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The San Pedro Sun

Honoring the Baymen during 217th St. George’s Caye Day Celebrations
In two days of festivities, San Pedro residents commemorated the 217th anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye. St. September 10th is one of the main days of the September Celebrations and is a show of pride and patriotism. Among the activities held are the traditional Tribute to the Baymen, crowning of the newly elected Miss San Pedro and a uniform parade through the main streets of San Pedro Town. Official ceremonies for St. George’s Caye Day took place on its eve, Wednesday, September 9th. The San Pedro Cultural Committee in collaboration with the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), organized several activities to bring in the big day. The night started with a country-wide tradition, the fire engine and patriotic bicycle parade. Led by the San Pedro Fire Department, the short parade made its way through the main streets of San Pedro with colorfully and artfully decorated bicycles following behind.

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Central American and Mexican brothers Independence Day Celebrations
The San Pedro Community came together at Central Park on Saturday, September 12, to celebrate along with their Central American and Mexican brothers on the Eve of their Independence Day Celebrations. There were food booths for each country and lots of entertainment to keep everybody in the celebratory mood for the entire evening. Happy September Celebrations!!!

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BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of September 6th – September 12th, 2015
A great group from Oldfield Outfitters in South Carolina graced the shores of our island this week. The group was a combination of light tackle fishermen and women, flyrodders and many who drifted between the two taking advantage of the daily fly casting clinics.

Find the list below of eight parks countrywide offering free wireless internet access.

San Pedro Independence Day Parade 2015
Sign up now! Win cash prizes! Best float, best group. Deadline to sign up is September 18.

Potlickers In Paradise Photo Contest
Enter your pups best photo today! Win Big for Saga Humane Society! The contest is open to all dogs, not just Potlickers; the name given to our Belizean street dogs. If you have a potlicker, great. If you live in paradise, even better. If your mutt is from Minnesota, that's O.K. too, the more the merrier. We encourage you to submit your favorite photos and ask your family and friends to vote and support our rescue! We all love to show off our pets best photo. Here is your chance to enter your pups photo and share it with the world.

Todays "achievement" thanks to the team: a Hook
Following the advice of our advisor we removed the fishing hook from the recently received crocodiles stomach surgically today. It was challenging (is it ever not?). But thanks to a lovely team (all of them - sorry I have only taken one picture of serious Dr. Kasia closing up - welcome to BWRC Dr. K! - and I forgot the obligatory post surgery group picture - but then she was not breathing yet...) we got it done! And then the most exciting part of the day? When about 6 h after surgery ended the patient finally takes an obvious deep spontaneous breath and I can finally remove the endotracheal tube and let him do his own breathing again! About 8 - 9 h of apnoea. In many regards every bodies nightmare, but also so incredibly fascinating. I love reptile medicine (nearly as much as parasitology, wildlife rehabilitation and orthopaedic surgery) and can't wait to continue to learn more! Fingers crossed "Hook the Second" recovers fully. It will be weeks before we will know for sure but for tonight I am hopeful - Dr. Isabelle

FULLMOON Over the Reef Concert
Saturday, September 26at 7:00pm. Join us for a night of "Sabor Latino" music at our Full Moon Concert on Saturday, Sept. 26th. Featuring local musicians and dancers on the beach at The Sandbar. Cold drinks and bar food will be on sale. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Join the San Pedro House of Culture and NICH promote our local artists and have fun dancing the nite away. See you there.

Belize Carnival 2015
Here are some of the photos from Carnival 2015. If we uploaded all the photos we would have you sitting here on Facebook for days. lol Enjoy these photos and we promise we will add more soon for your enjoyment. SHARE these photos with your friends and family.

Carnival 2015 - Lining up
Here are some of the photos as the Carnival Groups were lining up and getting ready to pound the pavement.

2015 Mas Camp Highlights
Are you ready for Jouvert and Carnival this Saturday, September 12th? Here are some highlights of the Mas Camps from Day 1

Jouvert 2015 Part 2
the story continues, celebrating our jouvert

Government of Belize and Previous Owners of BTL Arrive at Settlement over Nationalization of BTL
The Government of Belize announced today that a settlement has been reached with Dunkeld International Investment Limited (which held interest in Belize Telemedia Limited (“BTL”) through various companies), The Trustees of the BTL Employees Trust and British Caribbean Bank Limited, arising from the 2009 and 2011 acquisition by the Government, in the public interest, of shares and other proprietary interests in BTL. At the time of acquisition in 2009, Dunkeld (through various holding companies) held 71.2% shares in BTL, and the BTL Employees Trust (through its holding company, Sunshine Holding Limited) owned 23% shares. Pursuant to the Belize Telecommunications (Assumption of Control Over Belize Telemedia Limited) Orders 2009 and 2011 the Government also acquired British Caribbean Bank’s interest and rights in certain loans and securities. Particularly, the Government acquired a mortgage to BTL in the sum of US$22.5 million that both the Government and BTL contend was illegal. The Bank challenged the acquisition and commenced arbitration under the 1982 Bilateral Investment Treaty between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of Belize for the promotion and protection of investments.

On Friday, September 11, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and The Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) established a formal relationship through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The purpose of it is to enable CARILED to assist in enhancing the environment for micro and small business development and strengthen the local economy in the communities served by the SPTC. This Memorandum of Understanding is intended to formalize the principles of cooperation between the two parties. CARILED is a project implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). As part of the commitment to the project, the SPTC has appointed Jorge Aldana as the CARILED officer and will act as the direct contact for this project.

The Embassy of Mexico cordially extends an invitation to the exhibit of 11 Artists from Quitana Roo: "OUR ROOTS" Thursday September 17th at 6:30 P.M.at the "Institute of Mexico in Belize" FREE ADMISSION!

Rotaract Charity Poker Tournament
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio has rescheduled their Charity Poker Tournament. "Rotaract San Ignacio brings to you a Charity Event: Poker Tournament! GRAND PRIZE $5,000!!! Buy in: $400 (no re-buy) Includes entrance. $20 Per Person to Enter. Location: Bedran Hall San Ignacio San Ignacio Resort Hotel On October 25th,2015. Registration Starts at: 1PM !! Fabulous Gate Prizes !!! !! FREE SNACKS AND WINE !! !! WINE TASTING !! !!! Silent Auction !!!"

In the spirit of beautiful human being that loved the Belizean people called Dedan Kamathi. May his humble and progressive spirit rest in peace. He was a friend of Belize, and Belize and Belizeans need all the friends it can find especially in this time. Amandla, Awatu!

Wanna say a big time respect to these Belizean footballers who have always played like their lives depended on it. When you represent Little Belize, you defend the sovereignty of a great nation brothers. You are giants in your own way. You are Belize!

Channel 7

GOB Settles With Ashcroft Alliance
Six years ago - in August of 2009, government took over BTL - and since then it's been sustained and costly warfare with the Ashcroft Alliance. Well, the big news today is that the Barrow Administration has settled with the former owners of BTL, which are all Ashcroft Allied companies. It is the product of direct negotiation between Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Michael Ashcroft which was built around meetings the two held in May and August - followed up in each case by a string of emails negotiating the finer points. The settlement was signed on Friday September 11th, and news of it comes two weeks after the settlement with Fortis for BEL was settled two weeks ago. At a press conference today, the Prime Minister expressed relief and rather less triumphalism than when he took it over 6 years ago: Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "That the government of Belize has settled the BTL issue. We have reached an agreement with the former shareholders of BTL. I have been aware every live long day that this is a matter that has been with us for 6 long years. We are absolutely satisfied that what we did was right and we consider what's happening now as vindication."

A Killing In Toledo
A body was found in the TOLEDO District this afternoon at 2:00. The body has been identified as Guatemalan national Oscar Ik. His body was found in some bushes near Corazon Creek - 45 miles away from PG. Police told us that he was killed sometime between yesterday morning around 6 and mid-day today. His body was found with a wound to the neck. Police say that robbery was likely the motive because Ik came from Guatemala and sold clothes in the villages. But it seems that yesterday when he was on his way to deliver an order in Otoxsha Village he was attacked and never made it to the village. Police have no one detained. We will keep following the story.

Man Beaten Nearly To Death By Relatives In Chan Chen
A man is lucky to be alive after he was beaten to within an inch of his life - but what is even more disturbing is that a family member may be responsible. We have photos of him after the beating, but we warn, if you're squeamish they may seem a little graphic. We got them form his family. The incident happened in Chan Chen Village in Corozal between Friday night and early Saturday morning. According to a family member, 42 year old Mark Villanueva was at a camp site where he stays in the village when he was attacked and dragged to a nearby property. Villanueva was severely beaten and the family says almost buried alive. Villanueva was found there after another relative called his sister at around 5:30 Saturday morning and told her of this gruesome attack. If it wasn't for that call, Villanueva would not have survived. We spoke with Villanueva's niece, Shanna Pott today and she told us the chilling tale of the beastly attack.

Faith Nazarene Opens, Students A No-Show
On Friday, we told you how classes were supposed to resume today at Faith Nazarene Primary School in San Ignacio. That's because the teachers and embattled principal, Policarpia Pech, came to a compromise on how to handle the professional differences of opinions. Well, everyone showed up to work thinking that it would be a normal day only to find out that a vast majority of the students were kept home by their parents. Now, for this school year, 411 students have been enrolled for classes. So, when teacher took attendance of the children in their classes, they surprised to find that in each class, from the infants level all the way to standard 6, only 10% of students showed up. When the attendance for the entire school tabulated, the Administration and Management found out that only 105 students, or 26% attended classes today. So, why didn't the school have full attendance? After all, the teachers agreed that the students needed their school days, and they couldn't maintain their strike against the principal because that would hurt the children in their care most of all.

Murder In Maypen
A decomposed body was found floating in the Belize River on Saturday morning. The man - identified as 51 year old Salvadoran Jorge Aguirre worked as a care taker on Carl McCulloch's farm in May Pen Village off the northern highway. But early Saturday morning a neighbor along with another villager found his foot floating in the river. Shortly after, the rest of his body came floating down as well. Based on the post mortem examination Aguirre was killed late Wednesday evening, dumped in the river and floated unto the river bank on Saturday. Police also found a trail of blood from the farm leading to the river indicating that he was dragged to the river. Aguirre's murder has shocked this small and quiet community because they say nothing like this has ever happened there. We spoke to the neighbor who saw his friend's body parts floating by his house. Voice of: Neighbor "I stand up by my door, because the river is ring in front of me and we saw something drifting down. So my daughter said to me that it looked like something die. Not knowing it was the man's leg. A guy who live below me call and said that he found a man's leg floating." Courtney Weatherburne "So you went down to see the guy's leg?" Voice of: Neighbor "They guy who lives here went down and drag it in the boat, then while dragging it passes my land I saw that it was a man's leg. The guy who lives above me came and say that they found Jorge. They killed him and threw him in the water."

Police: Vance Cabral Killing Murder, Not Accidental
On Friday we told you about the killing of Placencia tour guide Vance Cabral. His cousin told police he accidentally shot Cabral in the temple with his licensed 9 millimeter pistol while they were socializing on a boat in Seine Byte. Well, police disagree - they say it's murder, which means the cops are convinced there was the intent to killed. They have charged 52 year old Jeffrey Cabral with murder.

Another Attempt At Theft At Ministry of Health
You might find our next story a little incredible, but it's true. Just about 10 days after car thieves stole a Hilux from the Ministry of Health parking lot in Belmopan - they apparently tried to steal another yesterday morning. This time the targeted vehicle was a Futon Tunland pickup assigned to the Ministry in Belmopan and located at the western Regional Compound. Around 9:00 on Sunday night, the security Guard saw two men inside the pickup. But when they saw him - they dashed out and disappeared somewhere beyond the garage. When he checked the vehicle he saw that they were trying to remove the fuse box and console below the steering wheel. This may have been to attempt to disable a tracking device. Whatever the case, only the signal indicator was damaged and the vehicle was secured.

PM Says CWU Failed FCIB Workers
On Friday you heard the President of the Christian Workers Union Audrey Matura Shepherd blaming the government for going to the House tomorrow to vest First Caribbean Bank's assets to Heritage Bank. Matura Shepherd said it is a betrayal of the FCIB workers carried out with the full complicity of government. Well today the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance said that if anyone has betrayed the workers, it is their union - which failed to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement in a timely fashion: Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Despite numerous invitations from the bank to the CWU to submit proposals so that the negotiating process over a new collective bargaining agreement could have begun for well over a year. The CWU did not respond. Similar to what happening at the Port or what happened at the Port. When The CWU leadership finally responded, it was something like 2-3 weeks before the sale of FCIB to Heritage was announced. If they had responded when they were supposed to have, no doubt there would have been a new CBA in existence and we would not have anything like the difficulties we are facing.

Senator Davis Says Not Going Anywhere
And so that vesting will go to the House of Representatives tomorrow, and the senate shortly thereafter - where Senator Ray Davis will be right there to vote on it - because the senator for labour and civil society says he's not going anywhere. Last week, we showed you our interview with Marvin Mora, the President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, when he discussed the union's position on Ray Davis' choice to stay on as Senator for the Labour Unions and Civil Society - even after the NTUCB voted to remove him. Well, a few minutes before news time, Davis released a very lengthy statement in which he discusses his supposed "removal" from the Senate. He notes that from his legal advice, he has not violated any laws or standing orders which govern the conduct and performance of a senator, and so, he sees no reason for him to leave in the manner that the NTUCB is trying to remove him. He says, that not only did he email both the President and the Secretary General of the union - to tell them he was leaving at the end of June, he event went as far as to contact the Clerk of the Senate to tell him that he would not be able to attend the now infamous July 1st. Senate meeting.

Woman Cop Tried To Take Away Gun, Her Boyfriend Shot
Police swarmed the city streets during the carnival for public safety - but when the cops returned to their usual numbers in the post carnival craziness, three people were shot in the city. The first case involves a fearless police woman - who tried to take a weapon off the street all on her own. It happened on Currasow Street around 9:40 when well-known officer Christine Avila struggled with the man who had the gun - but he got away - and then fired shots at her and her boyfriend, Joseph Debride - who was shot in the neck but survived. Police filled in the blanks today:.. Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Div. Southside "It was not a case where the police was targeted but what happened? A female police officer was socializing on Curassow Street along with her boyfriend, when a male person came, who said that he had a firearm on him.

Police Raid Down On George Street
Police have the suspect for that crime in custody. He was caught this morning on a pre-dawn raid in the George Street area. Now, just 10 days earlier, Southside Commander Chester Williams was in that area on a community meet and greet. But this morning the only thing greeting residents of George Street were GSU clubs and guns. 12 People were rounded up - and residents say many more were roughed up. So, is this passive aggressive police behavior? Williams said it's not the GSU going rogue; he fully sanctioned the operation and for a very good reason:.. Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Div. Southside "The reason why we descended on George Street today was because over the past three weeks, every shooting we have had on Southside Belize City came from the George Street area. Those persons on George Street who are involved in the criminal activities and out there shooting at people who are trying to make a difference in their life, then we cannot tolerate that. And as I've said before, once that happen, we will come at you with full force.

Two Shot In City After Misunderstanding At Park
But George Street didn't have anything to do with a shooting that happened also on Saturday in the city. It happened at around 11:30 p.m. on Antelope Street where 21-year-old Andrea Buller was shot to the abdomen and 25-year-old Kendal Sanchez was shot to the left arm and right thigh. Williams told us more: Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Div. Southside "In that incident two persons were shot at at a home and from what we are gathering, this is something that started at the BTL Park after the carnival where there seemed to be a confrontation between two groups and when these persons went home, they were inside their homes sleeping, not really sleeping but lying down and from outside of the building shots were fired and they were caught both Andrea and another fellow Kendale Sanchez, who also received gunshot wounds and they too are admitted at KHMH in a stable condition."

Men Open Fire On Sandhill House
There was also a shooting early this morning but this time in Sandhill Village. At around 1 this morning, Sandhill resident Brian Davis was at his home when 4 men started shooting at his house. Luckily no one was injured but it left Davis and his family shaken. When we spoke to police this afternoon they told us that it was all because of a dispute over a bicycle and cash. Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Commander - Eastern Division Rural "This morning after 1am we received information of the shooting incident in the Sandhill Village area where Mr. Brian Davis reported that he saw 4 male persons whom he know very well. One with a 16 gauge shotgun and one with what he suspected to be 38 revolver. He managed to scamper into his home where shots were fired into his house. As a matter of fact into his front door to be exact, but no one was injured. The Rural Rapid Response acted promptly and have thus far apprehended one of the suspects and we are looking for 3 others. The victim or complainant was the intended target. What happened was, they had a conflict yesterday over the bicycle and some money and the problem was not reported to the police and this is one of the reason we are campaigning with this slogan, "if you see something you, say something, you may just stop something.""

BTV Has a List of Demands, Ready To "Escalate"
The Belize Territorial Volunteers and COLA held a press conference in Belize City today. They focused again on Belize southern border with Guatemala - the Sarstoon River - but we found today that they are making four demands of government. Here they are: Wil Maheia - Leader, Belize Territorial Volunteers "Over the past years, this talk about not even a blade of grass or not even a blade of sand seems to be just words. Because as we speak today, Guatemalans are illegally occupying Belizean territory. Not only occupying but building infrastructure on Belize's territory." Orlando De La Fuente, Belize Territorial Volunteers "It's not our intension to tackle the government or have they fall in a way that would not be democratic but we do need to see a change in policy. The first demand is for the removal of Sedi Elrington, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. We believe that under his leadership, Guatemalans position has strengthened. The second one is for the removal of a road and power lines that loop into Jalacte, from Santa Cruz village.

Another Charged For Toledo Gang Rape
Another man was charged in connection with the gang rape in Indian Creek. As we told you two sisters Santa Shol and Zita Shol along with Alberto Canti were charged for abetment to rape. Well another was charged - Wilhem Garbutt was arrested and charged with rape and aggravated assault yesterday. The incident happened on Sunday August 30th. A 21 year old woman was walking alone near the Nim Li Punit junction at around 4:30 in the evening. That's when 4 women grabbed her, beat her and pushed her in some bushes nearby where a man held her down while another man - Garbutt - raped her.

The Petro-Chapel?
In April the Prime Minister announced that he and the council of churches had decided to partner on the construction of a Chapel on the grounds of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. That was at the height of the Opposition's campaign against Petrocaribe spending, and the critics suggested that he was wooing the church to support petro programs by giving them access to funds for a house of devotion. Well today, 4 months later, the church and the Administration at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of this new church. It's part of KHMH's commemoration of its 20th anniversary, and 7News stopped by to find out more: Dr. Adrian Coye - CEO, KHMH "This gift as you said, there is a background to the story of this gift of our chapel at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. It is a gift for the people of Belize, for it to be utilized because health is what we are all about in this hospital. Health is not just physical wellbeing or just to be sick. Health has many other dimension to it. Social wellness, mental wellness and of course the spiritual wellness. So in a way we are covering all the bases here now at our national institution."

Thousands Getting On Bad With J'Ouvert
On Saturday, Channel 7 had extensive coverage of the 2015 Carnival Road March, but that's just the culmination of a day which started before dawn with the j'ouvert. That's where ordinary citizens, take to the streets by the thousands and have their own party with mud, alcohol and dancing. 7News was out there on Saturday when we saw A STAGGERING 10,000 youths and young adults taking over the streets. Here are few highlights:

Carnival's Winners and Losers
And that mud soaked mayhem led, of course, to the Carnival Road March with all it's colour, splendor and wild dancing in the street. Our Carnival Host Wilson Grinage spoke to a few of the revelers when they were just getting ready for the road:… And at the end of the day, the winners were for the junior category, Jump Street Posse, and for the seniors, Soca Moca came in first. We spoke to representatives of both camps:.. In the junior category, second place went to Mahogany Masqueraders, while Sunshine took third place. In the seniors, Princess Mother Nature was second and Titans took third. And before we close tonight - we'd like to urge all our viewers on Central Cable who didn't have audio on their 7News tonight to Call Central Cable and complain - because the fault was at their end, not at ours. IT's a repeated problem with this cable system which affects thousands of viewers, but, regrettably, it's one we are powerless to fix, so please, call them and complain.

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Channel 5

G.O.B. Settles Compensation for B.T.L. 6 Years after Nationalization
Six years after the first nationalization of Belize Telemedia, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced this afternoon that an agreement had been reached to settle compensation for the telephone company which [...]

Close to One Hundred Million Dollars to be Paid as Part of Settlement
The settlement of B.T.L. comes on the heels of the settlement for the nationalization of the other utility company, Belize Electricity Limited.  But unlike B.E.L., there were numerous issues outstanding [...]

Nineteen Million Petrocaribe Dollars to be Used for Initial B.T.L. Payment
Forty-eight million U.S. dollars settles the BCB award. PM was also clear that B.T.L. will eventually take responsibility for the payment. The government will make the initially payment and some [...]

…Arbitration Tribunal to Determine Actual Compensation for Nationalization
Now, as it relates to the actual compensation for the nationalization of B.T.L., the PM agreed to rely on the NERA valuation of a dollar and forty-four cents per share [...]

How Much has G.O.B. had to Pay in Legal Fees?
Government gets to pay some one hundred and sixty two million dollars but how much has it spent on legal fees? There has always been speculation on that figure and [...]

Protest Outside of Faith Nazarene Primary, 25% Student Attendance Recorded
After a week away from classes, only a small amount of the four hundred students returned to the classrooms at Faith Nazarene in San Ignacio this morning. Having reached an [...]

Caretaker of May Pen Farm Butchered to Death
There were several violent incidents over the Carnival weekend in the city and in rural Belize district as well as in the south. But we start with a murder that [...]

Gun Violence Erupts Across Old Capital during Carnival Weekend
Back to the Belize District. As many as four persons were hospitalized for injuries sustained in the gun violence that started around nine-thirty on Saturday night. An off-duty female police [...]

Gunmen Spray Bullets on Antelope Street Residence, Two Persons Injured
Two hours later, police were called out to Antelope Street where two persons were injured in another shooting. Around eleven-thirty p.m., at least two gunmen reportedly fired a barrage of [...]

Sting Operations on George and Antelope Streets Yield Drugs and Firearms
The first two shootings on south side Belize City, it would appear, prompted a swift reaction from Eastern Division South and this morning between three a.m. and ten a.m., a [...]

Shooting on North Side Leaves Teens Injured
But there was a third shooting in the Old Capital, this time on north side. Nineteen year old Gary Young was shot on the wrist and a sixteen year old [...]

Sand Hill Resident Shot after Altercation over Bicycle
The spate of violence continued this morning.  In Sand Hill, a resident Brian Davis was shot near his house following a misunderstanding with a group of men over a bicycle [...]

BTV Joins COLA in Growing List of Demands Amid Guatemalan Dispute
A sustained campaign led by COLA continued today with new demands announced at a press conference held at the Radisson.  This time, the grassroots organization has partnered with the Belize [...]

COLA’s Sustains Anti-Government Campaign
COLA brought out a large number of supporters to the Santa Rita Room of the Radisson where President Geovanni Brackett once again demanded a boycott of trade and services with [...]

P.M. Barrow Responds to CWU on Pending Sale of FCIB Assets
On Friday, employees of First Caribbean International Bank, those belonging to the Christian Workers Union, staged a mass sickout disrupting the flow of business across various branches.  In Belize City, [...]

Government’s Role in Facilitating Sale Explained
P.M. Barrow, during his press conference this afternoon, explained government’s legal role in facilitating the sale of FCIB’s assets to Heritage Bank.  To circumvent the passage of the Vesting Act, [...]

Groundbreaking for Ecumenical Chapel at K.H.M.H.
Construction of a chapel is underway on the grounds of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where families will be able to congregate for spiritual upliftment. Funded by the Government of [...]

Sporting Highlights with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderely and this is Sports Monday.   We take you out immediately to the Norman Broaster Stadium inside scenic San Ignacio where Police FC hosted an [...]


No More Dalla Taxi Running In Orange Walk Town, $2.00 Instead
Taxi fares are up! As of today, customers of the one fifty taxis will have to pay an added fifty cents. This has been one of the first decisions that have been made by taxi operators that have been charging one dollar and fifty cents for trips to and from the park and Trial Farm Village after they formed the United Two Dollars Taxi Union. The men took the decision to unite into a union following several challenges faced since they began their runs. President Wilbert Aragon told us today why they have decided to increase their fares. Wilbert Aragon – President “They are making changes in the traffic department as far as parking and where you can pick up passengers so we are trying to adopt to these changes so it is not going to be a $1.50 taxi Union but it is going to be a $2.00 taxi Union now because we have now increase from 1.50 to 2.00 so we are responsible to paying the pickup an drop off parking zone which has been given to us from the traffic department so that is the main purpose we are doing these changes right now.”

Orange Walkenos To Represent Belize In First Ever POKATOK World Cup
Staying true to their ancestry has been a goal for the descendants of the Mayan Civilization. Here in Belize several communities have done much to keep traditions alive in the form of music, art, dress and beliefs. Now, a group of young men from Yo Creek Village are trying to push it further by taking part in a new tournament that will eventually see the participation of all member countries of the Mundo Maya. We speak of the pokatok Mayan ball game. Over the weekend, the young Belizean team got training from one of the organizers of the tournament, Jose Esquivel, President of the Mexican Association of indigenous and traditional games and sports. Jose Esquivel “Este trabajo que estamos haciendo es con la finalidad de poder promover e impulsar estimular en los niños y jóvenes que pertenecen al mundo Maya o a los cinco países del Mundo Maya y para una buena estimulación tenemos que hacer algo estimulante a nivel y para ello organizamos la realización de esta primera copa mundial del joven de los Mayas y que entre todos los países del Mundo Maya hagamos esta historia de resurgimiento del nuevo ancestral de nuestros abuelos los Mayas.”

OIRSA Quintana Roo To Increase Fumigation Prices
O.I.R.S.A (Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria) Quintana Roo, an intergovernmental organization which provides technical assistance to the ministries and departments of agriculture and livestock, has announced that starting September 16th there will be an increase in fumigation prices for vehicles entering Mexico. The new prices are as follows: trailer and cargo trucks will go from 100 pesos to 120 pesos, trucks without trailers or cargo along with buses will go from 85 pesos to 100 pesos, pickup trucks, mini buses taxi and private vehicles will go from 65 pesos to 75 pesos while scooters and motorcycles will go from 45 pesos to 50 pesos. This marks an increase of 20, 15 and 5 pesos respectively to different categories of vehicles. An O.I.R.S.A officer posted in the Santa Elena Border told our reporter that the change in prices in Quintana Roo could be due to the change in exchange rate.


PM Barrow Moves to Settle with Lord Ashcroft
The Government of Belize and the previous owners of BTL have arrived at a settlement on the company. It has been an issue that has spanned about six years. Prime Minister Dean Barrow flanked by the Executive Chairman of Telemedia, Net Vasquez and Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight made the announcement. DEAN BARROW “We have reached […]

Prime Minister Adds Flesh to the CIBC Saga
At the beginning of a new work week, the Belcan Bridge Branch for CIBC First Caribbean International Bank remains closed while the other branches are opened for regular working hours albeit the Orange Walk and Belmopan branches will be operating only to one o’clock this afternoon. Last Friday, we told you of the majority of […]

Major Jones Answers Plea For Water From Rural Residents
Residents of Biscayne and Gardenia villages in the Belize District have been struggling each day due to a shortage in water supply. It is a situation that has made daily living challenging particularly since the new school year has started. Lloyd Jones is the PUP’s Standard Bearer for Belize Rural North and he spoke to […]

Did Castro Provoke PUP Supporters?
Last weekend the People’s United Party held the endorsement convention for Lloyd Jones as he will be contesting Edmond Castro for the seat in Belize Rural North in the upcoming general elections. While the endorsement convention in itself was not news worthy, the unexpected and unwelcomed appearance by Castro at the event did stir some […]

Villager Survives Attack on His Home
Brian Davis of Sandhill Village, Belize District is lucky to be alive tonight after being shot at in the wee hours of Monday morning. Davis was in his house around one o’clock when four men began firing shots at his home. He fortunately survived and reported the matter to police. However, this could have been […]

Man Gets Injured Whilst Defending Spouse
A Saturday night shooting has left Joseph Debride hospitalized . According to Police, Debride was shot while he was trying to defend his spouse on Currasow Street in Belize City. Senior Superintendent Chester Williams spoke of the shooting. CHESTER WILLIAMS “Sometime after 9pm that night police had received information of a shooting incident on Curassow […]

Post-Carnival Shooting Reported in Belize City
There was another shooting on Saturday night on Antelope Street in Belize City following the Carnival celebration. The victims were identified as Andrea Buller and Kendale Sanchez. Senior Superintendent Chester Williams shared the details. CHESTER WILLIAMS “There seemingly was a confrontation between two groups and when these persons went home, they were inside their homes sleeping […]

Territorial Volunteers Threaten to Go to Capital City If Demands Are Not Met
Earlier this month the Citizens Organized for Liberty Through Action, COLA, held a press conference in which they launched their ‘Build the Base Now’ campaign. COLA has received support from the Belize Territorial Volunteers as well as the Northern Territorial Volunteers. Orlando de la Fuente from the NTV spoke of their demands to Government. ORLANDO […]

Body Found in Rural Belize; Police Investigates
A body was found on Saturday morning, September 12 in the village of May Pen, Belize District. Police visited the scene and discovered the body of fifty one year old Jorge Aguirre, a caretaker of a nearby farm. Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster gave more details. EDWARD BROASTER “On Saturday morning we got a call of […]


GOB reaches settlement over BTL
The Government of Belize announced today that a settlement has been reached with Dunkeld International Investment Limited (which held interest in Belize Telemedia Limited (“BTL”) through various companies), The Trustees of the BTL Employees Trust and British Caribbean Bank Limited, arising from the ...

GOB to go ahead with Vesting Act for FCIB
The Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) is to blame for the delay in compensating terminated employees of First Caribbean International Bank, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said today, accusing the leadership of the Union of being “dense and dishonest” by suggesting that the rush to pass th...

BTV expands demands to Government
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), joined by Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), have expanded their demands to the Government of Belize. Already they have asked for the construction of the Forward Operating Base in the Sarstoon area and now they are calling for a moratorium ...

Belize Partakes in First Ever Pok Ta Pok Tournament
Belize, which is one of the five countries of Mundo Maya, has been invited by the Association of Games and Indigenous Sports and Traditions of Yucatan to participate in the first bi annual Pok Ta Pok Tournament to be played in Chichen Itza, Merida, this coming weekend. A team from Orange Walk has si...

Garbage truck explodes in Orange Walk
A garbage truck exploded in Orange Walk this morning while it was making its rounds. The truck was making its way to Oak Street area in Orange Walk to pick up garbage bags. When they arrived, they took off the engine and the workers heard a loud BANG. When they got of the truck, the workers saw that...

Bus Strike Leaves Stan Creek Students Stranded
Students from Stann Creek Ecumenical High School and Delille Academy waited long hours this morning to get to school and eventually some gave up and went back home. This was as a result of a payment problem between the Ministry of Education and the bus drivers, contracted by the Ministry of Educatio...

Ray Davis issues statement about his dismissal by NTUCB
The seat held by Senator Ray Davis as Senate Representative for the NTUCB and the Civil Society Committee, appeared to have been thrust into limbo after he abstained his vote from the petro caribe loans amendment bill passed earlier in the year. That caused an uproar in certain sectors of the union ...

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GOB to go ahead with Vesting Act for FCIB
The Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) is to blame for the delay in compensating terminated employees of First Caribbean International Bank, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said today, accusing the leadership of the Union of being “dense and dishonest” by suggesting that the rush to pass the Vesting Act was […]

Ray Davis: “I will remain in the Senate”
Senator Ray Davis says he will continue on as Senator representing the trade unions and civil society until his term expires, saying he cannot be removed in the manner prescribed by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB). In a press statement issued this evening, Davis says […]

Settlement reached over BTL
The terms of a settlement with Dunkeld International Investment Limited, the primary holder of interest in Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) through various companies, as well as the BTL Employees Trust led by former chairman Dean Boyce and British Caribbean Bank Limited concerning the two acquisitions of the company […]

Lifeless body discovered in Punta Gorda
Reports reaching our newsroom are that Punta Gorda Police are investigating the lifeless body of a Guatemalan National who was found between the villages of Corozan and Otoxha in Southern Belize earlier today. Information is still sketchy but we were made to understand that the male person whose identity has […]

Bullet Tree man charged for drug trafficking
Hector Alberto Pinelo, a resident of Bullet Tree Village, was arrested and charged for the offence of “Drug Trafficking” after he was busted on Saturday night with a knapsack containing more than 1,000 grams of cannabis. Inside the 21-year-old’s knapsack, police found two plastic bags containing a total of 1,360.8 grams of […]

Man charged for murder of cousin in Placencia
Jeffrey Cabral, a 52-year-old Belizean boat captain of Placencia Village, has been arrested and charged by police for the offence of “Murder”, as a result of the shooting incident that took the life of Vance Cabral on Saturday, September 12. Jeffrey claimed to have shot his cousin Vance unintentionally while […]

51-year-old hacked up in May Pen
A 42-year-old May Pen Village farm owner, Carl McCulloch, reported to police on Saturday that when he arrived at his farm early that morning, the caretaker of his property, 51-year-old Jorge Eduardo Aguirre was missing. According to McCulloch, a blood trail led to the hacked body of the 51-year-old Salvadoran National at the […]

Government settles BTL ownership
After batting away questions at the previous announcement of the settlement with Fortis International over Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) concerning whether it would serve as a template for a similar settlement over Belize Telemedia Limited, Prime Minister Dean Barrow is announcing such a settlement at a press conference […]

Belize Bank Team – Winner of Lionman Triathlon 2015
On August 30th, the Belize Bank continued to support sporting initiatives and partnered with the Belize National Triathlon Association and donated $6.000. The Belize Bank triathlon team participated in the 16th Annual Lionman Triathlon and won. The team comprised of the swimmer Mr. Anthony Pollard who swam the Foreshore waters […]

Police operation in George Street results in over dozen arrests
A police operation in the George Street area this morning resulted in over a dozen arrests, the recovery of an unlicensed firearm, the seizure of over 500 kilograms of marijuana and eight of the arrested dozen are expected to be charged. Eastern Division South Commander, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams said […]

BTV wants action on Guatemalan citizenship, Jalacte road
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), joined by Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), have expanded their demands to the Government of Belize. The organizations are now calling for a moratorium on the issuing of citizenship to Guatemalans until they are satisfied that no attempts are being made […]

Storm likely to form
A low pressure system several hundred miles South-West of the Cape Verde Islands, is showing signs of organization and is likely to become a tropical depression over the course of the next day or two, as it moves across the central tropical Atlantic, generally west-north-westward. During the next 48 hours, […]

All Saints gets new school building
An inauguration ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon to officially open a new school building that was built for All Saints Anglican Primary School in Belize City, through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). This new, 2 storey, concrete building, consists of six classrooms and bathrooms on […]

Town Council garbage truck goes up in flames
Fire officials and members of the Orange Walk Police department were dispatched after receiving information of a vehicle on fire a short time ago. Information reaching our newsroom is that the garbage truck, property of the Orange Walk Town council, caught fire this morning. We will have more information as the […]


Review of the SunBreeze Hotel in Ambergris Caye
Some tourists won’t settle for anything short of a huge, sleek, new hotel and equally formal restaurants decorated to emulate palaces. Other travelers insist on a comfy, cozy, intimate experience, which is why they choose nostalgic inns and small hotels like the SunBreeze Hotel on Ambergris Caye Belize. Frequent visitors to this 43-room hotel keep coming back to the welcoming embrace of a place that feels like home, so if this sounds like exactly your kind of destination, you can stop looking and start packing! What to expect SunBreeze is a small, friendly, cozy hotel with big ambitions: offering the sort of hospitality that can’t be found in huge, impersonal lodgings where owners are more interested in making a profit by charging for every little extra than showering guests with attention. You might expect to pay a lot for such personal service, but in fact, rates are affordable and you’ll love staying close to San Pedro Town activities, shops and attractions.

Don’t Pack for Belize Until You Review These 4 Tips
Whether you’ve been to Belize so many times, you know by heart the names of the best bars throughout the nation, or you’re preparing for your very first visit and had no clue that Turneffe is both a Belize island and a world-class resort, it pays big time to be reminded of general packing advice so you start your trip off on the right foot! Don’t forget your passport You might be shocked to discover the number of travelers who arrive to board a plane or boat, only to discover that they’ve either left their passport home or let it expire. Check your passport right now. If your expiration date is within three months of the last day of your upcoming Belize stay, customs might not let you into the country, so double check that date. Western hemisphere passport holders don’t need visas to visit Belize, but other travelers do, and they only allow one to stick around for a month. Worried about passport-related issues while in Belize? Ask the Belize Hub staff for help.

5 Things This Week
I thought I’d start this week with a list of things I plan to do this week on Ambergris Caye. Plan AND actually try (hard) to do. They are absolutely two different things. Support the small vendors that are open in San Pedro during the Slow Season: Okay….EVERYDAY may be tough but you know what they say. Go big or go home. And plus, how hard is it to buy a fresh fruit paleta at San Pedrano Store… 2. Swim in the Ocean on the Leeward Side of the Island: I can not tell a lie. Sargassum is still a problem on the beaches…a few new methods are being tried – netting farther out in the sea…tractor raking…but I want to head to the leeward side of Ambergris Caye. Where the water is still warm and sea plant free… 3. Get My Red White and Blue’s Ready for Next Monday’s Parade: One week from today is September 21st. Belize turns 34. And I must be decked out – head to toe – in red white and blue. If you don’t have the proper attire, check Caye Supplies and A&R for supplies. In my mind…temporary tattoos, beads, red hankies, red, white and blue hair extensions, flag umbrella hats…none of it is too much.

Managing Your Money When You Retire Overseas
If the lure of a better life overseas is strong, but you’re worried about the logistics of managing your money in a foreign locale, take heart. It’s not as complicated as you may fear. Bank accounts…Social Security…credit cards…exchange rates…our team of expat experts weighs in here with lessons learned and real-world guidance to help you manage your money abroad with confidence and ease.

How a 10 year plan became 5 years with a 6 month trial
Have you ever had one of those moments where you start peeling a sticker off something and immediately realize that you should not have started that project? I had that happen to me a a few occasions. Thankfully for my silver exacto knife, one of the VIP things I brought with me from Canada I was able to scrape it off. I wish I had brought more tools with me, specifically my hot glue gun and my dad’s staple gun. For some reason Paul did not think a glue gun would go over well with customs. My thinking I was already packing everything but the kitchen sink in our 4 suitcases and a bag of kites so what was one more crazy thing? :) In the end I let him win that packing battle. As many of you know the decision to move here for us came after one 2 week visit and it took us 2 years to “get our shit together” before I put my food down and one day I said “we are buying tickets for six months out and that is all the time we will have to make it happen” and we did.

Belize in September: Carnival Road March 2015!
Belize in September is known to be a month-long celebration. One of the most important events on the country’s national calendar takes place on September 21st, which marks Independence Day for the small Central American country. During this month, the entire country comes together to participate in fun, colorful and exciting activities. Festivities are already underway with one of the biggest events, the annual Belize Carnival Road March. Just in case you missed it, we have gathered some of the best photos for you here, enjoy.

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Met office: strongest El Nino since 1950 on the way
An El Nino climate event is under way that could potentially become one of the strongest events since 1950. That's according to a new Met Office report which says that 2015 has already seen the warmest start to any year on record. It also outlines that El Nino is one of three key climate patterns that could lead to changes in our global temperature. The event occurs when the waters of the Pacific become exceptionally warm and distort weather patterns around the world.

Brokerages Set Fortis Target Price at $41.83 (TSE:FTS)
Shares of Fortis (TSE:FTS) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the six ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is C$41.83. Shares of Fortis (TSE:FTS) traded up 0.468% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $35.385. 42,790 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $36.66 and a 200 day moving average of $37.73. The company has a market cap of $9.86 billion and a P/E ratio of 15.990. Fortis has a 12 month low of $33.69 and a 12 month high of $42.23.

The 9 Sexiest Hotels in the World
Guess who has the Sexiest Hotel in the World according to Maxim Magazine!? Yes! You got it right - BELIZE!!! Congratulations to Blancaneaux Lodge. We knew the journey would be long and hard, but we went looking for the world's sexiest hotels anyway. And while the search itself was very pleasurable, we discovered an obvious flaw in our logic: there isn’t just one kind of sexiness. Sometimes sexy means a secluded, romantic space where you and your partner can spend hours, um, appreciating each other’s winning personalities. Other times, you want luxurious, indulgent accommodations right in the middle of a city. Occasionally, a sexy hotel can even be trashy, flashy, and out-and-out ridiculous. So our list includes the very best of every category: these are the most seductive hotels around the world—of all flavors and varieties—to get down. 1. The Enchanted Cottage at Blancaneaux Lodge Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize This is the deal: skinny dipping in a private pool in the middle of the rainforest, stars impossibly bright above you, so secluded from everything else in your life that you become the only two people who have ever existed on the planet, at least for a minute. That’s what The Enchanted Cottage at Blancaneaux offers, plus a private bath house with a Japanese tub, steam room, open fire, under-floor heating...let’s just say it’s luxe. Bonus: the cottage comes with a full-time chef and attendant, who is available at the touch of a radio button whenever you’re in the mood for a snack or cocktail. Or both.


  • Sunrise in Crooked Tree, Belize, 1/2min. Beautiful sunrise at the Bird's Eye View Lodge in Crooked Tree, Belize.

  • A Look at September 10th in Belize, 5min.

  • Summer trip 2015 - Belize (Caye Caulker, Xunantunich, national parks) - GoPro Hero 3+, 3min. Summer trip 2015 - Belize (Caye Caulker, Xunantunich, national parks) - GoPro Hero 3+.

  • Belize Carnival 2015 #4, 11min. The Belize City Carnival 2015. Paati noh don.

  • San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 4min. GoPro footage of the trip to San Pedro, Belize. Filmed with GoPro Hero 3+ Silver. Flight from Belize City to San Pedro, kayaking to the reef on Ambergris Caye, deep sea fishing, boat ride and bus ride to Altun Ha Mayan Temples from the village of Bomba, and the world famous chicken drop.

  • Charles Gillett - BELIZE CARIBBEAN CONTINENTAL MUSIC — Belize (Soca) (Audio), 4min.

  • Charles Gillett - BELIZE CARIBBEAN CONTINENTAL MUSIC — Belize (Calypso) (Audio), 7min.

  • Belize City Carnival Parade 2015, 2min.

  • Belize 2015 false key reef 1, 5min. small reef just past false key. Maya beach Belize. 08/2015.

  • Belize 2015 false key reef 2, 5min.

  • Belize Carnival #5, 8min. The Belize City Carnival Road March Saturday .September 12, 2015.

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