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#506063 - 07/23/15 06:23 AM Today's Belize News: July 23, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Authentic Belizean Niceness!
Can’t figure out what to have for lunch? We’re having Obando’s Hot Panades :-)

ICSC’s Five-a-side Football Tournament picks up heat
In the second week of the Island Citizens Sporting Club (ICSC) and San Pedro High School (SPHS) Five-a-side Football Tournament, the action only continues to grow as the teams fight for their wins. On each of the four game days, a large crowd gathered at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium cheering the athletes on. Four senior matches where played on Thursday, July 16th. These well-seasoned footballers gave it their all for their team, but were a winner rises, there also must be a loser. In the first game, Goliath FC defeated Tuff Strikers FC eight goal to two. Kevin Chavez was the star player for Goliath FC, score four out of the eight goals. In the second game, Graniel’s FC suffered a loss against Island Pure FC in a 10-0 point match. Also losing on the first game day of the week was Costa Warriors FC, who fell to FC Green House in a 7-1 point game. FC Green House’s Dihno Noralez was the star player of the match scoring, three goals for his team. In the last match of the night, San Mateo FC defeated Vince Warriors FC in a 7-1 point game.

Officials report on successful BA-1 Project
Last month, on June 5th, 34 single mothers from San Pedro graduated from the BA-1 project on Violence against Women, Trafficking and Femicide. A collaboration between the Women’s Department of Belize and the Central American Integration System (SICA), the training was designed to empower participants with the necessary tools in order to gain personal development. On Wednesday, July 15th, a public meeting was held at the Lion’s Den with the project’s graduates presenting an overview of the program. The meeting also included presentations on human trafficking from a representative of the Anti-Trafficking Person Council (ATIPS) in the Women’s Department, within the Ministry of Human Development. The event started with the welcome address delivered by San Pedro Town Councilor Flora Ancona. “The advancement of the women’s agenda on the island is a key component and an emphasis the San Pedro Town Council is placing on social issues affecting women in San Pedro,” Ancona continued stating that the program was not just for San Pedro but also the sister island of Caye Caulker. “In April of this year, we endorsed the recommendation of the Central American Integration System and the Ministry of Human Development through the Women’s Department to implement the B A 1 project in San Pedro. However, we went ahead to include Caye Caulker as part of the program because as a tourism community, we also need to assist our sister island,” said Ancona. She invited the attendees to share their experiences, to analyze what the organizers of the project are doing and let them know where there is the need for improvement in regards to the prevention of violence against women on the island.

Belizean sailors benefit from Youth Worlds Emerging Nations Program laser clinic
Belizean sailors Blanca Velasquez and Antonio Ricardez, along with Sailing Coach Trenton Miller were in Antigua participating in a seven-day International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth Worlds Emerging Nations Program (YW ENP) laser clinic. The Belize Laser Radial Youth Team departed Belize on Sunday, July 12th for the clinic, which took place from Tuesday, July 14th to Tuesday, July 21st. At the event, both the young sailors and coach gained valuable skills and knowledge on laser sailing, and components of the vessel. In addition, all sailors that attended the clinic were awarded with scholarships to attend the 45th Youth Sailing World Championship, which will be held on December 13, 2015 in Langkawi, Malaysia. The clinic is aimed at promoting youth sailing, help develop youth sailing around the world and give the world’s best youth sailors a chance to shine on the world stage. More than 20 sailors and 11 coaches representing 11 countries participated in the YW ENP laser clinic for the Americas and Caribbean Region. Participating countries are Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, Barbados, Guatemala, Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Uruguay, U.S. Virgin Islands and Ecuador. This was the fourth of five regional training clinics that was held to build up youth sailors’ skills for the 2015 Youth Sailing World Championship.

BEL responds to BEWU Protest
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is aware of a protest by the Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) which commenced today, during which BEWU members referred to the details of negotiations for a revised a Revised Partnership Collective Agreement (PCA). Negotiations commenced on November 4, 2014 between BEL’s Management Negotiating Team appointed by BEL’s Board of Directors and BEWU’s Negotiating Committee appointed by the Executive of the BEWU. These negotiations entered into mediation on June 26, 2015 by the Labour Commissioner after the BEL and BEWU negotiating teams were unable to arrive at an agreement on the negotiation of salaries and benefits for the revised PCA. Non-financial matters of the revised PCA were first addressed and successfully negotiated except for the clause on disciplinary action. At the commencement of negotiations, the BEWU’s proposal was for an increase in salaries and benefits amounting to 90% of salary. The Company rejected this proposal for salaries and benefits. In April, the BEWU presented a new proposal for a 62% increase in salaries and benefits. The Company presented a counter proposal for 24%. The BEWU walked away from the negotiating table and led a sickout. BEL deems this incident a strike under the laws of Belize and has reported the matter to the Labor Department.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro on Track of Kickstarting BTIA Chapter
Although San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is the biggest and most popular tourist destination in the country of Belize, membership for the San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) has not been so promising over the past few years. After a productive and promising meeting this week, the election of a new board of directors took place and a more positive outlook for the San Pedro chapter of the BTIA was sparked. The newly elected board of directors for the San Pedro Chapter of the BTIA are: Chairman – Melanie Paz Vice Chairman – Javier Williams Secretary – Ovel Leonardo Treasurer – Kendall Beymer Directors – Ruben Trejo, Alfonso Wiltshire, Amy Leiva

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Building Geographical Indications for the Caribbean’s Origin-Linked Products
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) opened the two-day sub-regional workshop on branding and the use of geographical indications in the development of management strategies for origin-linked products at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingstown, Jamaica on July 21st. With the aim of building the capacity of CARIFORUM producers to identify and develop geographical indications and origin linked products, it is hoped that attending businesses will prosper and enhance their competitiveness in the international arena, and as a result build economic growth and sustainability of the Caribbean region. The Hon. Hylton, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce for Jamaica highlighted in his address to the participants that “Within the Caribbean exist numerous opportunities for GI protection including black pineapple from Antigua, cascarilla from the Bahamas, cahune oil from Belize, nutmeg from Grenada and sarsaparilla from St. Kitts just to name a few. Geographical Indications offer us the opportunity to protect these brands and our consumers, even as we continue to guarantee quality and provenance.”

Inauguration of new Caracol Conservation Post
Friday, July 24, 11am

Attention American Citizens in Belize! Passport and CBRA appointments
The U.S. Citizens services section has opened an additional day of Passport and CBRA appointments on Tuesday, July 28. You may make an appointment online at https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp postcode=BLZ&appcode=1 U.S. Citizens with appointments scheduled for a later date are welcome to reschedule to this earlier date.

Boa in the bougainvillea
Apparently the girls were awoken tonight by a commotion in the parrot roost. Parrots were all very upset and running around on the ground. After searching for a while the torchlight picked out a rather large boa dangling it head down towards two of the girls. They managed to wrassle it out of the bougainvillea, having to chop the odd branch as it was wound in so tight and not willing to readily leave his new found fast food joint. Over seven feet long, this is the largest we have had in a while. Now snugly in a feed sack awaiting a trip into the bush to a nice new location tomorrow.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, July 22, 2015: 44. PICK 3: 0 9 6

"Cantinflas - No Que No Chato?"
The Embassy of Mexico invites you to the Belize International Film Festival for a Mexican Movie Night showing "Cantinflas - No Que No Chato?" Subtitled in English. Date: Tuesday July 28th, 2015 Time: 7:00 P.M. Place: Institute of Mexico in Belize (Belize City) R.S.V.P. Tel: 223-1408 FREE ENTRANCE!

Power interruption 6:00am to 2:00pm, Saturday, July 25: entire Toledo District
BEL to conduct critical maintenance and testing and of all equipment at the Punta Gorda Substation.

AJAW Chocolate
Have you checked out AJAW Chocolate yet? It's downtown, right next to Rainforest Haven. You learn all about chocolate, and then get to make your own. The best part is getting to eat your creation, which you can spice up the way you like. Pictures on fb.

Kumi Mayagawa Concert
Pianist Kumi Miyagawa will be performing at the George Price Centre this Sunday, July 26th, at 6:00pm. The concert is free, and is in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Japanese and Central American diplomatic relations.

Channel 7

Belize Energy Workers Take Their Case To The Labour Minister
Today members of BEL’s Energy Workers Union ended three days of picketing in front of the utility’s corporate headquarters. So what will they do next? Well, both sides were negotiating a new Collective Agreement since November of last year, but talks broke down in June, and that’s when they entered into mediation with the Labour Commissioner. But the union walked away from mediation and went to the picket line. What’s next? Well, they’ve been called to meet with the Labour minister, Godwin Hulse. Marvin Mora, Belize Energy Workers Union "The employees are still here so they have not managed to convince the employees of what they are saying. And if what they're saying is actually that they don't want to give anything to the employees, all they have to do is just tell us - we don't believe you earned anything, we don't believe that it is fair that we give you anything and we are not going to give you anything and the story done. That's all they have to do, they don't have to make the story long." Daniel Ortiz "Do you believe that is what they're saying at this time?" Marvin Mora, Belize Energy Workers Union "Man, that is exactly they're saying."

Family Believes Charred Remains Are Their Loved Ones
On Monday, we told you about a burnt body which was found on the main road heading to Scotland Half-moon Village in Belize Rural. Well tonight, police are no closer to identifying him, but as we’ve told you, they suspect it to be a Ladyville villager who went missing since last week Thursday. He’s 28 year-old Kelvin Usher, a resident of mile 9 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, and we stress at this time that he is still listed as missing. His common-law wife told us on Monday that she doesn’t believe that the charred remains are Usher’s, but as we’ve shown you, his mother has given police a partial identification using a tattoo that she recognized on his chest. We have seen Facebook posting from relatives also accepting that the burnt body is his. The investigators say that they are waiting for the post-mortem to be 100% sure if indeed the victim is Usher. That examination was to have happened this afternoon, but it has been postponed until tomorrow.

Gun Found On City Streets Was Stolen From PG Police
Police say the minor who was caught with a gun in Belize City yesterday fled the car with the weapon. Cops intercepted a Toyota Camry on Central American Boulevard around 12:15 pm – but when they stopped it, a 16 year old minor dashed out. Police set chase and saw him fling an object over a fence. They searched a yard on Zericote street and found a .38 caliber revolver. Now, the interesting thing about this weapon is that it was stolen – and guess form where? The police station in Punta Gorda! Of course, this wasn’t even reported to the media – and this very important detail still was not included in today’s police report. But 7News has been reliably informed that the theft happened between the 19th and 20th April, 2015. Police searched the car presumably because persons with known gang ties were inside – but only the minor has been charged because the weapon was not found in the car, he fled with it.

PUP, Cabals, But No Conspiracy
Yesterday, 13 PUP candidates were absent from a meeting of the Party’s National Executive and Standard bearers. Absentees included notable party personalities such as Cordel Hyde, Dan Silva, Jose Mai, and Major Lloyd Jones. Our information suggested that while there were a few with legitimate excuses, there was also a boycott by frustrated standard bearers. Why? Well, our information says that there is frustration with the leadership of the party – and the boycott was to send a message to the leadership that there is widespread discontent. But, from all outward indications, no such message was received and Party Leader Francis Fonseca told the press that there was no boycott, just isolated and unremarkable absences. So, that brings us to today where former leader John Briceno who was away dealing with a family illness has returned to the country. We are told that Briceno met today with Cordel Hyde, Dan Silva and others to discuss the general discontent in the party ranks.

Cops: Cacho Killed Welch
Last week, we told you how the James Lyson Cacho, was allegedly caught by the Gang Suppression Unit with a gun and ammunition. He’s on remand for those offences, but tonight, police suspect that he was involved in a recent Belize City murder. Cacho was brought back to court today where he was arraigned before Magistrate Ladonna John on the criminal charges of murder, attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm. Due to the nature of the offenses, he wasn’t allowed to declare a plea, and he was further remanded to the Belize Central Prison until August 31. Cacho is accused of the murder of 24 year old Michael Welch, who was gunned down and killed on March 1 while he with his cousin, Kingsley Morrison at Morrison’s house on Periwinkle Street. They were ambushed by two men. Welch died from his injuries about half an hour later, while Morrison who was also injured, survived.

Conservation Post For Caracol
Who can forget the terrible Thursday of September 24, 2015? That’s day when Belizean Special Constable Danny Conorquie was killed on duty at the Caracol Archaeological Park in Western Belize, a few meters from the border. It was suspected - but never confirmed - that his killers were Guatemalan cross-border bandits who may have fled into the Guatemalan village of La Rejoya. His murder shocked the country and forced the National Security Ministry into activating strict security measures for the Caracol Site. This was an urgent situation which was exposed by a Police Internal Memo which identified the clear and present danger to the Special Constables who were forced to guard the site, but it apparently fell on deaf ears. Well, 10 months after that tragic incident, the Government, through NICH, has completed a conservation outpost at the Caracol Archaeological Reserve. It was constructed in close collaboration of the Ministry of National Security, and it will be able to house a number of Belize Defense Force Soldiers, who will provide support and back-up for the Tourism Police Officers.

Caye Caulker Cops Say Man Bit Them
The Caye Caulker police station is making news again – but this time the cops say – they are the victims of abuse, not a detained person. The story starts with almost $2,000 dollars worth of electronics which were stolen from a student’s boat on Caye Caulker. A 24-year-old Israeli student reported that on Monday someone burglarized his fiberglass boat and stole his cell phone valued digital camera and other items. Police found the camera on 18-year-old Belize City resident Shawn Wade. He was taken into custody and yesterday morning while in the station's holding cell Wade was taken to use the bathroom but refused to be taken back to the cell. Police struggled with him, and claim that Wade bit a police officer on the finger. This was certified as “Wounding”. So now apart from the burglary charge, Wade is now detained pending charges of “Wounding and Aggravated Assault.”

VIP Wants Petition Against Sedi
Last week, we showed you our interview with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington in which he revealed months later that the Guatemalans are resisting attempts by the Belizean National Security Ministry to build a Forward Operating Base on Sarstoon Island, the southern-most point in the country’s territory. Well, independent political party, the VIP has come out against his position. The VIP, like the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, say that the Belize Government should exercise the rights of a sovereign state to conduct whatever operations are in its best interest. They are demanding that the Government assert the Independence of the country of Belize and carry out these plans and policies in the absence of Guatemalan influence in the decision making process. They held a press conference today to underscore this point: Patrick Rogers - Member, VIP "The actions of our government, it's actually building confidence for a Guatemalan case if it ever reached to the ICJ. In effect we've seen where the Guatemalans are protecting what they believe to be theirs by sending their navy to go and instruct our coast guard to get off that island. That's an act of exercising sovereignty over that territory. They followed that by instructing our government that, no, you cannot build on that Sarstoon island until the ICJ has made a ruling as to who's territory it is. So again, that is asserting sovereignty that they don't exercise possessions of the land but they are acting as though, yeah we truly believe this was take away from we."

Hon. Elrington's ICJ Fumble
In case you missed our interview with Foreign Minister Elrington from last week, he was discussing this latest disagreement between both sides over the forward operating base. Elrington said that in order to deal with the real problem - which is the territorial dispute - it has to be resolved peacefully at the ICJ. For context, we re-air that portion of the interview which independent parties have seized upon: that going to the ICJ is a done deal: FILE: July 16, 2015 Daniel Ortiz "What was the reaction of the diplomats from Guatemala when you all informed them that you had this intention of building this base on Sarstoon Island?" Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs "My own recollection is that they are suggesting that we discussed the matter at the OAS. We certainly have intention of doing it and they are simply seem to be suggesting that we should discuss it at the OAS before we take any further steps with respect to the matter, given the fact that in fact we are on our way to the ICJ." Well, the VIP like the NTUCB, are holding Elrington to task, and they say that he omitted a very key fact that a referendum must be held in Belize for the populace to decide if they want to go to the ICJ.

Can VIP Be More Than a Press Conference Party?
And while the VIP can hold forth for hours at press conferences with the media as their captive audience, you may have noticed that they don’t do so well at the polls. So, are they a political party, or just press conference pundits? Today, we asked them if they are serious about being a political party. Here’s how that conversation went: Daniel Ortiz "You all are behaving more like a advocacy organisation than a political party." Patrick Rogers - Member, VIP "I've been asked that a lot of times that, why doesn't VIP settle back and be king maker because unno no serious bout win an election. The bottom line is brothers and sisters that if you're going to change, you can't change from within.”

More Kids Learning Money Literacy
Another series of summer camps has concluded today. As we reported last week Wednesday, kids were learning all about budgeting and saving at the Financial Literacy Summer Camp. Well, the scholarship section of that initiative concluded today and a short ceremony was held to honour the students who participated. Today at the ITVET we spoke with 3 of the students and they told us how rewarding this experience at the camp has been. Arin Riley - Manager, Corporate Programs for Peace Work "This track we have at ITVET is the special part of an initiative called project Belize. This programme in particular at ITVET is the scholarship track. So it's made up of students from the youth leadership council and we have them divided into two programmes. The have the financial literacy and entrepreneurship track and well as the high school innovation track. This morning we heard from 7 high school innovation challenge teams and they presented on a case study that covered youth unemployment in Belize. So we were able to sit through all of their presentations this morning and hear their ideas and we also have our financial and literacy entrepreneurship track that is covering job skills, resume skills, interview skills as we as budgeting, savings and the regular financial literacy entrepreneurship curriculum." Angie Robateau - Coordinator "Today we saw were these kids are bright. In 3 days they came up with 7 different solutions for unemployment within Belize - that I think could be their achievable ideas."

BAHA Goes Big Time with PCR Lab
BAHA, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority, is trying to contain the MEDFLY in southern Belize, but they’ve also gotten a major upgrade at their headquarters. IT’s a very high tech testing lab called a PCR Lab. We found out more from the CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture. Jose Alpuche - CEO, Ministry of Agriculture "The opening of this PCR lab puts BAHA at a much higher level in terms of the level of testing that can be done locally in Belize. In the past we've had to send out most of our testing to be done outside, either in Mexico or the US. Now a lot of the confirmatory tests can be done in Belize. It's still not a complete lab, we still have to send certain tests outside but the vast majority for primary confirmation can now be done in Belize by BAHA. It's a testing where they basically take a part the plant and test it using polymer rays technology, a chain reaction technology to detect presence of what ever in this case a virus or bacteria they're looking for.” This is part of a 12 million dollar project to improve BAHA.

Taking Tour Guides Seriously
Very regularly on the news, you see struggling tour guides trying to scrape out a living by hustling tours at the Fort Street Tourism Village. It’s a fierce and highly competitive atmosphere, and they’re dealing with potential customers who’ve been warned on the cruise ships that they should avoid the guides on the streets. All that makes it TOUGH to earn a living, and the red tape of getting a tour operator’s license just adds one more expense to that struggle. But the BTB has tried to lessen the force of at least that blow by collaborating with 64 tour operators to regularize their temporary licenses. After 2 years of work, and 4 groups of training cohorts, they are being given a full license to conduct tours in Belize City. We stopped by the certification process of this 64 operators this evening to find out the difference it will make: Valdermar Andrade - Director, Destination Planning and Cruise, BTB "This process started 2 years ago in 2013, when we did the first heritage tour training and from there, 67 guides basically were regularized. Where we train people on different aspects of the Belize City itself, information on the general core of Belize City and also some delivery techniques. I have to say I was very impressed with the 4S cohort. I know many of you suffered through the practicals because you were wondering what we were doing to get you to a certain level but that was exactly the point. The point was to get you to a level of delivery of product that we would be proud of and that will support the Belize brand. So today, we are finishing the third cohort for the general principles for professional tour guiding which gives you the fundamentals of tour guiding, delivery techniques and some additional information on Belize City."

The Harmony of the Prakash Project
PRA-KASH – in English it means light. That is what visiting musicians want listeners to find through music. Argentine guitarist Federico Diaz and Mexican sitarist Leonardo Nieto Joly are in Belize for the first time to perform their mix of Classical Indian music and Latin American folklore music. When we spoke to guitarist Federico Diaz today, he told us that it’s not so much about the music, but really – it’s about where the music takes you. Federico Diaz - Guitarist "Prakash is a…..well the intention of Prakash is to transmit something more than the music itself, it should feel like a space of light, the light of the music, a reflection. "I believe that you can connect Prakash with ...the space, with the profound feelings but overall it’s just the space, the air that people can connect with, not the emptiness – the space. What I want people to take away from this is peace ….silent minds, for people to free the mind – rid the mind of all thoughts."

Nello's Audio Drive
Local musician Kernelle Parks, better known by his stage name “Nello Player”, is looking for a group of youths aged 15 to 25 who are interested in audio engineering. They have to be creative and interested in the basics of producing and editing sound content, which can be used for film, radio, television, and especially music. He’s collaborated with the Department of Youth Services to put together a two week course with interested individuals. Nello told us more: You can sign up at the Department of Youth Services, or you can contact Nello at phone number 650-1411.

Making Sound Engineers
And while the performer Nello Player is recruiting, long time sound man Junie Welch today graduated his trainees in pretty much the same discipline. Over the last 19 weeks, Welch, trained and prepared students for the world of sound engineering. According to Communication Officer at Nich, Shari Williams, Audio technicians are needed in Belize: The ceremony for the 13 trainees will be held at the Bliss tonight at 7pm.

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Channel 5

Sedi Says Sarstoon Island Controversy was Discussed Informally at O.A.S. Meeting
Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington arrived back in country today after working visits in both Washington and Mexico. Just before he left last Thursday, in an exclusive interview with News [...]

V.I.P. Joins N.T.U.C.B., “Forward with Coastguard F.O.B. in Sarstoon!”
But with the construction of the F.O.B. on hold, the Vision Inspired by the People is joining the National Trade Union Congress of Belize in demanding that the coast guard [...]

Why Should O.A.S. Intercede in F.O.B. Brouhaha?
The bold move by the N.T.U.C.B., according to Rogers, is an about-face from the trade union’s flip-flop on the Petrocaribe issue.   Patrick Rogers, Vision Inspired by the People “I [...]

Belize Won’t Go to the ICJ Without Referendum – Minister of Foreign Affairs
Those comments by the Vision Inspired by the People have also been expressed, to a large extent and just as vocally, by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize and [...]

Belize Isn’t Prepared to Cede a Blade of Grass to Guatemala
And then there has been speculation that there exists a secret document which envisions, in some form or fashion, both countries going to the ICJ without going to a referendum. [...]

Minister of Labor Calls on B.E.W.U. on Day 3 of Protest
Just about an hour before taking to the streets on the final day of a series of protests which began on Monday, BEWU President Marvin Mora received a telephone call [...]

Union Members Say No Twenty Percent Raise Since 2011
In an interview with B.E.L.’s Public Relations Manager on Tuesday, Vonetta Burrell informed that the company ensured that its employees were being paid, despite losing money consistently since 2011.   According [...]

Is B.E.L. Willing to Honor Union’s Salary Demands?
The break in negotiation has left a bitter taste in the mouth of the union.  Mora says if B.E.L. has no intention of adjusting the wages of its employees, it [...]

P.U.P. Standard Bearers Meet Following No-Show at Independence Hall
In political news, at least twelve standard bearers and some executive members of the People’s United Party boycotted on Tuesday a meeting at Independence Hall. We are told the absence [...]

Is Kelvin Usher Really Dead? Autopsy on Unidentified Remains Still Pending
The charred remains of a man were found about four hundred feet from the Bermudian Landing Bridge since last Saturday.  But are the remains that of Kelvin Usher, a Ladyville [...]

Investigation into Fatal Hope Creek Shooting Continues; No Interdiction of Officers
It’s been almost two weeks since Hope Creek resident, Leopold Myvette, was shot and killed in the south by police officers attached to the Dangriga Police Formation. Police say that [...]

Lyson Cacho Arraigned for Murder of Belize City DJ
Back on Sunday, March first, 2015, gunmen ambushed two men on Periwinkle Street in the Saint Martin de Porres area of Belize City. A day after the shooting, one man [...]

V.I.P. Says No to ICJ – Outlines Case Against Going to UN Court…
The longstanding territorial dispute, in the context of a resolution by the International Court of Justice, has remained a contentious matter in the public domain as well as for the [...]

…Parallel Drawn Between Belize/Guatemala Dispute and Bakassi Peninsula
Interestingly, Rogers uses a 2002 judgment in favor of Cameroon as a case study for the crux of his argument.  A territorial dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon, involving the Bakassi [...]

Sedi on Bilateral Agreements Signed with Mexico
During a working visit which culminated in Mexico, Foreign Minister Elrington also signed eight bilateral agreements with that country on issues including energy management, social security, intellectual property protection and [...]

B.T.B. Certifies Tour Operators at FST Zone
A third cohort of provisional tour guides are now fully trained to operate in the Fort George Tourism Zone.  At a brief ceremony, the Belize Tourism Board presented them with [...]

Technicians Complete Training Program in Audio Engineering 101
A mixing board can be overwhelming for its number of knobs, inputs or outputs. And if you are in the industry you would know that there has been a shortage [...]

Prakash Project Arrives in Belize
Prakash Project…it’s a music event, but not the regular concert – that’s being held on the grounds of the Om Shanti Yoga Center on Princess Margaret Drive Belize City. The [...]

Cancer Patient Richard Smith in Dire Need of Public Assistance
A Belize City mother is asking for the public’s assistance to help get her son to Loma Luz Hospital in Cayo. Hilda McKoy says that her twenty seven year old [...]

Grieving Mother of Deceased Cancer Patient is Thankful for Public Support
But Angela Smith has lost her battle to cancer. Back in March, her mother Michelle Smith was at our studios asking for assistance for Angela, who was diagnosed with cancer [...]


VIP Says Compromis Should Have Been Ratified by the Senate
Patrick Rogers of the VIP went on to state that the Government should have taken the compromis signed between Belize and Guatemala to the Senate for ratification. PATRICK ROGERS “The compromiS needed to be brought to the Senate for ratification because in the laws of Belize the senate has certain powers and functions, they say […]

Third Party Says America Is Behind Guatemala in Getting Belize
As it pertains to the Belize/Guatemala territorial issues, the Vision Inspired by the People heavily criticized the Barrow administration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, saying that their research has led them to believe that Guatemala has grounds to feel that their territory was taken away from them. PATRICK ROGERS “Now our Ministry of Foreign […]

Central Farm Houses New Facility
A new facility was inaugurated earlier today in Central Farm in the Cayo District. Correspondent Elaine Berry reports. ELAINE BERRY “

3-Days Into Protest for BEL Workers
The union members employed at the Belize Electricity Limited were at it again today during their lunch break demanding that the management takes heed to their request of eight point two salary increase among other things. Love News was with those over thirty employees who held up placards asking for a stop to the exaggerated […]


KHMH Go Slow over
One week of go-slow at the KHMH came to an end yesterday after a meeting between a team of eight staff representatives and the KHMH Board of governors as well as four Cabinet ministers. Those Cabinet members are Hon.Patrick Faber, Hon. John Saldivar, Hon. Pablo Marin and Hon. Godwin Hulse . The m...

Mediterranean Fruit Fly detected in Belize
Yesterday, Plusnews broke the story of the detection of the infamous Mediterranean Fruit fly, also known as the Medfly, on the Sapodilla Caye in Southern Belize. Today, BAHA issued an official press release confirming those reports and adding that there was a second outbreak in the Hopkins Village ...

El Chapo not believed to be in Belize
And in more Mexican/Belizean news, last week we reported that rumors had been circulating of notorious Mexican drug Lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman possibly being in Belize. El Chapo escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico on July 11th and has been on the run since. In an inter...

Media visits Port Honduras Marine Reserve
Established 15 years ago as a marine reserve, the Port Honduras Marine Reserve in Southern Belize has gone through its ups and downs, from incursions by Guatemalan and Honduran fishermen to ongoing beach erosion to changes in the fish stock, while hanging over it all is the possibility of petroleum ...

Fatal Traffic Accident in the South
There was a fatal traffic accident reported in the South. According to police reports, the body of 20-year-old Lucas Teul of Independence Village was discovered sometime before 2:00 p.m. yesterday Monday July 20 in an area on the Big Creek Road about half mile away from Independence. Teul’s body w...

14 year old girl found naked and beaten in Cancun may be Belizean
Various news outlets in Mexico are reporting that a 14 year old female minor, purportedly of Belizean Nationality was r found naked, bruised and heavily intoxicated in a forested area in Rehoyada, Cancun. The Mexican Red Cross and police authorities responded to the area on Sunday July 19th when the...

38 year old man impregnates 13 year old girl
38-year-old Guatemalan Selvin Giovanni Castro was arrested and charged for one Count of “Unlawful Sexual Intercourse.” This follows a report made by a 13 year old girl in the presence of a social worker at the Punta Gorda Police Station. The minor told police that Castro had sexual intercourse with ...

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Lyson Cacho charged for murder
Lyson Cacho, one of two men who were charged last week with firearm and ammunition offences and were remanded into custody, was brought to court today and was arraigned on a charge of murder for the death of 24 year old Michael Welch earlier this year. Cacho was […]

Belize, Mexico cooperate on consumer protection
Mexico’s Federal Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO) and Belize’s Bureau of Standards (BBS) signed a memorandum of understanding, committing to advancing the protection and safety or goods/services used by consumers in both countries. This consumer protection memorandum was signed by the Mexican and Belizean governments on Monday, July 20, 2015, while […]

Belize Camping Experience impacting Orange Walk’s youth
This summer, the Belize camping Experience has moved back to Orange Walk Town for the second consecutive year. The camp seeks to provide a positive outlet and share the word of God with the youths from this municipality. Since Tuesday, twelve camp facilitators had their hands full […]

Ethnic organizations support Maya land rights, reparations
Community members from several ethnic groups including Kriol, East Indian, Garifuna, Maya Leaders and the Belize Commission have held two special meetings in the month of July in Forest Home, Toledo District. The Commission says that it has joined in solidarity with the Maya of Southern Belize in their definitive […]

Sandhill Summer Day Camp underway
The second Annual Sand Hill Summer Day Camp opened on Monday, 20 July 2015 at the Sand Hill Community Center with approximately 60 children, ages five to fifteen from the surrounding villages attending. According to organizer Delfena Mitchell, the week long camp program activities includes learning to use […]

Orange Walk holds youth conference
A two day Youth Conference concluded today in Orange Walk Town with a certificate ceremony at the Banquitas House of Culture compound. Approximately 35 participants were engaged in sessions of Mediation, Identity and Values Clarification. The program was spearheaded by Town Councilor Shantel Casimiro and facilitated by […]

U.S., British diplomats accused of bullying and mistreating employees
British High Commissioner to Belize, H.E. Peter Hughes, has been accused of bullying former employees at the Commission since his arrival in late 2013. The Commission has had no comment, but several former employees have told 7 News that his behavior has resulted in at least 10 resignations. Meanwhile, a […]

Original Peace Corps volunteers reunite in Belize
Nine of the original Peace Corps volunteers who began serving in the former British Honduras in 1962 reunited in Caye Caulker earlier this year. A complement of 22 opened the program which was designed by President John F. Kennedy. On the Peace Corps website the group spoke of being “welcomed […]

Vision Inspired by the People petitions GOB to build Sarstoon Island base
Alternative political movement Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) is petitioning Belizeans to join its call to Government to build the Sarstoon Island Coast Guard forward operating base. Accusing the Barrow administration of acquiescing to Guatemalan authorities and bolstering their case for the unfounded claim at the International […]

PUP meet in Belize City with party’s National Executives to discuss plans for General Elections
The People’s United Party’s National Executive and standard bearers met at Independence Hall on Tuesday. In the wake of the Dangriga by-election defeat and departure of Godfrey Smith as national campaign manager, just 18 of the party’s 31 standard bearers attended, with notable absences including northern caucus and rumored leadership […]

Punta Gorda Police investigate arson in San Marcos
Police continue to investigate an alleged arson in the village of San Marcos. 30 year old Alberto Choc was in Punta Gorda Town on July 16 when around 8:30 in the evening he was told that his village house was on fire. After receiving the news, Choc rushed home […]

Police organize performance review
Minister of National Security John Saldivar has met with his senior Police Department leadership to review performance over the first half of 2015 and plan strategy for the second. The Department has been reorganized into five regions, headed respectively by Senior Superintendents Ralph Moody (South), Aaron Guzman (Western), Alford […]


Enjoying Sunday on Monday and the yummiest sweet treat
Because I spent a good portion of Sunday at my desk, I decided to make Monday, funday. First off came sleeping in. It was extremely satisfying taking time to enjoy a blissful morning in bed. I did have one business errand but quickly got back to fun. After a fast stop at the Belize Tourism Board office above the library, I could not resist walking 2 doors over to get my morning iced coffee fix with a chcochino at the Belize Chocolate company. On my way home I decided to stop by and visit my friend Dick, which turned into a spur of the moment decision to drop off a button down shirt to Jack, get Dick a 5 gallon water at the distributor and go grocery shopping. That quickly turned into a joyride around town looking at land and boats. Since we opted for the beach road, I decided to detour us to Ice and Beans at Sandbar beachfront hostel to get another iced coffee and mini doughnuts. They are super delicious, made fresh on the spot and totally worth stopping by for. While there we shared a rum ball too. Also yummy but a bit to rummy for my taste.

Belize Eco Kids Summer Camp: Biodiversity & Conservation!
The campers started the first full day of camp early Monday morning around the campfire singing traditional Belizean songs. But their energy really showed once they had Mr. Docio’s wife fried jacks, huevos rancheros, and sausage in their bellies! After breakfast, the campers rolled the game-wheel and participated in the group game: wizards, gnomes, and trolls. By this time the sun was hot and the air was thick, so everyone really worked up a sweat! After the game, the campers cooled down in the dining area for arts and crafts time. Under the guidance of the resident expert eco-artist Miss Lilly, each camper made their own “jungle journal” from recycled materials, which they will use to take personal notes on each day’s activities. They were immediately put to use when they were told that they would be quizzed on the information they learn throughout the day.

Coconut Popsicles/ Paletas de Coco
Try this refreshing spin on Popsicles. It certainly puts a Belizean flavor into this summer favorite. Ingredients: 2 sachets Coconut Milk Powder 1 ½ cup Warm Water ½ cup Evaporated Milk ½ cup Condensed Milk ½ tsp Vanilla Essence 1 cup Ice Directions: Pour warm water in a mug. Mix in Coconut Milk Powder until dissolved thoroughly. Add Evaporated Milk, Condensed Milk and Vanilla Essence. Stir in Ice until melted. Pour into Popsicle mold and freeze for 4 hours or until frozen.


  • Xanadu Resort, Belize, 2min. Our trip to Xanadu Resort in San Pedro, Belize

  • BELIZE CAMPING EXPERIENCE IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF OUR YOUTHS, 6min. A number of summer camps throughout the country have been keeping school children busy during their vacations. One of those summer camps is organized by Belize Camping Experience whose members get busy throughout the year to raise funds for the camps they facilitate during the summer months. The non-profit, non-governmental, Christian organization is based in Belize City. Since it opened in 2006 it has been focusing on providing camps especially designed and held for children primarily in underprivileged circumstances. This year’s camps is being held for a duration of 7 weeks in Belize City Hattieville and in the north, and this week, the camp was extended for Orange Walk kids for the second year in a row…

  • Skydiving into the Blue Hole, Belize, 8min.

  • Dive Belize, 23min. This video is about Diving in Belize.

  • Diving Belize 2015, 4min. 80 ft diving Hobiecat.

  • Planning for a Sustainable Future - Securing the Costal Resources of Belize, 3min. A call to action in support of the Integrated Costal Zone Management Plan of Belize.

  • Atun Ha,Rockstone Pond,Belize C.A., 6.5min.

  • 2015 Belize Dives at Half Moon Caye and Aquarium, 8min. This video covers the two dives that followed the brief but very deep dive at the Blue Hole of Belize. First we were at Half Moon Caye and then after lunch on a Caye that has a colony of Red Footed Boobies we finished up with a very nice dive at a site called "Aquarium".

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