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#504653 - 05/28/15 06:52 AM Today's Belize News: May 28, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Top 5 Belizean Eats
Travelling to Belize is not recommended for just anyone! You see, if you don’t enjoy catamaran sailing, zip lining through jungles, snorkeling, beach lounging, rich culture, friendly folks and DELICIOUS FOOD- well, we recommend you seek a less awesome destination! But if you’re up for an awesome Belizean adventure, welcome! While we Belizeans take our fun seriously, there’s one thing that’s definitely just as important: FOOD! We love the real stuff, so leave your diets at home cause there’ll be no calorie counting on this vacation! There’s an endless list of delicious dishes but here’s our Top Five must tries: Rice and Beans, Fry Jacks, Salbutes, Meat Pies, Tamales.

Tiger Sharks narrowly defeat Belmopan Red Taigaz in first playoff match
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks continue swimming towards the 2015 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) championship. Now in the best of three playoff series, the defending champions defeated the Belmopan Red Taigaz in a narrow match on Saturday, May 23rd. At the end of the regular season the top four teams that had advanced to the playoffs included the Cayo Western Ballaz, Dagriga Warriors, Belmopan Red Taigaz and San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The #1 seed (Cayo Western Ballaz) were pitted against the #4 seed (Dangriga Warriors), while the #2 seed (San Pedro Tiger Sharks) took on the #3 seed (Belmopan Red Taigaz). The two top teams had home court advantage this weekend and they both defended their territory fiercely. San Pedro Tiger Sharks hosted the Belmopan Red Taigaz at the Angel Nunez Auditorium on Saturday, May 24th in the first matchup of their best-of-three series. The defending champs jumped out to a great start, taking a 13 point lead against Belmopan Red Taigaz, but at the end of the third quarter, the Red Taigaz were able to close the gap. However, the Tiger Sharks were not about to give up the fight, and they pushed for the lead in the final quarter of the game to claim a 74-72 victory. Tiger Sharks’ Ashton Edwards had the games’ highest score of 25 points. Edwards shot 67% from the field, hitting 10 of his 15 field goals, with three three pointers and nailing both free throws. Darwin “Puppy” Leslie tallied 17 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Tyrone Edwards scored nine points and four assists. Milton James finished the night for the Tiger Sharks with nine points and four rebounds. With the win, the defending champions are one game away from advancing to the NEBL finals for the second consecutive year. The Belmopan Red Taigaz must win the next match at their home current to send back the series back to San Pedro.

Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Presents US$5 million Grant to Government of Belize
Today in Belize City, His Excellency Benjamin Ho, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) presented a cheque in the sum of US$5 million to the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Belize. The cheque is the grant from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize for the year 2015 under the Bilateral Cooperation Program between the two countries. The purpose of the grant is to assist in the development of Belize. The Government of Belize will use the funds to cover a part of the expenditures on key infrastructure projects, including the Belize City Southside Poverty Alleviation Project Phase III, the extension of the Southern Highway to Jalacte in the Toledo District, and for the new crossing of the Macal River in San Ignacio/Santa Elena.

Rafael Ramirez and Arvington Neal charged for the murder of Dionicio Trujillo
San Pedro Police Department has solved yet another murder investigation. On Friday, May 22nd, 40-year-old Rafael Ramirez and 25-year-old Neal where jointly charged for the murder of 42-year-old Dionicio Trujillo. Trujillo was found murdered on Sunday, May 3rd in the Marina Area in the south end of San Pedro Town. After extensive investigation, police had sufficient evidence to charge both men with one count of “Murder”. According to Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Department, Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemmott, Neal, who is from San Ignacio Town, was found in possession of Trujillo’s cellular phone. “Neal was a person of interest in this murder. After conducting investigation we found him in San Ignacio with Trujillo’s phone. According to initial investigation, Trujillo had his phone the day he was murdered. After Neal was arrested and questioned, Neal confessed to the offense,” said Jemmott. As for Ramirez, Jemmott indicated that he confessed to the murder to an inmate while detained at the San Pedro Police Station. Ramirez had been previously detained several time while the investigation was ongoing. “With the evidence we have, we proceeded to charge both men. We believe that the motive for the murder was a personal dispute between the men,” said Jemmott.

Ambergris Today

25 Years Ago - Useful Gadgets Used in Yester Years In The Village of San Pedro
Okay we have seen the charcoal irons, the gasoline and kerosene irons, the comal or hot plate, the egg beater, and the waffle iron. How about a few more for this week as we walk about an old kitchen or house in the tiny village of San Pedro, the home to coconut farmers and fishermen. ICE CREAM MAKER: Yes even in the 1950’s the village folks would enjoy from time to time a good home-made ice- cream, that is, whenever they were able to place their hands on a chunk of ice. My father who had a small saloon had one of these old fashioned ice cream tubs that looked just like this one in picture. The interesting thing is that it had a handle that had to be spun for about an hour in order to get the ice cream texture. COCONUT GRATER: The coconut grater was an extremely useful gadget simply because the island folks used the coconut meat or grated coconut in many forms, and menus. First let us look at the two kinds of graters. The first one used mostly in San Pedro was the piece of metal sharpened like a hand saw and riveted unto a piece of wood for it to be rigid. ICE SHAVER: There are so many kinds of electric ice shavers used to make snow cones and other goodies, but the old fashioned does its job quite well and inexpensively. It was a metal case with a sharp metal blade at the bottom that worked in exactly the same manner as a wood plain.

Kayakers Battle at 11th Annual Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge
What at Tight Race! – Last year competitors of the San Pedro Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge battled the elements as rough seas and high winds tested each paddler to their limit, but this year it was each team against each other. The battle for first place was hotly contested by two teams only ten seconds apart. The 11th kayak race took place on Saturday, May 22 to Sunday, May 23, 2015. The overall sentiment of all the participants is that the kayak race is very difficult, testing the strength, endurance and will of each team. Out of the 24 teams that started the race on day one, six did not make it to the finish line the next day. The race includes a 25-mile paddle to the northern border of the island on the back side and back down to the 17 miles to San Pedro Town and the finish line. Ten seconds or roughly ten hard strides was what separated first and second place in this year’s competition. Taking the first place trophy and $3,000 was Carlos Ramirez and James Alford, the Environmental Defense Fund team under the name ‘Hole Me Tite’. They beat out Alfonso Lind and Daniel Gregorio, the Belize Coast Guard team under the name BCG Boys. It took both teams roughly about nine and half hours to complete the two-day race.

Two Charged for Taximan Trujillo’s Murder
Police made four arrests for the murder of Jose Beltran, the first of two taximen killed within a week’s time in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Now, police have arrested and charged two men for the murder of the second taximan, Donicio Trujillo. Rafael Ramirez, 40yrs Guatemalan laborer, and Arvington Neal, 25yrs Belizean of San Ignacio, have been jointly charged for murder, remanded to the Belize Central Prison and await their first court hearing.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

The objectives of this training are to stress the importance of branding, labeling, and packaging in marketing your product. The attractiveness and appearance of your product, attitude and style of the seller is as important as the product itself. Kindly register before May 28, 2015 COST: $35.00. Location for Workshop: BTEC Building, ITVet compound, Belize City Workshop Date: May 29th, 2015 9am to 12pm

The first adult female hawksbill turtle tagged at Lighthouse Reef Atol
HUGE EXCITEMENT at MarAlliance and rated as "Explodingly Exciting" on our Excite-o-Meter: The first adult female hawksbill turtle tagged at Lighthouse Reef Atoll (on the 15th of May as part of our Marine Megafauna Monitoring program) is swimming very directly towards the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. You can follow her movements here: http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?tag_id=149267 She does not yet have a name! With your support for her satellite tracking costs for the year, you get to name her. IM us for more details.

The Result of Yang Ming International Competition
The result of the Yang Ming 5th International Adolescents Painting competition of Republic of China from last summer is finally here. The theme is “The beauty of the sea” and our student Kammie Enriquez won a Bronze Medal for Belize, there are also 4 other students: Justin Chen, Amuri Amoa, Nathida Alvorado and George Eraso who’s art works received Honorable Mentions. Kammie is a primary student studying in standard 4, who also enjoy reading, dancing, karate….. She decided to use the family trip to Hopkins Inn as her topic. Her painting illustrated the beauty of her home town.

Placencia Hosts The Second Regatta of BzSA's 2015 Optimist Dinghy Ranking Series
On Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, 2015, The Placencia Sailing Club's six sailors and their supporters treated 15 sailors from 5 other clubs and their retinues to Placencia's 3rd Annual Optimist Regatta. The quests' consensus is that Placencia always provides great hospitality and excellently managed regattas, and this was no exception. One reason is that Commodore Alvin Cabral Jr., his wife Maria, and the rest of the club, garner sponsorship and assistance from the Placencia Village Council and no less than 53 businesses and citizens of the community. As BzSA sailors move beyond home waters to international events, such broad support for sailing will become increasingly vital. Placencia is an entertaining and unique sailing venue. High winds and big waves challenge sailors off the long sweep of beach to the east, where Saturday's 4 races were held. It is tough on equipment and the Did Not Finish (DNFs) and Did Not Start (DNSs) in the results chart testifies to that. The winds had grown progressively in strength and gustiness up to 15-20 knots throughout Saturday afternoon. Commodore Cabral thought seriously about abandoning the day's 4th race. There had been only one capsize all day, though; so he said 'Sail on!' and he was right.

Turtle nesting season has begun!
Our first nest for the season!

May 26th/15

Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Presents US$5 million Grant to Government of Belize
oday in Belize City, His Excellency Benjamin Ho, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) presented a cheque in the sum of US$5 million to the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Belize. The cheque is the grant from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize for the year 2015 under the Bilateral Cooperation Program between the two countries. The purpose of the grant is to assist in the development of Belize.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, May 27, 2015: 58

Wildtracks track manatee
Interested in seeing what Rameses, the most recent Antillean manatee rehabilitated and released from Wildtracks has been up to? Here is the first batch of satellite tracking maps, from the start of his soft release in February to his entry into Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in the second week in April...

Rameses is an Antillean manatee - an endangered sub-species of the West Indian manatee. He is part of an estimated 800 to 1,000 of these gentle mammals that live in Belize, a stronghold for this species. Rameses arrived at Wildtracks on July 19th, 2013 as a ten month old calf, weighing 110lbs. He was rescued by the Manatee Stranding Network, led by Jamal Galves, from a canal in the Belize City area, where he had been found floating on the surface, with a collapsed lung and deep, open propeller wounds on his back, inflicted by a passing boat. For the first weeks in rehabilitation, he was unable to dive under the water surface - though bobbing around on the surface didn't restrict his appetite in any way. As he started to recover, he happily consumed three to four buckets of seagrass a day, as well as water hyacinths, mangrove propagules and algae growing in the lagoon enclosure.

Savannah Summer Camp 2015
This is a first of a kind event happening at the Savannah Forest Station, Stann Creek District.

The Belize Zoo will once again be accepting 30 young Belizeans to explore and appreciate our natural heritage through our week long conservation camp. Zoo tours, field trips, field research, roleplays, and environmental games are some of the many activities campers will participate in, and hopefully leave equipped with conservation-minded attitudes. June 29th to July 3rd are the dates this year, so, parents, start applying! Campers must be 12-17 years of age, and come prepared for 4 nights and 5 days of activities. More info and registration forms can be requested from education@belizezoo.org, or outreach@belizezoo.org, or call the Zoo at 822-8000.

Get your "Living with Jaguars" calendar today
(June 2015 - May 2016)!!! Only 20 limited supply of calendars going for BZD $30 each. Proceeds contribute to Jaguar conservation work with farmers. Contact us at 722-0108 or email max.caal@yaaxche.org. With sufficient request, more can be printed for 2016.

May 2015 Placencia Breeze
INSIDE May 2015 Page 5: Graphic Designer and Belize Outdoor Enthusiast Brings May 2015 Flag to Life Page 6: Editoral: Swim! Forest! Swim! Page 7: Food Festival Blowout! Page 8: A Poem for Bob the Poet Page 9: Photographing Easter in Placencia Page 11: Hand Wash Hand at PHS Furball Page 11: Take the Placencia Humane Society Quiz! Page 13: Turtle Inn Staff Takes on Victoria Peak with Peak Performance & Physique Page 14: Peninsula Citizens Stands in Solidarity with Global Citizens Against Offshore Oil Drilling Page 21: Fragments of Hope Celebrates Eight Years at Coral Mixer Page 23: Plea for Basketball Court in Seine Bight Answered Page 25: Izak Stands Tall After Spelling Bee District Finals Page 25: Student of the Month Page 27: Placencia Humane Society Launches Restaurant Run Page 27: Placencia Sailing Club Hosts Third Annual Regatta

Channel 7

Wild Is The West: "Deeds" Dead, Decapitated
The west is awash in a wave of unprecedented violence tonight after another decapitated body was found today. “Steve” Hyde known as “Deeds” is a cousin of the notorious Russell Hyde and he was found in a shallow grave at a farm just outside Camalote today around midday. He had been decapitated. Police suspect that he was killed because he witnessed the murder of 28-year-old Edilberto Madrid known as “DUDES”, of Roaring Creek Village. He was reported missing on Monday May 25. Now his former associate, “Deeds” was the caretaker of Russell Hyde’s farm – and he was also reported missing on Monday. And now he too is dead, and found beheaded.

Roaring Creek Revisited, The Terror
So, what befell Edilberto Madrid? He was found decapitated, dismembered and disemboweled in the Roaring Creek River near the Young Bank Road, also in Camalote Village. A post mortem showed that he had a large vertical cut from the chest to the abdomen and all limbs and his head were missing. It’s a level of barbarity Belize has not seen before. And while that level of human cruelty confounds even outsiders – it has destroyed his family. Today Courtney Weatherburne went west to talk to them: Courtney Weatherburne Reporting… Looking out unto this emerald green river in Roaring Creek, evokes a sense of serenity - with it perfect stillness. That tranquility was shattered/interrupted on Tuesday morning when 28 year old Edilberto Madrid’s headless body was found floating near these broken tree limbs. It was a ghastly sight – too graphic to reveal.

Police Make Arrest In Double Murder Of Americans
And while those two murders are far from being solved, to others have been. An 18 year old has been arrested and charged with burglary in connection with the double murder in Teakettle. It happened on Friday May 15th at the Estate of American Julian Christopher Jones. Jones hired 61 Paul David Signorino to finish a plumbing job at his Estate on Friday but Signorino never returned home. Both Jones and Signorino were found dead in Jones’ home that Friday evening. Jones had been chopped to the head while Signorino was shot twice to the head. 18 year old Teakettle resident Shaylon Santos has been arrested and charged with burglary. Why only burglary? Well Belmopan police say they do not have enough evidence to charge him with murder. Police believe it was a burglary turned murder and they are still investigating the case. They would not release his photo because he is a suspect in other ongoing investigations.

Search For A Petrocaribe Compromise, Unions Meet With PM
Ever since the Barrow Administration passed the Petrocaribe Loans Act, it has been receiving blowback from the social partners who say that the law circumvents the oversight mechanisms of the Finance and Audit Reform Act. The Unions have been most vocal, especially against the retroactive effect of the law. In an attempt at appeasement, the Prime Minister has crafted amendments to bring the law more in line with the expectations of its critics. To this end, he invited the National Trade Union Congress of Belize to a meeting at his Belize City Office this afternoon. It lasted a little under 2 and a half hours and during which time, the PM discussed his reasoning with the Union representatives and the purpose of each of the offending portions of the Act that they take issue with. At the end of the meeting, President Marvin Mora and 2nd Vice President Audrey Matura-Shepherd discussed told the media how the discussion went: Marvin Mora - President, NTUCB "The amendment itself that the government is proposing is addressing some of the major issues that in hindsight probably could have been addressed by the government then if they had done consultation.

Matura Shepherd The Attorney Called Before Court
Audrey Matura – Shepherd… as you saw in our last segment, she’s one of the most vocal labor leaders, and as an attorney, she’s never the type to shy from an interview. But, she did today, after it appears that one of her interviews granted to the press has gotten her in trouble with the Supreme Court, so much so, that she is being cited for contempt, a very serious offence before the court, one which can even carry a jail sentence. We’ve been following this story in court all of today, and we’ve even approached Matura-Shepherd herself for information. But she declined. What we’ve learned so far is that the offending public comment which the court takes issue with dates back to February when she was representing the grassroots organisation, BGYEA in mediation sessions. BGYEA and its leader, Nigel Pettillo – you will remember – were being sued by the Government of Belize over the road reserve that they wanted to develop by planting corn.

Belize By Numbers: GDP Grew, Exports Shrank
Last year in the first quarter Belize’s economy shrunk by 1.2% – what the economists call “negative growth.” This year’s first quarter shows a strong difference: the economy has grown by a surprising 7%. Today, we found out a why at a press conference held by the Statistical Institute of Belize. Ms. Angelita Campbell, Statistician II "Production of total goods and services for the first quarter stands 733.8 million dollars. Which is 48 million higher than that of last year same period. In other words, the production is 7% higher than that of 2014. The production for the primary industry stands at 18% higher than that of last year. Within the primary industry, the agriculture and forestry sector went up by 19.6% and that be seen in an increase of banana of 22.6%. Orange also went up by 129% and that is a result of a change in the harvest season. For the first quarter this year, marine products actually went up by 4.5 million pounds, which is the highest we've seen over the years between 2010 and 2015. We also have construction go down by 10.8%. That is explained because of some ongoing projects being completed. We see hotel and restaurants increasing by 6%. That is explained by an increase in cruise passengers visitors of 10.5% and that can be explained by an additional 33,000 roughly persons visiting more, in comparison to last year. We also see overnight, slight decrease not much of roughly 300 persons.”

Caribbean Academic Says Mircoenterprise Is The Answer
Professor Emeritus Dr. Neville Duncan is in Belize as a guest of the Anglican Diocese of Belize. He’s here to talk about Social Entrepreneurship and Economic development – basically how small enterprises can generate wealth for regular people, and grow the economy. He told us he found ample illustrations of that when he went to the Supermarket – and saw the trade imbalance we just told you about in the flesh: Dr. Neville Duncan "When I went into the supermarket, so much stuff in imported that can be made here. The whole idea is to find those people out there who are genuine entrepreneur, some people are just copy cats. But genuine entrepreneur who invest and invent new processed and technique. People in any community look around - what is it that people around here want, need and crave and can I supply it or can I with my family or friends with small amount of money support it. Jules Vasquez "Should the governments in the region consider the legalisation of marijuana as a possible expansion industry both for tourism and domestic consumption?"

In Love With The Coco(nut)
Coconuts: You can find vendors selling them on the roadside all over the country. And for those who don’t like to buy, it’s not too hard to grow a coconut tree or two in your yard. Indeed, the tree is rugged, hardy and durable, designed by nature to withstand hurricanes, and to find nutrients in even the poorest soil – even on the beach. That’s why it is referred to as the Tree of Life and today a stakeholder workshop was held to discuss ways to improve and boost the coconut industry in Belize. We met with several of the coordinators today at the George Price Centre in Belmopan and they told us about the setbacks and solutions in this nascent industry: Anil Sinha - CARDI Country Representative "Today’s main thing is stakeholders consultation. Which they will discussing the the stakeholders what are their needs, what are their challenges and what needs to be done. And based on that a follow up programme will be developed in 4 steps: marketing, production and productivity, information access and some financial also."

PNP Pillories Compromis Signing
On Monday, the amended special agreement was signed in Guatemala City – and as we told you, it was done without the presence of the opposition PUP – which boycotted the event. Another political party, the fledgling PNP in the Toledo district has also condemned the signing. That party says that, quote, “It seems that the government of Belize has only to be told to jump by Guatemala, and it will respond by asking, “How high?’” It continues, quote, “This is not the action of a government which understands that Belize is subject to slow motion invasion by Guatemala, in the shape of continued incursions into our territory…” It adds, quote, “Whilst the PNP accepts that government has a mandate to govern, and is not required to consult its citizens at every step, this issue is so important for the very existence of Belize, that wide consultation amongst political and civil society should have taken place before any change in the terms of the Compromis was made.” End quote.

Government Backs Off On Offshore Appeal, OCEANA Praises Barrow
In April of 2013, OCEANA Belize and other claimants won a major victory against the Government of Belize in court, when they fought against off-shore oil drilling. In that case, Justice Oswell Legal declared 6 offshore oil drilling contracts illegal. Those contracts were issued by Government between 2005 and 2007. Well, the Government filed notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal, meaning that they did not intend to let the judgment from Justice Legal stand. That would have been a complex and costly legal battle, but, in a surprising turn, the Government attorneys filed a notice today to say that they are withdrawing the case. That means that this big win against offshore oil drilling stands, and in a press release from OCEANA’s Vice President, Janelle Chanona, it says, quote,

Mash Up At Mile 31
It’s a wonder no one was killed during a major collision last night on the western Highway. It happened at around mile 30 at around 10:30, where this minivan was smashed and scraped – and ended up looking like it had been put in a trash compactor. Police could not provide details, but confirmed that no one was fatally injured. The strange part about the accident is that the driver could not say what he crashed into and no other damaged vehicle was found on the road. And while that was fortunately not fatal, on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., on the Stann Creek Valley Road, there was a fatal accident. Police say 37-year-old David Marcial of Dangriga lost control of his Mitsubishi Montero at mile 18 on the Stann Creek Valley Road and ran over 26-year-old Alfaro Cruz Garcia who was riding a bicycle in the opposite direction. Cruz died on the spot. Marcial has been served with a “Notice of Intended Prosecution”.

The Boledo Book
Anybody who buys boledo regularly will know that it is a strange and unpredictable science, where the numbers lead a dance – and sometimes not even the most studious rake wizards can tell where it will end. But one savvy entrepreneur has come up with a book to track just that: the strange inner logic of boledo. It has numbers, statistics, and strategies which he thinks will help you to win more regularly. It’s called the Boledobook, and after researching the trends since the Boledo started in the 1970’s, the writers believe that they can help to predict which numbers are most likely to play. That’s all good, but today the manager of the project told us that it should be a great help to you, given that there is a limitation known as statistical probability: Duran Harban - Manager, Boledo Book "Boledo book is a new comprehensive tool and system designed for the boledo lottery game. The boledo book is about showing statistics to consumers and players of the game.

Tale Of The Turf
Football in Belize is played exclusively on natural fields – and only when our national team travel abroad do they encounter this thing called “turf.” IT’s a synthetic material common on US soccer and American football fields – and while it has its advantages, for the unaccustomed Belizean players, it has an un-natural feel and unpredictable play. But, one sports entrepreneur hopes to make turf more common in Belize. Ian Casteneda has designed a seven-aside synthetic turf field in Independence Village and he came by out studios today to tell us what he wants to prove with it:… The opening is set for this Saturday, May 30th at 5pm in Independence.

Taiwan, The Generous
Today, the Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize Benjamin Ho handed over a five million US dollar cheque to Prime Minister Dean Barrow. As we told you last night, it’s grant money to be used for a whole bunch of stuff, including, the Belize City Southside Poverty Alleviation Project, the extension of the Southern Highway to Jalacte in the Toledo District, and for the new Macal River Bridge in San Ignacio/Santa Elena.

Belize In Zurich
Tonight, executive members form the Football Federation of Belize are in Zurich Switzerland for the 65th Congress of FIFA. While they are there to elect a president for the most powerful governing body in all of sports, the event, and FIFA itself has been shaken to its foundation by the seismic events of the day – where top FIFA executives were arrested in their rooms by Swiss Police. They are under indictment for wire fraud, money laundering and other serious offences that reek of corruption, long rumored to dominate FIFA’s politics. Belize’s delegation includes, President, Ruperto Vicente, secretary General Michael Blease and senior vice president, Sergio Chuc. On Friday they will vote on the new president, whether to re-elect Sepp Blatter, or elect his challenger Prince Ali Hussein.

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Channel 5

Twenty-Four Hours Later: Another Body Surfaces in Roaring Creek Blood Feud
There is a third murder in the Roaring Creek area tonight. The dismembered body of fifty-one year old Roaring Creek resident Steven “Deeds” Hyde was found in a shallow grave [...]

What’s Russell Hyde’s Connection to Ongoing Spate of Murders in Roaring Creek?
As we said, Steven Hyde, the cousin of Russell Hyde, is the third victim in a recent string of murders that started with the fatal shooting of thirty-three year old, [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Meets With PM Barrow on Proposed Amendments to Petrocaribe Law
Representatives of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize met in extended session this afternoon with Prime Minister Dean Barrow to discuss proposed amendments to the Petrocaribe Loans Act.  The [...]

Marvin Mora Says Timeline for Union Membership to Decide is Limited
Among the key questions coming out of this afternoon’s meeting is the scope of the Petrocaribe Loans Act which, according to Mora, also prevents a successive government from abusing or [...]

No Love Lost Despite Audrey Matura-Shepherd Not Being Initially Invited to Meeting
When the prime minister requested an audience with the N.T.U.C.B. on the issue of the controversial Petrocaribe Loans Act, the invitation was rather specific: all were welcomed to attend except [...]

Audrey Spoke on BGYEA Settlement, Cited for Contempt of Court
In a most unusual case involving an attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd is being cited for contempt of court which is considered a serious offense that can result in imprisonment for any [...]

Carlos Raul Morales on Referendum
News Five was the only media house in Guatemala City where an amendment was formalized to the 2008 Special Agreement this past Monday. It is all part of a process [...]

When Will Amended Special Agreement Receive Congressional Nod in Guatemala?
But even though the amendment was signed on Monday, the document will need to get approval from the Guatemalan Congress, unlike Belize. So what is the possibility of it getting [...]

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Says Public Education on Referendum Will be Short
For about two years now, the referendum unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been holding an education campaign in schools and civil society on the pros and cons [...]

K.H.M.H. Nurse and Sons Acquitted of Fire Arm Offenses
Tonight, fifty-two year old Judith Rocke, a nurse from the K.H.M.H. and her three sons are free from two criminal offenses of Kept Firearm and Ammunition without being Granted a [...]

Retired UWI Professor Attends Anglican Synod in Belize
Professor Neville Duncan, a former lecturer at the University of the West Indies and author of several publications, is in Belize.  The retired Professor in Caribbean Policy Studies is here [...]

FIFA Under Fire, Top Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges in Zurich
F.F.B. President Ruperto Vicente is in Zurich, Switzerland ahead of a congress later this week which will see FIFA President Sepp Blatter facing re-election.  The news tonight however, is that [...]

S.I.B. Releases Quarterly Stats for G.D.P.
The Statistical Institute of Belize released the latest figures for the GDP, external trade and consumer price index. The first quarter records a growth of seven percent that is due [...]

Superintendent Edward Broaster Sues Attorney Oscar Selgado for Defamation
Earlier this month, twenty-three-year-old Luis Campos was arraigned along with two other men for the murder of a cabdriver in San Pedro.  His arrest was not without controversy however, as [...]

Intelligent Art Launched at the Belisle Gallery
At this time, the launch of an exhibit is ongoing at the Belisle Gallery of the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Entitled, Intelligent Art, it is part of the [...]

Day 2 of Weekend Kayak Challenge
Day One of the eleventh Lagoon/Reef Kayak Eco-Challenge ended at Robles Point, a secluded beach on Northern Ambergris Caye near the border with Mexico and a stone’s throw from the [...]


San Pedro Police Charge Three Men For Obtaining Property By Deception
Three men in San Pedro Town have been arrested and charged for taking property by deception after the owner was witness of his vessel being stolen. 63 year old Thomas Vidrine reported to police on Friday night that he had secured his 20ft boat on the dock when he observed a small wooden dory with a male person in it, pulling the boat further away and called the police. Quick police response led to the recovery of the 20ft vessel called “MIN MIN” and the detention of three men. The value of the boat and accessories is set at a total of $46,630. Police have charged the trio jointly for taking property by deception.

Thieves Target Correa's Pawn Shop One Block Away From Police Station
It was a relatively quiet holiday weekend as it pertains to crime in Orange Walk but early this morning things took a turn as opportunistic thieves targeted Correa’s Pawn Shop located on Queen Victoria Avenue, one block away from the Police station. Reports are that authorities were on mobile patrol around 2:20 this morning when they saw two male persons by St. Peter’s Primary School, acting suspiciously. After the men observed the police mobile, they bolted from the area and immediately police set chase. The men were found hiding in an old abandoned cement house in the area. The men had in their possession a black bag which contained several pieces of jewellery and electronic devices.

Grandfather Accused of Sexually Assaulting Granddaughter
At the beginning of the newscast we told you about the frightful ordeal experienced by two female minors while playing at the Orange Walk Central Park. And from Orange Walk we go to San Pedro where there is yet another disturbing report involving a minor. In that municipality police are investigating a sexual assault case against an 8 year old. Reports are that on Saturday at 12:20pm the 8 year old and her mother visited the San Pedro Police Station and reported that on the same date the child lying in a hammock at her grandmother's house located in the DFC Area, when her grandfather sexually assaulted her.


Another Body Found with Limbs Severed in Western Belize
Yesterday we reported on the gruesome discovery of the body of 28-year-old 28-year-old Edilberto Madrid. Today the body of one of Madrid’s co-workers, Stephen Hyde, was discovered in a shallow grave. We hear more in this report. ANGELICA CRUZ “The search for 51-year-old, Steven Hyde a resident of Roaring Creek Village, Cayo District, who was […]

Figures Released on Belize’s Economic Performance for 1st Quarter 2015
The Statistical Institute of Belize released its latest numbers as it regards to Gross Domestic Product, the External Trade statistics and Consumer Price Index/Inflation Rate statistics for the first Quarter 2015. Press conference was held at the Central bank and Love News reporter Hipolito Novelo was in attendance and has the following report. HIPOLITO NOVELO […]

Taiwan Grants Belize Five Million US Dollars for Key Projects
Prime Minister Dean Barrow today received a five million US dollar cheque from the Taiwanese Ambassador, Benjamin Ho. The cheque is a grant under the bilateral cooperation program between the two countries. According to Government the funds will be used to cover a part of the expenditures on key infrastructure projects, including the Belize City […]

Belizean Woman Selected for Fellows Program in Conservation
A Belizean young woman has been selected to be a part of the Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean Fellows Program for the period May 2015 to October 2016. Rochelle Reneau, who was formerly attached to the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage, is one of twenty participants from various Caribbean countries who will be […]

Did Audrey Speak Out of Turn?
Earlier this year the agreement for mediation of the dispute between the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) and the Government of Belize over the road reserve at Harmonyville on the George Price Highway neared resolution. This was confimed by BGYEA’s attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd. Most of the issues had been worked out and only the […]


Missing Roaring Creek Man Found Headless and Limbless
This weekend another victim was added to the growing list of persons killed in 2015 in the community of Roaring Creek. We warn you that the images may be too graphic for sensitive viewers. The victim this time is 28 year old Edilberto Madrid, also known as DUDES, of “Another World” area Roaring Creek Village.

Victim of RTA Seeks Public Assistance
A family in Orange Walk needs your help after a traffic accident left their loved one in a comma. The incident happened on Friday May 22nd sometime around 5:30 pm on the San Antonio Road. Erasmo Solis, a resident of Yo Creek Village, was driving a gold Nissan espera. He had dropped off his father

Allyson Major seeks damages in firearms case
He was acquitted of the charge but Allyson Major Sr. is asking the Supreme Court of Belize to strike down that portion of the Firearms Act passed in 2010 that casts a wide net of suspicion over persons in the general vicinity of a firearm. Major was arrested and charged in April of 2012 over

Lyjon Franklin murdered on Iguana Street
The first of two murders over the Commonwealth Day holiday weekend took place on Friday night, May 22, on Iguana Street Extension. According to police, 33 year old Lyjon Franklin, also known as “John,” was socializing with 20 year old Aaron Flowers of Antelope Street Extension at his residence around 6:20 in the evening when a

Man arrested for burglary in connection to murder
Police are gaining some ground and have made their first arrest in connection with the double murder that occurred on Friday the 19th of May at the residence of Laura Lambert in Pineapple Hill area, Teakettle Village. The victims were American Nationals Julian Christopher Jones and Paul David Signorino. Jones had been hacked to death

Mark Gentle shot in front of house
Two more Belize City men were treated for gunshot injuries following an incident on Monday night, May 25. 27 year old Mark Gentle and 34 year old Calvin Cumberbatch of Caesar Ridge Road were sitting on a step in front of their cement bungalow house when a vehicle stopped in front and two men inside

Man stabbed multiple times to the chest
A 24 year old man was stabbed to the chest in Belize City. Early Sunday morning, May 24 at about 3 A.M., 24-year-old Shawn Pascasio of Belize City was stabbed multiple times to the chest. According to reports, Pascasio was on the side walk just across from a popular night club on Newtown Barracks, socializing […]

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Houston, Texas experiences unprecedented flooding
Torrential rains and thunderstorms have cause unprecedented flooding in Houston and other parts Texas, USA. To make matters worse, there are predictions for even more rain. Many Belizeans currently live and study in Houston, including several Hicaquenos. Please check with your loved ones to make sure they are okay.

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GOB withdraws appeal of court judgment on oil concessions: OCEANA
Environmentalists appear to have won a key victory with the announcement this evening that Government attorneys, Barrow and Company, have filed a notice of withdrawal of appeal Today, attorneys for the Government of Belize, Barrow & Company, filed a notice of withdrawal of appeal in the matter of Civil […]

Unions meet with PM on Petrocaribe
The long-awaited meeting between Prime Minister Dean Barrow and executive members of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) took place this afternoon in Belize City at the Prime Minister’s office. It concerned the unions’ objections to the Petrocaribe Loans Act 2015 which is now pending amendment […]

Economic statistics: Belize GDP rebounds in 2015 1st quarter; inflation reversed, trade still down
The quarterly press conference organized by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) took place today in Belize City and in the area of overall economic development there was good news to report. On the heels of a 1.6% growth in the last quarter of 2014 and projected overall […]

Guidelight Productions hosts youth leadership forum
The dynamic youths leading Guidelight Productions came onto the local scene with a bang in February when they broke up a car overlaid with hurtful messages in Battlefield Park. Their next project is no less ambitious: it is a meeting of the vast majority of Belize’s youth leaders from […]

Audrey Matura-Shepherd to be cited for contempt of court
Earlier this year the agreement for mediation of the dispute between the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) and the Government of Belize over the road reserve at Harmonyville on the George Price Highway was revealed near its completion by BGYEA’s attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd. Most of the issues had […]

Missing Steve Hyde found dead
On Monday the family of 51 year old Steve Hyde reported him missing to the authorities and today, the family’s worst fear was confirmed. Belize City media is reporting that Hyde’s badly mutilated body was found in a grave on a property in the Young Gial Bank Road in Roaring […]

Buena vista announces financing for promotional lots
This weekend, Buena Vista Development Company, driven by their mantra ‘Helping you to live the Belizean Dream’ is having a huge promotion on prime lots next to the new hospital on Bullet Tree Road. The promotion promises great deals on beautiful lots and buyers are encouraged to go out early […]

Over 404 grams of cannabis labeled as found property
Working off a tip received, Belmopan police discovered 404 grams of Cannabis yesterday, May 26, in the Young Bank area of Camalote Village. A search conducted in a culvert and some nearby bushes led to the discovery of two black plastic bags and a green plastic bag containing cannabis. The […]

Dismembered body discovered is missing Edilberto Madrid
28-year-old Roaring Creek resident, Edilberto Madrid was reported missing on Monday, May 25, just one day before a body was discovered in the Cayo District. At around 11:30 a.m. yesterday, Belmopan Police were called to a scene on Young Bank Road in Camalote Village where they saw remains of a […]

18-year-old Frederick Smith, charged with “Robbery”
Quick response from Belize City police led to the recovery of stolen monies and electronics and the arrest of an 18-year-old male person late last week. At around 7:00p.m on Friday, May 22, police received a report from the manager of M&M Engineering Consultants limited that the business had

Highway accident near Stann Creek Valley Road claims life
37-year old David Marcial of Dangriga was driving his vehicle on the Stann Creek Valley Road on May 23rd around 5:30 p.m., when upon reaching mile 18 he lost control of the vehicle and knocked down Alfaro Cruz Garcia who was riding his bicycle in the opposite direction. Garcia was […]

Stepfather charged with sexually assaulting minor
According to reports, the 8-year-old girl and her aunt visited the Dangriga Police Station last week to report that in 2014 and about three weeks ago, her stepfather who was under the influence of alcohol sexually assaulted her. On May 25th, 2015, the minor was escorted to the Southern […]

OW Police arrest and charge would-be robbers
Three persons including a minor from Orange Walk Town were arrested and charged for burglary and handling stolen goods. According to the report, whilst police were on mobile patrol around 2:20am on Tuesday morning, they spotted two individuals by the St. Peter’s School area, acting suspiciously. After the men observed […]

National AIDS Committee members undergo two-day Training in PG
Data shows that HIV infections have been on the rise across the country, especially in the Belize and Cayo Districts. The study indicates that Belize may have a concentrated epidemic among specific sub-populations. The National Aids Commission works diligently to reduce the number of infections and increase the […]

FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges in Switzerland
According to the Wall Street Journal, nine FIFA officials and five others were indicted early Wednesday by US authorities and Swiss Police in Switzerland for racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses in connection with participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of […]


Lunch, Weather, Coconutz, The Everything Store and Summer Necessities on Ambergris Caye
Yesterday I stopped into the House of Culture on Back Street, San Pedro to check out a new exhibit. The history of Ambergris Caye is very much about coconuts. The island spent many years as a coconut plantation. Today, they are used for coconut water, oil (I just met someone yesterday who is cold pressing oil on the island – I’ll have to get you more info), art and souvenirs.

New Archaeological Site in Belize’s Cayo District
A new archaeological site is currently being excavated on the outskirts of Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town in Belize’s Cayo District. The exact time period is yet unknown, however it is possible that this site dates back to the early Classic period. This small Maya site served at one time as the household of a rural elite family. Previous archaeological investigations of the settlement indicate that it was affiliated with the large ancient city of Xunantunich which can be seen atop a large ridge about a kilometer to the northwest. No official name has been confirmed as yet so it is currently referred to as the “Benque Site“.

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An unlikely hero for Belize
Belize needed a new hero against the Cayman Islands. The biggest name in the nation’s football, jet-heeled striker Deon McCaulay, was absent. So the job fell to an unlikely campaigner. The humble Elroy Kuylen, a sturdy veteran, stepped reluctantly into the shock of the spotlight. “When you’re chasing history, someone has to step up,” the 31-year-old midfield grafter told FIFA.com about Belize’s unsteady start to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying. Belize are outsiders compared to Central American neighbours Costa Rica and Honduras – and even Panama. But these minnows are on the march, steadily improving their football and climbing the CONCACAF pyramid on both club and country fronts. Their biggest star, McCaulay, wasn’t called up for the games against the Caymans, left instead in Atlanta, Georgia where he plays with the Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League, USA’s second professional tier. No Deon, no goals: “Oh man, did we miss Deon,” said Kuylen, who played two years in Honduras before landing at local club giants Belmopan Bandits. “If we get him through five times, you know he’ll score at least two. That’s a guarantee."

British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will host the 40th annual conference of the Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Over 70 parliamentarians drawn from member states of that body are expected to arrive in the BVI in July as delegates and observers to this annual event. The opening of the conference will take place on July 27, 2015 under the theme: ‘Promoting Democracy and Good Governance: A Unified Approach’. Deliberations will take place from July 25 until August 1. According to the clerk of the House of Assembly and conference coordinator, Phyllis Evans, the theme is relevant, given the challenging democratic circumstances being currently faced by member states. Evans said, “It will allow parliamentarians to get together to share perspectives, which may well be different, given their unique circumstances. I believe we can learn from each other and explore ways of tackling these problems.”


  • Beginner Scuba Diving - Ambergris Caye, Belize, 3min. Diving off the coast of Ambergris Caye Belize, May 2015.

  • The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) issued its latest trade bulletin, 2min. The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) issued its latest trade bulletin detailing the scope of Belize’s import and export activities for the first four months of 2015.

  • CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SHOWS DANGRIGA AND PUNTA GORDA HAS HIGEST INFLATION RATE, 3min. The Consumer Price Index measures changes over time in the general level of prices of consumer goods and services that households acquire, use or pay for consumption. This is done by measuring the cost of purchasing a fixed basket of consumer goods and services of constant quality and similar characteristics, with the products in the basket being selected to be representative of households’ expenditure during a year or other specified period. Here in Belize the latest figures from the Statistical Institute of Belize for the month of April 2015 reveal that prices are 1percent lower than they were last year.

  • CTV3 NEWS TRAVELS FURTHER UP NORTH TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EAST INDIAN CULTURE, 6min. We visited Corozal Town to learn more about the East Indian Culture at the annual East Indian Festival. It has been six years that the event is being held annually. The event features all you can learn about the culture and here is what we learned about the event and the people behind the initiative.

  • Divaz Next Door 26 May 2015, 60min. Guest Diana Shaw, Attorney at Law discusses Child Abuse, Trafficking of Children and her organization, Child Development Foundation.

  • Pygmy owls., 1min. In the world of raptors, it's hard to find anything more adorable than pygmy owls. They are still vicious hunters though, and these three orphans would remove the head of a dove or parakeet without a second thought. It's a jungle out there!

  • Belize Final Video, 8min. My school has a class called Mayterm and it is mandatory to graduate our school. I decided to go to Belize and boy am I glad I did.

  • Half Moon Cay, Belize 2015, 16min. La segunda parte de nuestros viaje: Half Moon Cay, Belize 2015, Gracias por su participacion en una aventura mas de Scuba Excite!!

  • Night Jungle Boatride in Belize, 1min.

  • Going from Mexico to Belize Islands by Boat, 18min. Taking the fast boat from the town of Chetumal on the Yucatan, Mexico to beautiful Ambergris Caye (island) in Belize.

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