. Fearing for her life, Cabrera complied and handed the men the loot. The three men then fled using bicycles down Belize Corozal Road and made good their escape. Today, Police told us they are seeking two of the three men, which are known to them.

San Felipe Resident Charged For Aggravated Assault On Villager
A resident of San Felipe Village in Orange Walk was today arrested and charged for aggravated assault upon another villager. On Saturday 26th September at about 8:05pm, Yurian Cardona, Belizean laborer presently residing at San Felipe Village, visited the Orange Walk Police Station suffering from injuries to his face. He reported that on Friday 25th September around 10:00p.m whilst socializing at El Paso Bar located at San Felipe Village, Adiel Mojica, a resident of the same village, entered the establishment then uttered some words to him and immediately threw a bottle at him and lashed him with a wooden chair. According to Cardona, Mojica then throw him to the ground where he repeatedly punched and kicked him to his face. Cardona suffered from a broken jaw and doctors classified his injuries as grievous harm. Today, Police formally arrested and charged Adiel Mojica for the crimes of grievous harm, aggravated assault and damage to property.

Salvadorean Gang Member Detained For Illegal Entry
Apart from laying charges on the Guatemala Human Smuggler, authorities arrested a Salvadoran gang member who they believe was dangerous to society and wanted by interpol. According to authorities, on Sunday 27th September, police detained Carlos Enrique Alvarado Lopez, Salvadoran unemployed of Stains Alley Orange Walk Town for the offence of illegal entry. Further Investigation by Police revealed that Lopez was an Ex 18 Street Gang Member from El Salvador. A search at Interpol shows that Lopez is wanted in El Salvador for the offences of belonging to a criminal gang and other crimes in that country. Lopez has since been charged and an expulsion order has been issued.

Guatemalan Charged For Human Trafficking
A Guatemalan Human Trafficker has been arrested and charged for offences committed in Belize. According to the report, on Thursday 24th September at about 12:0opm, acting upon information received, the Orange Walk Police intercepted a group of (13) individuals at the BSI/ASR Booth on the Chan Pine Ridge Road near the Northern Highway. After the apprehension, the group was found to consists of (11) illegal Salvadorans, (1) legal Guatemalan (suspected human smuggler) and (1) Belizean (suspected human smuggler). Two of the Salvadorans were minors age 15 and 5 years old so they were handed over to Human Services where they remain until they are repatriated through the Salvadoran Embassy.

The Reporter

Belize to host upcoming CROSQ meeting
Belize will be the host country for the upcoming 27th meeting of the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) Council. The meeting is scheduled for October 5-8, and will be held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza. At the meeting, delegates from throughout CARICOM, will exchange program information and strategic directions as it relates to member states and the CROSQ Secretariat (specific to Quality Infrastructure) QI. The CROSQ Secretariat will discuss the forward plans for the organisation in all areas, including human and financial resources, as well as the work plans of the technical officers and their work in the member states. The event coincides with CROSQ’s annual general meeting, during which the council will hold elections to appoint new officers to its executive. CROSQ, headquartered in Barbados, is the regional centre for promoting efficiency and competitive production in goods and services, through the process of standardization and the verification of quality

“Sedi” under fire. Again!
The People’s United Party (PUP) and Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) have publicly condemned Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington’s statements on Guatemala’s unfounded claim, made at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Elrington, speaking at the UNGA in New York last week said that Belize had “signed a Protocol to the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular, and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).” The PUP and COLA categorized Elrington’s statements as ‘misleading’ to Belizeans and the rest of the world, because he failed to mention that before the claim is submitted to the ICJ, it must have the approval of the Belizean people by way of a referendum.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize: Do you want a 13th appointed senator?
Politics of Belize takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic monarchy, where by Queen Elizabeth II serves as head of state and the prime minister is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Parliament of Belize.The Belize system of government is referred to as a Parliamentary Democracy, a system inherited from the British. The House of Representatives of Belize is one of two chambers of the National Assembly, the other being the Senate. It was created under the 1981 constitution. Members are commonly called “Area Representatives.” Area Representatives are elected by winning a majority of votes in their respective constituencies under the first-past-the-post system. The body is directly descended from the British Honduras Legislative Assembly created in 1954 with nine elected members. It has been expanded several times since: to 18 in 1961, 28 in 1984, 29 in 1993 and finally to 31 in 2005, where it is currently. The leader of the majority party in the Belize House typically becomes Prime Minister of Belize.


Ever Wonder How Fuel Got To the Gas Stations on Ambergris Caye?
No…neither had I. But as I was enjoying my first Conch of the season at Lily’s Treasure Chest on the beach in San Pedro… I saw a fuel barge coming in to the gas station on the ocean side. And thought it pretty interesting…in fact, fascinating to me. I had never considered how we got gas here in San Pedro. Excited I asked the guys on the Amigos Del Mar Diving dock if they too were excited. Uhhhh…no. Apparently this happens once or twice a week. AND…not only does this barge supply the gas for the station here in the front of the island (the ocean side) but also on the lagoon side. A pipe runs beneath the island.

Double collection brought great rewards
Through the joint efforts Ocean Conservancy and the Scout Association of Belize, islanders teamed up and helped them take action for a big ocean conservation clean up day – an annual event. The goal was to clean up as much water trash as possible and keep our aquatic environment clean and healthy. I got a participants from Scout leader Martin who was involved in the organizing. On Ambergris Caye, in addition to the organizers, he listed Ecologic Divers, South Neighborhood Watch, The Phoenix, San Pedro Town Council, Leos Club and Cadets and took part this important event. (If your business was missed please leave comment to be added to the list) Originally we were supposed to go on Ecologic Divers boat and cover Mexico Rocks area. Plans changed last minute and our group of 5 ended up joining the Seaduced crew on their boat. We set out to clean the mangrove channel area up to Osmin’s Mechanic Shop area in Boca Del Rio.

The Day of the Dead
Although, the Day of the Dead (also known as el Dia de los Muertos and Los Finados) is most prominently recognized and celebrated in Mexico, it is also very popular in many villages and towns in Belize. This is due to the fact that the tradition of celebrating the life and death of lost loved ones dates back to the ancient Maya, an indigenous culture of Belize and Central America. However, interestingly enough, this celebration is also linked to Catholicism, the primary religion that was enforced by the Europeans when they colonized the Americas. Understanding that, it is not by coincidence that the Day of the Dead is celebrated at the beginning of November coinciding with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. On the Day of the Dead, Maya and Mestizo communities across Belize unanimously get together to commemorate the life and death of their ancestors. This is done at people’s homes by decorating small tables as alters and including water, flowers, fruits, candles and portraits of their deceased. Families also make sure to have delicious traditional Belizean foods such as tamales, Bollos, Caldo de Gallina local, Chirmole and Ishpasha Atole. As for favorite alcoholic drinks, rum and tequila seem to be the popular choices.

International Sourcesizz

Univ. of Arkansas: Business Projects Information Session for the Belize Study Abroad Summer 2016
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, in WCOB 338 at 5:30 p.m., business students are invited to drop-in, eat a slice of pizza and learn about the Business Projects for the Belize Community Development Summer Program. Molly Jensen of the marketing faculty and Tim Yeager of the finance faculty in the Sam M. Walton College of Business are the program leaders for the Business Projects and will work with all business students. Jensen and Yeager will provide information on the business projects. Both lower- and upper-level business students can participate in this program and are encouraged to drop-in.

USM hosts Maya Week presentations
Last week, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted Maya Week on its Hattiesburg campus. Four research presentations from numerous sites in Belize and Guatemala encompassed a free and open lecture series that took place over the course of the week. The series featured recently returned Ph.D recipients or doctoral candidates discussing their summer fieldwork findings. The first presenter, Amanda Harvey of the University of Nevada, Reno, received her master’s degree from USM in 2011. Harvey presented “Three Decades of Research at Tipu, Belize (1538-1613)” an analysis of the skeletal remains recovered from the colonial Mayan site in Belize. The 16th- and 17th-century artifacts, one of the largest and best-preserved Mayan collections, are currently curated at USM.

Da der Karibikstaat Belize im Westen direkt an Mexiko und Guatemala angrenzt, verwundert es nicht, dass sich die heutigen Bewohner genealogisch zum Teil auf die Maya zurückführen können. Neben der Mehrheit der Mestizen stellen die Nachfahren afrikanischer Sklaven, Garifunas oder Garinagus genannt, die einst von den Kleinen Antillen kamen, einen größeren Teil der Bevölkerung. Ihr spezifischer Musikstil eroberte die Inselkultur rasch. Es handelt sich dabei um chorische Gesänge, die nur von Schlagwerk, insbesondere Trommeln begleitet werden. Ihre Popularität hängt auch damit zusammen, dass sie in der Regel Musik zu Rundtänzen im Zweier- oder Dreierrhythmus darstellen. Um ein stetig weiter entwickeltes Instrument, das hier zum Einsatz kommt, handelt es sich bei einer Handrassel aus dem ursprünglich afrikanischen Flaschenkürbis, der Sisera.


  • Silversides - Belize SCUBA Diving, 1min. School of Silversides at Half Moon Caye Wall in Belize.

  • BPP Budget Presentation, 17min. Robert Lopez (Belize Rural South) presents the Belize Progressive Party budget for November 14, 2015 General Elections.

  • Dancing in Belize, 4min.

  • Voices From The Belizean Diaspora: The Sarstoon Island Crisis!, 10min. Los Angeles Belizeans are voicing their concerns about the August 16, 2015 Guatemalan military aggression against a Belizean patriotic movement called the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), on the Belize Sarstoon Island that is located in Belizean territory on the Sarstoon River. The Guatemalan military oligarchy has claimed this Belizean island, and has been enforcing aggressive measures against the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defense Force (BDF) who patrol the area as a means of protecting Belize's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Guatemalan Navy on August 16, 2015, blockaded the Belizean expedition that was going to to Sarstoon Island to erect the Belizean flag as a means of establishing Belize's sovereignty on the island.

  • Belize Sweet Habenero Taste Test, 11min. This lil pepper is amazing in flavor and can pack a little heat. Sweet fruity hab flavor. It is a prolific producer. I rank it in a close 2nd to the White Peach flavor wise.

  • Caracol in Belize, 1.5min.

    October 4, 2015


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Letter to the Editor: Patrick K. Stiley on islands state of being
    Dear Editor: Count this as my vote to continue the San Pedro practices of litter and trash everywhere, price-gouging “gringos” ($70 cab from Tropic to Palapa), local government with no transparency, uncontrolled traffic, unschooled drivers, rude taxi drivers with substandard vehicles, overpriced meals with poor service. Why not resist the progressive ruin of our tourist industry on La Isla Basura? Simple: Those of us who live here, unless supported by our major industry (not for long), will positively benefit. There will be less traffic, lower prices, better service, less crowds, etc. When I spoke with tourists in the 80s and 90s, virtually all said their next vacation would definitely be in San Pedro. Now, very few. Keep up the good work, everyone.

    Town Council building undergoes renovations
    When asked about prioritizing cosmetic work to the building, Guerrero pointed out that it all depends on who is leading the Town Council. “I believe that the priorities will depend on the individual that sits here. I can be here and these are my priorities to say, I want to do something to impress, for the benefit of our people and island. People have different views, the Opposition, but what we need to know is that we are working for the people, and people will always welcome positive things,” stated Guerrero. Guerrero indicated that the Town Board does work with a budget and reiterated that San Pedro is the only municipality in the country that has the freedom of spending because the island generates lots of revenue. “We have a budget which we presented [July 22, 2014] at the Lions Den when we do our financial report. But, let’s not forget that a budget is just a guideline as to how you should operate, it is either less spending or more spending. However, it is not just spending from the Town Council; we do get a lot of donations as well that help us do the many activities people see around town. ”

    Letter to the Editor: Dianne Lawrence responds to all the negativity about the island
    Dear Editor I would very much like to respond to the folks who wrote negatively about our island community. I feel very bad that you did not enjoy our community on your last visit, and thank you for taking the time to raise your complaints in a public forum. I’ve only lived here (full-time) for nine years and have seen many changes. When we were a smaller island, garbage was issue; we now have public trash bins on all major roads (thanks to Dr. Lala and his crew of student volunteers). But garbage remains an issue and the school system has a curriculum that impresses upon the next generation the importance of putting garbage in its place. We now have a proper garbage treatment center AND a bottle recycling center at Belikin. While we grow as a community, please be patient. We are no longer the hidden gem of the Caribbean in your eyes, but we call it home. Please remember that on your two-week vacation. We know our community is not perfect, but we are trying. Some examples follow below. The Sargasso seaweed has inundated the Caribbean for almost a year now. We can’t change that. Our beach cleaners move hundreds of tons of the smelly stuff each month in hopes of making the beaches nice for your visit; but the tide brings it in twice a day. Sometimes it is so thick that it can’t all be moved in one day.

    Saga hosts Central American Cuisine cook-off
    After a delicious feast with lots of raffle prizes and live music in between, votes were cast for the best dish of the evening. Both El Fogon’s Rice and Beans with stewed chicken and Nancy Nida’s (Sotheby’s) Nicaraguan Pulled Pork with a twist walked away with 3rd place prizes. Rosemary Smith and Judy Allen’s Mexican Enchilada Pie took the 2nd place. Walking away with the grand first prize was Letty Hernandez’ (Sew What’s) Enchiladas from Honduras, since everyone just could not get enough of it! Saga thanks everyone that came out and supported the cook-off this month. Special thanks go to GMC International Band comprised of Mar, Gonzo, Charles Sr., and their special guest Chip, for serenading their guests; El Fogon Restaurant and their entire staff, Banana Beach, Sotheby’s, Pineapple Restaurant, Sew What, Terry and Michele Colbert, Judy Allen, Sandbar, Black Orchid Restaurant, Lone Star Grill and Cantina, Palapa Bar, Top Notch, Latitude’s Café, Premium Liquors, Kristy Pisarczyk, Judy and Duane Allen, Dr. Don Tummons, Mary and Frank Maykuth, Judyann and Tom Horton, Brenda and Bruce Breen, Beth Rogers, Mary Troup, Susie Tsinka, Karyn Larko, Cindy Kyles, Aimee Fearneyhough, Tori Fearneyhough, Jane and Paul Hohne. Saga would also like to acknowledge volunteers Dawn Locascio, Iliana Paj, Heather Smith, Eileen Jamison, Hayley Baer, Bill Milstead, and Sandie Eisenberg-Betz.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Andy Palacio music festival fundraiser in Barranco Village
    SAVE THE DATE! This is the FIRST EVER music festival fundraiser in Barranco Village to celebrate the legendary Andy Palacio’s legacy. This effort is intended to be an annual event and will help provide the resources to bring to life Andy's dream of music education in his hometown of Barranco. This is a family-friendly affair! The main event will feature a number of live performances from Garifuna music favorites. Other acts will include comedy, poetry and a talent show.

    The Reporter

    Belizeans show their talent: Village Arts Expo comes to Belize City
    Over 120 artisans and other entrepreneurs gathered at the BTL Park on Princess Margaret Drive on Saturday, for the Belize Tourism Board’s 4th annual Village Arts Expo. The expo showcased a myriad of locally made products, including: wood carvings, jewelry, bags, glass wares, baskets and paintings. Forty-one communities countrywide were represented at the expo. Small businesses selling products such as jams, chocolates, juices, rum, and pepper also presented their items at the event, held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Valdemar Andrade, director of destination planning and cruise for the BTB, explained that the initiative originated from the village BTB’s outreach program, where the BTB works to build the economic capacity of villages across the country. The expo, Andrade explained presents an opportunity for participants to market their products to distributors, hoteleers, and the public at large,

    First ever Belizean nominated for Commonwealth Youth Council
    Andrew Munnings made history this week by becoming the first Belizean to ever be nominated to the post of Caribbean and Regional Representative on the Commonwealth Youth Council. Munnings, a Youth Advocate Officer with the Department of Youth Services in the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, will compete against 19 other nominees in November at the Commonwealth Youth Forum, to be held in CHOGM Malta. Nominees will compete for nine posts, representing four regions. If successful, Munnings will represent a total of 1.2 billion people under the age of 30. Munnings has begun a series of special trainings with the DYS, in areas such as oral presentation to prepare for the event. “I want to be able to show the other countries in the region what Belize has to offer, and the value that my Belizean heritage can add to the Council”, Munnings said. “Looking at the forum’s theme, Belize is small but not too small to add global value, and I want to show that we can do that.”

    The Belize Times

    People’s United Party Leader Francis Fonseca calling on standard bearers to fight for Belize at an energetic meeting of all 31 standard bearers and national executive[/caption] Belize City, September 29, 2015 The People’s United Party is ready to work for a better Belize. The blue machine has been moving in steady gear for the past months and is ready to rev things up with the announcement of early elections on November 4, 2015. PUP Leader Hon. Francis Fonseca has been leading the Power to the People tours countrywide and the formulation of progressive policy ideas that have kept the Party in touch with Belizeans across the country and in tune with their concerns. Speaking to media houses on Monday afternoon, the Party Leader explained that the countrywide visits have “energized” the PUP base.

    PUP will enforce the 13th Senator! – Belizeans will decide on November 4th elections
    November 4th 2015 is the date set for general elections, but the day will also be one of unofficial referenda on important issues affecting our democracy and sovereignty. One of those issues is the implementation of the 13th Senator – a proposed feature of good governance and a strengthened democratic system which Prime Minister Dean Barrow has rejected over and over despite promising it in their election manifesto seven years ago. The 13th Senator would allow the balance of power in the Senate to shift from the Government Senators (6 Senators) to the Opposition (3 Senators) and Social Partners (Union 1, Business Community 1, Churches 1) by adding a Non-Government Organisation representative. This would give the Senate real powers keep the Government in check and carry out its functions as a watchdog against wrongdoing by public officials. As it stands, the Senate is controlled by the Government, which also appoints the President who acts as a tie-breaker when votes are in a deadlock. Over the past three years, the Senate has attempted to exercise its powers to pass motions to strengthen the Public Accounts Committee, to inquire into the Immigration scandal involving corrupt UDP Cayo North East area representative Elvin Penner, and to investigate Petrocaribe spending. All attempts were blocked by the Government Senators, led by the so-called champion of reform, Godwin Hulse.

    UDP turmoil in Alberts – Traitor Mark Espat to replace Tracy Taeger
    UDP sources are indicating that Tracy Taeger’s days are numbered as Standard Bearer in the Albert Division. This is because the UDP does not believe she can put up a challenge to the PUP’s hardworking standard bearer Paul Thompson. Our sources indicate that the UDP is considering pulling Taeger out and putting in the great despot himself, Mark Espat, who sold out the PUP for a few pieces of silver and who has been advising Barrow on how to trick the people of Belize for the past three years. UDPs such as Patrick Faber, Gaspar Vega and John Saldivar are not happy with this consideration. They do not trust Mark Espat. They know of his ambitions and his loyalty to anything but himself. The next few weeks will be interesting in the Alberts and we will keep our eyes on things.

    “Daddy” & “Son” in Trouble at BTL
    Like a pig wearing bright red lipstick, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has tried to paint a pretty picture of his secret travels, private meetings and dreadful deals with the man he once called the devil. In an attempt to quell a wildfire against his administration, the lip-glossed pig rushed to meet with the workers of BTL on Wednesday September 30th afternoon, after the employees’ union issued a stinging release indicating their “disgust” with the Prime Minister and his arbitrary actions and decisions over BTL. The Belize Communications Workers’ Union were incensed that six years after he snatched away Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) from its previous owners, on the basis that his Government and the people of Belize could not afford a prolonged legal battle, Barrow returned to Ashcroft, cap in hand, to settle the dispute and agreed to outrageous terms that will see the Government, the company and taxpayers pay hundreds of millions more than it would have had the dispute been settled six years ago.

    Think About It
    The People’s United Party will win the general elections. The people of Belize deserve better than what the UDP has been dishing out to them. Lies, deceit, incompetence and corruption have become the hallmark of the UDP government. When a government reaches that level it is time for it to go. Matters of substance which are important to a nation have remained at the same low level for the past eight years of Mr. Barrow and his motley crew. Take the issue of Guatemala. It is now clear that no serious thinking has taken place regarding how Belize could best protect its territorial integrity. It is almost as if some foreigner is suggesting how our government should conduct itself and our government is blindly following wrong advice. Where has it gotten us? Barrow and Elrington in 2008 (the same year they won the elections) signed a secret compromi agreeing to go to the International Court. They refused to consult the people of the country. They were all gung ho to go to court. They did not even consider if that course of action was in our best interest.

    On the mark…
    So the date is set, the horses are in the gate and the silly season is declared open. From now until November 4th, which is the date declared for our next General Elections, Belizeans will be subjected to incessant political ads and gimmicks. Politicians that would not even look your way for the past four years will now greet you by first name and stop long enough to listen to the smallest details of your every concern. For the next month, our cities, towns and villages will be transformed into a circus of political flags, banners and colorful billboards. Young men who were idle and practically naked for the entire time of this government’s term in office will suddenly be busily engaged hanging signs and looking sharp in their brand new tee shirts bearing name and image of whichever politician gets to them first. It is an amazing phenomenon to behold. On Monday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced to the nation that he had advised the Governor General to dissolve parliament and set November 4th as the date for General Elections. It will be the fourth time that Belizeans will be going to the polls this year, having gone through two by-elections and a municipal election. This one, the general elections and grandest of them all, will be held a full 15 months ahead of its constitutionally due date.

    The Future is Francis & the PUP
    An election in a proper, functioning democracy should never be about who can buy and bribe poor voters to cast their ballots for a few dollars more. That is the Dean Barrow, UDP way. The proper, moral thing that an election should be about is the caliber of the candidates and the quality of their ideas. Hon. Francis Fonseca and his team for a better Belize has invested many hours listening and consulting with the people of Belize. From this honest and humble democratic exchange has emerged a clearer view of the kind of country and the type of government the people of Belize are hoping for. Here are some of the ideas to which the Hon. Francis Fonseca and a new PUP government are committing itself to do. The false belief that democracy in Belize only takes place once every five years when the people vote and thereafter have no say in the running of their country will be radically changed. The law making body- the House of Representatives will be wired to the internet to be able to communicate with the citizens and students. Any recommendation or proposals from any quarter of society receiving more than ten thousand supporters will have to be introduced for debate and possible policy or legislative action.

    “Technical difficulties” interrupt vital services at KHMH
    A leaked memo distributed to the Heads of the Medical Departments at the largest public referral hospital, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, warns that the hospital has discontinued surgical services to the public because of “technical difficulties” at the hospital’s Central Sterilizing Unit. According to sources those “technical difficulties” are serious equipment failures. As a result, the hospital has cancelled all elective case and can only admit emergency services and C-Sections. Missing in all of this is the Minister of Health, Pablo Marin, who instead of ensuring that our hospitals and clinics are properly equipped, has left them abandoned to infections, rats and snakes.

    Pope Francis has just completed his visits to Cuba and the United States of America, to tumultuous welcomes and enthusiasm and much to the delight, no doubt, of Roman Catholics the world over. Last week Sunday it was brought to my attention that the music of the Cuban orchestras at Pope Francis’ Masses in Havana and Holguin was absolutely exquisite. I did get the opportunity to watch and hear the repeat of the Havana Mass, and I agree that you just cannot beat the Cubans for beautiful indigenous music in whatever format and for whichever forum. There are two (perhaps more, but I will focus on two) outstanding themes that I have gleaned from his sermons and speeches during his visits to our two sister nations. And I was very cheered to hear Father Leslie reiterate these two vital messages delivered by Pope Francis during his Sunday Mass sermon at Our Lady of the Way Church in Ladyville this past Sunday.

    He told us so!
    Darrel Bradley defied the basic rules of infrastructure development as Mayor of Belize City by spending $40 MILLION on streets without building new drains. His true work can be seen every time there is a light shower on the city and pedestrians, motorists and cyclists have to wade through unsanitary knee-deep water to get to their homes. Darrel Bradley turned Belize City streets into drains.

    Veteran Journalist Sues Malpago Mayor
    My last encounter with that wretched mayor, Darrell Bradley, was on Monday, August 31. He had gone to the magistrate court to represent a man who was charged with 54 counts of forgery and forgery related offences. He was accompanied by his secretary who works at his law firm, Lavender Chambers, located on Regent Street. Aldo Ayuso, a brother-in-law of the accused, was also present. I decided that this was a good opportunity to confront the mayor and let him know in no uncertain terms that I was going to sue him. When I told him of my intention to sue him he assured me that it will not be necessary, that he was going to save himself the embarrassment. He admitted that over 2 months have passed and that payment was long overdue. He told me that I should go to Lavender Chambers the following day, Tuesday, September 1, at 2 p.m. and I will be paid. I told him that we could make things quite easy, that if I don’t get there by 2 he could give his secretary the money to give me. He assured me that he would do so. All of this was said in the presence of Ayuso and the mayor’s secretary. Of course, based on past experience I had difficulty believing the mayor. But I decided to go anyway, even if only to prove him a habitual liar.

    BTL Profits Down – Shareholders concerned about $97m liability to Ashcroft
    For a second year, the government-owned and managed Belize Telemedia Limited has reported lower profits to its shareholders at the Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday night in Belize City. The BTL Board headed by Nestor Vasquez and Anwar Barrow informed shareholders that the company’s profits dipped by 2.1 million dollars in the 2014-2015 financial year to a total of $17 million. In the previous financial year (2013-2014), BTL saw a 7% reduction in profits, from $21 million to 19.6 million. One of the controversial issues raised by shareholders was the enormous liability created by Prime Minister Dean Barrow who, after taking over the telecommunications company, refused to settle a $45 million dollar loan with the British Caribbean Bank. Over the past six years, the non-payment caused the interest to increase. The debt to BCB is now $97 million because of one man’s wrong-headed decisions and BTL will be footing the bill.

    PUP Leader Calls for Observer Missions in November Elections
    Prime Minister Barrow, Today, you announced that you have advised the Governor General to dissolve the National Assembly and to fix Wednesday November 4, 2015 as the date for the next general elections, and Friday October 16 as Nomination Day. The decision comes only weeks after the close of the annual transfer period for Electors and days before the commencement of the process for the annual revision of the electoral lists. The election date of November 4, 2015 will not allow for the electoral lists to be revised for 2015, which is vital to an already bloated list. For this and other concerns for a free and fair elections, we insist that Electoral Observers be invited to witness Belize’s election process on November 4, 2015. I therefore anticipate that you will invite the OAS, the Commonwealth or CARICOM to be present in Belize as independent monitors for this upcoming General Elections in Belize.

    Liad Barrow
    Dear Editor, They say when you tell a lie, your nose grows longer and the more lies you tell, the longer and longer it grows. Remember the story of Pinocchio? They also say that when you start telling lies, you will continue to tell more and more lies. I want the Belizean voters to remember what Barrow said in a speech he made some years ago, before he became Prime Minister. He said that he will get a machete sharpened on both sides, and at the slight whiff of corruption he will cut its ugly head off. I am still waiting for him to start cutting off those heads. I guess they are so many, he is now confused.

    Good Governance NOT Election Gimmicks!
    Dear Editor, On Independence Day, exactly one week before he announced that the date for the general election is November 4th, 2015, Prime Minister Barrow wrote off the debt owed by the public to the KHMH in Belize City and the public hospitals in the districts. Many of those debts were for small amounts of $200 or less. The relief to the poor was good, but it was also an election gimmick to divert the people’s attention from the crumbling state of the public health service. Under this administration with a billion dollar national budget and millions of dollars from Petrocaribe, 13 innocent babies died at the KHMH as a direct result of unsanitary conditions in the neonatal clinic. Not a single person was punished for that unnecessary tragedy.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Father asks for help finding missing 13-year-old daughter
    A father is tonight pleading to the general public for assistance in locating his 13-year-old- daughter, Katia Mejia. The teenager is of Hispanic descent and ran away from her home on Thursday of last week. According to information received just now, the teenager was last seen with her mother. Relatives […]

    Sheep thieves cost farmer $900
    A sheep rarer and farmer of Belmopan City, 74-year-old William Tillett, reported to police that around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 1st, he traveled to his farm and fired a single shot in the air to scare off sheep thieves that killed four of his animals and stole another two, […]

    Police await post mortem results for 63-year-old
    The lifeless body of 63 year old Carlos Griffith is currently awaiting a post mortem examination after the elderly man was injured and pronounced dead last night at around 8:25 p.m. Griffith had no fixed address or place of residence.

    Police seize 221 grams of weed
    Corozal police searched an area yesterday morning around 7:35 a.m. and discovered a black plastic bag containing 221 grams of cannabis. The bag was found underneath some garbage near a creek and labeled it as “Found Property” since no one was in the area at the time of discovery.

    COLA, PUP bash Elrington’s UN address
    Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington gave potentially his last statement in that capacity at the United Nations’ 70th General Assembly in New York City this week. His 19-minute address touched topics ranging from natural threats including climate change to activities happening in Belize at […]

    BMG launches Part 2 Poll on Belize General Elections
    Part 1 of a Belize Media Group (BMG) sponsored poll on SurveyMonkey concerning the 2015 general elections has received overwhelming support and response. Now Part 2 is up, featuring the remaining 15 constituencies and their candidates and a general question on who voters think will win the election. To participate […]

    Belize: The 5-Week Election Notice is Demagogic and Undemocratic
    Belize law gives the Prime Minister full discretion to call general elections at any time, with only 30 days notice. The Father of the Nation, Hon. George C. Price, used to say, “do not write a law while in government that you cannot live with while in opposition”. The […]


    The winds of change are in the air on Ambergris Caye
    The other day I watched a taxi driver park, run down to the Palapa Bar for a cold beer and then just placed the Belikin bottle on the ground beside a telephone pole, before speeding away. There were no trash cans in the area and I’m sure he couldn’t be caught with empty beer bottles in his cab — so I sort of get it. I can see a day when trashing the island will become a cultural taboo. It is too beautiful to not take pride in the island and show her the love she deserves. Maybe in next year’s Independence Day parade we’ll mount a “Stash that trash” float with a precision marching drill team of volunteers, each with a black plastic trash bag and a trash stick . . . . hey, and a King and Queen of Trash! We can even clean the parade route and hand out candy to kids who bring us their trash. Hmmmmm. You in? As always, out trash cleanup ends at Marbuck’s where Marlene and Sylvia had ice coffee and cookies waiting for us and Rose brought out chilled eucalyptus-scented towels to cool us down. A great way to wrap up a messy job! That west wind has flattened the sea, too. Gloriously flat and clear. The water over the reef is calm, just begging for me to paddle out in a kayak and go snorkeling. Low (or Slow) season is nearly over and a lot of our favorite restaurants are getting ready to re-open. It is exciting to bicycle around town and see the improvements being made to shops and eateries in anticipation of a new season. For example, Estel’s is installing an inside/outside bar and will offer saloon seating for single diners. Candle Garden, a busy flower and gift shop on Caribena Street has moved around the corner to Pescador Drive, and in the expanded quarters Barbara Brown has added a little coffee shop.

    Pedro World: A Large Water Slide and More Coming to Caribbean Villas Resort
    See what caught my eye? The strange “look-out” tower that’s going up on the end of the dock. As you get closer, you can see the beach being reclaimed, lots of sandbags and guys in the water – which appears to be getting much deeper. Here is the word of the street on this project: Yes, it is going to be a water slide and no, though the work under the palapa LOOKS like a bar, it is merely a spot to sit around and enjoy beers or cocktails (that will be purchased or delivered from the Amber Beach Bar), it is NOT a bar. Water World. So…let’s get back to Pedro’s World. (Peter aka “Pedro” is a owner of both Pedro’s Inn and Caribbean Villas Resort.) I hear that they are going to have this water slide, a water trampoline and more water toys. And that you can buy a bracelet for the day…to use the “rides” as often as you want. Perhaps at a price of $20-25bzd. OR…if you want to go on the water slide, you will be charged a per ride fee – perhaps $5bzd.

    International Sourcesizz

    Two banks owned by Lord Ashcroft at centre of major US tax evasion probe
    Two banks owned by former Tory Party vice-chairman Lord Ashcroft are at the centre of a major US tax evasion investigation. Authorities are probing whether wealthy Americans have been using the banks, based in the Central American tax haven Belize, to shelter funds offshore. Billionaire Lord Ashcroft is the majority shareholder of BCB Holdings, which owns Belize Bank International Ltd and Belize Bank Ltd. The US Internal Revenue Service served a summons last month to retrieve information on US taxpayers who hold accounts at the banks, with the Department of Justice warning them: ‘The time to come clean is now – before we knock on your door.’ The court order also gave the IRS permission to seek records of Belize Bank International Ltd and Belize Bank Ltd’s correspondent accounts, maintained on their behalf by Bank of America and Citibank in the US.

    Lord Ashcroft: Author of controversial biography on David Cameron embroiled in tax avoidance investigation
    Two Belize banks belonging to a company controlled by one of the Conservative Party’s leading donors have become part of a wider US tax probe. Lord Ashcroft, co-author of a controversial book about David Cameron, has become embroiled in a tax avoidance investigation, it has emerged. Two Belize banks belonging to a company controlled by one of the Conservative Party’s leading donors have become part of a wider US tax probe. Investigators are trying to discover the identity of US clients of Belize Bank International Ltd and Belize Bank Ltd. Both banks are controlled by a Belize company called BCB Holdings Ltd, in which Lord Ashcroft is the leading shareholder. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) say in Florida court documents that US taxpayers have revealed at least 23 previously undisclosed accounts at the two Belize banks as part of a voluntary disclosure programme, according to Bloomberg News. The IRS is trying to discover the identities of more US clients. According to Bloomberg, a spokesman for the peer said he has no operational role in the banks. Lord Ashcroft grew up in Belize, where his father served as a diplomat.

    UAE, Belize sign bilateral trade deal
    The UAE said it has signed a bilateral trade agreement with Belize that will serve as a foundation to catalyse private sector investments from the UAE, as well as government-to-government funding. The agreement will also act as a catalyst for investments from the UAE and boost Belize's position as a Central American and the Caribbean regional energy leader, said Ali Alnaqbi, the founding chairman of Middle East Business Aviation Association (Mebaa). These trade agreements will serve as a foundation to catalyze private sector investments from the UAE, as well as government-to-government investments.

    Belize warns of ‘potentially intractable, catastrophic’ phenomenon of climate change
    As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries continue to express deep concern about Climate Change, Belize has warned of the “potentially intractable and catastrophic” phenomenon. Addressing the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred P. Erlington, said, at the founding of the UN 70 years ago, the world was not confronted by the issue. “The accelerated phenomenon of climate change giving rise to the inexorable melting of the glaciers, the rising and warming of the oceans and seas, the spawning of super typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, droughts, desertification and the indiscriminate igniting of conflagrations of gigantic proportions, are, increasingly attributed to anthropogenic interference with the climate system,” he said. “In its 70-year history, the United Nations has made notable inroads to combat climate change and to promote sustainable development,” said Erlington but added that there is still work to be done.

    Consular Fees to Change
    The Department of State is publishing an interim final rule that makes changes to the passport book fees and fees related to the relinquishment of nationality. In addition, on October 4, 2015 the Department will lower the processing fee for the Border Crossing Card (BCC) for Mexican citizens under age 15 whose parent or guardian has or is applying for a BCC, because a surcharge on the nonimmigrant visa fee will sunset on that date. Effective September 26, 2015 the Department of State is lowering the passport book application fee by $20 and raising the passport book security surcharge (enhanced border security fee) by $20 to more accurately reflect the cost of each aspect of the passport book service. The amount paid by the customer for a passport book will not change. The application fee includes the costs of passport issuance and use that are not included in the passport security surcharge, such as the cost of providing emergency services for U.S. citizens overseas, and initial data entry through a lockbox service. The passport security surcharge includes costs associated with passport application processing that support enhanced border security, such as the secure book and card materials, passport printers, and compensation associated with passport adjudication, including fraud prevention.


  • Pa La Discoteca - Blondy D Melody Ft. Cholin el Pirata, Josh "The Code" Y Myro "El Foundaish, 4min.

  • Derniers jours au Belize, 2min. Pour apprécier le Bélize autrement que par ses cayes, nous décidons de nous retirer dans les terres pour visiter le site maya de Lamanaï. Il nous faudra tout d'abord prendre le bateau pour rejoindre la terre ferme, un taxi pour la gare routière et enfin deux heures de bus local pour rejoindre la ville d'Orange Walk. Les bus locaux ne sont autres que des bus scolaires américains qui, une fois repeints ont une deuxième vie sur les routes bélizéennes. On se sent toujours un peu seuls dans les bus locaux parce qu'à l'évidence, nous ne nous fondons pas dans le décor. Il nous faudra un peu de temps pour comprendre le concept: on paie dans le bus en fonction de la distance, on monte et on descend à sa guise. Le bus s'arrête donc parfois 10 fois de suite tous les 100 mètres. C'est long mais c'est aussi du service de proximité.

  • Belize Part 1, 6min. Eating termites while hiking in the rainforest, tubing through caves, and ziplining over the jungle.

  • Belize Moondance 2015, 8min.

  • Ceu do Belize, 5min. Sacred Farm.

  • Snorkeling, Hol Chan- Belize, 3.5min.

  • Belize Sandpit, 7min. Entering the pine ridge in Belize to load my Peterbilt truck.

    October 3, 2015


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    The San Pedro Sun

    It’s time to play some Jenga!
    If there is one party game I just can’t get enough it’s Jenga! I have been playing that classic block-stacking, stack-crashing game since I was about nine. There is just something fun about stacking little wooden blocks as high as gravity will let you. So imagine taking that classic game and supersizing the blocks? Sound fun right? And at Palapa Bar – just north of Sir Barry Bowen Bridge – you can enjoy playing this fun game while enjoying your favorite cocktails or beer.

    Letter to the Editor: Camp Starfish says Thanks!
    THANK YOU! On behalf of the entire Camp Starfish team and the 27 Special Needs individuals who helped with your generosity, we say it again: THANK YOU! Providing food, drinks, supplies, transportation, and even a float, the following businesses made Camp Starfish an overwhelming success. These corporate citizens exemplify the best of what teamwork can accomplish. So we say: THANK YOU

    San Pedro High School is represented at Sagicor Visionary Challenge Launch
    On Friday, September 25th Sagicor, a Caribbean Insurance Company, held its official launching for the 2015 Sagicor Visionary challenge. The Visionary Challenge is sponsored by Sagicor in collaboration with the Caribbean Science Foundation and the Caribbean Examinations Council. The challenge is held across the Caribbean and offers secondary students the opportunity to develop scientific solution for common problems. Belize is one of the seven participating countries where national competitions are hosted, with the winners advancing to the regional competition. The other participating countries are Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad, Antigua, Guayana and St. Lucia. Present at the launch, representing the San Pedro High School (SPHS), was Head of the Science and Mathematics Department, Ricardo Sedacy. According to Sedacy, this year’s challenge is bigger than previous ones, with more motivational factors which will definitely encourage students to put their best in the challenge. “At the launching there were between 12 and 16 other high schools. The main idea of the launch was to encourage students to participate in this competition, where they will be using the STEM method which stands for Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to come up with a problem and at the same time with a solution. It is not just about winning, but rather learning from the experience of the Sagicor Visionary Challenge. We have already begun working with our students and for this upcoming challenge we want to take up two teams to represent us,” said Sedacy. He mentioned that there will be a change in the prizing of the challenge.

    San Pedro athletes place 3rd at Garage Games
    Over the weekend of September 26th-27th, a delegation of athletes from Ambergris Caye travelled to Merida, Mexico where they competed at the Garage Games Team Edition September 2015. The athletic event saw a total of 210 competitors, which included 12 athletes from WOD Zone San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, participating. The group of Belizean athletes was separated into four teams, two male teams at the intermediate level, one female intermediate team and one female team at the beginner level. After two days of arduous competition, one of the male teams in the intermediate competition, Brute Brothers, claimed the third place overall. The two-day event included four work-outs, two for each day, and saw the teams competing in their respective divisions. In order to advance to the final event, teams needed to place in the top ten in their category by the third workout. According to Jody Leslie, one of the members of the Brute Brothers it was challenging, but at the same time, their hard work paid off.

    Oceana declares Miguel Alamilla an Ocean Hero
    Oceana held its fourth annual Ocean Hero Awards on Saturday, September 26th at the Iguana Reef Resort in Caye Caulker. The occasion was a celebration in honor of the contributions made by Belizean men and women in the area of conservation. This year’s event recognized two Belizeans for their selfless commitment to Belize’s marine environment. The late Captain Romauldo “Romi” Badillo from Caye Caulker and San Pedro’s very own Biologist Miguel Alamilla were officially declared the 2015 Ocean Heroes. Alamilla has been managing one of Belize’s most popular marine protected areas, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, for the past 18 years. He also leads a monitoring program in order to protect the highly vulnerable marine turtles that live and nest on the shores of Ambergris Caye. According to Oceana in Belize’s Vice President Janelle Chanona, the idea of having this event is to give proper recognition to those unknown heroes that nobody hears about.

    Ambergris Today

    It’s a massive undertaking, for quite possibly one of the largest wooden structures in the country. The Great House at Mahogany Bay Village is an impressive 16,000 sq ft, three story building that will become the hub of the resort. A Top Off Ceremony was held on Thursday, October 1, 2015, for the building. A top off ceremony is traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its erection to celebrate a milestone in a construction process. After topping off, numerous elements of construction remain, including interior finish and most mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The Great House at Mahogany Bay Village has been designed to be this huge meeting spot with room for conferences, meetings, weddings, special events and host multiple events at the same time. It’s holding capacity is close to 500 people per floor.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Corozal BPP candidates
    Corozal candidates to partake in the November 4th Belize General Elections under the umbrella of Belize’s newest political party BPP. The new Political party was unveiled just a month away from the General Election. The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) introduced its current candidates yesterday in Belize City including four stewards of change from Corozal. The party’s candidates comprise of a cross section of people and community leaders from our Belizean Society which includes, Enda Diaz for Corozal South East, Lucilo Teck for Corozal South West, Roy Rodriguez for Corozal Bay, Hector Palomo for Corozal North, Hipolito Baustista for Orange Walk , Ion Butch for Pickstock, Roberto Lopez for Belize Rural South, Andrew Williams for Cayo South, Patrick Rogers for Collet, Wil Maheia for Toledo East, and Charles Leslie Jr. for Belmopan. The BPP is expecting to garner more aspirant candidates before nomination day being Friday 16th October, 2015.

    Belize Youth Awards 2015
    There's one week left to nominate for the Belize Youth Award. If you know any outstanding youths, now is the time to let them know.

    Archaeology Day 2015
    International Archaeology Day is on October 16th, and the National Institute of Culture and History is having a big event for it. They'll have displays about Ancient Maya Technology. It'll take place in the NICH buildings parking lot in Belmopan.

    Meeting Lord Rhaburn for the first time in my life was worth more than a mountain of gold so to speak. It brought me close to a man that appeared to me from my growing up in Belize who was just a music man. But my conversation with him at the Los Angeles Belizean Community Belize Independence Day Celebrations at Hollywood Park & Casino in Inglewood, California while he passed by the BREDAA information booth was a moment of significance for yours truly. Lord Rhaburn is a Belizean social and political scholar in his own way. We connected right away and immediately. He taught me some many things about Belizean politics that only someone who has journeyed through the realms of time in a country like Belize could break things down so simply and profound. His depth of knowledge is awesome, and he takes you from the politics of the streets of Belize City to the politics of tyranny in Guatemala. The Lord understands diplomacy better than any Belizean politician alive today, and if they would only know, they would take some advice from this Belizean legend and statesman.

    Responsible Tour Guiding Seminars 2015.
    Seminars are will underway with diveshops and tour guides of San Pedro Town. An important aspect of this year's seminar is the recent expansion of the Marine Reserve, including Mexico Rocks and management implementation date. Ambergirs Diver. Tuff-E-Nuff, ProDivers, Island Divers, Ocean Diver, Action Divers, La Gaviota, Rum Punch, Caribbean Breeze; some of the dive shop that have participated.

    Channel 7

    Keyren's Bail Decision Postponed Again
    For the past 2 weeks, Coast Guard Officer Keyren Tzib, the woman accused of killing her common-law husband, Thytis Blancaneaux, has been trying to get bail. Justice Troadio Gonzalez has been weighing whether or not he will grant that bail. Today, she found out that she has to wait another 11 days in prison for that decision. Last week Friday, the judge had ordered that a trained psychiatrist needed to do an assessment of Tzib's mental health. The results of that would have been have been submitted to the court today, and the judge would have reviewed it to make a more informed decision. Well, the Psychiatrist from the Western Regional Hospital showed up to court today to present that report. But, instead of that happening, the judge announced that he needed to adjourn the case once again. That's because the crown counsel from the DPP's Office wanted time to review the report from the doctor and to choose whether or not they wanted to continue disputing her being granted bail.

    Huge Fine For Law Breaking Fishermen
    If you're snacking on a bowl of conch ceviche right now - you have all rights to; after all, the season opened up yesterday. But the day before was strictly no go for conch - and tonight 8 Fishermen from the north are paying dearly for it. First to court was the Tun family of Chunox village. They were aboard a vessel named Sianely on the Turneffe Atoll when they were caught with 792 conch. That happened on September 30th and today in court they all pleaded guilty. For their guilty plea, each fishermen were all fined $500 each for the offenses plus $20.00 for each conch found in their possession. That brought the total to $17,850.00 dollars. While that sounds like a lot, it could have been far more because these four are not first time offenders; they were before the court for the same offence earlier this year.

    A Septuagenarian Sexually Assaulted
    A 77 year old wheelchair bound woman was sexually assaulted by her 54 year old son in law in northern Belize. The victim - whose name we will not disclose - is a resident of San Joaquin in southeastern Corozal. She told police that on Wednesday at 10:00 am she was in front of her house in her wheelchair when her son in law took her inside and sexually assaulted her. Police have arrested and charged the Guatemalan man for harm and sexual assault.

    The Menjivar Family's Lawsuit Against the GSU
    It has been 4 years and and 4 months since the Gang Suppression Unit conducted a raid on the Menjivar family home just outside of Belmopan. Viewers will remember that in that operation, police fired over a hundred bullets at the house after the Miguel Mejivar, fired at them first. He has maintained that he did so because he was convinced that heavily armed and organized thieves were trying to breech his family's home. 2 years ago, the state tried him in the Supreme Court for 9 counts of attempted murder, and he was acquitted. So, since the court has found him innocent, Menjivar and his attorneys have been suing the government for compensation and damages. 4 months ago, his attorney filed the lawsuit against the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Police, and Sergeant Santiago Gongora, who was the officer in charge of that pre-dawn raid.

    Will City Hall Roll Over Municipal Bond?
    Is the Belize City Council considering rolling over a portion of the Municipal Bond? Mayor Darrell Bradley was the first mayor to ever float a bond, which allowed the City to raise 20 million dollars in funds, used to pave over 100 streets. Last year, the first tranche of the bond matured, where the City repaid bond holders 1.5 million dollars. They had the opportunity to roll over that money, instead of paying it back, which is something they did not do. The media got a tip that the City might be thinking about doing that with a second tranche, and so today, was asked the Mayor about it: Mike Rudon, Ch5 "The City Council is interested in floating another municipal bond. Could you confirm or deny that for us?" Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council "Well we are not interested in floating another municipal bond. I had indicated you in relation to the structure of the bond program that was launched two year ago, is that it's a revolving fund. What this city council does and this is common for all municipalities that do bonds particularly the municipalities that we look at in terms of samples and models in south Florida, in parts of the United States, in Canada and in other places that they do this.

    The Mayor's Debacle; Seeking Higher Office
    And while we had the opportunity, we asked Mayor Bradley about what will happen to his post as Mayor of Belize City. He was re-elected to that office 6 months ago, but he's now offering himself as the UDP Candidate for the Caribbean Shores constituency. We'll know the outcome of that election bid in 33 days, but is there a plan in place at City Hall should he be elected to higher office in the General Elections? He told the press that the City Council had been planning for this for several months now: Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council "I don't want to be too over confident, but in one month I will be an area representative representing the people who I love in Caribbean Shores and I will continue as I have done for the last going on to 4 years serving the people of this city, because of course Caribbean Shores is part of this city and then also serving the people of the country. I have not thought about any other scenario."

    Bee Pay Card: A New E-Wallet For Belize
    Consumers will have a new way to shop. Many of you use your credit card, debit card or cash to buy at a store or pay bills online but now, developers are planning to launch what is known as a Bee pay Card. It's a cash card or what the entrepreneurs call an e-wallet. You can use it anywhere to do business without the inconvenience of swiping and signing. We met with the Taiwanese team who are trying to launch this new card in Belize. Now, it hasn't been launched yet but we met them during the 1st consultation today at the Biltmore. They explained to us how this card could change your everyday life. Simon Chang, Planning Specialist "Beepay, personally I think it's a life changing thing. Because with one card you can use in so many places. You can integrate not only as a company identity card, a student card or you can use in convenient stores, gas stations and a lot of places." Courtney Weatherburne "So based on the discussions, some of the participants were saying that's its not debit or credit card. What really is it?" Simon Chang, Planning Specialist "It's an e-wallet. It basically act like a cash card, like a gift card, but a lot more than that. Because a gift card is simple. You just store the values in it. You cannot recharged it again and you cannot use it in so many places. BeePay card, a lot of business they can work with our company, sign a contract and they can become our partners. People who hold a BeePay card they can use it in so many places."

    Starting The Fix For Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking
    Domestic violence and human trafficking in Belize: How can we combat these issues? Well, that was the main discussion at the media workshop held today at the Biltmore. It is a part of a broader project to prevent violence against women and sexual exploitation of children. Now we have reported on numerous workshops and public forums on these pressing issues, but the violence continues unabated. Today we spoke with the coordinator and she told us it has to start with a social and cultural re-conditioning. The workshop ends tomorrow.

    Foreign Minister Speaks At UN; Draws Criticism
    Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington addressed the 70th session of the United Nation's General Assembly today. And tonight, critics are saying he didn't say enough about the Belize - Guatemala territorial dispute. We'll get to that; but first, to what he did focus on - and that was climate change. More than half of Elrington;s speech was about the dire effects of climate change - calling it the most pressing threat to global security:.. And while he spoke about climate change for most of the speech - critics of the Foreign Minister say that he glossed over the Belize Guatemala issue. Both COLA and the PUP issued near simultaneous releases today pouncing on Elrington. The PUP criticizes him for mentioning the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala but notes, quote, "at no point during his speech, did Elrington ever say that there must first be referenda in Belize and Guatemala, in order to approve any such submission." For its part, COLA criticizes Elrington for spending just a minute and nine seconds of his eighteen minute address speaking about the ongoing Belize-Guatemala dispute. They also criticize him for, quote, "fail(ing) to…properly internationalize the dispute."

    The Importance of Belize's Water Shed
    There are major, active threats to Belize's Water Shed. Today stakeholders held a one-day workshop to identify those threats and, ultimately, to come up with a strategic plan to safeguard Belize's waters. The coordinators at the event explained to us why it's important to protect and manage this precious resource. Nadia Bood, Belize World Wildlife Fund "We feel that this initiative is very important because the water sheds in Belize are very important to society. We depend on it for our water, for depend on it for food from the fisheries sector; water to drink, water for agriculture manufacturing and so it's very important and we are also seeing increase impact to the water shed, based on multiple land use practices, which is affecting the water sheds ability to effectively do the function that they are supposed to be doing. The ultimate deliverable from this workshop is a strategy, an action plan that we can then put in place to work on the ground to address some of the key challenges that we are facing."

    Inter-Magia: The Sleight Of Hand
    The Sunrise Rotary Club is organizing a pair of magic shows this weekend at the Bliss Center. The international magicians are part of a travelling troupe called "Inter-Magia" featuring magicians from Mexico, Guatemala, Spain and Venezuela. We got a taste of their magic today:... The shows are at the Bliss tomorrow and Sunday. Tickets can be gotten from members of the SUNRISE ROTARIAN Club.

    Channel 5

    Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington Addresses UN General Assembly
    Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington was among the speakers this morning to address the United Nations Seventieth General Assembly.  Nineteen minutes long, his statement covered hot topic issues such as climate [...]

    …Speech Incites Instant Objections from Opposition and COLA
    The Belize delegation also included two other ministers—Godwin Hulse and Joy Grant—as well as UN Ambassadors, Lois Young and Janiene Sylvester and Elrington’s wife, among others. While they applauded the [...]

    La Cabana Proprietor Back In Court 4 Years After GSU Raided His Home
    In May 2011, the home of Belmopan businessman Mike Menjivar was literally riddled with bullets during a surprise raid. Although the raid unearthed nothing illegal by way of drugs or [...]

    Keyren Tzib Bail Hearing Adjourned Yet Again
    Today, Keyren Tzib appeared in the Supreme Court for the third time since her arrest on July twentieth on a single count of manslaughter. The Coast Guard officer is seeking [...]

    Elderly Woman Sexually Assaulted by Her Son-in-law in Corozal District
    Police have arrested the brother of an alleged Guatemalan rape victim as well as their cousin for the rape of the under aged victim. The young girl says her cousin [...]

    Mayor Bradley on Possible Transition to Central Government
    In thirty-two days candidates from two mass parties and one new entry will vie for thirty-one seats up for grabs in general elections. One of those candidates believes he is [...]

    Darrell Bradley Confident in Caribbean Shores Victory
    And since he’s so fixated on what happens when he wins, the Mayor didn’t even want to entertain any question about losing. He says that he doesn’t get into any [...]

    Belize City Mayor Refutes Rumors of Another Municipal Bond
    News Five also asked Bradley about persistent reports that on the eve of general elections, there is talk in City Hall about floating another municipal bond. He refutes that report, [...]

    …Advises Future Successor to Look Favorably on Bond Program
    Bradley says that while he doesn’t plan to be there after general elections, he would definitely advise whoever is in the Council to look favorably on the bond program.   [...]

    GSU Commander on New Policing Strategy
    The Gang Suppression Unit was today seen giving back to the elderly in celebration of International Day of Older Persons….we’ll have that later in the newscast. But even before that [...]

    Why Aren’t There Any Candidates from N.T.U.C.B. on BPP Slate?
    A new third party has emerged on the political scene as more of a labor movement than a liberal organization.  The Belize Progressive Party is closely tied to the trade [...]

    Party Leader on Convention to Elect BPP Executives
    While the party has been months in the making, fine-tuning its leadership seems a bit hurried.  Admittedly, Rogers told the media during the press conference that they initially agreed on [...]

    World Archaeological Congress Writes P.M. Barrow
    The World Archaeological Congress, a consortium of renowned archaeologists representing eighty countries and territories, has written to Prime Minister Dean Barrow.  The Congress is especially concerned with issues of human [...]

    8 Fishermen Busted With Conch Before Season Opened
    A group of fishermen harvested a lot of conch earlier in the week, but the conch season had not yet opened and so they were nabbed by the Fisheries Department. [...]

    Belmopan Police Take on Community Outreach
    Community outreach are often services provided by social workers and missionaries alike.  It isn’t an initiative that is synonymous with policing.  Nonetheless, one branch of law enforcement, particularly the Belmopan [...]

    GSU Celebrate International Day of Older Persons
    October first was celebrated as international day of older persons under the theme, “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment.” Since the beginning of the week, several activities for [...]

    Village Arts & Craft Expo at B.T.L. Park
    On Saturday, the B.T.L. Park on Newtown Barracks in Belize City will be transformed into an arts and craft market where intricate artworks from one hundred and twenty-five artisans from [...]

    Sunrise Rotary Club Hosts International Magic Show at the Bliss
    Later in the evening, five magicians from several countries will be performing magic at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. While it is the Eleventh Edition of INTERMAGIA, it [...]


    Son-In-Law Sexually Assaults Elderly Woman
    Tonight, there is a disturbing report coming out of the north involving a senior citizen. Police have issued a report saying that on Wednesday, September 30, a 77-year-old woman was on her veranda relaxing when her son-in-law, 54-year-old, Rubio Marcelo Castro approached her, took her inside her house and sexually assaulted her. The woman, who […]

    The Future of GSU
    You may recall some time ago when the former Prime Minister Said Musa was addressing a gathering in the Lake Independence area when their standard bearer Cordel Hyde was being endorsed. One of the assurances made to the Belizean public during that event was that upon the PUP taking office, the Gang Suppression Unit would […]

    Four Years and Three Adjournments Later, GSU and La Cabana case still unresolved
    Mike Menjivar, owner of La Cabana Restaurant and Bar in Belmopan, Cayo District returned to court today as a follow up to an incident back in May 2011 where the Gang Suppression Unit riddled their home with one hundred and fifty six bullets while Menjivar and his family were inside. Today, Mike, his wife and […]

    PUP Questions Statements Made By Foreign Minister at the UN
    The People’s United Party sent out a release this evening regarding statements made by Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington, at the United Nations General Assembly. That release, stated, in part, quote, “In his speech, Foreign Minister Elrington said that Belize had “signed a Protocol to the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s […]

    Belize’s Barrier Reef In Danger
    An online publication has stated that Belize’s Barrier Reef is in danger of being destroyed due to the extraction of resources. The article did not focus on only Belize’s Reef but rather on all World Heritage Sites which it says are being threatened through mining and oil exploration. It went on to state that, quote, […]

    Belize Scolded Over Reported Treatment of the Mayans
    Love News has received a copy of a letter that The Executive Committee and Council of the World Archaeological Congress reportedly sent to Belize’s Prime Minister, Dean Barrow. The letter has expressed concerns surrounding the treatment of Maya citizens of Belize in their struggle to protect their material and cultural heritage and exercise their legally […]


    Belize Progressive Party challenges PUP, UDP!
    With 34 more days to go before Belizeans go to the polls to elect a new national government in general elections, three organizations have amalgamated to form a new political party, providing an alternative to the entrenched two-party system of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and People’s United Party (PUP). The People’s National Party (PNP), Vision Inspired by the People (VIP), and We the People Movement (WPM) have come together to form the Belize Progressive Party (BPP). At its first press conference this morning at its unveiling, the BPP described itself as Belize’s first labor party, which has chosen Patrick Rogers, formerly of the VIP, as its leader, and Wil Maheia, formerly of the PNP, as its deputy leader. The BPP, which also described itself as a political movement “that is here to stay,” so far has eleven candidates ready to contest the November 4 general elections. Rogers, however, told Amandala that his party is reaching out to fill more of the 31 seats necessary to cover all constituencies in the country. The goal is 31, Rogers insisted.

    Rough times for Maya King!
    At least 600 workers from the Maya King Banana Farm, the largest banana farm in Belize, are at risk of losing their jobs because of a combination of extreme weather and their boss’ bad reputation on the international scene. Maya King is located in South Stann Creek and is owned by Myrtle Sherran, 88, but is managed by her son, John Zabaneh, 60, and hires close to 2 thousand employees in the high season of the banana industry. But, right now, the company is struggling because of the drought that has affected the entire agricultural sector of the country. And even though the rains seem to have started, according to Chief Meteorologist, Dennis Gonguez, “It would not have made a difference with banana if the rain, in the first instance, was not sufficient to bring the crop to fullness for the international market standard.” But even under these unusual circumstances, normally, in such a situation, the company would have been able to weather the crisis and keep all its employees paid by means of an overdraft facility.

    UK to invest over US$600 mn in Caribbean, including Belize
    During a visit to the Caribbean, Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, accompanied by International Development Secretary Justine Greening, announced a quadrupling of UK support to the region. Speaking to the joint Houses of Parliament in Jamaica this week, Cameron announced a package of over £360m (over US$600m) of bilateral aid, featuring vital new infrastructure in the Caribbean, including Belize, such as roads, bridges and ports to help drive economic growth and development across the region. Amandala attempted to get a comment from Prime Minister Dean Barrow on what aid Belize could expect, and when, but we were told by his CEO, Audrey Wallace, that he is on a very tight schedule and could not comment before we went to press.

    Scurvy brother, 21, handed over sister, 13, to be raped by cousin, 26
    A 21-year-old man and his 26-year-old cousin are in police custody pending charges of rape and abetment to rape in respect of a 13-year-old Guatemalan girl, say police. According to information given to police by the child and her mother, her brother, 21, took her to their cousin, 26, for sexual purposes on two separate occasions. Police took the child to a doctor, who conducted an examination that revealed that she had been carnally known. Police immediately arrested her brother and her cousin for the offenses. The incidents allegedly occurred on September 4 and 5 at the child’s home. According to a police sitrep of Wednesday, September 30, 2015, the child reported that on September 3, at about 6:00 p.m., she was approached by her brother and told to have sex with their cousin, who lives in the same house.

    11th hour breakthrough averts BEL’s threatened strike
    On Tuesday afternoon, the Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) called the media to a briefing at the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) corporate headquarters at Mile 2 ½ on the Philip Goldson Highway, to announce that the union would initiate industrial action against the power company’s management if an agreement was not met for a salary increase for its members. By afternoon, however, the BEWU sent out a text message advising the media that they had sought the intervention of Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow. The union and government sides met in Belmopan at the Ministry of Labor, where a marathon negotiation session took place until the wee hours of this morning, when Minister of Labor Godwin Hulse brokered a negotiated settlement between the union and the BEL management. This afternoon, around 3:00 p.m., members of the BEWU met with a management team from BEL at the Labor Department office on Albert Street, where they finally hammered out a new collective bargaining agreement.

    Domestic exports take a hit in August
    Domestic exports fell by almost half last year’s figure – by a whopping 55.4%, down from roughly $76 million last August to a mere $33.9 million this August, according to data just released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). “Sugar sales accounted for the largest share of this decline, as exports fell from $34 million to $1 million. This steep drop in comparison to last August reflected a shift in the timing of sugar shipments, such that only bagged sugar was exported in August 2015, while a large bulk sugar shipment is expected in September,” the SIB said. It added that earnings from crude petroleum dropped sharply by $8 million (a decline of 66.7%), from $12 million during August 2014 to $4 million in August 2015, largely due to lower world market prices.

    BECOL basketball scores
    On Friday night, Cayo Interstellars defeated SHC, 17-3, in the female division. Anna Acosta was the top scorer for Cayo Interstellars with 8 points, while Sherlene Dawson finished with 4 points. In a losing effort, Lucia Tesecum had 2 pts for SHC. In game 2, Roaring Creek Special Effects defeated Belmopan in the Over-35 category by the score of 49-29. Roaring Creek’s top scorer was Artan Tucker, who had the game high of 17 pts, while Eddy Rowland scored 13 pts, and Karon “Civic” Neal finished with 12 pts. Belmopan was led by Carlisle Barrow with 10 pts, and Robert “Sample” Allen with 8 pts. In the nightcap, Panthers defeated Flames, 56-48, in the senior division. Panthers was led by Garret Bermudez with 14 pts, while Johan “Cutto” Bermudez scored 12 pts, Vandell Fuller had 10 pts, and Zamir “Gramox” Usher finished with 8 pts. The top scorers for Flames were Mark Wagner with 14 pts, Dorian “Cheezy” Jones with 13 pts, Rhetton Belisle with 10 pts, and Stephen “Muerte” Williams with 8 pts.

    Rupert “Canalete” Anderson, Belize’s best in his day – Part 2
    We chatted with Canalete outside his home on Curassow Street, and gleaned a few insights into his rise to football stardom in Belize. Rupert “Canalete” Anderson was born in Belize City on December 12, 1946, to Ms. Caserine Bennett and Mr. Mansfield “Tarri” Anderson, both deceased. Rupert said he spent his early years growing up in Hattieville, and started playing as goalkeeper with a junior team named Rapona Shell. After that, it was straight to senior with the Hattieville team that participated in the Belize City competition. Neither team was outstanding, but the tall youngster in goal for Hattieville apparently caught the eye of scouts in Belize City. (to be continued in our next issue) Part 2 Of course, on reflection, Rupert did not actually “grow up” in Hattieville, which only came into existence following the October 31, 1961, hurricane of that name; but he did grow into young adulthood in Hattieville after his family moved there. His early years were in Belize City; then in Hattieville, after playing as goalkeeper with the junior team, Rapona Shell, he moved up to mind goal with the senior Hattieville team in the Belize City football competition.

    U-12 and Female games, and upcoming football elections in O.W.
    Here are the weekend schedules for U-12 and Female football games, all being played at the Orange Walk Technical Field. U-12 football Saturday, October 3 1:30 p.m. – Juventus vs Vibes Alive 2:30 p.m. – Black Water of Trial Farm vs Banja Tillett Young School 3:30 p.m. – Belize of Louisiana Area vs Ben Ramos Centaur Minions Female 9-A-Side football Sunday, October 4 2:00 p.m. – Chan Pine Ridge vs Carmelita 3:00 p.m. – Guinea Grass vs Yo Creek Gladiators 4:00 p.m. – Orange Walk vs Atlantic Bank The same teams will play in back matches scheduled for the following week.

    Editorial: Our democracy
    Hon. Prime Minister, Dean O. Barrow, called the 2012 general election in March of that year, four years and a month into his five-year term of office. He is calling this November 4, 2015 general election just three years and six plus months into his five-year term. Mr. Barrow, Leader of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), has apparently come to the personal conclusion that the four-year term of office is the ideal. In fact, the five-year term remains the constitutional prerogative of the party which wins the majority of seats in Belize’s general elections. This is a simple thing, the fact that the Prime Minister has chosen as he did in 2012 and 2015 with respect to ending his elected term of office, but it is illustrative of the immense power which is placed in the hands of the Prime Minister when his party wins a general election. With respect to our democracy, it is as the Prime Minister wishes. His power is practically monarchical. In fact, the so-called democracy of Belize is actually, ultimately, monarchical, because the Prime Minister has to be sworn in by Queen Elizabeth II’s Governor-General, and all the elected area representatives have to swear allegiance, in front of the said Governor-General, to “Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors.”

    From the Publisher
    When my Holy Redeemer Boys’ classmates and I used to go to the old Parish Hall to watch CYO basketball in the late 1950s, there was no age limit for the junior competition. You could play junior as long as you wanted if you felt you were not ready for senior, or you weren’t being recruited by a senior team. At some point, probably late 60s, early 70s, the bureaucrats decided you had to be 19 or younger to play junior. I always enjoyed junior games, because it is always interesting to watch kids growing up, how they interact and how they socialize. In addition, the tension and excitement would be building while you were watching the junior game as you waited for your favorite senior team to take the court in the big game. In the 1991 amateur basketball season before semi-pro basketball began in 1992, two junior teams met in the finals, as they had so met the year before in 1990. The Amandala team, which won both competitions, was led by Maurice Williams and coached by Marshall Nunez. The Falcons team which Amandala defeated in both finals, was sponsored at least one of those seasons by Santino Castillo. The team was led by Evan “Duck” Garnett was and coached by Mark Usher and Evan “Mose” Hyde, my oldest son. Cordel Hyde, my second son, played on the Falcons team.

    World Archaeological Congress writes Belize PM
    Dear Editor, The attached letter was sent to the Honorable Dean Barrow on August 30, 2015. He has not responded. The letter has been approved and signed by members of the Council of the World Archaeological Congress representing some 80 countries and territories across the world. The Congress is particularly concerned with the issues of human rights associated with cultural heritage. We consider the treatment of Maya citizens of Belize, especially concerning their rights to their traditional lands and land use practices to be of singular importance for the future of archaeology and its relationship with Indigenous Peoples. We understand that United Nations Development Program and the Equator Initiative have awarded the Equator Prize for 2015 to the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) and Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA). We offer our hearty congratulations to Belize and all its Indigenous Peoples. The letter is intended to be shared publicly with all interested parties; feel free to disseminate it further.

    No love yet from area rep; family continues to face hardship
    Despite the plea of the Smith family to the Lake I area representative Mark King for assistance to help them to rebuild a house to replace their house that was destroyed after it collapsed on Friday morning, no assistance has yet been given, and the family of four continue to face hardship. The house of the Smith family, of Electric Avenue, a one-flat elevated lumber house, fell to the ground, causing massive structural damages to the house, and destroying the furnishings it contained. Joanie Smith, the mother of the family, told Amandala that everything in the house, with the exception of their clothing, was damaged as a result of the collapse. She is unemployed and needs public assistance in trying to re-construct their home, and also for immediate living expenses, she said.

    Science in a Kit
    A two-day workshop on micro-science was held for teachers from high schools in Belize. This was the final workshop in a series of workshops held in Guyana, St. Lucia and Belize, said Dr. Rudolph Anthony, Secretary General, UNESCO, Belize. Guyana was introduced to this new way of learning three years ago and since then it has made a vast difference in the CXC results of their students, said Anthony. A sub-regional project amongst Belize, St. Lucia and Guyana was approved by UNESCO, which allotted US$35,000.00 for workshops to be held in all three countries to train science teachers at the high school level, particularly high schools without resources or only a limited amount of laboratory resources. Representatives from Belize and St. Lucia travelled to Guyana to participate in a workshop there, prior to having these workshops in their own countries, Anthony explained.

    Belize Fire Service receives donation from US Embassy
    The Belize Fire Service has received firefighting and rescue equipment totaling over BZ $1.5 million in value from the U.S. Embassy. The donation was handed over to the Belize Fire Service by His Excellency Carlos Moreno, Ambassador of the United States to Belize, on Friday. The donation included 200 personal firemen suits complete with boots; 80 breathing apparatus replacement cylinders; 12 heavy duty rescue saws, called ‘jaws of life’; 14 combustible gas detectors; 6 vehicle stabilization kits; 4 transportable pumps, and 40 handheld radios specifically designed for firefighters, generators and hydraulic pumps. The Ambassador said that the donation was a part of its humanitarian assistance program for Belize. Belize Fire Service Operations Officer Ben Matura said that the equipment will greatly assist them.

    Man acquitted of 2012 murder due to faulty evidence
    Lincoln Hemsley, Jr., 24, was acquitted of the March 2012 murder of David Hernandez, 21, in the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas, who heard the case without a jury and accepted a no-case-to- answer submission from Hemsley’s attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, today, after the prosecution had closed its case. Shortly before Sylvestre made the no-case submission, Justice Lucas had ruled not to accept the result of a group police identification parade in which Hemsley was purportedly identified as the man who shot and killed Hernandez. In deciding not to accept the police identification parade result, Justice Lucas noted that when a person has a right to refrain from doing something, he should not be forced to do it to provide evidence against, himself.

    Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) formulated for stevedores
    The Christian Workers Union (CWU) today held a press briefing at their Secretariat, 107B Cemetery Road, Belize City. At that meeting, president of the Christian Workers Union, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, informed the media that with the stevedores’ input, they have formulated a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the stevedores. Shepherd added, “We now have a very good negotiating team whose members are comprised of three stevedores: Alrin Fuller, Guy Neal, and Sean Middleton, also, Cynthia Pitts, Carolyn YaYa Marin Coleman, vice president Basil Brannon, general secretary Floyd Neal, and myself as the president.” Shepherd said now they are ready to go back to the negotiating table with the Port Authority’s negotiation team. She went on to say that the stevedores have been operating without a CBA for 11 years.

    PUP Leader calls for “Election Observers”
    Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow’s announcement on Monday that he has advised the Governor General to dissolve the National Assembly and has set Wednesday, November 4, as the date for the general elections, has enormous implications for the recently concluded voter registration exercise, says the Opposition PUP. In a letter dated Monday, September 28, People’s United Party (PUP) Leader Francis Fonseca has written to Prime Minister Barrow asking him to invite Election Observers from the Organization of American States (OAS), CARICOM or the Commonwealth. The PUP Leader said the decision to call elections comes weeks after the close of the annual transfer period of electors, and “The election date of November 4, 2015 will not allow for the electoral list to be revised for 2015, which is vital to an already bloated list.”

    “Good Samaritan” critical after beating in OW
    A Good Samaritan of Orange Walk is presently in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was severely beaten by two men after he intervened to stop the beating of his friend. The incident occurred Monday night near the fire station in Orange Walk Town. Carlos “Paraquat” Griffith, 28, told police that he and his friend were talking by the Orange Walk Fire Station when two men came up and attacked his friend. Griffith intervened to stop the beating of his friend, but the men turned on him and began to beat him instead. As a result Griffith suffered injuries to his head, face and body, and the men, believed to be from Belize City, escaped from the area, leaving him, beaten and bloody, on the roadside.

    Southern consumers see price hikes even as inflation eases nationally
    Consumer prices were down substantially for the first 8 months of 2015, according to the latest report released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), which reports an inflation rate of negative 0.9%, contrasting with the hike in inflation of 1.4% for the first 8 months of 2014. Last August recorded an inflation rate of 0.9%, but the SIB says that during the month of August 2015, prices of goods and services purchased by Belizean households were, on average, 0.6 percent lower than in August 2014. This, it said, was attributable to decreases in the cost of fuel at the pumps and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), which offset increases in the cost of some food items and home rentals. “All three types of fuel saw a considerable drop in prices compared to August 2014, with premium and regular gasoline down by about 19 percent and 22 percent, respectively, while diesel prices fell sharply by 28 percent. The decline in fuel prices was the major contributing factor to a 6.3 percent decrease in the ‘Transport’ index,” the SIB explained.

    The Reporter

    Taiwan doctors offer free medical care
    Belizeans in need of an eye exam, or treatment of ailments to their ears, nose and throat, or those with kidney problems will be pleased to know they may access free medical care for these ailments from a team of Taiwanese doctors from the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital (FEMH) in […]

    Man charged with sexually assaulting 77-year-old
    A 54-year-old Guatemalan is in police custody after reportedly sexually assaulting his 77-year-old mother-in-law. According to police, Juanita Torres, resident of San Joaquin village, reported that she was on her veranda in her wheel chair on Thursday October1, when her son-in-law Rubio Castro. reportedly approached […]

    Menjivar vs. GSU adjourned
    The Supreme Court, on Friday, adjourned Belmopan businessman Miguel Menjivar’s case against the Government of Belize, for the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) shooting up his house in May 2011. Attorneys for both sides went before Justice Michelle Arana, to settle pre-trial matters, including indicating objections […]

    PM not happy with BCWU accusations
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow expressed his displeasure with comments from the Belize Communications Workers Union (BCWU) in regard to the Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) settlement, saying he felt the accusations levied against him were derogatory and he was insulted to be compared to former […] Prime Minister Dean Barrow expressed his displeasure with comments from the Belize Communications Workers Union (BCWU) in regard to the Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) settlement, saying he felt the accusations levied against him were derogatory and he was insulted to be compared to former […]

    Nomination and election day rules released
    As is the norm with every election, whether general or municipal, there are a list of do’s and don’ts for Election Day, and enforcement for the November fourth general elections will be no different. The Election and Boundaries Commission will ensure that people abide […]

    Concrete house collapses with family inside
    Members of a Ladyville family are in shock but otherwise without serious injury after a concrete house collapsed from its stilts last Friday. Vincent Bahadur, a 64 year-old retired security guard and his family were inside the house when the 12-foot stilts buckled without warning […]

    Belize strengthens trade relations with Mexico.
    Belize is currently engaged in a number of activities to build trade relations with Mexico, working towards a Partial Scope Agreement (PSA) on trade with Product Mexico. Belize Trade and Investment Services Belize (BELTRAIDE) representatives explained that the concept of the PSA is only in […]

    Philip Goldson’s home becomes Museum
    Belize’s national hero Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson (1923 – 2001), whose lifetime of service – over 60 years – helped shape Belizean democracy and independence, has been honored with one more tribute, having his home in Belmopan turned into a museum. Prime Minister Dean Barrow […]

    Conch season opens, Fisheries Department advises public to adhere to regulations
    The conch season officially opened on October 1st and will remain open until June 30th, 2016, or until the National Catch Quota is realized. The Fisheries Administrator, Beverly Wade has also advised fishermen and the wider public to be mindful of the regulations of […]

    Sister Miriam celebrates 50 years as a Sister of Mercy
    The community of the Sisters of Mercy in Belize and the wider community of family and friends last weekend joined in a festive celebration of the 50th aniversary of Sister Miriam Clare as a religious Sister of Mercy. The Mercy Chapel on the second floor of the Sisters of Mercy […]

    Teaching Kriol slave history paramount in addressing early youth sexual activity, says Kriol Council cultural rep.
    Teaching Kriol slave history is an essential tool in addressing early and risky sexual activity in youth, says Mynra Manzanares, the cultural representative for the National Kriol Council. Manzanares, responding to the results of the 2014 Country Report on Knowledge, Practices, and Attitudes (KAP) toward […]

    Belize Progressive Party introduces itself
    The Belize Progressive Party (BPP), an amalgamation of several independent small parties, introduced itself to the public on Thursday morning during a press conference at the Belize Institute of Management (BIM). The BPP outlined its plans and policies with just a month to go […]

    The proposal that the Government of Belize should build a forward operating base on Sarstoon Island is a proposal without merit. It is impractical to build such a base there. It is also provocative and dangerous! Belizeans have better ways of showing their patriotism than to invite hostility and danger […]

    Who will it be – UDP, PUP or BPP?
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow, on Monday announced the date for General Elections as November 4th and three political parties feel that they are ready for the election battle . Prime Minister Barrow , in his message to the country, announced October 16th as Nomination […]

    Equipment worth at least $22,000 stolen from MoH
    The Ministry of Health (MoH) has turned over a case of a piece of stolen surgical equipment to the police to investigate and has sent out alerts to its counterparts in Quintana Roo, Mexico, after it has disappeared without a trace. The piece of equipment, […]

    Food items more expensive, says SIB
    Food items are some 0.2 percent more expensive when compared to last year, the latest data from the Statistical Institute of Belize reveals The SIB released the Consumer Price Index, which measures the fluctuation of prices for goods and services in all sectors of the […]

    SSB employees pressing for CBA settlement
    Disgruntled Social Security Board employees are eager to settle their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which has stalled for almost a year, but the Christian Workers Union (CWU), which represents them, has not authorized any strike action. It was reported that the SSB employees were […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Police Department honors officer of the month
    For the third consecutive month, recognition was given to the police officer of the month who displayed exemplary behavior and pride while on duty. Yesterday, Police Chief of the Orange Walk formation, Assistant Superintendent Selvin Tillett awarded Police Constable Roger Briceno of the Police Traffic Department for […]

    The United Arab Emirates and Belize Sign Bilateral Trade Agreements to Promote Investments
    Belize hopes to emulate key oil producer the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in leading the region in energy, and this week signed bilateral trade agreements for investments from the Middle Eastern kingdom from both the Government and private sectors. The agreements are modeled on the vision that gave […]

    Banking, taxes, and the Ashcroft-Cameron feud
    Belize has been dragged again into a battle of the elephants between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Lord Michael Ashcroft, billionaire businessman. As Ashcroft prepares to release an “unauthorized biography” of the man whom he funded and fueled to the post of Prime Minister on Monday, Bloomberg […]

    Man sexually assaults mother in law in Corozal
    A 77 year old woman by the name of Juanita Torres from San Joaquin Village, Corozal District reported to police that her son-in-law raped her at her home around 10am on October 1st 2015. According to a police report, Torres was in front of her house in her wheelchair when […]


    Sailing club shake up
    Having been a Chaperon before, it makes no sense why these two great kids would be denied their chaperon and coach to accompany them on such a long journey and hep motivate and encourage them through the race. Adult supervision and mentoring is hugely important especially when traveling such a great distance to be in such a big race. I have to wonder if the people on the BzSA Board who have their own children would place them in such a situation? Apparently not … The BzSA Chairwoman personally chaperoned her own son to Antigua, West Indies, for the regatta there this summer. And she made sure that Juan Mazzini – the best professional coach in Belize was fully authorized by BzSA to be there for her son, officially. Their “double speak” on not standing in the way, but yet not authorizing the coach’s or chaperon’s status is ridiculous.

    The Gothic Cruise Pulls Into Belize, News on the Cruise Village & A Walk About Belize City
    I proposed the question yesterday. October 1st was a big day in Belize – Tedx Belmopan (Changing the Conversation), a historic event in Belize #MekWiTalk and something that I had my heart set on for months…the 2015 Gothic Carnival Cruise pulling and deboarding into the Belize City Harbor. Which to choose? You can see the Carnival ship WAYYY in the back. All the Belizean fishermen are out. Yesterday was the beginning of Conch Season. With Celi’s Deli Johnny Cake in hand, I was off with visions of Goths dancing in my head like sugar plums. And though I don’t like the stereotype, senior citizens in bright colors and Black Americans with southern accents are rarely categorized as Gothic. The guys at the Tropic Air booth told me they hadn’t seen anyone “Goth” all day… OH WAIT! My first and only spotting. This great couple just off the boat to explore the village. So…in the end…not so much of a Gothic Cruise…more like “The Gothic Lido Deck”. But that doesn’t look so EXCITING in print.

    International Sourcesizz

    St Maarten government falls
    The Gumbs government in St Maarten fell shortly after 12.30 pm on Wednesday after the parliament passed a motion of no confidence submitted by Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams with an 8-7 vote, the Daily Herald reported. Coalition-members Silvio Matser, Maurice Lake and Frans Richardson defected and supported the opposition motion. This means that the country will soon have its fifth government since it became an autonomous country on October 10, 2010 (10-10-10). MPs voting in favour of the motion were Silveria Jacobs, Christophe Emmanuel, George Pantophlet, William Marlin (National Alliance), Sarah Wescot-Williams (Democratic Party), Frans Richardson (independent), Maurice Lake and Silvio Matser (United People’s party). The latter two will leave the UP faction and declare themselves independent.

    Hurricane Joaquin From the International Space Station
    NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly captured this photo on Oct. 2, 2015, from the International Space Station and wrote on Twitter, "Early morning shot of Hurricane #‎Joaquin‬ from @space_station before reaching ‪#‎Bahamas‬. Hope all is safe. #‎YearInSpace‬." In addition to the crew Earth observations from the space station, NASA and NOAA satellites are tracking the progress of this powerful storm.

    A Pig Story, Belize Banks and Questions About U.S. Tax Evaders
    It’s not just about the pig’s head. Britain’s headline writers went into high porcine pun mode last month over a suggestion that Prime Minister David Cameron, while still in university, had taken part in a club-initiation ritual that bizarrely incorporated part of a pig carcass. The second-hand allegation appears in a take-down book about Britain’s Conservative party leader that will arrive early next week, co-written by a U.K. billionaire who helped fuel Cameron’s rise to power. Now comes a development with the potential to turn the spotlight back on Cameron’s accuser, Lord Michael Anthony Ashcroft. A longtime party donor, Ashcroft once drew criticism in the U.K. for exerting full-press political influence while enjoying part-time tax status. Now, he has emerged as the controlling shareholder of a pair of offshore banks with American clients who are under suspicion of tax evasion. In a filing in Miami two weeks ago, a U.S. federal judge authorized the Internal Revenue Service to seek the names of Americans using accounts at two Belize banks. It’s the latest twist in a years-long U.S. campaign to root out Americans attempting to stash money beyond the IRS’s reach, an effort that has held banks responsible in some cases for enabling tax evasion.

    Belize signs bilateral trade agreements with UAE
    Belize and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday signed bilateral trade agreements that will serve as a catalyst for investments from the UAE and will strengthen Belize's position as a Central American and the Caribbean regional energy leader. These trade agreements will serve as a foundation to catalyze private sector investments from the UAE, as well as government-to-government investments. Belize Natural Energy Limited's (BNE) model was integral in making Thursday’s historic milestone a reality. "The signing of the UAE-Belize agreement is a critical step in fulfilling the original vision of native Belizean Mike Usher, who always believed that his country was full of abundant natural resources," said Susan Morrice, chairman and founder of BNE. "He also believed that through the BNE holistic business model, the economic benefits of those resources could be shared by all Belizeans and pave the way for a better Belize. Since BNE first discovered commercial oil in 2005, we have always stayed true to that original BNE model and vision. Through BNE director Josh Stewart, who resides in UAE, and the special relationship he has developed with his Emirati partner, Ali al Naqbi, BNE is now in an excellent position to continue to build out its vision."

    Human Impact May Be Causing Crocodile Species To Interbreed
    It may sound like the beginning of a cheesy horror movie, but crocodile species actually do naturally hybridize in the wild. Hybridization is generally considered a threat to most animals, as it creates individuals with reduced fitness—meaning they are unable to reproduce. In Mexico and Belize, it has been hypothesized that American and Morelet’s crocodiles have been hybridizing due to sightings of crocodiles that have a mix of physical characteristics from both species. In a new paper in Royal Society Open Science, Evon Hekkala of Fordham University and colleagues investigate the causes of this hybridization in Belize. It may sound like the beginning of a cheesy horror movie, but crocodile species actually do naturally hybridize in the wild. Hybridization is generally considered a threat to most animals, as it creates individuals with reduced fitness—meaning they are unable to reproduce. In Mexico and Belize, it has been hypothesized that American and Morelet’s crocodiles have been hybridizing due to sightings of crocodiles that have a mix of physical characteristics from both species. In a new paper in Royal Society Open Science, Evon Hekkala of Fordham University and colleagues investigate the causes of this hybridization in Belize.

    Regional call at UN for action on climate change
    Meanwhile, the Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize Wilfred P. Erlington also raised the issue of climate change. “The accelerated phenomenon of climate change giving rise to the inexorable melting of the glaciers, the rising and warming of the oceans and seas, the spawning of super typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, droughts, desertification and the indiscriminate igniting of conflagrations of gigantic proportions, are, increasingly attributed to anthropogenic interference with the climate system,” he said. “In its 70-year history, the United Nations has made notable inroads to combat climate change and to promote sustainable development,” he continued, but there is still work to be done.

    Commentary: Time for term limits for prime ministers and representatives in the Caribbean
    Under almost all the constitutions Great Britain wrote for their former colonies, the prime ministers and representatives serve five years if they are elected, with no term limits. This means that once these people are elected and reelected, they can remain in office until they choose to resign or die. Over the years, Caribbean countries have experienced that some of these prime ministers start to act like dictators and the representatives behave as if they are not accountable to the people who elected them. In some cases, the people’s needs are being neglected as well. Five years is a long time for the people to wait to decide whether they want to retain a prime minister or representative in a country. I think it is now time for Caribbean countries to amend their constitutions to limit the terms of their prime ministers and elected representatives to three terms. Also, to change the term in office from five years to four years, have an elected senate and to set a specific date for general elections rather than to leave it to the discretion of the prime minister.


  • Belize Mission Trip, Church of the Incarnation, 18min.

  • Charlotte Cherry Summer Research in Belize, 12min. Charlotte Cherry, School of Foreign Service '16, received the Raines Fellowship/Improving the Human Condition grant to study agricultural politics in Belize. Center for Social Justice Georgetown University

  • Improving Access to Clean, Safe Water in Belize, 5.5min. In Belize, the Caribbean Development Bank, through the Belize Social Investment Fund (BSIF) is investing in the water sector to help change lives.

  • Ceu do Belize, 5.5min. Sacred Farm

  • Hidden Valley Falls - Cayo, Belize, 30sec.

  • Easy Fishing in Belize, 2.5min. Backride from Virginia Caye to Sittee River Marina in beautiful Belize. The prey: 2 Jacks

  • Belize – Débat 2015 de l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU, 19min. Allocution de S.E. M. Wilfred Elrington, Ministres des affaires étrangères et du commerce international du Belize, lors du Débat général de la 70e session de l’Assemblée générale

  • UN Speeches: Belize, 19min. Speech at the 70th General Assembly in New York, Oct. 1, 2015.

  • 49th Wedding Anniversary Belize, min. On our 49th anniversary cruise....January 2015...Belize City.

  • Swimming off Belize, 1.5min. Snorkeling off the private island on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Spiny lobster vs. Green morey part 2, 15sec.

    October 2, 2015


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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

    The Return of the Conch!
    My fellow lovers of the strombos gigas the time we all yearn for is here again! Today marks open season on our favorite mollusk, the Queen Conch. Around here conch is considered an island staple and there’s nothing us islanders love more than a good conch ceviche, or yummy crisp conch fritters. In order to give ample time for the juvenile molluscs to mature, the season annually closes from June 30th to October 1st, and boy are we glad that we give them time to put on a few extra pounds! The delicious chunky bits of tender conch in everything from conch ceviche and conch fritters to conch soup and curry conch are well worth the wait!

    Letter to the Editor: Ambergris Caye does not need an International Airport
    Dear Editor and to all residents of Belize, Reading the article where Dean Barrow indicates the accomplishment of “paving” a road North of San Pedro raises some questions about that project. First, what amount of money was allocated to build the “road?” In the US, the best roads are 18 inches thick, with earthwork and grading creating what is known as a crown, which creates an arc to the road surface so that it drains. The reason road are built thick is so that they actually last and stand up to use like trucks. The “road” that has been built north of San Pedro is construction more typical of a patio that would be used for foot traffic. It is about 4 inches thick. It will not last but a few years. The question becomes: What happened to all the money for the road project? If these same people are going to be in charge of building an airport “someday” you’d better hope that a new group of people are in charge of the finances. The “road” should be much thicker and more durable. When the remesh that was laid down in the concrete to strengthen is already rusting, it will very quickly create internal pressure on the concrete and actually help it to disintegrate.

    Community Collaboration is needed to increase the blood supply for Ambergris Caye
    Belize Red Cross San Pedro (BRCSP), in collaboration with the San Pedro Cancer Society, are working with the Belize National Blood Transfusion Service (the Belize Blood Bank) and medical professionals of Belize to improve the process for Ambergris Caye residents to receive blood in time of need. In order to achieve this a blood drive will be on Saturday, October 3rd at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II from 9AM to 7PM. Everyone is invited to come out and be a part of this worthy initiative. New health commmittie co-leader Sue Barkhouse and Office coordinator Shirlee ArnouldBy helping to ensure that blood is available whenever members of the Ambergris Caye community or visitors require medical attention, a blood donation may one day save a life. It is important for residents of Ambergris Caye to recognize that there is a blood supply allocated for all island residents and visitors. Of greater importance is for all residents to recognize the necessity of the BRCSP blood drives in San Pedro to keep a full supply of blood on hand at the Belize Blood Bank in Belize City.

    US Embassy makes substantial donation to National Fire Service
    The United States of America Embassy in Belize has made a substantial donation to the Belize National Fire Service. The donation was made on Thursday, September 24th at the Belize City headquarters. US Ambassador to Belize, Carlos Moreno made the donation of over $1.8 million worth of equipment to be used by the several Fire Departments to prevent disasters. According to Moreno, the donation came about in conjunction with a humanitarian assistance program with the US Military Southern Command. “The equipment donated represents a wide array of firefighting and lifesaving equipment. The way the project works is that we ask what is most needed by the fire service, and we meet those demands,” said Moreno. The donation included 200 personal protective gear kits, 80 breathing apparatus replacement cylinders, 12 heavy duty rescue saws, 14 combustible gas detectors, six vehicle stabilization kits, four transportable pumps, and 40 handheld radios specifically designed for firefighters.

    Belize Sailing Association attempts to deprive two Belizean Sailors of Professional Support
    After quite a struggle, the Board of the Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) has agreed to send 15-year-olds Antonio Ricardez of Belize City Sailing Club (BCSC) and Blanca Velasquez of San Pedro Racers (SPR) to the 2015 International sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championship Laser Regatta in Malaysia in December 2015. However, now the BzSA Board is not allowing their coaches to accompany them, thus denying vital support to the sailors. In part of an email sent on Monday, September 28th, Sharon Hardwick, Chairwoman of BzSA tells the ISAF the following, “The Belize Sailing Association have not sanctioned any Coach, reason why, we did not register one. Therefore, I feel this should clarify registration on a go forward basis. No Official Coach sanctioned and No Official Team Lead.” The consequence of the BzSA Board’s decision is clear in an ISAF email on the same date to Hardwick that says, “Only team leaders and coaches registered and endorsed by a Member National Authority, such as BzSA, may register for the event. That means that ‘club’ coaches are not allowed.” If qualified people accompany the sailors but are “Not Official” as the Chairwoman says, they’ll “not be allowed,” reduced to spectators from afar, and the two children will have no coach in a World Championship event and no chaperone with the appropriate access.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Proposed Belize Standards for High Angle Activities including Zip Lining, Rock Climbing and Canopy Tours will support Safety!
    As the popularity of these high angle activity attractions continue to increase in Belize, the Bureau of Standards Technical Committee (TC) for Tourism and Related Services is currently developing standards to help ensure safety. These activities have historically been popular for tourists that come to Belize. The number of tour operators and tour guides offering one of the mentioned types of tours or a combination of these also keeps rising. This means that more tourists are exposing themselves to something considered being High Risk in Belize. We have to ensure their safety is a priority and given also that tourism is one of the biggest economic sectors for Belize and something as small as a bad accident or incident may affect the entire industry. Before waiting for some accident to happen we have to ensure that proper standards and practices are addressed.

    2015 Coastal and Riverside Cleanup
    Everyone is invited to participate! Contact Jorge Aldana at 634-1171 for details. Group 1: Beach from Boca del Rio to Central Park, Front street and Middle Street. Participants: Cadets/Leo’s Club/Phoenix Resort/Members of the public Coordinated – SPTC Staff...

    Welcome to the "New" Party, ‎Belize‬ Progressive Party, BPP
    The name of the new party is Belize Progressive Party, BPP. The party's candidates for the November 4 General Elections include, Enda Diaz for Corozal South East, Lucilo Teck for Corozal South West, Hipolito Baustista for Orange Walk South, Roy Rodriguez for Corozal Bay, Ion Butch for Pickstock, Roberto Lopez for Belize Rural South, Andrew Williams for Cayo South, Patrick Rogers for Collet, Wil Maheia for Toledo East, Charles Leslie Jr for Belmopan and Hector Palomo for Corozal North.

    Independence Day Festivities 2015
    A parade, a carnival, the Pre-Independence Beer Fest. The September Celebrations were once again a great time.

    October 2015 The Placencia Breeze

    Ocean Academy to be on Open Your Eyes/Channel 5
    Tune in this Tuesday October 6th at 7:30 a.m. to Open Your Eyes/Channel 5. Form III student Mathew will represent Ocean Academy and talk about skills he has learned by participating in our Sports Tourism Programs (Kayak, Bike, Fish with Purpose). School co-founder Joni Miller will speak about the Barclay's Sport for Employability Award nomination and the Beyond Sport Conference. For our international friends, you can watch the live stream:

    Goldson House of Governance, Democracy, and Patriotism
    National Hero Philip Goldson has been posthumously honored with the creation of the Goldson House of Governance, Democracy and Patriotism. The inauguration was Monday, and it is located on Orange Street in Belmopan. Galen University was there to participate and get some great pictures of the event. "The inauguration of the Goldson House of Governance, Democracy and Patriotism took place on Monday, September 28, 2015 in Belmopan City. This House will serve as a museum dedicated to the life of a Belizean National Hero, Philip S.W. Goldson's, achievements and contributions to our nation."

    "Gandhi" film
    Corozal and Punta Gorda are in for a FILM treat on October 2nd. Don't miss the screening of "Gandhi" at the Corozal House of Culture at 2pm and on Channel 22, PGTV at 6 p.m.

    Channel 7

    Third Party Movement Coalesces Under On Umbrella, But Is Belize Ready For The BPP
    The November fourth general election is less than five weeks away - and the third parties of Belize have come together under one umbrella - in the hopes of offering the electorate a legitimate alternative to what's become known as the "PUDP. " The Belize Progressive Party was launched today at the BIM Complex in Belize City - and we got to meet their 11 candidates. Jules Vasquez reports: Jules Vasquez reporting This is the Belize Progressive Party - a coalition of three independent parties We The People, VIP and PNP Charles Leslie, Chairman - BPP "We decide that it is time for the shedding our names and to start a national political party."

    Bar Association Wants CCJ To Judge Eighth Amendment
    The BTL and BEL acquisitions have been settled and so government doesn't have to worry about any judgment from the Caribbean Court of Justice, which could overturn the ownership of those utilities. All parties in that case have told the court that they've settled and want no further legal action. But, in an unprecedented move, the Bar Association still wants to hear from the CCJ on whether the Eighth Amendment was legal. The bar met last night and passed a resolution to file an application with the Caribbean Court asking them to stay the proceedings. Their argument is that it is a matter of public interest for the validity of the controversial Eighth Amendment to the constitution to be ruled upon. The bar says the issue remains live and are asking the court to hear an important application. This is expected to draw the ire of the government which has long declared the Bar a PUP controlled organization, but the important issue is how the Caribbean Court will view the application, which we understand is being drafted.

    Broad Daylight, Big Road Home Invasion In OW
    There was a home invasion in Orange Walk at 8:00 this morning - and it happened right on the Belize Orange Walk road at DJ Gaby's home. Police told our colleagues at CTV-3 that two men entered the home with guns. Assistant Superintendent Selwyn Tillett, Officer Commanding Orange Walk Police Station "Just after 8 this morning, two Hispanic male persons wearing mask and one of them had something that resemble a gun, entered the house where they stole an amount of jewelry and money totaling about $10,000. During the incident a female was injured where they tried to pull a chain from her neck, causing injuries to her. Police responded and we are still investigating the matter." So far, no arrests have been made.

    Stolen Hilux Is Home, Slightly the Worse For Wear
    The Ministry of Health's 2014 Toyota Hilux that was stolen 27 DAYS AGO and smuggled to Melchor is back at the dealer in Belmopan tonight. That's because it's slightly the worse for wear after the truck thieves tried to find and remove the hidden GPS tracker that disabled the ignition. We have confirmed that the Truck cannot start and there is minor damage to the steering wheel and column. The GPS tracker is not functioning - and the truck is waiting to be assessed by the insurance company. The ministry confirms that it is comprehensively insured. They are waiting for an assessment on the damages and repairs before they can decide when it will be put back to work. Trak Solutions Belize - which installed the GPS that led to the recovery of the pickup - says that it is being hired to outfit more of the Minsitry's pickups with anti theft GPS tracking devices.

    Maya King's Misfortunes
    In last night's newscast, we showed you a small portion of our interview with John Zabaneh, one of the leading personalities behind the biggest banana farm in Belize - that's Maya King. In that conversation, he was discussing how his mother's company has been struggling to make payroll because they have been negatively affected by the drought. Well the Maya King company along with Zabaneh have been blacklisted by the US State Department under the Kingpin Act since August 2012 by US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control. The OFAC accused Zabaneh and 2 other Belizeans of working for the Sinaloa Cartel and "El Chapo" Guzman, who's been on the run since July 11, when he escaped from a Mexican maximum security prison. With that "kingpin" designation banks can't afford to do business with Zabaneh or Maya King. No bank means no overdraft facility and in a drought that means Maya King can't find the over two hundred thousand dollars it needs to pay its 1200 employees. And so, the farm managers are considering laying off 600 or more workers. Our news team traveled to South Stann Creek to find out for ourselves what's happening in this important company. Daniel Ortiz reports:

    Is Johnny Zabs (Still) The Moving Hand Behind Maya King
    As you saw in our story, a significant part of the problem is the fact that the commercial banks have a strict policy of staying far away from Zabaneh. For the past 3 years, however, Mayan King Banana Farms has been under new management, contracted by Zabaneh's 88 year-old mother Myrtle Sheeran. Zabaneh says that for that entire time, he's been keeping away from the company, and the only control he has is the authority that his mother has granted him as her representative. It's a complex situation in the leadership of Mayan King, and we asked them to explain it to us: John Zabaneh - Spokesperson, Mayan King Banana Farm "We are crying out to the banks to give us a break. I am sure OFAC designation did not intend. They are being overly protected of themselves. We need an account. The designation talks for itself. Read it. American citizens, American companies. If that be the case I am wearing a hat right now mark Nautica. Nautica should be in trouble. If that was the intention. That's an American company and I am wearing a used shirt, what's it says "Rider." I don't own Rider. Rider is an American company."

    Coming Out From Under Kingpin Designation
    So, since John Zabaneh is still important to the company, both for his 20 years of banana farming experience, and as the final decision maker appointed by his mother, Myrtle Sheeran, what is he doing about the blacklisting from the US Government? Well, he told us that he's working on trying to convince them to remove it, and he feels that he's making incremental progress: John Zabaneh - Spokesperson, Mayan King Banana Farm "The problem that I face is because the US says this, everybody believes. And I have a previous reputation. So makes it worse. I have been made a scapegoat for all the wrong doers in Belize. I have been made a folklore. Everybody believes. Even my attorneys believe this is so. I contacted US attorneys to deal with this thing, because it's in the US that this thing has to be dealt with. They want a million dollars advance and why you think? A man that is second in command to Chapo Guzman, a million dollars is small change. So they start off believing this bull and then I just said to hell with it. I don't have it and if I have it I don't have it to give away.

    Port and The CWU: Getting Closer To An Infinite Horizon
    A Collective Bargaining Agreement: that is what the stevedores at the Port of Belize have been rallying for over a decade. And similarly, The Christian Workers Union and the port management have been in negotiations for years to try and finalize a new CBA. But negotiations have fallen through several times and this morning Sheppard and the stevedores held a press conference at the CWU Secretariat to express their discontent about this situation: Audrey Matura-Sheppard, President, CWU "In 2012, they reached an impasse and they could not proceed, so all that is in place right now for stevedores working at the port are 2 memorandums of understanding, a framework agreement and 2 addendums to that framework agreement. What it have done is piece-meal address issues for the stevedores, but never holistically. Under proper industrial relations what any union representing workers should do is to try and have one document which is what we called the collective bargaining agreement. Under that one document what we seek to do is address some simple things as to what would be your work uniform if any, or major things as to what happens in the event that you die on the job or when you retire.

    Port Plays Its Part
    According to Shepard the existing documents -the 2 MOU's, the framework agreement and 2 addendums to that framework - don't address or cover all the issues brought up at the conference. When we spoke to the CEO of the Port of Belize today Arturo Tux Vasquez he admitted that they don't cover all the issues but he told us that there has been significant improvements in the negotiations so far. Arturo "Tux" Vasquez, CEO, Port of Belize "Before we talked about where we are now with the new leadership of the CWU. I think we need to go back to 2012 when I took on the receivership and we immediately started negotiations with the previous leadership of the CWU. Since 2012 and 2013, we have been negotiating a collective bargaining agreement and we have actually advance quite significantly. But that I mean that the stevedores for the last 7 years have never gotten an increase. So one of the agreements that we have done that we have implemented and paid to the stevedores is a 7 year back pay to all the stevedores, including salary increases for 2012 and 2013. Those were agreements that we made and we signed off and we paid them."

    Man Critical After OW Beatdown Over Bench
    A man is in critical condition at the KHMH after being beaten up in Orange Walk. It happened on Monday night at 8:00 pm, when 63 year old Carlos Griffith, known as "Paraquat" was sitting on a stool - and some men came to take it away from him. Police explained what happened next:... Griffith has multiple injuries to his head.

    Bradley Estate Rejects Mark King
    Last night we told you about the free land that UDP Area Representative Mark King is giving away to squatters in the Gungulung area. As you heard, Ambassador Sarkis Abu-nahra donated some acres of land to distribute among squatters on Chetumal Street and in the Foam Factory area. But, King did not only mention the ambassador, he also mentioned that he has been talking to estate land owners such as Bradley Estate. King also said that he has gotten almost all of the estates to soon come to an agreement to give back some land as a good faith. Well, the owners of Bradley estate called us after the news and said they were surprised when they heard King's interview because according to them King did not meet with them and they certainly would never agree to giving away land for free. When we spoke to King today he said he spoke with the owners over the phone but as he said in the interview nothing was finalized - ONLY the donation from Ambassador Abu-nahra. The owners of the Bradley estate told us that they are willing to meet with King on the SALE of 10 acres of their land if he is interested.

    Catching Conch The Day Before The Season Opens
    Tonight 8 Belize City fishermen are facing charges of possession of conch during the closed season. The bust was made around 11 last night near the Turneffe atolls- only 45 minutes before the official opening of the conch season. The men were caught with almost a thousand conch that were bagged off in sacks. That wasn't the only the only bust. Just hours before that there was another near Columbus Caye. Hampton Gamboa, the Conservation Compliance Unit Supervisor told us more: Hampton Gamboa - Conservation Compliance Unit Supervisor "What happen is they were two bust that occurred yesterday. One happen after 1pm, in the Columbus Caye area just east of Columbus Caye along the reef. Officers on a patrol from the south coming towards the city, came across two fisherman in a dorey and then they observed these guys throwing two bags overboard from each of the dorey. Upon the officers retrieving these bags, they found it to be containing unprocessed conch. Which when they brought it in to the department here amounts to 362 conchs yesterday in the afternoon.

    Columbus Caye Conch Will Cost
    And in the Columbus Caye case, the two fishermen, Darryl Flores and Osmar Verde, were taken to Magistrate's Court today after they were caught with 353 conch during the closed season. They were arraigned before Magistrate Deborah Rogers. They pled not guilty to the charge. They were released on bail of $3,000 and their case was adjourned until November 30.

    Tonight's I am Belize profile is about Jarod Reese Tzul - a young man who suffered major head trauma after an accident when he was a child. He's not been the same since - but as he tells the profile, the experience has thought him to search out different opportunities:..

    Right Idea, Wrong House
    And we have a correction to a story we aired last night. It was about Lichelle Dixon's wooden house which collapsed over the weekend. But we mistakenly aired the footage of another house which recently fell. That was an error. This is Lichelle Dixon;s house on Poinsettia street which Lake I Area Representative Mark King will now help to repair. We apologize for the mix up.

    Progressive Debate?
    At the top of the newscast we told you about the launch of the Belize Progressive Party which wants to rise as a legitimate third party in Belize. It has only 34 days to convince voters that it is legitimate - and one fast track to doing so is by challenging the big boys of the "P-UDP". And that's what leader Patrick Rogers did today when he challenged his counterparts to a debate:.. Patrick Rogers, Party Leader - BPP "We want a debate Marisol. That is what the media should call for. Jules, you want to send that to the top office? I am ready for a debate. Seriously I am. Francis Fonseca, I am calling you out. Dean Barrow, I am calling you out. Let's discuss Belize. Let's discuss the real issues. Don't talk lie. We come with the truth."

    Channel 5

    Santa Familia Cousins Charged with Rape of Minor
    Just before news time tonight, two cousins from Santa Familia, Cayo have been charged in connection with the rape of a thirteen year old. On Wednesday, we reported that the [...]

    Bar Association Applies to CCJ for Disclosure of B.E.L./B.T.L. Settlements
    The government of Belize has settled with both Fortis and the Ashcroft Group in the arbitrary nationalizations of B.E.L. and B.T.L.  But in this case that is not the end [...]

    A New, Consolidated Third Party Emerges
    Even as general elections looms, in fact just thirty-four more days to go, a number of small political parties have banded to form what they call a labor movement. This [...]

    Belize Progressive Party, Did They Approach Usual Suspects for Membership?
    While the newly formed Belize Progressive Party officially introduced itself, as well as its eleven candidates earlier today, it is still short of twenty-one nominees for the organization to contest [...]

    Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez Says “Unions Are Jacking G.O.B.!”
    Since the beginning of the week, several unions including the Christian Workers Union on behalf of its Social Security Board members, the Belize Energy Workers Union, as well as the [...]

    U.D.P. Ground Commander is Ready to do Battle in Port Loyola
    Since the announcement of early general elections on Monday, political machineries on both sides of the political fence joined now by a new third party, are gearing up for November [...]

    Stevedores to Commence CBA Negotiations with Port of Belize
    A full round of negotiations between the CWU-represented stevedores and the Port of Belize Ltd. is scheduled to kick off next week after a protracted delay and hard feelings. The [...]

    CWU President Anticipates Successful Outcome of Negotiations
    President of the CWU Audrey Matura will head the negotiating team in discussions of a framework next week. She told News Five that the negotiations have come a long way, [...]

    Where Does Insurance for Stevedores Rank Among PBL’s Priorities?
    As we understand, the journey to a successful CBA starts with an expedited agreement to a framework. And compromise on a framework will hinge on various issues including insurance for [...]

    Divergent Views on Validity of MOUs
    The four MOUs signed by the CWU of old and the Port of Belize Limited may well turn out to be a significant obstacle on the road to CBA settlement. [...]

    CBL Ceviche Proprietor and Fishermen Charged for Fisheries Offenses
    Turning to the courts…four persons, a pair of fishermen, a businessman and his wife of Chetumal Street, were dragged to court on separate fisheries offenses on the eve of the [...]

    Are Negotiations with FCIB Shaping Out Well for Bank Employees?
    For one week, sixty employees of the First Caribbean International Bank from five branches countrywide were out sick. Those terribly ill employees are those who will be left without jobs [...]

    …CWU President Says Prime Minister’s Words Are Little Comfort in Discussions
    The government has passed a Vesting Act which facilitates the transfer of shares from FCIB to the Heritage Bank. There was some opposition to the passage because it was felt [...]

    S.S.B. Employees Says Board is Stalling Signing of CBA
    As we told you on Wednesday, S.S.B. employees are also signalling their frustration with the Board. We are told unofficially that that frustration may lead to industrial action sooner rather [...]

    Boots Clarifies Use of OPEC Funds for Southside Poverty Alleviation
    In his Independence Day speech, the Prime minister of Belize announced that thirty-seven million dollars will be spent for Phase Two of the South Side Poverty Alleviation Program that falls [...]

    Is There a Reduction in Poverty Rate? Let’s Ask Boots
    According to statistics available, poverty has increased substantially so that over forty percent of the population is living in poverty. Notwithstanding, government has been claiming that the implementation of several [...]

    5-year Plan Released to Address Challenges of Older Population
    In this side of the world, the population is ageing rapidly and living longer and countries are signing on to the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older [...]

    Healthy Living Interacts With Older Persons at HelpAge Belize
    October first is celebrated as International Day of Older Persons. The Global 2015 theme is “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment.” One local organization that works daily to [...]


    New Political Party Emerges In Belize
    A new political party has emerged in Belize. With the 2015 general elections only days away, the former third parties that include the People’s National Party, the Vision Inspired by the People and the We the People Movement in Corozal, merged to form the Belize Progressive Party. They presented themselves this morning to the media and named eleven candidates. The leader is Patrick Rodgers, Wil Maheia is the Deputy Leader, Paco Smith is Party Chairman and Charles Leslie is the Public Relations Officer.Paco Smith - BPP Chairman: “Your Belize Progressive Party is not here to replace the UDP nor the PUP our purpose is to change the game in effect no game shall be playing for this party represent a new Belize political consciousness in which governance is inclusive and not selective as it is currently in practice by the power at being. I submit that our slogan 8867 today 8867 tomorrow and 8867 forever is not only demonstrative to our commitment to ensuring Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity it is also our rallying call to all Belizeans and through friends of Belize irrespective of your whereabouts to take the proverbial lethal state and join us in this meaningful and necessary effort to save the nation of Belize now before we lose it.”

    Orange Walk Police Awards Police Officer For The Month Of September
    Police Constable 325 Roger Briceno was awarded and recognized this afternoon at the Orange Walk Police Station as Officer of the Month for September. The initiative which was launched on the end of July, seeks to recognize law enforcers who show exemplary conduct as they perform their duties. Today we got a chance to get reaction from the Top Cop of September… PC ROGER BRICENO – Officer of the Month “I have been working hard and I am pleased to be the officer of the month for September 2015.” Maria Novelo – Reporter “Give us a glimpse on your daily life?’ PC ROGER BRICENO – Officer of the Month “Well, most of my work is her in the office and I do all the paper works here and I deal with all the reports here that my day is full with so much work here.”

    Good Samaritan Purchases New Tent For Councillor Sheppard
    On Monday we told you about a tent that was stolen from Councillor Ladrick ‘Mad Bull’ Shepperd after he hosted a football tournament over the weekend. Today, that tent has still not been recovered but the good news tonight is that a Good Samaritan and friend from the United States has donated the money for acquire a new tent. Shepperd stopped by our studios to share with us the good news… “It was on Monday I got a text on Facebook a friend of mine by the name of Mrs. Maria Sutherland she told me that she heard in the news about what happened with the tent and if she could have help in any way she would have done so she told me to look out and if I couldn’t recover back the tent she will buy one for me and every day we were dialoging and every day she would text me and this morning I text her and told her that we couldn’t find the tent and that it was basically gone and she sent the money for me to buy a new brand tent and that is what you see so we can continue the sporting activity that we have every Saturday and Sunday at the Technical field.”

    District Education Manager Meet In Corozal To Discuss Challenges
    Today District Education Managers from across the country convened in Corozal at the District Centre for their quarterly meeting. The last time the meeting was held was in the Stann Creek District in the month of March so this one was long overdue. The purpose of the meeting was for managers to exchange information specifically in the areas of accomplishments and challenges they are facing in the education sector. Jahmore Lopez Corozal District Centre Manager: “The purpose of the meeting is for us to meet as colleagues where we come together, the center managers, the education officers and we share our accomplishments what it is that we’ve done in our individual districts looking at challenges and looking at the way forward and it’s a wonderful way of networking and sharing we look at what works in a particular district and to see if we are able to adopt that or to look at the challenges that our colleagues have been experiencing in their area and then to see how we can learn from that and when we put heads together that we are able to come up with solutions to whatever challenges that are presented.”

    SIB Reports A Minimal Drop In Importation
    The report also shows that Belize imported fewer goods in August but also exported less during the same period. In August 2015, Belize imported a total of $154.8 million worth of goods, falling by $3.7 million or 2.3 percent when compared to the $158.5 million imported in August 2014. Imports of ‘Food and Live Animals’ decreased by $5 million, from $19.6 million in August 2015 to $14.4 million in the same month last year. This was the largest drop among the various categories for the month, and was as a result of no wheat seed purchases being recorded for August 2015. Purchases of ‘Manufactured Goods’ rose by $3.5 million, due to an increase in imports of construction supplies during the month. Goods destined for the ‘Commercial Free Zones’ and ‘Export Processing Zones’ both recorded declines in comparison to August 2014. The report states that merchandise imports for eight months, from January to August 2015, totaled $1.3 billion, representing a 3.6 percent or $46.6 million increase over the same period last year.

    WAC Questions The Treatment Of The Mayas In Belize
    The World Archaeological Congress, CWA, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization whose aim is to promote interest in the past in all countries, encourage the development of regionally-based histories and foster international academic interaction. On August 30th that organization sent a letter addressed to Prime Minister Dean Barrow question the incident that occurred in the Village of Santa Cruz in the Toledo District on Saturday June 20th when Rupert Miles was tied and dragged through the village since the leaders of the community claimed that he built a house on the archaeological site of Uxbenka, and caused damage to the sacred site. According to the release and we quote “the destruction and rampant looting of Mayan sites have been happening across Belize, a country which depends heavily on the tourism brought by ancestral Maya archaeology, hence the reason the government should ensure that people are punished for causing damage to these treasures” end quote.

    Farmers Receive Assistance After Loss Of More Than 25 Million Dollars
    It is no secret that the Agriculture sector has suffered a loss of more than $25 million worth in production due to the drought currently affecting the country. That amount is expected to mount since the drought is expected to last until the month of November. It is also no secret that the cries of farmers for help went unheard even after the media exposed their situation. The first to bring the problem to our attention was P.U.P Orange Walk South Standard Bearer Jose Abelardo Mai. He did so in hope that farmers receive the necessary help. As we have reported before, due to the drought some farmers have relied on irrigation systems to save the little crop they have left. But that also proved to be expensive even more so since farmers were charged 12.5% GST on irrigation system even though the GST department information indicated that irrigation equipment is zero rated.

    SIB Releases Figures For Consumer Price Index
    The prices on goods fell by point six percent compared to 2014 reports the Statistical Institute of Belize. According to the SIB, this is due largely to decreases in fuel and Liquefied Petroleum Gas prices during the month which offset increases in the cost of some food items and home rentals. The report states that quote, “All-Items Consumer Price Index stood at 103.3, down from 103.9 in last August. For the first eight months of this year, an inflation rate of negative 0.9 percent was recorded,” unquote. All three types of fuel saw a considerable drop in prices compared to August 2014, with premium and regular gasoline down by about 19 percent and 22 percent, respectively, while diesel prices fell sharply by 28 percent. The decline in fuel prices was the major contributing factor to a 6.3 percent decrease in the “Transport” index. There were not many changes seen in prices for “Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages”.


    Fisheries Officers Make Triple Bust
    The conch season opened officially at midnight on October 1, 2015 … but it seems that some fishermen wanted to get their bulk of conch first and beat the rush for this well liked seafood. The only problem with that is that they were caught by officials within a twelve hour period before the season […]

    There’s a new Political Party in town.
    A new political party was launched today at the Belize Institute of Management in Belize City. Reporter Hipolito Novelo was there and filed this report. Paco Smith: On this day Thursday 1st October 2015 your Belize Progressive Party hence forth known as the BPP is officially unveiled. Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: The party’s color […]

    No confirmation that Kenrick Bowman is actually a registered “Sex Offender”.
    Last week, alleged child predator, 42 year old Kenrick Bowman, received bail after being charged for “obtaining gratification while he engaged in activity of a sexual nature in front of a child.” He was arrested after a young boy made a serious and disturbing allegation against him. The young boy alleged that Bowman performed sexual […]

    Christian Workers Union proposes CBA in 11 years for stevedores
    The Christian Workers Union has begun working on the first ever Collective Bargaining Agreement in eleven years on behalf of the members who provide stevedore service for the Port of Belize Ltd. In 2007 there was an attempt to conclude a CBA, however, when the Port of Belize changed management, the CBA in progress was […]

    Brother and Cousin Charged In Rape of Minor
    Justice for the 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by her cousin with the facilitation of her brother, is underway as Love News has learnt that police have charged two men, related to the victim. These charges stem from an incident that took place some days ago where the 13-year-old child was asleep and then […]


    Home invasion in Orange Walk
    The family of well known Orange Walk Businessman, Gabriel Cabreras, known also as DJ Gaby, was robbed during a home invasion while he was away on errand and his wife was getting their kids ready for school. The incident occurred some minutes before eight o’clock this morning shortly after opening t...

    BNTU Belize City branch selects executive
    Students in Belize City and across the district had a half day of school today as their teachers met at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall for the bi-annual general membership meeting of the Belize City branch of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU). The Union’s branches have been meeti...

    CWU to meet with Port to begin CBA negotiations
    The Christian Workers Union says it is ready to begin negotiations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with Port of Belize Limited on the working conditions for stevedores. It hosted a press briefing at its office today where stevedores which form part of the negotiating team spoke side by ...

    Macal River fish has mercury
    Earlier this week, we told you about the public advisory that the Ministry of Health issued on the mercury levels of fish in the Macal River. 12 types of fishes were caught from the Macal River of which 50% had levels of mercury above the recommended level. Of that 50%, only three (3) of those fis...

    New Belize Progressive Party formed]
    The Belize Progressive Party, a coming together of now former members of three third parties, the People’s National Party, the Vision Inspired by the People and the We the People Movement of Corozal alongside some independent candidates, was unveiled this morning at the Belize Institute of Manageme...

    Tedx comes to Belmopan
    TED x, a locally organized version of the larger international Ted Talk events, was held today at the UB Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan for the first time ever. TED Talk, a thought provoking, inspirational and motivational conference has become a global sensation. With over one thousand Ted Talk vide...

    Bar to apply to join nationalization case at CCJ
    There has been a major development concerning the utilities nationalization cases in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which were thought to be all but dead and buried following the back to back announcements of settlements with Fortis Energy, the BTL Employees Trust headed by Dean Boyce and the...

    Elections overtake major cases in Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court has postponed one case and discontinued another as a result of the announcement of general elections in November. Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman confirmed in speaking with us via telephone this morning that the case of PUP Cayo Northeast standard bearer Orlando Habet versus the Chief E...

    How will BTL repay GOB for BCB loan?
    And while BTL re-positions itself to take on new challenges, the company is struggling with the millstone of the British Caribbean Bank loan debt which Government acquired along with the assets of the company in 2009 and 2011. Originally BZ$45 million, a studied ignorance of the loan which the compa...

    Profits slip again but BTL moving forward says Board
    Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) met with shareholders for the Ninth Annual General Meeting Tuesday night in Belize City. The company’s ownership has only recently been settled but as far as the company’s financial status is concerned, the bottomline is still not nice reading for sharehold...

    PUP wants Election observers for general elections
    The People’s United Party wants independent observers for the upcoming general elections. On Monday, September 28, the Prime Minister announced that election day would be held on the 4th of November. On that same day, the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Francis Fonseca, sent the Prime Minister a l...

    Man helps his cousin to rape his little sister
    A minor was raped by her cousin in assistance of her brother. A 13-year-old Guatemalan female student of Cayo District in the presence her mother reported that on the 3rd of September while at their residence , she was approached by her twenty six year old brother who told her to have sexual relatio...

    Industrial action averted ; BEWU gets raise
    There was no industrial action taken today by the Belize Energy Workers Union. When we left you last night, we told you that BEL had issued a press release saying that they had reached an agreement with the Belize Energy Workers Union after a mediation meeting by the Prime Minister with parties invo...

    The Guardian

    BEL workers get salary increase
    BEL workers will be getting their salary increase following the intervention of Prime Minister Dean Barrow. The workers have been in negotiations for a salary increment from in May of this year. The negotiations came to a deadlock on Tuesday September 29 with the Belize Energy Workers union threatening industrial action. But in true leadership fashion the Prime Minister intervened and held discussions with the union after which a memorandum was signed. In essence the company will pay the employees a 1.75% increase yearly across the board retroactive to January 1, 2015 to 2017. The increase will be on employees base salary and will be separate from yearly performance appraisal increments that employees earn based on their performance. In addition to the salary increase, BEL will match contributions of employees, paying 10% of their salary into the BEL Pension Fund. It will also increase its pension matching contribution by 1% up from 6% to 10% commencing in 2015 for employees who agree to also increase their pension contributions.

    UDP ready for General elections on November 4
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow addressed the nation on Monday September 28 and in his address he announced that the next general elections will be on November 4. In his short presentation (see Insert c) PM Barrow explained that, “I believe the time has come to ask you for a fresh mandate. The clean-up having been completed, the UDP must focus now exclusively on the positive, on forwarding opportunity and change. A New Belize must burst forth, where progress, prosperity and stability can reign untrammeled.” In subsequent interviews the Prime Minister noted that in order to achieve the change in the country, it must be done so without the distraction of having to deal with an election. Now all the 31 UDP candidates are in place and after doing unprecedented work, which is still continuing, they are ready to ask the Belizean public for the vote of confidence, the vote that will see a reborn Belize where anything is possible.

    Another good year for BTL
    Belize Telemedia limited held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday September 29. At the meeting it was announced that shareholders will be receiving a 23 cent return per share. This is representative of 65% of its net profit being distributed in dividends. All told the company declared 32 million dollars in profits which is down from 35 million last year. Income this year stands at $135,440,000 also down from 136,163,000 last year. And while the company performed just slightly lower than it did last year it paid business tax to the tune of 15,375,000 also down by a million from last year’s contribution. Even with lower profits, company executives say that BTL will rebound and rebound significantly with estimates of revenue being predicted to jump over $150 million in the next financial year. Already the company is seeing those figures materialize as benefits from investments done last year as well as promotions begin to bear fruit.

    Accused noodles sharing predator out on bail
    Kenrick Elston Bowman, 42, the man accused of luring little boys to his home in Lake Independence and engaging in sexual activities with them in exchange for noodle soup, is out on bail of $3,000 plus two sureties of $1,500 after he was charged with a single count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. Bowman appeared before Magistrate Ladonna John on Friday, September 25, and pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor, Cpl. Christopher Smith, had several objections to bail. One, that the police investigation is ongoing against the defendant; two, more charges are expected to be levied against Bowman; and three, if he is granted bail he may try to interfere with the prosecution’s potential witnesses. Cpl. Smith also objected to bail for Bowman’s own safety since the matter has received national coverage and it is believe that if given bail members of the public may want to cause harm or danger to him.

    Brother forces sister to have sex with cousin in Cayo
    A 13 year old Guatemalan female student of Santa Familia Village, Cayo District in the presence her mother reported that on the 3rd September 2015 about 6:00pm whilst at their residence she was approached by her brother, who told her to have sexual relation with one of her male cousins who was living at their residence. For that occasion she refused. At 1200 am on 4th September 2015 her brother woke her up and took her by her arm into the cousin’s room and handed her over to him and left. The cousin had sexual Intercourse with her against her will.

    Cane farmers killed as they worked in Corozal
    Two hardworking cane farmers from the north were mercilessly gunned down and killed on Friday, September 25. 42 year-old Rogelio Rancharan, a resident of Paraiso Village, Corozal, and his best friend, 58 year-old Enrique Tayun, a resident of San Andres Village, were in a cane field doing their work. Sometime around 10 a.m., the friends and co-workers were fertilizing the cane field. They were trying to get the crop ready for the next season, and that’s when someone crept out of the bushes and fired several gunshots at them. There was a third man who was working with the two victims, but he escaped unharmed. Ranchman and Tayun were not so fortunate, and they were both struck in the head by these bullets. They collapsed where they were working and died at that spot.

    Chinese businessmen fined for shorting Social Security
    Three Chinese businessmen were taken to court on Tuesday, September 29, to answer to a single charge each of failure to pay Social Security contributions. Shi Feng Huang, 30, owner of Kenny Shop located on Fairweather Street; Li Shi Chen, 27, owner of Lucky Star Supermarket located at the corner of Pelican Street and Central American Boulevard, Zhike Wu, 29, owner of 86 Cooking located on Central American Boulevard appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers in Belize City. The men appeared unrepresented in court and wasted no time in pleading guilty to the charge of failure to pay Social Security contributions on behalf of employees for the period of July and August 2015. For their guilty plea, Magistrate Rogers imposed non-custodial sentences when she fined them $500 each plus $5 cost of court fee. They were ordered to pay the fine by October 30, 2015 or in default, two weeks imprisonment.

    10 Years for unlicensed firearm and ammunition
    Raccoon Street resident Kenroy Gillett, 29, is serving the first nights of a ten year sentence after Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith convicted him on Monday, September 29, for keeping a firearm and ammunition without being granted a license by the Commissioner of Police. On November 8, 2014, police searched a home on Jane Usher Boulevard and found a 9 mm pistol and six rounds of ammunition. In the house at the time police found Kenroy Gillett, his girlfriend, mother-in-law, brother-in law and others. Gillett was also found in possession of 2 grams of weed.They were all detained and taken to the police station for the weapons. Carlos Perry, 25, Gillett’s brother-in-law, initially attempted to take the rap for the firearm and ammunition. He explained to the court in trial that he wanted to take the rap to relieve his mother of any trouble with the law. However, an officer of the Gang Suppression Unit cautioned him against doing so. The officers proceeded to charge only Gillett and released the others since they were certain the weapon belonged to him.

    Rodney Harris fined $500 for a punch
    Fisherman Rodney Harris, 30, must pay $500 by November 30 or spend 5 months at the Belize Central prison for being unable to control his liquor. Allegations are that on Friday, September 25, he punched Carlos Rudon, 50, in his stomach while socializing at a bar on King Street. Rudon, a resident of #12 Saint Thomas Street, reported to police that sometime around 6:30 p.m. he was socializing at a bar located at #32 King Street when Harris approached and punched him in the stomach for no reason. Sgt. Isaac Sanchez responded to the incident and Rudon pointed out Harris who was still in the area. Harris was apprehended and escorted to the Racoon Street Police Station where he was charged with common assault.

    Lincoln Hemsley walks from murder of David Hernandez
    Lincoln Hemsley Jr., 23, has been on remand at the Belize Central Prison the past three years for the murder of David Alberto Hernandez but he is now a free man after Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas ruled that he had no case to answer to on Tuesday, September 29. On March 11, 2012, Hernandez was shot three times to the back as he was hanging out on Racecourse Street with his friend Phillip Barrera. Hemsley was arrested after Barrera gave police a statement saying that the gunman who shot his friend was Lincoln Hemsley Jr., better known as “Rojo”. During the murder trial, Prosecutor Porsha Staine called several witnesses but her main witness, Phillip Barrera, changed his story. Barrera admitted to giving police a statement after the shooting of his friend but said he lied to the police when he told them that the shooter was “Rojo”. Staine proceeded to treat Barrera as a hostile witness but he stuck to his story saying he told the police lies and that he was high on marijuana at the time of the statement. When asked why he lied, Barrerra said because he didn’t want police to charge him with conspiracy to commit murder. Before leaving the stand, Barrera said he does not know anyone by the nickname “Rojo”, he did not know any one by the name Lincoln Hemsley Jr. and he does not know the man accused in court.

    Guatemalan busted with 9 millimeter bullets
    A Guatemalan construction worker is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was denied bail for keeping unlicensed ammunition. Police say they busted Santos Lopez with 9 millimeter bullets inside his pants pocket when they searched him in Los Lagos on Thursday, September 24. Lopez was unrepresented when he appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers on Friday, September 25. He was read a single charge of keeping ammunition without being granted a license by the Commissioner of Police. Lopez pleaded not guilty to the charge but due to the nature of the offense bail could not be offered. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until November 21, 2015.

    Unlawful sexual intercourse with 13 years old
    On Thursday of last week, a 13 year old female domestic from Buena Vista Village, Cayo District, in the company of her mother, reported that she had been having sexual intercourse since February 14th and up to May 23, 2015. She reported that she had met a 17 year old Guatemalan, “boyfriend” who resided in Buena Vista, and with whom she had been having sexual intercourse. The child has been examined by a doctor, who confirms that she is sexually active.

    Philip Goldson’s home now a museum in his memory
    Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, one of the first generation nationalists in Belize’s History, received another distinct honor from the Government and People of Belize under the Barrow Administration. The house he called home on Orange Street, in the City of Belmopan, has been transformed into museum in recognition of his life, legacy, accomplishments, and contributions to this country. This museum in his honor is now called the Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism, and it was officially opened on Monday, September 28, in Belmopan. The event was very well attended by family, friends, and well-wishers. The VIP guests included Governor General, Sir Colville Young; Prime Minister Dean Barrow; Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., the Minister of Tourism and Culture; NICH President Diane Haylock; Nigel Encalada, the Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Research; and the ISCR Staff.

    Prime Minister Barrow announces general election date
    My Fellow Belizeans, When you turned to the United Democratic Party and gave us your confidence in 2008, it was for us to fix all that had gone so horribly wrong in the decade of misrule since 1998. Our country was burdened by the super bond; strait-jacketed by fiscal austerity; unable to operate a bankrupt DFC and a near insolvent social security; suffering from surging levels of poverty and neglect; and shunned by international concessionary lenders disgusted with the last Administration’s thievery of public monies. The UDP’s overwhelming priority was thus to replenish the state’s coffers; restore local and international confidence; rescue citizens desperately in need of relief; and bring back integrity to the Office of the Prime Minister whose outgoing PUP occupant had, in 2005, been presented with a certificate of corruption by Union and Civil Society leaders.

    Drought placing challenges on banana farms in the south
    The Guardian Newspaper has already reported on the millions that the corn farmers from Orange Walk South have lost due to this years drought. Reports have since emerged from Stann Creek South that the banana farmers have been losing money as well. The principals of Mayan King Banana Farm, Jose David Gonzalez the Manager, and John Zabaneh, a representative of Myrtle Sherran, who is the owner of the company, granted an interview to Channel 7 News. In that conversation, they discussed the difficulties that they’ve been having in the past few months. Now, in the discussion of the ownership and managers of that company, one has to be very specific. Mayan King and all its assets are owned legally by Myrtle Sherran, who is John Zabaneh’s mother. She is an 88 year-old woman who has left Zabaneh in charge of running the company, and her other assets in the family’s interest to try to make as much profit as possible, while mitigating financial losses.

    Be Careful what you ask for
    All of us have our list of wishes and desires, some are reasonable and others are just a product of our selfish greed. The Bible in Mathew 7:7 says: “ask and you shall receive” but we all know the request has to be within reason. Well we all heard Francis Fonseca calling for; begging and eventually demanding that the Prime Minister “call the elections now”. On the 18th November 2014 he stood up in the National assembly and in his usual asinine manner shouted for all to hear, “let’s get it on, they wahn roll? Roll the elections, call the general elections!” In the budget of 2014-15 he again shouted at the top of his voice not once, not twice or even three times, he demanded that the Prime Minister “call the elections now” five times; in his words telling Mr. Barrow “if you bad call the elections now”. Well his request was heard loud and clear and on Monday September 28, the Prime Minister announced that the date for the General Election has been set for Wednesday November 4. Unconfirmed reports are that when Francis heard the news his eyes bulged out of his head and he went into spasmodic dysphonia. He started to swallow uncontrollably as he does whilst being interviewed. No one understood what he was trying to say until someone translated what he was saying. What he reportedly said was “I’m sorry I asked for the elections to be called, we are not ready!”

    What will happen with Boost and Food Pantry under the PUP
    At every single opportunity they have had, the PUP, Francis Fonseca in particular has said that they will abolish the BOOST program as well as the Food Pantry Program. If we are to analyze the magnitude of that statement we would understand that what Francis Fonseca is actually proposing is to pull the support mechanism from under the feet of thousands of Belizeans. The latest statistics have it that over 8,000 persons are beneficiaries of the BOOST program countrywide. Of these there are 250 which are children affected or infected by HIV and AIDS. Similarly the Food Pantry program currently serves17,000 individuals from 3400 households in the Cayo, Belize and Toledo Districts.

    Coincidence or conspiracy
    Ever since the Prime Minister made the announcement that the government had made a breakthrough and settled with Fortis over the BEL shares, the PUP has been trying to steal some of the goodwill and praises the UDP had earned from the general populace. PUP it seems would lie, steal and do all sorts of underhanded things to try and get in the people’s good books. There has been a convergence of stories that has the handprint of the PUP. The first being the rat in the incubator. That rat must have been a specially trained rat, skilled in the art of climbing up smooth Plexiglas , Deactivating alarms before opening tightly closed Windows and entering said incubators , then closing the Windows from inside. And biting a newborn baby’s toe without breaking the baby’s skin.

    On November 4th, 2015, VOTE UDP!!!
    “We are prepared. We have been getting prepared. We ask why the sudden urgency. Just a few weeks ago the Prime Minister hinted that elections would not be until next year February or March I think he said. So the question is why? Hon.Francis Fonseca, Channel Seven News; September 28th, 2015. It was not difficult reading the frightened body language of the Leader of the Opposition, because he knows his time is up; his number has been called, he miscalculated and members within his own party must be salivating, knowing that they will get their wish for a new leader sooner rather than later. Prime Minister Barrow, you are so compassionate that you are actually providing a stimulus to the G11 of the PUP, because they have indicated that all is not well and from their vantage point, something really smells.

    Things back to normal at Faith Nazarene
    Things are just about back to normal at Faith Nazarene Primary School after the Parent Teacher’s Association met on Friday, September 25, and decided “that all parents with children at Faith Nazarene Primary School should be encouraged to permit those children, to return to classes”. School management and the Ministry of Education were concerned that things would go in the other direction after the Teaching Services Commission rejected a compromise that was forged between teachers and the embattled principal Policarpia Pech. Tension did appear to be escalating on Friday when teachers joined parents on the picket line during their break. However, the line was not as stout as it was in days past. There were only a dozen parents protesting. And, more parents were sending their children to school since the days and lessons missed were mounting. 249 of the 403 students were at school on Friday, more than half. The momentum of the protests was definitely fading. Therefore, it was time to go back to the chalkboard.

    Mercury in Fish from the Macal River
    The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company (BECOL), has finished another mercury test on the fish taken from the Macal River. The following Public Advisory is being issued to guide the general public on the amount of fish that can be eaten weekly from the Macal River to avoid ill effects due to mercury exposure. For this analysis, 12 types of fish were caught from the Macal River. Of those twelve species 50% had levels of mercury above the recommended level of 0.5 mg/kg. Of that 50%, only three (3) or 25% of those fish are normally consumed by persons living in communities around the Macal River. These fish include the Bay Snook, Baca and Botasi.

    Belize and Mexico sign MOU to foster business relations
    A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed recently between Belize and Mexico with the aim to establish a practical framework for the development of stronger business relations between both countries. The MOU was signed on Thursday, September 10th at the Centro de Convenciones Peninsula in Cancun, Mexico on the occasion of the “Foro de Cancun 2015.” The Hon. Erwin Contreras, Minister of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection signed on behalf of Belize while Mr Francisco N. González Díaz, Director General of ProMéxico, signed on behalf of Mexico. The signing was witnessed by Quintana Roo’s Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo.

    New hurricane shelter for Monkey River
    The Ambassador of the European Union to Belize, Paola Amadei, travelled to the South of the country on Wednesday, September 23, for two hand-over ceremonies. In the morning she donated over $1 million worth of technical and vocational training equipment to Georgetown Technical High School and in the afternoon she handed over a rehabilitated hurricane shelter to the people of Monkey River Town. The equipment for Georgetown Technical High was made available through the resources of the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) Programme. This includes the construction of the GTHS administration building classroom and technical workshops, equipping of the computer lab with 40 desktop computers, and the provision of state of the art equipment for practical training in the areas of plumbing, masonry, welding, carpentry, electrical, automotive, sewing and agriculture including greenhouse with irrigation facilities. Approximately 600 students enrolled at GTHS and surrounding communities encompassing 21 villages will benefit from this project. This investment in the technical vocational curriculum of the Georgetown Technical High School represents EU’s continued support to Education in southern Belize. The objective of BAM is to foster social and economic development leading to the reduction of poverty, focusing on workers and their families in the banana belt. To date approximately BZ$ 8 million has been contributed to GTHS development as a result of the fruitful partnership between the Government of Belize and the European Union.

    There is only one option - The UDP
    “I don’t want to sound at all dismissive of the opposition, I don’t want to sound cocky; I don’t want to sound over confident. Of course in any campaign stones will be flung, allegations will be made, there will be an effort to make some issue develop legs. But I am completely satisfied that the bigger picture which is the tremendous record of achievement that is there to see when it comes to the U.D.P.” Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister. In 2008, there was a need for political revival; an awakening and for change to be heralded and therefore the people of Belize overwhelmingly voted for the UDP to form the government. On assumption to office, there were so many challenges, such as, the onset of the Global Financial Crisis, which was creating major problems for the economies of the world, especially the small developing countries. The developed nations felt it too and some of the aftershocks still resound; which meant that it trickled down to the smaller economies, which suffered much, but Belize was able to withstand the course, not without challenges, but with the steadfast Leadership of the UDP and Hon. Dean O. Barrow. Because of Prime Minister, Dean O. Barrow’s steadfast LEADERSHIP, many of the shocks were averted and so Belize’s economy remained solvent and stable.

    Plastic, not real
    Yasmin Shoman is now making all sort of promises to the voters of Collet division. She is now saying to the voters that the PUP will build 1200 homes in the Collet Division. My question to her is,” will these houses be part of the 10,000 houses they promised in ‘98”? Another thing she is promising is to give 800 jobs to the people of Collet division, again my question to her is,” will these be a part of the 15,00O jobs they promised in ‘98”? Another promise is that they will roll out NHI in Collet. Sorry Ms. Plastic Queen not only has NHI been rolled out in Collet but Collet has its own NHI clinic.

    Public Sector Workers Trust get major bucks from BTL, again!
    BTL held its Annual General Meeting again this year and with that the declaration of dividends to shareholders. One shareholder who is getting quite a handsome return on their shares this year again is the Public Sector Workers Trust. The Belize Teachers Union and the Public Service Union once again collected on behalf of the trust and their earnings amounted to 184,798.10. This amount is now added to the millions of dollars which the fund had accumulated in the past and which the Trust is in charge of.

    Elections spoil PUP lawsuits
    The announcement by the Prime Minister of November 4 as the date for the next elections is having other consequences for the PUP. Two of their lawsuits, from which they were hoping to get political mileage, have been postponed. The first lawsuit involves the Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, suing Prime Minister Dean Barrow directly. He was pushing for the court to decide whether or not the legislation for the 13th Senator ought to be passed by House of Assembly.

    St. Catherine Academy and St. John’s College open on right footing in high school volleyball
    The 2015-2016 Central Region Secondary Schools Volleyball Competition opened on Monday 28 September, 2015, at the Bird’s Isle in Belize City. This year’s competition will see the participation of six schools namely: St. Catherine Academy (defending champions), Anglican Cathedral College, Belize High School, Ladyville Technical High School, Nazarene High School and Wesley College in the female competition. Meanwhile, there are ten schools namely: Anglican Cathedral College, Belize High School, Gwen Lizarraga High School, Ladyville Technical High School, Maud Williams High School, Nazarene High School, St. John’s College, Sadie Vernon Technical High School and Wesley College in the male competition.

    Tokyo recommends 5 additional Sports for 2020 Olympics
    Baseball and Softball were joined by youth-oriented sports such as surfing and skateboarding as Japanese organisers on Monday 28 September, 2015, recommended five additional sports with 18 events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The other sports that were short listed include sports climbing and karate. According to the Organising Committee spokesperson Bowling, squash and wushu failed to make the cut from among eight finalists.

    Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball competition to commence
    The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball Competition for school year 2015-2016 will commence on Monday 5th October 2015, at Bird’s Isle with two games on the schedule. The competition will see six teams in the girls’ competition and six teams in the boys’ competition. The schools that will compete in the girls’ competition are: Belize Elementary School, Bethel Assembly School, Wesley Upper School, Holy Redeemer School, St. John’s Primary School and St. Mary’s Primary School. Meanwhile, in the boys’ competition, the school that will compete are, Belize Elementary School, Bethel Assembly School, Wesley Upper School, Holy Redeemer School, St. John’s Primary School and St. John Vianney School.

    PUP prepared for elections with bench candidates
    In Belizean politics we have heard and seen strange things, but the one that we are now seeing may be the funniest we have ever heard and seen . Now the PUP seem to be in what we’ll call ‘should in case mode’. They seem to be trying to play catch up. When it comes to elections results,the PUP may be having the worst year ever for any political party, not only in Belize but also in the region. Let’s set the backdrop for what has caused them to be in this position. The PUP suffered blowout losses in the Cayo North and Dangriga/Sarawee/Hope Creek Bye-elections brought on by the resignation of two former PUP Area Representatives. They also got a blowout in the Municipal Elections that were held between those Bye-elections. Hot on the heels of those losses there came the mutiny by the G12 turned G11. The Mutineers blamed Francis Fonseca for the dwindling fortunes of the party and were asking for his head. One went as far as to suggest that Francis had laid down with dogs and had gotten up with fleas called Ralph and Said that were causing people not to want to be associated with the party.

    Relief for Orange Walk South Farmers
    The rainy season this year has been everything but rainy. In fact because of the lack of rain especially in northwestern Belize, a drought has affected farmers and their crops. The farmers most affected are those from Indian Creek and San Carlos, two villages in the Orange Walk South constituency. Vast fields of corn and other crops such as soy bean, rice and sugar cane, have been lost due to drought costing the farmers almost 29 million dollars. This could result in prices for certain commodities to go up due to scarcity. In response to this crisis, on Sept 25, 2015 a meeting was held in San Carlos community with approximately 100 farmers from both Indian Creek and San Carlos which are the two villages most affected by the drought. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Gaspar Vega; CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche, Orange Walk South standard bearer Guadalupe Magana Dyck, DFC personnel, and Ministry of Agriculture personnel were present.

    Relief for Orange Walk South Farmers
    The rainy season this year has been everything but rainy. In fact because of the lack of rain especially in northwestern Belize, a drought has affected farmers and their crops. The farmers most affected are those from Indian Creek and San Carlos, two villages in the Orange Walk South constituency. Vast fields of corn and other crops such as soy bean, rice and sugar cane, have been lost due to drought costing the farmers almost 29 million dollars. This could result in prices for certain commodities to go up due to scarcity. In response to this crisis, on Sept 25, 2015 a meeting was held in San Carlos community with approximately 100 farmers from both Indian Creek and San Carlos which are the two villages most affected by the drought. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Gaspar Vega; CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche, Orange Walk South standard bearer Guadalupe Magana Dyck, DFC personnel, and Ministry of Agriculture personnel were present.

    Road Map in Cayo Central
    Area Representative for the Cayo Central Division the Hon. Rene Montero has launched his “Road Map To Victory” by continuing to work on various initiatives as well as making a personal tour of his constituency. In one of those initiatives, there was an official opening of the Cristo Rey Community Center on Thursday night of last week. Present for the opening was Chairman of the United Democratic Party Alberto August as well as the Hon. Rene Montero. So far the Hon. Rene Montero has visited six villages in the Spanish Lookout Area and Georgeville and reports an overwhelming reception from his constituents as they invited him into their homes. During his tour, the Hon. Rene Montero had much to share about the events within his Division.

    San Ignacio Police officers receive recognition
    Four police officers from the San Ignacio Police Formation were awarded on Friday of last week for their outstanding performance. Doing the inspection at this monthly occasion was his Worship the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena Towns, Earl Trapp Junior. Corporal 1050, Maximiliano Lanza was chosen to receive his award due to his leadership skills, determination to address drug interdiction and great communication skills. Corporal 692, Jose Pinelo was awarded, due to his commitment to teach others under his command. While police officer 444, Henry Nunez was also awarded, because he is responsible and performs as a supervisor whenever his corporal would be on leave. Police officer 1203, Danny Requena, who is attached to C.I.B was also recognized by Mayor Earl Trapp for his commitment when called upon; even when on time off.

    Thanks for small mercies!
    We need to say thanks to the people who held Francis Fonseca's hands to the fire and are now controlling him. It seems like they have even given him a new speech writer too, because for the first time since he has been making these speeches we did not think we were walking through a cow pasture. We did not have to clean off the bottom of our shoes after his Independence Day Speech. The new Speech Writer employed only small words that even Francis had a hard time to butcher their pronunciations. Not that he did not try, because he still confuses "A" and "O". He frequently interchanges them. That is something they will have a problem in getting him to stop doing, because we now understand that such has been his practice for some forty-eight years.

    Sticks and Stones, Louis Wade attacks the Anglican Bishop
    It was never my intention to put ink to paper when it comes to that JAWBONE named Louis Wade of Plus TV. For some time now he has been getting away attacking people in some rather cowardly fashion. When Wade attacks POLITICIANS , UDPs included, I take it as a part of everyday politics . Those politicians are big men and women and the can defend themselves if they chose to do so. Name calling and mudslinging comes with politics. On Tuesday evening last week as I sat waiting for a bus to go home, I became involved in a conversation with a few people about several things. Two of which were things said on talk shows and posted on the garbage-box called Facebook. The one name that dominated the conversation was Louis Wade. I took out may cellphone to browse Facebook to get a clearer picture of what was being said in the conversation and low and behold it was an attack on the Rt. Rev Bishop Phillip Wright.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    New Belize Progressive Party formed
    The Belize Progressive Party, a coming together of now former members of three third parties, the People’s National Party, the Vision Inspired by the People and the We the People Movement of Corozal alongside some independent candidates, was unveiled this morning at the Belize Institute of Management in […]

    Opinion poll opened on 2015 General Elections
    As Belize prepares for the 2015 general elections, Belize Media Group has opened an online poll allowing voters to select who they think will win in sixteen randomly drawn constituencies from around the country. That number, 16, is the smallest majority needed to form a Government. To participate […]

    Christian Workers Union to meet with Port and begin CBA negotiations
    The Christian Workers Union says it is ready to begin negotiations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with Port of Belize Limited on the working conditions for stevedores. It hosted a press briefing at its office today where stevedores which form part of the negotiating team spoke side […]

    OW family’s home invaded‏
    A brazen daylight home invasion in Orange Walk Town has left one person injured. Two men visited the home of Gabriel “Dj Gaby” Cabrera Sr. on the Belize Corozal Road around 8am. In the home at the time of the invasion was Cabrera’s wife, Julie Cabrera, who was […]

    BNTU Belize City branch selects executive
    Students in Belize City and across the district had a half day of school today as their teachers met at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall for the bi-annual general membership meeting of the Belize City branch of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU). The Union’s branches have been […]

    SSB workers threaten strike over CBA
    With the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) and its employees coming to terms on a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) yesterday, the Prime Minister may have to work his magic again to satisfy the requests of Social Security Board’s (SSB) employees who are demanding that a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) be signed […]

    Government Hilux found in Melchor
    After the retrieval of a Belizean Government Toyota Hilux in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala yesterday, police believe that a network of vehicle thieves are in Belmopan, stealing and taking vehicles across the Belize/Guatemala border. That Toyota Hilux belongs to the Ministry of Health and was stolen from the Ministry’s compound […]

    CWA writes to PM concerning Santa Cruz incident
    The World Archaeological Congress (CWA) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, comprised of the only internationally elected body of practising archaeologists. CWA sent a letter addressed to Prime Minister Dean Barrow on August 30th, questioning the treatment of Mayan citizens of Belize in the Toledo District specifically. This letter focused […]

    BDF soldiers complain they don’t have enough to eat
    Belize Media Group (BMG) has been monitoring a shocking report coming from the Belize Defense Force’s (BDF) main base in Ladyville, Belize District, regarding the materials and sub-par food being given to soldiers for the past few days. One upset soldier reached out to us on Tuesday, September 29th, […]

    TIDE Annual Fish Festival to kick off next week
    It’s the that time of the year again when the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) excites us with its Annual Fish Festival weekend celebration in Punta Gorda (PG) Town. This being the 13th occurrence of this prestigious event, is scheduled for October 9th, 10th, and 11th; […]

    Bar to apply to join nationalization case at CCJ
    Members of the Bar Association of Belize, which met last night in Belize City, have given unanimous approval to a resolution of the association which reads, in short, as follows: “Now be it resolved… (that) The Bar Association take such steps as are necessary to make application to […]

    Three men wanted in home invasion in Orange Walk
    The home of Gabriel Cabrera Sr. better known as “DJ Gaby” was invaded by three men around 8am this morning in Orange Walk Town. Reports are that shortly after his wife opened their clothes shop for business, three men (both were masked) entered their home and demanded for her to […]

    Few showers and thunderstorms expected for the weekend
    The National Meteorological service of Belize predicts mainly fair conditions to prevail over most areas this morning. Moisture and instability increase later today and tonight. The 24 hour forecast is for sunny with cloudy spells this morning with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Skies will become cloudy with showers and thunderstorms […]

    Belize: Elections Industry in Belize Bigger Than Citrus Industry in 2015
    Belize is having its fourth election for 2015 on November 4. Elections has become an industry in Belize…..almost nobody works for free for the parties anymore. In the Cayo North bi-election on January 5, the PUP employed around 125 persons at average of $135 per person, while the UDP […]


    Two great fundraisers and two after parties
    It has been one of those times where the events are non stop back to back. I barely had time to catch my breath after the weekend crawl (4 parties in 3 days and then some) it was off to the races again with two fundraisers and two after parties (one planned and one unplanned). The first fundraiser was for Marcie Newman who is back in the states undergoing cancer treatment. I was in on the behind the scenes fb messaging o this one and from the moment Sam posed the idea countless people and business stepped up to donate. Ruth from Island Time immediately agreed to host the event, do a special menu for the evening and donate 50% of the proceeds to the cause. Next fundraiser was SAGA Humane Society at El Foogn for Belize Independence. That is always a good time one as they close the street and make a big party. While the turn out may not have been quite as big as they had hoped for ( to many people getting partied out) it was still busy and many SAGA volunteers worked very hard all night.

    The Pack-a-Pound Program: Helping Belizean Schools
    Chaa Creek’s guests donate school supplies to classrooms in Belize! We are very happy to report yet another successful accomplishment by Chaa Creek’s Pack-a-Pound Program. Guests wishing to join this initiative can substitute one pound of luggage, or more, for school supplies. The school supplies are then gathered together, packed off by pound and then distributed to the schools and students who need it most. Last week we made a surprise visit to Bishop Martin R.C. School in the Santiago Juan Layout area of San Ignacio, Cayo. Principal Abimael Waight, teachers and 468 students happily welcomed the pack-a-pound program team. Mr. Waight said that the school will make good use of all the materials received. Among items donated were: colouring pencils, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, sketch pads, water paint, brushes, scissors, book covers, paper folders, exercise books and crayons.

    International Sourcesizz

    David Cameron Grapples With Issue of Slavery Reparations in Jamaica
    Slave owners compensated after abolition, but not slaves: The family connections came to light when researchers at University College London studied how influential slave-owning families were compensated after slavery was abolished. Mr. Duff was awarded 4,101 pounds (roughly £3 million, or $4.6 million, today) for the 202 slaves he forfeited in the Grange sugar estate in Jamaica....
    As Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain visits Jamaica this week, he has been confronted with an old and awkward moral conundrum resonating in Europe and the United States: Should a country pay reparations for slavery? On Tuesday, Jamaica’s prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, raised the issue of reparations with Mr. Cameron during his visit, the first by a British prime minister to the island in 14 years. Motivated by centuries-old grievances and a desire to right past injustice, 14 Caribbean countries have been cataloging the damages for which they blame the legacy of slavery, with the aim of demanding reparations and an apology from the former colonial powers of Britain, France and the Netherlands, which engaged in and profited from the slave trade. Britain transported more than three million Africans across the Atlantic.

    Equator Prize 2015 Winners
    The Equator Prize 2015 is an international award that recognizes outstanding local achievement in advancing sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Following a global call for nominations, the Equator Initiative received a record-setting 1,461 nominations from 126 countries around the world. A Technical Advisory Committee comprised of international experts guided a rigorous, months-long peer-review process to select the 21 winning initiatives. In Latin America, the ‪‎Maya‬ Leaders Alliance in ‪‎Belize‬ is a winner. This coalition of Maya organizations and leaders collectively work to promote the long-term wellbeing of the Maya people and to defend collective rights to their territories. The alliance achieved a landmark legal victory in 2015, which affirmed that the 39 Q’eqchi and Mopan Maya indigenous communities of southern Belize have rights to the lands that they have historically used and occupied. This historic legal affirmation – which states that traditional land rights constitute property, equal in legitimacy to any other form of property under ‪‎Belizean‬ law – is the first indigenous peoples land rights victory in the Caribbean region.

    Caribbean Nations Are Preparing For Paris Climate Talks
    Negotiators and ministers with responsibility for climate change have ended their meeting in Saint Lucia determined to make their demands heard in Paris. Saint Lucia is responsible for climate change issues at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) level, and the island is bringing together climate change negotiators from the member states to cement its plan for addressing issues during negotiations in Paris in December. Chief Sustainable Development and Environment Officer, Crispin D’Auvergne says the Caribbean has a lot at stake in the upcoming deliberations, as more and more developed countries are trying to sway the outcome in their favour. “In view of how the negotiations are going right now, some countries are saying we don’t want ‘this’ in the new agreement, others are saying we want ‘that’ or we want it this way. What are we prepared to accept? What do we see as our red line? What do we see as things that must be there for us to be satisfied with the outcome?” he asked.

    The United Arab Emirates and Belize Sign Bilateral Trade Agreements
    Today, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Belize signed bilateral trade agreements that will serve as a catalyst for investments from the UAE and will strengthen Belize's position as a Central American and the Caribbean regional energy leader. These trade agreements will serve as a foundation to catalyze private sector investments from the UAE, as well as government-to-government investments. Belize Natural Energy Limited's (BNE) model was integral in making today's historic milestone a reality. "The signing of the UAE-Belize agreement is a critical step in fulfilling the original vision of native Belizean Mike Usher, who always believed that his country was full of abundant natural resources," said Susan Morrice, Chairman and Founder of BNE. "He also believed that through the BNE holistic business model, the economic benefits of those resources could be shared by all Belizeans and pave the way for a better Belize. Since BNE first discovered commercial oil in 2005, we have always stayed true to that original BNE model and vision. Through BNE director Josh Stewart, who resides in UAE, and the special relationship he has developed with his Emirati partner, Ali al Naqbi, BNE is now in an excellent position to continue to build out its vision."

    Georgia and Belize have established diplomatic relations
    The Foreign Ministers of Georgia and Belize, Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Wilfred Peter Elrington signed a joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations in New York, according to MFA of Georgia. The establishment of the diplomatic relations will promote the further development of co-operation between the two countries in different spheres. Belize is the 30th Latin American and Caribbean country, with which Georgia has established diplomatic relations. Georgia has already entered into diplomatic relations with a total of 185 states.

    US probes peer’s banking operation
    AS the more lurid and unproven claims in Lord Ashcroft’s self-published hatchet job on the prime minister attract widespread ridicule, more embarrassment looms for the Tory peer concerning his banking operations in shady Belize. The US Department of Justice recently issued a summons for details of so-called correspondent bank accounts run by Citibank and Bank of America on behalf of Ashcroft’s Belize Bank Ltd and its sister bank, Belize Bank International Ltd, from 2006 to 2014. Ashcroft acquired the bank in 1987, resigning as chief executive in 2010 but remaining the controlling shareholder of its holding company. This makes the evidence in the summons, based on investigations by an Internal Revenue Service official, acutely embarrassing. “US taxpayers have used the Belize entities to set up and maintain undisclosed accounts to evade their US tax obligations,” it states.

    Caribbean Charter Trends for the 2015-2016 Season
    Eco-consciousness – Connectivity & On Board Amenities – Future Bookings. These are a few of the hot topics All At Sea posed to nine crewed and bareboat charter companies represented throughout the Caribbean and asked them for a trends forecast. Here’s what we discovered: True sailors continue to love the monohull ride and there are a few new builds popping up in charter fleets. However, “there’s unprecedented growth in catamarans. Sailing catamarans 46-to 48-feet in length are preferred by most charter guests,” says Ian Pedersen, marketing manager for The Moorings – North America, headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. “The BVI is called the ‘Sailing Capital of the World’ for a reason. That said, we have seen exciting growth in other destinations like the Bahamas, St. Martin and Belize,” says the Moorings’ Pedersen.

    British Prime Minster David Cameron's office is staying tight-lipped about a new book that claims he put a "private part of his anatomy" in a dead pig's mouth during a student initiation ritual at Oxford. The book also contains other alleged revelations, including that Cameron smoked marijuana as a student and that cocaine use to circulate at his house in London. Lord Ashcroft, a billionaire who has regularly criticised the Prime Minister, also alleges that while at university, Mr Cameron took part in an "outrageous initiation ceremony" to join a notorious dining club. Satirical responses flourished on social media under the hashtags #piggate and #hameron, the report adds. Mr Cameron has already confessed to being "desperately embarrassed" about his membership of the hard-drinking Bullingdon Club, and the latest stories of excess are similarly uncomfortable.


  • Mpact Ministries - Christmas in Belize - 2015, 3min.

  • Fra Belize til Guatemala, 8.5min.

  • Spiny lobster vs. Green moray eel., 15sec. An amazing and unique predator-prey interaction.

  • Glovers Reef Research Station, 8.5min. Middle Caye, The home of the Glovers Reef Research Station. It's one of the islands that make up the Glovers Reef Atoll.

  • Crazy birders!, 1.5min. This is for my redneck friends

  • MASSIVE WATER WAR @ University of Belize- YOU MISSED OUT!, 1min. From Balloon tossing to bucket throwing..everybody mi di war fi get wet up! Everybody had fun! This event wast spearheaded by Marcus and Melody of the Belmopan U.B. Campus

  • Dolphins at Turneffe, Belize, 15sec.

    October 1, 2015


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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

    30 Day Belizean Treats Challenge: Day 30
    We are finally done! Yup, that’s right guys we made it. We took you through a 30 day journey of some of Belize’s best eats.

    Letter to the Editor: You will get what you seed
    Dear Editor; Most of the island and tourist related problems have already been addressed before, by others and online. As repeat vacation guests we’ll have to fully agree and also submit our warnings about the downfall of the island: * San Pedro has become unfriendly, unsafe, too noisy, dangerous and hectic for tourists. * Large construction trucks, pick-up trucks and other noisy vehicles like Polaris take away from any tranquility and serenity tourists seek during vacation. Traffic in general is out of control. * Beautification, character/style requirements for buildings, height limitations and cleanliness is clearly not of anybody’s mind. There are even buildings in town who board their windows to accommodate advertising signs. How disgusting is that! You have clearly missed the choice to present town and island in a professional and tourist friendly style. “You will get what you seed” and the loss will be felt in everyone’s pocket. /s/ Samara & Micah, New York

    Rosita Baltazar honored at Tribute to the Belizean Patriots Award Ceremony
    On Thursday, September 17th a group of pioneers in the Belizean community were honored as part of the September Celebrations Tribute to the Belizean Patriots Ceremony. Each year a number of Belizeans are bestowed honors for their work towards the betterment and development of the country. Held at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts in Belize City, the awards are presented by Governor General of Belize Sir Colville Young. Among the 21 recipients for this year’s award ceremonies was none other than former dance instructor for the San Pedro Dance Academy, Rosa Rosita Baltazar. Two awards were issued at the event: the Meritorious Service Award and the Order of Distinction. Both awards service to recognized outstanding citizens who have provided their services in different fields towards Belize and its people. The event is part of the National Honors and Awards Act passed on August 16th, 1991. 19 persons received the Meritorious Service Award, while only two received the Order of Distinction.

    Hip Hip Hurray, San Pedro continues to celebrate!
    We all know that we can never celebrate our country too much. And here in San Pedro we prove that time and time again. So would we let a little bad weather completely stop us from celebrating our Independence Day? NO WAY! After giving La Isla Bonita’s biggest parade a rain check last week, everyone came out in full force to celebrate on Sunday, September 27th. After all it is always better late than never! And let me tell you, islanders pulled out all their glitter and sequins for this one day. With soca music blaring from behind golf carts, pick-ups, trailers and even a couple of big trucks, revelers followed in tune, winding and grinding to the contagious beats. Of course, everyone was decked out in either patriotic outfits or colorful elaborate costumes. I’m telling you, the Independence Day vibes just cyant done!

    Hyperbaric chamber holds informational training for divers
    The Hyperbaric Chamber adjacent to the Ambergris Caye Hope Clinic conducted a chamber operating training from Monday, September 21st to Friday, September 25th for local divers. Dive personnel from different dive shops on the island were taught about the operations of the Hyperbaric Chamber, where divers are treated for dive related injuries. At the training, participants learned mainly about the physics of hyperbaric chamber pressure changes and how it affects the body in certain air spaces such as the lungs and ears. This type of training will equip the local diving experts with the knowledge necessary when encountering issues with decompression sicknesses from their clients. Conducting the training was Roger Garcia, who is a certified Hyperbaric technician from Florida, USA. “This is the second time I am here conducting this type of training. We went over the treatment of complications known as arterial gas embolism, decompression sickness, embolism and as well as to distinguish decompression type 1 and type 2. In the first one, the patient will normally just feel pain in the joints and elbows, while in type 2 it involves pain but follow by numbness, and rashes around the body. In situations like this, before the patient is brought into the chamber, we administer 100% oxygen. In the training I also showed them how to use the different systems in the recompression chamber, such as the air system, the oxygen system, the suppression system, and as well how these systems are supposed to happen, and most importantly how you take the patient from the front door into the chamber and perform the treatments,” said Garcia. The training involved theory and practical classes and had satisfactory results according to Garcia.

    Belizeans officially heading to the polls on November 4th!
    The Belize electorate is gearing up to go to the polls once again, as Prime Minister Dean Barrow has announced that General Election will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. The announcement was made on Monday, September 28th during a press conference in Belmopan City. Barrow had petitioned Governor General His Excellency Sir Colville Young to dissolve the National Assembly in order to proceed with the nomination, campaigning and election process. Friday, October 16th has been set as Nomination Day when each of the contesting parties will present their slate. The Governor General has since issued a Writ of Election. Polls will open at 7AM and close at 6PM on Wednesday, November 4th countrywide. Section 57(1) of the Representation of the People Registration Rules states “The persons entitled to vote at the election of a divisional representative shall be those persons whose names appear on the register for that division as existing on the Nomination Day.” Only persons who are registered on or prior to Thursday, September 10th are eligible to vote in the General Election. The Registers for each of the Electoral Divisions are posted at the Elections and Boundaries office countrywide.

    Ambergris Today

    Oceana Announces Belize’s 2015 Ocean Hero Award Winners
    Oceana has celebrated Ocean Hero Awards since 2009 as a way to recognize and honor leaders in ocean conservation, education, and advocacy from around the world. On Saturday, September 26th, at a ceremony held in Caye Caulker, Oceana recognized two Belizeans for their selfless commitment to Belize’s marine environment. Oceana Belize is pleased to declare Biologist Miguel Alamilla and Captain Romauldo Badillo as the 2015 Ocean Heroes.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of September 20th – September 26th, 2015
    The family Dozier were tarpon machines as they all produced at least one tarpon each. John Sr., John Jr., Jefferson and Uncle Scott seemed to have the tarpon’s number despite the nasty rainy weather. Robert ( of permit fame above, landed 2 tarpon on his last day out on the water. Ari added three more tarpon this week, but his real claim to fame was the super grand slam of last week. One of our day fishing guests Kent landed 4 tarpon in 2 days of fishing. Branon & Josh landed a tarpon apiece after working it for several days getting more and more determined, then the next day they got 3 tarpon to the boat. Isaac made the best of his only day on the water with a sweet tarpon ( every tarpon is pretty sweet, right?) Harvey capped his week with a ninth inning tarpon to make it all worth while! Coleman has been working the tarpon on a fly thing for years and I am so happy that his quest became reality

    Prime Minister's Business Forum: "Partnership for Growth and Prosperity"
    It is with pleasure to announce that the Honourable Dean O.Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, Minister of Finance and Economic Development cordially invites you to the Fourth Annual Prime Minister's Business Forum, under the theme "Partnership for Growth and Prosperity." This event will be held on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 8:30am-1:30pm at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, River Hall Room, Belize City, Belize. We look forward to your vibrant participation.

    An Overview to Belize's Fast-Growing Popularity and How It Is Becoming the Next Destination Capital
    More and more airlines are recognizing the need to establish new routes to Belize. As Belize is starting to be recognized around the world and increasingly becomes the fast-growing region in Central America, traffic has increased over the time and many flights have also been increasing. This only proves that many more airlines are now beginning to want to establish their own presence in the country's most popular destination today. As Copa Airlines have announced the launch of their service to the Belize's International Airport, this only shows that Belize's reputation of becoming the fastest-growing commercial hub in the world have been cemented with yet another airliner that adds to Belize routes. Although, this is not the only improvements that help Belize to build their future, but it still opens up new possibilities and opportunities in terms of investments and business. Copa Airlines have opened up new possibilities that people of Belize can enjoy as well as ex-pats living in this region.

    Poets Corner: Dean dah noh no Goldson!
    By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. There are some aspiring to get into the political race But they have not been blessed with God’s grace The truth is that God still runs this place We must turn and seek his face If you heed not his warning, yours will be the ultimate disgrace We must walk in faith He will keep your cause noble He removes from you every obstacle The only price is that you remain humble Or you will be replaced by someone he deems suitable Recent cases in point Derrick Aikman and Hutchinson When they turned from God’s face they learnt their lesson They were able to remove two giants in the eyes of the people Politicians once thought infallible Belize’s politics is always filled with optimism Aikman beating Price was unthinkable But without God’s grace that would be impossible The voice of God is the vote of the people There is no politician that is unbeatable Goldson’s humility made him a living spectacle

    Cayo Cancer Walk 2015
    The 2015 Cayo Cancer Walk will be on Saturday, October 24th. It starts at 5:00am at Running W, and ends at Macal River Park. They have t-shirts at the Shell gas station for just $20.. "Our 3rd Annual Cancer Walk is just around the corner, t-shirts are already available and you can also start registering for the walk as well!!!"

    Cayo Officers Awarded for Professionalism
    Congratulations to officers Stanford and Valencia! They were awarded for their professionalism. Keep up the great work. "Two police officers attached to the San Ignacio formation were today singled out for the way the carried themselves, their neat uniform and shoes and overall professionalism displayed. Congratulations to WPC Joan Stanford and Corporal Ricky Valencia. Keep up the good work."

    Dr. Eddie Laing was the late Belizean scholar who wrote the bylaws for the formation of the Consortium for Belizean Development in 1985 in Los Angeles, California. The Harvard University law professor who taught the present American president, Barak Obama in law school, rose to become a skillful scholar of international law that Belize was fortunate to have been able to tap into in terms of consultancy on issues relating to Belize's bordering dispute with Guatemala, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and many other constitutional law matters affecting the Belizean diaspora, as well as matters of significance in the Belize constitution. It would have been a blessing to have had him develop a constitutional amendment in terms of resurrecting the Seventh Amendment that the Barrow administration appears to be having serious misgivings in regards to placing the Belizean diaspora to its rightful place for Belize's development.

    The passing of CFS Brown, one of Belize's most outstanding citizens who lived a great part of his life in the Belizean diaspora in Chicago, Illinois, has been a big time lost for Belize in terms of the body of knowledge that he took with him, but was not documented. The many narratives that this giant of a Belizean had to tell would compile volumes in terms of Belize's sports history and its political and social accomplishments. My meeting of CFS Brown occurred in 1985 during the formation of the Consortium for Belizean Development in Los Angeles, California. Sir Brown visited L.A. from Chicago where he resided as a Belizean living in the diaspora but continued to work for Belize and Belizeans in organizational activities that sought to transfer knowledge to Belize from the Belizean diaspora. As he participated in one of the most historic Belizean initiatives to help and develop Belize at that time, CFS Brown was flanked by Belizeans from all walks of live who attracted to him like flies. His larger than life sports memorabilia that he compiled in action as well as in purpose is known throughout Belize's sports world that made him became respected by many of the legendary Belizean politicians and leaders of his time.

    Channel 7

    One Day After Strike Threat, BEL Union and Management Sign New Deal
    The BEL union won’t strike. A deal was reached this afternoon – after a tough night of negotiation at the ministry of labour in Belmopan. It got so tough that one side walked out – and the other ended up staying until three in the morning. And even after all of that – they still didn’t sign the agreement! The General Secretary of the union told us about it today:… Marvin Mora, General Secretary - BEWU "Eventually I think management walked out; or the person that they had there representing walked out, we're not sure what happened. But the agreement was in essence between the government of Belize and the trade union; the government of Belize being the owner in a sense of the company. That’s where we stand. We thought that at that point in time that it would be better to have that than to have nothing at all and come back empty handed and start at square one. This morning we believe that we should have some sort of compromise coming from the government as well in regards to what the board intends to do with it. It is there, we will know for sure that what we pen down last night will be accepted because it has to go to the board. Once it is agreed by the board then we have an agreement in essence. Everything after that will just be formalities." Jules Vasquez "So you all have signed to it?"

    Staff At UB Also Want Raise
    And so the Electricity Workers got the across the board salary increase that they had been negotiating for months – and no one can doubt that being just five weeks from a general election sped things along. And it seems others are following that lead – starting at the University of Belize. Staffers have written to the President – saying that they want a salary re-alignment along the lines of the KHMH. You may know that UB – like the KHMH – is a government statutory Board. They say they also work for the Government – and have been on a salary freeze since 2005. So how much are the university staff asking for? Their letter tells the president, quote, “We consider that a 14% raise is a viable threshold form which you can start.” Their letter was sent on September 24th and they asked for an answer within two weeks – which would be October 8th.

    Will Social Security Stage Sickout?
    And the employees of the Social Security Board could also be getting ready to rumble in this election season. We are told that they are planning to stage a sickout on Friday. As we’ve reported, they are in the process of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with management – but seem unhappy with how things are going. And so, with the election deadline putting all politicians and political appointees under the gun – it seems the Social Security Workers want to use that opportune time to bring things to a head. We are told the workers may have grievances with the fact that management has not responded to their request for an increase.

    Johnny Zabs Can't Meet Payroll; Maya King Farm Will Lay off 600
    John Zabaneh, He’s not been in the news for almost a year and a half since he granted an interview to 7 News in which he complained that the Drug King Pin designation that the US Government placed on him in August 2012 was destroying his businesses. Well, it appears that his prediction is slowly coming through. Mayan King Banana Farm, his mother’s banana company, located in South Stann Creek, is one of the largest Banana operations in the south, and it hires anywhere between twelve hundred to 2 thousand employees in the high season. But, right now, the company is struggling, and the drought, has been destroying their banana crop as well. The company would have normally been able to weather this storm and keep all its employees paid by an overdraft facility - but, you can only get an overdraft form a bank, and because of the Kingpin designation, no bank will do business with Zabaneh.

    PM Meets BTL Staff
    Thirteen days ago the Belize Communication Workers Union sent out an irate press release. They accused the Barrow Administration of quote, “acting from the same script as the Musa Government,” and saying that in the BTL settlement – the Barrow administration had done worse than their PUP counterparts by, quote, “saddling all Belizeans…with a whopping $162 million plus of Belizean sweat dollars.” They concluded, dismally, quote, “there is no difference between the PUP and the UDP. Both Musa and Barrow have failed us and now we are forced to wonder all over again ‘If we change monkey fu black dog’”. Yes, very strong words, and today the Prime Minister went to a general staff meeting of BTL employees At The Esquivel Telecom Center on St. Thomas Street to explain the settlement which he negotiated. 7News was not allowed into the compound for the meeting – even though we did send a request to the Public Relations Department – it was rejected. But last night at the BTL Annual General Meeting, both the chairman of the board and the chairman of the executive committee discussed the release and the aftermath:…

    BTL Earnings Up, Profits Down
    That was only one controversial issue raised at the Phone Company’s Annual General Meeting last night. The other had to be the huge, 98 million dollar debt that BTL is left to pay as part of the settlement with the Ashcroft Alliance. It originates from a 45 million loan that Ashcroft’s British Caribbean Bank had with BTL when government took it over. For 6 years, BTL and government resisted paying the loan – but they lost at every court – and when the bill with interest came due – it was almost a hundred million dollars. How will BTL pay? That’s what they explained last night: Jules Vasquez Reporting…. BTL shareholders gathered at the Biltmore Hotel conference room expecting to take a hit – 98 million dollars’ worth to settle an outstanding debt with the British Caribbean Bank. But instead they got news of only a 48 million dollar low impact low interest: Nestor Vasquez, Chairman - BTL "The details are not yet finalized but the prime minister has informed us that BTL will have to service treasury notes in the amount of 48 million dollars, that 48 million in Belize dollars by the way; which I understand to mean favourable terms allowing BTL a legally authorized period of delay for the repayment of the entire loan."

    Election Interferes With Court Cases
    Election changes everything! Just ask those workers groups who are agitating for salary increases. And it also changes things in the Supreme Court. The PUP today had to postpone two of their major lawsuits against Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Today was supposed to be the day where Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin would have started hearing the case where Francis Fonseca is suing Barrow because he hasn’t brought the 13th senator online. That would have been a lengthy trial, but because the general elections will be held on November 4, both sides agreed to postpone the case. The PUP is hoping that it will be elected to office, where they promise to bring the 13th Senator into effect. If they lose, then PUP will press the case forward. After exiting a case management conference, Eamon Courtenay, Fonseca’s attorney, explained the rationale to us: Eamon Courtenay, SC - Attorney for Francis Fonseca "It was set for trial today but it has been adjourned by agreement because the date for the election has been set. Therefore it has been adjourned to the 30th of November when we hope by then with a new prime minister we will have a 13th senator appointed; and then the claim would be withdrawn. In the event that, that does not happen then the chief justice will set a trial date at that point in time."

    King Has a Solution for Chetumal Street Squatters
    About 100 squatters in the Gungulung area will have their own parcel of land. We have reported extensively on these squatters especially on those on Chetumal Street. Many had to dismantle their houses and relocate, others were removed from the premises. Now, the last time we reported on them, UDP Area Representative Mark King told us he would secure land in Cotton Tree for some of the squatters. Well, now, King has another solution that he says will have a greater impact on their lives. He told us about it today. Mark King - Area Representative, Lake Independence "As you know there is the squatters in the Gungulungs area who; fought me pretty well because I've said they were associated with rumours from the PUP that I was going to move them. I made very clearly on the television publicly that I did not lie to these people, that I was looking for land for them and I was trying to help them; but they were also illegally squatting. And so my only thing was to help them get a parcel of land. Nevertheless I have been talking to all the big parcel land holders, for example the Bradley estate, the foam factory estate and other estate land holder that holds acreage and acreage of land on the highway within the foam factory area, within the Chetumal street area, within the river side area of Lake I. We have some very good news, we have gotten almost all of the estates to soon come to an agreement with us to give back some of their land as a good faith to the government and to see how they can also assist the community in developing business on their land to hire the same Lake I people."

    PUP Wants Election Observers
    The Leader of the Opposition wants international observers from CARICOM, the OAS or the Commonwealth to witness the November 4th election. Fonseca says this is because the date for the election was announced only days before the process for the annual review of the electoral lists. So, the Leader of the opposition argues, the list will be bloated since they will not have been revised for 2015. The letter is dated two days ago – and there is no word of reply from the Prime Minister.

    Ugly Inter-family Rape In Cayo
    There is a very chilling rape case to report: A 13 year old girl was raped by her cousin twice. The 13 year old reported that on Thursday September 3rd around 6 in the evening, her 26 year old brother told her to have sex with their 21 year old cousin, she refused but then he came back again around 12 midnight and took her to their cousin’s room where the cousin raped her. It happened again that Saturday the 5th: Her brother woke her up again that night at 11 and guided her to the cousin’s room where the cousin raped the little girl again. It would have happened again on the 27th but when the girl’s father got up that night to give his wife medication, he saw the his daughter lying beside the cousin and the brother. That is when the girl told her parents about what had happened. When we spoke to police today they told us that the parents don't want to proceed with the case and they only asked for both the cousin and the brother to leave the house. But police still have both men detained for questioning. The Department of Human services are also involved in this case.

    Faith Paying Off
    Things continue to normalize at Faith Nazarene Primary School in San Ignacio. When we spoke to General Manager Raymond Sheppard today he told us via text that close to 100% of the student population attended today. This is in line with the release that was sent by parents and teachers stating that “all parents should be encouraged to permit those children, to return to classes on Monday, September 28th. But it continues by stating firmly, quote, “this does not mean that parents and teachers have stopped or will stop advocating or agitating for change.” So although there is still tension between parents, teachers and principal Pech – the majority of the kids are back in school. Now attempts are being made to schedule after classes for students to catch up on what they missed.

    CEO Wants Answers
    Answers about the rat. That’s what the CEO of the Ministry of Health wants from the Regional Manager for the West Melinda Guerra, and the Hospital Administrator Bernadette Seaver. 7News has confirmed that Allen has written to both women asking them why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for the rat in the incubator incident. He is asking them for their side of the story in writing – and we are told it’s procedural so that he can say in the future that he gave them the opportunity to defend themselves. We’ll keep following this story…

    Brought The Hilux Home
    In other news from the Ministry of Health, 7News has confirmed that they have gotten back the Hilux which was stolen on September fourth. As we told you, an onboard GPS system traced the truck to Melchor – after it was stolen. The ministry also disabled the ignition with that anti theft device. Since then, there’s been a bit of back and forth with the Guatemalan bureaucracy but tonight we can report that the Hilux has been returned to Belize and is securely parked at the Benque Viejo police station.. We’ll have more on this tomorrow..

    Northside Has Needs Too
    Many times on this newscast we’ve featured police touring their neighborhoods – but it’s mainly been on the Southside – which is home to most of the crime in the city. But northside cops have also been doing their outreach and that continued today. We caught up with the cops on Vasquez Avenue:..

    King Will Help With Collapsed House
    Earlier on we told you about Mark King’s solution for the Chetumal Street squatters. But he says he’s also helping with a fallen house in Lake Independence. On Sunday Lichelle Dixon’s wooden house caved in and her family lost all its belongings. Before the fall, Dixon had been asking Area Rep. Mark King for help to repair the house but it never came until it finally collapsed. Today King gave us an update on that incident and told us he is already working on building a new house for the family. Construction work has already started.

    Channel 5

    B.E.W.U. Signs Memorandum of Understanding with B.E.L. Management
    There were no blackouts today and B.E.L. employees were on the job, despite threats of a nationwide strike. Disaster was averted because of a last minute intervention by Prime Minister [...]

    Union Gets Less Than it Bargained For
    The MOU was signed at around five this evening, but that doesn’t mean that the management of B.E.L. is happy about it even though the union got less than they [...]

    N.T.U.C.B. President Weighs in on Election Lead Up
    Marvin Mora is the spokesperson of the BEWU, but he is also the President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize.  That umbrella organization was increasingly vocal on a [...]

    Marvin Mora Criticizes Trade Union’s Inability to Support Social Issues
    Mora also, interestingly, condemned the inability of trade unions to stand up for the people of Belize. It’s a criticism that’s certainly been expressed in different sectors, but coming from [...]

    Industrial Action Looming at S.S.B.?
    Even as the Prime Minister has stepped in to pour water on the sizzling coals at B.E.L., he may have to think about doing the same at the Social Security [...]

    U.B. Faculty and Staff Demand 14% Salary Adjustment
    From the B.E.W.U. to the S.S.B. to U.B. …where we are told faculty and staff have given President of the institution Alan Slusher one week to respond to their demands [...]

    P.U.P. Requests Observers for General Elections
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow formally announced the date for the upcoming general elections on Monday, sixteen months short of his five year term in office. The snap election is causing [...]

    B.T.L. Loses $2 Million in Revenue in 2015
    Steadily declining profits, stagnant revenues, declining dividends….That’s what shareholders and senior management at Belize Telemedia Limited are facing six years after the utility company was nationalized.  On Tuesday night, at [...]

    B.T.L. Shareholders Receive 23 Cents per Share in Dividends
    Shareholders received twenty-three cents per share in dividends, down one cent from last year. Chairman of the B.T.L. Executive Committee, Anwar Barrow, has completed one year as the company’s effective [...]

    How Will B.T.L. Defray Outstanding B.C.B. Loan?
    Also hanging over B.T.L.’s head is the twenty-two point five million-US-dollar loan facility acquired from the British Caribbean Bank during the first acquisition in 2009.  B.T.L.’s board had refused to [...]

    Brother Forces Teen Sister Into Being Raped by Cousin
    There is a bizarre story of a minor being coerced by her older brother into being raped by her cousin which is making headlines tonight.  A thirteen-year-old student of Santa [...]

    Stolen Ministry of Health Hilux Recovered in Guatemala
    Two weeks ago, a Toyota Hilux parked at the Ministry of Health compound in Belmopan was stolen. Today, that vehicle was recovered across the border. Working together with Guatemalan authorities, [...]

    Landy Habet Versus Chief Elections Officer to be Discontinued in Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court has postponed one case and discontinued another as a result of the announcement of general elections on November fourth. The case of P.U.P. Cayo Northeast standard bearer Orlando [...]

    Case for 13th Senator Postponed Until After General Elections
    In the other case, the Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, was taking on Prime Minister Dean Barrow over the thirteenth member of the Senate. Today, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin [...]

    Shannon Smith Charged for Dangerous Harm in Stabbing of Earlin Butler
    Twenty-five year old Shannon Smith, a resident of Mahogany Heights, Belize District, who is accused in an alleged home invasion, was back in court today. In March 2015, a man [...]

    S.I.B. Releases Consumer Price Index for August
    The Consumer Price Index for August 2015 indicates that the costs of goods and services were point six percent lower last month than for the same period in 2014.  The [...]

    Maya Leaders Alliance Win Equator Prize 2015
    The Equator Prize 2015, a prestigious international award acknowledging exceptional local achievement in improving sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities, has been won by the Maya Leaders [...]

    National Library Hosts Fourteenth Annual Book Fair
    The Belize National Library Service and Information System today held the fourteenth annual book fair at the Leo Bradley Library on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City. It encourages youths [...]

    B.E.L. Employees Threaten to Strike
    Will there be nationwide blackouts in the jewel on Wednesday? It seems to be a possibility, since B.E.L. employees who are members of the Belize Energy Workers Union will be [...]

    Will There be Nationwide Blackouts on Wednesday?
    A ccording to Mora, the strike has become necessary only after a protracted attempt to find middle ground with B.E.L. management. With that option seemingly off the table, the union [...]

    Santa Cruz Thirteen Back In Court… Uxbenka Denuding Continues
    The Santa Cruz Thirteen, including outspoken Maya activist Cristina Coc, were back in court today where they appeared before Magistrate Emerson Banner.  The group has been back and forth before [...]

    P.M. Barrow Says Force Cannot be Used to Evict Rupert Myles
    While the Mayans of Santa Cruz await their day in Court following another adjournment, one man who hasn’t been before a magistrate is Rupert Myles. That’s because the man who [...]

    Sex Offender Kenrick Bowman is Out on Bail
    After four nights on remand, sex offender Kenrick Bowman, is out free from the Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance. Last Friday Bowman was arraigned for a sexual [...]

    Lincoln Hemsley Junior Acquitted of March 2012 Murder
    There was also a murder acquittal in court.Twenty-three year old Lincoln Hemsley Junior, walked free of the March 2012 murder of twenty-one year old  David Alberto Hernandez after being on [...]

    P.M. Wards Off Criticism from BTL Employees
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced on Monday that general elections will be held on November fourth, 2015, that is only three years and eight months into his second five year [...]

    Is U.D.P. Machinery Well-oiled Ahead of Upcoming General Elections?
    With general elections thirty-six days away, both parties will be scrambling for money, and both have taken money from the only man with the ready cash to be a game-changer [...]

    P.M. Barrow on Guatemalan Presidency and Territorial Dispute
    C omedian turned Guatemalan politician Jimmy Morales shocked that nation by winning the first round of elections in early September. He will be facing Sandra Torres in a second round [...]

    Elections & Boundaries Commission Confirms Election Day 2015
    Coming on the heels of the announcement for early elections on November fourth, the Election and Boundaries Commission has confirmed October sixteen as Nomination Day for candidates of all political [...]

    Mercury Above Acceptable Level in Fish Found in Macal River
    Traces of mercury have been detected in fish from the Macal River.  An analysis in which twelve species were caught from the waterway indicated that six of them tested positive [...]

    Seven NGO’s Receive CARSI Funding
    The US Embassy today awarded grants to seven organizations from around the country under the Central American Regional Security Initiative. The US Ambassador, Carlos Moreno says that the awards were [...]

    House Collapse in Lake-I Leaves One Family Homeless
    Another Belize City family residing in Lake Independence is tonight homeless after their home collapsed over the weekend.  Lichelle Dixon, her mother and grandmother were living in a dilapidated wooden [...]

    A Museum in Honor of Phillip Goldson
    On Monday the National Institute of Culture and History held the formal opening of Goldson House, a museum and research and education institute dedicated to the life and legacy of [...]

    P.M. Attends Launch of Goldson House
    Prime Minister Barrow was at the opening of Goldson House, and told News Five that the tribute to the great statesman and national hero is important to the U.D.P. and [...]

    Miguel Alamilla and Romi Badillo are 2015 Ocean Heroes
    For the past five years, Oceana has been recognizing leaders in ocean conservation, education, and advocacy from around the world. In Belize, Biologist Miguel Alamilla and Captain Romaldo Badillo were [...]


    Conch Season Declared Open
    Seafood lovers rejoice for the return of the Queen Conch! Today the Fisheries Department announced the opening of the much anticipated Conch Season on Thursday October 1st. This season’s rules have not changed but were modified. A release from the Department indicates that no person or establishment shall have in their possession any diced conch meat. The market clean conch meat and fillet conch meat weight should exceed 3.0 ounces and 2.75 ounces, respectively. Of note to fishers is that the Queen Conch shell length should exceed 7 inches. The public is reminded that the department hereby makes a special appeal to fishers and the General Public to uphold all Fisheries Regulations, and urges all responsible citizens to call the Department at 224-4552 / 203-2623 to report any infractions. The season runs until June 30th or until the National Quota is realized.

    Energy Challenges To Be Addressed With Grant Awarded By EU
    As the country embarks upon a development process and the modernization of the economy, it needs to address energy challenges. Belize is abundant in energy resources, particularly biomass which is forestry, hydroelectricity, solar and wind. Although these resources could play a central role in sustaining development, the nation remains highly dependent on imported energy sources. In addition, access to energy in rural areas is inadequate and public awareness regarding energy efficiency is low. It is in this light that the Capacity Development in Renewable Energy Policy and Mapping in Belize was kick started. With the help of the European Union working along with the Government of Belize, a grant of 27 million Euros has been secured for this project. Ambrose Tillett, Energy Director within the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities, says improving energy access in rural areas would play a pivotal role in poverty reduction.

    Fourth Annual Run For The World Takes Place On Saturday
    Did you know that there is a number of scientific evidence that proves that regular exercise, running in particular, has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe? Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other conditions. What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer. Bearing in mind the importance of running, the Corozal Community Youth Children and Sport group held its third annual run for the world marathon. The marathon is scheduled to take place on Saturday. Humberto Juarez Principal San Joaquin R.C. School: “The activity Run for the World has been an annual activity and we have been doing it for the past three years and it is about promoting health awareness and we want to encourage our students to be engaged in activities that promote healthy lifestyles and we want to do that through engaging them in participating in sports and running is one of the activities that involves a lot of people so that is why we want to bring it once again this year to our community and we have over five hundred participants are expected, there are twenty schools that have been invited and we are requesting form them a minimum of twenty five students participants but of course that is the minimum but if they bring more than the event will be bigger.”

    Opposition Leader Demands That Electoral Observers Monitor Election Process
    The sudden announcement of general elections by Prime Minister Dean Barrow has proved to come along with several inconveniences. Important court cases have been postponed and according to the PUP, there is another, bigger problem. The PUP sent a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday in which it insists that the Prime Minister bring in an electoral observer for the November fourth election. The PUP says that the announcement comes only days after the annual transfer period of voters and days before the commencement of the process for the annual revision of the electoral list. The later says the PUP will not be possible due to the limited time to elections. So, continues the PUP, for a free and fair election to take place it requests an observer from the OAS, the Commonwealth or CARICOM to monitor the process on November fourth.

    General Election Date Affects Major Cases At Supreme Court
    The announcement of elections has forced several changes, among them the case of the PUP against the Prime Minister Dean Barrow on the appointment of the thirteenth Senator. That case which is before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is postponed to November 30th. The matter on the thirteenth senator began by a proposition by the very people in government now. The UDP had included this in their 2008 manifesto but even after making amendments to the constitution the PM has refused to enforce them. Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay spoke to the media on the matter. Eamon Courtenay - Senior Counsel: “The Prime Minister and the Attorney General considering the 13th Senator and what happened is that it was set for trial today but it has been adjourned by agreement because the date for election has been set therefore it has been adjourned for the 30th of November when we hope by then that with a new Prime Minister we will have the 13th Senator appointed and then the claim will be withdrawn, in the event that that does not happen then the Chief Justice will set a trial date at that point in time.”

    BEWU And BEL Reach An Agreement, Strike Avoided
    BEL and the Belize Energy Workers Union have reached an agreement and signed on it. The process however was not easy for BEWU. BEWU saw steps towards a resolution last night in a meeting with the Prime Minister who intervened in the negotiations yesterday afternoon. In that meeting were also representatives of BEL’s management, and the Minister of Labor. A memorandum of agreement was in fact signed last night between the principals of the Ministry of Labor, Minister Godwin Hulse himself and the union’s General Secretary Marvin Mora. Mora told the media however, that even before that agreement was reached, BEL’s management representatives walked out. “The agreement was signed mainly between the government and the Union in a sense because management for some reason or the other had left the building by the time we decided so in essence we can say that we have an agreement with the owner and now it is up to the owner to basically translate that at the board, I believe that her was a lot of flexibility on everybody’s behalf and the Union has been flexible like I explained to you guys from the beginning of the negotiation and that I believe was captured in the agreement the last time.”


    PUP Deputy speaks on what the PUP would do on Belize/Guatemala issue if they were in power.
    The Barrow Administration has gotten much criticism for the way they have been dealing with the territorial issue and the many incursions being done by Guatemalans, particularly in the south. The opposition party has been at the helm criticizing the Government and campaigning to the Belizeans on voting no to the International Court of Justice […]

    Social Security Workers Demand Raise
    Now that the BEL workers have come to an agreed salary increase and are now looking forward to the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement in the coming weeks, Love News has received reports from various sources that the workers at the Social Security Board are now making their demands for a salary increase as […]

    Police News
    San Ignacio Police have two persons detained following a report by a thirteen year old girl of Santa Familia Village in the Cayo District. The teenager in the presence of her mother reported that on September 3 her brother told her to have sexual relation with one of her male cousins but she refused. The […]

    PUP Calls for Observers in General Election
    Opposition leader Francis Fonseca has written to Prime Minister Dean Barrow. In his letter the Opposition leader is requesting that electoral observers be invited to witness Belize’s election process on November 4. According to Fonseca, the announcement of the election date only weeks after the close of the annual transfer period for electors and days […]

    Elections Affect Court Cases Brought by Opposition
    With the announcement of Election Day come disruptions in various sectors. One area where this was seen today was at the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of Belize has made the decision to postpone one case discontinue another as a result of the upcoming elections. There is the case surrounding the Cayo Northeast electoral decision […]

    Toddler Recovers from Burns at Shriners Hospital
    There was no official report reaching our newsroom and it is unclear as to when exactly in July, the incident occurred but there was an update published on a US news station involving a Belizean toddler who had received second and third degree burns. That 3-year-old child, Dylan Popp is now recovering in Boston after […]

    Belize Electricity Limited and Belize Energy Workers Union sign agreement
    Yesterday they were announcing strike action as they called the media to the Belize Electricity Limited’s compound at around midday. Now, tonight the workers of BEL and the Belize Energy Workers Union are somewhat appeased as they are getting their salary increase and the Collective Bargaining Agreement is expected to be signed shortly. Today, BEL […]

    Belize Boxing Federation Sends Strong Message to Underground Organizations
    The Belize Boxing Federation is setting the record straight via a press release directed at all boxing coaches, judges, referees and athletes. The essence of the release was a reminder that the Federation is the only legal entity responsible for the governance and regulation of boxing affairs in Belize. The release stated that the BBF […]

    Accused Murderer Walks Free in Trial Without Jury
    23 year old Lincoln Hemsley Junior, accused of the crime of murder in the 2012 shooting death of 21 year old David Alberto Hernandez, is a free man after Judge Adolph Lucas upheld a no case submission and ordered that Hemsley Junior had no case to answer to and acquitted him of the capital punishment […]

    Traffic Accident on Major Thoroughfare Leaves Family Injured
    A traffic accident occurred at mile eight and a half on the Phillip Goldson Highway at around four this evening, just after Sky’s Grocery store in Ladyville. Thirty nine year old Ruth Meastre who lives less than half a mile from where the accident occurred, was reportedly leavinge Sky grocery store and heading home when […]

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    SIB reports lower prices, trade slowdown in August
    Monthly economic statistics from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) say that while Belizeans are paying less for goods on average this year over last year, trade has slowed down. Belizeans paid 0.6 percent less in prices, due to decreases in prices for fuel and LPG or butane […]

    Conch season opens
    Fishing season for the Queen Conch opens tomorrow, Thursday, October 1. It remains open until June 30, 2016 or the national catch quota is realized. The Fisheries Administrator warns all fishermen and the general public that no person or establishment can hold any diced conch meat. Market-cleaned conch meat and […]

    BTL plans for future despite current challenges
    Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) met with shareholders for the Ninth Annual General Meeting Tuesday night at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel. The company’s ownership has only recently been settled and the company is looking forward to developing its network and continuing to build its customer base as well […]

    BEL workers reach agreement on major points in Collective Bargaining Agreement
    It was supposed to be a routine signing; most of the details were said to have been hammered out over the course of Tuesday afternoon, evening and into the wee hours of the night and early this Wednesday morning. But after arriving just before 3:00 this afternoon at […]

    Disturbing incest rape incident in Santa Familia
    Two male persons of Santa Familia Village in the Cayo District are currently in police custody after disturbing reports involving a younger female relative. The two men, a 26-year-old and a 21-year-old, have been arrested after their 13-year-old relative reported that her older brother, 26, and cousin forced her to […]

    GSU operations in Santa Elena yield less than a pound of weed
    Shane Thomas, a 29-year-old resident of Carmen Street in Santa Elena Town, was arrested yesterday evening for the offense of “Possession of a Controlled Drug”, by members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) on special operations. The operation was originally to search for firearms and ammunition at #13 Carmen Street […]

    Benque resident busted for over four ounces of weed
    A 25-year-old resident of Said Musa Street in Benque Viejo Town, Reginaldo Morales, was charged for the offense of “Drug Trafficking” yesterday, after a police mobile patrol on the Arenal Road stopped and searched him, leading to the discovery of 130 grams of cannabis in his boots. Morales was subsequently […]

    15 year old fined for Drug Trafficking
    A 15 year old boy, one of 3 persons charged with drug trafficking, pleaded guilty to the charge when he was arraigned today by Magistrate La Donna John. He was fined $10,000 and he was given until September 30, 2016 to pay. If he defaults on payment he […]

    Mother’s charges for stabbing upgraded
    Resident of Mahogany Heights, Belize District, Shannon Smith, is now accused of dangerous harm rather than grievous harm in the stabbing of 42 year old Erlin Butler, Sr., which took place in March. The 24 year old is alleged to have stabbed the older man in the chest […]

    Man pleads guilty to found cocaine
    Pinks Alley resident Anthony Neal made the mistake of picking up crack cocaine from the ground in the sight of police on Tuesday. But he took responsibility and will now have to find $10,000 in fines to pay the court. 59 year old Neal pleaded guilty to charges […]

    Common-law-wife of Manuel “El Pelon” Castillo is back in Belize
    27 year old Avicela Duran who was wanted for questioning and believed to have absconded from authorities with common-law-husband, Manuel “El Pelon” Castillo, a fugitive who remains on the run; visited the police station in the company of her lawyer to clear her name a few weeks […]

    Elections overtake major cases in Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court has postponed one case and discontinued another as a result of the announcement of general elections in November. Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman confirmed in speaking with us via telephone this morning that the case of PUP Cayo Northeast standard bearer Orlando Habet versus the Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai, is to be discontinued with no order made for costs. She explained that events have now overtaken the case, making the exercise now academic. Former representative Elvin Penner is no longer a member of the House of Representatives and was disqualified from standing for election for the United Democratic Party. The other case was to have featured preliminary arguments pitting the country’s Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, against Prime Minister Dean Barrow over the issue of the appointment of a thirteenth member of the Senate, before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, but it was postponed until November 30 for report.

    Belize: analysis of the current political situation
    Belize celebrated its 34th anniversary of Independence on September 21, 2015. There are two major political parties, the People’s United Party (PUP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP). Since Independence, they have had 17 years each of governing Belize, with the UDP currently in power. The ruling UDP […]


    Climate Change and Belize
    Scientists have concluded that global warming is “unequivocally occurring” (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2015) and that human activities have exacerbated the effects primarily through emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2). The IPCC stated that global temperatures are increasing, sea levels are rising and polar ice is melting. The IPCC warns that if emissions of greenhouse gases continue unabated the effects of climate change jeopardize sustainability of social, economic and ecological systems throughout the world. Tropical islands and coastal areas face acute risks of flooding, coastal erosion, drought and loss of ecosystems. Like many other low-lying coastal nations, Belize is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Its geographical location leaves the country exposed to the risk of rising sea levels and increasing frequency and intensity of tropical storms. In 2013, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued an assessment based on a consensus of international researchers that stated global sea levels would likely rise from 1 to 3 feet by the end of the century. New research available since this report suggests the higher end of that range is more likely, and the question remains how that range might shift upward. The data reveal the height of the sea surface is not rising uniformly everywhere. Regional differences in sea level rise are dominated by the effects of ocean currents and natural cycles such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). But, as these natural cycles wax and wane, they can have major impacts on local coastlines.

    Fin Kardashian Takes SouthEast Asia 3.0: Chiang Mai, Pai and Lots of Elephants
    Hello World, From Beautiful Thailand, Sorry for not blogging any Kardashian Scoops lately but being on the road for the longest makes it really hard to blog. Plus I had been twerking while it was raining and I got really sick. Currently in Chiang Mai. CHIANG MAI I LOVE YOU Chiang Mai is north of Thailand on the way to the Laos border – it’s freaking far. The first thing that I want to do is Sleep been on a over night train ride and it was COLD and bathrooms smelled like HattieVille – got my own bed lots of tourist heading to Chiang Mai which is a city rich in culture. Left Bangkok at 4pm to arrive at 7am. Traveling with 2 friends from the UK, Yasmin and Sam, and Beth and Grant are there already. Am so excited yet YAWWWWWnnnnnnnnnn Tired. Found a cute hotel with a large pool for 400 Baths a night like 11 USD.

    How Often Do You Have to Make this Decision? Ted Talk or Gothic Cruise in Belize
    For some reason, October 1st is a very busy day in Belize. Sure it’s the opening of Conch Season…and that is great. But two big events are happening. One, I have been looking forward to for MONTHS and one, I found out about relatively recently but really REALLY wanted to attend. What would you choose? A Tedx Talk in Belize. The very first of its kind. Topic: Changing the Conversation. And I LOVE the hash tag. #MekWiTalk Over the last few weeks, they have announced speakers that I admire greatly…like photographer and writer of some powerful blog posts about important issues, Tony Rath and feminist, lawyer and politician Lisa Shoman. Here is the line-up. I would love to attend. And through asking…often…I received an invite. Another event I would love to attend is…brace yourself…the GOTHIC CRUISE 2015!

    Food Explorer - Cayo Belize
    So I recently spent a bit of time doing more inland exploration. Cayo is an amazing district! I absolutely love it. Our time was spent 60/40 between San Ignacio Resort Hotel (from here out known as SIRH), and the ranch at Banana Bank. Details on the resorts and the amazingness of the stays will come in future posts - today is all about the food on the trip. I struggled a bit with structure here. Should I go best first or saved for last?! I didn't want people to fall asleep before the good part - but no one wants to end with a sputter either. Finally I decided the best way was to order the meals as they were eaten through a day - not necessarily by day mind you - but lunches (cause I had no fabulous breakfasts worth talking about), snacks, dinner, desserts. Let the highly professional (not) assessment of Cayo food offerings commence! Do you see what I see? I said "sure, add some bacon" when asked by the waiter. His manager would be happy with the upsell, and let me tell you - I was more than happy with the MOUNTAIN of bacon that showed up; thick cut heaven on a bun. SIRH wins an award for best bacon upgrade I've ever can barely see the meat under that stack of bacon.

    Sundown in San Pedro
    Last night at dusk, Rose and I sat on the edge of our dock with glasses of wine and watched these guys deliver a load of lumber to a neighbor who is rebuilding his pier and restaurant. The sailboat brought in the lumber and off-loaded it to the skiff, which was then poled into shore across the shallows. Man, that was hard labor. The water was uncommonly still, as was the air. Even the constant murmur of waves tumbling over the barrier reef was muted. Meanwhile, pelicans were diving into the water around us, like kamikaze bombers in pursuit of the sardines so thick that, for a brief moment, the sea looked like it was coming to a boil. These birds are the most graceless hunters I have ever seen.

    I’ve begun my initial review and analysis of the 15th Belize General Election. I will not have the time to review and analyze each constituency individually before the poll on Wednesday Nov. 4th. As a result I will have to divide and conquer, literally perform literary triage, and reduce the whole to bite-size sections for consideration, digestion and reflection. That said I am firstly going to divide by districts, and then look within each district at the races I find interesting. I am starting near to home with the Belize District which has the largest number of seats – 13. As a rule the party that wins the majority of the constituencies in Belize District has the best shot a forming the next administration. Broadly speaking there are some races that my initial analysis has concluded are near foregone conclusions as to their outcome. In the Belize District for the incumbents, Fort George, Queens Square, Mesopotamia, and Belize Rural South appear near locks, or “safe seats”. It is very likely that the incumbents will win in Collet and Port Loyola and it would appear at this point that the incumbent is most likely to win in Belize Rural North. The incumbents are strongly challenged in Freetown, Pickstock, Belize Rural Central, and Lake Independence.

    International Sourcesizz

    One in three natural World Heritage sites threatened by oil, mining: report
    Almost a third of natural World Heritage sites are threatened by mining and oil exploration, according to a report that said companies and investors face reputational and legal risks by backing such activities. As many as 70 out of the 229 natural World Heritage sites are at risk from extractive industries, the research from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and asset managers Aviva Investors and Investec showed on Thursday. That includes most of Africa's 41 natural heritage sites, designated by UNESCO as areas that have outstanding natural beauty or have ecological significance. Areas listed as under threat from resource extraction activities include Spain's Donana (Donyana) National Park, the Selous Game Reserve in Africa and the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System in North America.

    Oil Prices And The Future Of Petrocaribe
    On June 2005, upon the initiative of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Venezuela agreed on the creation of Petrocaribe, a Cooperation Agreement to strengthen energy security in the Caribbean and Central America. Today, 19 countries are part of this regional initiative, as five nations joined Petrocaribe in subsequent years: Haiti (2007), Nicaragua (2007), Honduras (2008), Guatemala (2012) and El Salvador (2014). Since its creation, Petrocaribe has served as an important financing mechanism for oil-importing countries in the region. It introduced a lending scheme for oil purchases from Venezuela where conditionalities adjust to price fluctuations among predetermined thresholds. As a result, if the oil barrel falls below US$40, up to 30 percent of the bill will be financed by a 17-year loan, with a two-year grace period and an interest rate of 2 percent. Similarly, when the barrel exceeds US$40, the term for payment is extended to 25 years, with a two-year grace period and the interest rate falls to 1 percent. Member countries may also offer goods and services to pay off oil shipments.

    MOT, NAS and BNT Partner For World-Class Bird Watching Training Workshop
    The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT), the National Audubon Society (NAS) and the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) recently held a special bird watching training workshop in Central Andros to help train persons looking to get involved in this new, lucrative niche market. The $2.6 billion project – funded by the Inter-American Development Bank – partners with local NGOs in Belize, The Bahamas, Guatemala and Paraguay to utilise the bird-watching market to create sustainable jobs in communities while simultaneously protecting biodiversity and natural resources. According to officials, The Bahamas has the perfect sites for bird watching to take advantage of the $82 billion industry, which is growing at approximately eight per cent a year with an expenditure of $17 billion. Director of Industry Training in the Ministry of Tourism Ian Ferguson said MOT is extremely excited to be a part of the programme.


  • Capt. Romi Badillo - Ocean Hero 2015, 8.5min. There are no words that can express the profound sense of loss felt by the passing of Captain Romauldo Badillo. Romi’s friendship, leadership and seamanship has impacted numerous Belizeans. As Oceana organized this tribute, so many people had a different story to tell; everyone wanting to help saying, "This is the least I can do for Romi." His time with us was cut short but his list of accomplishments is long...and there is no way anyone could do proper justice to them all. He gave so much of himself to Belize via the Fisheries Department; the tourism industry; support for scientific research; and in channel marking and navigation

  • Miguel Alamilla - Ocean Hero 2015, 8min. Since 1997, Miguel Alamilla has been managing one of Belize’s most popular marine protected areas, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. As a part of his responsibilities, Miguel has also been leading a monitoring program in order to protect the highly vulnerable marine turtles that live and nest on the shores of Ambergris Caye. Officially declared a reserve in 1987, in February 2015, Hol Chan was expanded, largely in part from Miguel's lobbying efforts, from 21 square kilometers to include more than 131 square miles of reef, shoals, sea, lagoon and wetlands. Like the charismatic creatures he works to protect, Alamilla has been silently toiling behind the scenes in dedicated service to conservation and country. Today, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is recognized internationally for its efforts in management, education and advocacy.

  • Maya Day in Belize, 13min.

  • Honeymoon and Family Vacation May 2015, 9min. Royal Caribbean cruise to Cozumel, Belize, and Honduras.

  • Belize: This Morning's Monkeys, 1min. Poor camera control but brief 'hello' from howler monkeys in the trees outside house. Shot from kitchen/garden 30 Sept 2015

  • Wild Instinct Outdoors - Belize Fly - Season 1, Ep. 13, 22min. Witt joins friend and fellow fishing guide Will Flack in the pursuit of tarpon, bonefish and permit in the crystal clear waters of San Pedro, Belize.

  • Inspection Robotica with CTV3 NEWSCAST in Belize, 8min. Surveying Technology in Belize

  • GoPro: Sailing around Belize coast, 1.5min. 3 amazing days spent with captains Ish & Chilo on Raggamuffin Tours catamaran, filled with discovering corals and islands, eating fresh sea food and enjoying the smooth ride...

  • mergulho em Blue Hole - Belize, 16min. O Blue Hole, localizado a quase 100 km da Cidade de Belize, foi descoberto por Jaques Costeau. Tem a forma de círculo perfeito com pouco mais de 2km de largura e alcança 145m de profundidade. Normalmente os mergulhos descem até os 45m, a água é gelada. É comum avistar diversos tipos de tubarões rondando a cratera.

  • Stephen Fry in Central America Season 1 Episode 2 *Belize to Guatemala*, 58min.

  • Underwater World: Mexico and Belize, 2.5min. here is a little taste of my highlights in Mexico and Belize!

  • Trip to Guatemala and Belize 2015 HD, 4.5min. A video made using GoPro Editor showing some highlights of our 2 week trip to Guatemala and Belize, where we covered 800 miles from Pacific to Caribbean passing through Beaches, Jungles, Colonial Towns and Ancient Ruins. A brilliant adventure!

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