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September 29, 2016


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The San Pedro Sun

Belize Among Nominations for World Travel Awards
The Belize Tourism Board is excited to announce that Belize has received four (4) nominations in the World Travel Awards’ World Category. « Older: Director of Tourism Karen Bevans Elected as a Vice Chairman Belize Among Nominations for World Travel Awards Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 Belize City, Belize – September 28, 2016 – The Belize Tourism Board is excited to announce that Belize has received four (4) nominations in the World Travel Awards’ World Category. Placencia Placencia – World’s Leading Beach Destination: Placencia, Belize http://bit.ly/2cJ2cHg. – World’s Leading Destination: Ambergris Caye, Belize http://bit.ly/2d6fYHC. – World’s Leading Dive Destination: Belize http://bit.ly/2cSf4QZ. – World’s Leading Green Destination: Belize http://bit.ly/2d3S5fZ. Voting has officially opened and will conclude on October 24, 2016. We are encouraging everyone to go to www.worldtravelawards.com, register your email address and cast your votes for Belize. Travel Industry voters may apply to upgrade their account, after which their vote is equivalent to two votes.

Sagebrush fixes islanders bicycles
Sagebrush Ministry provided free bicycle services for the island community on Saturday, September 24th. A team of 15 local volunteers spent their morning at the Sagebrush Belize Campus across from Paradise Theater, and fixed a total of 67 bicycles. Under a Bowen and Bowen tent, most repairs included replacing chains, tubes and tires, and tuning other parts. According to Todd Crampton, Coordinator of Pit Stop Ministry, it was their pleasure to fix the bikes. “Bikes here corrode easily, and we decided that bike owners would benefit more from the cause. It’s beautiful to see that almost everybody here works, and sometimes you see people riding long distances. You even see mothers with their children on their bikes, and we need to keep those bikes going in good condition,” said Crampton. Crampton stated that other means of transportation are not excluded. Sagebrush is looking to offer services to fix golf-carts and motorbikes as well. Through donations and sponsorships the group obtained between $6-7,000 in necessary parts and equipment, and they are optimistic that Sagebrush will be able to expand the Pit Stop program in the future.

Four teams headed to Interoffice Football Tournament semifinals
The championship games of the 6-a-side Interoffice Football Tournament are quickly approaching. On Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th, football fanatics gathered at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex to watch the quarterfinals. A total of eight teams battled to score as many goals as possible to earn points and advance in the competition. Saturday’s second set of matches started with Martha’s Ice versus Rain. Martha’s Ice took the 1-0 win, advancing to the semifinals. S.P.T.C Boys and Victoria House followed, with Victoria House winning 1-0. Caribeña and Mambo Boys battled intensely in the third match, ending in a 2-2 tie. The last game of the night saw Costa Boys go up against a dominant Taxi Strikers, who won 2-1.

Ambergris Today

Miss Belize Universe 2016 Hits the Ground Running and Gets Her Own Song
Rebecca “Bex” Rath, Miss Belize Universe 2016, is already busy connecting with Belizeans and preparing for the Miss Universe Pageant early next year. On Friday, September 23, Muffles College welcomed her to Orange Walk with a full day of events, which including a motivational speech to students and a visit to the Banquitas House of Culture. The following day she presented the winner of Mr. Belize 2016, Rigo Vellos, with his trophy. Ms. Rath has also visited the Belize Zoo, met Gulisi School students in her native Dangriga, and received a very warm welcome when she appeared at her alma mater, Ecumenical High School, also in Dangriga.

Belize Confirms 46 Cases of Zika, Over 500 Suspected
The Ministry of Health of Belize held a press conference on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, where it was confirmed that Belize has 46 cases of Zika infection, 581 suspected cases of which 305 have been screened for the virus. These cases puts Belize on alert, even more so as six pregnant women have been confirmed to be infected with the virus (5 in Cayo & 1 in Belize). Pregnant women infected with Zika is linked to babies born with the birth defect Microcephaly. a serious condition where babies are born with abnormally small heads, which can cause lifelong developmental problems.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Educational lecture and tour in honor of Belizean National Hero, Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldso
The Goldson House: Presenting the Life and Works of Philip Goldson extends a warm invitation to join in an educational lecture and tour in honor of Belizean National Hero, Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson; His biography and lifelong contributions to the Belizean Society are to be featured. The event will take place on Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4, 2016 honoring the anniversary of the day Philip Goldson was laid to rest. The venue is the Goldson House, located on #82 Orange street, Belmopan City. The opening hours of the Goldson House are from 8:00am – 4:00pm.

PUBLIC & BANK HOLIDAYS 2017
IT IS NOTIFIED for general information that public and bank holidays specified in the First and Second Schedules to Holidays Act, Chapter 289 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000 – 2003, will be observed on the following days during the year 2017 in accordance with section 3 of the said Act:

Installation of the new Governor of the State of Quintana Roo
Mayor Daniel Guerrero was a part of the delegation that represented Belize at the installation of the new Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez. Governor Gonzalez was installed on Sunday September 25th at state’s congress in the city of Chetumal after which he addressed over 15 thousands citizens. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Hon Patrick Faber headed a delegation that included Mayor Kevin Bernard of Orange Walk, Mayor Hilberto Campos of Corozal, Mayor Daneil Guerrero of San Pedro, Mayor Darrell Bradley of Belize City, Hon Elodio Aragon – Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon Dr. Angel Campos – Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, Belize Honorary Consul in Chetumal Jorge Valencia, amongst other invited guests from the Government of Belize and various municipalities.

4th Caribbean Youth Leader's Summit
Over 100 dynamic youth leaders are currently in Belize to participate in the 4th Caribbean Youth Leader's Summit. The objective & theme of the three day event is to establish the "Agenda 2030: From Rhetoric to Action." Over 10 countries are represented at the summit. The Government of Belize - through the Department of Youth Services - is the host of the event.

Guatemala buses must obey traffic laws in Belize
This bus was caught stopping to pick up and drop off customers in San Iggy which is against regulations. Mayor Earl Trapp is fully supportive of our Tour Guides, Tour Operators and the Cayo Cave Guide Association. We cannot sit back and watch this intrusion from Guatemala and other foreign operators continue. Mayor Trapp as promised embraces our guides in their continued efforts to secure their lively-hood and our tourism industry. Mayor Earl Trapp will take all necessary steps to give full support to our Belizeans to ensure that our tourism industry remains vibrant, locally sustainable and viable. Not until our guides and tour operators are granted the same courtesies in Guatemala can we allow this continued infringement. Today this Fuente Del Norte cruise bus violated our traffic laws and was dealt with immediately!

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The 2016 Cayo Got Talent youth talent show will be at the Cayo Welcome Center on Saturday, October 15th. Do you have a unique talent? Start practicing, and show Cayo what you've got. "sign up ..for the Cayo got Talent show case event taking place on the welcome center on Oct.15 , 2016 .... this is the start of something BIG.TOGETHER with your help and a number of the twin town positive youth , we aim @t helping our youths, build and grow their talents in to something great , we hope to make this a successful annual talent competition our first couple show case /display event is to find out if it is successful. only as we gain followers ,sponsors and participants we will grow into a national competition with a finals at the end of the year"

August 2016 Trade & Consumer Price Index
During the month of August 2016, the Statistical Institute of Belize recorded that on average, the prices of goods and services purchased by Belizean households were 0.4 percent higher than they were in August of 2015. The All-Items consumer price index stood at 103.7, a slight increase from 103.3 in the same period last year. For the first eight months of this year, an inflation rate of 0.5 percent was recorded. During the month of August 2016, Belize imported goods valued at almost $163 million, rising by 5.3 percent or $8.2 million from the $154.8 million imported in August of 2015.

Sales Representative needed at Traveller's Liquors Showroom in San Pedro
A VACANCY exists for the position of full-time Sales Representative / Deliveries at our Traveller's Liquors Showroom on Pescador Drive, San Pedro Town (across the street from The Greenhouse). Interested persons are asked to fill out an application form which they can get from our showroom. Applications are to be accompanied by: 1. Resume 2. Copy of Driver's License 3. Police Report 4. Letter of recommendation from previous employer. 5. Valid Social Security Card

Harvest Caye, Belize Cruise Ship Port Calendar 2016 - 2017
Harvest Caye in southern Belize is gearing up for NCL cruise ships. Harvest Caye, Belize Cruise Ship Port Calendar 2016 calendar enables you to find out schedules of cruise ships arriving in any given date in 2016 - 2017 at this Harvest Caye, including arrival and departure time. The cruise timetable list and schedules shows Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ships in the port based on the cruise lines itineraries.

NOTICE from Caye CaulkerVillage Council
It has been brought to the knowledge of CCVC, that members of our community are paying our staff for jobs being done with our equipments. We want you to be aware that these monies are to be paid at the office to ensure it is is used specifically for maintenance and repairs of such equipment. Thank you for your kind co operation!

Splashers
Join us today at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar to paint this cute little blue bird. Please bring a rag to wipe your brushes. Party starts at 2p.m.

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND MANAGING AUTHORITIES COVER BASES TO KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN
Ministry of Education outlines contingency plans following today's meeting with school managers and representatives.

MARINE MULTIBEAM AND SEA SEEP SURVEY DEEP OFFSHORE BELIZE
The Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum hereby informs the public that pursuant to the Petroleum Act the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum and the Geology and Petroleum Department, will be conducting a multibeam and sea seep survey in the marine territory of Belize east of the barrier reef and in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), excluding all marine protected areas as well as all areas banned from petroleum exploration which includes the barrier reef, the atolls and all World Heritage Sites with a 1 kilometer buffer around all these areas. The survey will be done in deep water only and away from any major tourist activity, fishing areas or spawning sites. This survey is part of a larger regional geophysical survey currently being done by the United States Government and the Mexican Government in the US Gulf of Mexico, the Mexican Gulf of Mexico and east of the Yucatan Peninsula to gather new regional data to advance the knowledge of the geology and hydrocarbon systems of these geological provinces.

Letter: Before a Belmopan municipal bond is considered - Part 1
by Charles Leslie Jr. We will never borrow ourselves into prosperity. Belmopan needs to attract and incentivise local and international diversified investors to build prosperity for all in Belmopan. The first thing a true leader needs to do is a full audit of our financial situation as a city, and make sure the public is fully encouraged to peruse and review the situation. The second thing a true leader needs to do is to reduce operational expenses, and this can be done in two ways: 1. Remove unnecessary spending; 2. Identify ways to bring in additional income without increasing taxation on residents and the business community. I will elaborate more on this in part two of this article.

Belize City Branding Initiative
The Belize City Council, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and CARILED, officially launched the Belize City Branding Initiative with a parade through downtown Belize City.

The Forest Department donated 100 seedlings to FCD
These trees are already being planted in villages such as Calla Creek and Bullet Tree. Thank you Forest Department for supporting the watershed protection program.

Belize Bird Rescue received 10 more white-front Amazons for rehabilitation
Half were illegally captive baby parrots confiscated by Forest Department, and the others surrendered older birds. All are clipped apart from the 4 in the large cage: their owner sadly passed away a while ago and the surviving spouse surrendered them for rehabilitation. It’s a long road ahead for all of them – 18 months to two years for the clipped babies, and probably longer for the-out-of-condition and habituated adults.

Channel 7

Ministry of Education Ready to Hire Temps if Teachers Go On Strike
Last night, we told you about the meeting of the San Ignacio Branch of the Belize National Teachers Union. Those teachers were suggesting that the Monday strike should be extended, with no clear announcement as to when exactly it would end. That's a suggestion that National President Luke Palacio committed to take back to the Council of Management for final approval. But, the Ministry of Education isn't waiting around; they've sprung into action to keep schools open, at all costs. The ministry and the Managing Authorities of schools countrywide are activating contingency plans, prepared for the strike to continue past Monday. Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and officials of his Ministry met representatives of those school managers today at the ITVET compound, and the news coming out of that meeting is that teachers will be hired on a temporary basis. They will be there to fill in and make sure that children are taken care of for however long the teachers decide to strike.

UDP Goes Into Overdrive To Keep School Open, But Are They Union-Busting?
And while the Education Ministry and the political directorate are going to extraordinary lengths to keep schools open, on the ground, UDP politicians were working their tails off today. Cabinet tasked area representatives to visit schools in the constituencies and make direct appeals to the teachers and principals not to participate in a strike. We found out about it when two city reps showed up at Wesley Lower school , which is one block from our studio. We waited for them to finish and asked what the meeting was about:… Tracey Taegar-Panton - UDP Area Rep, Albert: "We have been meeting with the teachers and with the principals and the management of the schools to share with them government's responses to the eight point demands that were made by the BNTU management - because we think it is important in terms of decision making that both sides of the conversation be well represented so that teachers can make up their own minds. We are certainly concerned that schools needs to remain open, our children need to be in school and we're hoping that we can appeal to our teachers to look at things objectively and be able to keep schools open on Monday and keep children in school."

Is The Barrow Admin. Rattling The Union's Chain?
So, is the Government concerned about provoking the teachers into more drastic action? These temporary replacements, in theory allows for the Ministry to keep the schools open, and it very deliberately undermines the leverage that the BNTU had with the strike – what the Prime Minister called "holding parents to ransom." So, we wondered if the Minister has considered that the teachers may feel compelled to match and exceed government's strategy with their own equally drastic plan of action. Here's how he answered that one: Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "I am not trying to pick a fight; I'm merely trying to do what is required of me, as I'm obliged to do under the responsibilities that have been task to me as Minister of Education. I really hope we don't have to have to get to any point of employing replacement teachers; I really would love to see that people turn to work on Monday and that they give the government its due opportunity to fix issues."

In A Tense Time, Chafing Between Cops And Media
And while the media was waiting on the outcome of today's meeting between the ministry and the school managers at the ITVET, one of our media colleagues got into a little back and forth with the police. Amandala's Micah Goodin was outside on the verandah near a window and police said that he was in the wrong area, or perhaps thought that he appeared to be eavesdropping on the meeting. Police asked him to move – but he refused and so they sent for backup in the form of the Northside Strike Team. The northside officers came and urged him strongly to move, and after some back and forth, complemented by forceful reasoning, Goodin agreed and went quietly, with some protestation. He joined the other media who were waiting not far away. It's a small encounter that was defused without any physical confrontation, but perhaps it is indicative of some chafing between police and the media in these tense times. Now even though this happened on the northside, and today we asked the southside commander about the importance of friendly police and media relations…

Jail For Repeat Offending Fishermen
Today in the Magistrate’s Court, two men went to jail for fisheries offences. Now usually these offences only carry a fine, but brothers, Ergil and Marvin Patt, who both have a history of fisheries crimes, got a custodial sentence when they pled guilty to illegal entry into a protected fishing area near the Half Moon Caye monument, and illegally fishing in the area. The brothers were caught with a lobster bearing eggs as well as 4 juveniles – out of season. Marvin was sentenced to seven months in prison for each charge, while Ergil was sentenced to six months for each charge. A third fisherman, Medardo Rivera, pled guilty to the same crimes and was charged $1000 for each offense. If he fails to pay the first fine by October 31, and the second by December 30, Rivera will serve six months for each offense.

ACP Williams Says Cops Should Follow Up On Leads In McAfee Doc
"Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee" premiered on Saturday – and since then we haven't heard anything about police following up on the many actionable pieces of information fleshed out by the film-makers. There were two murder conspiracies unveiled, one for American Greg Faull and the other for Orange Walk resident David Middleton. Now, we're not saying that documentaries are equivalent to police investigations, but there sure is some stuff in there that crime investigators might want to look at – because at least two persons told the cameras that they abetted murder. The Commissioner of Police hasn't responded to our request for a comment, and the cops have boxed the DPP out of the case, so we asked the only police officer we can speak to regularly, Assistant Commissioner Chester Williams. He's a trained attorney and agreed that there are some leads in there that the police should be following up on:… ACP Chester Williams - Regional Commander, Eastern Division South: "I think that it is something that the police can use to be able to probe more into the death Mr. Middleton from Orange Walk and to see how we can use some of the things that have been said as a basis to be able to look at some of these persons and interview them further."

Is Police HQ Playing Favourites With Northside?
And while ACP Williams can't really speak for the investigators – it's because they have their own bosses to answer to in their formation. Back in Chester's formation, which is the Southside, they're more or less on their own. The prosecution and tourism police unit answer to the northside commander, which also has the majority of vehicular resources. That's why we listened with interest in July when the former police minister John Saldivar said that more resources would be placed in the southside – which is the country's largest crime hotspot. And the Prime Minister also saw the need when he earmarked two vehicles for the southside. Today we asked if those have come through yet – and we were surprised at the response:… Jules Vasquez: "You have recently been boasting that the prime minister would give the south a pair of wingles. Have you all received those vehicles yet, we are talking about patrols; do you all have that additional mobility that you've crying out for?" ACP Chester Williams - Regional Commander, Eastern Division South: "Well yes the prime minister had promised us 2 vehicles and I must say that yesterday we received the 2 vehicles and I must give special thanks to the prime minister despite the economic challenge we are going through he saw it fit to provide us with 2 vehicles but of the 2 vehicles only 1 has been assigned to Southside and the other was assigned to north side."

Making Manatees Matter
Belize is home to around 1000 Antillean Manatees, the largest population in the world. And though the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute has done its best to ensure that these gentle mammals of the sea are protected, dozens of manatees die every year because of preventable human interaction, such as collisions with boats or getting caught in gill nets. Today, CZMAI launched a promotional video created to highlite the importance of manatee conservation: Jamal Galves- Program Coordinator/Research Biologist at Sea to Shore Alliance: "Belize like I always mention, is the last stronghold for Antillean Manatees in the world, so our efforts here are crucial not only for Belize, but for the rest of the world. Manatees are important to Belize in that they are the only nutrient recyclers in our waterways, they eat nine to ten percent of their body weight daily, and they excrete a lot which provides food for small fishes and crustaceans and we know how Belizeans enjoy seafood. If you want to enjoy those fishes stocks, you have to keep manatees around and it has an economic value as well. Many people in the tourism sector benefits from manatees."

Re-Branding Belize City From "Bad-Man Town" to Business Center
Belize City: if you're not from here, you probably know it as the murder capital of the country. Couple the crime problem, with its tendency to flood, its squalid slums, the old buildings, and its disorderly growth, and you get the picture…Belize City is...how can we put it?: A beautiful struggle. Charming, but – not the kind of thing that exactly inspires confidence. But, the City Council wants to turn that prejudice on its head. For the last few months, they have been working with branding experts from the Inter-American Development Bank. Today, after much planning and design, they unveiled a new logo, which will be the flagship icon to re-cast perceptions of this battered City by the sea. We met the Mayor out on a parade to make a soft launch of this rebranding effort: Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "This is an activity that was really birthed by the IDB. We've been working with them over the last year on a branding campaign for Belize City and this week is actually the soft launch. They actually - IDB funded a consultant to come into Belize City and they actually designed a brand in collaboration with local stakeholders and having done a short consultation session with members of the private sector, members of civil society and young people."

Making Business More Affordable
We also asked the Mayor to discuss regime change in the trade licenses fees and property taxes. It was unveiled last week Thursday, after months of consultation with the business sector which calls Belize City its home. The mayor told us that if everything goes well, business persons and property owners in this City will get a significant discount: Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "With the trade license reform that was a process that we engaged the private sector on, we spoke to them for a period of two years. Many of the ideas came from the partnership that we develop with the chamber of commerce and we're very pleased and happy about that process. I can't tell you that it would yield something that is successful but I can tell you that the methodology, the idea of active engagement over the course of two years. The idea of having consultants come in and having it be based on analysis and response and even now the public consultations that we're launching they're not very very well attended. The last one we had, had about 50 odd people but the questions were very good."

Mayor Agrees (Verbally) With Integrity Filings
While we had the opportunity, we asked the Mayor if he is willing to disclose his assets to the Integrity Commission, like the PUP did last week. Now, the Commission is presently not functioning. But, in all this talk about good governance that the Teachers have pushed, we wondered if the Mayor is willing to do what they are legally required to as elected public officers. He told us that he has no problem with it: Daniel Ortiz: "Is that something you would entertain?" Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "Well I have absolutely no problem with that. I think that as a leader we must lead by example and in relation to the disclosure of assets that's something I would encourage other elected officials to do and I would be fully prepared to do that."

Youths From All Over The World In Belize
This week Belize is hosting the 4th Caribbean Youth Leaders' Summit. Over 100 delegates from 20 different countries throughout the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Namibia have gathered in Belize to attend workshops that will better prepare them to guide the region. We spoke to Tijani Christian, the chairman of the summit, about this year's theme. Tijani Christian - Chair, 4th Carib, Youth Leader's Summit: "So the theme for this year is agenda 2030 from rhetoric to action. It's looking at moving beyond just talk shops as we like to call them and look at how we would really do action to implement the SDG. We had a lot of dialogue, we had a lot of consultation, we are saying as young people now we've done a lot of talk, we've done a lot of consultations how can we now move to the next step which to implement. And so through this summit it's really around capacity building of our youth leaders because at the same time if you want someone to really do something you have to train them, you have to equip them with the skills to do so. So this youth summit is training our youth leader to the skills necessary for the implementation of the SDG. At the end of the day what we'll be doing is a collaborative effort across all the regional networks and groups to ensure that we implement strategically because the best way is to work wise."

Cops, The Community and Crime
Today we met the Southside police commander in the St., Martin;s Area – on Complex Boulevard. That’s the very same street that has seen so much gun violence and murders recently. He acknowledged that the area is a challenge but says police have a seriously stepped up presence:… A semi permanent vehicle checkpoint has been set up in the area on Lacroix Boulevard.

Marijuana Da Maya Mopan
Cops from the Independence Village came upon a weed plantation this morning. A team of Special Branch and CIB Officers set out at around 4 this morning where they went searching in an area 5 miles southwest of the Maya Mopan Village in the Stann Creek District. That’s where they found the plantation with 36 mature marijuana plants with heights of about 9 to 10 feet. The officers immediately uprooted all the weed trees and burnt them completely. No one was seen in the area, so no arrests, connected to this plantation, could be made.

Belize Men's Volleyball Looking Promising
The FIVB International Men's Volleyball tournament continues tonight at the SCA multipurpose center in Belize City – and team Belize continues to surprise. After their loss to Guatemala on Sunday, Team Belize managed to take two back to back victories against Panama on Monday night, and Nicaragua on Tuesday. Our cameras caught the action last night and Alex Courtenay reports: And while the Belize Men’s Volleyball team looks to extend their winning record in a game against the Dominican Republic that should be starting right about now, another Belizean team is making its mark in Honduras. The girls from SCA are representing Belize in 19th CODICADER Games in Honduras.

Medals Coming Along At Codicader
Volleyball isn’t the only thing Belize is excelling at in this year’s CODICADER games. Ashanti Carr won the gold medal in the triple jump event, as well as earning a silver in the long jump. Ashanti, along with her twin sister Ashonti, Hillary Gladden and Faith Morrisin, won a second silver medal in the 4 X 100-meter relay. Faith Morrison won herself a bronze in the 200-meter race, and Alec Betancourt earned a bronze in the Judo: 90 kilogram weight class.

BEL and Belize Bank Beneficent With Ms. Bregal
Today Dangriga resident, Alexandrina Bregal, received the keys to her new house. The house is the 300th constructed by Hand in Hand Ministries’ through their “Build for Change Program". Partnering with Belize Bank and BEL, Hand in Hand Ministries was able to provide Bregal and her daughter with a new, fully furnished wooden house. Volunteers from both companies joined forces to build Bregal her new home.

Channel 5

Minister of Education Proposes S.I. to Address Replacing Teachers in Emergencies
The Ministry of Education today said it is putting in place contingency plans in the event of a prolong strike by the Belize National Teachers Union.  A statutory instrument will [...]

B.N.T.U. President Says Union Will Challenge New Law in Court
This evening we reached president of the Belize National Teachers’ Union, Luke Palacio, in Benque Viejo where the Union’s branch there was having its annual general meeting. Firstly, while he [...]

Patrick Faber Denies Union-Busting
Earlier today, Education Minister Patrick Faber had a strong response with regard to questions of union-busting in light of the statutory instrument that will be signed. He insisted that the [...]

Faber Says Some Are Ready to Become Replacement Teachers
While the contingency plans that we previously reported on are not yet ready, Minister Faber says he hopes that it will not get that drastic. But there is already interest [...]

Older, Wiser Faber Defends Actions in 2005
One of the indelible memories of protests that gripped Belize between January and May of 2005 came on April twenty-eighth, when then first-time area representative and vice-principal of Anglican Cathedral [...]

Prime Minister Asks Joint Union Negotiating Team to Meet on Salary Deferral
Following a meeting last Thursday PM Barrow said he had asked the B.N.T.U. for another meeting. On Sunday in a statement to the nation, he said the union needs to [...]

Luke Palacio Says Meeting Cannot Happen Right Now
B.N.T.U. President Luke Palacio also gave a response to the proposed meeting with the P.M. He explained that the three unions must meet to set a date, but there are [...]

Amandala Journalist Micah Goodin Gets in Trouble with Police at Minister’s Meeting
As we said, this morning, school managers gathered at the ITVET in Belize City for a critical meeting with the Ministry of Education. So did the press, to report on [...]

Murder Cases Still Open; Will McAfee Documentary Help?
The Showtime Documentary, “Gringo: the Dangerous Life of John McAfee,” remains in the news tonight. In capturing McAfee’s life, producer Nanette Burstein told the story of two murders committed in [...]

Are Police Compromised in Gregory Faull Murder Investigation?
But is there any intention on the part of the police to investigate the murders? The documentary, for many, revealed deficiencies in the investigating process into the murders. The feature [...]

Police Visit Gang Hotspots on Southside for Latest Meet and Greet
Today, the Police Department was meeting residents as part of its community policing initiatives. Eastern Division South police patrolled through the Saint Martin’s area, particularly on Administration Drive and Holy [...]

Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley Cautiously Supports B.N.T.U.
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley’s statement a few weeks ago on an investigation into the Immigration Audit earned him praises from some quarters, but party leader, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, [...]

CitCo Opens Books for Annual Municipal Audit
Since Bradley took office in 2012, the council has made it a practice to open up its books for audit. It regularly makes that audit available to the public as [...]

Belize City Gets a New Brand
“Savour the Flavor, Feel the Energy”—it is actually the tagline for the new Belize City brand. The Old Capital has experienced an infrastructural and cultural renaissance, though it has not [...]

Maintenance Worker Remanded for Inappropriate Contact with Minor
Tonight, forty-year old maintenance worker, Jose Luis Gonzalez of the West Lake Community on the Western Highway is on remand at the Belize Central Prison accused of touching a minor [...]

Brothers Jailed for Repeat Fisheries Offences
Two brothers are jailed after repeat fishing offences. Corozal fishermen from Chunox Village, twenty-five year old Ergil Patt and twenty-four year old Marvin Patt were sentenced to six and seven [...]

Lots of Long Holidays Coming in 2017
Here’s a little help to get you over holiday blues. Mark your calendars for some long weekends in 2017. Today, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced next year’s holidays which [...]

Senior Citizen Gets New Home in Dangriga
Today, the Hand in Hand in Ministries and two of their corporate partners handed over a new house to a deserving recipient in Dangriga Town. We’ve shown you many of [...]

Caribbean Youth Leaders Meet in Belize
Approximately one hundred delegates, all youths from twenty countries across the region, including Costa Rica and Namibia, have converged in Belize for the fourth annual Caribbean Youth Leaders Summit. The [...]

Summit Chairman Calls on Governments to Address Youth Employment
Belize since 2011 has had a national youth policy in place, but many countries are yet to ratify a strategy to empower the youth. However, Christian says that one of [...]

Olimpia F.C. Hits Belize for Clash with Police United
On Thursday, Police United FC takes on Team Olimpia in its home game for the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. In its last outing with Pachuca, team Belize took eleven goals [...]

Cayo Branch of the B.N.T.U. is Defiant and Fired Up for Strike
The Belize National Teachers’ Union continues its Stand Up For Belize Campaign in light of the planned strike this coming Monday. Today the union leadership met with the San Ignacio [...]

B.N.T.U. Executive Meets with Social Partners
On Monday, Palacio confirmed that the Union was meeting with other trade unions and social partners. One such meeting has already taken place. It was intended to be a rebuttal [...]

B.N.T.U. President Says Social Partners Must Remain United
The Belize National Teachers’ Union has argued in its response that Prime Minister Dean Barrow has tried a strategy of “divide and conquer” with the many groups flanking him on [...]

B.N.T.U. Concedes – Salary Adjustments Deferred to Next April
In the opening section of his statement to the nation, Prime Minister Dean Barrow was at pains to point out that none of the eight items discussed on the agenda [...]

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Prices Continue To Rise
The Statistical Institute of Belize today published its latest statistics on consumer prices and external trade for the country of Belize. First we take a look at the consumer price index for which the report shows that prices increased, on average by 0.4 percent for the month of August 2016 as it stood 103.7, compared to 103.3in August 2015. For the first eight months of the year 2016, has seen the highest inflation rate for the year of 0.5 percent. Food and Beverages category saw a decrease for the first time this year with 0.8 percent decrease from 2015. The average price of eggs saw a decline of 14 percent, while that of cooking oil dropped by 11 percent. These overshadowed an increase of almost one third in the price per pound of sugar, which took effect at the start of the year.

Exports And Imports Increase For The Month Of August
Turing over to Domestic exports for August 2016, this totaled $59.3 million, a 66.9 percent or $23.8 million increase from the $35.6 million recorded in August 2015. A major contributor to this increase is the rise in sugar exports, with sugar sales for the month jumping from $1 million in August 2015 to $34 million in August 2016. For the second consecutive month, sugar production from western Belize contributed a sizeable amount to exports for the month, with sales from this region totaling $5.6 million. Due to diminished shrimp sales, marine exports fell from $7 million to $3 million, while citrus concentrate exports were reduced from $7.6 million to almost $5 million, due mostly to lessened orange concentrate sales for the month. Banana and crude petroleum exports remained relatively stable, each recording little to no change when compared to August 2015.

System Develops To Tropical Storm Mathew
A 13th Storm has been named for the Atlantic Hurricane Season: Tropical Storm Mathew Although Current Projections do not include Belize, it is projected to threaten parts of the Caribbean Sea as a hurricane this weekend or early next week. Matthew is producing locally heavy rain and strong winds in parts of the Lesser Antilles and was located about 25 miles southwest of St. Lucia of the Windward Islands, as of Wednesday afternoon. A Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance mission found a sufficient low-level circulation to upgrade the former Invest 97L into a tropical storm, based on flight-level winds measured over 60 mph.

Minister Of Education Compares 2005 Events To 2016 Leading To Industrial Action
And while the media entertained Minister Faber with interviews, he also chose to comment on a particular point brought up by the BNTU. He has come under heavy criticism for being against the teacher’s protest actions today, when in 2005, when he was in Opposition he supported them and even did a thing or two on his own. Faber took on the matter directly, saying 2016 and 2005 have nothing in common. Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education: “People compare what is happening now in 2016 with what is happened in 2005, they were going to bring out the tape where they dragged me and all of that well let me be clear that I wasn’t in any strike back then, I was not a part of any demonstration with the teachers when that happened I was a responsible administrator and had gone to school that morning made sure everything is ok and made my way to Belmopan independent of any of that in the afternoon but secondly that was in a time when no increase was given ad increments were frozen now how do you compare that to when a time when the government has given two transits of a promise salary increase, approved the third one and is merely saying we want to ask you to be a bit lenient because of the hurricane and despite the fact that the experts internationally are saying to us your wage bill is way too high we will not cut that increase.

Dispute Over Salary Deferral Continues
Minister Faber also commented on the discussions between Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the BNTU which ended in a stalemate. Faber repeated what has become a mantra of the Government, that he doesn’t see any reason why the Union is taking industrial action, since there is no labour dispute. Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education: “According to the Education Act and the accompanying rules and the amended rules industrial action is warranted when there is a properly constituted labour dispute, all is now aware that in fact the 3% increment that the Prime Minister proposed for deferral is not on the table and I need to make that clear, in those Thursday’s meetings with the Prime Minister the meeting that lasted for four hours when it was that the Prime Minister tried to raise the issue of the 3% deferral the Unions representatives said NO we don’t want to talk about that, that is an issue for another meeting, that is an issue with the other two Unions and they made it clear, you’ve seen their flyer it is not about the three it is about the country that the eight demands is what they are striking for so the closest you could have gotten to a labour dispute was for that 3% that was brought in so as far as we are concern this strike does not properly constitutes a reason under our rules for the teachers Union to be striking.”

Belize Nominated For World Travel Award
The Belize Tourism Board today announced that Belize has received four nominations in the World Travel Awards’ World Category. The World Travel Awards has been taking place since 1993 and every year destinations around the world are nominated in different categories as leading travel destinations. This year, much like many years before the jewel has been nominated not once but four times in the following categories: Firstly Placencia has been nominated among thirteen other destinations as the World’s Leading Beach Destination. Beautiful Ambergris Caye has been nominated alongside destinations such as Jamaica and New York as the World’s Leading Destination.

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Belize Hosts 4th Caribbean Youth Summit
Last night saw the launch of the 4th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. With Belize being the host country for this year’s summit, the substantive Minister for Youth, Patrick Faber spoke of the importance of the event and the benefits of Belize being the host country as […]

A New Brand for Belize City
In conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank and CARILED, the Belize City Council officially launched the Belize City Branding initiative with a parade through downtown Belize City. According to Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, the brand reflects the diversity and importance of Belize City. DARRELL BRADLEY “One of the things that we really like with […]

Mexico & Belize Celebrate 35 Years of Diplomatic Relations
Coupled with the recent celebration of Belize’s 35th anniversary of independence, there is also the celebration of the 35th year of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Belize which the Mexican Embassy continues to celebrate in style. A special program of events has been put together by the Embassy of Mexico for Friday, September 30 in […]

13 Public and Bank Holidays for 2017
For the year 2017, Belize will have thirteen public and bank holidays with the first half of the year having seven days off inclusive of the Easter holidays. Monday, January 2 will be given as a holiday in celebration of New Year’s Day; Monday, March 6 will be a holiday in recognition of National Heroes […]

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BNTU Orange Walk branch supports strike on Monday
Yesterday, BNTU Orange Walk branch met with their membership. Teachers were asked to participate in industrial action planned by Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) countrywide. According to CTV3 news, the president Otilio Munoz said that this plan was welcomed with open arms by teachers of […]

Minister of State for Transport Meets with Shuttle Bus Operators in Belmopan
“Minister of State with responsibility for Transport, Hon. Edmond Castro held a meeting yesterday, September 27, 2016 with Shuttle Bus Operators in Belmopan and surrounding areas”, according to a Government of Belize press release. Issues discussed included the streamlining of shuttle bus services to […]

Goldson house celebrates milestone today
The Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism is marking its one year anniversary on September 28. It was established last year and this center is dedicated to the life, times and contributions of Belizean leader, hero and patriot, Philip Goldson (1923-2001). The research and […]

Ministry of Education and Managing Authorities cover bases to keep schools open
The Ministry of Education just issued a press release informing the public that in accordance with the Education and Training Act 2010, the Education Rules of 2000 and the Education (Amendment) Rules of 2012, it is the Ministry’s and Managing Authorities’ legal mandates to […]

Tourists robbed in Belize
Cruise News, a popular online outlet for developments in the cruise line industry, is reporting that passengers of a Carnival cruise ship were robbed at gun-point in Belize. According to the report, on Tuesday, September 13 a passenger of the Carnival Magic was held-up […]

Minister of Education to hire teachers temporarily while BNTU proceeds with industrial action
This morning at the ITVET compound in Belize City, the Minister of Education Patrick Faber, CEO’s in the ministry and general managers of schools met to determine their arrangements for next week’s planned industrial action by the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU). Information we […]

Caribbean watching Matthew
Tropical storm Matthew is the 13th named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. It is projected to strengthen to a hurricane, posing threats to part of the Caribbean. At noon today, Matthew was centered near 13.6N latitude 61.3W longitude or about 25 miles southwest […]

Rock slide reported in Toledo
A rock slide occurred this morning in the area between Santa Elena and Pueblo Viejo villages in Toledo. Reports are that a crew from the Ministry of Works is in the area clearing the rubble. This may be as a result of continuous rain […]

Long weekend holidays for 2017
.The Government Press Office has issued the list of public and bank holidays for the year 2017. There are 13 public and bank holidays. Belizeans will start preparing for some long weekends next year as nine out of the 13 holidays will be observed on […]

Mayor of Twin Towns supports tour operators
This morning the San Ignacio/ Santa Elena town council and Mayor Earl Trapp issued a statement expressing his support for the Tour Guides, Tour Operators and the Cayo Cave Guide Association. In the statement, he says: “We cannot sit back and watch this intrusion […]

4th Annual Caribbean Youth Leader’s Summit being held in Belize
The Caribbean Youth leader’s summit is being hosted, this year, in Belize from September 26-30 2016. The opening ceremony was held last night at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. National youth council members, CARICOM youth ambassadors, UWI students and other regional youth organizations are […]

Rotary San Ignacio to host International Magic show
The Rotary Club of San Ignacio has announced the Intermagia Adult Magic & Dinner Show. It is a formal Gala Evening of Elegance with an amazing Steak or Seafood Dinner, professional musical entertainment and finally an hour and a half of Mystical Magic in a […]

Is the Belize dollar at risk of being devalued?
“Since May 1976, Belize has maintained a fixed exchange rate of BZ$2.00 to US$1.00. The fixed exchange rate is a cornerstone of macroeconomic stability, anchors inflation expectations and affords a stable environment for investment decisions. To preserve the peg to the US dollar, the […]

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A Look Around San Pedro Yesterday: Beautiful Weather & Changes
There are always lots of changes on Ambergris Caye but during the slow season, especially after Hurricane Earl, there is quite a bit of renovation going on. Here are some pictures from yesterday to show how things are moving…and then also, how many things, like the view, don’t change much at all. I’m going to move from south to north. I stopped into Ramon’s Village. They lost their dock during Hurricane Earl and are starting to rebuild the sea wall. The dock is probably next. It’s still one of the prettiest beaches on the island. First, the SANCAS building is almost finished…it’s just MASSIVE for San Pedro and you see it as soon as you step outside the Tropic Air terminal. I hear there will be a real estate company (SanCas/Christie’s), a LARGE gym and a shared office space – a “rent-a-business-space” which, I think, is a great idea. I then stopped on Front Street to get a look at the view…the breeze had picked up considerably since the morning.

Miss America Latina
Belize is a country that has no shortage of Fashion Shows and “Beauty” Pageants. The Little Miss Chiquita, Elementary and High School pageants, as well as Miss San Pedro are all competitions held on Ambergris Caye alone. The name is used loosely because there is much more to pageantry now than just beauty. Pageants of the 21st century also showcase intellect, and talent more than ever before. A young woman must have a great deal of confidence in herself to be among the candidates. Michelle Nuñez – Miss Belize 2016-17, is representing our country at the Miss America Latina Pageant. Michelle recently showcased her National Costume/Traje de Fantasia to a captivated audience (photos taken by Enie and supplied by Josie Nunez) She also represented the Richness of the Caribbean Sea, her costume in the featured image above was designed by Gabriel Garcia Gmx Ow. It was handcrafted with Rhinestones, Sea Shells and Pearls – luxurious tropical pageant-wear.

Placencia Belize
Placencia Belize is one of the most relaxing and ambient villages in southern Belize. Quaint is hardly the word we’d like to use to describe it, however. it must suffice for now. As with almost every other community in Belize, Placencia is ripe with culture and personality. There are so many activities that a simple google search will overwhelm you with options and you may shy away for the promise of an easier task. To make things easier for you, we’ve rounded up the best and most interesting things to do, see, eat, and experience while in Placencia Belize. Where to go in Placencia Belize: The Beach! Seems like a no brainer right? We’re going to a sea-side community, but we aren’t going to the beach – words said by absolutely no one; ever. However, being nominated for the World Travel Awards in the “Best beaches destination” category, we really want to reinforce: Where to go in Placencia? The Beach. Miles of tranquil, reef-protected white sand beaches crown the perimeter of the village and much of the eastern side of the peninsula. Admire sunrise and sets from here.

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NOAA Outlook for Central America September 29 – October 5, 2016
During the last week, locally heavy rains trigger flooding, landslides and thousands of displaced people throughout several departments of Guatemala. In addition, increased rains have also led to flooding along the Ulua River in western Honduras affecting the Yoro, Cortes and Atlantida departments of the country. According to satellite rainfall estimates, large rainfall accumulations (>100mm) were also registered over northern and southern Guatemala, the Gulf of Fonseca region, and northern Costa Rica. Since late August, the performance of seasonal rainfall has generally favorable and much improved following a period of suppressed rainfall early in the Postrera season for several areas. The frequency of seasonal rainfall has also been average to above-average since late August, as very few areas have experienced prolonged dry spells to impede the development of crops.

This Tourism Campaign's 'No Beachside Honeymooners' Rule Boosted Belize's GDP
Tourism campaigns for Caribbean destinations often have a similar aesthetic—sandy beaches, honeymooning couples, frosty drinks by the pool. But the Belize Tourism Board and its agency, Olson, had enough of that. For its latest ad campaigns, the BTB focused on local experiences unique to Belize and making flying to the country easier. Three years ago, Olson started working with the BTB, launching "Discover How to Be," a campaign that showcased the country's culture and experiences you can have there. Olson and the BTB also worked with Southwest Airlines and WestJet Airlines to open up more routes and direct flights to Belize from the U.S. and Canada. The strategy worked—the campaign was responsible for increasing travel to Belize and boosting the country's GDP by 2.24 percent, according to the Central Bank of Belize. "We set rules from the beginning—no honeymooners, no frozen drinks, nobody getting a massage by the pool," said Kevin McKeon, chief creative officer at Olson. "We want to go for someone who's a little more ambitious about what they're looking for in a vacation. The takeaway is you're going to meet some fascinating people and come back with a story you didn't expect to have." Its latest campaign, "A Curious Place," which launched this week, continues that theme. Videos feature a cacao farmer, a meat pie seller and "Coconut Leo," a Belizean who climbs trees upside down and cuts down coconuts.

Belize ‘giving us a fighting chance’
The plaintiff in the lawsuit against Belize’s sodomy law remains hopeful his case will resonate throughout the English-speaking Caribbean. “People are beginning to realize that it is possible to advance LGBT issues in the region,” Caleb Orozco told the Washington Blade during an interview at OutRight Action International’s offices in lower Manhattan on Sept. 21. Orozco, who is a prominent LGBT rights activist in the Central American country that borders Mexico and Guatemala, and his group, the United Belize Advocacy Movement, filed a lawsuit against the colonial-era sodomy law in 2010. He spoke with the Blade less than six weeks after Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin of the Belize Supreme Court ruled the statute is unconstitutional. Consensual same-sex sexual relations remain criminalized in Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago.

Little boy from Belize undergoes lifesaving surgery in Houston
A 4-year-old boy from Belize underwent lifesaving heart surgery at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital through the HeartGift program. The HeartGift program provides surgeries that will save the lives of children from areas wheres specialized medical treatment does not exist. The child from Belize, identified only as Jose, was the recipient of this year’s lifesaving gift On Sept. 15. He traveled from the village of Franks Eddy in Belize to Houston through the HeartGift program. Jose’s surgery was a success, but will be staying in Houston until Oct. 7 to get checkups before heading back home. The HeartGift program said Jose and his mother, identified only as Brenda are staying with a generous couple in Tomball, Texas, while Jose recuperates.

A wee Irish girl discovered oil in Belize and changed the country
“When we discover how our mind works to bring out the full potential, we not only are more useful to ourselves, but more importantly to humanity,” says Susan Morrice, who will be honored next week at Project Aspire’s Scholarship Dinner. The fundraiser’s theme is “The Power of the Entrepreneurial Spirit.” Wallace Pratt’s wise words, “Oil is found in the minds of man,” resonated with the honoree and keynote speaker, motivating and inspiring her to research how the mind actually works and allowed her to pass on the discovery of all discoveries. At Belize Natural Energy, it’s called “The oil within!” The wee girl from Belfast, Ireland—a geologist/explorer—felt a pioneering spirit in the United States when she was hired by an American company. “I had heard about you Americans,” she said, “and that the entrepreneur spirit was the backbone of your country.”

Savage thrills in Belize
Dancehall star Savage delivered a brilliant performance during a show called Soca or Surrender (SOS) at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City, Belize, recently. He was the only dancehall artiste billed to perform and he brought the essence of dancehall to the stage with a hyped-up performance in front of 3,000 fans. He got the place in a frenzy with his hit song, Culu Culu, then he paused and told the audience that "mi bring a bed from Jamaica", and two security personnel brought out a large divan and plopped it onstage. The crowd almost lost its mind.

College of the Ozarks students travel to Belize
College of the Ozarks students traveled to Belize for their fifth medical mission trip to the country. The College began traveling to Belize in 2012. Sponsors for the trip included the following: Steve Shepherd, athletic director; Karen Shepherd, associate professor of nursing/simulation technology coordinator; Dr. Sheryl Haile, professor of psychology; and Dr. Eric Bolger, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. Six students represented the nursing program, three represented the men’s basketball team, and two students represented the psychology department. C of O also partnered with RowKids of South Carolina during this medical mission trip. The students stayed in San Ignacio and visited in the community. All the students spent time in Billy White Village, playing with the kids and doing construction work to accommodate the growing attendance of Billy White School.

Tech Pioneer John McAfee Says New Showtime Documentary Linking Him to a Rape and Two Murders Is 'Nonsense'
A new documentary sets its sights on the controversial computer antivirus pioneer John McAfee, who made headlines four years ago while on the run from authorities in Belize after they sought to question him in the execution-style murder of his neighbor. In Showtime's Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, which premiered on Sept. 24, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein travels to the impoverished South American nation where the multi-millionaire software developer moved in 2009 and digs into his alleged involvement in two homicides and the alleged rape of his business partner. Not surprisingly, McAfee, whose popular antivirus software was acquired by Intel in 2010 for $7.68 billion, doesn't plan on watching the documentary. "Let me make this perfectly clear," he tells PEOPLE. "I had absolutely nothing to do with the murder of [his neighbor] Gregory Faull or anyone else. And I have certainly never raped anyone."

MSU bioarchaeology lab researches, uses Mayan skeletons
Whether it’s bones from central Belize or cadaver remains, MSU’s bioarchaeology lab offers something off the beaten path for students who want a chance to explore anthropology. Researchers from MSU travel to Belize every two years to excavate Mayan sites with the permission of the government of Belize, professor in the Department of Anthropology Amy Michael said. The remains are then transported to the bioarchaeology lab in Giltner Hall to be studied. Undergraduate students can participate in the project through Fieldschool, an archaeological experience for undergraduate students. The programs, which last five to six weeks, takes place all over the world, including on MSU’s campus. Anthropology and human biology senior Christiana Hench chose to go to the Belize field school to fulfill her methods requirement.

10 questions with Arlie Petters
Arlie Petters, a mathematical physicist, became dean of academic affairs and vice provost for undergraduate education earlier this year. During a break from his work, Petters talked with The Chronicle about his knowledge of Russian, favorite vacation spot and love of HGTV. When you have a day off, what do you do? There's a book I've been reading, and my favorite author is Jorge Amado. I just finished "Home is the Sailor." So when I have a day off, I get to do a little bit of reading, just to get away from the intensity of the job and research. That is a delightful read. He is hilarious, and at the same time, touches on certain key aspects of the human condition. What languages do you speak? So I am from Belize, and our local language is called Creole. We were a British colony and so we have an English creole. Now that's also different from the language I studied when I was in college. I studied Russian, and the reason is that in those days you had to do French, German or Russian if you were going to do your Ph.D. in mathematics. This was during the Cold War, so I was fascinated by getting to know a bit about Russia. When I finished my Ph.D., the Cold War was over, and then all the journals that were in my field got translated to English.

Archaeology Under The Canopy
Indiana Jones has nothing on Anabel Ford. The daughter of a Hollywood actress and a world-renowned sociologist, Ford is the archaeological powerhouse who in 1983 rediscovered the ancient Maya city of El Pilar. Once home to a thriving population of more than 20,000 people, El Pilar straddles the present-day border of Belize and Guatemala. Lying beneath the lush canopy of the Maya forest, the city reached its zenith around 700 A.D. It is now protected as El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna, encompassing 5,000 acres and an ancient Maya center that includes 150 acres of temples, plazas and palaces. Ford, who has been working in the Maya forest since 1972, came across the city site of El Pilar while doing survey work in the region. She spent the next three decades mapping, excavating and studying the site and its surroundings, and has made El Pilar a unique model of binational cooperation, community empowerment, conservation and preservation.

The Caribbean Court of Justice — And What It Means For the Region
In the decades-long debate over the establishment and adoption of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the final court of appeal for the English speaking countries of the region, one of the primary arguments in favour of the court has been the potential positive role it could play in the development of our jurisprudence. By this it is meant that having a court comprised of individuals who have a greater connection to life in the region than their London based counterparts case law will emerge that is more sensitive to our social and economic realities. Those who have studied the CCJ’s case law have concluded that these expectations have been met. One of the most recent reviews of the court’s judicial work to date was done by Professor Rose-Marie Bell Antoine who, among other things, has described the court’s decisions as a continuation of a “fine tradition of sound judicial reasoning from Commonwealth Caribbean courts”. An example of this fine tradition in the area of constitutional law is the October 2015 judgment of the CCJ in a case brought by several Maya peoples of Belize for damages arising out of their government’s failure to prevent private individuals from destroying their customary land tenure.

Videos

  • The Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism, 1min. The Goldson House is celebrating its ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Can you believe that it’s been a year? On September 28, 2015 The Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism was inaugurated. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit the Goldson House as yet, what better time than now to do so. On Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4, 2016 we are honoring the anniversary of the day Philip Goldson was laid to rest with an open house entitled The Life and Works of Philip Goldson. On both days The Goldson house will be open from 8:00am- 4:00pm making it accessible to have a tour at an hour of your convenience.

  • Swimming with sharks in Belize, 1min.

  • Mangroves in Belize: A Partnership in Conservation, 2min. In 2016, the Pan American Development Foundation and Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort collaborated to plant mangrove seedlings in Southern Belize in an effort to reduce coastal erosion. In partnership with Christ the King Anglican School in Dangriga and Holy Family R.C. School in Hopkins, they completed two replanting activities. The program hosted a two-day workshop on types of mangroves, principles of ecological restoration, reforestation case studies, reforestation methods and climate change adaptation engaging volunteers from both communities. The group of volunteers planted mangrove seedlings in two locations near each school.

  • Foresters Lodge Belize, 9min.

  • GoPro HERO4: Belize and Guatemala (Tikal) Adventure, 20min. The majority was filmed with multiple GoPro Hero4s & a few scenes with a Canon DSLR Rebel T3i. Locations in Belize: - The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center founded by one of the most genuine people I have ever met, Sharon Matola. - Actun Tunichil Muknal (aka ATM Cave) in Cayo District. - Xunantunich Ancient Maya archaeological site in western Belize. Location in Guatemala: - Tikal National Park The most spontaneous trip I have ever done in my life. I hope you enjoy this travel log of Belize and Tikal!

  • This Baby Nurse Shark Is Very Curious About A Diver. Its Next Move Will Make You Smile., 1min. This baby nurse shark in Belize is very curious about a diver and closely checks him out. He then swims under and around the diver before following him over the sea grass through the shallows. He acts more like a lost puppy than a shark. Nurse sharks occasionally follow divers but this one is exceptionally friendly and comfortable being right up close to people.

  • Heavy rain in Arenal Village, 1min.

  • Amandala Journalist removed from Public Facility because participants at ITVET meeting complained of noise,3 min.

  • Waterfall in BeLize, 2min. Under the waterfall in BeLize, PLacencia . In the mountains and jungle. PoV filmed.

    September 28, 2016


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Department of Immigration and Nationality Services Responds to False Claims of Passport Sales
    In a Facebook post titled “Second Passport, Citizenship & Residency in Belize” dated 24th September, 2016 by a website “ICP Belize”, the company claims to be able to provide a Belize passport for sale at US $8,900.00 each. The Government of Belize through the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services categorically state that there is no such programme nor is there any intent to offer Belize passports for sale through any Economic Citizenship Programme or any other programme or agent. The Constitution of Belize was amended via Act 39 of 2001, Gazetted 2nd January 2002, to remove the Economic Citizenship Program from the Constitution and by extension the Belizean Nationality Act, Chapter 161 of the Laws of Belize. The only method of obtaining Belizean Nationality by Registration or Descent is in accordance with Chapter 161 of the Belize Nationality Act. It should be further noted that diligent search at the Companies Registry of Belize does not show any company registered to conduct business in Belize under the name “ICP Belize”. Therefore any person seeking to acquire Belizean citizenship through that company does so at his own risk.

    Guatemala’s Costa Maya representative chosen during pageant
    Since 1992, from its humble beginnings as the Sea & Air Festival to its evolution into the International Costa Maya Festival, entertainment, culture and pageantry has been a highlight of each August on La Isla Bonita. The Reina de la Costa Maya pageant is one major highlight for the festival fans, and has become an international sensation across the region. On Sunday, September 25th, the festival committee learned that during the Miss Guatemala pageant, a special title was awarded to one of the finalists: “Miss Costa Maya Internacional”. Fernanda Flores will be Guatemala’s representative at the festival in 2017. This is the first time that this title has been given to a participant. “It is nice to know that the Miss Costa Maya Internacional pageant is gaining recognition,” said Gach Guerrero, Committee Leader. guatemala-costa-maya-representative-fernanda-flores-2Also chosen in Sunday’s pageant were: Miss Tourism World, Ghalia Ortiz; Miss Queen & Beauty Universe, Sheila Robledo; Miss Guatemala Intercontinental, Nancy Ortiz; Miss Guatemala Internacional, Ana Lucia Villagran; and Miss Guatemala Mundo, Melanie Espina.

    Ambergris Today

    Belize Makes Top Adventure Tour Destination for 2017
    Stride Travel Announces Top 7 Adventure Tour Destinations for 2017 - The team at Stride Travel, the largest search and reviews site for tours & adventure experiences, has provided some insights into the top trending adventure tour destinations for 2017. YES! Belize made the list at #3!!! In its press release, Stride Travel stated, “Belize has been a ‘go to’ destination for years among American retirees looking to settle down in a friendly and warm country close to home and you don’t need to wait for retirement to take advantage of Belize’s world-class snorkeling and scuba diving.” “A guided tour will ensure you gain access to the top snorkeling and diving spots like the Lighthouse Reef atoll, home to the famous Blue Hole. A tour guide will also provide local insights and historical context when visiting places like the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich and Caracol,” the Stride Travel release adds.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    2016 Coastal Cleanup on Ambergris Caye
    Thanks to students of San Pedro Highschool and San Pedro Junior College who participated in this year's Beach Cleanup.

    MISS BELIZE “CROWN CHRONICLES”
    Miss Belize Universe 2016 hits the ground running and gets her own songBELIZE CITY, Belize—Rebecca “Bex” Rath, Miss Belize Universe 2016, is already busy connecting with Belizeans and preparing for the Miss Universe Pageant early next year.On Friday, September 23, Muffles College welcomed her to Orange Walk with a full day of events, which including a motivational speech to students and a visit to the Banquitas House of Culture. The following day she presented the winner of Mr. Belize 2016, Rigo Vellos, with his trophy.Ms. Rath has also visited the Belize Zoo, met Gulisi School students in her native Dangriga, and received a very warm welcome when she appeared at her alma mater, Ecumenical High School, also in Dangriga.Miss Belize Universe attended the official Independence Day flag-raising in Dangriga and Independence Day ceremonies in Belmopan. Earlier in the month, she attended the Tribute to Belizean Patriots.And, then there’s the song. Recording artist Papa John composed and recorded “Bex Fi Belize,” soon after her pageant win on September 10. When asked why he decided to produce the track, Papa John said he regards Bex as a friend, even as a sister, and wanted to show his support.

    Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Customer Appreciation Day
    Customers and friends, visit our booth behind Roni's Tortilla Factory in Corozal Town.

    Birds of Belize Exhibit
    The SISE House of Culture is gearing up for the new Birds of Belize exhibit. The exhibit launch is Friday, October 7th, at 5:00pm. If you like birds, or taxidermy, be sure and check this unique exhibit out. In related bird news, the Belize Audubon Society is doing their Urban Birdwatch in Cayo this Saturday, and Benque on Sunday.

    Happy Independence Day 2016!
    Here are photos from Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 by Will Moreno Photography

    Benque: October 1st Full Moon Concert
    The Benque HoC is having a Full Moon concert to celebrate the new moon this Saturday, and the New Soundz Band will be playing. Featuring "New Soundz Band" from Northern Belize - Suga City Orange Walk, come one and all and bring your dancing shoes to the Centennial Memorial Park, starting at 7:00 p.m. until

    Maya Expo
    October 15, 10am-3pm, Belmopan. A nation's Culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. Therefore, exposing yourself to various cultures is so vital towards personal growth. Here is an opportunity to understand and appreciate the Maya Culture. PS. If you are from Orange Walk and /or nearby villages a bus will be leaving from Banquitas HOC 5:30am. Call 322-0517 to secure your space.

    Images of the War Monument at Soldiers Park in Corozal Town
    After repairs and repainting were carried out by the Corozal House of Culture as part of National Service Day activities.

    Perspectives of our Past historical Series
    One week from today we will begin our 4th annual Perspectives of our Past historical talks. You are kindly invited to our first presentation by Mr. Alan Baker who will enlighten us on the past railway system of Corozal.

    FCCA Cruise Conference & Tradeshow 2016

    International Archaeology Day at Cahal Pech
    International Archaeology Day celebrates Belizean archaeology in an educational, fun, and interactive way, with the aim that when our guests leave they have a deeper appreciation and understanding of our cultural partimony. Friday, October 14 at 10 AM - Cahal Pech, San Ignacio, Belize. More information

    Belize Carnival 2016 Juniors
    Here are some photos of Belize Carnival 2016 Juniors captured by Will Moreno Photography for Belize Carnival

    BHA President - Guest Speaker at CHIEF Puerto Rico!
    The Belize Hotel Association is delighted, that our President, Mrs. Leisa Carr-Caceres, is an invited guest speaker at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum ( CHIEF) in Puerto Rico. The two-day event will take place this weekend on October 1 and 2, 2016, at the El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Organized by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), each year CHIEF, attracts more than 250 innovative hoteliers and tourism sector affiliates, from across the region, as well as top speakers from a variety of industry segments for a series of intense networking, and educational sessions. This year, the BHA is thrilled that our president Mrs. Carr-Caceres joins the ranks as a speaker for the session : Keepin' it Real". - Integrating Culture and Experience

    FIVB Men's World Championship Qualification Tournament
    Belize cruises to a 3-1 victory over Nicaragua and into serious contention for the medal round. Congratulations Team Belize!!!!!!

    Miss Teen Earth International pageant
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to wish Vivian Magdalen the very best as she participates in the Miss Teen Earth International pageant in Panama. We are certain Vivian will represent Belize to the best of her knowledge. We are already proud of her. Enjoy the experience Vivian Magdalen. Follow her journey by visiting the official facebook page of the pageant: Miss Teen Earth International. Vivian was a delegate for the Miss San Pedro pageant in 2015 where she was proudly sponsored by La Sirene Resort, Spa and Marina.

    Saturday Night Alive
    "Back in Time" party at the Chetumal Convention Center in Mexico on Saturday October 15th. Come dress up back in time. Best Live Music of the time...DJs. A night to remember. For information and reservations call (country code) 9831399153 - (MX)

    BSOLT River Cleanup
    The Belize School of Outdoor Leadership Training participated in Oceana's River Cleanup on Saturday. Looks like they had an awesome time doing it. Thanks, BSOLT! "Cleaning up of Belize River (Teakettle to Banana Bank). Great thanks to all our remembers who collected over 100 lbs of garbage along the Belize River Banks. Thanks to Maya Guide Adventure for the equipment provided and making this event as smooth as possible. BSOLT and BDARRT helping Oceana in keeping Belize Clean. Raising awareness on how beautiful our country is. "

    5 things to know about Rebecca Rath, Miss Belize Universe!
    1. She is known by the nickname “Bex.” 2. Growing up on the beaches of Dangriga, she considered herself a tomboy before entering the pageant. 3. She is an accomplished volleyball player and coach. 4. She holds a degree from the University of Houston. 5. Her favorite foods are hudut (which she enjoys cooking herself) and sahou.

    Meet one of Belize's YLAI Fellows!
    Karryn Dawson is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. She is Founder of ShapDaBelize which aims to simplify trade in Belize by expanding affordable market access for Belizean entrepreneurs while enabling buyers at home and abroad to shop at their convenience. Ms. Dawson has been selected to participate at the #YLAI2016 Professional Fellows Program that aims to empower young Latin American and Caribbean business and social entrepreneurs to build relations across the Western Hemisphere and develop skills that are needed to succeed in the global economy.

    Open House day at the House of Culture
    Come spend the afternoon with us at the House of Culture. Share with us your vision for the new National Historic Museum. We are interested in your ideas. Free entertainment and snacks. All are welcome. Saturday, October 8 at 1 PM - 4 PM, Government House ~ House of Culture (NICH) Regent Street, Belize City.

    Belize City History and Social Studies Competition
    A Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project Initiative to create awareness and willingness to preserve and protect our history and culture among our youths. Nov 3 at 9 AM to Nov 10 at 11:30 AM, Belize Elementary School Princess Margaret Drive, Belize City.

    Channel 7

    581 Suspected Cases of ZIKA, 6 Pregnant Women
    On Friday we told you about Amandala's Zika report - which stated that 341 cases of Zika have been reported in Belize and 42 cases have been confirmed by testing. Well, today the Ministry of Health held a press conference to clarify the figures in that report, and also to discuss what those numbers mean for Belize. Up until September 24th 2016, there are 46 confirmed cases of Zika in Belize. Surveillance Officer Lorna Perez gave us a break down of those cases based on districts. Perez also detailed the number of pregnant women who are infected with the virus. Lorena Perez, Surveillance Officer, Epidemiology Unit: "When we look at the numbers here we have 581 suspected cases of these, 305 have actually been screened which means a blood sample or a urine sample has been collected from these persons which represents 52.5% of all suspected cases being screened."

    Keeping Zika Contained
    And the Vector Control Unit is also prioritizing services to pregnant women. Chief of Operations in the Vector Control Unit Kim Bautista discussed the work they have been doing to reduce mosquito breeding sites in communities. Bautista also outlined what the unit is doing to keep pregnant women safe from mosquito bites. But there is only so much the ministry can do with the resources they have. After Bautista, Technical Advisor for the Child & Maternity Health Unit, Dr. Natalia Largaespada-Beer talks about what you must do to stay protected. Kim Bautista, Chief of Operations, Vector Control: "Every major municipality in the country has a Zika plan which is supposed to be in effect at this time. We did several workshops with these municipalities, distributed various sources of educational materials. Since then we've confirmed Zika's presence in Belize around June or July."

    BNTU President Says Teacher's One-Day Strike Could Turn Into a Longer Shutdown
    In last night's news, we spoke to the president of the Teachers Union who said that teachers countrywide will strike next week. We also framed the war of words between the BNTU President and the Prime Minister, who made a plea to the teachers not to listen to the call of their union, because it will force a shutdown of classes. Well, preliminary indications are that next week's strike could go for more than one day. That's what President Luke Palacio told the media in San Ignacio this afternoon after he had met with the Union branch from that town. Palacio said that the teachers from San Ignacio are suggesting that it be extended, and that recommendation will be taken onboard with the Council of Management: Luke Palacio - National President, BNTU: "Our members here in San Ignacio, today they were very vocal about their position and they are saying that they don't believe that they want the strike action to be only for one day."

    Murdered Man Wife's Held For Questioning
    Last night we told you about the murder of Rudolph Selgado - the 33 year old who was found decomposing in a corn field in the Valley of Peace area. He had large cut wounds to the neck, chest and to the back of the head. The father of 3 had gone missing on September 21st., and search teams organized by his common law wife didn't turn up anything. Tonight, that same wife Kayla Spencer isn't at home grieving or consoling her children on the loss of their father: she's in a holding cell at the Belmopan police station being questioned about his murder. How did she go from grieving wife to possible murder suspect? That's what we asked her attorney Rachel Montejo via phone from Belmopan today:... Rachel Montejo, Spencer's Attorney: "My client was traumatized. She has not been with her children since yesterday and she has never been released and have to come back to facilitate the process. She cried and she complained and she said 'look they are putting it to me Ms. Montejo that I know something and had I know any information I would assist the officers, but they are treating me like I am a guilty person.."

    Sulph Acquitted of Rape Charge
    Three and a half years after he was accused of rape, community activist Moses Sulph, was acquitted this afternoon in the Belmopan Magistrate's Court. Well today, he faced his accuser for the very last time, a woman from Belmopan who told police that he forced himself on her. After the many adjournments, he went back before Justice Antoinette Moore, who presided over the full criminal trial. After deliberating, the jurors returned a not-guilty verdict, allowing him to finally get free of the very serious charge. Our news team was in Belmopan, and here's what he had to say about the weight of this accusation lifted off his shoulders: Moses Sulph, Acquitted of rape: "First of all I would like to say thanks to God above all for delivering me from this case and my lawyer Mr. Leeroy Banner. I'd also like to say that I am happy that this ordeal is over, because I was innocent from the beginning and I am still innocent today."

    IMF: Serious Economic Times Call For Serious Measures
    The IMF is calling for an increase in GST and a cut in government's wage bill . Those are the main recommendations coming out of the Article IV Consultation which finished on September 21st. and found, quote, "high public debt, large fiscal and external deficits, and declining international reserves." The IMF notes quote, "The economic outlook has worsened further since the 2015 (consultation). GDP is projected to decline by 1.5 percent in 2016, in part due to the damage inflicted by hurricane Earl, and average less than 2 percent in the medium-term, reflecting declining productivity, competitiveness and public investment." The IMF concludes, quote "In the absence of a radical change in policies, rigid current fiscal spending, particularly the public sector wage bill, would fuel high fiscal deficits and add to the already high debt burden. This deficit, combined with remaining payments for nationalized companies and increased debt service, would reduce international reserves to uncomfortable levels."

    Central Bank Governor Heads For The Exit
    And one major piece of government's macroeconomic and policy apparatus won't be around when those revenue measures are put in place. 7News has received reliable reports that Central Bank Governor Glenford Ysaguirre is demitting office. Ysaguirre's contract expires at the end of this month and will not be renewed. And while he leaves at the end of his contract, his departure is still considered sudden because there had been reports that he would be kept on as part of the team to steer government through an especially difficult period. But he leaves officially on Friday making the way for former Minister, National Bank Chairman, and current Director of the FIU, Joy Grant. Grant - who has limited experience in the commercial banking sector - is expected to have a steep learning curve as there are multiple challenges confronting the Central Bank as regulator in an economy that is strapped for hard currency.

    SSB CEO On the Outs
    Another senior government manager who is leaving office at the end of this month is Richard Flowers, the CEO of the Social Security Board. Again, his contract has come to an end and is not being renewed. Flowers has been CEO since August of 2012 - and in the four years since has enjoyed only middling success as leader of the institution. No replacement has been selected, and Social Security is advertising for the post. In the interim, a management team is expected to be put together from the core of senior managers.

    BelizeInfo, A Development Database
    Today the Ministry of Human Development launched BelizeInfo, an online tool for information and statistical monitoring. BelizeInfo is a compilation of over 65,000 data values from over six different sectors. The Ministry's intent is for the website to be used by the general public, academia, NGO's and all others. Mark Antrobus, Social Planner: "There are a number of websites, we have the central bank that has a huge number of data values on the financial sector. We have SIB which has information on the economic sector, on the general population. We're hoping to have a crime observatory launch next month. So what we're doing is bringing all of that data together in one central location so you don't have to worry about where to get this data from, what formats am I going to get it in, this is one stop shop for data for the country."

    Pro-Poor BOOST Won't Get Slashed in Spending Cutbacks
    As you heard earlier in the news, the IMF warns that the Government needs to rein in expenditure, and try to decrease the wage bill. The beneficiaries of the Boost Program need not worry, however,. That's not going anywhere anytime soon. It's the Barrow Government's flagship pro-poor initiative, but whenever there is a need to cut costs, those unfortunately tend to be the first to go. Well, the CEO in the Ministry of Human Development says that Boost has a special place in the recurrent expenditure, which means that it's there to stay: Judith Alpuche, CEO - Ministry of Human Development: "This is the Barrow administration's flagship; poverty alleviation program, the boost. We have not been cut, as a matter of fact I think the budget that we have for the then social assistance in 2008 and where we are now, it's the largest program moneywise, that the ministry of human development has."

    Some Earl Victims Still Displaced
    Another issue that the Government continues to tackle is the aftermath of Hurricane Earl. While most of us have already moved on, there were more than 20 families in the Belize District who were directly displaced by the storm. They either suffered extensive damage to their homes, or the wind and floods completely destroyed the structures. Just 2 weeks ago, we showed you how the storm had compromised the structural integrity of the house belonging to Marsha Smith. It was the headquarters of the Soca Moca Carnival Band, and it fell on top over 15 revelers. The CEO told us today that they have been working with 22 other such families to try to get them housing: Judith Alpuche, CEO - Ministry of Human Development: "We have been working with displaced persons as a part of the NEMO structure that we are, particularly focusing on people who have nowhere to go and we've had to help them to move from the shelters."

    Hostel Fire Still Awaiting Criminal Sanctions
    The press also asked the Human Development CEO about the latest in the case of that tragic fire at the Youth Hostel at the end of November 2015. You'll remember it as the one where 3 teenaged girls perished after they were padlocked inside and couldn't escape. The Ministry conducted its own internal investigation about what went wrong to cause these girls to be locked in without adult supervision, and the outcome was that several of the employees were fired. Alpuche told us that there is also a Coroner's Inquest which has been conducted to determine if there should be any criminal sanctions:

    Harnessing Natural Resource Inputs The Right Way
    Fishing, logging, hunting, and agriculture: these are some of the ways through which the world's populations either sustain their families or harness natural resources to make them into industries. And to ensure proper management of the resources, and adequate private sector investment in it, the United Nations Development Programme has been running a pilot program. It's called the Biodiversity Finance Initiative, or (BIOFIN) for short, and it's a 30-country, 30 million-dollar project from which Belize is now going to benefit. The project was officially launched in Belize this morning by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, and Sustainable Development. Here's their public pitch as to why you should embrace the program:

    CARSI Gives Grants
    This afternoon, the US Ambassador signed over $1.6 million US dollars in grants to Belizean NGOs. These grants are part of the CARSI program, the goal of which is to facilitate security - bot through police guns and batons, but through educational and employment opportunities, which deter participants from a criminal activities. We spoke to the US Ambassador Carlos Moreno about the grants and their goal. H.E. Carlos Moreno - Us Ambassador to Belize: "The purpose of today's grant is to recognize outstanding programs that the United States Government is very eager to support. These are programs direct towards steering young people away from gang participation, violence and crime. Through education, increased job opportunities, leadership opportunities, and entrepreneurship in fact."

    Hoaxes Affect Major Businesses
    The Belize Bank in Dangriga had to be evacuated this afternoon all because of a bogus bomb threat. A man called around 1:30 saying that a bomb was inside the ATM. The manager quickly called the police. The K-9 unit rushed from Belmopan to Dangriga and searched the ATM and the entire bank but found nothing. The police gave the all clear around 3:30. The police say they are trying to trace the number. They told us these bomb threats are usually done out if mischief or as a distraction to committ crime somewhere else. BSI in Orange Walk was also victim of a hoax today when a website posted, quote, "128 People Dead, 100s More Injured As BSI Factory Catches Fire". The post went viral and created quite a scare across Belize. But it was completely false: There was no accident at the BSI Factory. BSI has sought unsuccessfully to identify the source of the story.

    Channel 5

    Cayo Branch of the B.N.T.U. is Defiant and Fired Up for Strike
    The Belize National Teachers’ Union continues its Stand Up For Belize Campaign in light of the planned strike this coming Monday. Today the union leadership met with the San Ignacio [...]

    B.N.T.U. Executive Meets with Social Partners
    On Monday, Palacio confirmed that the Union was meeting with other trade unions and social partners. One such meeting has already taken place. It was intended to be a rebuttal [...]

    B.N.T.U. President Says Social Partners Must Remain United
    The Belize National Teachers’ Union has argued in its response that Prime Minister Dean Barrow has tried a strategy of “divide and conquer” with the many groups flanking him on [...]

    B.N.T.U. Concedes – Salary Adjustments Deferred to Next April
    In the opening section of his statement to the nation, Prime Minister Dean Barrow was at pains to point out that none of the eight items discussed on the agenda [...]

    Managers Are Responsible for Each School During Strike
    The Ministry of Education has confirmed that it will be meeting on Wednesday afternoon with the managers of various groups of schools to discuss plans and contingencies for Monday’s strike [...]

    MOH Hold Press Conference to Give Update on Zika in Belize
    The number of cases of ZIKA is on an upward trend and among the affected persons are six pregnant women.  The Ministry of Health held the fourth press conference on [...]

    Persons with Zika Symptoms Not Seeking Medical Attention
    While the ministry has focused primarily on pregnant women and other vulnerable groups, Doctor Marvin Manzanero says there is concern that persons exhibiting the zika symptoms are not seeking medical [...]

    What are Reproductive Rights of Affected Women Who Get Pregnant?
    So far, the Ministry has not detected any case of microcephaly in unborn children among mothers who have tested positive for zika during pregnancy. Nor has there been any finding [...]

    Do You Support the Industrial Action by Teachers?
    And tonight’s question is: Do you support the industrial action by teachers? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll [...]

    Edward “Mac 10” McKoy Speaks Out in an Exclusive Interview Post Gringo
    The dust has not settled in respect of the Showtime Documentary, Gringo: the Dangerous Life of John McAfee. At least four Belizeans were prominent in the documentary casting a net [...]

    Documentary Identifies McAfee’s Former Employees as Conspirators to Murder
    Based on the documentary, McAfee’s former employees have been identified as conspirators in the murder of Faull. Ex-caretaker at the San Pedro property, Cassian Chavarria, whose nickname ironically is “Cash,” [...]

    Can McKoy and Chavarria Face Criminal Charges?
    Attorney Bryan Neal represents five of the persons featured in the documentary. Today we asked him if based on their own admissions on the Faull murder, they stand to face [...]

    Moses Sulph Vindicated; He Did Not Rape UB Student
    Moses Sulph has been cleared of rape. Back in February 2013, Sulph was accused of raping a UB student at a house in Belmopan. He had denied the charge and [...]

    CTV3

    BSCFA Backs Up Teachers
    With four working days before they go on national strike, the Belize National Teacher’s Union has launched a feverish solidarity campaign, reaching out to as many social partner groups for their support. As we reported last night, the BNTU held a meeting with the three utility unions: the Belize Communications Workers Union, Belize Energy Workers Union and the Belize Water Services Workers Union, and today we confirmed that the meeting also included other groups from around the country including: a Church representative, the hashtag I-want-my-country-back movement, Citizens Organized for Liberty thru Action (COLA), the Belize Christian Workers Union and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association from here in the north. The objective of all these meetings is to get the groups on board with the BNTU, and to even convince them to participate in the national strike as they deem it fit.

    Majority Of Orange Walk Teachers Will Support Strike Action
    The Belize National Teachers Union is preparing for strike action against the Government if its eight demands are not met which includes the removal of Minister Godwin Hulse as Minister of Police and Immigration. This announcement was made after a meeting between PM and BNTU. Yesterday the president of BNTU Orange Walk, Otilio Munoz, met with its membership, where teachers were informed of the current situation and asked to participate in a one-day closure of school on October third which is next week Monday, a request which was met with open arms, says Munoz. Otilio Munoz – President BNTU Orange Walk Branch: “There is a plan of action by the BNTU, a strike action and I think it was very vital for the general membership what is happening and we had to report on the response to the Prime Minister as it pertains to the eight proposals that we placed on the table for negotiations so I think it was important for us to go back to the members and indicate to them the responses and from there to actually get a feedback from them and as it pertains to the plan of industrial action and what is their intake.”

    IMF Reports Belize's Economy Getting Worst
    The International Monetary Fund has continued to express serious concerns about Belize’s economic state in its 2016 Article IV Consultation Report which was released yesterday. The IMF report first provides a review of economic activity in 2015 and the first half of 2016. The following is highlighted: Gross Domestic Product growth slowed to 1 per cent in 2015, A decline in oil and commodity prices led to deflation in 2015, Overall fiscal deficit expanded to 8 percent of GDP in 2015, GDP growth was -1.5 percent in first quarter of 2015 and 2016, Decline in exports in the first half of 2016 and a reduction in the international reserves to 4.4 months of imports in late August 2016. On the positive side, the report indicates that: The tourism sector grew in the first half of 2016 and unemployment rate declined from 10.1 percent in April 2015 to 8 percent in April 2016.

    Former Ambassador To Belize Chastises Elrington For Speech At UN
    Just a few hours after Minister Wilfred Elrington delivered his address at the UN General assembly yesterday, the Permanent representative of Guatemala to the United Nations, Jorge Skinner-Klée Arenales, gave a report defending Guatemala following Elrington’s speech. Skinner-Klée Arenales, a former Ambassador to Belize chastised the Foreign Minister saying he listened in disbelief as Elrington delivered untrue statements about Guatemala. The report continues by stating that Guatemala has always sought peaceful means to reclaim what was taken from them by force and deceit and even as they recognize the independence of Belize, they have never renounced their rights just as they have never resorted to violent acts against citizens of a brotherly country.

    LOVE FM

    BNTU Calls on Support from Other Unions
    The Belize National Teacher’s Union is going back to its membership to provide updates on the ongoing discussions with Government. The BNTU has taken a strong stance in favor of good governance. The union made eight demands which the Government so far has been unable to fully satisfy and now, after a meeting held with […]

    Ministry of Health: ‘We have 6 Positive Cases (ZIKA) among Pregnahttp://lovefm.com/2016/09/27/ministry-of-health-we-have-6-positive-cases-zika-among-pregnant-women/nt Women.’
    Six cases of Zika have been confirmed in pregnant women. The Ministry of Health is currently monitoring these cases and will be monitoring the babies once they are born, for the next three years. Three of the children have already been born and are not showing signs of having contracted the disease. Dr. Natalia Largaespada […]

    Aedes Aegypti Unleashes Mayaro Fever
    The Ministry of Health also provided updates on other vector infections rates. A new virus, Mayaro Fever, was recently detected in the Caribbean and the Ministry is observing cases that may be related to Mayaro fever. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, spoke about the new virus. DR MARVIN MANZANERO “We can’t take off […]

    Data Compilation Program will Aid in the Creation of Policies and Programs
    The National Policy Monitoring tool, BelizeInfo, was launched today in Belize City. BelizeInfo is an online database system created by the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation. The tedious process of collecting years of necessary data began almost two years ago and now the system has over 65,000 data values across a […]

    Protecting Belize’s Biodiversity at $1.6M with UNDP
    This morning, BIOFIN initiative was launched. BIOFIN, Biodiversity Finance Initiative a partnership between the UNDP and the Government of Belize. Collin Young, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and sustainable Development spoke about BIOFIN and the challenges Belize faces to protect biodiversity resources. COLIN YOUNG “Today we are here to launch […]

    Investigation Concludes in the Hostel Fire and Death of Four Young Girls
    Forty one weeks ago, a crowd had gathered on the roadside at mile 21 ½ miles on the George Price Highway watching fire officials work at putting out a fire that had claimed the lives of 16-year-old, Shadisha Arnold, 16-year-old, Anna Carlos and 14-year-old, Elizabeth McKoy. The girls were being housed at the Community Rehabilitation […]

    Fixing the Youth Hostel
    In December 2015 when the fire occurred at the Youth Hostel on the George Price Highway, there was a transition phase ongoing where the young girls would have been moved into a new concrete structure. There was also a revamping of the educational programs for the young persons living there but the three young ladies […]

    US Embassy Funds $1.6M in Local Projects
    Seven organizations were awarded grant funding by the US Embassy in Belize totaling one point six millions US dollars. The funding was made available through the Central America Regional Security Initiative, CARSI, Economic Support Funds program. A short ceremony was held today at the residence of US Ambassador Carlos Moreno. Love News was present and […]

    $100K to Combat Gender Based Violence
    The Belize Family Life Association, BFLA, was the first organization to receive funding from the US Embassy to combat gender based violence. According to BFLA’s Executive Director, Joan Burke, the project will positively impact ten thousand young persons in the Belize, Stann Creek and Orange Walk Districts. Participants will go through a serious of training […]

    Will the Boost Program be Booted?
    Yesterday we told you of the IMF Report that has indicated that Belize’s economic situation has worsened and they have recommended several actions for the Government to take in order to stabilize its economic situation. One of those proposed actions is to tighten up on spending; while Government has not responded to the report, there […]

    Amandala

    BNTU threatens industrial action on October 3
    The administration of Prime Minister Dean Barrow is gearing up to face its 6th protest in 6 weeks. On August 23, the churches, led by Pastor Louis Wade, protested at the footsteps of Independence Hill in Belmopan, while Patrick Menzies and the Spanish arm of the Evangelical Church would protest at that same location seven days later. One day after, the People’s United Party (PUP) would protest at that same location. On September 7, the People’s United Party (PUP) led another protest in Belize City. Last Monday the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) led another protest in Belmopan. Eighteen hours after their meeting on Thursday with PM Barrow, the BNTU wrote the Prime Minister informing him that, “in accordance with our Stand Up for Belize Campaign, centered on the mantra, ‘It’s for far more than three [per cent]; it’s for country,’ we find that most of what you brought to the table is inconsistent with our demands to ensure good governance and respect for workers.”

    Missing man found decomposing in corn field
    Belmopan police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Rudolph Selgado, 32, of Roaring Creek, a father of three children. He was found in a decomposed state, with his throat slashed with chop wounds on the head and body in a corn field, in the Globe area near Valley of Peace, on Saturday morning, September 24. An onsite post-mortem exam was conducted to certify the cause of his death, and he was buried at the conclusion of the autopsy. A police investigation led to a man, also of Roaring Creek, who has been detained. Selgado’s common-law wife, Kayla Spence, had reported him missing on Thursday, September 22, after he failed to return home after leaving the previous morning, September 21, to go to Belmopan to enjoy the Independence Day activities.

    IMF tells GOB to hike GST and cut wage bill amid recession
    On September 21, the day on which Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow declared that Belize is experiencing a recession, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded its annual review of Belize, after which it is now calling for austerity measures, including a hike in the General Sales Tax—although some pundits argue that tax hikes are likely to worsen a recession. Late last year, the Government increased the tax levy at the pumps, saying that the move had become necessary as a fiscal consolidation measure to strengthen public finances at the start of the new 2016 calendar year, and also to compensate for the decline in revenues linked to the decline in domestic crude oil production. The Government hoped to receive an extra $50 million this budget year (2016-2017) from that tax hike. Last month, we asked Barrow about reports that the Government is contemplating an additional tax increase, through raising the rate of the General Sales Tax (GST).

    Football players injured in accident on the Hummingbird Highway
    Football players from Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town were injured after a vehicle in which they were travelling yesterday ran off the road and overturned. Six of the players of the sixteen were seriously hurt, while the others suffered varying degrees of injury. The players were all taken to the Western Regional Hospital, where they were treated and released, but one player was admitted in a serious but stable condition. The team was travelling from Benque Viejo to St. Margaret to play a football match, but upon their arrival at a curve, a vehicle that was overtaking another vehicle while coming down the hill caused the driver to swerve to avoid a collision, causing the vehicle in which the players were traveling to run off the road and overturn.

    PUP rebut Immigration Minister Senator Godwin Hulse
    Passport and Nationality documents held by Peter William Dahlstrom, brother-in-law of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, may have been among the 55,000 plus which were issued with irregularities, according to a special audit into the Passport, Visas and Nationality Department for the period 2011-2013 completed by the Office of the Auditor General. According to the audit, Dahlstrom, who has been married to the sister of PM Barrow’s wife, Kim Simplis, for more than 20 years, did not qualify for citizenship in 2012 because he had not spent a complete year in Belize, as is required. Nevertheless, the Prime Minister recommended him for his nationality documents.

    Lionman Triathlon 2016 postponed
    The Belize National Triathlon Association (BNTA) would like to notify the general public, sports fans, athletes and sponsors that the 16th Annual Lionman Triathlon, scheduled for September 25th, will be rescheduled to a later date. The BNTA has been monitoring the quality of the water at the Sandlighter Promenade since Hurricane Earl affected Belize. We have also had more rain than in previous years, which has in turn brought down-stream more silt and debris. After much debate, we have agreed that the safety of our athletes has always been, and will continue to be our main priority. We have been in contact with a number of our supporters in Placencia and San Pedro as a possible venue for the race before the ending of the year.

    All not lost; Police United can surprise Olimpia
    With only a few days to go before our Police United FC team must take the field at the FFB Stadium against Honduran champions Olimpia in the Scotiabank/CONCACAF Champions League 2016-2017, the picture does appear depressing for our Belize representative. It will be the last match for a Police United team that took an embarrassing 11-nil shellacking at the same venue from Mexican champions Pachuca on Tuesday, September 13. It is hard to get worse than that – a new Champions League record. But, to our great discomfort, Olimpia will be trying their best to do just that – eclipse that outlandish score. And we better take them seriously. Olimpia’s only hope of wrenching the top spot in Group E from Pachuca is to out-do them against Police United, and then settle matters between them in Honduras on October 19 for their final match. Only the group winner advances to the Champions League Hexagonal. It appears there will be no coaching change right now for Police United. One bright spot, though, is a welcome adjustment in the striking arrangement in Police United’s last outing, where the explosive Fubu was placed up front in the attack, nearest to the opponent’s goal, while Cafu (Harrison Roches) played a more supportive role between forward and midfield, to which he is ideally suited.

    Albert/Regent Streets Criterium 2016 results
    Here are the results, by category, from the annual Belize City Council/Leslie’s Imports Albert/Regent Streets Criterium, which took place yesterday, Sunday, September 18. 3-5yrs old (1/2 lap) – 1st Arien Pope (2:12). 6-8yrs old (1/2 lap) – 1st Charles Garay, Jr. (3:13); 2nd Orion Butler; 3rd Jayden Tillett. 9-12yrs old (2 laps) – 1st Derrick Brown (6:17); 2nd Jahmai Scott (6:52); 3rd Jayden Sutherland (7:48); 4th Jahroy Gladden (8:46). 13-15yrs old high school girls (5 laps) – 1st Taralee Ordonez (15:13); 2nd Kaylee Gillett (15:20); 3rd Alicee King (st). 13-15yrs old high school boys (5 laps) – 1st Patrick Williams (12:20); 2nd Jerson Lovell (st); 3rd Edgar McKoo; 4th Nelson Zyden, Jr.; 5th Kevaughn Cacho; 6th Sheldon Lynch.

    Football’s past and future converge for the Mugger and Gene Guild Day at Yabra
    Another football star of the 1960s, John “Gas” Dougal, was laid to rest yesterday, even as two other football greats of the past, Louis “the Mugger” Garbutt and Maurice “Gene” Guild were being honored with a day of fun and football at the Yabra field in Belize City. The day was well organized, although there were no official speeches and ceremony to kick off the festivities. It was all informal, relaxing and full of a togetherness spirit that saw many old acquaintances and former teammates and adversaries greeting each other, sitting to chat about the old times, and sharing their recollections of historic events, which sometimes led to clarification of facts and dates that had become hazy with time.

    Editorial: Inflexible and unreasonable?
    In statements made to the media following a meeting between himself and the leaders of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) on Thursday afternoon, September 22, and a full-length broadcast speech on Sunday, September 25, the Prime Minister of Belize, Right Hon. Dean O. Barrow, has sought to portray the negotiating stance of the BNTU as inflexible and unreasonable. Mr. Barrow went so far as to accuse the teachers of Belize of holding the children and parents of Belize to ransom. The Prime Minister was able to point out that the other trade unions of Belize had essentially fallen into line with his administration, most notably on the way forward financially, while civil society partners, such as the business community and the churches, were not behaving as militantly as the teachers. It may be said, then, that the Prime Minister was isolating the BNTU in the eyes of the public, and this was a raising of the stakes in the confrontation. In the days leading up to the national demonstration of the teachers last Monday, September 19, in Belmopan, the United Democratic Party (UDP) Cabinet had used Minister of Education/Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber in a similar attempt to isolate the teachers and turn parents against the BNTU’s decision to close schools on Monday and march in Belmopan. But now, after Thursday, it was the Prime Minister himself who was leading the charge. Urgency was becoming the order of the day.

    From the Publisher
    It has been difficult to write this column lately, and one reason for this has been my feeling of futility in regards to the Kaina Martinez matter. It is bad enough that the young lady was denied her proper Belizean place at last month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro: what is worse is that the substantive power brokers in Belizean sports have not felt any need to account to the people of Belize. It is clearly intended that the injustice to Kaina should blow over like Said’s “lee breeze.” In response to some agitation, the Government of Belize decided to grant posthumous national honor earlier this month to the one Danny Conorquie, who was murdered by Guatemalans in cold blood at Caracol on September 25, 2014. It is necessary that we acknowledge the gesture on the part of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), as little and as late as it is. This is what, I suppose and I submit, was referred to in feudal times in Europe as noblesse oblige. The ruling classes threw a bone, a sop to Cerberus perhaps, to the masses. Whatever, it is appreciated.

    Sedi exposes Guatemala’s hostility at UNGA
    Belize Foreign Affairs Minister, H.E. Mr. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, chastised Guatemala in his address at the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) this morning, for violating the United Nations Charter in what he described as a “recklessly dangerous” move by Guatemala to deploy thousands of soldiers to its border in Belize following a shooting incident in which a Guatemalan minor was killed in April 2016. “Regrettably, though not unpredictably, in the last eighteen months, there have been hostile incidents between civilian and military personnel of both Belize and Guatemala in the Sarstoon River, our southern border. Guatemala naval personnel repeatedly impeded the peaceful ingress and egress of Belizeans, both civilian and military on the river, wrongfully claiming the river as theirs. “However, as the northern side of the river is Belizean territory, the unimpeded use and enjoyment of that side of the river is the right of every Belizean,” Elrington said, adding that Belize has promptly and properly protested each such attempt of the Guatemalans and engaged the OAS “with a view of putting a speedy end to that potentially perilous practice.”

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Cayo teachers press for expanded strike; BNTU management to make decision; getting support from social partners
    .The Belize National Teachers’ Union continued its quarterly regional branch meeting in San Ignacio Branch to gather at the Octavia Waight Centre Convention Hall this afternoon. Interestingly, on the issue of the planned strike action coming at the start of next week, the hundreds of educators […]

    IMF says the best is not coming yet
    Just 10 months ago, Prime Minister Dean Barrow declared: “The best is yet to come!” Not even a year removed from the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) glorious third consecutive victory at the polls, Barrow has admitted the country is facing a recession and […]

    Miss Belize Universe gets her own song
    Rebecca “Bex” Rath, the newly crowned Miss Belize Universe 2016, has hit the ground running and has already gotten her own song. The song is entitled Miss Belize “ Crown Chronicles” (Vol. VII). Rath has been busy connecting with Belizeans countrywide and preparing for […]

    Colombian company hired Guatemalan work crews to fix Belizean service?
    Yesterday, Belize’s state-run telephone company, Belize Telemedia Limited, responded to queries about its employment of a Colombian telecommunication company, Ingetelca, to assist with their recovery process following the damages to its infrastructure from Hurricane Earl. However, the crews that have been seen in the […]

    Guatemala fires back at Belize Foreign Minister Speech
    The Permanent representative of Guatemala to the United Nations furnished a report just hours after Belize Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington delivered his address to the UN General Assembly. The report begins by stating that they listened carefully in ‘disbelief’ to the speech given by […]

    Who owns the financial sector in Belize?
    The domestic commercial banks are owned 28% by Belizeans, 0% by CARICOM citizens, 25% by USA citizens, 12% by UK citizens, 20% by Canadian citizens and 15% by Other Extra-Regional (Honduran). The international banks are owned 18% by Belizeans, 9% by CARICOM citizens, […]

    Blogs

    What You Should Know Before Retiring in Belize
    Belize is a small country that offers diverse lifestyle choices. Before thinking about buying a home of your own in this English-speaking Shangri-la, ask yourself this critical question: What are your objectives? In Belize, you could invest in a condo on the beach, a home in a planned community, a house in a local town or a piece of land in the country. Each purchase has its advantages and its downsides. Choosing one over another is all about what you're looking to accomplish. Are you shopping for a place to live or for long-term appreciation? Do you intend to use the property full time yourself or only part time with the hope of renting it out otherwise? Deciding that you'd like to own a beach condo in Belize leads to more decisions. This little country has a long mainland coast and many cayes offshore. This means lots of beach choices, and all beaches are not created equal. Some Belize beaches are Robinson Crusoe-style. Others are rowdy and noisy with lots of nightlife and tourists. Picking one over another for your retirement comes down to what you're looking for. Do you want privacy or company, solitude or parties?

    Top 10 differences between high and low season, in Placencia, Belize!
    We are almost getting to the end of September, which is the low of low season around here. There have been some really nice posts I have found about guests coming here and having a great time recently, and I try to encourage guests not to rule out a trip here this time of year, despite the negative stuff you might read. I thought since this is such a timely topic, here is an honest take on some of the negatives that make it "low" season. Everyone has their own level of sensitivity to these issues, so hopefully this will help you decide if these factors will make a difference for you! 1.) Temperature - Summer and early Fall here are HOT and muggy. It is hard to quantify if it is that different from the rest of the year. I can say that in the winter months, I spend plenty of time in the evenings wearing a long sleeve tee shirt, and I never go near one this time of year. In the middle of the day, hot is just hot.....there isn't a SUBSTANTIAL difference between high and low season in the middle of the day - you are not going to want to hang out in the sun all day unless you are under an umbrella or in a pool. In low season, you are going to feel muggier and warmer at night, and you will NOT need any warm clothes. While you can get away with no a/c in the winter, it is pretty miserable to try that in the summer. The humidity is the difference, which brings me to the next hot topic....

    International Sourcesizz

    Teachers in Belize gearing for industrial action
    Teachers were gearing for another round of industrial action on October 3 after their union demanded that the Belize Government meets its eight demands . The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), which staged a successful one-day demonstration one week ago, said that the action may extend beyond Monday even as Prime Minister Dean Barrow urged teachers to “call off this destructive crusade”. The teachers have been protesting the delay in salary adjustments as well as a series of other national issues. Barrow said he had sought to address the demands of the teachers in his correspondence to the union earlier this month and that “I made further efforts to do so in last Thursday’s meeting.

    Shyne Makes Appearance At Bad Boy Reunion Tour
    The Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour continues to impress and leave audiences in awe with its guest features and surprise appearances, but no one saw this one coming. During the Newark, NJ stop of the tour the crowd was shocked when former Bad Boy and P. Diddy’s 90’s co-d, Shyne made an impromptu appearance during the show… kind of. The taped – or DVR’d – appearance was played on the silver screen for all to see and featured the Brooklyn rapper – minus the payot curls – dipped out in black and rocking the mic to “Bad Boyz” from his hometown of Belize. You’d think with all the bad blood between Diddy and Shyne because of the infamous nightclub shooting of ’99 might’ve still been lingering. But with the 16th anniversary of his debut album, Shyne, having crept up the man who was once criticized for being a Biggie soundalike let it be known that it’s been “an honor and a privilege to be a part of one of the greatest record companies ever.”

    Videos

  • A Look at the “Dangerous Life of John Mcafee”, 5min.

  • Lorna Perez, Surveillance Officer a the Epidiomology Unit, explains how the suspected cases are tested, 1.5min.

  • Papa John - Bex Fi Belize Produce By Delus X Parham An Fob, 2min. Bex Fi Belize ...The New Anthem By Papa John Showing His Support For Bex. Not everyone gets their own song! Miss Belize Universe.

  • Bayside in Belize, 1.5min. Relaxing on the bay at the Almond Tree in Corozal Belize.

  • Mayor's New Home, San Narciso, Belize, 1min. Putting in the floor on the mayor's new home in San Narciso, Belize.

  • Southwest Airlines Belize to Houston, 16min. Takeoff from Belize and landing in Houston.

  • 4th Annual Caribbean Youth Leader's Summit, 1.5min. Belize hosts the 4th Annual Caribbean Youth Leader's Summit! Things kick-off tonight at 6:00pm at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. Check out the video to hear what Tijani has to say about the Summit.

  • Caribbean Youth Leaders Summit at the Radisson in Belize, 59min.

  • Popcaan live in Belize City, 50min.

  • Belize Carnival 2016, 30min.

  • Bike ride in Belize , Placencia, 6min.

  • Fly fishing for tarpon in Belize, 14min.

    September 27, 2016


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    Specials and Events

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


    The San Pedro Sun

    Team Papaya Power presented with their Sagicor Visionary Challenge prizes
    Since they began participating, San Pedro High School students have excelled in the annual Sagicor Visionary Challenge. In March of 2016, team Papaya Power took the runner up prize with their Papaya Leaf Tea. On Thursday, September 22nd, representatives of Sagicor presented SPHS with their second place prize. During a short ceremony at the school’s auditorium, Sagicor marketing manager Marlene Chin of Trinidad and Tobago handed over the prize to the winners. Among the gifts was a $2,000USD check for the school, and $8000BZ worth of lab equipment, including a set of vernier caulipers with 18 apps, one physics kit and chemistry and biology kits. Chin commended the school and students, as they have been showing remarkable success in the past three years. Vice Principal Conchita Flota thanked Sagicor for the opportunity to participate in the challenge, and congratulated the participating teams that have exalted the name of the school in the educational competition. SPHS is ready to represent in the upcoming challenge, with three teams taking part to try and bring the first prize to La Isla Bonita!

    Statement by Foreign Minister at the 71st UNGA
    Mr. President, Allow me at the outset to congratulate you on your election as President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly and to assure you of Belize’s fullest support. Thirty-five years ago this week Belize became a UN member state. Membership confirmed our independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and place amongst equals in this community of nations. Regretfully, however, membership did not resolve the territorial claim laid to our country some eighty years ago by Guatemala. Our track record since our independence confirms that Belize holds sacrosanct the dignity of the human person, the principles of justice, equality, inclusivity, and the rule of law. Belizeans are inherently altruistic and compassionate. In the nascent years of our independence when civil war ravaged our Central American region, Belize was the beacon of hope and sanctuary of choice for thousands of refugees including Guatemalans desperately seeking to escape the scourge of war, poverty and oppression. In the process Belize welcomed thousands of refugees amounting to well in excess of thirty percent of our then population. Indeed even to this day the flow of migrants into our country continues unabated. Belize is a nation of migrants all living in unity, peace and harmony.

    Ambergris Today

    First Woman in Belize Rural South to Receive George Price People Award
    On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the PUP National Party Council met to celebrate the 66th birthday of the People's United Party at the Belize Elementary School auditorium in Belize City. Party Leader John Briceno delivered an inspiring message reaffirming the Party's commitment to the country of Belize. All PUP Village Council Chairpersons across the country were given a special congratulatory award on their victory in the recent Village Council Elections and 31 deserving and long-serving PUP's received the George Price Service to the People Award. One of those receiving the awards was Patricia Marin of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. She is the first woman to receive the George Price Service to the People Award in the Belize Rural South constituency.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Light The Night for Kids
    Awareness walk for children living with Special Needs and Fair. Friday, September 30 at 6 PM - 11 PM. Memorial Park, Belize City

    Foreign Minister Hon. Wilfred Elrington's Address at the United Nations General Assembly
    Mr. President, Allow me at the outset to congratulate you on your election as President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly and to assure you of Belize’s fullest support. Thirty-five years ago this week Belize became a UN member state. Membership confirmed our independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and place amongst equals in this community of nations. Regretfully, however, membership did not resolve the territorial claim laid to our country some eighty years ago by Guatemala. Our track record since our independence confirms that Belize holds sacrosanct the dignity of the human person, the principles of justice, equality, inclusivity, and the rule of law.

    Launch of BelizeInfo - a National Policy Monitoring Tool
    The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation (MHDSTPA) will be hosting a media breakfast on Tuesday, 27th of September, 2016 at 7:15am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercy Centre in Belize City to launch BelizeInfo - a national policy monitoring tool. MHDSTPA has invested heavily in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) for Social Protection over recent years, especially through the Community Action for Public Safety Project (CAPS). This includes designing and implementing an online case management tool, FAMCare, which is being used for the Ministry’s core responsibilities such as child protection and juvenile justice, as well as broader GOB aims such as a Belize Active Labour Market Information System (BALMIS)1. In addition, through CAPS and with ongoing support from the InfoSegura project2, has developed BelizeInfo – a national policy monitoring tool to strengthen monitoring and evaluation in the country at all levels – project, sector, thematic, national strategic plans (e.g. Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy), and against international commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    35th INDEPENDENCE PARADE 2016
    150+ photos

    35 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS AND FRIENDSHIP MEXICO-BELIZE
    The Embassy of Mexico cordially invites you to join us this Friday September 30th at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts at 1pm for a special presentation of the: CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR OF THE MEXICAN NAVY FREE.... call for or pick up your tickets from the Bliss - 227-2110

    Multiple Parties
    Fascist dictatorship is the same as monarchy Throughout history Replacing that with a democracy Choice flexibility In the type of government you provide Communism, capitalism or socialism It requires adherence to the principles Congruent with those forms of democracies Otherwise you create a morph system like in China Deh constitution seh one party- Soh they should be communist Have introduced a market signifies they’re more socialist

    BELTRAIDE STAFF DONATES COMPUTERS TO NEEDY CHILDREN IN REMOTE VILLAGES OF BELIZE
    Some members of Beltraide staff took a break from their arduous work on Friday, 23 September and headed down south to the remote areas of Belize. Their mission: to donate four brand new computers to schools in that part of the country. The computers along with printers and battery backups are valued at over $8,000 Bz dollars and were acquired through the Beltraide staff fund, which is designed to assist needy children and schools with limited resources as well as to carry out charity work throughout Belize. The schools benefiting from such generous donation included: Santa Cruz RC School, Pueblo Viejo RC School, Jalacte RC School and Blue Creek RC School. All of these villages are located in the deep forests of Belize, just a stone throw from the Guatemalan border. The team was comprised of personnel from our Finance, IT, Project and Marketing and Information Units. The group began their journey very early in the morning as the first hues of red and deep orange of the rising sun hit the capital city of Belmopan. But as the team traveled through the winding and picturesque Hummingbird Highway it became clear from the looming dark clouds and rain that the day would be a very challenging one. But that did not dampen their spirit, and they moved on. The intention was to present the computers quickly and return home as soon as possible. But that was not to be.

    Department of Immigration and Nationality Services Responds to False Claims of Passport Sales
    In a Facebook post titled “Second Passport, Citizenship & Residency in Belize” dated 24th September, 2016 by a website “ICP Belize”, the company claims to be able to provide a Belize passport for sale at US $8,900.00 each. The Government of Belize through the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services categorically state that there is no such programme nor is there any intent to offer Belize passports for sale through any Economic Citizenship Programme or any other programme or agent. The Constitution of Belize was amended via Act 39 of 2001, Gazetted 2nd January 2002, to remove the Economic Citizenship Program from the Constitution and by extension the Belizean Nationality Act, Chapter 161 of the Laws of Belize. The only method of obtaining Belizean Nationality by Registration or Descent is in accordance with Chapter 161 of the Belize Nationality Act.

    Caribbean Youth Leaders' Summit
    Have you heard about the Caribbean Youth Leaders' Summit? Well, you ought to because Belize will be hosting the 4th Caribbean Youth Leader's Summit and reps from Department of Youth Services will be on Open Your Eyes Tuesday morning at 7:30 am to tell you all about it!

    Press Conference on the Zika situation in Belize
    Please note that the Ministry of Health will be hosting a Press Conference on the Zika situation in Belize Tuesday at 10am that will be carried live on radio, please tune in.

    "Pic" "Pepitos" passes away
    The body of the late Santos Lopez, also known as "Pic" "Pepitos" "Peanuts" will leave the Corozal Hospital at 11:00 A.M. tomorrow September 26th, followed by a procession to the Finca Solana Cemetery where a religious ceremony will celebrate his life. Anyone wishing to attend can greet the family at the Corozal Hospital and join. R.I.P "PIC"

    "Choo Choo Kiddies Express"
    You saw this trolley at the Corozal September Town Parade. "Choo Choo Kiddies Express" will make its official launch this weekend Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st at the Rotary Park near the Thunderbolt Dock. Time will be 5;00 p.m. sharp until 9:00 pm. If its your birthday you get a FREE ride!!! Kids only pay $3.00 adults $5.00. We are also working on promoting positive entertainment for our community so we're going to start having free movie nights on Saturdays as soon as we get the electricity installed at the park!!!

    Happy Independence Day 2016!
    Here are photos from Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 by Will Moreno Photography

    Minister Omar Figueroa in the Chiquibul
    Minister Omar Figueroa visited the Chiquibul National Park and Las Cuevas Research Station to observe the many activities undertaken by FCD. Thank you Minister for your support to the protection of biodiversity in the Chiquibul Forest.

    1st Traditional Global Cuisine
    My feature culture at the 1st Traditional Global Cuisine was the Garifuna with a special focus on the versatility of the cassava. On display were cassava flour, cassava starch for 'Sahau', farina, green banana flour, dehydrated green plantain 'Gungudeh', cassava bread and the cassava fiber used for the fermented drink called 'Hiu'. The dishes were coconut milk Sere lasus with mashed plantain hudut and salt fish in coconut oil on cassava chip. Additional props included the Hibessa, ruguma, calabash maracas and mini Garifuna drums, Marie Sharp's pepper and a variety of our rums. This display is just one of the many cultures and food that make up our Belizean Cuisine.

    Channel 7

    Teachers Reject PM's Proposals; Prepare For a Monday Strike, PM Strikes First
    Next week Monday, the teachers will strike again, which more-than-likely means that classes will be canceled. That's the outcome of last Thursday's four and a half hour meeting between the Prime Minister and the leadership of the Belize National Teachers Union. 18 hours after it was done, the teachers wrote back to the PM saying, "no deal!" In a letter dated, Friday, September 23, BNTU President Luke Palacio wrote, quote "...We find that most of what you brought to the table is inconsistent with our demands to ensure good governance and respect for workers." End quote. Palacio's letter directly addresses the Prime Minister's offerings on all 8 of their demands. They say that the Prime Minister's counter-offer to put one less Government's representative on the Senate Select Committee is "not favorable". And on their request to remove Godwin Hulse as Police Minister, the BNTU says the Prime Minister's response is "too vague". They also say that the Prime Minister's response to the union's request for an international investigation into the William "Danny" Mason case is an "unreasonable suggestion".

    Bigger Than School? The Teachers' Union Frames Its Larger Social Obligation
    So, on social media, and on their own UDP media house, the Government's agents are on a full-court offensive against Luke Palacio, and the BNTU's Council of Management. They're insisting that Palacio and those branch leaders are pursuing a PUP agenda. Perhaps preparing for the backlash, Palacio launched his own offensive when he appeared on the labour-friendly KREM TV's "Wake Up Belize" Morning talk show. He was there to make BNTU's case to the listeners and viewers, explaining why theirs a morally righteous fight on behalf of the Belizean public. When he came off the air, he also told us why losing classroom hours is not a case of the union trying to be unfair to you or your children.

    PM and Pres. Palacio Spar
    As you would remember, we tried last week Thursday night to find out from both sides why the meeting lasted for over 4 hours. Neither side was willing to do that, but when the Prime Minister received their letter announcing that they intend "to pursue all necessary action", it was like the gloves came off. In his almost 10-minute address, the Prime Minister was not restrained when he disclosed how at times in the extended meeting, he became frustrated by the teachers, who refused to give any ground. We also got an opportunity to ask Palacio about a few of those criticisms. Here again are both sides of this subject: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "Their first demand was for a Senate Inquiry, but they were not satisfied when Government agreed to this. Rather, they started quarrelling with the composition of the Senate Select Committee that Government was support. In order to accommodate them even further, I accepted that Government would have 2 rather than 3 Senators, on that committee."

    From Tranquil Talk On Thursday to Sharp Exchanges On Monday
    So, how did we get to this place of hard words and strike actions? Well, it is unclear, but with the up until last week, it appeared outwardly, that the teachers and the Prime Minister were trying their very best to play nice with each other. Here's a small recap of all that cordial speech from both leaders, from last Thursday night. That's when we were trying to probe for more than they were willing to give at the time: File: September 22, 2016 Luke Palacio - BNTU, President: "We are now prepared to go back and discussed those responses and then determine what happens next." Daniel Ortiz, 7News: "Is the council of management satisfied with those responses?" Luke Palacio - BNTU, President: "You didn't understand what I said just now? I said we are going back to discuss the responses, so we cannot tell you that we are satisfied and neither are we saying that we are not satisfied, but we have a process and we keep on saying to the media, the BNTU has a process that it follows and you'll have to allow us to make that process work."

    Hon. Elrington Talks Hard At UN
    Last Friday, we showed you how Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales made mischief at the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations. He used his debut speech to his fellow world leaders to attack Belize's credibility as a peaceful, responsible neighbor. Well, today when he addressed the Assembly, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington did not let it slide. As we showed you, Morales told the UN General Assembly that Belize was at fault for the death of 14 year-old Guatemalan Julio Ruano. He persisted in complete disregard for the results of the OAS Independent Investigation Team, whose inquiry has completely vindicated Belizean lawmen in that shooting. Well, it's as though that was the final affront which pushed the usually reserved Elrington over the edge. He's become well known in Belize for his passive stance on Belize/Guatemala relations, often choosing to stay out of open confrontation with the Guatemalan officials. But, today when Elrington took the world stage he laid a diplomatic smackdown on Guatemala's Morales.

    Father of Three Killed In Capital
    The decomposed body of 33-year-old BWS worker Rudolph Selgado was found yesterday morning after 12:00. Selgado went missing on Independence Day and his family along with his co-workers went searching for him. They went as far as they could go but couldn't find him until Sunday morning when they got a call that his mutilated body had been found on valley of Peace Road. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. Rudolph Williams Sr., Father: "It's very hard, it's hard, very hard to explain, it's a shock." Courtney Weatherburne reporting: Rudolph Williams Sr. and his daughter stare at their loved one's grave site in disbelief. A heap of loose dirt and a cinder block vase is all the family has left at the cemetery.

    Arraignment For Man Who Stole Police Minister's Wife's SUV
    On Friday we told you how the police minister's son was carjacked when thieves stole his mother's SUV. Well, today police arraigned the man accused of doing it. Twenty-four year old Lyndon Hinds, a construction worker of 57 Iguana Street Extension was charged with robbery when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Hinds pleaded not guilty. He was remanded until November 11. Hinds was identified in an ID parade as one of the culprits.

    PUP Names Shadow Cabinet
    "A shadow cabinet" - the term might sound like some kind of political intrigue akin to the G7 - but it's not. A shadow cabinet is a standard feature of the British Parliament - and other Commonwealth countries - where opposition representatives, are assigned to mark, or shadow Minister of government in the ruling party. They usually act as spokespersons on subjects of public interest within specific ministries - offering an alternative or critical view to what the government is doing in those ministries. Dean Barrow was the first to name a shadow cabinet in 2003, and now the John Briceno led opposition has done the same. The PUP's National Party Council met on Saturday to approve Briceno's proposals for 14 members of the National assembly to act as Shadow Ministers. So here's the list: John Briceño is the shadow minister Finance and Governance, Cordel Hyde is the shadow minister for Natural Resources, Petroleum and Poverty Alleviation, Jose Mai takes Agriculture and Fisheries, while Julius Espat is in shadowing National Development; Economic Development and Investments.

    Man Got Burnt Out While In Hospital
    On Saturday night Marlon Usher's house burned down while he was in the hospital. He came out to find his life in a shambles. And today he asked for help in putting his life back together:... Marlon Usher, House Burn Down: "Well I'm only asking for a little assistance to start over, because you can see everything is destroyed. Only what I got on I got, you dig? That's all I'm asking for." Alex Courtenay, 7News: "So you think this was not an accident? You think that somebody set your house...?" Marlon Usher, House Burn Down: "It's not an accident, somebody set this on fire, big man. Some people who don't like to see me rising up in life, you know."

    Woman Makes Claims Against Seine Bight Cops
    We first met Laverne Arzu of Seine Bight village in 2013 when she alleged that that police confiscated her pick up for 4 months without authority. Since then, Arzu claims that her troubles with the police have not gone away. This time, Arzu claims that one of the wheels from her truck were unjustly taken by the police. But there are two sides to every story. First, here's what Laverne Arzu had to say. "I am here because on the 8th of September the police from Placencia came to my house and take off my wheel from my truck. When I asked the policeman what happened, Inspector Miles, he said "Oh, it's Denmark, it's Augustin. He got a report from the chairman stating that he lend somebody a wheel and I have the wheel. I told him I don't have any dealing with you because nobody gave me any wheel. And then they go on and take off the wheel off my truck."

    Man Arraigned for Stabbing
    On July 26th Michael Herrera was stabbed in the chest by Cecil Gill in front of Wong Gok Restaurant on 6th Street in the King's Park area of Belize City. According to Herrera, he and his friends were buying food outside the restaurant when Gill pulled up in a car. They got into an argument and it ended when Gill pulled out a knife and stabbed Herrera in the chest. Gill was charged with attempted murder in the Magistrate's Court today along with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Herrera was able to ride off to the hospital.

    Belize Loses To Guat on Home court in Volleyball Tourney
    The FIVB Men's World Championship Qualification Tournament officially began on Saturday in Belize City at the SCA Multipurpose Center. Team Belize, along with six others from Central America and the Caribbean started the long journey to earning a spot in the 2018 Volleyball World Championships. 7News was there for Belize's matches; and Alex Courtenay has the report: In its opening match, Belize faced off against El Salvador. After a sound defeat in the first set, El Salvador was able to regain its composure, take the second set, and kept the match competitive by forcing Belize into a fifth set. Belize scored early and often commanding spikes and excellent receptions of the opposing team's attacks.

    "Rigo" Is The Buffest Body, Again
    The Mr. Belize 2016 bodybuilding competition was held on Saturday night at the Bliss Center. After a few hours of flexing, perennial champion Rigo Vellos won his fifth title, while second place went to Clayton Greenidge, and third place went to David Requena. In the undercard which is the Women's bikini competition, former beauty Queen Annlyn Apolonio showed that she had the muscle for both beauty and brawn. Past winner Gina Lovell was second and Wendy Lizarraga was third.

    Cops Fuel Peace Through Hoops
    In other sporting news, the police wrapped up its Eastern Division South Cup which started way back in May. The final was played on Saturday night on the Samuel Haynes Basketball Court where Lakeland boys emerged victorious against Unruly Boyz. The top team won one thousand dollars, which second got 750 dollars and third got 500 dollars along with trophies and medals. The Unruly Boyz still had a victory in the tournament's MVP and leading scorer Francis Arana. Awards were also given for best sportsmanship.

    IPC Is A Passport Scam
    On Saturday a post titled "Second Passport Citizenship and Residency in Belize" made its rounds on FaceBook. According to the post, a company called "IPC Belize" was able to provide Belizean passports for $8,900 US dollars. Over the weekend, the Department of Immigration responded to the post in a press release denying the authenticity of such a service. The release says that any possibility of the sale of Belizean passports through an Economic Citizenship Programme was removed after a constitutional amendment in 2001. Currently, the only way of obtaining Belizean Nationality is through registration or descent. The release also mentions that searches were conducted in the Companies Registry of Belize, and there is no company registered in Belize under the name "IPC Belize". Bottom line, it's bogus, and a scam - but that doesn't mean that people aren't being taken in by it.

    Channel 5

    War of Words between B.N.T.U. and Government; Strike Action Declared
    Eleven years ago, in 2005, the Belize National Teachers Union went on a week-long strike joining other organizations in a sustained campaign against government on the economic issues including proposed [...]

    B.N.T.U. Plans Meetings with Other Trade Unions
    Today, President Luke Palacio said they intended to meet with the other unions to tell their side. He also addressed the warning he gave last week about intending to sue [...]

    Can the “Dead” Occupational Safety and Health Bill Be Revived?
    In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Dean Barrow gave specific examples of Government’s attempts to compromise with the Belize National Teachers’ Union. One is the Occupational Safety and [...]

    Teachers’ Union Bears Down for Strike Action
    Palacio confirmed that the strike action is not indefinite. Despite the Union’s own financial issues, he says the teachers are quite willing to make the sacrifices necessary to cut the [...]

    P.U.P. Reiterates Support for Teachers and Condemnation of Government
    The Prime Minister conceded that he was prepared to increase to two the Opposition representatives on the Senate Select Committee to investigate the Special Audit on the Immigration Department. Today, [...]

    Finally! Foreign Affairs Minister Takes On Guatemala At United Nations
    Today, Minister of Foreign Affairs addressed the United Nations in a spirited speech touching principally on the Belize-Guatemala dispute. In his address to the seventy-first General Assembly, it was the [...]

    Minister Elrington Stands Behind Independent Report On Julio Alvarado Death
    Elrington dedicated much time to respond to the Guatemalan President’s statement last week on the shooting incident involving the minor in the Chiquibul. And he didn’t hold back about what [...]

    Murder In Cayo: What Happened to Rudolph Selgado on Valley of Peace Road?
    The gruesome discovery of a decomposing body in the Valley Peace, Cayo, has shocked the community in the area. Roaring Creek resident, Rudolph Selgado, an employee of BWSL, had been [...]

    A Look at the “Dangerous Life of John Mcafee”
    Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee aired on Saturday night. The Showtime documentary chronicles the activities of software tech John McAfee while he lived in Belize. The sensational documentary [...]

    People’s United Party Unveils Shadow Cabinet at Party Council Meeting
    Saturday’s National Party Council meeting of the People’s United Party in Belize City was more of a celebration of the party’s sixty-sixth anniversary of formation in 1950.  But there was [...]

    John Briceño Calls B.T.L. Deal “Worst Ever” by a Government
    The People’s United Party has been hammering Government on the B.T.L. deal, stating that Belizeans must find five hundred and fifty seven million dollars for a company worth about one [...]

    Colombian Company Employs Guatemalans to Fix B.T.L. Network Issues
    While on the issue of B.T.L. the state-run company has confirmed that it has contracted the services of Ingetelca to assist with their recovery process following the damages to its [...]

    Guatemalans Everywhere – C.O.L.A. Says Beware And Begone!
    There is also an online report alleging that one George Orellana, a member of the Board of the National Institute of Culture and History, has Guatemalan origin and close ties [...]

    COLA Throws Support Behind Teachers’ Union
    The Belize National Teachers’ Union continues to have support from its grassroots partners, including COLA. President Geovannie Brackett says the Union’s demands are just the same as their own, and [...]

    P.U.P. to Unveil Good Governance Policy on Party’s 66th Birthday
    As we reported earlier, the sixty-sixth anniversary of the formation of the People’s United Party comes up later this week, on Thursday. The Opposition Party will dedicate this day to [...]

    Man Appeals For Help After Fire Destroys House
    A fire in Belize City destroyed a man’s home and personal belongings. Marlon Usher of Arlington Drive said he was hospitalized so he wasn’t at home when his house was [...]

    Man Charged for Robbery of Son of Home Affairs Minister
    In court today, a suspect in the robbery of Kyrston Hulse, the son of the Minister of Home Affairs, was robbed at gunpoint on September twenty-second on Marine Parade Boulevard, [...]

    Bodybuilding Headlines Sports Monday
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.    

    CTV3

    BNTU Puts The Prime Minister On Notice, Teachers Will Go on Strike
    There is major political trouble tonight for Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his administration, as the Belize National Teacher’s Union National President Luke Palacio announced today that his over 5,400 members – all teachers – will be going on strike on Monday, October 03rd. While appearing on the Krem Wake Up Belize morning show today, Palacio made the grand announcement. After the show, he spoke to the media and explained why the Union sees it necessary to take action. President Luke Palacio – Belize National Teacher’s Union: “We are seeking for good governance for all of us, all Belizeans, for our children, we are seeking good governance for the future of this country and we are not going to back down because the Prime Minister has insisted that we back down we have indicated that we are asking our teachers to stay out of class on Monday 3rd of October and that is the action that we are pursuing...”

    Sixteen Years Old Goes Missing
    The family of sixteen year old Cinay Vallecillo from the village of San Estevan here in the Orange Walk District is tonight very concerned as the teenager went missing from her home on the morning of Thursday September 22nd at around 7:30 and has not been seen or heard from since. The girl’s mother, thirty two year old Cristina Vallecillo reported to authorities that her daughter was last seen wearing a white tank top blouse along with a short pants and a pair of slippers, purple and pink in color. Cinay is of Hispanic descent, has dark brown eyes and has long dark straight hair. She measures about 5 feet eight inches in height and weighs about one hundred forty pounds. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the sixteen year old is asked to kindly contact the family or the nearest police station.

    Corozal Police Discovers Lifeless Body
    Corozal Police are investigating the discovery of the lifeless body of a man on Friday evening. Police were called out to the Finca Solana area, in the outskirts of Corozal Town, where the body of a male Caucasian was seen along the sea shore. Police say the body was in an advanced state of decomposition and a post mortem was attempted on the spot, but the forensic pathologist could not continue because of the body’s advanced decomposition. No signs of violence were seen on the body and Police are not suspecting foul play. But the case is not so clear cut. No ID was found on the body therefore the identity of the individual has not been ascertained.

    San Victor Residents Will Now Enjoy Potable Water
    Approximately one thousand residents from the village of San Victor located in the Corozal District will now benefit from improved access to safe potable water in order to meet their daily demands as the solar water system is currently being upgraded within the village. The Solar Water Project is being carried out by the Social Investment Fund in collaboration with the Government of Belize through a grant issued by the Caribbean Development Bank under the ‘Water and Sanitation System Enhancement Sector of the Basic Needs Trust Fund Programme. The long list of tasks entails the construction of a new steel-frame elevated thirty thousand gallons water tank with all required piping and accessories; installation of a submersible solar water pump and chlorinator, installation of solar panel array to provide electricity to the pump house and controls, provision of pipes and fittings for the transmission and distribution lines, including two hundred meters for house connections and is being constructed at the highest point in the village which measures fifty seven feet above sea level.

    LOVE FM

    Foreign Minister Calls Out Guatemala on Their Games
    The seventy first session of the United Nations General Assembly ended earlier today in New York City. One of the speakers was Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington who took the opportunity to highlight the challenges faced by Belize in its relations with Guatemala. WILFRED ELRINGTON “Continuous illegal entry by armed trespassers from Guatemala persisted despite […]

    Guatemalans Says They Listened In Disbelief at Foreign Minister’s Address at the UN
    Just a few hours after Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington delivered his address at the UN’s General Debate, the Permanent representative of Guatemala to the United Nations furnished a report of which Love News was given an excerpt of. It noted, quote, “With regard to this 150 year old conflict, we listened carefully but also with […]

    IMF Says Economic Outlook Has Worsened
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded its Article IV Consultations with Belize on September 21, 2016. It is a report whose executive summary speaks of a weakened fiscal position and the country’s public debt going higher. It also speaks of multiple challenges being faced in the country and a worsened economic outlook since their last […]

    PM Expresses Concern at Rapid Response from Union
    The Council of Management of the Belize National Teacher’s Union has been accused of not consulting with its membership on its latest Stand Up for Belize move. In his address on the matter, Prime Minister Dean Barrow seemed surprised that in just eighteen hours after his meeting BNTU’s Council of Management, he received a letter […]

    Palacio Says Senate Inquiry is at the Centre of Their Concerns
    According to the President of the Belize National Teacher’s Union, Luke Palacio, their Stand Up for Belize Campaign is for more than the three percent salary adjustment, it is for country. It is also about a Senate Inquiry into the findings of the Auditor General’s Special report on passport and immigration. In that report, several […]

    PM Says Senator Hulse Will Not Go
    One of the eight demands that the Belize National Teacher’s Union had submitted to the Government of Belize is for the removal of Senator Godwin Hulse as Minister of Police. Hulse was named in the Auditor General Special Report. The BNTU is asking that Hulse has absolutely nothing to do with the Senate Inquiry into […]

    OSH Bill Needs Urgent Attention Says BNTU
    The Belize National Teacher’s Union is also demanding that Government pass and implement the Occupational Health and Safety Bill. When this particular demand was first made in writing by the BNTU Prime Minister, Dean Barrow advised the union that the bill had received great opposition from the business sector. This was again discussed during last […]

    PUP Shadows Cabinet
    The People’s United Party held its National Party Council meeting on Saturday at the auditorium of the Belize Elementary School in Belize City. Among the issues tabled at the event was the formulation of a shadow Cabinet that would be geared at monitoring national issues with an aim to ensure that the Government of Belize […]

    PUP Accuses Senator Hulse of Deliberately Attempting to Mislead Belizeans
    Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration was a guest on The Morning Show on September 15, 2016. He spoke primarily of the Audit Reports released from the Office of the Auditor General and the appearance of his signature particularly as it relates to the documents for the Prime Minister’s brother-in-law, Peter William […]

    COLA Calls Government’s Action, Union Busting
    Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) has issued a release accusing the Government of undermining the trade unions of Belize. Their 5-paragraph release was issued today and has condemned the actions of the Government and expressed great concern at what they have perceived as the Prime Minister attempting to create division within the Belize […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    PUP says Hulse must recuse himself from Senate Inquiry proceedings
    Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration on Love FM’s morning show on September 15, spoke of the Auditor General’s report. He explained the appearance of his signature regarding the documents of the Prime Minister’s brother in law, Peter William Dahlstrom. The […]

    El Pilar: Preserving the Maya Legacy to air this Saturday
    A film on El Pilar is scheduled to screen this Saturday, October 1st from 9-11 a.m. at the ACC Theatre in California, USA. It is entitled El Pilar: Preserving the Maya Legacy. Archaeologist Anabel Ford rediscovered the ancient Maya city of El Pilar 30 […]

    Before a Belmopan Municipal Bond is considered
    We will never borrow ourselves into prosperity. Belmopan needs to attract and incentivise local and international diversified investors to build prosperity for all in Belmopan. The first thing a true leader needs to do is a full audit of our financial situation […]

    DFC Expo to be held on October 1st
    The Development Finance Corporation (DFC) of Belize is hosting an expo this Saturday at the ITVET compound in Belize city. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the keynote address from Daniel Guitterez from the Prime Minister’s office. DFC’s General Manager, Natalie Goff […]

    Belize must have the teachers’ back
    With all the unrest in Belize and slow shift in political momentum, the teachers have stepped in at a critical time in the nation’s development. The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), no doubt the country’s most powerful union, has given Prime Minister Dean Barrow […]

    BNTU’s message to GOB is relevant and purposeful
    I find the message from the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) extremely relevant and purposeful…. The politicians of this country have run roughshod over the people for too long. They live large, travel the world at our expense and grow rich while oppressing […]

    Police issues statement on the murder of Rudolph Selgado
    Police have issued an official statement on the murder of Rudolph Selgado, whose body was found in an advanced state of decomposition in the vicinity of the Global Outreach Votech on the Valley of Peace Road, Belmopan. According to police reports, on Sunday, September […]

    Belize finally calls out Guatemala at United Nation General Assembly
    As anticipated, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington made mention of Guatemala’s hostile behavior towards Belize in his speech after Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told the UN that Belize wasn’t cooperating as a good neighbor. “Our diversity, national identity and pride has long been a source […]

    Fair weather expected to continue
    The 24-hour forecast is for sunny skies with cloudy spells today and partly cloudy tonight. Showers or thunderstorms will be generally isolated across the country, except in the south where a few more showers or thunderstorms are likely to occur tonight and tomorrow morning. […]

    COLA condemns GOB for Union busting
    Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), in a release issued this morning, condemned the actions of the Government, calling it overt and saying that behind closed doors GOb has tried to undermine the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU). In their release, COLA says […]

    COLA condemns GOB’s Duplicity
    Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) issued a release today with regards to a press release issued by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) in which it informs the public that Guatemalan George Anibal Orellana remains a member of the NICH […]

    Ministry of Human Development to launch BelizeInfo
    The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation (MHDSTPA) will be hosting a media breakfast on Tuesday, 27th of September, at 7:15 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercy Centre in Belize City to launch Belize Info, a national policy monitoring tool. […]

    BNTU to strike on October 3
    The Belize National Teachers Union has confirmed to BBN that strike action will begin on Monday, October 3. BNTU is continuing with its countrywide annual meetings to discuss negotiations with the Prime Minister. The San Ignacio branch will meet on Tuesday and the Benque […]

    Blogs

    An undiscovered Belize: Ancient Maya secrets yet to be revealed
    Throughout the years, more and more discoveries are being made by archaeologists studying the ancient Maya civilization in Belize. Even though Belize has hundreds of archaeological sites throughout the country, only a few have been explored, with excavation still ongoing at many. One such site is Nim Li Punit, located in the Toledo District. Also known as “The Big Hat”, this archaeological reserve sits on 121.32 acres of land and is considered one of the smallest sites in the country. I have been to Nim Li Punit three times, and on my most recent visit I learned that less than 50% of the entire reserve has been excavated! The site has already produced significant discoveries and some findings haven’t been fully analyzed – I can only imagine what lies hidden beneath the remaining layers of soil!

    Reasons That YOU Should be in Belize in October
    September celebrations are over. Sigh. And it is officially FALL – or so says the calendar. September, October and November are typically the “low season” in Belize. It’s hurricane season. I understand. Everyone is getting back to school, summer is over and it’s time to buckle down… It may seem like an odd time to travel but there are TONS of reasons to visit Ambergris Caye in the month of October.

    Milo Cake
    I use Milo, a product that's like Ovaltine to make a unique cake.

    Victoria House in Ambergris Caye: The Belize Resort Fit for a Queen
    When Queen Elizabeth II made an official visit to Belize in 1994, had she not been offered a government residence during her stay, we’re pretty sure she would have been delighted to stay at Victoria House for reasons that have nothing to do with her grandmother’s name. This accommodation was one of Belize’s first-ever upscale resorts, established long before Ambergris Caye became the world class Belize destination that draws vacationers from around the world. When noted travel authority “Fodor’s” reviews a resort property, editors take more than a cursory look-see at landscaping. They know that first impressions are critical to a guest’s sensibilities when they vacation. Reviewers discovered no shortage of tropical magnificence at Victoria House, where lush expanses of botanicals and trees-—including more rainbow-colored bougainvillea and hibiscus than the eye can take in—-stop first-time visitors in their tracks. Steps away, pristine beaches await guests. Though located near the bustling town of San Pedro, civilization may as well be 100 miles away because the resort is an epicenter of peace and tranquility. Given the architectural grandeur of this colonial-styled building, you might expect a huge, complex warren of accommodations designed to host crowds, but in fact, there are only 42 lodgings under roof, so even the smallest rooms impress savvy travelers with their size, amenities and one-of-a-kind touches like furnishings carved from locally-grown trees. Beachside accommodations are particularly grand and include two-bedroom villas that host larger parties while suites are known for private roaming space for couples eager for an intimate respite from the world. From standard rooms to a five-bedroom manse, you can bring all of your ladies-in-waiting and footmen along if you’re planning the ultimate family vacation.

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize sailors feature in Bart's Bash
    Provisional results of the Bart's Bash world wide sailing race are up. Venues could choose to race on Saturday or on Sunday, September 17 or 18. The event organizers in San Pedro chose Sunday to hold the race for Belize's field of 22 boats. All the well-established and known-to-be-organized clubs have now reported in. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, here, still unofficially, but quite encouragingly, is how the Belize sailors fared.

    IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation with Belize
    The economy of Belize is facing multiple challenges. GDP growth slowed to 1 percent in 2015 due to falling oil production and reduced output in the primary commodity sectors, and turned to negative 1.5 percent in the first half of 2016 relative to the same period in 2015. The decline in oil and other commodity prices led to deflation in 2015, but the inflation rate turned positive in early 2016 owing to higher food prices and the hike in the fuel tax. The effective exchange rate appreciated sharply both in nominal and real terms, driven mostly by the strengthening of the US dollar to which the currency is pegged, reducing competitiveness. The shocks in the export sector have widened the current account deficit to 9.8 percent of GDP in 2015. Further decline in exports in the first half of 2016, combined with settling liabilities related to the two nationalized companies, reduced international reserves to 4.4 months of imports in late August 2016. Hurricane Earl, which hit Belize in early August, compounded the challenging economic environment. On the positive side, the performance of the tourism sector in the first half of 2016 has been strong, and the unemployment rate declined from 10.1 percent in April 2015 to 8 percent in April 2016.

    New Showtime Documentary on John McAfee Makes Explosive Charges, Creates Huge Fallout
    Software magnate and former Libertarian presidential candidate John McAfee is facing fallout after Showtime aired a documentary about his life Saturday night. The film, Gringo: the Dangerous Life of John McAfee, charts the billionaire’s course through Belize as he fights charges that he murdered an American expat. The director, Nanette Burstein, premiered the documentary at the Toronto Film Festival, after years of work interviewing not only McAfee, but officials, gangsters and others in Belize who claim McAfee is guilty of two murders and a rape. The “witnesses” have strange stories to tell about the man’s bizarre and often volatile behavior. The documentary makes some severe allegations. McAfee, it claims, who moved to Belize in 2008 and fled the country in 2012, did as he pleased, paying off government officials, employing an army of young women to satisfy his bizarre feces-related sexual proclivities, and plotting to overthrow Belize’s official government from his heavily armored personal compound. Burstein ends by theorizing exactly how McAfee used his hit men and bodyguards to commit the brutal murder McAfee made headlines for. And that’s where the story gets even more bizarre.

    Infamous rapper surprises audience at Diddy concert
    One surprise guest at Sean “P.Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Family Reunion concert in Newark, NJ, on Sunday was infamous rapper Shyne. But the appearance was taped. He was deported to Belize after his release from prison in 2009 stemming from the infamous 1999 Club New York shooting where Combs was arrested for fleeing the scene with then-­girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, but was acquitted. A fan said, “The stadium was in shock to see the taped performance.” Combs’ son Christian, 18, also performed along with Mase, Lil’ Kim and DMX.

    Caribbean leaders, at UN Assembly, decry new financial rules; stress UN role in development
    Declaring that Caribbean countries are being treated “as if they are hell on earth” due to new financial rules against tax havens, Bahamian Foreign Minister Frederick Mitchell mounted the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to denounce the “immoral” withdrawal of normal banking services that inflict hardship on ordinary citizens. “This problem must be solved by those who imposed the regulations. It is a moral imperative,” he told the Assembly’s annual general debate, reprising a theme already highlighted by fellow leaders from the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) last week. He noted that banks in the developed world, principally the United States, are refusing to cash the cheques of some Caribbean banks because they say the risk of policing the CARICOM banks on compliance to the new rules is too high and the business they get is too low, stripping the services from across the Caribbean.

    More Caribbean countries decry new financial rules
    The developed states argue that the fact that Caribbean countries are bankers for those seeking to take advantage of tax competition is somehow immoral because it robs the developed world of legitimate revenue, but this is not true since evidence shows that wealth accumulated offshore goes back to the developed nations, he said. “We would argue that another moral argument is that if the societies of the Caribbean collapse because of the over regulation, then the result of the destruction of millions of families would be the greater moral wrong,” he added. Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington of Belize endorsed other CARICOM delegations in their pleas for “urgent relief from the deleterious consequences of the decisions of global banks to withdraw banking services.

    Belizean students excel at Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica
    Payal Ghanwani of Corozal, received the distinction as the Most Outstanding Student Over Two Years (2014-2016) and Adler Waight of Belize City, was awarded as Most Outstanding Year 1 Student (2015-2016) The students were awarded at the school's graduation this past Saturday.

    Miss Costa Maya Guatemala 2017
    Last night (Sep 25th) during the Miss Guatemala Pageant, Fernanda Flores, was crowned Miss Costa Maya Guatemala 2017. Congratulations! Pics from Miss Guatemala FB page.

    2016 Central America Regional Security Initiative
    Seven organizations will receive grants totaling US $1.6 million dollars under the 2016 Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), Economic Support Funds (ESF) program! This year the grants will focus on job creation and providing alternative activities and better education for youth at higher risk of gang affiliation and/or engaging in criminal activity. On Tuesday September 27th, the organizations will officially sign for the grant at a signing ceremony in Belmopan.

    Videos

  • The Sights and Sounds of the 2016 J’ouvert, 4min.

  • BBC | Stephen Fry: Out There | Episode 1, 60min. Eye opening, a must see if you are at all interested in the rights and plights of gay people around the world. Very informative. Quite an eye-opener as it relates to the views of other countries,also that 50 percent of the 84 countries with these archaic anti-gays rules and views still in place were once British colonial ruled!.

  • My BOdy is Precious book, 4min. In 2013, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow and Director of Community Rehabilitation Department, under the Ministry of Human Development, Ms. Starla Bradley co-authored the my body is precious book which provids parents and teachers alike with an avenue to discuss the sensitive topic of sexual abuse. After promoting the my body is precious book for more than a year, the Office of the Special Envoy, financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), produced a series of animated films in Maya, English and Garifuna.

  • Belize - Minister for Foreign Affairs Addresses General Debate, 71st Session, 4.5min. 26 Sep 2016 - Wilfred Elrington, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belize, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016).

  • BNTU response to GOB teachers proposal, 1min. The BNTU has been accused of being too hasty in their response to GOB's proposals following the more than four hour long meeting on Thursday, September 22. Here's BNTU's president, Luke Palacio's, response to that allegation.

  • Bonefishing Turneffe Island Flats, 11min. This was a trip in January 2016 to Turneffe Island Flats. 1 permit and a ton of bones made for a great time.

  • Nurse shark feeding Belize 2014, 12min.

  • Belize Day 5: The Secret Beach on Ambergris Caye, 4min. Chris and Leah adventure to the Secret Beach on Ambergris Caye. They then return to San Pedro to hang out at the Dive Bar, where they’re officially initiated into the Dirty Banana Squad!

  • Belize Independence Day Parade in San Pedro 2016, 4min. Belizean's spirit of celebration, energy, natural charm and friendliness make for an awesome 'Jump Up Parade'. And it seems that everybody LOVES to dance! Highlights of Belize Independence Day Parade in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

  • BELIZE - 2015, 8.5min. Joe and I went on a fantastic adventure to Belize. Join us as we explore ancient ruins, snorkel with sharks, and enjoy living life!

  • Belize-2016, 9min.

  • Carnival Road March 2016 - Belize City, 7.5min. 2016 Carnival Road March Location: Central Boulevard - Margaret Drive, Belize City, Belize Date: 17 September,2016 1:00 p.m..

  • Rigo Vellos 2016 Belize Body Building, 5.5min.

  • Fishermen's cleaning station, Silk Cayes, Belize, 1/2min.

  • Interesting Facts about Belize's National Bird The Keel-billed Toucan, 7min. The Keel-billed Toucan is Belize's National Bird. Here are a few interesting facts. Presentation takes a fun approach to bird watching, in this case, the Keel-billed Toucan. Primary / Elementary school teachers are welcome to use freely.

  • Mordu de la peche Belize city, 45min.

    September 26, 2016


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Wolfe’s Woofer: The Operation
    “Mr. Dennis, I need one big favor of you.” “Sure, Lupe. Anything you want.” Lupe is the wife of Nacho, who has helped me with some construction projects and a lot of other work over the years. “The problem is with my marido, Ignacio.” “Uh-oh,” I said. “What has Nacho been up to now?” “Is a problem I don’t like to talk about because it is almost improper,” she said. “It concerns our marital relations.” “What about the relations?” I asked. “You can tell me.” “With me and Nacho they always been plenty good.” “I believe you,” I said. “After all you do have seven children.” “Eight months ago he comes to me and tells me he has to go to the big medical clinic in Belize City for an operation.” “What kind of operation?”

    Wassup Expo to provide students with unlimited options
    “Wassup” Expo is coming to San Pedro Town on Thursday, October 13th at San Pedro High School’s Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The expo is spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye and Keller Williams Realtor, Kate Corrigan, and is geared for both youth (13 to 25 year-olds), and other community members. Between 3PM to 5PM, the expo will serve as the arena for all clubs, fitness centers, community organizations and charities to present opportunities available to young people. According to Corrigan, students often do not participate in extra circular activities because they are unaware they exist. “Once students’ schedules are established and they are settled in the routine of homework and school life, they could become acquainted on what San Pedro has to offer and become more involved. It’s literally telling San Pedro “Wassup”. It’s very important to keep our youth busy with good things to do, and groups to be involved with,” said Corrigan.

    Doctor Love: New Mom and Part Time Lover
    Dear Doctor Love, Before my baby was born my mother seemed to be as excited as me. It is my first baby and there was so much to do that I couldn’t handle it alone. She helped me pick out baby clothes. She arranged a baby shower. She helped me set up the nursery and many other things. Since the baby was born six months ago she has changed completely. When she comes over she is rude and makes critical remarks about everything. Nothing I do concerning the baby pleases her. If I don’t follow any of her advice it is like I have committed a cardinal sin. Last week I went to breast feed the baby. When I came back to the living room she was gone. I called her to ask what happened and she said she got tired of waiting. This is driving me nuts. What am I supposed to do? /s/ New Mom

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Miss América Latina del Mundo
    Michelle Nuñez, representative of Belize so its beautiful in traditional costume

    Miss Belize - Michelle Nuñez is representing our jewel at Miss America Latina in Cancun Mexico
    During the course of Ten Days! Last Night, Miss Belize had the opportunity to showcase her National Costume/Traje de Fantasia to the Anticipating Audience. Her Costume was designed by Gabriel Garcia Gmx Ow handcrafted with Rhinestones, Sea Shells and Pearls! Not any ordinary costume; she is representing The Richness of our Caribbean Sea! As an island native, is only natural to want to express her passion and love for the sea! Belize's Caribbean Sea offers shimmering glitters to an underwater Hidden Gem! Sparkling Rays come alive as the Rays of the Sun give life to Corals , Sea Star and underwater life! Our Crystal Blue Caribbean Sea gives every tourists an magical and shimmering experience lasting a lifetime!

    PM Statement on BNTU Negotiations

    Isla Norte Ferry
    Starting soon! Daily runs to Corozal from San Pedro

    The Guatemala president does not know history when it comes to Belize
    By Wellington C. Ramos. The president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, had the nerve to come before the United Nations and tell the UN representatives of the world that we Belizeans do not want to make peace with them. However, the nations of the world will not believe him because of Spain and Guatemala’s aggression against Belize since it became a colony in 1638 and Guatemala’s human rights policy in killing their native Maya Indians since it also became a colony of Spain in the 17th century. Guatemala and Belize were originally colonies of Spain after Christopher Columbus landed in this part of the world in 1492. This led to a treaty signed between Spain and Portugal titled the Treaty of Tordesillas on June 7, 1494. In that treaty, negotiated by the then Catholic Pope Alexander V1, Spain was given all the territories in the Americas except for the country we know as Brazil. This region includes North America, Central America, the Caribbean and most of South America.

    From BNTU Benque Branch
    A pleasant good night members, I know that you have been wondering what is the outcome of our hours of meeting with the PM on Thursday. First let me inform you that as the PM started speaking he pointed out that our meeting has nothing to do with the salary deferral because our union had lost as out of the three unions 2 voted yes and 1 voted no so the majority wins. Our meeting was to discuss the 8 points I presented to you in our last general meeting. He went point by point. We are going over it in detail at our AGM on Wednesday the 28. But what we got was palabras so after the meeting we went back to the office to prepare a plan of action.

    Rigo Vellos is Mr. Belize
    I continue to proudly stand as Belize’s bodybuilding champion. Last night I successfully defended the title for the 5th consecutive year! No year has it been easy…that’s how things are in this sport. It takes hard work, dedication and discipline and every year it takes much more of these things. It takes keeping healthy, following good advice and, most importantly, the love and support of family and fans. This year’s win is once again for those who believe in me. I would like to thank those who assisted me throughout this training year: Scotty’s Crocodile Cove, Corozal Town Mayor Hilberto Campos and Mr. Elias Cardenez from Columbus, Ohio. I also give ENORMOUS thanks my official sponsor: Smart Belize who have provided the support to keep me at the top.

    24/7 Gas Station in Ranchito Village
    Located at the junction of Ferry Road and the main highway opened today Sunday to provide full service to its new customers. 24/7 offers a very spacious service station with three pumps and a friendly staff. Friday September 30th will be their official inauguration and they have extended a special invitation to everyone for FREE BBQ, drinks, special discounts and a raffle. Don't miss out. They are open from 6:00 a.m.

    Rest in Peace "PIC". Gone but not forgotten.
    I met him 10 years ago when I moved to Corozal. He has left us behind with so many good memories. Not only pictures etched in our memories but tremendous laughter and joy. A resilient and strong man. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he has put his arms around you and has whispered "Come to Me"...You will be missed by our Corozal Community and this corner.

    Hand in Hand Ministries' 300th house in Belize!
    BEL congratulates Hand in Hand Ministries on the construction of its 300th house in Belize! BEL and Belize Bank Limited are partnering this weekend to support this milestone, which is for the benefit of a senior citizen in Dangriga. An initiative towards improving the quality of life in Belize.

    Belize Youth Awards 2016
    If you know any outstanding youths, now is the time to nominate them for the 2016 Belize Youth Awards. "The Department of Youth Services is now accepting nomination for the Belize Youth Awards 2016."

    The Reporter

    NICH responds to NBZLive Facebook post
    The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) issued a statement today, responding to allegations made by a social media community NBZLive.com, in reference to its board member George Anibal Orellana. NICH said that contrary to the post NBZLive.com dated September 23, Orellana has not been asked to tender his resignation, nor is he relinquishing his status as a board member. NICH also said that Orellana did not receive a contract valued at $500,000 for the refurbishment of the Bliss Center for Performing Arts, because he is precluded from such considerations due to conflicts of interest. “Furthermore, NICH has not yet received the monies for the Bliss refurbishment and the bidding process for the contract has not begun, let alone been awarded to anyone.” The institute added.

    PM asks BNTU to call off strike
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow, in response to a correspondence with the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) on pending strike action, made a public appeal for the Union to not shut schools down again. Barrow explained today that the government met with the BNTU on numerous occasions in an attempt to address their concerns and added that he has granted them up to 75 percent of their demands. The Prime Minister also told the nation that the BNTU is not operating in good faith, ignoring the views of all other social partners, which have agreed with GOB on many of the issues of good governance that the BNTU raised in its demands. “The BNTU leadership is being unreasonable. They are utterly unjustified in holding parents and children to ransom,” Barrow said.

    BNTU says GOB proposal “not good enough”
    Following a meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow on Thursday, the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) has decided to continue taking industrial actions against the Government of Belize, citing dissatisfaction with GOB’s response to their demands. The BNTU, in a letter following the meeting, told Prime Minister Dean Barrow that the offers he made were “inconsistent” with their list of demands. The BNTU then outlined its demands and a range of responses to the offers that the Prime Minister had made. With respect to their demand for a specific configuration of the Senate Select Committee to investigate incidents of wrongdoing cited in the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department, the BNTU said that the offer was “not favorable;” and added that his response to their request for the removal of Godwin Hulse as the Minister of Police was “too vague.”

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Body found near Valley of Peace has been identified
    The body of the man found near Valley of Peace have been identified as Rudolph Delgado. Delgado was reported missing by his family four days ago. Police are investigating. Save © 2016, www.breakingbelizenews.com. This article is the copyrighted property of Breaking Belize News. Written […]

    Immigration Department issues statement on online passport sales
    The Department of Immigration and Nationality Services of Belize issued a statement via social media concerning a report made ICP Belize, was offering Belize passports for sale. The release states that there is […]

    BNTU gives GOB notice on Strike action
    The Belize National Teachers Union and Prime Minister Dean Barrow met on Thursday, September 22, 2016 to discuss the demands put forward by the BNTU. BBN has been able to get a letter dated Friday September 23, 2016 written to the Prime Minister by […]

    PM Barrow asks BNTU to refrain from strike
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow is asking the BNTU to call off strike action. In an audio sent to the media this afternoon, he says that the 8 demands were addressed by a letter he sent to the BNTU prior to their meeting on Thursday. […]

    Serious road traffic accident on the Hummingbird Highway
    BBN has received reports about a major and serious road traffic accident involving a football team from Benque Viejo Del Carmen. A men’s football team was travelling to Santa Martha on Hummingbird highway. They were coming around a blind corner and another vehicle was […]

    Remembering Danny, fallen soldier
    The family of Danny Conorquie, the Special Constable that was murdered two years ago at the Caracol archealogical site, is hosting an event as a tribute to Conorquie. It is a two day event and it is being held in Georgeville on Saturday September […]

    Belizeans looking forward to UN Speech of Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington
    Belizeans at home and abroad are looking forward to the UN speech of Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington today, September 25, at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. This comes after Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales, defamed and blatantly spread untruths about Belize during his speech […]

    Tropical wave being closely monitored
    The tropical weather outlook is for disorganized showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located about 1000 miles west-southwest of Cabo Verde Islands moving westward at around 20 mph. The tropical wave, Invest 97 L could develop into a tropical depression or tropical […]

    Trio villagers face eviction
    Many villagers from Trio in the Toledo district have huge farms. However, some of them have no legal documentation that they own these lands. BBN understands that a letter is being sent to villagers giving them a deadline to vacate their land. The letter […]

    Body washes up in Corozal
    A body was washed ashore near the Finca Solana area Friday night in Corozal. It is believed to be that of a US national. Reports claim that a white Ford Explorer pickup was also in the area at the time. Corozal police have not […]

    Blogs

    Parade by the Sea on Ambergris Caye, Independence Day
    I can’t grasp the idea that there are over 100 events taking place during the month of September around the entire country of Belize. I mean, like where do you start? It’s impossible to attend all the events in one year! I’m super impressed at how our tiny nation can put together so much celebratory events under one month. The Independence Day Parade a signature highlight of the September Celebrations in Belize. I guess September is the perfect month to visit Belize as there is a party in every corner, a cultural experience lurking in every village and town and a show of patriotism like no other. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, is a perfect example when it comes to celebrations. Bad weather does not cancel any celebrations, they are just postponed to another date. The Independence Day Parade on Ambergris Caye, is the only parade by the sea in Belize and one of the biggest, next to the Belize City Carnival and Orange Walk Parade. San Pedro Town’s spirit of celebration, energy, natural charm and friendliness make for an awesome ‘Jump Up Parade’, and it seems that everybody LOVES to dance! Here are highlights of the Independence Day Parade in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

    International Sourcesizz

    This Young Man From Belize is Blind But What He Has Achieved So Far-Amazing
    17-year old Rowan Garel from Belize has been blind since birth but what he has achieve so far is simply amazing. I can’t imagine being blind-the inability to do things that I now take for granted but blindness hasn’t stop Garel from living more than just a normal life. Garel has so far; -Raised money for kids to attend Summer Camp -Climb the highest mountain in Belize -Walked across Belize -Became the first blind Belizean to dive the Great Blue Hole -Featured in the children book “Climb, Walk, Dive” Adventures of Rowan Garel -This year headed off to attend Drew University in New Jersey Garel proves that being blind should not be seen as a limitation. After climbing to the heights of Victoria Peak Garel said;

    FLORIDA STUDY DISCOVERS ANTICANCER PROPERTIES IN PAPAYA LEAF
    Papaya trees are best known for their vibrant orange fruit, but the world of alternative medicine is embracing them for a different, more game-changing reason. It’s no cure, but papaya leaf has scientifically verified cancer slowing properties. A study by the University of Florida documented the impact of papaya leaf extract on lab-grown tumors and discovered the extract’s ability to slow cancerous tumor growth without the negative side effects of chemotherapy. 10 different types of cancer including cervix, breast, liver, lung and pancreatic cancers were exposed to papaya leaf extract. In every single case, the extract slowed the growth of the tumors, and the larger the dose of papaya leaf extract, the stronger the anticancer effects.

    Videos

  • Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow Responds to the Proposed Strike Action by the Belize National Teachers' Union (BNTU), 10min.

  • Sedi meets Belizeans at the St. James Church in the Bronx, 40min.

  • Yochi Trailer, 1min. The trailer for Yochi is out. Yochi is a short film shot totally in Cayo. It's about 2 Maya brothers, and poaching. Great story.

  • Belize, 8.5min.

  • Jesse & Carolyn explore Belize, 8min. Please enjoy the footage we put together while hiking through the jungle, snorkeling the reef, tubing through caves and exploring Belize.

  • Belize Trip 2016, 5min. St. Stephen's Youth Group summer trip to Belize June 2016

  • Belize Carnival 2016 #4 - Soca Moca Carnival Best Band, 5min. The Soca Moca Carnival Band successfully defended their title winning the Senior Category Carnival Road March Champions 2016. The carnival band has some 160 members.

  • A short visit to Belize-after hurricane earl, 5min. Having experiencing hurricane earl in Guatemala we decided to check across the border in Belize. This is a short visit lasting just a day and the signs from the hurricane were very evident.

  • Belize Caribbean Tours Taste Of Belize Tour OfficialHQ, 5min.

  • New River, Belize, 3min.

  • Belize Cozumel Scuba 2016, 7.5min. Scuba diving trips to Ambergis Caye Belize and Cozumel 2016.

    September 25, 2016


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    Specials and Events

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


    The San Pedro Sun

    MOH explains notice to importers of Pharmaceutical and Herbal Products
    In an effort to strengthen the control in the importation of Pharmaceutical and Herbal Products, the Government of Belize via the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced the development of a Drug Registry, being immediately implemented on all pharmaceuticals and herbal items entering the country. The implementation of the new regulation has become necessary and according to MOH it will be in effect until further notice. The general public is advised that in order to import pharmaceuticals or herbal preparations, vendors must be licensed as an importer with the Ministry of Health’s Licencing and Accreditation Unit. The regulation will also review the application for importation of medications by ‘Peddlers.’ They are to be informed that the list of items they are currently trading needs to be upgraded to include name of brand, name of active ingredients, quantities to be imported and expiration date of the product.

    SPHS female athletes participate in CODICADER games
    The San Pedro High School (SPHS) female basketball team left on Tuesday, September 20th to compete in the Under-17, Council for Sports and Recreation of Central America (CODICADER) games in Honduras. Youth athletes from across Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize will be competing in 16 different sporting disciplines. The SPHS female basketball team comprises of Coach Paul Kelly, Captain Rebecca Barkhouse, Princess Bailey, Jucely Badillo, Ada Cordova, Ariene Kaitlin, Zaria Jenkins, Lisandra Novelo, Sophie Guan, Aliyah Elliot, Zelina Catzim, Leah Pilgrim, and Norman Gomez. The team is the first female team from SPHS to compete in the games, and they have been preparing to bring home a medal. The SPHS basketball team played their first game on Thursday, September 22nd against Honduras. Followed by a match against Panama on Friday, September 23rd. On Saturday, September 24th, the girls will take on Guatemala and then Costa Rica on Sunday, September 25th. They will complete against El Salvador on Monday, September 26th and against Nicaragua on their final match on Tuesday, September 8th. Points earned in the six games will be tallied to determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists.

    New film documents John McAfee’s troubled time in Belize
    A new film by award-winning director Nanette Burstein, featuring notorious anti-virus developer John McAfee, is set to premiere on Saturday, September 24th on the Showtime US network. The documentary highlights McAfee’s time in Belize leading up to the murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull, and his cunning escape from Belize into Guatemala. The documentary titled ‘Gringo: The Dangerous life of John McAfee,’ details his unpredictable lifestyle during his time while living in Belize. Burstein, who emails with McAfee, travelled to Belize in order to put the facts together and spoke to the anti-virus pioneer’s chatty and indiscreet colleagues, workers, friends and lovers. The documentary will also feature new information regarding the murder of American Expat Greg Faull, who was assassinated in November of 2012.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    CODICADER GAMES
    Yesterday, Friday the 23rd the San Pedro High School female basketball team competed in their second match at the Under-17, Council for Sports and Recreation of Central America (CODICADER) games in Honduras. The team went up against the team from Panama, and although the girls lost 30-60 they are having the experience of a lifetime! Team Captain Rebecca Barkhouse messaged,"We tried something different today, and I don't care..to be honest it's just awesome to be here! " They are meeting student athletes from all over Central America and staying positive! Saturday night the girls will take on Guatemala and then Costa Rica on Sunday, September 25th.

    Corozal Coastal and Riverways Cleanup
    The Corozal Junior College (CJC) EAGLEs Environmental Club today joined the Scouts Association of Belize in its 25th National Coastal and Riverways Cleanup as we cleaned the Mangrove Park. It's unbelievable that those who frequent the park leave such things like underwear, used sanitary pads, condoms, bottles, disposables, etc instead of properly disposing of their waste. Thank you to all those who helped today. Together we can keep Corozal clean!!!

    Jason N. Hall passes away
    He has been called an "exemplary" Police Constable by many of his colleagues at the Belize Police Department. PC No. 1476 Jason N. Hall dies after suffering for fifteen long months with massive injuries to his head and body after he was beaten with a piece of wood by a robber who pretended to be a good Samaritan, who attacked and robbed him on June 30th of last year, at around mile 37 on the Philip Goldson Highway, when his vehicle had broken down. PC Hall (aka "Bay") passed away quietly at his Corozal home on the eve of our Independence Day. He leaves behind a host of family, friends and co-workers of the Belize Police Department. He is survived by his father Norvin Hall and mother Lydia Hendricks; his common-law-wife: Nelsie Cano; his estranged wife: Yahaira Hall; sons; Norvin, Josner, Julian & Jilian Hall; daughters: Joswanie and Yoheidi Hall; and a host of brithers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces; A wake for the late PC Jason N. Hall will be held on Sunday September 25th at his residence on #12 October Street, Corozal Town.

    Corozal September 20th Independence Eve Parade
    Here is a snippet of the Corozal September 20th Independence Eve Parade. Onlookers waited for hours until around 3:00 P.M. to witness the start but the costumes and floats were worth the wait. It was very festive and there was plenty of swag. Conditions were hot and humid but young and old all joined together in the spirit of celebrating our 35 years of Independence. Sovereign and Strong - Together as One. Long Live Belize

    Monarchical Democracy
    Westminster system is built for a kingdom Belizeans are still in serfdom Elizabeth was named Regent of the Common Wealth Upon giving them independence under the common wealth Under a supposed democratic system She devised what is called a “Monarchical Democracy” Regent is a head of state without executive powers Executive power is vested in the legislature Clear separation was not created The legislature in effect controls who they want as king or queen And who they want to execute the laws for their means It literally has the legislature in control of the executive Under a ‘Monarchal Democracy’,Belize’s paradox is not exclusive Our Regent is not a Belizean Our Regent is from the United Kingdom The UK legislature control our region We are still under the British Regent; So are we really independent? Our Political system is a grandchild of the UK political system

    Albert Hoy field former Hostel field
    Dubu Thomas needs your help to get a bathroom for his youths and a lawnmower and 2x200 breakers switches to keep the lights on so the kids can play sports. please contact him directly at the Albert Hoy field former Hostel field. Let help DUBU with the southside youth to get a bathroom built for this field 1 urinal, one shower and three cubicles for the boys and a shower basin and three cubicle for the girls. its been thirty years of neglect! Yet the lion trods on

    Mr. Amelio Kumul passes away
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Kumul family & friends on the passing of Mr. Amelio Kumul. Mr. Amelio was an employee of the San Pedro Town Council and formerly a well known fisherman in San Pedro Town. May his soul rest in peace. Wake & Funeral arrangements will be announced later as Mr. Amelio passed away in Mérida, México where he was on treatment.

    The People's United Party Central Party Council has approved the appointment of a shadow cabinet
    The appointed members are posted below. The purpose of the shadow ministers include: Being the Party’s spokesperson on the specific areas covered by the Ministry/Ministries assigned Keep current with issues/problems affecting the assigned Ministry, Build and maintain a strong relationships with stakeholders so as to always be informed of their perspective and to present the Party’s views As well as other responsibilities tied to their specific assigned Ministry/Ministries.

    Emergency BNTU Meeting
    The Belize National Teachers’ Union Orange Walk Branch urges all BNTU members and teachers to attend an emergency membership meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the La Inmaculada R.C. School Auditorium. Time: 4:30 p.m. Topic for discussion: Report of Meeting held with the Prime Minister, The Union's Stand Please come and be informed. Get the facts and share the facts. Principals and teachers are asked to kindly share this important information with all staff members and BNTU friends.

    Hand in Hand Ministries building homes
    BEL congratulates Hand in Hand Ministries on the construction of its 300th house in Belize! BEL and Belize Bank Limited are partnering this weekend to support this milestone, which is for the benefit of a senior citizen in Dangriga. An initiative towards improving the quality of life in Belize.

    Kid's Concert and Talent Show
    A great time was had at the SISE House of Culture's Full Moon Concert and Children's Talent Show. Thanks, SISE HoC and SISE Town Council. "Pictures of SISEHOC's full Moon Concert/Children's talent show held at the Santa Elena Basketball Court last Friday. A big thank you to all who attended and made this event possible, including the collaboration of the SISE Town Council."

    Intermagia Dinner Show
    The Rotary Club of San Ignacio is bringing the Intermagia Magic Show to Cayo again, and they are also doing a fundraiser dinner show on Friday, October 14th at the SIRH. The shows are on the 15th and 16th at the Octavia Waight Centre. "The Rotary Club of San Ignacio announces The Intermagia Adult Magic & Dinner Show. A formal gala evening elegance with an amazing steak or seafood dinner, professional musical entertainment and finally an hour and a half of mystical magic in a theater setting. Join us at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel Ballroom on Friday October 14th, 2016 at 7 pm sharp! "

    World Travel Awards - Belize Nominees 2016
    The World Travel Awards nominees have been named and Belize is in 4 world categories. Chaa Creek is up for Best Spa Resort, the San Ignacio Resort Hotel is up for Best Hotel, Ka'ana is up for Best Resort, and Blancaneaux is up for Best Villa Resort and Best Spa Resort. Go Belize!

    Suga-City (Orange Walk) Independence Day Parade
    Late post of the Suga-City (Orange Walk) Independence Day Parade. Had a blast with the Dominguez, Escalante and Vargas families. A kaleidoscope of colours and vibrant music. The people of Orange Walk are hospitable and super friendly hosts. Thank you for the food, drinks and the fun!!!

    The Reporter

    San Victor water system gets upgrade
    To improve the quality of life for the residents in San Victor village, the Government of Belize, through the Belize Social Investment Fund (SIF) is rehabilitating the village’s water system. The project, which will benefit over 1,000 villagers, consists of: constructing a new steel-frame elevated 30,000-gallon water tank with piping and accessories; installing a submersible solar water pump, chlorinator, a solar panel to provide electricity to the pump house and controls, and providing pipes and fittings for the transmission and distribution lines. SIF will construct the water tank at the highest point in the village, which is measured at 57 feet above sea level near the location of the well. Water will be gravity fed.

    Police minister’s son robbed of vehicle
    Kryston Hulse, son of the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Godwin Hulse, was robbed of a vehicle Friday in Belize City. Hulse told police that at around 10:30 last night, he was with his girlfriend on Marine Parade, when three men approached him with a gun and demanded the keys to the 2006 Toyota 4Runner he was driving. Two of the men then got into the vehicle and drove off towards the Ramada Belize City Princess, while the third man got into a white Mazda car and left.

    Fisheries staff gets special training
    The Fisheries Department in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, sent 15 of their officers to Australia this week for a special training course on “Enhancing Fisheries Management Capacity in the Caribbean Region.” The delegation, which included senior fisheries officers, fisheries officers, analysts and policy officers, will spend four weeks at the Innovation Centre at ANCORS, University of Wollongong, which is one of Australia’s top 10 universities. The training course, prepared through a collaboration between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) to strengthen the region’s capacity in fisheries law and fisheries management.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Woman shot in Belize city
    Reports reaching BBN is that a woman was shot on Pinks alley in Belize city just after 7:00 tonight. Details are still forthcoming. Police are commencing investigations. We will have more updates as the information becomes available. © 2016, www.breakingbelizenews.com. This article is the […]

    B.T.L. turning to Guatemalan telecom company for Earl relief
    Belize’s state-run telephone company, Belize Telemedia Limited, has confirmed that it has employed the services of a Guatemalan telecommunication company Ingetelca to assist with their recovery process following the damages to its infrastructure from Hurricane Earl. Belizeans who have seen the Guatemalan service trucks […]

    Belize hosting regional volleyball tournament
    The FIVB World Championship Regional Qualification Volleyball Tournament is underway at Saint Catherine’s Academy Gymnasium. The round-robin tournament is being hosted under the auspices of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) and features teams from Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, […]

    Belize in “Zika crisis”?
    According to this weekend’s Amandala, 42 cases of Zika have been confirmed countrywide, with 341 more suspected. Of these, five women have been diagnosed with zika and 21 pregnant women are suspected to have the virus which can cause microcephaly, and other fetal brain defects. […]

    Caleb tells UN to voice struggles of LGBT
    At yesterday’s United Nations (UN) General Assembly, LGBT activist Caleb Orozco made a presentation claiming victory in Belize over the Section 53 ruling. He stated that this victory ‘has reverberated throughout the Caribbean and has become a beacon of hope for many.’ He also […]

    Belizean Patrimony for sale online
    A website is offering Belize passports for sale. IPC Belize, an online website has on its page an advertisement offering Belize passports through direct local contacts. The page states that they have been able to secure “a fast, reliable and secure way of obtaining […]

    McAfee’s former security guard backtracks on Showtime interview
    A former security guard who worked fir anti-virus creator, John Mcafee, has now come forward and claims that he was paid to provide information on Mcafee. Edward Mckoy claims he was paid $3,000 dollars to be interviewed. Mckoy has a receipt in which $3,000 […]

    PUP announces Shadow cabinet
    The People’s United Party (PUP) today held its National Party council meeting at the Belize Elementary School auditorium in Belize city. Leaders, members and supporters of the party gathered to celebrate the 66th birthday of the PUP. The Party Council has approved the appointment […]

    Son of police minister robbed at gun point
    Two men have been detained after the son of Police Minister Godwin Hulse was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night. Kryston Hulse and his girlfriend were parked on Marine Parade in Belize City in a red 4Runner SUV. Three dark complexion male persons approached them […]

    Blogs

    Act Fast on a Stolen Cell Phone
    As many of you know, Monday night the unthinkable happened and my phone was stolen out of my bag. It went down so fast it made my head spin. I was walking on the north on the west side of back street and right at the parking lot between the Artists Market and San Pedro House of Culture. I did not have my cell phone out at all and I had my music player in my hand so my arm was up and mostly covering my bag. Along came Evil Houdini riding his bike at a good clip. While passing me from the front, he somehow managed to reach on my bag without slowing down or even touching me – that part is still baffling. The only reason I knew something happened was that my strap is adjustable and so his motion knocked one part of the strap off my shoulder and my bag dropped lower, it was also fully open compared to partly before. I spun around and he was already gone.

    The Independence Parade in San Pedro Part Two: Jump Up Behind the Truck!
    More photos from Belize’s 35th Birthday Party in San Pedro. Did I mention that it was HOT? I’m giving you all my photos because, well, I worked hard for them. The temperature may have been 89 degrees at noon but the real feel? Accuweather tells me it was 110. And I BELIEVE! Blistered feet, a crazy sunburn and…some sort of heat exhaustion that make me…well a bit sick. Was it worth it?

    Independence Day, Ranchito Style
    As I mentioned in my previous post, Wednesday was Independence Day here in Belize. We, along with our friends, Colleen and Bruce, decided to check out some of the festivities at the Ranchito Community Center. The festivities kicked off with a parade of local school children. Dressed in their school uniforms, all of the them sported flags and horns. Some even had patriotic (albeit temporary) tattoos. The smallest munchkins got to ride in style. And to keep the pace moving, there was even a drum corps. Some of the children carried banners, including one displaying this year's theme. We were also delighted to see the 2015 Queen of Ranchito and her successor, who was crowned later in the day. Aren't these beautiful young ladies?

    International Sourcesizz

    McClean addresses de-risking, SDGs at UN
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maxine McClean, has taken Barbados’ concerns over de-risking on correspondent banking activity to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In her address to the 71st session of the UNGA this afternoon, McClean said “the negative impacts of the economic and financial decisions of international financial and other institutions”, as well as “persistent and unwarranted attacks” on the island’s international financial services sector are detrimental to economic development. “These actions threaten our economic stability and our ability to participate in global financial, trade and economic systems. They undermine our capacity to achieve full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals,” McClean said. The issue of de-risking has been a major concern for member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) after several, including Barbados, Belize, Antigua and Jamaica, have reporting that they have begun feeling the impact of the decision by international banks to terminate or restrict correspondent banking relationships with those countries.

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    September 24, 2016


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    Specials and Events

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


    The San Pedro Sun

    Taxi and motorcycle collide in Airstrip Area
    On Friday, September 23rd, the San Pedro Traffic Department (SPTD) responded to a traffic accident in the Airstrip Area of San Pedro Town. The accident happened around 11:30AM, and involved a parked taxi car and a motorcycle. According to official reports, the motorcycle driver was passing by when the taxi driver opened the door to his parked car, causing the motorcycle to crash. The victim has been identified as George Malic, and the taxi driver is Geovanni Reyes. Malic suffered minor injuries, while Reyes’ vehicle received slight cosmetic damage. Chris Nuñez, Head of the San Pedro Traffic Department (SPTD), stated that the taxi was the culprit in the accident. “Reports indicate how Reyes was parked in the wrong direction, and when the motorcycle was passing by, Reyes opened his car door, and caused the accident,” said Nuñez.

    House of Culture opens exhibition on Battle of St. George’s Caye
    A new exhibit is on display at the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC), featuring the events of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye. The exhibition will be open for viewing for the remainder of the month of September, at the House of Culture located on Angel Coral Street. The exhibition showcases historical pieces of information courtesy of the National Museum of Belize, and portrays different maps showing the routes of the Spanish attacks to the settlement on St. George’s Caye. Other pieces of the important memorabilia feature the different public meetings and the timeline of the Battle of St. George’s Caye. The exhibition also counts with the list of all the Baymen who voted to stay and fight the Spaniards, including those who voted to flee instead.

    Minister Heredia donates truck to police
    Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr has donated a new, 2016 Mazda s3 truck to the San Pedro Police Department (SPPD). On September 7th, the new vehicle labeled “Tourism Police” was specifically given over to help alleviate crimes against tourists. Receiving the donation was Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Sub-Formation, Superintendent Sandra Bowden. She is thankful for the donation, as it will go a long-way in aiding them to work on tourism safety. She has also appointed Police Constable Saldano to carry out these special duties, as well as increasing police patrols.

    MOH talks Zika at public meeting in Caye Caulker
    Any suspicions of the disease should be reported to the local health centres. Seeking attention at private clinics, which are beginning to offer a speedy test, is strong discouraged. “Those express tests are not accurate, thus, we continue encouraging everyone to report any potential cases to the relevant authorities,” said Badillo. Currently, tests are only being offered to pregnant women, children between the ages of 0-5 and elderly persons above 65 years of age. Badillo explained that the MOH can only send a certain amount of specimens to the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad and Tobago where Zika testing labs are located. “You can still go to the clinics and let them know that you have the symptoms, but since the resources are limited in the Government, your name is put on a list, and whenever a batch of samples are sent to be examined, only a small amount of specimens are sent and we are not guaranteeing that every single one that is reported gets tested,” said Badillo. A very important recommendation given to persons infected is to seek isolation in order to not spread the disease. At the moment, there are no medications for Zika, and usually the body’s immune system fights it off.

    Ambergris Today

    Accident on Tropical Wave Street
    Car knocks down motorcyclist. Be Careful Out There!

    Pic of the Week - Helicopter Ride with Mayor Danny aka Grandpa
    So do you want to know who was responsible for dispersing all that candy from the 'Flying Piñata' high above San Pedro's Central Park after the Independence Day parade? Mayor Daniel Guerrero was assisted by his grandson Daniel Martin who boasts this big smile as he boarded Astrum Helicopter. His excitement, well he got the opportunity to experience a bird's eye view of the Independence Day celebratons as they were taking place on Ambergris Caye and disperse hundreds of candy to the excited crowd below. What an exciting day for Daniel! Happy Independence Day!!!

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    NICH visits Stann Creek House of Culture
    We visited Stann Creek House of Culture- NICH today! It shares facilities with Gulisi Community Primary School & Gulisi Garifuna Museum.

    Our Miss Belize Universe is visiting schools!
    Our Miss Belize Universe is visiting schools in Dangriga! This is a special photo gallery.

    Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism
    When in Belmopan, you should check out The Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism-NICH... It's in the very home where Mr. Goldson once lived!

    CODICADER games in Honduras
    Yesterday, Thursday the 22nd the San Pedro High School female basketball team competed in their first match at the Under-17, Council for Sports and Recreation of Central America (CODICADER) games in Honduras. Our SPHS girls went up against the team from Honduras and even though they played excellently, the match still ended in a 33-50 loss for Belize. Nevertheless we are proud of the team’s performance and look forward to the results of their next match, scheduled for today against Panama. Best of luck girls!

    Solar Water System to Supply Safe Water To Residents of San Victor Village, Corozal District
    Construction works for San Victor Upgrade & Rehabilitated Solar Water Project is well underway in San Victor Village, Corozal District. In this regard, Minister of State, Ministry of Health, and Area Representative, Hon Dr Angel Campos will tour the project-site at 10:00 am on Monday September 26, 2016. The Minister along with other government officials will also tour other Belize Social Investment Projects, which includes San Narcisco Polyclinic and San Pedro Cristo Rey Health Centre. The completion of the water project means that approximately 1,000 villagers (men, women and children) will have access to the supply of safe water to meet their daily needs such as drinking, washing, bathing and cooking.

    INDEPENDENCE EVE 2016
    Lots of great photos by the San Pedro Town Council

    35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belize and Mexico
    Thirty Five years of diplomatic relations - Yesterday, Mexico and Belize commemorated the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, which started in 1981, coinciding with the proclamation of the Belizean independence from the United Kingdom. Mexico was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Belize and ever since it has developed strong links with its neighboring country, which have been characterized by a cordial and constructive dialogue, a robust legal framework and extensive cooperation in areas such as health, energy, tourism, security, education, culture and scientific and technical cooperation. As neighbors and strategic partners, Mexico shares with Belize a 288 kilometer border that has two official border crossings connecting the towns of Subteniente Lopez, Quintana Roo, Mexico and Santa Elena, Corozal, Belize. In addition to that, the Central American and Caribbean links shared by the two countries have facilitated dialogue with both sub-regions.

    Power interruptions cancelled for today
    Postponed until further notice, power interruptions previously scheduled for entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts on Saturday, September 24, & Sunday, September 25.

    Cayo Wellness Day 2016
    The Cayo Wellness Day is today, across from the market. The Farm House Deli will be there, along with scores of other healthy businesses.

    Orange Walk hospitality!
    It was our pleasure to Welcome the beautiful and extremely humble Miss Belize Universe Rebecca Rath to Banquitas HOC. She was accompanied by the Student Government of Muffles College High School. A warm welcome to Sugah City Miss Belize Universe 2016-2017!

    Channel 7

    ZIKA Cases Mounting, 21 Pregnant Women Diagnosed
    Belize could be facing a full blown Zika crisis. Five pregnant women have tested positive for ZIKA, and as many as 21 have been clinically diagnosed. That's what today's Amandala is reporting. The paper says that 341 cases of Zika have been reported in Belize and 42 cases have been confirmed by testing. The greatest number of cases have been reported in the Belize District, with the second most in Cayo and the fewest in the North. Detection of new cases has stepped up since Hurricane Earl. The Ministry of Health didn't want to discuss the new numbers today and told us that a press conference will be held on Tuesday where the full Zika picture will be laid out.

    Dodgy Drafting on BTL Settlement Opens Up Huge Hard Currency Dispute Between GOB and AA
    On Monday's news, we brought you coverage of the Caribbean Court of Justice's teleconference hearing trying to resolve the latest fight between the Barrow Government and the Ashcroft Alliance over BTL. They can't agree on whether the half a billion dollar settlement should be paid in US Dollars, or Belizean dollars. Now, while a fight over currency may appear trivial, it is important because the currency determines who gets a bigger piece of the pie for the final settlement - and it also determines how easily government can pay it. Now, to understand it all - we have to back to the infamous Accommodation Agreement, signed by the then Musa Administration, which ultimately triggered the nationalization of BTL, and that led to the prolonged legal battle between the Ashcroft Alliance and the Barrow administration. Well, to try to settle it, they both agreed to let the arbitrators at the Permanent Council on Arbitration determine the value of the shares that the Government took away from the Alliance. It was expected that the Accommodation Agreement would drive up the value of the final settlement figures, and so, the two sides agreed that there would be a separation of the value between the book value of the, and the additional value derived from the Accommodation Agreement.

    Second Payment, A Pecuniary Pain For GOB
    The PM spoke to us after a nearly five hour meeting with the Teachers Union, which went late into the evening. That's why he was only willing to take a few questions. We did use the opportunity to ask about how the Government intends to make the second payment to the Ashcroft Alliance. Coming out of Tuesday's CCJ hearing, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight told us that the Government will have to borrow 150 million dollars to make the second payment. We asked the Prime Minister to explain: Daniel Ortiz, 7news: "Was this in the works from the time this settlement was on the horizon?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "We didn't know what the arbitration award would be, but from the time the award came down, we knew that we would be paying in two tranches. The first tranches in year one and the second tranche in year two so we borrowed enough to meet the first payment and it is clear that we will have to borrow to meet the second payment. This is all domestic borrowing by way of the treasury bills and notes. So we are perfectly prepared to do that next year when we will need to make that second and final payment."

    One Year Later, "ET" Gets Off Sodomy Charge
    In October of 2015, Basil Willis, known as "ET", of Black Orchid Street in Belize City, was charged for raping a 23 year old man behind the Marion Jones Sports Complex. Following Willis's imprisonment without plea, the DPP ordered a written mental evaluation of the victim so that a decision could be made about how to charge Willis. She did this after the victim seemed unstable in a meeting with the DPP's office. That was last year, but today in the Magistrate's Court, no written evaluation was produced, which allowed Willis to walk away a free man - after 11 months in jail.

    McAfee and The Money Order
    John McAfee today stepped up his vigorous campaign against the documentary about his turbulent time in Belize. The documentary premieres tomorrow night on Showtime, but McAfee's going all out to discredit it before it goes to air. He's coordinating no less than an international smear campaign in Belize, the USA, and the world, via the internet. So far, McAfee has gotten testimonials from a handful of interview subjects, and posted interviews or sworn statements from others disclaiming their involvement in the documentary or questioning its conclusions.

    Morales Makes Mischief At UN
    Right now, Belizean patriots are fuming after Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales took yet another swipe at Belize. Morales spoke on the world Stage at the United Nation's 71st General Assembly in New York, and made it clear that his country just won't let up on the fatal shooting of 14 year-old Julio Ruano, even though Belize's law enforcement team was vindicated in an Independent OAS Investigation. And yesterday, making his debut his amongst world leaders at the UN, Morales used a small section of his first address to continue his country's international campaign against Belize. Here's that moment at the UN Assembly when he suggested that this shooting and other Guatemalan fatalities in the Chiquibul, has hurt bilateral relations:

    Kadeem Took The Rap For Revolver
    On Thursday, the GSU searched the home of Steven and Kadeem Bradley on Sitee Street in Belize City. They found one unloaded .38 revolver pistol. Both brothers had no license for the gun so they were arrested and charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm. They were taken to court, where Steven, who pled guilty, said that he was holding the gun for a friend. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison with eligibility for parole after serving the first half of his sentence. Kadeem, who was charged with his brother, was allowed to go free after Stevens guilty plea was accepted.

    Police Minister's Son Kryston Carjacked
    The son of police minister Godwin Hulse was carjacked last night in Belize City - and the thieves made off with a vehicle belonging to the Minister's wife. 24 year old Kryston Hulse reported to police that last night he was on Marine Parade with his girlfriend in his mother's Four Runner. That's when three men rolled up in a car, and one of them pulled a gun on him and demanded the keys. Fearing for his life, he handed over the keys and two of them drove off in the Four Runner, while the other left in a Mazda car. Police have made no arrests and have not recovered the SUV.

    7 Weeks after Earl, Sanker Street "Sufferahs"
    7 weeks after the storm, a Sanker Street family in the Port Loyola Area is still contending with the aftermath of Hurricane Earl. Sheryl Murrillo and her 4 kids have been living at her boyfriend's house for 14 years. It has always been a challenge because they all sleep in one bedroom. But Hurricane Earl wrecked the little they had. Their roof and siding were ripped off in the storm and they have been trying to restore their lives. Although The Belize Red Cross and NEMO have helped them, they still need a lot more help. Murrillo told us more about their living situation today. Courtney Weatherburne, 7News: "After the hurricane came, what did you find?" Sheryl Murrillo, "Earl Destroyed My Home": "Well, I found the roof off, the chair wet, bed wet, the speaker wet, and that's about it. My fence was blown down." Courtney Weatherburne, 7News: "So you lost a lot, how much would you say you lost in cost value?" Sheryl Murrillo, "Earl Destroyed My Home": "I would say about over a thousand dollars."

    After The Storm, "Dignity Kits" For Girls and Ladies
    And while that family needs urgent restorative help, other storm-affected families have needs of a more personal nature. Today, the United Nations Population Fund handed over 100 pieces of what are called "Dignity Kits" to the Ministry of Human Development. Now if you're wondering what a "Dignity Kit" is - that's what we asked today: Lliani Arthurs, Ministry of Human Development "The Ministry of Human Development is the Chair for the relief and supply committee of NEMO. So we are the first responders for people affected by the recent hurricane Earl. We had teams in the affected areas of the different communities and we identified different needs of those communities. One of those needs were basic hygiene needs for women and children - for women and girls and also some of our elderly populations. So we made a request to UNFPA for partnership and support in terms of their dignity kits, and so they positively responded, and now today they are handing over the 100 dignity kits."

    Pres. Morales' Brother, Son In Corruption Probe
    In our last segment, you saw Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales using the UN's global platform to "throw shade" at Belize. On one level, patriots may find it infuriating, but on another level, you've got to understand that the man needs a distraction, and the BDF bogeyman is one of the best he has. One of the main things he needs a distraction from is the fact that, his brother and his son are being scrutinized by their country's Attorney General's Office for suspicious payments, which those authorities want to make sure isn't corruption. News reports out of Guatemala say that Samuel "Sammy" Morales, President' Jimmy Morales' older brother, and a close advisor, and Jose Manuel Morales, one of the President's 4 sons, were barred by a judge from leaving the country, pending an investigation into whether or not they were involved in irregular payments. The president is under added pressure, because he was elected on a strict anti-corruption platform. His predecessor is currently in jail on corruption charges.

    Deceased Constable Hall Had It Hard At The End
    Last night we told you about Police Constable Jason Hall, who passed away Tuesday. He's the officer from Precinct 3 in Belize City who made the news in July 2015 after he was viciously beaten by a man who pretended to be a good Samaritan. That man offered to help him fix a blowout, but instead, he attacked Hall, stole his car, and left him unconscious on the side of the road. Hall was left in a coma due to head injuries, and a few months later, almost as though, he couldn't catch a break, he was diagnosed with cancer. We got a chance to speak to his close friend and colleague, Fitzroy Yearwood, who told us how they got devastating news of his passing on the eve of Independence Day: Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Fellow Officer/Superior: "PC Hall, after recovering from that unfortunate incident that you guys helped me with that fundraising for, he began complaining about pain to the back. I worked with him from his day of recovery which was the 1st of October 2015 until I was transferred the end of January 2016.

    Hawkesworth Shook Today, Urgent Repairs Activated
    Last month, Hurricane Earl washed away the temporary low-lying bridge in San Ignacio, and today the Hawkesworth Bridge had to be shut down when it started shaking. The Ministry of Works Engineer called for urgent and immediate repairs after a shaky portion was identified. Experts from Mexico were rushed in, and the bridge was shut down this afternoon at ten-minute intervals so that repairs could be done without interrupting regular traffic - since there's now only one bridge. The bridge was checked again after repairs were completed and deemed ready for public use. Mayor Earl Trapp tells us that the temporary bridge - which was destroyed by Hurricane Earl will be re-opened in the next two weeks.

    Regional Volleyball Tournament Starts in Belize
    Today is the last day of practice for the Belize National Men's Volleyball Team, and the seven other teams from Central America and the Caribbean who are here for the FBVI Men's World Championship Qualification Tournament. We stopped by during practice and asked them if they're ready: Delio Arruebarrena, Head Coach: "We'll have to take it a game at a time, a set at a time, because with the preparation that the team has they have the ability and the capacity to do good. So they just have to take it in stride as it comes. We know it's not easy, but the guys can do it because they have the training and preparation."

    Channel 5

    Dead Body Found in Corozal
    At news time tonight, there are reports from Corozal that a body, believed to be that of a U.S. national, has washed ashore near the Finca Solana area. A white [...]

    Another McAfee Associate Accuses Showtime of Coercion for Documentary
    Gringo, a documentary by Showtime producers on the life of John MacAfee, airs this Saturday on the US network. But before that happens controversy is already raging. Producers Nannette Burstein [...]

    Attorney Says He May Release Documents Proving Coercion
    The fifth person to come forward is Edward McKoy of twenty-six Dean Street in Belize City; he is a former security personnel employed by McAfee, who claims he was paid [...]

    B.N.T.U. and G.O.B. – Can They Work It Out?
    Thursday’s four and a half hour meeting between the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, and members of the Belize National Teachers’ Union concluded just around news time. From the immediate reactions [...]

    Billion-dollar B.T.L.? Prime Minister Says It Can Happen by 2030
    As we reported on Thursday night in our interview with Prime Minister Dean Barrow following a meeting with the Belize National Teachers Union, he appeared not to be concerned by [...]

    P.M. Promises To Fix Superbond Before He Leaves Office
    Still on finances….this week we learned that Belize faces greater than ever economic strain, due to the expanding debt issues the country faces. Not the least of these is the [...]

    Caye Caulker Fishermen Make Public Plea for Help After Earl
    Hurricane Earl swept through Belize since August but months later the damages left in its trail are multiplying. Several of eighteen fishermen on the island of Caye Caulker say they [...]

    Help For Housing and Infrastructure on Southside
    While the fishermen plea for help, on Tuesday we reported that some eight million dollars in relief was issued to the National Emergency Management Organization to start efforts at reconstruction [...]

    Basil Willis Walks From Sodomy Charge
    In October of 2015, a twenty-three year old resident accused a forty-seven-year old known criminal figure of Belize City, of sodomizing him. The matter has just come up in court [...]

    Brother Spares Brother From Jail on Gun Charge
    A Belize City man found himself between a hard place and a rock when a gun was found at the house he is sharing with his brother.  The decision which [...]

    B.P.P. Hits Out at Jimmy Morales after U.N. Remarks
    On Thursday, we reported about Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, where he spent about two minutes of a nineteen-minute [...]

    Progressive Party Chairman Demands Response from Foreign Minister
    On behalf of the B.P.P., Smith called on Belize’s diplomatic leaders and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington to issue a formal rebuke of President Morales’ remarks. He told us [...]

    A Raft of Public Works Eases Independence Gloom
    Back to the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech, which told the story of a recession. If there was any good news to be found in the address, it was about [...]

    More to Come, Including Paving of Coastal Road
    On the matter of public works, according to the Prime Minister, there is more to come. He announced the planned paving and aligning of the Coastal Road, opening up the [...]

    Police Faulted For Not Properly Securing Fire Scenes
    Police generally do a good job sealing off exits and entrances for crime scenes and at court moving prisoners around. But scene security during fires, in contrast, has been a [...]

    “Dignity Kits” For Girls and Women Affected by Hurricane Earl
    This morning, at a brief ceremony on Coney Drive, the United Nations Population Fund handed over one hundred dignity kits to the Ministry of Human Development to aid with ongoing [...]

    Department of Human Services to Oversee Distribution
    The Ministry of Human Development is the chair of the relief and supplies committee for NEMO and act as the first responders in the communities affected by Hurricane Earl. Director [...]

    Belize Hosts Regional Volleyball Qualifiers
    The jewel is preparing to host an international volleyball competition. It’s a first for the local volleyball association which is putting its best foot forward in terms of logistics as [...]

    The Sights and Sounds of the 2016 J’ouvert
    The J’ouvert is one of the top attractions of the annual carnival activities. Thousands took over the streets of the Old Capital early on J’ouvert morning just prior to the [...]

    LOVE FM

    Industrial Action Put on Pause by Teachers’ Union
    Any industrial action by the teachers have been placed on pause. That is the report we are getting from sources within the Belize National Teachers Union. We understand that several branches of the BNTU will meet next week, while the remaining few will do so in October. During this time, there will be no strike […]

    Guatemalan President Speaks Ill of Belize at UN’s General Debate
    At the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in Washington DC, President for the Republic of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales spoke on regional peace and cooperation, citing that Belize has been uncooperative in those efforts. Here is a translated clip of his ten minute address delivered yesterday. The theme of the general debate of […]

    Hawksworth Bridge Not Compromised
    The Hawksworth Bridge is currently the primary entrance and exit for San Ignacio Town, Cayo District. Rumours of its integrity being compromised began surfacing earlier today and in an effort to get an update on what is happening, we spoke with the Chief Engineer at the Ministry of Works, Lennox Bradley who told Love News […]

    Belize: One of the Top 7 Destinations for 2017
    Belize has been making its mark on the international scene especially when it comes to the tourism aspect. Destinations in Belize have been awarded by several entities including Trip Advisor, World Travel Awards, Eco-Excellence Awards, among others. While tourism is in its low season right now, Belize is already preparing for the opening of the […]

    Rhaburn Case of Firearm and Drugs Concludes 3 Years Later
    After facing arraignment on August 19, 2013, the case of 39-year-old, Carolee Jean Rhaburn concluded today in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. Rhaburn was approached and searched by members of the Gang Suppression Unit on Friday, August 16, 2013 on George Street in Belize City. Rhaburn was reportedly carrying a purse in which officers found […]

    GSU Removes Illegal Firearm from Sittee Street
    The Gang Suppression Unit led by intelligence gathered was successful at ridding the street of yet another unlicensed firearm. In a search conducted yesterday at around five o’clock on Sittee Street in Belize City. As a result of that search, 24-year-old, Steven Bradley and 21-year-old, Kadeem Bradley were both arrested when an illegal firearm with […]

    Trio Rob Son of Police Minister at Gunpoint
    Police in Belize City have detained two men after the son of a Government minister was robbed at gunpoint last night just before midnight. The incident occurred on Marine Parade in Belize City where 24-year-old, Kryston Hulse was parked with his girlfriend in a red Forerunner SUV. The couple was then approached by three males […]

    Amandala

    Cop succumbs 15 months after he was attacked by “Good Samaritan”
    Exemplary police constable Jason Hall, 37, of Corozal Town died after suffering for 15 months with massive injuries to his head and body after he was beaten with a piece of wood by a robber pretending to be a good Samaritan, who robbed him on the morning of June 30, 2015, on the Philip Goldson Highway in the Rhaburn Ridge area, at about Mile 37. Hall died at his home in Corozal Town at about 6:30 this evening. We were told that before he died, he called his wife and told her that he was going to leave her, and she was at his bedside when he died. Hall’s body was deposited at the morgue, where it will undergo a mandatory post-mortem examination to certify the cause of his death. Police say that at about 7:00 that fateful morning last year, PC Jason Hall, originally from Corozal Town, attached to Precinct 3 Belize City, was driving his Mazda car from Corozal Town to his workplace at Precinct 3 at the Queen Street Police Station in Belize City, when on arriving in Rhaburn Ridge, the car suffered a 2-wheel blowout.

    $10,000 plus 3 years for 148 pounds of weed
    Two men, one from Belize City and the other from Cayo, were sentenced to three years in prison and fined the minimum $10,000 fine for the offense of drug trafficking. If they default on paying the fine, they will have to serve an additional three years behind bars. The two were convicted of trafficking 148 pounds of cannabis when their case concluded before Magistrate Deborah Rogers, after several months of being before the court. Magistrate Rogers explained in her ruling that she found the men guilty after carefully dissecting the evidence the prosecution brought against them. On June 17, 2015, four persons were inside a car in which there were two suitcases of cannabis.

    Militant teachers bring heat on Barrow!
    The inclement weather hanging over the country did not deter the thousands of teachers who stayed out of their classrooms this morning, to send home the message of their discontent with the United Democratic Party government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, which has failed to convince them to accept a deferral of the three percent salary adjustment that had previously been agreed upon between the BNTU leadership and the government. The mood in Belmopan was made more somber by the weather and the presence of a large detachment of police, made up mostly of recruits from the police’s training school, that stood as a barrier between the protesters and the National Assembly building after the teachers held their rally inside the Belmopan Civic Center, which overflowed outside with hundreds of teachers under tents set up for the occasion, before they marched onto the steps of the National Assembly building, where the peaceful protest ended shortly after 1:00 p.m.

    $$$ for lies!
    The United States entertainment network Showtime, a subsidiary of the CBS television network, has been advertising the release date of Gringo, a documentary about John McAfee, the US anti-virus maker whose time in Belize ended abruptly with his sudden flight in the wake of the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Faull. Faull, an American contractor who resided on northern Ambergris Caye, was found shot to death inside his house on November 11, 2012. McAfee eluded Belize police who wanted to question him about Faull’s death, and crossed the border into Guatemala, where he was arrested and held briefly before he was allowed to proceed to the US. Showtime has followed closely in the path of another US network, NBC Dateline, which visited Belize last fall in search of the story about Gregory Faull’s unsolved murder, on which it based a mini-series, which was hosted by its foreign correspondent, Richard Engle.

    Suspected Zika cases exceed 300
    Zika continues to capture health headlines across the globe and in Belize, the Ministry of Health is on heightened surveillance to track Zika, particularly in pregnant women. To date, five women in Belize have tested positive for Zika, a condition said to be linked to a range of potential neurological birth defects, including microcephaly. However, suspected cases among pregnant women who have been clinically assessed amount to 21. The Ministry of Health indicates that to date, 341 suspected cases of Zika have been reported in Belize, and 42 have been confirmed through laboratory testing. Roughly half of the cases (167 suspected and 21 confirmed) have emerged in the Belize District, in places such as Caye Caulker, where there has been a noticeable cluster of Zika cases, and Belize City; and a quarter of the cases (87 suspected and 10 confirmed) have been documented in the Cayo District, in places such as St. Margaret’s Village and Armenia Village.

    Evangelical Churches appeal ruling on Section 53 sodomy law
    Today, exactly 21 days after Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin issued his judgment on August 10, striking down Section 53 of the Criminal Code which has outlawed sodomy for decades, the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) filed court papers as an interested party late this evening, appealing the ruling. President of the NEAB, Pastor Lance Lewis, told reporters, “We are here to sign the document that says we are appealing the decision by the Chief Justice to remove the sodomy law in Belize.” The NEAB was not the only entity to have filed papers for an appeal of the ruling today, however. The Roman Catholic Church and the Government of Belize also filed appeal papers, challenging certain aspects of Chief Justice Benjamin’s decision. When the decision to strike down Section 53 was initially announced, Prime Minister Dean Barrow had said that the government would not have appealed the decision, which was hailed regionally as a major victory for the LGBT community (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender).

    Sunday CYDP Peace Cup game result
    In the only result we got for a CYDP Peace Cup game played on Sunday, September 18, at 11:00 a.m., Ladyville Jaguars defeated Police Street FC, 3-nil. Coach Michael “Wataplat” Flowers said his team defended with 7 players in first half, until the rest of his players arrived. His Jaguars went on to win with 2 goals from Michael Hernandez and the other from his brother Milhem Hernandez. Below is the latest schedule we have for the CYDP Peace Cup:

    International volleyball tournament tips off on Saturday
    Belize volleyball fans should be treated to some top level international volleyball, beginning this weekend, as Belize plays host to the Men’s Volleyball World Championship Qualifications Tournament at the SCA Multipurpose Center. The Panama and Guatemalan men’s teams were scheduled to arrive this morning by air, while Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras were expected by road this evening. The Dominican Republic arrives tomorrow afternoon. The 7 participating teams – Belize, Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – will compete in a round-robin tournament – 3 matches per day for 7 days, beginning Saturday, September 24, with the top 2 teams qualifying to the Continental Round, from which the top 5 teams go on to the World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria.

    Bandits leads PLB standings after 4-1 win over Wagiya
    Only two Week 6 games were played mid-week on Tuesday night, as the two scheduled for Independence Day, Wednesday, were postponed “due to security concerns.” Down south at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence, home standing Placencia Assassins had to come from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw against the visiting Verdes FC from Cayo. Darrel Myvette gave Verdes the early lead at the 6th minute, but Ashton Torres equalized at the 90th minute, and that’s how it ended. In the other game at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the hosts, Belmopan Bandits made a big score against their young visitors, Wagiya FC from Dangriga. Shaking the net for the Bandits were Ian “Yellow” Gaynair (42’ & 91’) and Brazilian Aloisio Teixeira (48’ & 66’), before Wagiya’s Evan Mariano replied (92’) to avoid the shutout.

    Western Eagles lost a loved one
    Hello to one and all! There is not much happening in cricket at this time, except for a 20/20 being played among four teams from four villages in a fund raising effort. This Saturday, the games will be in Lords Bank. Teams taking part are Western Eagles, Wicked Eleven, Summer Fever and Sunrise. My main point for this article is to pay respect to the Pook family of Rancho Dolores on the passing of their mother, grandmother, cousin and friend, Mrs. Odelia Pook. This humble lady was one of Western Eagles’ most silent fans. During games in Rancho, one would always see her sitting on her veranda enjoying her team do battle. She was a lady of few words, but she will hold a conversation with anyone who took the time out to do so. She was the mother of very good cricket players in the persons of Godfrey, Enfield and Wendell. A few of her grandchildren also play the sport and perform it exceptionally. This humble lady, without a doubt, was my dear friend. I have known her from my very young age. Since leaving Rancho and living in the city, I haven’t seen much of her often; but whenever I visited the village, I made a special effort to see and chat with her.

    Editorial: Impressionist or illusionist?
    It was, after all, a week in which the Financial Secretary, Joe Waight, had recited, in the wake of the legal teleconference arguments in front of the Caribbean Court of Justice by the attorneys for the Government of Belize, on the one hand, and the Ashcroft group, on the other, the litany of financial woes which Belize faced. The total BTL arbitration award in favor of the “Belize-loving” Lord Michael Ashcroft had been upwards of $550 million, in the first instance, and Ashcroft was demanding it all in US dollars, which would have the effect of breaking the Belize dollar. There was the eternal Superbond, hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars owed at commercial rates, Belize’s deficit wreckage from the excesses of neoliberal growth economics. And Mr. Waight was telling us about three additional pro-Ashcroft rulings against the Government of Belize in the United States Court of Appeal, which would add up to $150 million more in debt if Belize had to pay. But, Belize was appealing to the Supreme Court of the United States. A skeptic may have asked, in relation to the U.S. Supreme Court appeals, so what?

    http://amandala.com.bz/news/mario-lara-writes-foreign-affairs-minister-elrington/
    Dear Editor, It occurs to me that Donald Trump, the amoral lunatic liar and corrupt Republican nominee for President of the U.S. in this November’s election, might consider relocating to Belize, where he could take his ease and feel at home among his con man peers who populate the various ministries and where double-talk and denial is the type of discourse he’s most familiar with. In Belize, he could relax on the beach, knowing that no matter how preposterous and illogical his orations might be, a receptive audience can always be found among the “honorable” — that permanent ruling class of bureaucrats and politicians who believe the rules don’t apply to them. Should he become bored, well…no problem in taking a short hop to Miami to do a little shopping with the Missus…you know, one of those official “fact finding” missions. I’m sure he would find, in fact, that all is well in Florida.

    Mario Lara writes Foreign Affairs Minister Elrington
    Dear Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs and/or CEO, On Saturday, September 17, 2016, I was on a support boat that travelled to Sarstoon Island as part of the first ever Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge where several kayakers and canoers participated in a race from Barranco village to the Sarstoon Island, around it, and back. I personnally observed Guatemalan military personnel and vessels in Belizean waters in front of our forward operating base. A Guatemalan military vessel followed one of the kayaks participating in the race completely around the Sarstoon Island. A drone operated by Guatemalan military also entered Belizean airspace. There is video proof of this available and I believe that our Belizean Coast Guard can confirm for you that this indeed occurred.

    The basketball saga of Old Parr
    (Chronicles of OLD PARR basketball team of the early seventies: The makings of a multi-championships basketball team both at the Junior and Senior level from 1970 – 1974.) “Cama took a junior championship team by the name of Old Parr, brought them into the senior league, and won a sensational championship. The Old Parr stars included Eric Gladden, Evondale Coburn, Mark Neal and Harry Cadle. This would have been maybe 1971 or 1972. I think Old Parr repeated, and then they became Grand Marnier, whereupon they lost to a new production called Incatecu. Coburn had gone to the States, and perhaps also Rico Gladden.” The first paragraph is verbatim from the book Sports, Sin and Subversion, page 57 second paragraph Chapter VIII (titled “Wilton, Clinton and Straddle”) written by Evan X Hyde. Without any disrespect or slight whatsoever to the brilliance of the writer, many people on the outside believe that Cama was the brain behind the Old Parr team; however, that is only partially correct. But let’s start at the beginning.

    Jimmy Morales slams Belize in bid for seat on UN Human Rights Council
    Guatemala’s president, Jimmy Morales, slammed neighboring Belize at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly being held in New York City, from September 20-26, 2016, accusing Belize of killing 10 of their citizens near the border since 1999, with the most recent case being the minor who was fatally shot in April 2016. Morales told the UNGA that the “grave acts,” which he alleges have been committed by Belize, “hamper bilateral relationship and hinder progress towards building trust…” Morales made these disparaging comments against Belize after he made a bid at the UNGA for the international community to support Guatemalan’s candidature to the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2017 to 2019. He said that Guatemala and Belize have enjoyed “a privileged relationship,” but goes on to add that in recent months, Belize has not shown a reciprocal attitude.

    The Reporter

    Guatemalan President defames Belize at UN General Assembly
    Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales, took the world’s attention this week at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, alleging that Belize is victimizing Guatemalans. In a 19-minute speech Morales, amidst all the other issues he covered, dedicated about two minutes to speak on Belize/Guatemala relations. Morales […]

    BNTU rallies against bullying & corruption
    Despite threats of repercussions, personal attacks and ministerial proclamations, more than 4,000 teachers from across the country gathered in Belmopan on Monday for what was certainly the largest gathering of that body in recent memory. The teachers assembled in front of the Belmopan Comprehensive School before setting out placards in […]

    Remembering George Price five years later…
    George Price, fondly referred to as the “Father of the Nation” was honoured on Monday at his grave site, on the fifth observance of his passing. The event was noticeably without the presence of school children from neighbouring Saint Martin de Porres Primary, whose teachers […]

    Jump St Posse &SocaMocawinCarnival 2016
    Jump Street Posse and SocaMoca Carnival Bandwon the junior and senior categories respectively in this year’s Carnival road marchorganized by the national Carnival committee in Belize City on Saturday afternoon, September 17. The judges awarded Jump Street Posse 436pts, putting them in first place among the junior bands. Band leader […]

    Belize honors 20 patriots
    Twenty Belizean patriots were honored for meritorious service to the nation, when the government of Belize hosted its annual Tribute to Belizean patriots awards ceremony; with the Governor General Sir Colville Young Sr doing the honors, at the Bliss Institute Belize City on Thursday evening, September 15. Mrs. Jane Usher […]

    Belize gets IDB loan to improve solid waste management
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and the General Manager for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), signed an IDB loan agreement on Monday to improve sold waste management in Belize. The objective of the agreement is to finance investments to improve the transport, recovery and final disposal of solid […]

    PM holds all-day meeting with unions
    Amidst mounting pressure on national issues from various trade unions, Prime Minister Dean Barrow dedicated an entire day to meeting with the unions to discuss their concerns. On Friday, Barrow met with the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU), the Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU), Belize Water Services […]

    Latin America and the Caribbean remain highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks, expert warns
    Latin America and the Caribbean remain highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks, according to Deloitte’s Global Chief Information Officer, Larry Quinlan, despite increased improvements in technology in these regions. Quinlan says there “is a concern that [the threat] will continue to grow worldwide and…threatens to engulf us […]

    US Embassy issues advisory about protests in Belize
    Preparing for any possibility of danger due to a scheduled demonstration, the United Stakes Embassy in Belize, issued a travel advisory for US nationals traveling to or through Belmopan on Monday. The embassy issued its warning in response to a peaceful demonstration, planned by the Belize National […]

    Gay lovers’ war ends in court
    A domestic dispute between gay lovers landed two men in court on Monday, September 19th. The squabble led 34-year-old Jason Garcia before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, where he faces two criminal charges of ‘common assault’ upon Maurice Middleton and ‘damage to property’ for a $600 […]

    Happy Birthday Belize
    Thirty five years ago Belize stepped gingerly into independence. We weren’t quite ready because the Guatemalan claim was still hanging over us, and the state of the economy was still wobbly. But we took a leap of faith, just as we did in 1798 when a flotilla of Spanish vessels […]

    Belize at 35, national issues weigh heavy at official ceremonies
    The pomp, ceremony, culture and colour which have become tradition at every September 21st official event were on full display in the nation’s capital, on the foothills of the National Assembly on Wednesday. What was certainly not on display, and not surprisingly, considering the current political climate, was any accord […]

    New trade license cheaper for businesses but costly to the city
    The Belize City Council this week held the first in a series of public consultations to sensitize the business community about the proposed reforms to the system for calculating the fees for trade licenses. CitCo held the consultation on Thursday at City Hall, where it […]

    CCJ gives GOB and Ashcroft alliance a week
    The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has given the Government of Belize and the Ashcroft Alliance one week to settle the payment dispute over the arbitration award for the nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited. After listening to one-hour submissions from the attorneys for each on […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize Poultry Association – From no growth hormones to no antibiotics
    Poultry producers in Belize are keen to remove the common misconception held by Belizeans from all walks of life that ‘mennonite’ chicken in Belize is grown using growth hormones or special injected chemicals to get them to grow fast. Both the former Manager of […]

    The National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for the North Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
    There are two tropical storms in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Karl is located south of Bermuda and Tropical Storm Lisa is located over the eastern tropical Atlantic. This morning, tropical Storm Lisa was located near latitude 22.2N and longitude 36.3W or about 910 miles […]

    Hawkesworth bridge closed intermittently for repairs
    Following a report by BBN today, the Ministry of works has issued a press release informing the public that the Hawkesworth bridge will be closing at ten (10) minutes intervals, between 3:30pm to 7:00pm today Friday, September 23, 2016. This has become necessary to […]

    Fifteen CARICOM nationals start specialized fisheries training at top Australian university
    Senior fisheries officers, analysts and policy officers totaling 15 fisheries personnel traveled to Australia this week to participate in a specialized training course on “Enhancing Fisheries Management Capacity in the Caribbean Region.” The four week course is designed to strengthen the region’s capacity in […]

    Repairs being done on Hawkesworth Bridge
    The Hawkesworth bridge in San Ignacio was built in 1949. It has no doubt served the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena for a long time and continues to be the main way of crossing from one town to the next. Given […]

    Caleb makes appearance at UN General Assembly
    Caleb Orozco, who won a landmark ruling in Belize which made gay sex legal in the country, made an appearance at the United Nation’s (UN) General Assembly in New York this week. He was invited as a guest speaker at a UN side event […]

    Belize Progressive Party responds to Guatemalan President’s UN Speech
    This morning the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) issued a press release regarding the Guatemalan President speech at the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations. “Despite the findings of the independent forensic investigation, which exonerated the Belize Defence Force in the killing of a […]

    BNTU meets with PM Barrow
    Yesterday afternoon the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow at the Biltmore Hotel in Belize City to discuss their 8 demands. After 5 hours in session, the members of the BNTU came out chanting ‘solidarity forever’ and ‘we shall […]

    Blogs

    “Party People” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
    Hi Ziggy here. Remember me? You may not be aware but I’m Belizean. Belizean through and through. Born in Ladyville just over four years ago (around twenty-nine years ago in doggy years) and moved to San Pedro (it’s when I decided to go ‘upmarket) just over two years ago. Now anyone that knows me knows that I love a party. I mean you don’t ‘serve‘ in the British Army without knowing how to party. And we Belizeans are party people! So I was well hyped knowing that it was my country’s thirty-fifth birthday on Wednesday. I was excited when I got up and became even more excited when Mommy (that’s Rose for the rest of you) started talking about the big parade later that day. She could see how happy I looked but I could see the look of dejection on her face.

    Independence Day II: Chalk! Chalk! Chalk!
    Last year, the San Pedro Town Council raised the bar on Independence Day with the introduction of the Flying Pinata — a candy drop from a hovering helicopter — and the chalk fling thing. The chalk fling thing is a variation on the paint thing that marks the Carnival time leading up to Lent. Kids run around Central Park and specific blocks of downtown smearing each other with water soluble paints (hopefully washable). Adults even get a chance to join in because — well, it’s fun. Why leave all the fun stuff up to the kids??? You can see remnants of the paint days all over town in the form of handprints and paint smears on walls. With chalk, you get the bright colors and frenzied rush that comes with dusting up everyone around you in electric pink and green and yellow clouds. Staffers toss the packets of chalk into the crowd and you basically become the color of the person next to you who opens the packet and flings it into the air.

    Happy Birthday, Belize! Only 35 and still celebrating like a youngster!
    To me this picture says everything you need to know about Belize on Independence Day. The country is young, vibrant, ambitious — you’d have to be to wear a rig this bountiful on a day this hot! It is no accident that this costume reflects the natural blues and greens of the foliage and Caribbean Sea in the background. San Pedro’s Jump Up parade completely lacks the gravitas of nations with long histories of war and loss. The country’s one significant battle for independence is celebrated on Sept. 10, The Battle for St. George’s Caye, and even that seems to be receding into the realm of legend. The 21st is given over to celebrating the people of Belize with sensuous dance, loud music, outrageously stunning costumes and a joviality that just shouts “Damn! It is good to be in Belize!”

    Hands down best show in 10 years
    This year marks 35 years of Belize Independence. It all started with the annual pre party on the 20th, Independence eve at the old football field. They had a stage set up and music, since I am right next door I could hear the celebrations from my home. At midnight came the familiar sounds of fireworks so I grabbed my camera and shot the following video and a few pictures right outside my front door. I ended up with 12 min of footage which I managed to edit down to 55 seconds. The grand display must have gone on for at least 20 min to 1/2 hour and I can honestly say hands down it was the best fireworks display I have seen in my 10 years of living here. The Sky was lit up electric and often looked like a glitter bomb had just exploded over downtown San Pedro.

    International Sourcesizz

    Fifteen CARICOM nationals start specialized fisheries training at top Australian university
    Fifteen Caribbean Community (CARICOM) fisheries personnel, including senior fisheries officers, fisheries officers, analysts and policy officers, traveled to Australia this week to participate in a specialized training course on “Enhancing Fisheries Management Capacity in the Caribbean Region.” The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) partnered in developing the four-week course, to strengthen the region’s capacity in fisheries law and fisheries management. More specifically, the training -- which is being held at the Innovation Centre at ANCORS, University of Wollongong, ranked among Australia’s top ten universities -- is intended to address the conservation and protection of living marine resources and biodiversity; monitoring and surveillance; as well as measures to curb illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.

    High Level Meeting on LGBTQ Rights at United Nations
    Earlier this week, HRC Global and HRC Board Member Paul Boskind attended the highest-level meeting on LGBTQ rights ever to be held at the United Nations (U.N.). U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addressed world leaders at the U.N.’s LGBT Core Group event entitled, “#Path2Equality: Global leaders discuss progress towards LGBT equality,” at U.N. Headquarters in New York City. Perhaps the most moving address of the event came from Caleb Orozco of Belize, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that ultimately led to decriminalization of same-sex activity in Belize, setting a historic precedent in the Caribbean region. Orozco shared his personal journey as the face of the movement in Belize and the leader of the nation’s only LGBT organization, UNIBAM. Orozco has lived in isolation for years, facing deadly violence and backlash for his outspoken activism. He described how the public has adopted his last name as the latest slur used against LGBTQ people. Both Biden and Ban commended Orozco for his bravery and commitment and thanked him for all that he has done to advance equality in Belize.

    Caribbean Tourism Surmounting Challenges
    What hasn’t Caribbean tourism faced in terms of challenges this year? Even as 2016 dawned, the exceedingly contentious U.S. presidential election promised to impact discretionary spending among U.S. consumers, the Caribbean’s number one source market. Since then, Caribbean hoteliers, destinations and attractions have faced all manner of adversity. The Zika virus’ emergence earlier this spring stoked travelers’ fears of infection, leveling a significant blow to regional hotels, resorts and destinations. Several hoteliers reported a steep drop in summer occupancy this year, and travel research firm STR linked early-season performance decreases at Caribbean hotels to Zika virus concerns. While relatively mild, this year’s hurricane season nevertheless wreaked a considerable toll on Belize as Hurricane Earl caused widespread damage across the archipelago in August. Bermuda is currently eyeing an oncoming tropical storm, while Dominica has struggled to overcome the impact of tropical storm Erika, which late last year caused flooding, loss of life and more than $200 million in damage to homes, businesses and tourist facilities.

    Nonstop Flight: How The Frigatebird Can Soar For Weeks Without Stopping
    Frigatebirds, seagoing fliers with a 6-foot wingspan, can stay aloft for weeks at a time, a new study has found. The results paint an astonishing picture of the bird's life, much of which is spent soaring inside the clouds. Frigatebirds are unique among aquatic birds. Their feathers are not waterproof, so they can't rest on the waves. Males sport a vivid red pouch along their throats that they inflate when trying to attract females. They're known for stealing food from other seabirds. Since the frigatebird spends most of its life at sea, its habits outside of when it breeds on land aren't well-known — until researchers started tracking them around the Indian Ocean. What the researchers discovered is that the birds' flying ability almost defies belief. Ornithologist Henri Weimerskirch put satellite tags on a couple of dozen frigatebirds, as well as instruments that measured body functions such as heart rate. When the data started to come in, he could hardly believe how high the birds flew. "First, we found, 'Whoa, 1,500 meters. Wow. Excellent, fantastique,' " says Weimerskirch, who is with the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris. "And after 2,000, after 3,000, after 4,000 meters — OK, at this altitude they are in freezing conditions, especially surprising for a tropical bird."

    Videos

  • The View from Belmopan on Independence Day, 9.5min.

  • BNTU representatives and PM-led team hash out teachers' 8 requests in extended meeting; meeting was cordial, they say, 1.5min. The 4-hour meeting between representatives of the Belize National Teachers Union and a government team led by Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow concluded about a quarter after six this evening at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. The teachers emerged chanting “we shall not be moved” but it is unclear if that is any indication of how things went as they have informed that the meeting was cordial and that all 8 requests of the BNTU were fleshed out. We hear from BNTU president Luke Palacio followed by Prime Minister Dean Barrow:

  • QUEENLORNA & "DAT" BELIZEAN DANCE SPIN (FINAL PART), 41min. The rare and exclusive interview of the pulsating Belizean cultural dancer and instructor, Lorna Smith, of the legendary Belize-Caribbean dance troupe, Elegant Flair Dancers, is a must see and long awaiting feature for the Belizean Legends audience. Queenlorna as she is called will entertain us with her thrilling dance life and electrify us with some of the most eclectic moments in Belizean dance and cultural performances in the Los Angeles Belizean Community where she lived and performed for many years now. Still doing her thing in the Belizean diaspora, Sista Lorna as we refer to her here on Belizean Legends is the host of the popular Los Angeles Belizean based radio show called, AH WAKE OP LIKE DIS, on Belizean Wil Johnson's popular Radiobelizemix Internet Radio in the Los Angeles Belizean Community.

  • 2016 “The Energy of Nature VS. the Nature of Energy” conference, 1.5min. Belize is recognized as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the existential impacts of climate change. As that reality hits home to all of us, so too does the need to raise awareness, increase resilience and mitigate against the effects of climate change. At the 2016 “The Energy of Nature VS. the Nature of Energy” conference organized by Oceana Belize and WWF Belize, Deputy Director of the Caribbean Community’s Climate Change Centre, Mr. Carlos Fuller, highlighted the fact that Belize is already experiencing effects of both climate change and global warming; the extreme events such as Hurricane Earl and the catastrophic flooding of October 2015 are clear examples. There are a great many things Belize can still do to protect the vulnerable and safeguard resources, as well as increase development and enhance economic growth. But when it comes to activities like offshore oil exploration in Belize, as Fuller explained, we have little to gain and far too much to lose. Here are highlights of his presentation.

  • Pelican Swoops Down For Meal at Bird Island, Belize, 1/2min.

  • Belize Film Commission Producers Dinner 2016, 4.5min.

  • Punta Gorda to Belize City to Caye Caulker flight, 14min. Punta Gorda to Belize City to Caye Caulker flight. The quaint island village of Caye Caulker is perfect for travelers seeking tranquil days spent lounging beside the sea, sipping a tropical drink or chatting with locals and backpackers from around the world.

  • Belize celebrates 35 years of Independence, 16min.

  • Belize, 3min.

  • Electric Sky Courtesy of San Pedro Town Council, 1min. Best fireworks I have seen in my 10 years living on Ambergris Caye and believe me I have seen many displays over the years.

  • My Body is Precious book, 1min. In 2013 the Office of the Special Envoy launched the My Body is Precious book and theme song which was distributed to schools country wide. Listen to the my body is precious theme song and share it with your children and everyone in your community.

  • Belize, 8min. May 2016 Northern Michigan University Belize trip. Was an amazing experience to a beautiful country with wonderful people.

  • 35 YEARS OF BELIZE!!, 7min. Belize turned 35 years old this week! Watch how we celebrated and served the community! I

  • Starfish Island, Belize, 1min. Belize a popular excursion for cruisers calling on Belize.

  • Puesto de Control (Belize), 3min. la Iglesia está situada en la calle con más actividad en la ciudad, un grupo de creyentes había planeado algo muy especial para alcanzar a su comunidad y el hecho de que el tráfico se pare es muy importante

  • Ernestine Carballo Live - Belize Soca & Jazz Festival 2016, 3min.

  • Talented Belizean - 2016 Carnival King & Queen Competition in Belize (Full Event), 8min. This is 2016 Carnival King and Queen Competition at Marion Jones Stadium, Belize City on Saturday, 3 September, 2016.

  • Belize Independence day celebration 2016 Inglewood Ca, 19min. Belizeans in Inglewood Ca. Celebrate "Belize's" 35th birthday...Sept. 2016 DANCING AND MARCHING ON NUTWOOD STREET

    September 23, 2016


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    The San Pedro Sun

    6-a-side Interoffice Football Tournament approaching quarterfinals
    After 12 weeks of the 6-a-side Interoffice Football Tournament regular season, playoffs were held on Monday, September 12th to Thursday, September 15th. Four teams: Victoria’s House, Mambo Boys, Rain and Martha’s Ice, have already qualified for quarterfinals. As usual, fans gathered at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex to support their favorite team. The San Pedro Town Council’s Sport Committee has arranged for the quarterfinals to take place on Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, 24th at the Sporting Complex. All fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on their favorite teams!

    Belize at 35: Strong and Together as One!
    Ambergris Caye joined the thousands of Belizeans countrywide in celebrating the 35th anniversary of Belize’s Independence. The patriotic festivities began with the official Independence Eve and midnight flag raising ceremonies on Tuesday, September 20th at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex. The celebrations concluded on Independence Day, Wednesday, September 21st with a spectacular parade through the main streets of San Pedro Town, ending at the Central Park with Gilharry 7 Band keeping the celebratory atmosphere into the night. Independence Eve official ceremonies started with the arrival of the various dignitaries, after which, Mayor Daniel Guerrero welcomed the thousands in attendance. “Indeed, looking at the thousands of patriotic Belizeans tonight gathered not only in San Pedro Town, but in all major municipalities and cities across the country, we can proudly say that Independence is not a dream, but a reality for every Belizean,” Guerrero said at the beginning of his speech.

    Independence Day Address by Leader of the Opposition Honorable John Briceno
    Thirty-five years ago today the Father of our Nation the Rt. Hon. George Price said and I quote: “Belize is a people with all the attributes of nationhood having one flag, one government, one constitution. Our mind imbues the democratic process. Our hand works the mixed economy. Our heart beats with social justice and our soul cherished treasures of the spirit.” Today is a day to reflect and remember those audacious words for they capture the very essence of our identity. They define us as a people who desire to live free, and who work to build a fair, just and better nation. And we will continue to do so.

    Independence Day Address by Prime Minister Honorable Dean Barrow
    This year’s September Celebrations came at a time of great division in our country. Notwithstanding that it was not even 12 months since the people spoke in the last general elections, at which the results were decisive, the tug of war between the Ruling and Opposition parties has become more contentious. The Labour movement has also been beset by a degree of factionalism. And even within our Church community fundamental philosophical and doctrinal differences have beaten back the spirit of Ecumenism and highlighted some seemingly irreconcilable points of view.

    Ambergris Today

    Prime Minister Barrow's Address as Belize Turns 35
    In his address to the nation of Belize, Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow, highlighted the fact that the September Celebrations come at a major crossroads in Belizean history, siting uneasiness and a great division in our country. According to the Prime Minister, Belize appears to have never been less “together as one,” pointing to political as well as divisions in the labour and church sectors, acknowledging that the country is currently suffering from a recession, but that he is hopeful of an economic recovery which he sees just around the corner. Below is a transcript of Prime Minister’s address to the nation as it turns 35.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Atlantic Bank Cheque Deposit Notice
    As of October 7, 2016 we will no longer be accepting cheques without a MICR line or outdated Atlantic Bank cheques.

    Four Mcafee related Belizeans don't want their interviews aired in Showtime documentary "Gringo."
    Their attorney has sent information to the producer of the documentary claiming they were either paid or under the influence of alcohol at the time of their interviews. The documentary premiered at the Toronto Film Festival recently and John Mcafee has released a video featuring the same people claiming to have falsified statements made. The 4 individuals: Tyrone Moralez, Zaira Majil, Saka Canul and Cassia Chavarria ) will host a press conference during which they will speak new truths. Though it had been known from last year that the documentary would air by summer 2016, this objection comes days before the September 24th, airing on the cable network.

    Two 20 minute power interruptions 7:00am to 7:20am & 4:40pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 24 & Sunday, September 25: entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts
    BEL to replace poles, downguys and ground wires on transmission system.

    Mounteing a satellite transmitter on a scarlet macaw
    With support from WCS Peten and the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic, FCD has mounted a satellite transmitter on one scarlet macaw in order to help us understand their movement patterns in the Chiquibul-Maya Mountains.

    Corozal Carnival Parade
    Great photos...

    Independence Day Parade 2016
    More Great photos...

    BART'S BASH SAILING RESULTS
    Provisional results of the Bart's Bash world wide sailing race are up. Venues could choose to race on Saturday or on Sunday, September 17 or 18. The event organizers in San Pedro chose Sunday to hols the race for Belize's field of 22 boats. All the well-established and known-to-be-organized clubs have now reported in. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, here, still unofficially, but quite encouragingly, is how the Belize sailors fared: In the worldwide field of 174 Laser Radials, San Pedro's Andy Milner is ranked 3rd overall. Among the Belizean sailors still of formal age for Laser Radials, Antonio Ricardez, 16, of Belize City is right behind Andy in 4th; Andy's former cadets in San Pedro - sixteen-year-olds Sarah White and Blanca Velasquez - finished 5th and 6th respectively. Antonio's sister Nashira joins the others, finishing 10th in their class. In the worldwide field of 196 competitors aged 8 to 15 sailing Optimist Dinghies in Bart's Bash, Kevin Velasquez, age 15, from San Pedro and the 2015 Belize National Champion, is atop Bart's Bash Optimist class leaderboard - in first place and ranked number one. out of 190. San Pedro's Caroline Sersland, age 12, who took 3rd in Belize's last National Championships, is in 7th place, Nicholas Lausan of San Pedro finished 9th. Out of 196, they are all in the top 10!

    This weekend's Turtle Beach Cleanup
    I am appealing to anyone who likes Hawksbill Turtles to please help get our team of 24 volunteers to the beach for this weekend's Turtle Beach Cleanup. We need to get from Gales Point Village across the lagoon then we walk two miles to the beach and back. We need a sponsor or two to pay for the boat. Any contribution, no matter how small, adds up. If you can and want to help, plz call or txt me at 635-6012.

    Morelet hatchings
    At this time of the year, all the Morelet's nests should have hatched in their region. Yes they are cute, but beware of Mama Croc!!! She will defend her hatchlings accordingly. So, if you see any cute hatchlings watch from afar- and who knows! Maybe you will be lucky enough to see their motherly love in action!

    Missing dog in San Pedro
    Anyone seen Stella? Beautiful Stella still missing! Asking the community of San Pedro to please come together to help bring her home. She got a bit scared of the noise from fireworks Tuesday night and we haven't seen her since. My number is 630-1241 if you think you've seen her. Her collar has her name and my number on it as well. CASH REWARD for her return!!!

    INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS by Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle
    It is once again my privilege to welcome you to our nation’s capital, this City of Promise, as we officially celebrate the now 35th anniversary of our young nation attaining Independence. Although it has only been a year since we last came together like this, we have had significant events unfold that have altered the landscape and course of our country. We have once more gone through the traditionally peaceful process of free and fair general elections, been visited by what is considered a minor hurricane but whose effects are still being felt a month and a half later and had the age old dispute with our neighbor once again brought to the fore of the national discourse in a very real and tangible way. It is why despite the many submissions I am certain they received, I’m not sure that the National Celebrations Commission could have chosen a more fitting theme for this year: “Sovereign and Strong – Together as One!”

    Miss América Latina del Mundo pageant
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to wish the best of luck to Michelle Estrella Nunez on her participation in the Miss América Latina del Mundo pageant. She left Belize to partake in the pageant activities which will lead on to the final night taking place on September 30, 2016 in Cancun, México. We are already proud of Michelle and we know she will be representing Belize to the best of her abilities without a doubt! Good luck Michelle and have fun!

    Orange Walk Carnival Highlights
    Lots of great photos!

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Legend of Tarzan, Before I Wake, The Purge: Election Year.

    SAN PEDRO HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
    All the best to our female basketball team who will be playing with Panama later today. Go SPHS!

    Channel 7

    PM and Teachers Union Meet In Overtime
    On Monday, teachers shut down schools countrywide for their demonstration against corruption in the Barrow Administration. Well this evening, in the aftermath of that show of strength and anger from the teachers, the Prime Minister held a scheduled meeting with the BNTU's Council of Management. The main agenda item? Their 8 demands on the topic of good governance. That conversation started at 2:00 pm at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, and while it was scheduled for three hours, it finished just before newstime, taking up four and a half hours! Our Daniel Ortiz has been there all afternoon into evening, and he just finished with the interviews - which we'll have for you a little later on.

    Father of Two Murdered On Independence Day
    An Independence day murder has left 2 young kids fatherless. 27 year old Jesu Mai was stabbed three times in front of the Blue Angels night club. He had gone out to celebrate after the fireworks but it seems he just didn't know when to quit. Here Mai's story. Jesus Mai had been working with these men on this clinic for about 6 weeks. Mai was grouting the tiles on this side of the wall, but today his coworkers had to finish it for him. That's because he was stabbed to death in front of Blue Angels Night Club yesterday morning. Supt. Richard Rosado, OC, San Ignacio: "Initial investigation reveal that the deceased was socializing at a local night club on Hudson Street and sometime after exiting the night club he was engaged in a misunderstanding with another male individual who subsequently inflicted the stab wounds on Mr. Jesus Mai .The deceased subsequently ran and collapsed on King Street. Police are still trying to ascertain a motive but we do know alcohol may have been a contributing factor."

    Stabbing After Murder? What the Devil At Blue Angels?
    And there was another stabbing incident this morning in front of that same Blue Angels Night Club, but this one wasn't fatal. Benjamin Pinelo and Antonio Aldana got into a fight with 2 other men outside the club. Pinelo was stabbed twice to the upper body and Aldana was stabbed 3 times. One of them got away and collapsed on the Bullet Tree road in front of a barbershop. Both men were taken to the hospital then were transferred to the KHMH. Police gave us more details on this case. Supt. Richard Rosado, OC, San Ignacio: "Police received report of a fight in progress in front of a local night club on Hudson Street. San Ignacio Police visited the scene and upon arrival at the scene observed 2 male Hispanic individuals suffering from apparent stab wounds to the upper part of body. Initial investigation revealed that Benjamin Pinelo of a San Ignacio Town address and Antonio Aldana of a Santa Elena Town address were socializing at a night club on Hudson Street and after exiting the club they were engaged in a misunderstanding with 2 other male individuals who inflicted the apparent stab wounds on the men."

    Correlation Between Cayo Carnage and Booze Consumption
    Now the one common detail in these stories is alcohol. We have reported on several murders in the west fueled by drunkenness, in fact there have been numerous stabbing deaths in front of that same Blue Angels Night Club. But not only Blue Angels, there is also the Pasadita Bar on the Spanish Lookout road where there have been 2 murders in 4 months this year. Cayo Police told us how they are dealing with this problem. Supt. Richard Rosado, OC, San Ignacio" "I would like to say that 90% of our incidents are results of alcohol and bar related incidents. Presently we are working with the liquor licensing board and the town council to see how we can address these factors that are contributing to violence within the liquor establishment."

    Four Claim They Lied For Money On McAfee Documentary
    On Saturday night, SHOWTIME is airing a documentary about John McAfee - who made international headlines for his outlaw lifestyle in Belize. He's been the subject of all types of US news reports and special features investigating the death of his American neighbor on San Pedro, Greg Faull - but the new documentary is the first extensive study of McAfee's life and times in Belize, and is expected to make strong claims about Mcafee's alleged connection to the Faull murder. For the past week, McAfee has been blasting the documentary on social media, and, now, four Belizeans who participated in building that narrative for the documentary film-makers and recanting their statements. They say they lied, or were induced to lie by the film's producer Nanette Burstein. They've gotten attorney Bryan Neal to write the producers and tell them not to air any portion of the film showing their interviews - and today in Belize City they held a press conference to tell the media why they lied about McAfee in their interviews:...

    Caleb Hugs It Out With VP Biden
    While his opponents were filing legal appeals in the Supreme Court Registry, Caleb Orozco was in New York at the UN General Assembly, rubbing shoulders with political powerhouses. Orozco told us that he was the guest speaker at a UN General Assembly side event organized by the UN LGBT Core group yesterday in New York. After, that, by arrangement, he met and embraced US Vice President Joe Biden and others. He tells us the Biden encounter was by prior arrangement.

    Cops Catching Cannabis and Ammunition
    On Tuesday afternoon police discovered 14 ounces of cannabis while searching an abandoned lot on Supal Street. Later that night officers conducted a search on another lot on Supal Street where they found a black plastic bag containing a .38 revolver. On Wednesday at another abandoned lot on Fern Lane, police found a Gatorade bottle containing thirteen live .9mm rounds, seven 12 gauge cartridges, and nine 5.62 live rounds.

    Talking Trade Licenses With City Council
    The Belize City Council held a public consultation today unveiling their proposed plan to reform the current trade license system. These changes have not yet been finalized, however, and the City Council has opened discussions for public input and consultation - on what may result higher trade license fees:... Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "Well, we are having a series of consultations. We have been working with the Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Local Government, the Economic Development Council of the Central Government to try to look at a ways that we can reform the trade license. The consultant then put together a proposal that we want to release, that we have released today for public consumption, input, and feedback. The main idea is that we want to make the trade license system more predictable, more fairer, and cheaper."

    Independence Day Fire on Pen Road
    Yesterday, while everyone was enjoying the Independence Day Parade, a Belize City family was having their world tuned upside down. That's after their Penn Road house completely burnt down. The investigators from the National Fire Department are still making their inquiries at this time, but they believe that it may have been caused by faulty electrical wiring. This morning, Orin Smith, the Station Manager for Fire Department, briefed us on what details they have at this time: Orin Smith, Station Mgr., BNFS: "On Wednesday the 21st of September 2016, at approximately 2:12pm the National Fire Service received and had responded to reports of a structural fire on number 138 Neal Penn Road, Belize City. On arrival on scene, the upper flat of a 2 story structure approximately 16x12 in size was seen engulfed in flames."

    PM Met With Unions
    As we told you at the top of the newscast, the Prime Minister met with the teachers Union's council of management today. The meeting which was scheduled for three hours pushed on to four hours and 10 MINUTES - as the teachers demanded answers for all eight points on the list of demands which they made to the PM two weeks ago. The meeting finished just before 6:30, and here's what the BNTU National President had to say when it was done:... Luke Palacio - BNTU, President: "We had 8 points that we needed to be discussing with the Prime Minister and so it took all this time. We've discussed, we have a number of issues that we've raised. In fact we address all the 8 points we had in the letter we sent to the Prime Minister and we are now prepared to go back and discused those responses and then determine what happens next." Daniel Ortiz, 7News: "Is the council of management satisfied with those responses?" Luke Palacio - BNTU, President: "You didn't understand what I said just now? I said we are going back to discuss the responses, so we cannot tell you that we are satisfied and neither are we saying that we are not satisfied, but we have a process and we keep on saying to the media, the BNTU has a process that it follows and you'll have to allow us to make that process work."

    Talking Poultry For The Entire Caribbean
    Fried, baked, stewed, barbequed....it doesn't matter how you cook it, chicken is and will continue to be an integral part of the Belizean diet. That is why the Belize and the Caribbean Poultry Associations are trying to ensure that the chicken you consume is quality meat, and in order to do that, they have to upgrade their management and production mechanisms. Today the members and stakeholders in the Poultry industry met at the San Ignacio Hotel for their 3rd Annual Technical Symposium. I found out more. Desmond Ali, Executive Director, Caribbean Poultry Association: "What we are doing is that we have an industry that uses state of the art technology, but on top of that state of the art technology, there are management techniques and scientific techniques that have to be imposed in the use of the technology to improve performance of the birds. Ultimately what we are trying to get, is trying to keep the cost to consumer down as far as we can."

    The Passing of A PC
    Police Constable Jason Hall made the news in July of 2015, when he was viciously beaten in the head by a man who pretended to be a good Samaritan by stopping to help him fix a blowout, and then ended up stealing his car. Hall received serious injury, and had other long term effects from those head injuries. Well, tonight we have learned that he died on Tuesday, September 20th. At this time we do not know his cause of death. The young constable had been attached to Precinct 3 in Belize City. His funeral will be held next week Monday in the north.

    Briceno, Barrow and The Bishop
    If you follow the Independence Day Official Ceremonies in Belmopan, you'll know that the speeches are considered a time for wholesome, patriotic reflection. But this year, politics has polarized everything - even prayer! Catholic Bishop Chris Glancy started off the ceremony with a prayer that would have even made those thieves in the temple run for cover!:... Christopher Glancy, Bishop Roman Catholic Diocese: "For 35 years the people of belie have elected numerous governments to act on our behalf and rule the nation." "Sometimes God of justice we have used our sovereign power to steal from the poor and the powerless. Those in power have fixed the scales and use the system to personal advantage, ultimately cheating the nation of its limited resources for the gain of a few." Khalid Belisle, Mayor - Belmopan: "Now I won't stand before you in some idealistic bout of naïveté, pretend that all is well and good. We have our fair share of challenges. But I am confident that as those before us have, we will meet and overcome them, so that future generations of Belizeans have the same opportunity and prosperity that you and I have."

    Channel 5

    Marathon Meeting Between B.N.T.U. and the Prime Minister
    The Belize National Teacher’s Union and the Prime Minister are meeting at this time at the Biltmore Plaza. The marathon meeting started at two p.m. and continues as government attempts [...]

    San Pedro Resident Fatally Stabbed on Independence Day Morning
    Official Independence Day ceremonies were held countrywide, but in San Ignacio, the day was tainted by violence. There were two stabbing incidents at the same venue on Hudson Street in [...]

    Two-on-Two Knife Fight Took Place Outside Same Night Club
    Within less than twenty-four hours, around one a.m. today, two men were also stabbed after they exited the same nightclub on Hudson Street. Benjamin Pinelo and Antonio Aldana were involved [...]

    The View from Belmopan on Independence Day
    Belize marked the thirty-fifth anniversary of Independence this past Wednesday. This September twenty-first comes at a major crossroads, when much of the nation is agitating for change and there is [...]

    B.N.T.U. Says It Is Going Back to Consult its Members
    Just moments ago, the marathon meeting between Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Belize National Teachers’ Union’s Council of Management concluded. This is after four and a half hours of [...]

    Prime Minister Says Meeting Clarified a Number of Issues
    Shortly after Palacio’s interview with the press, Prime Minister Dean Barrow came down and addressed what he discussed with the teachers, much of which he had already responded to in [...]

    4 ex-John McAfee Associates Admit They Lied About Tycoon for Documentary
    Gringo, it’s the anticipated documentary about John McAfee, the eccentric millionaire, which is airing this Saturday on Showtime. But like most things in McAfee’s life, there are twists and turns [...]

    P.M. Plays Down Concerns About Extra Borrowing for B.T.L. Settlement
    Tuesday’s hearing at the Caribbean Court of Justice addressed a number of issues with regard to the Settlement Agreement for Belize Telemedia Limited, including the issue of paying back the [...]

    Financial Secretary Says International Arbitrations May Head to U.S. Supreme Court
    But aside from the B.T.L. arbitration award, there are other outstanding cases before international courts.  Belize stands to lose another significant sum based on the decision of the most powerful [...]

    Calvin Lauriano and Marlon Chaneck, Guilty of Drug Trafficking
    Magistrate Deborah Rogers today found thirty-nine year old Calvin Lauriano and one of his passengers, Marlon Chaneck, a resident of Santa Elena, Cayo, guilty of drug trafficking. On June seventeenth, [...]

    Alfred Lamb is Guilty of Drunk Driving
    Taxi driver, Alfred Lamb did not follow the golden rule of don’t drink and drive. He was found to have consumed more than twice the amount of alcohol than prescribed [...]

    Fire Destroys Top Portion of Structure in Belize City
    There was no holiday on Wednesday for members of the National Fire Service based in Belize City, as around one in the afternoon they were called out to battle a [...]

    Catholic Bishop Christopher Glancy Prays Pointedly for Belize
    Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Christopher Glancy, delivered Wednesday’s invocation at the Independence Day celebrations. But was he more to the point than the PM and the Leader of [...]

    Guat President Speaks About Julio Alvarado’s Death and Relations with Belize
    World leaders are gathering in New York City where the United Nations seventy-first General Assembly is underway. The Belize delegation, we are told, is already in New York for the [...]

    Caleb Orozco Addresses United Nations event in New York
    And while on the subject of the General Assembly, UNIBAM’s Caleb Orozco also addressed a side event of the assembly organized by the UN LGBT Core group in New York. [...]

    Healthy Living Reviews Link Between Zika and Pregnancy
    Zika education continues. The Ministry of Health and other agencies have been working to keep the public aware of the preventative measures being recommended. As this emerging illness continues to [...]

    CTV3

    Prime Minister Confirms The Country Is In Recession
    Independence Day Celebrations were held across the country yesterday as Belizeans celebrated thirty-five years of freedom. As for customary the official Independence ceremonies was housed in the nation’s capital, Belmopan, where the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow; Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño; the Governor General, Sir Colville Young; the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin; the Mayor of Belmopan, Khalid Belisle; members of the clergy, and many other government officials, dignitaries and ambassadors came together in celebration of Belize’s Independence. Belizeans have come to expect huge financial handouts including cancelling of mortgages, lower light rates to increases in internet speeds as a part of Prime Minister Barrow’s annual Independence Day address to the nation. But that was not the case this year because instead of bearing gifts, Prime Minister Dean Barrow used his Independence Day speech to tell the nation of Belize that our country is experiencing a recession something which the Leader of the Opposition had already disclosed in Parliament. Prime Minister went on to explain that this current recession is caused by vagaries of the commodities cycle: agricultural sector disease, the drying up of our petroleum resources, and the crash in global prices.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    The most powerful way to market Belize’s tourism
    Belize has a unique, diverse cultural mix of people which should be our primary focus when marketing and selling Belize’s tourism product to the world. I have watched the Belize Tourism Board’s marketing material over the years, and most of it are well […]

    Guatemalan President tells the UN that Belize is the ‘bad neighbor’
    Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, in his address at the United Nations today, claimed that “Guatemala undertakes actions of cooperation and good neighborliness in our geographical surroundings. However, in recent months we no longer encounter such a reciprocal attitude on the part of the Belizean […]

    Why Belizean football shows no signs of development
    Football, basketball, volleyball and softball are just a few of the most popular sports in the world. In Belize, football holds the title for the most loved and popular sport. Have you ever asked yourself: why is it that football is not growing or show […]

    Analysis of the state of the nation address 2016
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow presented his annual STATE OF THE NATION address on a sunny Independence Day morning in Belmopan; September 21, 2016. He departed from his usual gloating over a robust economy “flush with cash”, and pronouncements of gift giving such as “mortgage […]

    Police find cannabis, .38 revolver, and ammo in Belize City
    On September 20 and 21, 2016, while conducting patrol, police found 411 grams of cannabis, a .38 revolver and a Gatorade bottle containing (13) live .9mm live rounds, (7) 12 gauge cartridges and (9) 5.62 live rounds in three separate abandoned lots in Belize […]

    Belize Attorney asks producers of John McAfee documentary “Gringo” to refrain from publishing footage of 4 Belizeans
    Four Belizeans (Tyrone Moralez, Zaira Majil, Saka Canul and Cassia Chavarria ) interviewed for the Showtime documentary “ Gringo” which is about the life and times that the anti-virus pioneer John McAfee spent in Belize are claiming that they were “induced with alcohol and monetary payment” by the producers of the film to fabricate false information about John McAfee. The 4 people are also claiming that they were made to sign papers which they were unable to read under the circumstances. […]

    Belize selected as top adventure tour destination for 2017
    Belize has been selected as a top adventure tour destination to visit in 2017 by Stride Travel, one of the largest search and reviews site for tours and adventure experiences on the Internet. According to the Stride Travel press release, “Belize has been a […]

    Blogs

    That’s Mister Keel-Billed Toucan to you!
    Although the national bird of Belize is often compared to the goofy “Toucan Sam” caricature seen on the popular cereal box, the Keel-Billed toucan is a sophisticated bird worthy of great respect. For one thing, Mr. Keel-Billed would never be caught eating cereal for breakfast! A nice bowl of fruit, along with some insects and perhaps a lizard on the side would be more like it. Its colors are startling, from its rainbow bill to its iridescent blue legs, few birds display such a variety of color. Its face, throat and chest are yellow with a narrow border of red on the chest; its body is black with red under the tail and white on the upper tail. The Keel-Billed has a patch of bare green skin around the eye, and the feet are arranged like a woodpeckers’, with two toes forward and two toes back. The toucan can reach 17 to 22 inches in height and 5 to 9 pounds in weight. Keel-Billed toucans can survive 15 to 20 years in the wild.

    Belize City Attractions
    Most people will tell travelers to avoid Belize City at all costs. However some people want to see all sides of a country. I know some travelers that purposely plan to stay there as was the case with William, a world traveler by profession. He had to leave Honduras for a few days in order to be able to return and stay longer. Before coming to visit me on Ambergris Caye, he chose Belize City for a few days. Since Belize City was the last topic that the Belize Tourism Board gave me to write about for their Toucan Talks series, I decided to ask my friend Jack to come with me and make it a work, food and shopping trip. For this mission we definitely needed a driver, so our friend Cheryl lives there and she was more than happy to drive us around in her Mercedes to take pictures and get in on the shopping action. There are a few great historical buildings to see in the city as you will read below. I also find it very interesting that it was British and Scottish Pirates who came after the original Maya people. They used the city’s canals and mangroves to hide out and pillage treasure filled Spanish Ships.

    Why You MUST Be in Belize on September 21st! The San Pedro JUMP UP Parade!
    Good grief! Is it possible to have a parade hangover? No, no. I didn’t down rum punch and Belikin, only water but the heat! The amazing energy! THE HEAT! 2016’s San Pedro Jump Up Parade for Belize’s 35th Year of Independence may not have been the longest ever but it was fantastic. And I took many many pictures… This year the parade was set to jump off at 10am…and after the late night, the 21 gun salute in town and the HUGE midnight fireworks…the site of the previous night’s event… …you can imagine things were running a bit late. I think 11:20am was the time… It gave me PLENTY of time to take lots of photos at the line-up. I’m just going to keep them coming fast and furious. From the beginning of the line-up to the AMAZING end and the Mystic Mas group.

    Trying to stay healthy while vacationing in Belize, or while living here? Low carb dieting and yoga discoveries in Placencia!
    There are a lot of arguments over the "best" and healthiest way to lose weight. Personally, I find that yoga 3-4x a week, and eating a relatively low-carb diet keeps my weight low enough to feel ok in a bathing suit, but we all have our own body chemistry and what works for us! For those that move here, or are just here on vacation, and are low-carb fans, I have some ideas about how I've maintained a low carb diet while here (And feel free to say to h*ll with dieting, I'm on vacation....however, you may not feel like you are dieting with these ideas!!) Some ideas for low-carb menu items around the village! ***also note, I have researched the lowest carb alcohol drinks one can get here - I drink these two exclusively - Pinot Grigio or other white wine, or a Vodka (Hyper is the local brand but watch the hangover) with club soda and a lime. Most of the mixed drinks are just filled with sugar here. For beer, I'd probably stick to Lighthouse Lager. No info on the carb count of the beer here...and only Bowen and Bowen beers are available in the country.

    The Work Life Balance (Part 2)
    In our previous article, you were able to explore the definition of a work life balance and precisely identify what it is comprised of – Achievement and Enjoyment! When reflecting on your daily activity, were you able to identify whether the balance existed? Well, if you are looking at strategies on how to maintain a healthy work life balance, here are some useful tips to help you get it just right!

    International Sourcesizz

    Naïa Resort to Debut in Belize
    Naïa Resort and Spa, a boutique luxury resort with 35 beach houses, will officially open in January 2017 on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize. The property is on a 200-acre private reserve in southern Belize, near the hemisphere's largest barrier reef. The beach houses, which include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom options, all have private ocean-view verandas, air conditioning, complimentary WiFi, deep soaking tubs, private outdoor showers amidst tropical foliage. All units have a wet bar with refrigerator and coffee maker, while two- and three-bedroom units have full kitchens. Those larger units also have seafront pool decks.

    A New Hotel Is Coming to Belize
    A new resort and spa is coming to the Placencia peninsula of Belize: Naïa. The property, which is set on a mile-long stretch of beach and surrounded by forests and lagoons, is in the heart of a 200-acre reserve in southern Belize. The property consists of 35 “Beach Houses,” each of which includes a private ocean-view veranda, air conditioning, deep soaking tubs, private outdoor showers, a wet bar, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi and local art.

    New Showtime Documentary Investigates Damning Rape And Murder Allegations Against John McAfee
    John McAfee made headlines this week after the SEC subpoenaed information about his company, MGT Capital Investments, which sent shares plummeting about 40 percent over two days. Considering he’s also the subject of a new documentary that alleges he raped his former business partner and links him to the murders of two men in Belize, it’s hard to believe his company’s stock problems are the reason he’s making headlines. McAfee’s story  the one of an antivirus pioneer and self-professed “eccentric millionaire” who fled Belize in 2012 after police wanted to question him in the murder of his neighbor, faked a heart attack to avoid extradition from Guatemala, and ran for president on the Libertarian ticket earlier this year  has been told before. And it never fails to seem any less bizarre. Showtime’s “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee” from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein is a fascinating and horrifying investigation into the time McAfee spent in Belize, a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

    Videos

  • San Pedro Independence Day Parade, 4min. Congratulations to Mystic Mas Band - Ambergris Caye winners of Best Group at Independence Day Parade (2 Years in a Row). San Pedro AIDS Commission came in second!!! Loads of energy in the Parade!!.

  • San Pedro Independence Day Parade, 2min. You saw the LIVE FEED, now here is a little clip of what's to come in our VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS of the Independence Day Parade in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye - Feel The Energy from Mystic Mas Band

  • Inheritance Teaser, 2min. "The Inheritance" film was shot entirely on location in Belize earlier this year and features Belizean talent Myrna Manzanares and Sham Salaam in supporting roles. The story is compelling, the photography gorgeous and the landscape...well, it's Belize, need we say more. Support if you can and KEEP YOUR EYE on this one folks, it has a very good chance of winning major awards in 2017. for more info go to http://www.theinheritancefilm.com/

  • Mexico & Belize 2016, 3.5min. Two weeks travelling through Mexico and Belize. April/May 2016

  • Belize - Caye Caulker - Unforgettable, 1min. An unforgettable week in Caye Caulker.

  • Stygian Owl - Mountain Pine Ridge - Belize - 7 April, 2016, 1min. This one was roosting near the road between Hidden Valley Inn and Cooma Cairn.... reliably

  • Painted Bunting - Maya Centre, Belize - 18 March, 2016, 1min.

  • Long-billed Starthroat - Eligio Panti National Park, Belize - 13 April, 2016, 1/2min. While there are only three reported sightings of this species in the field guide "Birds of Belize" by H. Lee Jones, it has recently been sighted on more occasions in the Cayo District. Here, the Long-Billed Starthroat is in Eligio Panti National Park near San Antonio, a real birding hotspot.

  • Exploring Belize 2015, 7min. This video is about our week in Belize. Locations picture: Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.

  • Alaska Wild on Expedition Belize, 17min. Russian Nature Channel

  • Chantae Guy Miss Earth Belize 2016 video, 3min. Chantae Guy, Miss Earth Belize 2016 will be representing our Jewel in the Philippines in October. We had the opportunity to shoot and produce Chantae's Miss Earth Belize 2016 video this past weekend. We are happy to share the final production with you. LIKE and SHARE to support our very own. Congratulations and best of luck on your journey Chantae Guy!

  • AARON FRANCIS: THE MAKING OF A DYNAMIC BELIZEAN-AMERICAN SCHOLAR (Part 2)!, 26min. (Dedicated in the memory of Robert "Pele" Ellis) My coming across this outstanding young man in the Belizean-American Community and diaspora in Los Angeles was most astounding. Through the kind courtesy of a good friend, Orlin 'Proxy' Lewis, who prompted me on the dynamic youth achievement that this promising Belizean-American young man was contributing to his community, family and people, yours truly was moved by such rare sense of consciousness in our young people today, not to mention Aaron's incredible academic achievements, having to come straight out of South Central Los Angeles. Aaron Francis is the son of Belizeans, Robert 'Pele' Ellis, and Desiree Francis, whom have raised this brilliant young mind to sore the heights of achievement regardless of who he is and where he comes from. Francis received full scholarships to go to the best law schools in California, but he chose to attend the distinguish Harvard Law School which he feels will most better prepare him to accomplish his goal to enter politics in California in the future.

  • Belize Independence Day Parade 2016, Dangriga, 9min. Sovereign and Strong; Together as one.

  • Ryusei's American Adventure 2016, and Sailing in Belize, 12min.

  • RAW DIVING FOOTAGE BELIZE, 1min. Esmeralda, Belize.

  • Belize independence day fireworks 2016, 3min. Belize independence day fireworks at midnight in orange walk town.BELIZE is now celebrating 35th years of independence.

  • Belize Scuba Diving. Shark and swim thru at 70 ft, 4min. Swim thru in Belize. Best Dive ever. Super cool.

  • 2016 Carnival Mas Camp Visiting - Belize City, 7.5min. Amazing nights! We had been in 16 Carnival Mas Camps and those Mas Camps leaders, masqueraders were worked so hard. I can understand why people love Carnival so much and the Carnival magic has attracted me deeply now!

  • Let's Climb a Tree! - Scaling a Yellowhead Parrot Nest with Programme for Belize, 6.5min. Yellowhead Parrots are a beautiful species of parrot endemic to Belize and Central America, however are under threat by habitat encroachment and poaching for the pet trade. In order to help keep these birds wild, Programme For Belize in tandem with Charles Britt and many volunteers work together to monitor the young chicks nests in during their nesting season, ensuring as many young birds make it as possible! Here is a snapshot of what the job is like, climbing a 70 foot (21 meter) Caribbean Pine in Rio Bravo, Belize.

    Birding Videos.....

    September 22, 2016


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Miss San Pedro High delivers on palapa project
    Miss San Pedro High School (SPHS) 2016-2017, Faith Noel, has been tackling an array of projects since her reign. Noel is definitely inclined to make a difference at San Pedro High School, and with the support of her mother, Tammy Lemus, she is determined to check each of her designated tasks off from her agenda. So far, she has donated 87 school bags that were equipped with school supplies to both victims of the June 27th fire and Hurricane Earl, as well as to less fortunate students of SPHS. In an attempt assist her fellow classmates, she had indicated her plans to secure five palapas to better accommodate the student body during lunch. SPHS’ campus only has three palapas, and the limited space means students either eat their lunch on benches, the bleachers of the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, or even inside their classrooms. Since then, Noel has been gathering donations to assist with the building project.

    San Pedro Sailing Club participates in the 2016 Bart’s Bash International Regatta
    A total of 21 boats from Belize participated in the 2016 annual Bart’s Bash International Regatta on Sunday, September 18th off the shores of Caribbean Villas Resort. The event saw sailors not only from San Pedro Town, but a few from Belize City who came to join the local crew. Despite a decrease in boats compared to last year’s participation, the very favourable weather (semi-cloudy with a steady North-East wind) gave way to superb sailing conditions. Optimists, Lasers and Hobbies dominated the sailing event. Jorge Sanchez once again manned a Hobie 18, taking advantage of the favourable conditions and heading straight to the finishing line in the optimist division. Kevin Velasquez made it first on the optimist division, while, Caroline Sersland and Nicholas Lausen followed right behind. Other boats that had great timing were the Laser, and San Pedro’s Blanca Velasquez captained one of them.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Prime Minister's Independence Day Address
    This year's September Celebrations came at a time of great division in our country. Notwithstanding that it was not even12 months since the people spoke in the last general elections, at which the results were decisive, the tug of war between the Ruling and Opposition parties has become more contentious. The Labour movement has also been beset by a degree of factionalism. And even within our Church community fundamental philosophical and doctrinal differences have beaten back the spirit of Ecumenism and highlighted some seemingly irreconcilable points of view. The principal source of the conflict here is what has been described elsewhere as the culture wars: starkly contrasting positions on how to treat with the recasting of the categories of sexual and gender identity, and the claims that human rights include LGBT rights. Not surprisingly, the Chief Justice's Section 53 ruling detonated a societal pitched battle in which traditional values and religious mores are in a fierce offensive against liberalism, secularism and the arguments for evolved Constitutional protections.

    THROUGH THE EYE OF THE ARTIST: A BLESSED BELIZE INDEPENDENCE DAY!
    Belizean Legends sends a heartfelt greetings of solidaity to Belize and the people of Belize, at home and abroad, on this beautiful day of Belize's independence day. This expose is seen through the eyes of two of the most outstanding Belizean photographers in the Belizean diaspora, Franzwah Estrada and Clyde Gillett, that have given themselves selflessly to the struggle of a free and just Belize. Their spectacular photos that captures the passion, beauty, and strength of the Belizean people in the diaspora has been seen all over the world. It is through these photos that the world has been able to join in solidarity with the Belizean people in their struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.

    Morning full of Raptors...
    After two intense days in class with technical terminology, we were glad to get in the field and apply the lessons. Orange-breasted Falcon, Short-tailed Hawk, Hook-billed Kite, Gray Hawk, King Vulture. An awesome morning!

    September 21st Uniform Parade 2016

    Enjoy a few pictures of the Belize Independence Parade in Belmopan
    Including the U.S. Embassy float.

    San Pedro Parade
    San Pedro celebrated Belize's 35th Independence Day with a fun parade through the main streets of the island town. Long Live Belize!

    Frankie Reneau’s epic Belize music journey
    More than half a century ago, as a mere toddler I used to accompany my mother occasionally when she had to go to Radio Belize to do “Children’s Corner” and “Schools’ Broadcast”. She even used my voice once in a pre-recorded broadcast program. I was precocious and handy. I loved playing in the elevator and looked forward to going to the Albert Cattouse building if only to ride the elevator. My mother reminds me that she was one of the first persons to put Frankie Reneau on the air, so to speak, on a broadcast of “Children’s’ Corner”. He was so small she recalls that they, (the show’s producers), had to get an adult to operate the pedals on the piano for him.

    Belize opposition called on to pay Prevention of Corruption Act fines
    Monday’s grandstanding, on National Service Day, by the People's United Party (PUP) parliamentarians who have finally declared their assets was noteworthy, because it was a classic case of concocted deception, as their actions touched on only part of the entire picture. In the discipline of public administration, there exists the reality of doing things purely for political expediency and given the full scope of matters as it relates to the Prevention of Corruption Act (POCA), Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition is yet again, remaining par for the course in terms of their deceptive disposition. The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) reminds Belizeans and true friends of Belize that partial compliance with the law, particularly when it is done for political expediency, is just as egregious as not following the law at all. Adherence to the rule of law is the BPP’s premise and anything short of that is unacceptable.

    The Reporter

    Belize turns 35!
    Today, Belizeans in the country and abroad join together to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Belize’s political independence. The day is filled with festivities, which began as early as 12 a.m., with the ceremonial flag-raising and fireworks display, and moved into the official ceremonies this morning. The high school uniform parade toured the old capital this morning after a brief ceremony and cultural entertainment at the Fort George Memorial Park. The high schools marched from the park, up north Front Street, onto Vernon Street, Dolphin Street, Fairweather Street and ended near Wesley College. In Belmopan, high-level government officials gathered for the official Independence Day ceremony. The Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young, and his wife, First Lady of Belize Norma Young, joined Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Leader of the Opposition John Briceño, and a host of other dignitaries for the event.

    Two weather systems churning in the Caribbean Sea
    Meteorologists are closely tracking two named storms in the Caribbean Sea – Tropical Storms Karl and Lisa. While Karl poses no immediate threat to land, and Lisa is causing rainfall in the eastern Caribbean, both storms are expected to gain strength over the next few days. As of this morning, Karl was located east-northeast of the Leeward Islands, and was moving westward at 14 miles per hour (mph), with maximum sustained winds at 40 mph. Forecasters expect the storm to not only gain strength, but also to gain speed as it continues moving west-northwest. Hurricane experts predict Tropical Storm Lisa, which has strengthened a bit over the open Atlantic, to continue strengthening through today. As of 4 p.m., yesterday, the storm was about 465 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands and boasting maximum sustained winds at 45 mph.

    Man stabbed to death in San Ignacio
    A man was stabbed to death early Independence day in San Ignacio, Cayo. Reports are that the Jesus Marin, 28, was discovered with several stab wounds on the street in front of Blue Angels night club. Police are seeking one suspect and are investigating to determine the motive of the stabbing.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Messages of sober reality and hope on Independence Day
    Belize marked the 35th anniversary of its Independence with official ceremonies and parties nationwide on this Wednesday. This September 21 comes at a major crossroads in Belizean history, when much of the nation is agitating for change and there is unease about where our […]

    Two named tropical storms in the Caribbean sea being closely monitored
    Tropical storm Lisa is causing rainfall in the eastern Caribbean while tropical storm Karl does not pose any immediate threat to land. However, both storms are expected to gain strength over the next few days. Karl is moving westward at 14 miles per hour […]

    Frankie Reneau’s epic Belize music journey
    More than half a century ago, as a mere toddler I used to accompany my mother occasionally when she had to go to Radio Belize to do “Children’s Corner” and “Schools’ Broadcast”. She even used my voice once in a pre-recorded broadcast program. I […]

    PM addresses national unrest in Independence Day speech
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow, in his annual Independence Day address to the nation this morning, spoke of the atmosphere of public unrest currently haunting his administration and instead encouraged Belizeans to focus on the many positive things happening within the country. When speaking of […]

    United Arab Emirates and Belize meet to discuss Trade, Fisheries and Climate Change
    Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, Gaspar Vega, met with his counterpart, H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment (also responsible for Agriculture and Fisheries) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Margarita Island, Venezuela […]

    Independence Day Murder in San Ignacio Town
    A man was murdered in San Ignacio Town early this morning. According to reports, Jesus Marin Mia, 28, of a San Pedro Town address was found with 3 stabbed wounds in front of Blue Angels Night Club this morning around 2:45 and was transported to […]

    Blogs

    The Fun, Funny, Quirky and Just Plain Odd Signs of Belize
    Road signs, store signs, and just random warning signs…there are lots of beautiful hand-painted, intentionally or unintentional funny signs and often unexpected signs in this little country. Here are a bunch of photos that I’ve taken over the last few years all around the country. Please send me a picture of any great sign you’ve seen in Belize…I know that I am missing plenty!










    International Sourcesizz

    NOAA Outlook for Central America September 22 – 28, 2016
    During the middle of September, heavy and widespread weekly rainfall accumulations were received throughout much of Guatemala, with the highest totals exceeding 200mm in the northwestern portion of the country. Elsewhere, widespread but more moderate rainfall amounts were received across many parts of Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, with another round of heavy rainfall (100-150mm) observed over the many departments in the Gulf of Fonseca. Over the past 30 days, there continues to be several areas within Central America that have experienced both positive and negative precipitation trends and anomalies. Several areas in southern Honduras and El Salvador are now experiencing well above- average rainfall following a period in August where rainfall was unusually poor. In western Guatemala, much improved rains during the last week have significantly helped to mitigate anomalous dryness in the region, and are now near-average since the middle of August.

    Killer Robots Developed As Radical Solution To Lionfish Crisis
    Few predators can match the devastating impact of the invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish, which can reduce a flourishing coral reef to a barren wasteland if left unchecked. Substantial numbers of lionfish have been spreading across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico since the early 2000s and, wherever they go, the aquatic invaders gorge on just about anything that fits in their mouths: colourful reef fish, juveniles of commercial species including snapper and grouper, and algae grazers like parrotfish that allow corals to thrive. Millions of them now roam the Caribbean, preying on corals and juvenile native fish, which don’t recognize them as a threat. No solution has been found to control their advance yet, but conservationists could soon have a new tool at their disposal: killer robots. CNN reports that the idea emerged from a diving trip in Bermuda, where iRobot CEO Colin Angle met with local conservationists and learned about the extent of the damage caused by lionfish. One member of the group suggested that he create a machine to kill the fish, and another offered to provide funding. Angle returned home and wrote a proposal, which swiftly became the non-profit company “Robots in Service of the Environment (RISE).”

    President of Republic Special Envoy participates in Belize independence 35th anniversary
    The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Ambassador to Nicaragua, Mr. Suliman Tieb Henan, as Special Envoy of the President of the Republic, Brahim Gali, has participated in the festivities for the 35th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Belize, which took place from 17 to 21 September 2016. Presidential Envoy delivered a written message, in a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister of Belize, S.E. WILFRED Elrington, in which the President of the Republic expressed his congratulations and sincere wishes of prosperity, peace and security for the sister Republic of Belize and his noble people; and his wishes to strengthen diplomatic relations between the two governments, congratulating them for leadership and the role that Belize maintains in Central America and in the Community of Caribbean States.

    Two more 'Star Trek' cruises announced for 2018
    Fans who did not book next year's first-ever, sold-out official Star Trek: The Cruise, hosted by William Shatner, will not be left in a black hole. The producers have announced Star Trek: The Cruise II, with two sailings in January 2018. The second round of Star Trek-themed cruises will both be hosted by George Takei (Sulu on the original Star Trek series) and take place on the 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl, sailing from Miami to the Western Caribbean. Officials of St. Louis-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, which is producing the cruises, said 4,000 people had signed up for early notice of the 2018 sailings. On a port stop at Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line's new private island in Belize, passengers will find the place retrofitted as "a pleasure planet," with Star Trek-themed events.

    The Top Solo Travel Destinations For Men
    You have the will for solo travel. Now let us help you find the way. Exploring the world stag can be an incredible experience. Travelling alone hasn’t just shed its taboo, it’s full-on trendy in the 21st century. It’s hailed as a way to learn about yourself, test boundaries, grow spiritually, and push freedom to its limits. It’s also the perfect time to try those things you’re too embarrassed to share with friends (your secret’s safe with us). To help you make the most of your vacation days, whether or not your mates are along for the ride, we’ve rounded up some of the best solo travel destinations for men. Happy trails. Belize: If it’s good enough for Leonardo DiCaprio, who bought an island in Belize back in 2005, it’s good enough for you. The Central American country is rapidly raising its profile, with spectacular Ambergris Caye leading the charge. The island is a quintessential tropical paradise – all fruity drinks, white sand, crystal clear water, and coconut trees. Ambergris Caye’s main attractions are its beaches and barrier reef (the second largest in the world), which can be enjoyed during day trips from one of the island’s swanky resorts.

    Videos

  • San Pedro Parade: Yeah it's a long Independence Day Parade! So come out and join the celebration! Long Live Belize!, 2min.

  • 2016 Independence Day Parade, San Pedro, Belize, 30min. ITravel Belize is at San Pedro's Independence Day Parade. Check out all the fun!!!

  • Belize , Independence's day, 11min. I am a proud belizean who is proud to be celebrating its 35yrs of independence!!

  • Belize Carnival 2016 #3, 7min. The Belize City Carnival 2016.

  • Colour powder party at Central Park in San Pedro, 1min. Backed up by Gilharry 7! Keep enjoying the festivities responsibly. Long Live Belize!

  • Flying piñata, 1min. As Gilharry 7 is hyping up the festivities at the Central Park, the flying piñata shows up adding more fun to the celebration!

  • The always energetic Flora Ancona's Comparsa Group in their last night of Carnaval!!!, 2min.

  • Mystic Mas Band - Ambergris Caye, 1.5min. Bringing on the energy at Independence Day Parade today.

  • Belize Independence Festivities, 2hr.

  • Lova Boy Belize Independence Hollywood Performance, 13min. Belize Independence Day 2 Festival at Avalon Hollywood in Hollywood California on Sunday September 18, 2016.

  • Belize You Born Deh - Lord Rhaburn Combo, 4.5min. Classic Belizean Patriotic Song By The Lord Rhaburn Combo C.E.S LP

  • Colin Robinson of CAISO on Belize decision, 30min.

  • BELIZE 2015 Trip with Lynnhaven Dive Center, 12min.

  • Belize birthday, 8min. Fireworks

  • Belize Water Slide, 1/2min.

  • Mordu de la peche Belize city, 45min.

  • Belize Aggressor, 2min. Die komfortablen Belize Aggressor Schiffe bieten Platz für maximal 18 und 20 Gäste. Sie gehören zur bekannten amerikanischen Aggressor Fleet. Angeboten werden immer Samstags 7 Nächte Touren zu den besten Plätzen am Barriere Riff vor Belize ab/retour Belize City.

  • We Are Belize - Malatei, 6min. From "We Are Belize: The Music" by Francis Reneau. Recorded at the Bliss Centre for Performing Arts on September 18th and 19th, 2016.

  • The always energetic Flora Ancona's Comparsa Group in their last night of Carnaval!!!, 2min.

  • Mystic Mas Band - Ambergris Caye, min.

  • Kanantik - Why Belize?, 3min.

  • Stingray glides over swimmer's head, 1/2min. While swimming in Belize, this snorkeler found a group of friendly stingrays. One swam up below to greet him. One glided across his head. These are obviously not the fearsome creatures that some people believe.

  • Miss Belize 2016 Male Vocal Performance, 2.5min. What an amazing voice!

  • Chinese in Belize - Documentary, 12min. A team from Mountain View, CA went over to Belize in 2014 and interviewed the Chinese immigrants

    September 21, 2016

    Happy 35th Independence Day!!!!


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    The San Pedro Sun

    San Pedro celebrates Noche Centroamericana
    San Pedro is home to many people, including migrants from various Central American communities. In celebrating the diversity on the island, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) hosted Central America’s and Mexico’s Independence Celebrations on Saturday, September 17th. The event took place across the Honorable Louis Slyvestre Sports Complex as part of the SPTC’s September Celebrations Calendar of activities. While Mexico celebrated their 206th independence on Friday, September 16th, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica celebrated 195 years of freedom on Thursday, September 15th. All of these countries gained their independence from Spain. (Belize is the only nation to gain independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981). In attendance at the special event were Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr, Miss San Pedro 2016-2017 Marisha Thompson, Pastor Clive Welsh, and other community members. Alex Noralez was the Master of Ceremonies, and giving the invocation was Pastor Welsh.

    Lions and Leos observe National Service Day
    The late Right Honorable George Cadle Price is the founding father of Belize, and to honor him, ‘National Service Day’ is held in honor of him on September 19th. This is a day where people participate in community service projects in order to make a positive change through hard work and service, and a tribute to Price himself, who was known for his ethics and servitude. On Monday, September 19th, the San Pedro Lions Club paid tribute to the Father of our Nation in a special flag raising ceremony that began at 7AM at the Lions Den. The ceremony was followed by a prayer and singing of the National Anthem. Afterwards, members and guests gathered to enjoy a small social and breakfast. All four of the Lions Clubs across the country participated in similar activities to honor Rt. Hon. George Price.

    Island children celebrate Belize
    As part of September Celebrations, primary and secondary schools across San Pedro Town celebrated Belize’s 35th Anniversary on Friday, September 16th. At 9AM, primary school students, educators, parents and volunteers gathered at San Pedro Roman Catholic School to march on Barrier Reef and Pescador Drive to demonstrate patriotic pride. They were led by SPRC’s majorettes dancing to the beating percussion sounds of SPRC’s drum line. Participants proudly wore red, white and blue attire as they chanted their love for the country. Meanwhile, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports hosted their annual Children’s Rally at the Angel Nunez Auditorium. Students of San Pedro High School (SPHS), along with Standard Five and Six classes from each primary school were present for the special event. Honoring the theme “Sovereign and Strong- Together as One,” San Pedro District Officer, Nelma Jones spoke before the rally began.

    National Garifuna Council on Ambergris Caye elects new board members
    On Saturday, September 17th, Alex Noralez was elected as the new president for the National Garifuna Council (NGC) San Pedro Branch. During the election session new board members were also elected who will work along with Noralez in his tenure as head of the Council for the next two years. Other elected board members of the local chapter of the NGC include Virginia Melendez as Vice President, Eden Velasquez as Secretary, Elsy Guilty as Assistant Secretary, Elroy Castillo as Treasurer and Amancia Martinez as the Assistant Treasurer. After confirming that he was the elected president, Noralez thanked everyone who supported him in this new venture. He pledged to work arduously along with the new elected officials and the community. “I am elated to serve my people, and I look forward to working with all,” said Noralez. “As we promote our culture, we will organize so as to give our community and all visitors a true Garifuna culture experience.”

    Ambergris Today

    Toucan Gift Shops Donate Motorcycle to San Pedro Police
    Gus Tabony was accompanied by his staff of Toucan Gift Shops at the San Pedro Town Hall this morning, Tuesday, August 9,, 2016, to present the Council a new Honda motorcycle. On hand to accept the donation was Mayor Daniel Guerrero who indicated that the motorcycle will be presented to the San Pedro Police Department to assist them in their patrolling of the island. Mayor Danny, extended his gratitude to Mr. Tabony after he had reached out to him for assistance.

    Small Farmers Receive Crop Seeds After Hurricane Earl Damage
    The International Regional Organization for Health in Agriculture (OIRSA) handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development eighty-two (82) packs of hybrid tomato and sweet pepper seeds as support to the small farmers that were affected by the passage of Hurricane Earl in early August of this year. The seeds included varieties of sweet pepper and tomato that are tolerant to whitefly transmitted Gemini virus, late producing varieties and are high yielding.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Benque Viejo School Children Parade
    Tuesday morning September 19th all the Benque area schools gathered at Centennial Park, Mayor of Benque Viejo H.E. Heraldo Ramcharan Jr, gave words of inspiration to the children and the Mount Carmel Dancers provided some entertainment. The parade preceded through the Major streets of Benque, 1000’s From the Pre-School children up to High School age children, parents and guests celebrated this year’s theme, “sovereign and strong together as one”, of Belize’s 35th year of independence. Cpl. Joshua McKoy from the community policing unit always an active role model in our parades with leading the future protectors and leader of tomorrow.

    Do Not Miss the End of the World Marathon in Placencia Village
    The fifth annual End of the World Marathon is scheduled to start at 5:30 AM on December 4, 2016 in Placencia Village. Runners will be competing in both a half and full marathon, and all proceeds raised from the event will go towards providing high school scholarships to local children on the Placencia Peninsula. In 2012, when the planet was gripped with Maya mania thanks to a popular interpretation that calendars produced by that culture were predicting the end of the world on December 21, running enthusiasts in Placencia organized the End of the World Marathon. The event was designed to allow runners to experience the gorgeous natural beauty of the peninsula while simultaneously celebrating the potential end of the universe as we know it. Well, the world did not end on December 21, 2012, and the marathon has now become a beloved local institution. The full marathon starts in Placencia Village with runners making a complete loop of the peninsula while the half marathon starts at the northern tip of the peninsula at the north end of Maya Beach with all runners competing to be the first to cross the finish line in Placencia Village.

    Line up and Route details for the 2016 San Pedro Independence Day Parade
    Here is the Line up and Route details for the 2016 Independence Day Parade - Wednesday, September 21st, starting at 10:00 a.m. from the Boca del Rio area and ending at Central Park with a live performance by Gilharry 7 and Color Powder Party!

    Education our youth on natural resources uses and management
    Today's youths, have an enormous responsibility on their shoulders. It's hoped by all, that the youths will be better decision makers in the future in terms of natural resources uses and management. Therefore, increasing their knowledge or educating youths on the importance of the natural resources; especially marine protected areas such as Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, is very important. Its very important for Government Institutions and NGOs focused on natural resources management in Belize to teach them how blessed we are to have these beauty of nature and how important they are to our livelihoods. Showing to the youth the work being done to manage these natural resources, the threats, challenges, and how they can contribute to these initiative is a must. So let us continue the hard work and keep educating our youths. Thanks to the personnel of Belize Marine Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation Project (MCCAP), Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), Ecology Project International (EPI), and Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) for inviting the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association be part of the Chunox St. Viator Vocational High School educational visit.

    September Celebrations Calendar of events for Corozal Town
    Tuesday Sep. 20th and Wednesday Sep. 21st :- Tuesday, Sep. 20th - Independence Day Eve 1) Carnival Parade - 1;00 P.M.-6;00 P.M. - Corozal Town Carnival Judging Ricalde Stadium 2) Cultural Night - 8:00 P.M. 10:00 P.M. - Andres Campos Civic Center 3) Official Ceremonies - 11:00 P.M. - Andres Campos Civic Center 4) Firework/Dance - 12:00 Midnight - Andres Campos Civic Center Wednesday, Sep. 21st - Independence Day 1) Official Ceremony and Crowning of Miss Independence - 9:00 A.M. - Andres Campos Civic Center 2) Uniform Parade & Citizens Parade - ( no time given) - Corozal Town 3) Beach Bash/Dance - 6:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M. - Miami Beach All events are free of charge. We take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Independence Day September Celebrations. Keep Corozal Safe and Clean!

    Tribute to Belizean Patriots program
    On the eve of our 35th year of independence, here are the men and women honored in the 2016 Tribute to Belizean Patriots program. Photos by Will Moreno Photography

    $150,000 worth of musical instruments to the National Youth Orchestra and Choir
    The new Ambassador of Korea to Belize, H.E. Lee In-ho, officially handed over US $150,000 worth of musical instruments to the National Youth Orchestra and Choir of Belize! On hand to receive the donation were Governor General Sir Colville Young, and Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr. Check out this video!

    The Museum of Belize (NICH) staff decided to give back on National Service Day!
    The Museum of Belize (NICH) National Service Day initiative 2016 at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care's Library/Activity Room!

    Corozal: refurbishing the historical monument at Soldiers Park
    The Corozal House of Culture is honoured to be refurbishing the historical monument at Soldiers Park here in Corozal Town as part of National Service Day activities. Coordinator Ms. Debra Wilkes and artist Mr. Benjamin Cal are spending a couple of days working on the preservation of our tangible heritage. It was created in Merida, Mexico in the 1960's.

    Banquitas House of Culture 14th Anniversary celebrated
    Banquitas 14th Anniversary was celebrated yesterday September 19th, 2016 under the theme " Celebrating all things Belize". We must take this opportunity to thank Mr. Jose Vasquez, Mr. Armando Valdez and Mr. Jaime Pelayo for imparting their wealth of knowledge of the History of Belize and the Etiquette of the Belize Flag. I big thank you to the Master of Ceremony Mr. Louigie Gomez A day well spent with some of the community members, and students who played a major role in our journey of continued development.

    Luna the spectacle owl
    Roni Martinez and Jonathan Urbina presenting Luna the spectacle owl..!!! Isn't she a beauty..!!!????

    San Pedro: Restricted parking tomorrow
    Please avoid parking on Laguna Drive, Pescador Drive and Barrier Reef Drive between the hours of 10am and 12md.on the 21st. This will allow the parade to pass easily and add to the enjoyment of all. Thanks and Happy Independence day Belize.

    Balché, Maya alcohilic drink
    Today many people enjoy a nice alcoholic drink, from the many choices that exist, beer or wine, gin or vodka. The ancient Maya enjoyed a drink called Balché, made from the bark of a legume tree that produces lilac-colored flowers. The bark was soaked in water and honey, which begins to ferment right away. The resulting libation was used during rituals and was thought to bring magical powers. When the Spanish came they banned consumption of the drink as they were converting the Maya to Christianity, but the Maya managed to convince the Spanish that Balché had health properties and that the people were dying as a result of the ban. Believing the drink to be a gift from the gods, who were the first to be intoxicated, and the people who partook had to imitate the gods in their state of inebriation.

    United Arab Emirates and Belize Meet to Discuss Trade, Fisheries and Climate Change
    Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development Hon. Gaspar Vega, met with his counterpart, His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment (also responsible for Agriculture and Fisheries) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In addition, Minister of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce Hon. Erwin Contreras participated in the joint meeting to identify investment and trade opportunities, common experiences in managing the environment, and ensuring sustainable development. At the meeting the Ministers discussed climate change and natural disasters, such as the impact of Hurricane Earl on the productive sector of Belize, and that 90% of the UAE’s water now comes from desalination projects. They were pleased to hear of the work of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in Belize and spoke of funding provided to CARICOM to combat climate change.

    Hon. Gaspar Vega's Statement at the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit
    Belize offers our clear appreciation to the outgoing Chair, the Islamic Republic of Iran, for the skill with which they conducted the work of the NAM in the past four years. Now, it is with great pleasure that Belize congratulates and welcomes the new Chair – the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. We are confident that Venezuela will continue to steer the work of the NAM in the pursuit of a more peaceful and just world for all. We support their strategic vision in hosting this summit. We remind members that the value that we extract from this forum is proportional only to the vision that we are willing to bring to this fine table as leaders and thinkers. Chair, thank you, for the abundance of warmth and goodwill Venezuela has demonstrated in its preparations for this encounter – it is mirrored by the warmth and beauty of Isla Margarita.

    San Pedro: Who's ready for tomorrow?! After the parade Color Powder Party with Gilharry 7! Don't miss out the flying piñata too!
    The San Pedro Town Council would like to thank everyone for assisting all the events in celebration of Belize’s Independence. We are really grateful for your cooperation and understanding when we decided to postpone the parade to a later date due to weather conditions. We would like to applaud all those who participated in the parade; this was only possible because of you. Thanks to your beautiful and elaborate costumes and decorations, San Pedro had a great and successful Independence Parade. Special thanks to Island Films for documenting the parade for us, Astrum Helicopters for helping us revive the Flying Piñata tradition, the San Pedro Music & Dance Academy for their high spirit and charm, and DJ Debbie for always making us have a great time!

    Scarlet wishes all a safe and proud Independence Day
    Today Scarlet paraded with children in the village of Bullet Tree.

    The BTB Kiosk at the Western Border sharing the September spirit

    Channel 7

    GOB And AA Fight Over Compensation In USD: CCJ Says Work It Out
    For almost 2 months, the attorneys for the Government of Belize and the Ashcroft Alliance have been preparing for a hearing before the Caribbean Court of Justice. As we told you in July, they've settled the Government takeover of BTL, and the bill for it to be nationalized is a half a billion dollars. But, they still can't agree how the award should be paid. On July 13, the Barrow Government made the first half of the payment of just over 130 million dollars in Belize currency, and just over 30 million dollars in US currency. The problem is that the Ashcroft Alliance is complaining that this was not what they signed in the Settlement agreement at the Permanent Council on Arbitration. They say that payment should be strictly in US currency, but Government had a different interpretation and paid the majority in Belizean dollars.

    Court: Settlement Was Poorly Drafted
    As you heard, the attorneys for the Government and the Ashcroft Alliance are expected to try to make earnest attempts at settling the payment terms out-of-court. If they cannot do so, they will go back before the CCJ on next week Thursday, when the court will give a decision. But, should this currency fight between them actually be happening? That's what we asked both sides because we told you, this fight has been ongoing for 7 years now. The Settlement at the Permanent Council on Arbitration was supposed to the end-all for the BTL saga. But, in less than a month after it was finalized, the Government and Ashcroft were back to quarrelling before the Court. Well, after the CCJ heard from both attorneys on their diverging interpretation, the judges found the source of the problem: they say the BTL settlement agreement was poorly drafted. The attorneys, trying to anticipate all the variables surrounding this settlement, tried to tie up all loose ends. What they ended up doing, however, is to create a confounding mess of clauses which is open to different interpretations, based on which side is reading the document.

    Did GOB Ignore Letter of Agreement by Paying in BZD?
    According to Government Attorney Denys Barrow, that was the reason why the Government completely ignored the Ashcroft Alliance's terms for the first partial payment. Instead of paying in US currency - as requested by the Alliance, they decided to pay the majority of it in Belizean dollars. Today, we challenged him on that, and here's how he put it: Denys Barrow, Attorney for GOB: "It called for the first 50% to be made purely in US Dollars and purely on the assumption that what would be left in the other 50% would be sufficient to yield the accommodation agreement value. That turned out to be wrong and therefore government decided you can't get 50% in US dollars. You will get only 50% of that US dollar portion that you are due now."

    Reserves Reserved For Who?
    Today, the topic of the Country's Foreign Reserves did come up in the hearing. But, the CCJ judges didn't appear too impressed by the argument that the Central Bank Governor is worried that to pay out 70 million dollars more in US currency will strain Belize's foreign obligations to the breaking point. You'll remember that letter that Glenn Ysaguirre wrote to Financial Secretary Joseph Waigh back in July saying quote, "…It is necessary to advise all concerned that it would be destructive for the economy of Belize if the Central Bank were to even attempt to facilitate any such requests to facilitate for an additional amount of foreign currency, given the currently level of official foreign reserves and other external demands facing the bank…the Central Bank…must…exercise careful management of the international reserves by balancing the foreign exchange needs of the Government against those of the domestic banking system, and the wider private sector. " End Quote.

    GOB Will Have to Go Into Red To Make Second Payment
    And, while the Foreign Reserves may not be able to accommodate this US currency payment, the Financial Secretary told us today that to make the second payment next year, the Government will have to borrow 150 million dollars. Here's how he explained it: Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary: "The unfortunate thing is that we would have to borrow the money to pay it and then that increase your debt and that increases your debt service. If you have to borrow another 150 million for the next payment, and you borrow money at 3%, you are looking at 4.5 million dollars more in debt service and of course you have to repay. So it adds up very quickly." Daniel Ortiz: "Are you saying at this time that the government will have to borrow to make the next payment?" Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary: "Yes."

    Man Guilty For Thrashing Laptop Of Male Friend
    Jason Garcia pleaded guilty to common assault and damage to property yesterday in the Magistrate's Court. Garcia was charged for beating his male friend, Maurice Middleton, and setting his laptop, valued at $600, on fire. According to Middleton, Garcia punched him in the back of his head and stomped on his stomach before leaving and sending a text to end the relationship. Garcia was charged $300 for common assault, and $600 in compensation for the burnt laptop.

    Staine With A 9
    Ernest Staine also made an appearance in court today and was charged with unlicensed possession of a 9mm pistol and 14 rounds of ammunition. On Saturday, September 17th, police were patrolling Giles Street when they spotted a suspicious looking Staine, and stopped to search him. It was then that police found the firearm and ammunition, and after failure to produce a license he was arrested.

    Compol Says Cop Was Wrong To Fire In Crowded Area
    Last night we told you about the Eastern Division South officer Kris Staine. He is the Carnival Cop who fired a shot in the air on Princess Margret Drive as the Carnival was passing, causing public terror. Today Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie conceded that the cop made a bad move to discharge his weapon and is being dealt with. As you heard, Staine has been placed on interdiction. Multiple accounts say that other persons also fired shots around that same stretch of road, but police say no one was injured and no complaints have been recorded.

    Whylie Not Sure Who Authorised Mason's Gun Licenses
    The last time we spoke with Commissioner Whylie we asked him what we had asked several other high ranking officers and politicians: If he knew the infamous William Danny Mason. He said he had never even met the guy. But did Commissioner Whylie approve Mason's several gun licenses, and were sufficient background cheques done? We know there's a Mason police criminal record without any passport number. Today we asked Whylie if he signed these licenses and if he knew about these omissions. On another note, we also asked Whylie if he got his copy of the Auditor General's report yet, and he said he still hasn't received it.

    Labour Senator Lambastes Education Minister
    Only a few of the speeches from yesterday's BNTU demonstration that actually highlighted the union's demands for better governance. But the majority of the speeches just seemed to reflect all that bad blood between the Ministry and the teachers. Labor senator Elena Smith surely unleashed all that rage on the Civic Center Stage. Here is an excerpt from her presentation. Hon. Elena Smith, NTUCB: "Now teachers we have been hearing a lot of things in the news lately and one of things they said was is that teacher's don't think about their children, all they do is think about themselves. Well, how many of you did lesson plans this weekend, who made charts? Who bought a marker? a pens, a pencil, a sharpener and eraser, paint. Now I wish that those persons who are in the leadership of our ministry would take the time to visit our classrooms but if you notice something, some of us are not important, we are like animal farm, some schools are more important than others, but despite the fact that no other than our minister, the same little man, little man like Zacchaeus, you know the story of Zacchaeus right?

    Finsec Says GOB Can't Afford Teacher's Raise
    So, while that's the rage that the teachers have for their Minister, a part of their grievance with the Prime Minister is that he has asked them to defer the third tranche of their salary adjustment. Financial Secretary Joseph Waight was in that meeting with the joint unions which happened on last Friday. Neither the Prime Minister nor the union representatives wanted to get into too detail since they wanted to give the Unions a chance to return to their constituents about a proposal that the Government tabled. Today, we asked Waight to share a few more details about the nature of this new proposal. He discussed it briefly with us: The 3 unions will give another response to the Prime Minister after consulting with their members.

    BPP Says PUP Should Pay Their Fines For Late Filing of Integrity Reports
    Yesterday - on National Service Day - the PUP made a big show out of filing their assets with the Integrity Commission's Secretary in Belmopan. Well, Belize's 3rd Party, the BPP says it was quote, "a classic case of concocted deception." But more than that, the BPP says that - if they are serious - the PUP should pay fines for late filing. That's $100.00 dollars per day for every day after the filing deadline, and there's also a $3,000.00 and $5,000.00 fine for first and second offenses. The BPP urges the PUP to commence paying the applicable fines.??

    Vega Supports Maduro At NAM Summitt
    Agriculture Minister Gaspar Vega and Economic Development Minister Erwin Contreras just wrapped up at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela. Vega, who also used the opportunity to meet with embattled President Nicolas Maduro, praised the Petrocaribe initiative as quote, "regionalist, internationalist, pro-people and pro-poor." The Non-Aligned Movement is a group of 120 nations which is not formally aligned with any major power bloc. The group issued a 190 page statement at the end of the two-day meeting urging world powers - especially the USA - not to meddle in other countries' affairs and voicing concern over violence in Syria, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories. The summit also bolstered President Maduro who has been isolated internationally and under intense pressure domestically.

    "Marijuana Pon Di Corner" Of the Jailcell?
    A prisoner appeared in Magistrates Court yesterday after marijuana was found in his cell. The Hattieville Police were called to the Belize Central Prison on Sunday, September 18, were Dean Dawson Jr. was handed over to them along with four ounces of weed. Dawson plead not guilty to charges of drug trafficking, and his case was adjourned until November 23.

    Korea Comes Up With Major Musical Donaiton
    Today at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, Governor General Sir Colville Young received a donation of instruments on behalf of the National Youth Orchestra of Belize. The donation was made by the newly appointed South Korean Ambassador to Belize, Lee In-ho. Now we aren't talking about a guitar and drums here, these are rare and exquisite instruments, including a Yamaha Baby Grand, a Glockenspiel and a Contrabassoon. Minister of State for Culture, Elodio Aragon received the instruments, along with some members of the orchestra and 7News was there: Hon. Elodio Aragon: "We got a hundred and fifty thousand dollars' worth in equipment, equipment for the orchestra. This came from South Korea. The ambassador was here this morning as you all saw, and he officially handed over the equipment to us today. And you know, it's something good for Belize, because these are very expensive equipment, and to come up with $150,000 for such equipment is not an everyday thing. This equipment will be put to good use for the Belize orchestra, and I think it will be something good for us to get more people involved in the music industry in terms of the orchestra and playing these musics and learning the equipment."

    Why Whylie Wanted Wingle
    A 2017 "Wingle 5" was handed over to the Eastern Division North Police formation today. Now we have reported on several police vehicle donations, but for a department which is always struggling to find proper transport, every set of wheels helps. And, after Hurricane Earl did in two of their Wingle's , they definitely need this new ride. Today at a ceremony Senior Superintendent Linden Flowers discussed how significant this contribution is. The 2017 Wingle costs $28,000 duty free. Caribbean Motors along with Smart, A and R and other sponsors made this donation possible.

    On The Lookout For NEMO
    Waiting for NEMO - that's what the folks at Marsha Smith's home on Dolphin Street have been doing since Hurricane Earl hauled and pulled their house which rested on stilts. And as is now well known, they waited too long for that NEMO visit because on Friday, the stilts slipped out of their tiny straps and fell on 20 persons who were preparing carnival costumes. 39 year old Mother of 3 Deborah Humes died due to the injuries she received in that accident. But, smith says like the other revelers, she was aware of the risks - but it's just that the house is the headquarters for the Soca Moca Camp - and they had nowhere else to go: When we checked today, NEMO still had not reached Marsha's address.

    IDB Loans Big Money For Waste Management
    Yesterday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the IDB's General Manager for Central America, Gina Montiel signed a loan agreement for US$10 million. The funds will be used to finance transport, recovery, and disposal of public waste in Belmopan and towns and villages in the north and south of the country. As part of the 5-year program, six existing dumpsites will be closed and replaced with transfer stations, and the Mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill will be expanded and upgraded. The Solid Waste Management Authority will administer the project, and Government will provide US$200,000 in counterpart funding.

    Channel 5

    Dunkeld and Government Told to Work Out B.T.L. Settlement
    A three-judge panel of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) this morning advised attorneys representing Dunkeld International Investments, The B.T.L. Employees Trust and the Government of Belize to work out [...]

    Did Government Underpay the First Instalment of Arbitration Award?
    The Government has said that the tribunal divided the award into a forty-sixty ratio; forty percent of the total representing the non-Accommodation Agreement portion and sixty percent representing the Accommodation [...]

    Government’s Move to Sidestep Provision of Agreement Backfired
    It was left to Senior Counsel Denys Barrow to defend Government’s actions. He explained that Government assumed that whatever was left in the second payment would be sufficient to cover [...]

    How Will B.T.L. Arbitration Affect Belize’s Currency Position?
    There were differing views on whether the Government can adhere to paying the remaining portion of the award due to Dunkeld in U.S. dollars, and should have paid the first [...]

    Financial Secretary Confirms Government Must Borrow Millions More for Arbitration Award
    But the concern over the cash crunch is real for Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, who confirmed that Government must borrow further to complete the second payment for the B.T.L. Arbitration [...]

    Junior Minister Has No Qualms with B.N.T.U. Belmopan Demonstration
    On Monday, thousands of teachers demonstrated in Belmopan in their Stand Up For Belize Campaign. Among the many national issues ventilated was the Auditor General’s report on the Immigration Department [...]

    Elodio Aragon Jr. Warns Teachers over Consequences of Actions
    Across the country, some schools were opened, but classrooms were empty and in other cases, the buildings were closed for the day. Still yet, we found students at some schools, [...]

    Commissioner of Police Comments on Danny Mason’s Gun Licenses
    The last time we spoke with the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, he was asked about the case on accused murderer William “Danny” Mason. Whylie’s response was that it was [...]

    ComPol says Interdicted Police Officer in Carnival Incident Showed “Poor Judgment”
    Kris Staine has been identified as the off-duty police constable that fired a shot in the air as the carnival road march was coming to an end on Saturday afternoon.  [...]

    FinSec discusses Government’s Salary Adjustment Deferral Proposal
    The Government continues to deal with the third and final tranche of salary adjustments, which it has asked to be deferred until next year as a result of damages caused [...]

    Damages from Hurricane Earl Could Reach Hundreds of Millions in Dollars
    While we had the Financial Secretary on hand, he was asked critical questions on the state of the Belizean economy and the ever-expanding debt obligations that Belize must meet. His [...]

    Superbond Step-up is Coming, Warns Financial Secretary
    The so-called “Superbond” was restructured in March of 2013, a year after Prime Minister Dean Barrow won a second term mainly on his pledge to do so. It’s now been [...]

    P.U.P. Contends Government Cannot Name Composition or Chair of Senate Committee
    Last Tuesday Cabinet caved in and the Prime Minister announced the government was prepared to support a senate select inquiry into the Special Audit Report of the Auditor General on [...]

    Cabinet Minister Confirms Executive Now Accepts Senate Select Committee
    Cabinet minister Elodio Aragon Junior was also asked today about the Immigration investigation. He told News Five that at last Tuesday’s meeting, all ministers agreed to the senate select inquiry. [...]

    Gay Partner Pleads Guilty to Domestic Assault and Damage to Property
    The August tenth decision of the Supreme Court on Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code has led to some gay couples becoming more open about their domestic disputes and going [...]

    BATSUB Will Discipline Officer Involved in Fatal Traffic Accident
    There was a fatal accident involving an officer attached to the British Army Training and Support Unit Belize, BATSUB. Police visited the Dream Light Nightclub at mile one and half [...]

    South Korea Government Makes Donation to National Youth Orchestra
    A wide assortment of musical instruments was handed over to the National Youth Orchestra by the Korean Government this morning at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. There are [...]

    Northside Businesses Contribute Vehicle to Eastern Division North Police
    Just at about the same time that Korea was making that donation, the Police Department was also receiving a significant contribution. Four businesses teamed up to provide the department with [...]

    Revisiting the Dawn of Belizean Independence in 1981
    On this anniversary of Independence Day, we go back to that glorious day in 1981 when Belize became a fully fledged nation.  There were official parades and the hoisting of [...]

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    BTL Arbitration Case Back in the Supreme Court
    The BTL Arbitration issue continues and today the parties were back in court. Two issues that the parties could not agree on were what percentage of the payments should go to public funds and the currency in which the payments should be made. The Caribbean Court of Justice held a hearing at the Supreme Court […]

    Managing the Super Bond; Waight Says It’s the Heaviest Financial Burden
    Financial Secretary Joseph Waight spoke about the status of Belize’s national debt stating that the Super Bond is the heaviest financial burden for the country. Waight talks about how Belize will manage the Super Bond. Waight also spoke about other debts the government has; the teacher’s increments and the hurricane financial loss. He stated that […]

    Preliminary Figures Revealed for Damages by Earl
    Hurricane Earl left behind a string of damages, including loss of property and crops. The government is yet to release a figure for the total financial loss. Today, Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight gave us what the preliminary financial figures look like. Waight estimates that by next fiscal year they would have recovered from Earl’s financial […]

    Luke Says Faber Attempted Union Busting
    As we mentioned, the majority of educators from around the country disregarded the Ministry of Education’s warning that their pay may be docked if they abandoned the classrooms to attend the protest organized by the Belize National Teachers Union. In yesterday’s march to the Civic Centre the teachers chanted that they did not care about […]

    Aragon Has No Prob with Senate Select Committee
    Last week, after pressure from several sectors of society, the Government of Belize officially endorsed the idea of having an appointed Senate Select Committee to investigate the findings of the Auditor General Special Report. Government had previously supported a bi-cameral body to do the investigation. Today Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Elodio Aragon Jr., […]

    New Ambassadors to Belize Call Upon the Governor General
    Four ambassadors presented their credentials to Governor General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young. His Excellency Jorge Roza de Oliveira, Ambassador of Portugal, Her Excellency Margriet Leemhuis, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Her Excellency Malgorzata Wasilewska, Ambassador of the European Union; and His Excellency Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea presented […]

    Compol Says Police Officer Got Interdicted for Firing Warning Shots
    The shooting by an off duty police that happened near the end of the carnival on Saturday evening, created panic among the onlookers. Today Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie spoke about the issue and the charges brought against the Police Officer, Kris Stein. Stein claims that he only fired one shot in the air, but […]

    Compol Weighs in on Pakeman and Cocaine
    The case involving Chief Press Officer, Dorian Pakeman has caused much speculation. The first shocker came when the sample taken from Pakeman on the night of the accident, proved positive for cocaine. Then, allegations surged that the sample may have been tampered with. Today Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie commented on the issue. The accident […]

    Caribbean Motors Adds to Police’s Fleet
    This morning Caribbean motors made a donation of a brand new 2017 Great Wall Wingle to the Police Department. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dezeree Phillips, who commands the Eastern Division North stated that the donation will help the department respond to emergencies. Leroy Gentle representing Caribbean Motors expressed that Caribbean Motors is honored to help […]

    Hundreds Head North for Orange Walk Carnival
    It’s Independence eve today and Belizeans are getting ready to celebrate Belize’s 35th anniversary as a sovereign nation. Tomorrow, in the municipality of Orange Walk, a carnival road march will be held. Kendra Anderson, Administrative Assistant for the Orange Walk Town Council told us more. Ceremonies will be held in front of the Orange Walk […]

    The Guardian

    Teachers return to the classroom on Tuesday after demonstration
    Over a thousand teachers and members of the Belize National Teachers Union BNTU converged in Belmopan on Monday for a rally and demonstration. Their rally started at the Belmopan Civic Center which was followed around midday by a march that ended in the surrounds of the National Assembly Building. At the rally, leading figures such as Cristina Coc, Louise Wade and Evan Mose Hyde spoke to the teachers, some of whom were dressed in their T-Shirts stating, “Teachaz gat yuh back.” In keeping with the requirements of permission given from the police to have their demonstration, teachers dispersed peacefully at about 1:00 pm after the singing of the National Anthem. Some teachers held placards stating, “A peaceful constructive revolution.” The president of the BNTU Luke Palacio told reporters that the BNTU has instructed its members to go back to school on Tuesday. He said that the plans for further industrial action on Thursday and Friday of this week has been put on hold as the Prime Minister the Hon. Dean Barrow will be meeting with BNTU’s Council of Management this Thursday.

    Tragedy strikes Soca Moca Carnival Band
    Soca Moca, the Defending Carnival Road March Champions suffered a terrible tragedy a few hours before the 2016 Carnival. Marsha Smith’s Dolphin Street home collapsed on top of 15 or so of the masquerade band members, killing 38 year-old Deborah Humes. That incident happened at around 4 p.m. on Friday, September 16, when Smith, an active member of the band, was assisting the other members with their costumes for road march. The house was left with some structural weakening after Hurricane Earl, and on Friday, it simply gave way. The Stilts broke, and the house came crashing down on top of Soca Moca revelers. Deborah Smith was the most seriously injured when one of the cross beams crushed her with the weight of the structure. She was rushed to the KHMH for emergency medical treatment, but she passed away a few hours later.

    We expect the PUP’s to declare everything they own
    So the PUP Parliamentarians showed up in Belmopan on the same day, time and place the BNTU was holding a protest march and rally, that used the same name and theme, the PUP had used for their protest and rally only a few weeks earlier. However what was even funnier was the reason they claimed they were there. According to them they were there to file the declaration of their assets with the Secretary of the Integrity Commission. After hearing that, we had to check our calendar and call a few friends to ask what date it was, because Monday’s PUP sojourn to Belmopan really had us thinking, that it was All Fools Day, April 1st. We later found out that it was actually the anniversary of the signing of the Accommodation Agreement 19th September 2005!

    Governor General honours 21 distinguished Belizeans
    It was extremely disheartening to witness the contestants of the Miss Belize Pageant all march up to the stage and speak of their favourite national hero, George Cadle Price. Disheartening not because of their choice but because it makes one think that there was only one Belizean ever worthy of being called a national hero. This is far from the case. Belize has had countless heroes in our brief history. On Thursday, September 15, another 21 such distinguished men and women were honoured at the 2016 Tribute to Belizean Patriots at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The National Honours and Awards Act was passed on August 16th, 1991. It says that each year honours and awards may be conferred to individuals, living or dead, who may have rendered outstanding and meritorious service to Belize. This year, 19 individuals received Meritorious Service Awards and two received Orders of Distinction.

    NEMO justifying a Salary Deferral!
    The Prime Minister has asked union members represented by the Association of Public Service Senior Managers (APSSM), the Public Service Union (PSU)and the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) to defer a third tranche of salary increase that is due them until April of 2017. The request came as the Prime Minister as the Minister of Finance has to find money in order to assist people in the aftermath of Hurricane Earl. And the request is not being unreasonable as already thousands of Belizeans have received assistance through NEMO with contractors being hired to repair and replace homes. NEMO is also Running a well organized system of assistance delivery through the purchasing and overseeing of the delivery of entire houses, they are not very large but the new homeowners are appreciative of the gesture as it does place them in a far better position than they were before.

    Four ambassadors present credentials to the Governor General of Belize
    Four ambassadors presented their credentials to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young today, Monday, at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. The Governor General welcomed and received the credentials of H.E Jorge Roza de Oliveira, Ambassador of Portugal; H.E. Margriet Leemhuis, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; H.E. Malgorzata Wasilewska, Ambassador of the European Union; and H.E. Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea. The Governor General also welcomed H.E. Muktesh Pardeshi, High Commissioner of India to Mexico, who paid a courtesy call. The ambassadors expressed their pleasure in being in Belize and congratulated the country on its 35th year as an independent nation. Each ambassador conveyed their country’s intention to continue to develop their diplomatic relations with Belize.

    Churches file appeal against CJ ruling on Section 53
    The Catholic Diocese in Belize has publicly applauded the Barrow Government for fulfilling their commitment and filing their appeal of the Section 53 judgment. With that follow through, the Catholic Church and National Evangelical Churches of Belize will be able to mount their challenge of the judgment which makes gay sex and other “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” legal. Acting Solicitor General Nigel Hawke filed the Government’s partial appeal document on Friday, September 16 at the Court, which now makes it a live issue. Later that same day, the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) and the Catholic Church followed through as well.

    National Day of Disservice
    A few years ago the government of Belize, under the leadership of Prime Minister Rt. Hon Dean Barrow, who is also the leader of the UDP decided to honor the memory of the Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price, Belize’s first Prime Minister. This was done in the form of declaring the 19th September, the date of George Price’s death as National Service Day. Monday of this week was National Service Day and in typical PUP fashion rather than honoring the memory of George Price, the Patriarch of the PUP chose to dishonor his memory with a demonstration organized by them through one of their operatives, Luke Palacio, a former PUP Deputy Mayor and Councilor of the Punta Gorda Town Council. This move by the PUP effectively kept the children out of school for Monday. What better service could a nation’s people give to it than to educate it’s children. Keeping those thousand or so teachers out of the classroom robbed the children of a valuable day of education and a chance for the very same children to do something to honor the Rt. Hon. George Price.

    Despite loss of life, Soca Moca perseveres
    Carnival 2016 started with storm clouds, rain and frightening thunder. The downpour started about ten minutes before 1 o’ clock, when the road march was scheduled to move off. It pounded the king and queen costumes that were set in position and caused damages to several of them. The amped up revelers were quickly soaked and shivering. Kids packed tightly into chinese grocery shops in order to shelter. Adults hid under trucks, trees and anything they could find to avoid the full onslaught of the rain. Carnival Road March 2016 was off to a terrible start. The storm clouds, rain and thunder were also metaphors for a more sad narrative. The Carnival Road March was under the shadow of a tragic incident that took place less than 24 hours earlier. Veteran reveler Debbie Humes died when the Soca Moca Mas Camp site collapsed on top of individuals who were hanging out and preparing mud for jouvert and costumes for the road march. Numerous carnival enthusiasts were injured and Humes paid the ultimate price. The Belize Carnival Association (BCA) held an emergency meeting after the incident and all the bands, including Soca Moca, agreed that they will proceed with the road march and do so in honour of Debbie Humes, “who loved Carnival,” said Sandra Mahler, President of the BCA.

    Social partners matter - PM meets with unions
    Proving that the UDP Government values its relationship with the Social Partners, the Prime Minister has held back-to-back meetings with 6 different unions. 8 Days before he sat down and spoke with the leaders of the Churches, and it was decided that the Government will appeal the Section 53 judgment by the Chief Justice. That’s the famous decision which now allows for gay intimacy, among other consensual acts in the bedroom, to be decriminalized. The Government has made it abundantly clear that it will not appeal the substantive judgment, because it does not believe it is in the public interest to do so. By the act of appealing the decision, however, it allows for interested parties, namely the Roman Catholic Church, and the Evangelicals, to challenge the judgment itself. The Utility Unions, the Belize Energy Workers Union, the Belize Communication Workers Union, and the Belize Water Services Workers Union, were in solidarity with the Evangelical Churches, who had been demanding that the Government appeal. Now that the Barrow Administration has decided to do so, the Prime Minister sought an audience out with them on Friday, September 16. He no doubt communicated this to them directly, and he addressed whatever inquiries they may have had.

    Belize to Improve Solid Waste Sites in the North and South
    Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the General Manager for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Central America, Mexico, Panama and Dominican Republic Country Department, Ms. Gina Montiel, today signed an IDB loan agreement to finance investments to improve the transport, recovery and final disposal of solid waste in towns and villages in Belize’s northern and southern corridors as well as in Belmopan. Through the five-year program, which is valued at US$10 million, major tourist destinations in Belize will be provided access to a sanitary landfill. The project will cover the expansion of the Mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill, including the construction of a new cell for final disposal; the closure of six (6) existing dumpsites which will be replaced with transfer stations; and the strengthening of the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWaMA) as the lead agency in the waste management sector.

    Carlton Belisle remanded for attempted murder
    Hattieville resident Carlton Belisle is at the Belize Central Prison on remand after he was arraigned for robbing and trying to kill Francisco Reyes. Allegations are that Belisle took away a Samsung cellular phone valued at $255 from Reyes on August 5, 2016 and attacked him with a machete later that same day. The injuries to Reyes were serious and life threatening; therefore, Belisle was arrested for attempted murder. In court on Monday, September 19, Belisle was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser for charges of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, dangerous harm and robbery upon Francisco Reyes. Belisle was unrepresented when he appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Due to the nature of the offenses, bail was denied. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until November 22, 2016.

    PM’s Niece recovers after shooting
    Prime Minister Barrow’s niece, 31 year-old Candace Anderson, continues to recover from gunshot injuries she suffered on Thursday, September 15. Police don’t think that she was the intended target, but due to very unlucky circumstances, she was shot by a gunman who fired into a group. According to police, the incident happened at around 1:30 p.m. on that day. She was reportedly socializing with a group of persons inside a yard on 7th Street. That’s when 2 men came along on motorcycle. One of them was armed, and he jumped off the bike, quickly entered the yard, and started firing at people who Anderson was in the company of. Nobody else was hurt, but unfortunately, she was injured in the left leg and the abdomen area. Persons present immediately rushed her to the Belize Medical Associates where the police found her.

    Mother cleared of ammunition charge, threatens to sue
    Romie Anthony, 47, a mother of three, and two of her children have finally been cleared of an ammunition charge and are home without uncertainty hanging over their heads. According to police, on Friday, July 6, 2012, they searched the Anthony residence at #7796 Lacroix Boulevard and found three 16-gauge shotgun cartridges in a black plastic bag in the flooring of the house. As a result, Romie Anthony, her son Amir Anthony, 24 at the time, and daughter, 14 at the time, were arrested and charged with keeping unlicensed ammunition. Bail could not be offered at the time due to the nature of the offense. The two adults were remanded to the Belize Central Prison and the minor was remanded at the Youth Hostel.

    Teenager commits suicide in Benque
    Residents from Benque are still in shock at the loss of one of their own, who was a promising youth in the prime of her life. Fifteen year old Ailene Gonzalez, a student at the Mopan Technical High School in Benque committed suicide on Saturday night of this past weekend. Benque Police visited number 70 Kennedy Street in Benque at about 6:32 pm on Saturday where they found Ailene Gonzalez lying on the floor motionless with a pink sheet hanging from the room door. Kayla Trujillo, a 36 year old Belizean Housewife reported that she was out with her other children leaving her daughter Ailene Gonzalez at home studying and on her return, she was unable to enter the house as both back and front doors were locked from the inside and music was playing aloud inside. Trujillo managed to gain access by damaging the screen door, which allowed one of her sons to enter, and opened the main door for her. Upon entering Ailene’s room, she saw Ailene hanging from the sheet. She managed to cut the sheet off her neck but by that time Ailene had no pulse.

    Michael Williams fined for bad touch of a teenager
    Michael Williams, 61, is extremely lucky that he was not thrown in jail for inappropriately touching an 18-year-old female against her will. The Tibruce Street resident allegedly touched the vagina of a teenager and she was so upset that she reported the matter to police requesting court action. Michael Williams was arrested and charged for aggravated assault of an indecent nature. He appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Friday, September 16, and pleaded not guilty to the charge. He denied the allegation and said nothing like that ever happened. However, Senior Magistrate Fraser was of the belief that the facts of the case were enough to prove Williams was guilty as charged.

    Belmopan Bandits blank Orange Walk United in Premier League competition
    The Premier League of Belize 2016-2017 Opening Season Tournament continued over the weekend with four games on the schedule. On Saturday 17th September, 2016, at the MCC Grounds the host team the Belize Defence Force and the visiting Freedom Fighters played to a 2-2 draw. The Belize Defence Force (BDF FC) was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Mark Arzu scored the 1st goal of the game in the 8th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The defence of the BDF protected that 1-0 lead well into the second half of the game before the visiting Freedom Fighters were able to penetrate its defence which allowed Alexander Peters to score the equalising goal for his team in the 57th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1. The Freedom Fighters continued its mastery of the BDF defence when Lisbey Castillo scored the go-ahead goal in the 67th minute of play to give his team a 2-1 lead.

    Belize Road Bullets win in Sugar City Hoops competition
    The 2016 Sugar City Hoops Basketball Competition continued over the weekend at the East Sports Centre in Orange Walk Town over the weekend with a number of games. On Friday 16th September, in the U17 competition, Ever Ballaz edged out East Coast Ballerz by the score of 43-41. The top scorers for Ever Ballaz were Rasheed Reneau with 14 points, Shane Pollard with 9 points and Tyrique Dawson with 7 points. For the East Coast Ballerz, the top scorers were Javier Rosado Jr with 13 points, Kristan Puerto with 12 points and Norris Fisher with 10 points. In the U-25 competition, Belize Road Bullets over handily over the Devils by the score of 76-64. The top scorers for the Belize Road Bullets team were Andre Almendarez with 23 points, Brandon McKoy with 23 points and Hubert August with 11 points. For the Devils, the top scorers were Vicente Avila with 25 points, Leonard Jones with 17 points and Roman Alvarez with 7 points.

    35 years of Independence
    If one were to ask most Belizeans who are 45 years or older where they were at about 11:59 pm on Sunday, 20th September 1981, they would perhaps say they were at a Flag Raising Ceremony in their town or city or listings to it on radio, awaiting the stroke of midnight when the sirens would roar, fireworks would light up the sky, cannons would sound off , as the Union Jack would be lowered for the last time. In it’s place a brand new Belizean flag would be hoisted for the very first time. The new nation of Belize would be born. Although it all happened 35 years ago on that rainy September night, it is fresh in most of our minds as if though it happened a day or two ago. What followed on the 21st day was the actual reading of the proclamation and the delivery of the instrument that granted us our Independence from the United Kingdom .We unlike many of our Central American brothers and sisters did not have to go to war for our independence . For us it was gained without bloodshed.

    J’ouvert stirs up the September spirit
    This September has not had the usual energy that is normally associated with the month of celebrations. Significant events like Belikin Fest and Expo just seem to have snuck up and passed by. Some believe the lack of enthusiasm is due to post tramautic effects of Hurricane Earl. Others believe that it is based on the cumulative effect of hours and hours of negative news coverage. Whatever the cause, morale has been extremely low this September. Fortunately, Saturday, September 17, was J’ouvert morning, and along with treated mud, chocolate, powder and water, “jouvay” also brought a ton of much needed excitement. J’ouvert or Jouvay originated around the time of emancipation in Trinidad when, finally as free men, the people were able to participate in masquerade festivals. The former slaves embraced the carnival festival as a celebration of freedom. There are conflicting theories on the story behind painting the body. One theory is that the body was pasted with mud, paint and covered with powder for the slaves/former slaves to imitate the behaviour of the landowners at their masquerade festivals. One theory is the tradition is carried forward in remembrance of civil disobedience in Trinidad when the people pasted themselves with paint and oil to avoid being recognized. Most of us in Belize don’t know the reasons behind smearing ourselves but we surely have embraced Jouvay as a celebration of freedom and free spirit.

    No pay for Julius Espat
    Readers will remember when PUP’s Julius Espat was forcibly ejected from the House of Representatives for behaving like a spoilt child one time too many, disobeying the Standing Orders, getting into a shouting match with House Speaker Michael Peyrefitte, and disrespecting him. Well, for his suspension from the House, his constituency paycheck has been cut. If he thought that there would be no consequences for his disregard of rules, he certainly got a rude awakening when an official letter from Clerk of the National Assembly landed on his desk on Wednesday, September 14. In it, Eddie Webster, writes, “Please be informed that on August 26, 2016, at the House of Representatives Meeting of the National Assembly, Hon. Julius Espat, Member for Cayo South, was suspended. Therefore, no payment is due to Hon. Espat until there is a resolution of the House in accordance with Section 44(7) of the Standing Orders…”

    Who will the 13th Senator represent?
    The People’s United Party and Luke Palacio are at this point in time pushing for the selection or election of a 13th Senator. The BNTU sent the Prime Minister a letter asking for as much and the PUP have on countless occasions demanded this. In response to the request by the BNTU the Prime Minister replied like this: “The 13th Senator cannot be named at least until rules governing the modalities for selection have been worked out.” But more than the modalities being worked out, we need to ask ourselves, who will this 13th senator represent? Already there is representation by the Churches, the Unions, and the Business Community. So the question is who will the 13th Senator represent? How will that person be selected? Will it be by nomination or by election? We can see that the other senators have a base of people who they represent but it would be interesting to find out what base of people will the 13th senator represent.

    How will the Special Select Senate Committee be formed?
    With all that is being said about the proposed composition of the proposed Special Senate Committee we had to go and do our research as to the legality of those proposals. We have heard some persons who are LEGALLY TRAINED misquote the law. Some have even used some nonexistent laws to try and advance their misinformed arguments. Then there are those persons who like parrots just go with what they hear and repeat it to turn into a chorus. The information we found during our research was so easy to find . All we did was enter the words “Senate of Belize Standing Orders” in our search engine and hit the search button on our computer. In other words we GOOGLED it. By the way those fancy CELLPHONES that many of us have become accustomed to as either a fashion statement or an appendage to our elite status will give the same result . Our next step was to download and READ that information. Yes READ, that word that appears to be so much of a stranger to those brilliant legally trained persons we mentioned before. Starting at rule number 69 (1) and ending at 70 (3), was where we found the relevant section of the Standing Order that deals with the formulation and constituting of a Special Select Committee and we have included it below.

    Social partners matter - PM meets with unions
    Proving that the UDP Government values its relationship with the Social Partners, the Prime Minister has held back-to-back meetings with 6 different unions. 8 Days before he sat down and spoke with the leaders of the Churches, and it was decided that the Government will appeal the Section 53 judgment by the Chief Justice. That’s the famous decision which now allows for gay intimacy, among other consensual acts in the bedroom, to be decriminalized. The Government has made it abundantly clear that it will not appeal the substantive judgment, because it does not believe it is in the public interest to do so. By the act of appealing the decision, however, it allows for interested parties, namely the Roman Catholic Church, and the Evangelicals, to challenge the judgment itself. The Utility Unions, the Belize Energy Workers Union, the Belize Communication Workers Union, and the Belize Water Services Workers Union, were in solidarity with the Evangelical Churches, who had been demanding that the Government appeal. Now that the Barrow Administration has decided to do so, the Prime Minister sought an audience out with them on Friday, September 16. He no doubt communicated this to them directly, and he addressed whatever inquiries they may have had.

    Love FM can’t count?
    Love FM does a headcount using Shakron Mathematics. Under that system, which will henceforth be known as Shakromatics, 1+1 = 4 and some times 5, 6, 7, 8 or and other numbers, depending on who is counting, what time of the day is it? What occasion it is and how the count will affect the PUP? We don’t know if Rene was taught Shakromatics in the short time he spent at the gravesite of George Price along with the PUP Parliamentarians on Monday but he and his staff certainly learned quickly, and within a few minutes did their first test and passed with flying color when they reported that the PUP/BNTU demonstration had some 2000 teachers in attendance. That figure changed by news time about 2 hours later, to be ‘in the thousands.’

    Carlton Belisle remanded for attempted murder
    Hattieville resident Carlton Belisle is at the Belize Central Prison on remand after he was arraigned for robbing and trying to kill Francisco Reyes. Allegations are that Belisle took away a Samsung cellular phone valued at $255 from Reyes on August 5, 2016 and attacked him with a machete later that same day. The injuries to Reyes were serious and life threatening; therefore, Belisle was arrested for attempted murder. In court on Monday, September 19, Belisle was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser for charges of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, dangerous harm and robbery upon Francisco Reyes. Belisle was unrepresented when he appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Due to the nature of the offenses, bail was denied. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until November 22, 2016.

    Cop shoots gun during carnival
    Rookie police constable #1804 Kris Staine will face a police disciplinary tribunal for discharging his firearm in public during the Carnival Road March on Saturday, September 17. Staine is being accused by the Police Department of discharging his licensed Sig Sauer 9 mm pistol “without just cause”. PC Staine is the off duty police officer who was on Princess Margaret Drive during the carnival who the department alleges pulled out his licensed gun and fired a shot in the air, causing public terror. Staine claims he fired the shot because the area was getting out of control with a hostile group throwing bottles.

    Jason Garcia pleads guilty to assault and damage to property
    Jason Belisle/Garcia, 34, is lucky to be out on the streets after he pleaded guilty to common assault and damage to the property of Maurice Middleton before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Monday, September 19. Middleton reported to police that he got into an argument with Belisle at his home on Pelican Street Extension when Jason hit him in the back of the head and stomach. When he fell to the ground, Jason kicked him to the body. Fearing for his life, Middleton ran away to report the incident to police. While at the police station making a report, he received a text from Belisle saying, “I just want you to know yuh have no reason coming back to this house cause I burn up everything so kiss everything good bye.” He showed the officer the text and a mobile unit visited the house where they saw smoke coming from inside. An officer entered and saw a laptop on fire. She asked Belisle who set the laptop on fire and he said, “I burn up everything.” As a result, he was arrested and charged with common assault and damage to property.

    Justin Hyde out on bail
    Justin Hyde, 21, has been rearrested for major charges that were withdrawn against him in August of this year. On the weekend of Friday, April 17, 2015, a gunman forced himself into the home of Wendy Lambey on Curl Thompson Street and opened fire indiscriminately. According to Lambey, she was home with relatives when she heard the sound of gunshots coming from the veranda. She then realized that her 18-year-old son and his friend, Aaron Munnings, were being chased by a gunman. Her son and his friend ran inside for cover but that did not stop the gunman who chased behind them into the house and unleashed a barrage of bullets. Lambey was shot in both of her legs. She and Munnings were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where both were treated and released for gunshot injuries.

    Man arrested for the Crime of Rape
    As we had reported last week, a teenaged Belizean accompanied by her mother, both of Santa Familia Village, Cayo District, visited the police station to report that she was raped. The minor reported to police that on Tuesday 6th September 2016 about 2:00 pm Edric Alexander Cruz, whom she had met in the area of Dibary Store on Burns Avenue, offered her a ride on his blue motor cycle. The 40 year old male took her to her sister’s residence in the vicinity of Rolson’s Cocina and Cantina Restaurant as he was headed in the same direction. The 17 year old female further stated that her transporter passed the entrance to her intended stop and took her instead to an area she knows as Mosquito Ville. It was in Mosquito Ville where Edric Cruz stopped in front of his green and red cement house. He then took her inside where he took off her clothing and forced her unto a bed in the living room area and had sex with her against her will.

    Six teams qualify so far for the XXVI National Women’s Softball Championship
    The Belize Softball Federation is pleased to inform the softball community and the general public that the XXVI National Women’s Softball Championship will be played from September 30 – October 2, 2016, at Rogers Stadium the home of softball in Belize. The National Softball Championship is played between the champions and sub-champions of the Affiliated Associations that make up the Belize Softball Federation. The teams that have qualified so far for the XXVI National Women’s Softball Championship includes: Belize Rural ( Easy Does It from Flowers Bank and UB Jaguars), Cayo Softball Association ( Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy and Unitedville Rebels United) and from the Stann Creek Association ( Independence United and Silk Grass Royale Girlz).

    Independence United is Stann Creek Association Softball champions
    The Stann Creek Softball Association 2016 came to an end on Sunday 18th September out at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village, Stann Creek District. In the championship game played, Independence United blasted Silk Grass Royale Girlz by the score of 19-4 in three innings to capture the Stann Creek Softball Association 2016 championship. The winning pitcher was Desiree Gordon and the losing pitcher was Sandy Depaz. In game four while playing from the losers’ bracket, Independence United out-scored the previously undefeated Silk Grass Royale Girlz by the score of 12 to 5 to force a game 5. The winning pitcher was Desiree Gordon in relief of Kern Andrews who pitched 4 innings while giving out 5 runs.

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    Militant teachers bring heat on Barrow!
    The inclement weather hanging over the country did not deter the thousands of teachers who stayed out of their classrooms this morning, to send home the message of their discontent with the United Democratic Party government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, which has failed to convince them to accept a deferral of the three percent salary adjustment that had previously been agreed upon between the BNTU leadership and the government. The mood in Belmopan was made more somber by the weather and the presence of a large detachment of police, made up mostly of recruits from the police’s training school, that stood as a barrier between the protesters and the National Assembly building after the teachers held their rally inside the Belmopan Civic Center, which overflowed outside with hundreds of teachers under tents set up for the occasion, before they marched onto the steps of the National Assembly building, where the peaceful protest ended shortly after 1:00 p.m.

    Debbie Humes succumbs to her injuries
    The Soca Mocah carnival band, comprised of about 160 members, is the Senior Category defending Carnival Road March 2015 Champion. This year, however, members of the band had tears in their eyes, as they mourned the death of their fellow dancer and member, Debbie Humes, 39, of Belize City, who was killed less than 20 hours before the much-anticipated Carnival Road March 2016 when she was crushed beneath the home of Marsha Smith on Dolphin Street (the meeting spot for the band) after the house collapsed, trapping about 20 to 25 revelers under it. The victims suffered varying degrees of injuries to their arms, heads, ankles and legs. Four were seriously injured, including Debbie Humes, a senior dancer who later died as a result of her injuries.

    Howell Longsworth, UDP stalwart turned pastor
    This is a short story of politician turned pastor, Pastor Howell Longsworth, who has a history of attracting controversy. After the UDP’s Derek Aikman was expelled from his Freetown seat in the House of Representatives in late 1992 on the grounds of bankruptcy, Howell Longsworth, a businessman, was anointed his successor. However, many political pundits believed that Longsworth’s entrance to politics came at the expense of Aikman, who many believe was targeted not really because of bankruptcy, but because of his opposition to the Maritime Areas Bill which the ruling PUP had proposed, and the Opposition UDP had also supported. In international law, Belize is allowed to claim twelve miles of territorial waters. However, in the Maritime Areas Bill, Belize would only claim three miles, allowing Guatemala and Honduras access to the seas down south as an incentive to Guatemala for them to recognize our independence and territorial integrity.

    PUP parliamentarians surrender financial statements to the Integrity Commission office
    The Opposition People’s United Party celebrated National Service Day, today, Monday, September 19, by first laying wreaths on the tomb of the late PUP Leader, Rt. Hon. George Price, who died five years ago today, and from the Lord Ridge Cemetery in Belize City, a convoy of PUP parliamentarians journeyed to Belmopan and further honored the legacy and spirit of Price by declaring their assets and liabilities at the Integrity Commission office, staffed by its secretary, because government has not appointed an Integrity Commission. The idea of an Integrity Commission came about during the reform of governance that was undertaken when Belize signed into law the Prevention of Corruption in Public life Act in 2007. Since the signing of the Prevention of Corruption Act, however, there has never been an Integrity Commission appointed.

    Sarstoon Island challenge concludes successfully
    The Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge which was partially carried out by the Belize Territorial Volunteers, led by Wil Maheia, a nationalist, civic leader and businessman of Punta Gorda, was held on Saturday, September 17, and it was hailed as a success. About 500 people converged at Barranco, and at about 9:00 that morning, about 50 people in kayaks and canoes lined up at the wharf to participate in the Sarstoon Island Challenge. Wil Maheia said that the challenge was to paddle from Barranco to Sarstoon Island, paddle around the island and back to Barranco, a journey of about 8 miles. Prizes were presented to the top 5 finishers in each category. Maheia told us that the Eco Tourism Challenge was designed as a tour for Belizeans to see the eco-tourism benefits of the Sarstoon Island, to familiarize Belizeans with the island, since it is a part of the Jewel, and to test the weight of the agreement for peace between Guatemala and Belize in the Sarstoon area.

    Woodrow West’s Honduras Progreso earns dramatic 2-1 home win
    As bad as things were last Tuesday for Police United at the FFB Stadium, with their 11-0 shellacking from Mexico’s Pachuca in Group E, we have been keeping an eye on our home boy, Woodrow West, who is the starting goalkeeper for Honduras Progreso in Group A of the Scotiabank/CONCACAF Champions League 2016-2017. And the news is much better with Woodrow, whose H. Progreso is still in contention for the top spot in Group A. Group A includes W. Connection of Trinidad & Tobago, Pumas of Mexico and H. Progreso of Honduras. Pumas had beaten H. Progreso 2-0 in Mexico. But last Thursday night, September 15, as we were going to press, H. Progreso, after being down 1-0, rebounded to defeat Pumas, 2-1, in Honduras. Pumas, still has the edge, having beaten W. Connection 4-2 in Trinidad, while H. Progreso only managed a 1-1 draw with W. Connection in Trinidad. Nevertheless, it was a great victory for West and H. Progreso in front of their Honduran fans.

    The Jewel at 35
    It is said that when the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) demonstrate on Monday morning, September 19, in Belmopan to emphasize its different areas of dissatisfaction with the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) government, it would be the fifth such demonstration in the capital city against the Dean Barrow administration within the last month. The government of Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dean Barrow is under fire on several fronts, but none of the demonstrations have yet featured the size and ferocity of those which shook the People’s United Party (PUP) government of Prime Minister Said Musa in late 2004 and early 2005. In late 2004/early 2005, there was one overriding issue, which was the abusive, corrupt handling of Belize’s public finances, as exposed at the Social Security Board (SSB) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC). It is notable, if not surprising, that within the now Opposition PUP there is still an extremist fringe which claims that all things blue would still be bright and beautiful had it not been for the challenge to the Musa administration by 7 Cabinet Ministers in August of 2004. Those 7 PUP Cabinet Ministers, incidentally, included the present PUP Leader, John Briceño, and his National Deputy Leader, Cordel Hyde. At the time of the so-called G-7, Mr. Briceño was the Deputy Leader of the PUP, and Deputy Prime Minister of Belize.

    Mario Lara talks about Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge experience
    On Saturday, September 17, 2016, I was happy to be back home in the land of my birth and proud to be able to stand up in peaceful solidarity with the Belize Territorial Volunteers. Several months ago, fed up with the lack of robust support the Belize Territorial Volunteers was getting, the divisive politics in Belize and the lackadaisical attitude of Belize’s Ministry of Foreign affairs as it relates to the national issue of defending Belize’s territorial integrity, I decided to become more involved, as a non-partisan Belizean living in the Diaspora. After writing to my congressman and protesting with other Belizeans living abroad in front of the Guatemalan consulate in Los Angeles, I decided that it wasn’t enough to protest from afar and so I took it a step further and created a go-fund-me account to raise funds to stage a peace rally in Belize and encourage as many Belizeans as possible to peacfully assert Belize’s territorial integrity by visiting Sarstoon Island.

    No injuries during Carnival Road March, say police
    A shot was fired by an off-duty policeman on Princess Margaret Drive during the 2016 Carnival Road March that was held in the city on Saturday, September 17. The incident occurred at about 5:30 that Saturday afternoon. When the shot was fired, there was mass confusion and panic among the spectators, and there was even panic among the carnival revelers. Police who were nearby quickly addressed the situation and arrested the policeman. However, no one was injured. The policeman reported that he fired a warning shot in the air because, while watching the carnival, he was attacked by two men who were throwing bottles at him.

    Sarstoon Island challenge concludes successfully
    The Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge which was partially carried out by the Belize Territorial Volunteers, led by Wil Maheia, a nationalist, civic leader and businessman of Punta Gorda, was held on Saturday, September 17, and it was hailed as a success. About 500 people converged at Barranco, and at about 9:00 that morning, about 50 people in kayaks and canoes lined up at the wharf to participate in the Sarstoon Island Challenge. Wil Maheia said that the challenge was to paddle from Barranco to Sarstoon Island, paddle around the island and back to Barranco, a journey of about 8 miles. Prizes were presented to the top 5 finishers in each category. Maheia told us that the Eco Tourism Challenge was designed as a tour for Belizeans to see the eco-tourism benefits of the Sarstoon Island, to familiarize Belizeans with the island, since it is a part of the Jewel, and to test the weight of the agreement for peace between Guatemala and Belize in the Sarstoon area.

    PUP parliamentarians surrender financial statements to the Integrity Commission office
    The Opposition People’s United Party celebrated National Service Day, today, Monday, September 19, by first laying wreaths on the tomb of the late PUP Leader, Rt. Hon. George Price, who died five years ago today, and from the Lord Ridge Cemetery in Belize City, a convoy of PUP parliamentarians journeyed to Belmopan and further honored the legacy and spirit of Price by declaring their assets and liabilities at the Integrity Commission office, staffed by its secretary, because government has not appointed an Integrity Commission. The idea of an Integrity Commission came about during the reform of governance that was undertaken when Belize signed into law the Prevention of Corruption in Public life Act in 2007. Since the signing of the Prevention of Corruption Act, however, there has never been an Integrity Commission appointed.

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    Financial Secretary addresses state of nation’s finances on eve of Independence Day
    At court today, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, who gave a deposition on behalf of the Government for the CCJ’s B.T.L. arbitration hearing, gave tough answers to critical questions on the state of the Belizean economy and the ever-expanding debt obligations that Belize must meet. […]

    Dunkeld Investments and G.O.B. told to work out BTL arbitration dispute
    Work it out! That is what a three-judge panel of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) advised the attorneys representing Dunkeld International Investments and the Government of Belize to do with all possible speed after listening to two hours of arguments by video-conference between […]

    Belize Makes Strong Statement at the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit
    Belize made a strong statement to 120 Member States, and 18 International Organizations and Observer Countries at the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit.Today Belize called on Member States to hold to the 2030 Development Agenda agreed at the United Nations in 2015. Minister of […]

    Farmers affected by Earl get literal seed capital
    The International Regional Organization for Health in Agriculture (OIRSA) on Friday handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development 82 packs of hybrid tomato and sweet pepper seeds as support to the small farmers that were affected by the […]

    The Belize Progressive Party calls on the PUP to pay “POCA Fines”
    The Belize Progressive Party (BPP), in a press release, described the People’s United Party’s (PUP) declaration of assets as “a classic case of concocted deception”. In the release sent out this morning, the BPP says the PUP’s actions only touched a part of the entire picture. The BPP accuses the PUP of making the gesture purely for political expediency given the full scope of matters as it relates to the Prevention of Corruption Act (POCA). The party quoted Section 19 (1) a – c and (2) (1) a – c of the POCA and believe that the PUP, by way of this latest show, has fallen far short of their legal obligation. “In effect, they ‘forgot’ to pay their dues! The math is simple: $100 is assessed for every day you are late in declaring your assets. There is also a $3,000 and $5,000 fine for first and second offenses. Certainly they have not forgotten this, for it was the PUP who amended the Prevention of Corruption Act (POCA) in 2007,” the BPP said.

    The sound of the music of Belize
    Friday night’s SoundFest was a critical success but likely a commercial failure in that attendance was poor but the music, man the music was great, the best I have heard live from a Belizean stage in some time. I do not know for sure but I was told it was broadcast on KREM TV so some of you reading this may have gotten to view and listen to some of the performances. I am one of those people who think that the real power of the art of music making is in the live experience though. A recording and a broadcast is a form of the art filtered through a medium and it dulls and removes some of the primal, atavistic response elicited from your being when you hear/feel the notes vibrated/blended together directly from voices/instruments. But that’s just me.

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    The Only Drama I Want in My Life is on TV
    This post goes out as a wise bit of advice to everyone who came for a Belize vacation, fell in love with Ambergris Caye and started thinking about how they could move here. Ambergris is a colorful, funky island with friendly people. It is no surprise that people would instantly fall in love and want to relocate here. I did after one 3 week vacation no less. But it is not all fun in the sun and boat rides. Just like any small town, this island can be very “Peyton Place.” There are people out there (just like everywhere) who are drama magnets and like to spread false gossip. Unfortunately that sometimes means that people who are trying to mind their own business and playing “by the rules” get caught in the crossfire. Having lived here 10.5 years at the time I am writing this post I can say I have witnessed a lot of that kind of craziness over the years. Thankfully for the most part I have managed to be a spectator and not a participant.

    13 Reasons Why You Should Never, Ever Bring Your Kids to Belize!
    As a parent, you’re zealous about monitoring what your kids see and do in today’s crazy world; it’s your job to help them steer clear of experiences that could damage them for life. We’re concerned too, and feel it only right that we inform you about reasons you should never bring your children here. Consider all of them and we’re sure you’ll agree that taking them on vacation to Belize is the worst idea you’ve ever had! 1. If you leave them home, you’ll protect them from having nightmares you’re pretty sure will result from taking them to Mayan hot spots were crystal skeletons, bones and creepy vestiges of Belize’s historical past await. You don’t want to expose them to ancient civilizations, right? 2. Dining out could be a horrific experience if you bring your children to Belize! This many tastes, smells and culinary sensations could, heaven forbid, turn them into mini-gourmands who refuse to eat frozen pizza and peanut butter once their palates are exposed our delicious and tasty foods. 3. Don’t let your kids anywhere near Belize’s bounty of marine wildlife. It’s ever so much more important to keep your kids in the dark about marine biology so they continue to grow up believing that Flipper, Nemo and Sponge Bob are real.

    The Many Faces of Belize Carnival
    Rice and beans is considered by many as the foundation of Belizean Cuisine. Typically served with your choice of meat and served with a side of potato salad/cole slaw and fried plantains, you’re sure to find this savoury dish being served in households, restaurants and food stalls across Belize. Cooked in coconut milk to delectable perfection, rice and beans is a dish prepared with both skill and passion. While it doesn’t take a renowned culinary chef to make it, Belizeans of almost every culture have added their unique spin to this dish that is sought after by both international travelers and locals alike. If you're a foodie like us, you'll be sure to enjoy our cooking guide to making Belizean Rice & Beans:

    Your Belize Cooking Guide - How To Make Belizean Rice & Beans
    One of the biggest September Celebrations events took place in Belize City this past weekend (September 17th, 2015) - the annual Carnival Road March, which surely did not disappoint fans who lined the streets of the “Old Capital” to witness the celebration. Just in case you missed it, here are our picks for the Many Faces of Belize Carnival 2016:

    The Ix Chel Villas at Chaa Creek: A New Standard For Luxurious Belizean Accommodations
    For over 35 years the Lodge at Chaa Creek has evolved slowly and organically, growing from a few simple thatch-roofed cottages to become one of Belize’s most universally acclaimed and highly awarded eco-resorts. Along the way we’ve taken pride in demonstrating, time and again, that environmental sustainability and responsible tourism can coexist with the highest degrees of comfort, quality and service. And now, an exciting new addition to our wide range of lodgings is setting new standards of excellence for luxury accommodations in a natural setting. The new Ix Chel Villas take everything we’ve learned over the years to a whole new level of understated elegance by marrying contemporary Green technology with a fresh, yet distinctively Belizean design. Nestled on a verdant bank overlooking the Macal River Valley, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and doors providing private, sweeping 180° views of the surrounding rainforest, the Ix Chel Villas offer a serene sensory experience that is guaranteed to soothe the body and invigorate the spirit.

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    A new doc investigates murder allegations against John McAfee and finds chilling answers
    “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee,” which recently had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and will air on Showtime September 24, is a revealing look at McAfee’s time in Belize from the locals who were there alongside him, and some who allegedly followed through on violent acts ordered by McAfee — including murder. In “Gringo,” Burstein goes to Belize and gains the trust of McAfee’s associates, members of his security detail, and numerous women to learn of McAfee’s alleged involvement in not just the Faull case but other crimes. McAfee (who has contributed to Business Insider in the past) declined to be filmed for the movie but Burstein does include correspondence the two had via email. “I’ve always been fascinated by people who are under the spotlight of coming from fame, money, power, and how that affects them,” Burstein told Business Insider at TIFF. “So John is someone I read about when he was escaping to Guatemala, and there was tons of press, but I still had a lot to learn. There were a lot of surprises along the way.”

    GRINGO DIGS DEEP INTO JOHN MCAFEE’S HEART OF DARKNESS
    THERE’S A SCENE early in Nanette Burstein’s documentary Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee where the antivirus-pioneer-turned-fugitive-turned-presidential-candidate rides his boat down a river in the jungles of Belize and tells the cameraman: “Get ready for some serious Heart of Darkness shit here.” The McAfee-as-Colonel-Kurtz imagery is nothing new, but the revelations in Burstein’s film make them harder than ever to ignore. That’s especially true considering MGT Capital Investments recently announced plans to bring on the “eccentric millionaire” as CEO, meaning McAfee, who fled Belize four years ago as authorities sought to question him following the murder of his neighbor, is now back in the public consciousness. Burstein says she began researching McAfee after she read Joshua Davis’ December 2012 profile in WIRED. “I’m fascinated with people that are gifted and smart and wealthy and powerful, that have, at times, crossed the line,” says Burstein, who has made acclaimed documentaries about both Robert Evans and Tonya Harding. “I became riveted, and then I became obsessed. And I uncovered things I never expected to uncover.”

    France just became the first country to ban all plastic plates, cups, and utensils
    France just passed a law that says all plastic plates, cups, and utensils will be banned by 2020, and replacements will need to be made from biologically sourced materials that can be composted. The new law follows a total ban on plastic shopping bags in July, and is part of the country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act - a plan to make France a world leader in adopting more environmentally friendly practices, and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With 4.73 billion plastic goblets discarded in France in 2015 alone, and roughly 17 billion plastic bags used annually in supermarkets around the country, the new laws will hopefully put an end to France’s dependence on disposable plastic wares. According to the new law, the distribution of disposable plastic bags at supermarket check-outs has been banned as of July, and plastic bags will be prohibited in fruit and vegetable departments from 1 January 2017. A ban on the distribution of disposable cooking utensils, cups, and plates will be enforced in 2020, which will give manufacturers time to adjust.

    Belize in Top 7 Adventure Tour Destinations for 2017
    Belize is ranked 3rd in Stride Magazine's Top 7 Adventure Tour Destinations for 2017. Cayo's Xunantunich and Caracol are mentioned. "Belize has been a ‘go to’ destination for years among American retirees looking to settle down in a friendly and warm country close to home. But you don’t need to wait for retirement to take advantage of Belize’s world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. A guided tour will ensure you gain access to the top snorkeling and diving spots like the Lighthouse Reef atoll, home to the famous Blue Hole. A tour guide will also provide local insights and historical context when visiting places like the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich and Caracol."

    Videos

  • "El Canti" Belize Jaguar - Birmingham Zoo Wildlife Conservation Outreach, 5min. Birmingham Zoo Special Projects Manager Terra Manasco ventures to the jungles of southern Belize as a key participant in a jaguar conservation study.

  • Belize Carnival Road March 2016, 13min. The carnival road march is the most anticipated event in September as part of our celebration that leads up to our independence day here in Belize. A day when the Caribbean flavor of the Country is in full effect. From the music, the colorful costumes the dancing and the people there is a big party on the streets of Belize. If you're a local or a visitor you must be a witness to the amazing carnival day in the Belize

  • 2016 Belize Trip Highlights, 6min. Our mission team got the opportunity to minister to the people of Belize. Here is a video of some of the highlights of the trip.

  • MIKADO STORE, 1min.

  • San Pedro Independence Fireworks from last night!, 1/2min.

  • 2016 Independence Celebrations in San Pedro, 11min.

  • Best of Belize, 6min. Historical video

  • Caye Caulker Island Belize Tours, 14min. Caye Caulker Belize Tours. Caye Caulker, located 21 miles northeast of Belize City and 11 miles south of Ambergris Caye, is the second largest of the Belizean cayes.

  • CARNIVAL, 4min.

  • Belize Social Investment Fund, Aguacate Water System, 4min. Belize Social Investment Fund Aguacate Water System in Toledo, Belize Central America

  • Timelapse Stars and Clouds, 10sec. View of the night sky from the house we rented in Belize

  • 2016 Carnival King & Queen Competition in Belize, 4min. Carnival King & Queen Competition 2016 at Marion Jones Stadium, Belize City ( Saturday, 3 September,2016)

  • Belize Day 4: Chris and Leah Adventure to Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Feathers., 5.5min. Chris and Leah go from Ian Anderson’s Cave’s Branch to Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize. It took two car taxis and a boat taxi to get to Diana’s Air BnB residence: Feathers.

  • Belize Carnival Parade, 3min.

  • Tour of San Pedro, Belize Part 1, 4min.

  • Tour of San Pedro, Belize Part 2, 7min.

  • Tour of San Pedro, Belize Part 3, 2min.


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