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The San Pedro Sun

Belize is officially a member of CAMCAYCA
In a historical ceremony, San Pedro hosted the reunion of the Confederacion de Associaciones Nacionales de Municipalidades de Centro America y el Caribe (CAMCAYCA) on Monday, July 20th, at Ramon’s Village Resort. The meeting was a success, culminating with the signing of the Constitutional Act of CAMCAYCA and making the non-profit organization legal and active with its eight members which comprises of: Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The confederation is led by Mayors of the different municipalities throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Various topics of importance for the region were discussed at the event, including national security, immigration, health and trade. The ceremony saw the presence of His Lordship Mayor Daniel Guerrero, President of Belize Mayor’s Association His Lordship Mayor Darrell Bradley, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr, President of the CAMCAYCA Isais Martinez, Stephan Visser from the Association of Dutch Communities (VNG) among other invited guests and mayors from across Belize.

Lubaantun Archaeological Site
The Lubaantun Archaeological Site is nestled within the Rio Grande basin in the Toledo District. It is a Late Classic Maya site, and getting to it one travels through picturesque San Pedro Columbia village. Known as “The place of fallen stones”, Lubaantun’s structures truly look the part. Once we’ve navigated the nicely paved steps down one steep hill and up another steep one, we come up to the visitor’s center where we pay our $5 Belizean’s fee and have the site all to ourselves. The fallen stones are immediately noticeable: when one mentions the words “Maya Ruins”, some of the temples at Lubaantun would probably fit the bill…but honestly, the further in we went, we noticed a pattern.

Don Efrain Guerrero passes away
The San Pedro Sun extends its sincerest condolences to the Guerrero family on the passing of Don Efrain.

UNICEF holds “Child Friendly” Board Meeting
On Wednesday, July 22nd, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) held a general meeting at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. The meeting endorsed the Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities Initiative (SCFM), a joint initiative of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and UNICEF, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development, New European Media (NEM), Immigration and the Belize Mayor’s Association (BMA). Members from the various committees from across the country attended the event designed to share ideas and listen to guidance towards the goal of becoming a certified child friendly community. Present at the meeting was His Lordship Mayor of Belize City Darrell Bradley, special invited guest from Costa Rica Georgina Zamora, among others.

Former San Pedro Police Officer Dean Perez found guilty of theft
After almost a year since being charged for “theft”, Police Constable (PC) Dean Perez, formerly attached to the San Pedro Police Department, has been found guilty of his crime and sentenced to three months imprisonment. Originally from Belize City, Perez was formally arrested and charged for his crimes on October 28, 2014. He had been positively identified for stealing cash and a cell phone from a San Pedro Town resident while carrying out an investigation. Perez was found guilty on Thursday, July 23rd and sentenced on Monday, July 27th by Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. The incident goes back to October 5, 2015 when Perez visited the residence of Jose Hernandez investigating and inquiring about his identity. Hernandez was in the process of providing his documents when Perez allegedly took his identification cards which had $600 between them. In addition, Hernandez also claimed that Perez took away his cell phone valued at $400. After positively being identified and an intensive investigation carried out, Perez was charged and arrested, but he met bail in the sum of $2000. In the meantime he was placed on interdiction with half salary until the case concluded.

Ambergris Today

Celebrating Summer with Colors Beach Festival in Corozal
Corozal Town is such an easy going and quiet town on the bay of the Caribbean Sea, but around July things get a bit louder. The annual Corozal Colors Beach Festival brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate summer in a colorful way. The Colors Beach Festival draws a party crowd to the beautiful Corozal Bay Inn where explosions of colors and water decorate everybody in a mixture of art, music and fun. It’s a music festival that is hyped up with a lineup of Deejay, happy people, great location and entertainment. This year saw the second annual Colors Beach Festival and with much anticipation it was a very successful event. Growing quickly every year the CBF team is happy to state that the festival will provide an even bigger line up of deejays and include international performers in years to come.

The official Sashing Ceremony of the Miss San Pedro 2015 Contestants
The official Sashing Ceremony of the Miss San Pedro 2015 Contestants was held at Sandy Point Resorts on Thursday, July 30, where all the six contestants where handed with their sash by their corresponding sponsor. It was an intimate cocktail event shared with family, sponsors and special invited guests.

Camp Basil Jones Works with Inner City At-Risk Youths to Create Safer Streets
The one-of-a-kind second annual Summer Youth Camp at Camp Basil Jones has awakened the attention of local news media, outside organizations and individuals as its main purpose is to reduce the chances of at-risk Belizean youths to go astray. This year’s camp was held from July 6 to the 24, at the Basil Jones area in north Ambergris Caye under direction/coordination of Guillermo “Mito” Paz of the San Pedro House of Culture. One hundred Belizean children, mostly from Belize City and other parts of the country, were able to participate in this camp. “The focus of this summer camp is to instill in our youth an appreciation of the marine and coastal environment, provide alternative activities for at-risk youth at higher risk of gang affiliation and/or engaging in criminal activity (both in school and no longer in school), to teach our youths marketable skills through art & crafts using natural materials, to counter criminal gangs by engaging at-risk youth in anti-gang/drug-related activities and to encourage at-risk youth to graduate high school,” indicated Mito Paz.

Belize Murder Trend Shifts to Domestic Conflicts Indicates Mid Year Report
Belize Police Department Mid Year Review - The Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar, recently met with the Senior leadership of the Police Department including the Acting Commissioner of Police Russell Blackett and five regional commanders, namely Senior Superintendents Ralph Moody (South), Aaron Guzman (Western), Alford Grinage (Acting Eastern North), Edward Broaster (Eastern Rural) and Chester Williams (Eastern South). The purpose of the meeting was to review performance over the first six months of 2015 and agree on strategies for the second half of the year. During the meeting the recently appointed commanders of the three new regions in the Belize District expressed to the Minister their endorsement of the new organizational strategy and their expectation that the new arrangement will produce the desired results. Decisions were also made to establish a formation for the villages in Cayo South separate from the Belmopan formation and a formation for the villages of Hopkins, Sittee River, Kendal, and Silk Grass separate from the Dangriga formation. Both new formations will now have a separate Officer in Charge answerable to the Regional Commander Western and South, respectively.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Belize Tourism Board hosts annual tourism industry conference
The Belize Tourism Board will be hosting its annual tourism industry conference on August 1, 2015 in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The purpose of the event is to update industry partners about the tourism accomplishments over the past year in the “Year in Review”, and inform on strategies implemented for the ‘Year Forward’. This year’s event will have a slight twist from the usual setting, as there will be two informative sessions administered by local and international panelists. The topics and panelists are listed below: a) Service Excellence: A Silent Seller – focused on hospitality and customer service • Importance in the Caribbean – Dr Emil Lee – president of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association • Importance of Service Excellence in Wedding Destination – Jacqueline Johnson – president of Global Bridal Group

Mr. Efrain Guerrero Sr. passes away
The International Costa Maya Festival Committee and volunteers would like to express its sincere condolences to Mr. Gaspar Guerrero, Festival Director, and his family on the passing of his father, Mr. Efrain Guerrero Sr. Mr. Efrain is also the father of Mayor Daniel Guerrero and grandfather to Deputy Mayor Gary Greif. At this difficult time we wish the Guerrero family strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends. R.I.P. Mr. Efrain Guerrero.

Here are the photos from the official sashing ceremony at Fido's.

Second Meeting of the Multilateral Fruit Fly Commission
On July 28, 2015 Belize participated in the 2nd MEETING OF THE MULTILATERAL FRUIT FLY COMMISSION held in Cancun, Mexico. During this meeting the Fruit Fly Control Cooperative Agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture, and the Belize Agricultural Health Authority was signed. The Cooperative Agreement is signed annually between the parties to govern cooperation in the management of fruit fly pests of interest to protect crops in Belize and the United States. The cooperative efforts include the control and eradication of fruit fly pests; the management of an exotic fruit fly surveillance program, and technical cooperation with respect to the management of fruit fly pests and related activities in Belize.

Corozal Fashion Week
It is the end of FASHION WEEK this weekend August 1-2 at the Corozal Free Zone.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Corozal Town Council would like to inform the general public to beware of a lottery scam through the means of a fake Facebook profile posing as the Corozal Town Council and Mayor Hilberto Campos. Currently, the Corozal Town Council is not facilitating any fund raisers. Any future fund raisers can be verified on this official Corozal Town Council Facebook page or our website

John Paul II JC 1st Graduating Class
Congratulations, graduates! Pope John Paul II JC had their 1st graduating class. "Congratulations to the 1st graduates of our 6th Form in Benque Viejo, our very own John Paul 11 Jr. College Class of 2015, we are so proud of this great initiative,keep on the great spirit, this is just the start of more greatness in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. Snippets of July 30th, Historic Moments. JP11JC"

Benque Full Moon Concert
The Mexican Embassy teamed up with the Benque HoC to bring Tierra Blanca to Centennial Park. . "The Benque House of Culture embraced the partnership of the Mexican Embassy in Belize by offering a Summer Night Full Moon Concert at the Centennial Memorial Park on July 29th, 2015 featuring 'Tierra Blanca' horocho style of music with the unique and harmonious harp. Graced by great friendship, warm ambiance and a lifetime memories! Benque like no other!"

Belize Hosts Tourism Conference
The Belize Tourism Board is set to hold its annual Tourism Industry Conference this weekend. Industry partners will gather to discuss tourism accomplishments in the past year, as well as strategies to be implemented in the coming year. The conference will feature information sessions on two main topics: “Service Excellence: A Silent Seller,” which will address hospitality and customer service, and Digital Marketing, which will focus on branding, social media, and online mediums of marketing. Several panels will be held for each topic, each hosted by Caribbean tourism officials and industry leaders. The conference convenes Saturday, August 1 at Fido’s Courtyard in San Pedro, Ambergis Caye.

Noche San Pedrana is being hosted by the lovely Ramon's Village Resort
The beauties vying for the Reina De La Costa Maya crown model Iconic Maruba wear by Belizean designer Adrian Roca.

Beach cleanup on Caye Caulker today
Please join us today! 9 am in Palapa Gardens.

Snap Kiss and Makeup
There's a Makeup Art Show at Cahal Pech on Sunday at 1:00pm. "Revolution Artistry is having its Official Makeup Art Show First ever event 3 in 1show August 2nd at the Cahal Pech Resort At 1pm. SNAP KISS & MAKEUP SHOW is a 3 in 1 show the first segment will be a Makeup Art show which has 5 different type of makeup looks will be displayed..."

Belize Duck Race 2015
The date is set for the 2nd annual Belize Duck Race. It'll start at the Hawkesworth Bridge, and will happen on November 21st. All proceeds go towards Rotary community service projects. "The Rotary Club of Belmopan is holding the 2nd Annual National Belize Duck Race on Saturday, November 21st, 2015, in San Ignacio, Cayo District. The Rotary Club of Belmopan will use the funds from this event to continue its efforts towards community projects and existing initiatives focused on children’s health."

Channel 7

A(nother) Broad Daylight Robbery At First Caribbean; Reports Say Robbers Got 100K
The First Caribbean International Bank branch, in the San Cas Plaza by Belcan Bridge in Belize City was robbed early this morning. It happened between 8:30 and 9:00, when the morning rush was just beginning for the end-of month payday. The bank was more crowded than usual, and that's the when 5 armed robbers stormed in. They were well dressed like regular customers but dramatically flipped the script when they threw the security guards to the ground, jumped over the counter and helped themselves to as much as a hundred thousand dollars. By the time police responded, they were gone. We arrived shortly after and found out how the second daylight armed robbery in two and a half years happened at the same bank branch: Daniel Ortiz reporting The First Caribbean Bank in the Plaza should have been opened for business when we arrived, but the "we're closed" sign was up. Inside, employees and customers alike were present, most likely reporting to the police what they saw and heard during the armed robbery. All around the premises, city police had the area surrounded; they were out in numbers - numbers which couldn't change the unalterable fact that there had been another broad daylight robbery at this northside bank.

Cops Say Taylor's Alley Affiliates Responsible For Robbery
The robbery happened in Precinct 4, and police have been doubling down - trying to identify the suspects in the security video. Their commanding Officer told us that police have made major progress in locating the perpetrators, whose faces were seen in the bank's surveillance footage. He discussed the information that they've been able to find out so far: Supt. Linden Flowers, OC, Police Precinct 4 "The first call came in around 8:40am that a robbery was going on at the First Caribbean Bank at San Cas Plaza. Police officers from the station, which included uniformed officers as well as members of my strike team, was dispatch to the area and it was discovered that indeed a robbery had taken place. The information that I have received from my investigators who are still on the scene and working the scene interviewing and reviewing and canvassing for the information, is that 3 male persons of dark complexion, enter the bank, taking the security guard who was stationed outside the bank inside the bank. At that time they ordered the persons who are doing business in the bank as well as workers to go down to the ground, which my information is that they all complied going down to the ground." Daniel Ortiz "Can you reveal to us if they got away with any money?" Supt. Linden Flowers, OC, Police Precinct 4 "Yes, I can inform you that monies were stolen from the bank."

One Female Bank Worker Was Hurt
This afternoon, the Christian Workers Union - which represents bank workers - released a statement on the robbery, saying that one female staffer was injured, but not seriously. CWU President, Audrey Matura Shepherd, says, quote, "I condemn in the strongest possible terms this brazen... robbery of the Bank. I hope anybody with information...assists our law enforcement authorities." End Quote

Attorney Matura Shepherd Sanctioned For Contempt
While Matura-Shepherd was very vocal in her condemnation of the crime, she was very silent today on the news that she becomes the first attorney in memory to be sanctioned by the Supreme Court for contempt. She has been ordered to pay $3,000 for it. That's the decision that Justice Courtney Abel handed down after her case was argued before him in chambers. Matura made her mis-step when she was representing BGYEA. You'll probably recall that the Lands Department was trying to block them from using the road reserve in Harmonyville on the Western Highway. The Government took them to court, and the case was finally settled in February, after mediation. But, before the attorneys for both sides could sign on the dotted line, Matura-Shepherd granted an interview to the press in February and she outlined the resolution.

Easy Glen Leaves Court In Ambulance For Hospital, Escapes Prison Bus Bound For Jail
Well known street operator Goldburn Adolphus, known as Easy Glen went from courthouse to emergency room today - after he fell into a sudden seizure, just as he was told he would be remanded for the weekend. Adolphus was charged for aggravated assault with a pint bottle upon Court prosecutor, Cpl. Noel Muschamp. When he appeared in court this afternoon, He pleaded guilty, begged to apologize and generally threw himself on the mercy of the court. Magistrate Ladonna John accepted his guilty plea but remanded him to prison until Monday, August 3, 2015 for sentencing. And that's when Easy Glen took a hard fall to the courtroom floor. He was having some sort of seizure, and when his head slammed against the floor, his dentures flew out. Court orderlies called an ambulance and got first aid advice over the phone to stabilize him.

Cops Fundraise for Fallen Colleague
A month ago, we told you about Police Constable Jason Hall, the officer attached to Precinct 3 in Belize City who was the victim of a brutal assault by a civilian. That attack happened near the entrance of Rhaburn Ridge Village at Mile 37 on the Northern Highway on Monday, June 29. That's where PC Hall had a blow out in his private vehicle on his way to work in Belize City. A man came along who offered to help him fix the flat tire, and as soon as they got it fixed, the man clubbed him over the head - and took off in the car, leaving the cop unconscious on the side of the road. When he regained consciousness, he called for help, and was rushed to the KHMH for medical treatment. Since then, it's been a slow recovery, and in that time, the officer has incurred a medical bill that he must pay. Today, his fellow officers chipped in with a barbecue fundraiser. 7News dropped by to see how it went:

Full Moon Brings Full Nets For Shrimpers
Farmed shrimp may be the convenient craze these days, but there is still a lot of "shrimp" in the sea - problem is you just got to know how and where to catch them. Today we met a group of veteran fishermen who know the exact spot to pull them in. Every year around this time fishermen flock to Buttonwood Bay to catch sea shrimp. We met with 2 fishermen who told us why they go out every year to the Northside and what their catch means for their survival. Courtney Weatherbune reporting A white cast net and an ice box: that's all Winston Lucairo needs to catch sea shrimp. He is just one of the fishermen who have been out here since 6 this morning. You would normally see them on the Southside catching shrimp but today they've tracked down these rare bottom feeders to the Northside of the city.

USDA Money For Medfly Eradication
The Mediterranean fruit fly has been detected in southern Belize and now there is a million dollar plan to eradicate it. The United States Department of Agriculture has committed 372 thousand Belize told and the Government of Belize will chip in with another 687 thousand dollars for medfly eradication activities and the procurement of equipment, materials and supplies, as well salaries and operational expenses for the medfly programme. That's the plan coming out of the 2nd meeting of the Multilateral Fruit Fly Commission held in Cancun, Mexico. The Cooperative Agreement is signed annually to manage the fruit fly in the interest of protecting crops in Belize and the United States. BAHA is currently making eradication sweeps in the south to contain the medfly.

Summer Drums, Summer Fun
There are all kinds of summer camps, but one of our favourites has to be the drum workshop. It's an effort of the National Kriol Council - where 100 youth get to master infectious rhythms on the oldest instrument on earth - which sounded as fresh today - as it did when the first man beat the first drum like…six thousand years ago. I spoke to the particpants:… The Drum Camp is part of the Project called "Bridging the Gap to Safer communities through Education, Training and the Creation of Business Opportunities in Cultural Arts for Youth in the Belize District" funded by the U.S. Embassy through the Central American Regional Security Initiative.

Taking On Technology In New TV Show
The Belize Film Commission has embarked on novel mission, to educate the public how professionals harness technology in everyday activities you probably didn't even know about. And to bring the high-tech down to earth, they've hired American Television producer, Steve Odell and former Engineer Cadet Henderson. Both men have been hard at work, and earlier this week they brought us a snippet of this new television program called, Technology Belize, Greatest Places on Earth. Both men stopped by to explain why you will want to tune in: The Commission is expected to start airing the show as episodes on national television.

Months Later, Burnt Out Family Still Putting Pieces Together
3 months ago, we told you how Belize City resident Caroline Hamilton and her family suffered great misfortunate when their house burnt down. As ae showed you weeks later, they had nowhere to go. So, they did the only thing they could think of and slept in the burnt shell of their destroyed home, while they waited for help from the Government and whomever could make donations to assist them. Well, the Government assistance has not arrived yet, but the community has been chipping in little by little with donations of construction supplies. Her common-law husband has been making repairs with those supplies, and today, she told us that while her family's house is on the way to being fully repaired, she still needs a little more help.: Caroline Hamilton, Fire Victim "It's been a rocky road, but I as a strong mother stand up and face my crisis. Because if I turned my back, what will happen to my children. So I beg and I cry and someone heard me started to send me help from the Facebook and I thank everybody who helped me out there. Thank them, that they have a heart towards me and my children, but I still need help along the way.

All For Arenal
Arenal village in at the western edge of Belize - half of the village is in Guatemala, the other half in Belize. And while contraband is often the main business in this frontier community, now the 400 Belizean residents have a suped-up resource center to keep them busy. The newly constructed Centre valued at $315 thousand dollars through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank was opened today. The building features a new computer lab including 5 computers, with all the peripherals. A part of the project is that eight young persons from the village were trained in Computer Skills Training, and Desktop Publishing. They learned graphic design applications and how to create artwork for print, advertisements, logos, and book layout. The building also doubles as a hurricane shelter.

Hopkins Law Enforcement Beefed Up
A week ago, we told you about that mid-year review that Police Minister John Saldivar held with the most senior officers of the Department. As part of the discussion, the Police Department decided that they would create a police jurisdiction for Hopkins alone, and today, they began discussions with the community to make that happen. Today in Hopkins, Saldivar met with Southern Regional Commander Ralph Moody, Assistant Superintendent, Mark Stephens, Sergeant Cardinal Smith, and the Chairman of Hopkins Village, Wayne Casimiro. Also at that meeting was the Belize Tourism Industry Association, representatives of the Belize Tourism Board, and members of the Business Community.

Channel 5

Robbers Hit FCIB; Undisclosed Amount of Cash
A group of armed bandits slipped pass a police officer on duty and bank security to pull off a daring heist at a bank in Belize City this morning. The [...]

Audrey Matura Must Pay $3,000 to Court
Attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd was ordered today to pay three thousand dollars to Court after Justice Courtney Abel determined that she had breached the confidentiality of a court-connected mediation session held [...]

People’s Assembly in Cayo on Sunday; Will the G-10 Be There?
On Wednesday, twenty-one of thirty-one P.U.P. Standard Bearers and the executive of the party met at Independence Hall. It was to have been a showdown between the Fonseca faction and [...]

Heart Clinic in City
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Belize according to recent figures from the Ministry of Health. The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has been providing treatment for [...]

Easy Glen in Court on Assault Charge
Well-known political mouthpiece Easy Glen, formally known as Goldburn Adolphus, was arraigned today before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith for attempting to assault a police officer with an empty bottle.  [...]

Corozal Man Remanded For Aggravated Assault
Twenty-six year old Oren Vaughan is tonight on remand for committing an aggravated assault with a firearm upon his ex-girlfriend, Sharon Wade.  Wade, a Corozal resident, reported to police that [...]

Territorial Volunteers Respond To Guatemala’s MFA
The last time the Belize Territorial Volunteers went near the Sarstoon River, thirty-seven of them in a skiff were detained by Guatemalan military and taken to Livingston. The incident happened [...]

Belizean Authorities Silent Says BTVS De la Fuente
De la Fuente says the silence from Belize’s authorities is frustrating because they were given a compilation of footage from the Livingston incident which clearly shows the thirty-seven Belizeans were [...]

Fairtrade Certifies The B.S.C.F.A.
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has received the acceptance of their proposed corrective measures to non-compliances cited by Fairtrade auditors last month. Last year the largest cane-farmer’s association was [...]

B.S.C.F.A.’s Cansino Says Measures To Be Put In Place
There is some measure of relief from the positive news coming out of Fairtrade. In December 2014, faced with terrible financial woes because of a crop delayed by hostile negotiations [...]

Heredia on the Status of Puerto Azul
What is the fate of the controversial Puerto Azul development project?  It’s a question that’s difficult even for Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia to answer directly.  That is because there [...]

Youth Services Commemorates Job Program for Youths
A closing ceremony was held today to commemorate a programme that helped over fifty young people to receive job training and summer employment. It is an initiative under the Department [...]

Basketball Tournament Underway In the City
Peace and Light Foundation, with support from the Belize Bank and other partners, is hosting a basketball tournament at the Bird’s Isle Basketball Court. Eight teams in two categories are [...]

LOVE FM

Fined for Driving Police Mobile Without Authorization
Forty-two year old Lincoln Moguel, a former taxi driver who got into a police pick-up and reversed it, was fined $1,000 today by the Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith after she found him guilty of taking a conveyance without lawful authority. Moguel was given until December 31 to pay. If he defaults on payment he will serve […]

Audrey Goes Mute on Her Court Sanction; Fined $3,000
Outspoken attorney, Audrey Matura Shepherd was ordered to pay a fine of three thousand dollars by way of sanction for breach of confidentiality. (VO STARTS) That was the disposition that came out of the courtroom of Justice Courtney Abel this morning. The fine comes after Matura Shepherd was facing charges of contempt after she spoke […]

Trio Charged for Drug Trafficking in Western Belize
Three persons from Santa Elena have been charged with drug trafficking. On Thursday while San Ignacio Police were on special operations, they conducted a search at a home in the Bradley’s Bank area of Santa Elena. Present during the time of the search were 47-year-old Junior Cherrington and 40-year-old Cladett Diana James. Police say while […]

Family Court Fails to Protect Husband Despite His Requests
Oftentimes when we hear complaints about the Family Court it is women claiming they are being given the run around. Today Adolphus Barrett came to our news center to speak of his discontent about what has been happening. Barrett said he went to the family court to get a legal separation from his wife and […]

Brazen Bank Robbery at CIBC First Caribbean
Belize City police are investigating a bank robbery. Robbers barged into CIBC First Caribbean International Bank at the San Cas Plaza this morning at around 9 o’clock. A group of young men, some of whom, were armed with handguns held up the teller and ordered the security officers to the ground along with the bank’s […]

Belize and US Sign Agreement on Fruitfly Eradication
A Belize delegation recently returned from Cancun, Mexico where they attended the second meeting of the multilateral fruit fly commission on Tuesday, July 28. Coming out of that meeting was a signed Fruit Fly Control Cooperative Agreement with the parties being the United States Department of Agricultrue (USDA), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, […]

PlusTV

Why you should pay for TV Ramos bust
Sculptor Stephen Okeke has been battling for over a year to receive what he is owed for the completed bust of Garifuna hero Thomas Vincent Ramos, now on display in Dangriga. And it appears he will not be getting it from former Dangriga area representative Ivan Ramos who has well documented financial...

Cracking down on cattle rustling
The Belmopan Police Station and the Belize Livestock Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to set up a bounty of sorts to provide a reward to police officers who successfully prosecute individuals involved in livestock rustling. Recently, there has been a spike in cattle theft and ...

Improved FIFA ranking gives Belize hope for Round 3
On the 25th of July , Belize drew Canada as its round 3 competitor for the World Cup Qualifiers after defeating the Dominican Republic on an aggregate score of 5-1 in round 2 of the Qualifiers. This small third world central American country has received positive nods from international FIFA executi...

Belmopan School plants trees
Yesterday Our lady of Guadalupe high School in Belmopan in collaboration with personnel from the Caves Branch Botanical Garden,the Ya’axche conservation Trust and the Global Trees Campaign held a special tree planting ceremony at the high school grounds as part of an ongoing project called ...

Older Belizeans benefit from therapy clinics
If you are one of the many Belizeans whose loved ones suffer from end-of-life disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease and others, it can be very frustrating when the person whom you have loved all your life may occasionally drift away from you or lash out without k...

Man crashes off Orange Walk Toll bridge and dies
A man lost his life today after running over the toll bridge at the Entrance of Orange Walk Town in the wee of hours of Thursday morning. According to authorities, police responded to the traffic mishap around 3:30 this morning in the Belize new river about 3 feet south of the Orange Walk Toll Brid...

12 year old says father sexually abused her
Tonight there is disturbing news coming from the village of Independence regarding the sexual assault of a female minor. According to authorities, on Tuesday July 28th, a 12 year old minor accompanied by a social worker visited the Independence police station and reported to authorities that as rec...

18 year old missing from Corozal
A family in Corozal is concerned over the whereabouts of their loved one who has been missing since Monday July 27. According to the mother of Ranchito Village, Corozal District, her 18-year-old son, Jorge Adrian Chulim left home sometime in the afternoon and up to time of making the report today T...


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Woman’s throat cut after domestic quarrel
At press time tonight, police are still seeking Ulysses Manuel Mayorga, 25, a Honduran whom, they told the media at a press conference held yesterday, Wednesday, in Belize City, they need to question with regards to the bloody murder of a 21-year-old woman with whom he had previously been living, and whom he was visiting at the time of her death. The murdered woman, Merlin Elizabeth Herrera Mejia, 21, a Salvadoran, lost her life as a result of what is suspected to be domestic violence, almost three weeks after Customs officer Keisha Buller, 25, of Benque Viejo Del Carmen, was brutally murdered, allegedly by her abusive ex-common-law husband, who stabbed her about 10 times in front of her grandmother and her 4-year-old child from a previous relationship, police reports said.

Celebrated 35th birthday, then drowned in New River
Leonel Guerra, 35, well-known manager of Guerra’s Construction, of Santa Martha Street, Orange Walk Town, died this morning at about 3:30 when his vehicle ran off the Orange Walk Toll Bridge and took the long plunge into the New River, which runs below. Reports are that Guerra was celebrating his birthday in Belize City yesterday and was travelling back to Orange Walk Town this morning when on his arrival at the Orange Walk Toll Bridge, he lost control of the pickup in which he was travelling. The vehicle hit the protective rail of the bridge, breaking the rail, and the truck fell off the left side of the bridge. It landed in the river with its four wheels up, a part of it submerged. People in the area who were alarmed by the loud bang when the pickup hit the guard rail came out to see what had happened, and when they saw the vehicle in the water, they called police, who found Guerra trapped in the vehicle, already dead.

Scurvy Charles Bucknor!
For over two years, Charles Bucknor has maintained his innocence in regards to the allegation that he committed an aggravated assault of an indecent nature upon a minor who was 13 years old at the time, but today, he was found guilty of the offense and was given the maximum sentence of 3 years in prison. Perspiration began to form on the face of the 50-year-old laborer as he tried to interrupt Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith as she was summarizing the evidence presented in his trial this morning. At the last adjournment of the case, Bucknor had indicated to the court that he would call his assistant as a witness in his defense. This morning, however, his assistant was a no-show in court. Before she handed down the three-year sentence, the Chief Magistrate told Bucknor, “You, Mr. Bucknor, are nothing but a pervert, and a sick pervert at that, and you are a liar. You, Mr. Bucknor are going to prison.”

PUP (minus ten) says party leader Fonseca’s position “safe”
The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Francis Fonseca, called a special PUP national executive and standard-bearers meeting yesterday afternoon at Independence Hall to hammer out the details of demands made on Monday by a dozen standard-bearers who wrote to him and the party chairman, Henry Charles Usher. Among the changes the group of 12 were requesting was for the party to conform to its constitution to have a national convention, since it has been almost 5 years since the party’s last national convention. The Party’s constitution prescribes that a national convention must be held every two years on a day in November. Additionally, the standard-bearers were calling for immediate national consultations to commence to inform the party’s policy positions, and for the party’s national executive to be restructured, arguing that the party’s leadership structure was not inspiring confidence, as evidenced by the poor showing in three elections in the last six months.

Two more banks in Belize face cut-off by Bank of America: Central Bank
Two banks in Belize—one domestic bank and another which holds a license under the International Banking Act—are scurrying to put alternative measures in place for correspondent banking relations, which enable them to conduct foreign money transfers and clear overseas payments, after receiving warning that their correspondent banking relationship with Bank of America, the second largest bank in the US, could soon be cut off. We saw a notice from the international bank based in Belize City which says that the correspondent banking relationship with Bank of America will be severed as of this Friday, July 31, 2015. The notice said that, “…a few of our banking services such as wire transfers, USD bank drafts and foreign currency will be affected.” While the bank said that it is working on several alternate arrangements for correspondent banking, it notifies customers that, “…we will not be able to facilitate any foreign currency wire transfers or USD bank drafts until further notice.” In April, Bank of America severed its correspondent banking relations with Belize’s largest domestic bank – the Belize Bank, both its domestic and international institutions, on the claim that there was a business model mismatch.

Guatemala’s exact claim over Belize still undefined
Belize and Guatemala have been in territorial talks under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS) since 2000, and while OAS officials said in the Tuesday night forum, dubbed “Culture of Peace Forum”, that we are very close to solving the age-old dispute, the extent of Guatemala’s claim—deemed by all Belizeans to be unfounded and unjust—has still not been clearly defined. We understand from Foreign Affairs officials that Guatemala’s last written communication staking claim to half of Belize, from the Sarstoon to the Belize River, said in another breath that Guatemala is reserving the right to resurrect its claim to “all of Belize.” In fact, this is reflected in the country’s new passport, which has a dotted line along the full length of the country’s western border with Belize. When we probed our sources within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the matter, we were told that they do not know exactly what claim Guatemala will bring, if the matter is voted for adjudication at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

2015 Brodies Strong & Weak Doubles Table Tennis Tournament
The 2015 Brodies Annual Strong & Weak Doubles Tournament took place this past Sunday, July 26, at the BES Auditorium, the home of table tennis. Following a Double Elimination format, 16 Strong & Weak Doubles teams began competing for this year’s title. Last year’s winners Billy Musa, Jr. & Samron Pott came into this event as the top seed. Petie Matus & Marion Usher, last year’s other finalist, did not play this year, leaving the second seed position open to Carlos Cui & Terry Su. In the Upper portion of the draw, Mishek Musa & Fabio Carballo made it to the semifinals by beating out Alain Gonzalez & Kareem Stewart, Taye Parkinson & Jayden Sutherland, and Billy Musa & Samron Pott, before losing to Carlos Cui & Terry Su.

Belize basketball heroes display Copa Cancun trophy
Yesterday morning, at the Quan Volleyball Gym on Princess Margaret Drive, manager/owner of Hoop Dreams Belize, Brads Neal presented to the assembled media his triumphant U-19 basketball team along with the beautiful silver trophy they recently won as champions of the Copa Cancun tournament in Cancun, Mexico. The team, consisting of some of the best young players in Belize who have been with the Hoop Dreams program for the past five years, travelled to Cancun last week for four consecutive days of basketball competition, from Thursday to Sunday, in which they won 6 games on their way to the Copa Cancun championship. Despite blowing out most of their opponents, they did have one very big test against the recently crowned Mexican U-19 champions, Veracruz Marlins. According to Brads Neal, “They were the champs of the country … and they were geared to play against us. The media, everybody was hyped about it, thought it was going to be a great game, and they thought that the Marlins was going to beat us. But it was a hard fought game, and in the last minute of the fourth quarter, we took that step to victory.”

SOL Belize hosts U-13 and U-15 Football Marathon
SOL Belize sponsored football Marathons in two categories – U-13 and U-15 on Saturday, July 25, at the MCC Grounds. Six (6) U-13 teams and four (4) U-15 teams participated in the Marathon, which followed a simple knockout format. Most of the participating teams involved players and coaches from the recently completed Smart 13 & Under football tournament, and past players of these teams who were now over the 13-year age limit. The tournaments were also coordinated by the same staff of the Smart 13 & Under, led by Stanley “Jordan” Reneau and Tyrone “T-Bone” Muschamp. Brown Bombers was victorious in both the U-13 and U-15 categories. Second place in the U-13 was taken by Charlston FC, while Collet Strikers claimed the second place trophy in the U-15.

Editorial: Capitalism’s adjustments
The original theorists of communism and scientific socialism, Marx and Engels, thought that revolutionary change, where workers would take over the means of production, would first occur in the industrialized countries of Europe, where laissez-faire capitalism was at its most cruel, rapacious and contradictory in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Instead, the first communist revolution took place in 1917 in Russia, which was an agrarian, almost feudal society which was a combination of Eastern European and Asian in geography. A revolution had begun in 1910 in Mexico, but it was not a communist revolution. After the ideas of the Russian Revolution spread to the Western Hemisphere, the Mexican Revolution clearly took on socialist and communist aspects in the 1920s. The world war which began in 1939 featured industrialized capitalist economies on both sides. On the so-called Allied side were Great Britain, France, and later the United States of America. On the so-called Axis side were Germany, Italy, and Japan.

From the Publisher
Belize will be marking Emancipation Day this week in a really significant way for the first time in my memory. Emancipation Day has been a big event all over the British Caribbean for a long time. At least, this is what I have been told. Emancipation Day is a time when mulatto Belizeans should look themselves in the eye. “Mulatto” is not a term used much in Belize. All people who have any kind of African ancestry here have been called, or called themselves, “Creoles.” There have been Belizeans with dark skin and tight hair lumped under this general heading along with light-skinned Belizeans with European features. My late paternal grandmother, Eunice Locke Hyde, used to refer to darker-skinned Creoles as “able Creoles.” Then there was a general reference made in Belizean society to lighter-skinned Creoles as “royal Creoles.” There was still some ambiguity in the “royal” designation, however, because there were some dark-skinned families who had been very British for generations, and I think they fell under the “royal” heading. It is all quite confusing sometimes.

Ahead of vote, Belize, Guatemala officials insist on ICJ
Belize Foreign Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington told the media at a press briefing held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel this morning that it was the distrust that Belizeans had decades ago for politicians involved in the Belize-Guatemala process which triggered a demand—now a legal requirement—for a referendum to be held before any move is made to reach a settlement with Guatemala with respect to their unfounded territorial claim over at least half, but as much as all, of what constitutes modern-day Belize. Evidently, that suspicion of Government officials has gone nowhere; and neither has the requirement for a national referendum—despite the fact that diplomatic officials from both Belize and Guatemala tout the same mantra: that the matter will be resolved at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Both Foreign Ministers, in one breath, chanted their official line—that the Belize-Guatemala differendum WILL be settled at the ICJ; but in another breath, they spoke of plans to hold national referenda in the respective countries to allow their electorates to say whether they want the ICJ to adjudicate on the matter.

Mid-year economic stats reveal billion-dollar import bill and falling exports
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) today released the latest economic data reporting on mid-year trade and consumer prices. According to the SIB, merchandise imports for the first half of 2015 grew by 5% or $46 million, for a total of almost $1 billion, while the country’s exports for the same period fell by roughly 11% or $37 million, down from $341 million exported during the first half of 2014 to $304 million exported for the first half of this year. “Crude petroleum contributed greatly to that decline, with earnings dropping sharply by almost $33 million from $51 million to $18 million during the period,” the SIB said. For the month of June 2015 alone, Belize imported goods valued at $189.2 million, up by $31.7 million or 20.1%, from the $157.5 million imported in June of 2014. According to the SIB, the largest increase was in the category of ‘machinery and transport equipment,’ up by almost $16 million, from $31 million to $47 million, due to purchases of sailboats and airplanes during the month.

Officials press ICJ agenda at Belize-Guatemala peace forum
At a rare public forum held by officials of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday night, July 28, 2015 at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, the presenters kept campaigning for the territorial differendum to be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the claim that it is the only way to arrive at a speedy resolution to the age-old problem. “We need to go to the ICJ because that’s a precondition for us to be able to demarcate our land boundary, as well as our sea boundaries. At present, we are a nation without defined and demarcated boundaries, and the only issue remaining is for us to get a pronouncement on the boundaries…” argued Belize Foreign Minister, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington in a statement which some protestors at the event deem to be a contradiction of Elrington’s earlier statement that the country’s borders are already defined in the 1859 Boundary Treaty between the UK and Guatemala.

Women, children make bold statement as Santa Cruz 13 return to court
The Santa Cruz 13—a group of villagers who had been arraigned and charged after Rupert Myles, who was handcuffed and tied up with a rope when he was detained by local authorities in Santa Cruz Village last month—reappeared in the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court today, and at that point those who had not been charged for common assault on Myles were additionally read that charge on top of the charge of illegal imprisonment. The group, represented by Maya attorney, Monica Magnusson, is due to reappear in court on September 29, 2015, and they remain on bail. Maya leaders from the village had claimed that Myles had to be restrained because he had been threatening violence against villagers who had objected to him setting up his domicile at a sacred Maya site – Uxbenka, where he had taken up residence without permission from village leaders. For his part, Myles, a Creole Belizean who is also the common-law husband of a Maya woman of the village, had claimed that he was a victim of discrimination, and claimed he was told that he was not wanted in the village because of his race—a charge which the Maya have denied.

Police meet-and-greet on gang turfs
The new Commanding Officer of Eastern Division South Side, Belize City, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams, went to neighborhoods on Kraal Road, Gill Street and other high-crime areas in the Southside of Belize City yesterday to meet and talk with residents Williams said that he aims to establish peace in the area through the use of a new style of policing. Police will go into the communities to talk to the residents to hear their concerns, and to get advice from them on how police can be more effective in the area. Williams said that these tips, bits of advice and expressions of concern will be compiled and reviewed. The area was divided into four sections, and each section will be overseen by a senior police officer who will visit the homes of people in the area, while Williams himself will visit the notorious Gill Street, Kraal Road and Nurse Findley Crescent areas.

Woman slapped her man in front of police … twice!
A Belize City woman broke down in tears as she was led by court police to the holding cell area of the Magistrate’s Court this morning, after she was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until Monday, when Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith will sentence her. Tifara Tillett, 21, an unemployed resident of Berry Street, was arraigned on one count of common assault against her common-law husband, Belize Defence Force private, Kenrick Archer, 24. When the Chief Magistrate asked her to enter a plea, Tillett pleaded, “Guilty with an explanation.” Smith asked the court prosecutor, Inspector Carol Tucker, to give the court the brief facts of the charge.

No ban on military bases in border area!
Four ex-Foreign Ministers who served at varying points between 1998 and 2008, the decade when the Opposition People’s United Party was in office, have issued a joint statement refuting claims made on Monday by Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales that Belize and Guatemala had agreed “to not build another military base” in the border area after their 2000 agreement. Of note is that while Guatemala has not exactly built any military bases on the border with Belize, it has within the recent years been bolstering several military bases, apart from constructing new ones inland, with several millions of dollars in US aid, which are said to be a part of the anti-narcotics strategy for the region. For example, in August 2009, it reportedly received US aid to the tune of over US$1 million for a Special Forces (kaibiles) base in Poptún, Petén, just west of Belize.

BTV to erect flag monument on Sarstoon Island
Scores of Belizeans are being offered the opportunity to be a part of a historic expedition to Sarstoon Island, near Belize’s natural southern boundary with Guatemala, on Sunday, August 16, 2015, when the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) will lead a boat trip of Belizeans from various parts of the country to witness the unveiling of a flag monument on the island. In May, Belize Coast Guard officials were recalled from a reconnaissance mission to the island after Guatemala Navy officers—who claimed it as a part of their country but who could not produce a supporting map—challenged their presence there. The Belize Coast Guard—which initially stood its ground and camped on the island until a directive came from Prime Minister Barrow for them to cut their mission short—was able to produce a map showing the Guatemalans that they were squarely located inside the internationally recognized territory of Belize.

The Reporter

First Caribbean Bank, San Cas Plaza, robbed
First Caribbean Bank at the San Cas Plaza near the northern entrance of Belize City was held up at gunpoint on Friday morning, and one of its employees had to be treated for injuries sustained during the incident. The incident occurred shortly after the bank […]

Orange Walk contractor dies in RTA after birthday celebration
Lionel Guerra, 35, a popular contractor of Orange Walk Town lost his life just three hours after he brought in his birthday, and just outside of his hometown in a tragic road traffic mishap at the Toll Bridge at Tower Hill. Guerra had reportedly left […]

San Narsico health center gets makeover; Trial Farm Village gets cancha bleachers
The Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust has partnered with the Ministry of Health to fund the renovation of the San Narciso Health Care Center in the Corozal District. The Trust also partnered with the Trial Farm Village Council to renovate bleachers for sporting events. Minister […]

CitCo hosts breakfast for Guatemalan and Belizean children
The Belize City Council hosted a breakfast and entertainment session for Belizean and Guatemalan children at the BTL park on Wednesday morning. It is a part of continued efforts to further strengthen diplomatic relations between both countries, in the face of the long standing […]

Primary school students see a bright future with Scotiabank
This week Scotiabank continued to invest in Belize’s development by offering high school scholarships to primary school students. The Bank’s Albert Street branch presented 25 of those scholarships to students on Tuesday, along with schoolbags containing supplies for the upcoming school year. The scholarships form […]

CTO says tourism slowing in Belize
Belize is seeing a decline in tourism arrival numbers this year, after years of strong growth, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). This is contrary to what the Belize Tourism Board reported earlier this year. Belize received 129,316 tourist arrivals in the first […]

Belize continues Ebola preparedness with help from Taiwan and PADF
The Ministry of Health has received clinical care kits for Ebola patients through donations from the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and the Republic of China/Taiwan. The donation is part of a larger regional effort to prepare for and control a potential Ebola outbreak. […]

12 PUP heavyweights call for National Convention; leadership tested
Twelve standard bearers of the People’s United Party (PUP), some of whom are considered senior members, have written to PUP Leader Francis Fonseca and Chairman Henry Usher, calling for an urgent national party convention, exposing their discontent and lack of confidence in the leadership of […]

Police crack down on loitering and public drinking
The Belize Police Department’s Eastern Division (South) announced that starting this week, despite a recent shift in policy from cracking down on quality-of-life offenses, such as riding a bicycle without bells and lights, police will crack down on loitering and public drinking. According to […]

Bacab watchman shot dead at home! Police suspect robbery
Police suspect robbery was the motive of the shooting murder of Prudencio Gonzalez, 48, the watchman of Bacab Eco-Park, who was killed inside his home at Ridge Lagoon, off the Burrell Boom Road on Sunday night. Gonzalez, who lived a short distance away from his […]

Productivity Matters Part IV: Tourism
Over the past few installments of this conversation on the role that productivity and efficiency (measured by Total Factor Productivity, TFP) have in the economic growth debate, we’ve done two things. Firstly, by using the work of Abdychev et. al (2015)—entitled “Increasing Productivity Growth In Middle Income Countries”—we’ve established the […]

The Role of the Opposition
In a real democracy, the will of the people prevails. Ideally, political parties chart a mandate which is pretty much a plan of what they want to do for the nation. The plan generally encompasses broad areas such an economic, social, security, environmental and educational portion. This is then presented […]

Police department gets $50 thousand worth of new equipment
The Ministry of National Security, in a ceremony at the Ministry’s conference room in Belmopan on Thursday morning, handed over $50,000 worth of hand held radios to senior officials from the police department to assist in the improvement of policing effectiveness across the country. […]

Editorial
On Monday of this week an extraordinary press conference was held at the Radison Fort George Hotel here in Belize City. The two protagonists were the Foreign Minister of Belize, the Hon. Wilfred Elrington and the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Lic. Carlos Raúl Morales. . They called the press conference […]

Domestic violence claims 4th life in one month
A 21-year-old mother has become the fourth and latest victim of domestic violence in a span of 27-days. Merlin Elizabeth Mejia was found with her throat slashed at her home on Morning Glory Street early Wednesday morning and police cannot locate her spouse, who […]

PUP vs PUP Convention will not contest leadership
The People’s United Party (PUP) called another national executive meeting this week to discuss a request for a convention that would have seen the PUP’s leadership contested. In what could only be described as a sustained boycott, 10 of the 12 missing representatives from the […]

Cop breaks and enters into Magistrates’ Court!
A police officer is being investigated pending possible charges of burglary and damage to property, for allegedly entering the Belize City Magistrates’ Court without permission and for causing damages to the door. The scene at court on Thursday morning was an interesting one, as […]

Joint unions call for raise for KHMH workers
The three unions, which include teachers and public officers, who have been in negotiations with the government for a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), have called on the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) Board of Governors to raise the employees’ salaries. The joint unions, the […]

Belizean banks targeted Is the Central Bank next?
Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL), an offshore institution not affiliated with Atlantic Bank Limited, has confirmed reports that more financial institutions in Belize had corresponding banking ties with Bank of America (BOA) cut off. This week the AIBL put out a notice to its […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Boy, 9, missing in Hokeb Ha Cave; search and rescue mission to begin
Tonight a father is desperately searching for his 9 year old son in the Toledo District. Information reaching our newsroom is that members of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church Mission Outreach, were out on a field trip at the Hokeb Ha Cave in Blue Creek village, Toledo. The boy’s father and […]

Audrey returns for BGYEA confidentiality case
Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel reportedly entertained the parties in the case between the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) and the Government of Belize this morning. A decision is pending on the claim made by Government attorney Rodwell Williams that his opponent, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, violated the terms […]

First Caribbean Bank in Belize City robbed
On this last day of July, a Friday, thousands of Belizeans line up at the banks to collect their pay and pay their bills. Taking advantage of the hectic situation, a group of individuals in Belize City decided to try to make some money the easy way, by […]

Man tries to make off with police vehicle
For no apparent reason, 42 year old former taxi driver Lincoln Moguel had the urge to take a police pickup from their headquarters and attempt to drive it away. He didn’t get very far, and today he was lucky to avoid jail time because he reportedly suffers from […]

Belize Tourism Board to host annual tourism industry conference in San Pedro
Fido’s Courtyard in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye will be the venue for BTB’s Tourism Industry Conference which is slated for Saturday, August 1st. The much anticipated event is geared at updating industry partners about the tourism accomplishments over the past year in the “Year in Review”, and inform on strategies implemented for the ‘Year Forward’. Organizers say this year’s event will have a twist as there will be two informative sessions administered by local and international panelists.

Orange Walk Town gears up for Fiestarama
Orange Walk Town’s biggest annual event, Fiestarama is scheduled to commence tonight with opening ceremonies at the Orange Walk People’s Stadium. The stage has been set and according to the Mayor of Orange Walk Town, Kevin Bernard the 3 day weekend of festivities will include wholesome fun […]

Traffic Accident on the Hummingbird Highway
Belize Media Group has received a report about a traffic accident that happened on the Hummingbird Highway just now. The incident happened about 1.5 miles away from Belmopan. According to our sources, an elderly person was injured and has been taken to the Western Regional Hospital. Police and paramedics are […]

Former PUP Foreign Ministers Take Guatemalan Foreign Minister To Task
A recent PUP statement is making its rounds in the mainstream media today. This time though not for any internal turmoil but rather for contradicting what Guatemalan Foreign Minister had said earlier this week concerning the military bases in both countries. In a conference on Monday, Foreign Minister of Guatemala, […]

Canadian mom may be hiding child in Spanish Lookout
Police from the city of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, believe they have narrowed their search for the missing 31 year old Robin Trockstad nee Greenway and her 2 1/2 year old son Treyson to Spanish Lookout, Cayo District in western Belize. Robin Trockstad faces an Interpol arrest warrant for abduction of […]

Police reorganization helping crime fight in islands: Heredia
Belize Rural South area representative Manuel Heredia Jr. says a re-organization of the Police Department in San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker village is contributing to a reduction of crime. Speaking with News 5, Heredia stated that additional personnel and vehicles have been dispatched to participate in patrols. On Caye […]

Mainly fair weather will prevail through tomorrow
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies during the course of the day and partly cloudy skies tonight with only isolated showers along with the chance of a thunderstorm developing inland this afternoon or in the deep South tonight. Winds will be blowing to the East […]

Armed Robbery at First Caribbean International Bank in Belize City
Reports reaching our newsroom are that a group of men in Belize City robbed the First Caribbean International Bank around 9 am this morning. Police are currently at the scene. We will be updating this story as more information becomes available.

Blogs

Belize’s First Tourism Hotel Celebrates 50 Years & The Amazing Visionary, Miss Celi McCorkle
The day before the presentation of the 2015 BTB Awards at the Holiday Hotel in San Pedro, Belize, it seems fitting to write about Miss Celi McCorkle. The woman who opened and ran the very first tourist hotel in all of Belize. Who brought tourism to Belize – 50 years ago. Earlier this year, we sat down together for lunch, with her daughter Lisa, and I got what she called “her very first interview”. Picture this if you can. The bustling tourist town of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize about 60 years ago. The island that now is estimated at 20,000 residents +, was inhabited by less than 500. And there wasn’t a motorized vehicle in sight – no motor boats and definitely no cars or golf carts. A young San Pedrana girl sat in her skirt (NO SHORTS in those days) on a coconut log on the beach in front of what is today’s Holiday Hotel.

TWO MARGARITA MIXES FOR YOU FROM THE TIPSY BARTENDER RECIPE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH...RECETA EN ESPANOL Y INGLES
PINK FLAMINGO MARGARITA 2 oz. (60ml) Tequila 1 oz. (30ml) Lime Juice 1 oz. (30ml) Cranberry Juice 1 oz. (30ml) Pineapple Juice 1 oz. (30ml) Peach Schnapps 2 oz. (60ml) Watermelon Pucker Splash of Simple Syrup MARGARITA FLAMENCO ROSADO 2 oz (60 ml) Tequila 1 oz (30 ml) de Jugo de Limon 1 oz (30 ml) Jugo de Arándano 1 oz (30 ml) Jugo de Piña 1 oz (30 ml) Licor de Durazno 2 oz (60 ml) Pucker de Sandía Un Chorrito de Jarabe Simple

HARD TO BELIZE: THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO IN CAYE CAULKER
es, Caye Caulker is an appealing place in which to do nothing, or to do not much. Stroll the dirt-road Front Street. Dangle your feet in the water at The Split, Caye Caulker’s answer to its non-existent beaches. Rent a bike and meander around the side roads. It’s all a dream. But assuming you’re craving a little more adventure, that too can be found on Belize’s favorite backpacker island! And it won’t put you in the poorhouse either. While boat tours are pricey compared to other Central American activities, there’s plenty of free and reasonably priced things to do as well. Read on for seven of them. The flat, shallow waters surrounding Caye Caulker were made for Stand Up Paddleboarding — though the current will give you a proper workout in some directions! We found just one place renting SUP boards, along with windsurfing gear and standard surf boards (you’d need to boat out to an area with waves for the latter).

20 Must See Places in Belize
1. Ambergris Caye: It’s the largest, boldest, most “happening” island in Belize. Find water sports, Mayan ruins, charming shops and a party vibe pervading the island 24/7. 2. Placencia: This finger of land boasts 16 miles of beaches. The village is awash in pubs, shops, restaurants and luxe accommodations within this Garifuna village. 3. Caye Caulker: Golf carts replace cars on this four-mile-long caye near diving, jungles and natural wonders. The vibe is so laid-back, visitors abandon their shoes. 4. San Ignacio: This sprawling epicenter, known as Cayo, draws curious souls eager to see Mayan heritage sites, caves, rivers, pools and waterfalls. Come for the ice cream and the iguanas! 5. Caracol: Situated in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, Caracol is an impressive archaeological ruin featuring stele, altars, ball courts and Sky Palace, one of Belize’s largest man-made buildings.

Easy recipe with local ingredients....Inspired by GREAT Indian food in Belmopan!
It is frustrating to cook here sometimes, as you will go to the store with a list and find that some basic things just aren't in stock this week. You can find yourself changing up your menu on a whim. Sometimes you will find that you accidentally create a masterpiece! I got the idea for this recipe when, earlier this month, Dave and I had to go to Belmopan for some errands, as most people find they have to do if you live here. Dave saw a review for an Indian restaurant in Belmopan's outdoor "restaurant row" (I do not know if this is what it is called, that is what I am calling it :)...picture a couple rows of outdoor wooden booths filled with delicious street food, but with tables and wifi!) Anyway, this place is now the place we will go every time we have to go to Belmopan. YUM! There is a great Indian/Caribbean place called Tiger on the peninsula that is slow food--this was the best fast Indian food ever!

Camp Basil Jones works with at-risk Belize kids to create safer neighborhoods
From July 6th to the 24th the second annual Summer Youth Camp at Camp Basil Jones was held on North Ambergris Caye under the able direction/coordination of Guillermo “Mito” Paz of the San Pedro House of Culture. This one-of-a-kind camp has awakened the attention of local news media, organizations and individuals as its main purpose was to help reduce the chances of at-risk Belizean youths to go astray. One hundred Belizean children mostly from Belize City and other parts of the country were able to participate in this camp. It is imperative that we point out to this community the major role that this camp plays in the life of these young people. According to Mr. Paz some of these children have never been snorkeling or have never worn a mask. Some youth come from single parent homes with extremely limited resources. In other words this camp is a “Safe Haven” for these at-risk youth where they can be exactly what they are – children; and forget for a week the harsh living conditions that society and the world has thrown their way.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: A Home for Jaguars
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the places that you need to visit inBelize. Learn more about the many sights and activities you can enjoy while staying in CockscombBasin Wildlife Sanctuary Lodging. Located in Southern Belize, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary sits below the peaks of Cockscomb basin wildlife sanctuary. The name ‘cockscomb’ is derived from the jagged look of the range when seen from the north or south. This place was declared a forest reserve in 1984, and a part of it was set aside to be transformed into a wildlife sanctuary. In 1993, the whole basin was declared a wildlife sanctuary and new movements were taken to the Trio Valley. Today, over a hundred thousand acres are protected following a big international effort to save the juguar population of the basin. The ancient Mayas were believed to be the first inhabitants of the basin, as evidenced by the ruins of Chucil Baalum, a small ceremonial site from the Classic Period of the Mayan Civilization. The Golds worthy expedition in 1888 was the first known attempt to head to the peak of the Cockscomb Range. Up there, they found loggers already go here, acquiring mahogany cedar. The logs floated down South Stann CReek to the coast and are then brought to Belize City. Many of the names on the basin’s map retained the interesting names of timber caps like ‘Go to Hell Camp’ and ‘Sale Si Puede.’ All these camps were reclaimed by the jungle long ago.

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Gender, Education and the Drive for Well-Being in Belize
I was flooded with memories last January as I stepped into the rural high school on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Nearly two decades earlier, I had begun dissertation research here regarding the health and well-being of the first mass high school-educated cohort of young women in the tourism-centric region. On my first day of fieldwork, the principal announced that I hoped to speak to interested students during their study halls. As soon as the next bell rang, a line of young women formed, all eager to share their stories with an insider-outsider—someone deemed trustworthy and also not fully embedded in the history and lineage of the community. Now I had returned, this time to learn more about how those young women’s adolescent experiences had influenced their own development as adults—and also driven changes in their community. My initial work (1996-2001) had taught me that these young women were not blank slates upon which global narratives were written. Rather, they brought their own ways of seeing the world to bear upon transnational media, images, messages, people, and opportunities. More, their life stage as teenagers—attuned carefully to new technologies and media—mattered enormously in how they marshaled community changes to further their educations and improve their well-being.

Local students learn global lessons in trip to Guatemala and Belize
Eleven students and two chaperones from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison embraced a new culture, language and way of life during a two-week service learning trip to Guatemala and Belize in July. "These trips very much reflect our mission of global learning," said Head of School Andrew Webster, who accompanied 16 students on the school's first service learning trip to Peru in 2012. Wardlaw-Hartridge has worked in tandem with the World Leadership School on all of its service learning trips. Students on the trip to Guatemala and Belize ranged from rising freshmen to recently graduated seniors. Chaperones Tanda Tucker of Bernardsville and Ryan Oliveira of Middletown were impressed with the teamwork and maturity of the students.

Maya monuments unearthed: 1,700-year-old relics reveal king, rites of rulership
Ancient Maya artifacts depicting a Mayan ruler and the rites of royal accession have been unearthed in Guatemala that date back to the fourth century, CE, according to archaeologists. The discoveries include a stela (monuments made of a slab of stone or wood, usually ceremonial but sometimes used as a territorial marker) and extremely well-preserved panels that shed light on a period of Mayan history of which very little is known. New Historian reported July 29 that archaeologists from the Middle American Institute and Tulane University announced at a press conference the findings of ancient Mayan artifacts that will undoubtedly aid in the understanding of the civilization that flourished in Central America for roughly three thousand years prior to the coming of the Spanish conquistadores. Among the findings at the El Achiotal archaeology site, part of the La Corona Regional Project in Guatemala, were pieces of a stele, all of which depict a Mayan ruler from a period in which relatively little is known. Also found at the excavation site were a pair of hieroglyphic panels that reveal the rituals of accession to the Mayan throne.

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