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#509334 - 11/21/15 05:46 AM Today's Belize News: November 21, 2015
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

Minute to Win it for Charity raises funds for San Pedro Red Cross
It was another fun night at RoadKill Bar on Monday, November 16th during the second “Minute to Win It for Charity” game night. Island residents and visitors gathered at the iconic bar on Coconut Drive from as early as 7PM to either watch or participate in the fun challenge. The night saw participants playing elimination challenges that lasted one minute, in hopes of advancing to the next round and ultimately winning the championship. The best part of all was that proceeds from the game night went towards a charitable organization in San Pedro, and this week’s charity was the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch. Those wanting to participate paid a $10 entry fee. The fee allowed one person to participate in the first game and a complimentary Travellers Rum drink. The elimination round games include ‘Paddle Jumper’, “Face the Cookie’, ‘Mochachino’, ‘Stick the Landing’, ‘Dizzy Mummy’, ‘How’s it Hanging’, ‘Rapid Fire’ and ‘Back Flip’. Ten persons started off but after each round, those who didn’t complete the task were eliminated. Of course participants that did not complete a challenge could buy back into the next round for $2. But at the end of the night, only two participants remained to face each other in the winning challenge.

SPBA Cancels 2015 Lighted Boat Parade
On behalf of the San Pedro Business Association and the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Committee we regret to advise that we have been forced to cancel this year’s event that had been scheduled for Saturday, December 05, 2015 at the Central Park. Sadly, due to a few challenges we have been faced with, both financially and because of low participation we were not able to come up with a positive outcome. As a result of these we are canceling this year’s event; however our Holiday Lighted Boat Parade’s date has been set for next year which will be on Saturday, December 03, 2016. We will start planning as early as mid-year 2016 hoping to receive more support.

Canine Behaviorist and Trainer shares skills with island pet owners
International Canine Behaviorist and Trainer Oksana Pachomova is on Ambergris Caye providing training tips and techniques free of cost at the San Pedro Saga Humane Society. The lessons are currently being held Monday to Saturday from 3PM to 4PM and include a series of basic training techniques that pet owners can benefit from and apply to their dogs. Anyone who is interested in participating in the training sessions should be at Fort Dog by 3PM sharp where participants will be provided with a pup from Saga to work with. The lessons take place on the beach and classes are limited to ten persons per session. Pachomova is a well-educated dog behavior consultant, traveling to various countries and training dogs and people in local communities. According to her, she has a mission to help make dogs and humans understand each other better, in order to increase the quality of life of both. In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, Pachomova indicated that at the moment she is only involved with the training technique called “Positive Reinforcement”.

SPHS Drama Club works on presenting ‘Our World IX: Shadows’ play
Larry and Debbie Heimgartner have created yet another skit for the San Pedro High School (SPHS) as part of the ‘Our World Project’. The piece called ‘Our World IX: Shadows’ was written by Larry Heimgartner and touches on issues such as divorce, depression and suicide. The Heimgartners, who have been visiting Ambergris Caye for several years and working with SPHS to promote creative arts, were at SPHS on Tuesday, November 10th where eight students presented the first showing of the play to a small audience of alumni and teachers. The students selected to perform the ‘Our World IX: Shadows’ piece included Elina Palma, Rashawn Gonzales, Bessy Gongora, Eddie Jackson who did a depression monologue, Marthalicia Vasquez who presented a divorce monologue, and Giselly Rodriguez, Ilynn Camal and Yasir Roberts who presented a monologue on suicide. Divorce Depression Suicide SPHS Monologue Plays-4The play was written specifically for SPHS, because of the prevalence of such issues amongst the student population. “As the school counselor, I believe that education through the creative arts is a very effective way of providing students the opportunity to speak out, and most importantly, to assure students that they are not alone in the issues that they are facing,” said SPHS counselor, Alexis Guerrero.

Ambergris Today

Sheila Montero is New Miss Garifuna San Pedro
Four young Garifuna ladies contested the title of Miss Garifuna San Pedro on the eve of Garifuna Settlement Day, Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Ambergris Caye. The Garifuna community of the island got together with the San Pedro Town Council and San Pedro House of Culture to put on a very beautiful pageant that was more educational event than a beauty pageant. Contestants included Zennia Nunez, Michelle Martinez, Ashanti Martinez and Sheila Montero; Ashanti was selected as first runner up. Garifuna Settlement Day and the Miss Garifuna Pageant were observed under the theme: “God is the strength of all things, Garifuna Progress lies in Education and Hard Work.”

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Miss Earth Belize 2015 - Christine Syme
Evening gown competition today

First Friday of December Trash Pick Up Tres Cocos
Our new trash barrels are helping, but there's still lots of work to do! Join us at the Paradise Theatre (just north of the bridge) for our monthly two hour roadside and beach clean up! Locals, expats and tourists are all invited to help out and show some Isla Love! Please be there by 9:00 am :-)

19th of November Garifuna Settlement Day 2015 in Dangriga Town
The Garinagus celebrating their culture in Dangriga Town 2015.

BWRC Silent Auction Gala
Don't forget about the BWRC's Silent Auction Gala fundraiser. Tonight at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Cloud 9 will be there. "Register now and join us for Nov. 21st at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel for the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic's Silent Auction Gala Dinner with Cloud 9. Register at the SI Hotel front dest or at BWRC in Central Farm. Tickets are $85. If you can't make it, but do still want to support you could comp a ticket or promote your business by donating a service or other auction item. Thanks so much to our friends and supporters. We could not do our job without your help!"

ATLIB Basketball Finals
ATLIB had their basketball finals at Sacred Heart Junior College last weekend. Congratulations Galen, for taking 1st place! SHJC took 2nd place. In the women's tournament, UB won.

Happy Children's Day from the Museum of Belize (NICH) and Houses Culture!

Miss Garifuna Cultural Beauty Pageant
Photos from ReefTV

San Pedro High School Culture & Central American Day
The San Pedro High School showcased their annual Culture and Central American Day displays where they were judged on their outstanding presentations.

Children's Day Parade in San Pedro
The San Pedro Roman Catholic School pay tribute to Belizean Culture, Business People, Religious Aspects and much more in their annual Children's Day Parade

Help rebuild our Community Christmas Tree on Caye Caulker
If you are or know of any fishermen willing to loan/rent some lobster traps for the entire month of December, so we can create out community Christmas tree, majority of people I spoke to thinks we stick with this idea so let's do it, but of course it can only be possible with help from the community so spread the word. They can donate as many or as little as they please... Call 6021772 to arrange date pickups.

The Art and History Departments of SJC launched a new electronic magazine called eMAGISzine. Please help us to share by downloading at: http://www.belizehistorysjc.com/

Kareem Clarke Memorial 2015
clock Saturday, November 21at 4:00pm - 7:00pm at pin Show Map BTL Park. Poets wil include: From Youth Voices: Stephen Gabb; Shamira Gill-Card; Dwayne Murrillo; and, Denise Marin. A prize, courtesy Radisson will be raffled during the event. The MC will be William Neal. It's a family event. No alcoholic beverages allowed. It's all about clean fun and the pure talent of our youth!

“Scarlet” with children!
“Scarlet”, the macaw spreading the Beauty of Chiquibul at the Benque Community Pre-school in Benque Viejo del Carmen.

Channel 7

Nanes Gets Bail, Two Days After B'zean Passport Revoked
On Tuesday, we told you about the international fugitive David Nanes Schnitzer, who's been living in Belize under the alias, David Banes. Well, tonight, he's out on bail after the judge determined that he isn't a flight risk. As we told you, Nanes Schnitzer was picked up by US Marshalls and San Pedro police 2 weeks ago. He was charged for having a fake driver's license - that was just one of many Belizean ID's under the assumed identity of David Banes. He has managed to get hold of a permanent residency card, a Belizean passport, a driver's license for Belize City, a driver's license for San Pedro, a social security card, a boat master's license, and a voter's ID. Because his real identity is now known, the Belizean authorities strongly suspect that fraud was employed to get these official documents. Bigger legal difficulties await him abroad, specifically in Mexico, where he is wanted in connection with the Allen Stanford Ponzi Scheme. Stanford, who has been sentenced to 110 years in the US, is convicted of defrauding investors of 7 billion dollars. Mexican authorities allege that Nanes Schnitzer headed the Mexican arm of Stanford's Ponzi scheme which allegedly defrauded investors in that country of 42 million dollars. Mexico has a 2011 arrest warrant for him for unauthorized securities transactions.

Daring Downtown Attempted Robbery Leads To struggle, Shot Fired
There was a brazen robbery attempt just before midday today on Albert Street, the heart of Belize City's Downtown area, near to our Channel 7 studio. It happened just before 11:30 a.m., at ML Collection Clothes Store, inside the Little India building, seen here. We're told by eyewitnesses the Indian shop owner was inside when an unknown gunman parked his bike a distance away and ran into the store. He allegedly placed the gun at the shop owner's head and demanded money. This businessman informed him that he did not keep money in the store, and that's when the assailant punched him in the face The businessman fought back, and that led to struggle, in which the gun went off. The bullet struck the ground and landed somewhere at the back of the shop. Apparently, that scared off the assailant, and he ran away without getting any money. The police arrived shortly after that, and they've been investigating the incident. Business persons nearby believe that there is a small possibility that the robber's face may have been caught on surveillance camera.

Cruise Visitor Drowns On Caye Caulker Tour, Where Was The Guide?
From time to time, we have reports of tourists drowning while on water tours - and usually, it's from some cardiac event related to snorkeling or diving. But, tonight there's a disturbing report about a 61 year old American tourist who drowned while trying to save his wife's life. Disturbing, because Karl Edwin Simmons was a cruise tourist, who was on a guided tour - and, regulations state that both he and his wife should have been under the close watch of tour guides. It happened on Tuesday afternoon - when the Texas resident and his wife, Esther were part of a tour by the H2o Tierra company in Shark Ray Alley which is in the Caye Caulker Village Marine Reserve. According to police, the sea current caused Esther Simmons to start drifting away. Simmons went to save her as a result he disappeared into the water and was later seen floating face down. He had drowned. Dr. Mario Estradabran certified cause of death to be "Asphyxiation by Drowning, Incidental".

Family Homeless, Dwelling Destroyed
A family is homeless tonight after their dwelling was destroyed by fire. This morning, the fire department was called to Allenby Street in Queen Square were the upper flat of a 2 story cement house had gone up in flames. No one was in the house and the owners had no idea until they came back to a charred home. The owners declined an interview, but the Fire Station Manager explained that this was an electrical fire. Orin Smith, Station Mgr. Belize National Fire Service "The National Fire Service received a call of a structural fire at #79 Allenby Street, Belize City. On arrival on scene, the upper flat of the two story concrete structure was seen on fire. Following a brief size-up, the Fire Department got into operation to extinguish the fire. The fire was later brought under control and extinguished. As a result of the fire, the eastern half of the structure was severely damaged by the fire. Preliminary investigation revealed that the fire originated in the room on the northeast section of the structure. It originated on a bed. The structure was not insured and was owned by one Mr. Reyes."

"El Espanol" Was In A Zone Of His Own
The laws of Belize say no one is supposed to live in the Free Zone - but according to the Por Esto newspaper from Quintana Roo, the slain King of Contraband Ernesto Alonso de Miguel, known as "El Espanol" - did just that - and he did it in this building - which, local law enforcement has confirmed even had a bunker, or a basement. Por Esto reports that he had a wine cellar and a ball court on the compound as well. 7News has confirmed that De Miguel was a persistent security concern on the Belize side, where he had worked out this unusual and illegal living arrangement from the mid - 2000's, but the king of contraband seemed to be too connected for anyone to put a stop to it. Recently, it became a non issue because Miguel had moved back to Chetumal - where he always moved around with a police escort. Last Saturday both he and a ranking police officer were executed in Chetumal while they had dinner at a restaurant named "El Emporio." Narcos had tried to take Miguel's life in Chetumal before but were unsuccessful.

Cane Farmer Associations Beg For Better Price: BSI Says No Go
Last week, we reported on the difficult times that the local sugar industry is going to have to fight through because prices for sugar are low in Europe right now. The factory owner, ASR/BSI, has released the preliminary price estimates for this year' crop at $41.56 per tonne of cane, which is a 21% decrease from last year. At this price, the farmers are very concerned that they will not be able to get a return on their investment, much less pay their loans to the bank. They're not convinced that BSI's estimate accurately reflects the market status in Europe. So all 3 Associations, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers, the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers, and the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers, wrote to the Deputy Prime Minister and BSI earlier this week. They asked that BSI adjust the figure, so that the farmers could get another 5 dollars per tonne of cane delivered. On Wednesday, the CEO of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association told our colleague from CTV3 News about this joint letter: Oscar Alonzo - CEO, BSCFA: "The 3 associations met to discuss this situation about the cane price estimate, which in deed has been one of the lowest for the past several years. Collectively we are not happy and a letter was signed jointly by tem directly to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture to try to see if BSI can: 1) revised some of the assumption it has use in determination of the price estimate.

Who's The Best Warrior?
You may remember the Coast Guard Best Warrior Competition. That's an event where the elite Coast Guard Officers compete against each other in squads of 8 taking on some of the most taxing physical tasks, to see is the toughest, most battle hardened warrior. Last year, we were embedded with the Coast Guard to give you an in-depth look at what these soldiers put themselves through over the course of 3 days. Well, the competition is happening again, for the third time, and these gluttons for punishment are back at it to find out who is the best of the best. Today, we visited the Coast Guard Headquarters to see Day 1 of the competition in progress. Here's what their commandant had to say about it: Admiral John Borland, Commandant - Belize Coast Guard: "The event is going to be hosted over 3 days. Today is day 1 and we finish on Sunday day 3. So its 3 days and 6 evolutions and today we just concluded the first event which was Coast Guard Physical Fitness test, where we tested the men on their upper body strength and a bit of their endurance. The test included maximum push-ups, sit-ups and dips done over 2 minutes and then two mile run in the best individual effort.

Small Business, The Way Forward
Today Beltraide held its 1st Entrepreneurship Convention and Expo at the ITVET. Fifteen entrepreneurs were invited to showcase their products and services at the expo and participate in the conference. But this event was more than just displaying products and services and listening to guest speakers. It was about highlighting the progress these entrepreneurs have made and about planning a way forward for their business. Beltraide's SBDC program has helped over 700 entrepreneurs start up their business. This is the 1st event of its kind and it will be annual.

Panty Pilferers To Prison
Two women from northern Belize are in jail tonight after they were caught stealing 200 pairs of women's underwear at a Belize City store. 35 year old Donela Smith from Palmar and 26 year old Johny Netty Lopez, from Ranchito were allegedly caught on surveillance camera stealing the panties from Siloe store on Orange Street. They were taken to Belize City Magistrate's Court this morning and arraigned on a single charge of theft. The allegation is that on Tuesday, November 17, they stole 150 assorted adults underwear, value $1,050.00 along with 75 assorted children underwear, value $187.50, property of Ingrid Perez, the owner of Siloe Store. Police found the pair at the bus station. And even though they were caught on camera, the pair pleaded not guilty. Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser explained to them that the evidence before the court is very strong and that they should consider their plea before entering one.

Say It Ain't So, Stephanie
A week ago, we told you how 40 year-old Stephanie Moreira, a mother of 7, was sentenced to serve 15 days in jail for fighting with another woman. She pleaded guilty to throwing a rock at Georgia Curry, another Belize City resident, and using insulting words against her. It was an unusual sentence that Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith handed her saying, "You must learn a lesson that you cannot take the law into your own hands." The two women ended up in court because their children had been quarrelling, and it allegedly carried over to the adults when Moreira allegedly started to harass Curry, the woman who reported her to police.. Well now Curry says that Moreira's friends and family have been harassing her. Today, she came to us to explain to all who have been holding grudges that she never wanted any of this to happen to Moreira. She said that the defendant forced her hand:

Children's Day For Special Kids
It's Children's Day and fun activities were planned for the kids at various schools. We stopped in at Stella Maris School today and the kids were overjoyed with the games and bouncy house. But it's not only about child's play. Lindburgh Smith, the Information Coordinator at the National Committee for families and Children told us it's about including children with diverse abilities and making them feel more appreciated. There are 110 students at the Stella Maris School.

Tacos Worthy Of Celebrating
It may have become sort of an unwritten rule, that whenever you pass through Orange Walk Town, stopping to buy tacos is a must. And on Sunday, the organizers of the Tacos Festival are hoping that visitors from all across the country will head there to partake in the different flavors and styles of tacos that will be on sale. Dillon Jones, of Universal Radio, stopped by to tell us what you can expect this year: The Festival takes place near Banquitas House of Culture near the River Side on Sunday, November 22. The first vendors should be ready to sell from 6 a.m. It will come to a close at around 6 or 7 in the evening. This is the 5th Tacos Festival.

Celebrating Garifuna In The City
Yesterday was Garifuna Settlement Day and the observance was rich in communities across the south. But, not everybody can go to Griga and Hopkins and PG, so that's why the Garinagu population of Belize City has its own observance, which of course starts with a re-enactment of the arrival, or Yurumein. That played out yesterday near Save-U and 7News was there for the drums and dancing:...

Garifuna At Home In Griga
And while the Belize City celebration was spirited and celebratory - it can't compete with the culture capital, Dangriga. For the first time in some years, the Prime Minister travelled down for the official ceremony - which makes political sense since, Dangriga has a UDP Mayor and Representative. There, he got to see a rich display of culture:... Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Let me celebrate all Garinagu - all of the Garifuna nation. Our keynote speaker truly said 'It is Garinagu that in a real sense have educated this entire country of Belize. It truly has been said that the contribution of Garinagu to our Belize cannot be overstated. We cannot ever emphasized too much the tremendous value of the Garifuna contribution to what is this Belize, the jewel that belongs to all of us. While the country now known as Haiti was the first black republic in this hemisphere. And while a great deal is rightly made of that. Always remember that before there was Dessalines, Cristoforo, there was Joseph Satuye. One particularly vital part of Garifuna culture, Garifuna music lives on in the presence of so many brilliant current day Garifuna performers. Pen Cayetano is still very much with us. I know that last night there was a huge concert here I believe at Why Not Island where Chico Ramos and Supa G and Reckless I believe and Mime and all those who continue to ensure that with respect to this phenomenon known as world music, our Belize, Dangriga and our Belize occupies a special place on that map." And more than just praise for Garifuna artists, the Prime Minister also announced that an African-Belizean artists Steven Okeke would finally be getting paid for his TV Ramos sculpture.

Road Slick - Accident Caused
This morning, a Toyota Prado flipped in an accident at mile 6 on the Northern Highway - after the Haulover Bridge. The driver of the vehicle reportedly slipped off the road due to an oil spill left behind by a cargo truck. The SUV flipped and landed in the bushes as seen here. But that was not all, 5 vehicles that were trailing quickly braked, and had a domino effect multiple car collision. Luckily no one was hurt and only this vehicle was damaged.

Remembering Reemo
Amandala Journalist Kareem Clarke was killed by gun violence in July, but a group of his colleagues are working to keep his memory alive. The Kareem Clarke Memorial Fund executive members have organized the First ever Kareem Clarke Memorial, an event to be held tomorrow, on his birthday. The Memorial is set to highlight all the aspects of Clarke's personality to celebrate the way he chose to live, rather than to dwell on the terrible way in which he died. The Chairman of Memorial Fund explained why these journalists want you to come out tomorrow even and celebrate with them: The event takes place tomorrow at the BTL Park from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entrance is free.

Channel 5

Popular Ducunu Vendor Loses Everything in Morning Blaze
A father and son left their home on Allenby Street, Belize City, for work this morning; two hours later they got a distress call that their house was ablaze as [...]

Alleged Fraudster with Forged Belizean IDs Granted $10,000 Bail
Forty-seven year old Mexican- American national David Miguel Nanes Schnitzer is out on bail tonight. Nanes is wanted in Mexico in connection with what is known as a Ponzi scheme [...]

Baby Nina Placed in Foster Home…Mother Allowed Visitation
At news time tonight, we can confirm that arrangements are in play to deliver two year old Nina Charlotte Barrera-Perez into the care of foster parents in Orange Walk. It’s [...]

Tourist Drowns at Shark Ray Alley
There are many questions surrounding the death of an elderly American visitor who lost his life on Tuesday afternoon when he drowned off the coast of Caye Caulker.  Sixty-one-year-old Karl [...]

Spilled Diesel Causes Major Pileup on the PG Highway
There was a deadly traffic accident on the George Price Highway on Thursday. A forty-seven year old resident of Las Flores community in Belmopan was hit and killed. The vendor [...]

Still No Arrest in Election Night shooting
Sixteen days after he allegedly discharged his firearm in public on election night, a close affiliate and supporter of Minister of Police John Saldivar has yet to be charged, or [...]

Eastern Division South Commander Says Police Attitude Has Changed
Before the Garifuna Settlement Day holiday we caught up with Eastern Division South Commander Chester Williams as he and his officers walked on Oleander Street in the City, meeting and [...]

Williams Claims Police Have Regained Community’s Respect
Williams told News Five that before any community is willing to respond to Police intervention, that department must have legitimacy. The Commander of Eastern Division South claims that slowly, but [...]

Two Women Arrested For Stealing Underwear
Two women one who resides on Palmar Road, Orange Walk, the other from Ranchito Village, Corozal Town, are on remand tonight for stealing over two hundred pieces of underwear from [...]

Murdered Contrabandista home well secured
According to a newspaper in Chetumal, Ernesto Alfonso de Miguel who is also known as “En Español” lived for various years at the Corozal Free zone in a bunker. The [...]

PM Barrow Pays Tribute on Garifuna Settlement Day
Garifuna Settlement Day was celebrated on November nineteenth with festivities in various communities across the country.  In Belize City, Yurumein, or the traditional re-enactment of the arrival of the Garinagu [...]

Barrow Says GOB Will Show Appreciation With Finance
While the bust of Garifuna hero Thomas Vincent Ramos has been ready for quite some time, all efforts to compensate sculptor Stephen Okeke have fallen short.  That is until Thursday [...]

NCFC Embraces Diverse Abilities on Children’s Day
International Children’s day is marked in calendars around to the globe. It doesn’t matter on which day the celebration is held; the mission is to ensure that children around the [...]

Orange Walk To Hold 5th Annual Tacos Festival
The original, authentic, annual Orange Walk Tacos Festival is back, and organizers say it will be bigger and better than ever. Going on its fifth year, the festival showcases every [...]

Sights and Sounds of festivities from Garifuna Settlement Day
Dangriga is the koltcha capital of Belize and on Thursday it lived up to its name for Garifuna Settlement Day. The activities started early morning with the re-enactment of the [...]

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Prime Minister Takes Personal Leave
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is out of the country as at yesterday on personal leave. According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar will be acting as Prime Minister up until Sunday, November 23 when the Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega is scheduled to return […]

Global Entrepreneurship Week Commemorated with Beltraide Convention
Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated for one week in the month of November, each year. It is a week put aside to celebrate innovators and job creators who bring business ideas to life, thus contributing to the country’s economic growth. As a participant in the recognition of entrepreneurs, the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC Belize) […]

Year Three of the Best Warrior Competition Underway
The Belize Coast Guard is into its third annual Best Warrior Competition which began today and will continue over the next two days. It is a competition among law enforcement officers in which they are tasked to undertake grueling physical combat training to find out who is the roughest and readiest soldier. The Best Warrior […]

House Fire Forces Evacuation of Students from Nearby School
A two story concrete home on Allenby Street in Belize City caught fire sometime after nine o’clock this morning. No one was present in the uninsured, south side home when the structure became engulfed in flames. Inspector Ernel Dominguez is the Executive Deputy Officer for Precinct One spoke and he spoke on the quick response […]

Police Investigates Attempted Daylight Robbery
Police were called to an area on Albert Street in Belize City where there was an attempted robbery just before midday today. Reports are that an armed man entered the store, Little India and demanded money. The businessman, Sunil Balam, however told the robber that he had no money. Subsequent to that a gunshot was […]

Traffic Incident Claims Man’s Life in Western Belize
A road traffic incident in western Belize has left one person dead. With the details, we join Angelica Cruz. ANGELICA CRUZ “A fatal traffic accident on the Hummingbird Highway between miles 54 and 55 in front of Lopez Auto Salvage left one man dead. Based on information received on Thursday afternoon sometime around 1:15pm Love […]

Police Responds to 5-Car Pile-Up on Highway
This morning just before eleven o’clock, an accident occurred on the Phillip Goldson Highway between miles six and seven. A total of six vehicles were damaged. One silver Toyota Prado landed on its side and the five others traveling behind the Prado collided into one another. Love News was on the scene and spoke to […]

Childrens’ Day Celebrated in Belize
Today is being celebrated as Children’s Day and in many schools around the country, the children are being recognized and treated extra special via different programs. In our Morning Show today, there was a segment with Kyle Miller of the National Committee for Families and Children, NCFC that spoke of children and the various ways […]

BSI Responds to Farmers on Low Sugar Prices
Last week we reported that sugar cane farmers were concerned over the first cane price estimate for the 2015/2016 crop. Cane farmers were asking BSI/ASR to review the prices with a view to see an increase. Today the company issued a release in which it stated that it had written to all three cane farmers […]

NEMO Warns Residents in Flood Prone Areas
The rains continue to be sporadic over various parts of the country and are making it somewhat difficult for the flood prone areas to go back to normal. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) continues their efforts in monitoring the situation in various parts and just before five o’clock this evening they issued a Supplementary Advisory. […]

The Reporter

Two persons rendered homeless by fire
Two persons are left homeless as a result of a fire in Belize City on Friday morning. The blaze was reported at 9:05 a.m. on the upper flat of a two-storey concrete house at 79 Allenby Street, near St. Ignatius primary school. Fire officials have concluded that faulty electrical wiring was the cause and a light above a bed was where the fire started. The house, owned by a man only identified as Mr Reyes, suffered significant scorching, while the contents were destroyed. Nothing was insured.

Cuba blames US for migrant crisis at Costa Rica border
Cuba has blamed US policy for a surge in migration from the Communist-run island to the United States. The Cuban foreign ministry said US laws dating back to the Cold War encouraged illegal emigration. The statement was published as almost 2,000 Cuban migrants remained stranded on the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Cuban migrants say they want to reach the US, but Nicaragua has so far denied them passage north. Under the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, Cuban nationals can become residents in the US much more easily than applicants from other countries. The Act was revised in 1995 under the Clinton administration. From then on, Cubans who made it onto US soil were allowed to apply for residency but those intercepted at sea were turned back. The policy has become known as “wet foot, dry foot”. In its statement, the Cuban foreign ministry said that the policy “stimulates irregular emigration to the US and constitutes a violation of the letter and the spirit of current migration agreements”.

Merchant shot on Albert Street
A merchant was shot just before midday on Friday during an attempted armed robbery in downtown Belize City. The incident happened at ML’s Store located beside Mirage on Albert Street, when the merchant, who was accosted by an armed robber, grabbed the handgun and the thief fired a shot. The bullet hit the maerchant in his palm. The thief reported walked in the store, produced the gun and demanded money. Instead of complying with the thief, the businessman started to struggle with his assailant. Police are on the scene investigating.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Women accused of stealing panties from Belize City store
A pair of women from the North are accused of stealing over 200 panties from an Orange Street, Belize City store – and they were caught on surveillance cameras. 35 year old Donela Smith of Palmar Road, Orange Walk Town and 26 year old Johny Netty Lopez, a […]

American tourist drowns at Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker police saw the lifeless body of 61-year-old American security officer, Karl Edwin Simmons at the village’s polyclinic on Tuesday, November 17th when they responded to reports of a drowning incident on Shark and Ray Alley in a marine reserve. Initial investigations revealed that around midday on the mentioned […]

Kyle Domingo charged with attack on women
26 year old tour guide, Kyle Domingo is behind bars after being denied bail when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court of Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser in Court #2. Domingo, a resident of Madam Liz Crescent in the Fabers Road area was read two counts of […]

David Schnitzer given second charge but out on bail
47 year old Mexican-American David Miguel Nanes Schnitzer has been charged again with possession of a forged document which was issued legitimately, it appears, by the San Pedro Town Council. However, he is accused of providing false information to obtain the document. Still, he was granted bail of […]

Belize City woman fears for life after family feud
It was reported in various outlets last week that a Belize City mother of seven was sent to jail for 15 days by Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith. 40 year old Stephanie Moreira was found guilty of using insulting words and harm, but thought she deserved a fine after […]

Former journalist joins Bar
Ivy Pitts is back in Belize after several years away studying law. Today she was formally made a member of the Bar of Belize and appeared in the Supreme Court before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. She told us that she was proud and humbled by her achievement and […]

Benque police operation results in over 900 grams of weed
Benque Viejo Del Carmen police have confiscated over 900 grams of cannabis. On November 18th, Benque Viejo Police and personnel from the Quick Response Team and the assistance from members of the Special Branch conducted a special operation on Baron Bliss Street where their attention was drawn to a black […]

Relatively moist and unstable conditions will continue today
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy skies at times today with some showers and isolated thunderstorms over most areas this morning, then mainly inland this afternoon. Skies will be partly cloudy tonight with few showers and isolated showers mostly over the South Winds will be blowing from […]

Orange Walk Police anti-crime initiative yields over 400 grams cannabis
The Orange Walk Police Department’s anti-crime initiative has been yielding positive results since its inception on November 15th. So far police have carried out several search operations that resulted in the arrest of persons and the ridding of drugs from off the streets. Another operation was carried […]

Over 4,000 cane farmers to meet and discuss start of crop
Over 4,000 cane farmers are summoned to attend a special General Meeting this Sunday in San Roman, Corozal at the Escuela Secundaria De Mexico Auditorium. Stakeholders are expected to meet early next week to finalize a date to start the 2015 – 2016 Cane crop season, which tentatively is […]

Orange Walk Police find contraband fire-crackers
Police in Orange Walk have scored a large volume of illegal contraband fire crackers from off the streets. According to the report, on Wednesday November 18th, about 12:00 a.m. Orange Walk Police conducted a search inside the old Tobacco Plantation on the Chan Pine Ridge road near the BSI/ASR […]

Orange Walk Police justify the use of force
Following an allegation of excessive force on a civilian, Orange Walk Police issued the following official report to clear misconceptions regarding a shooting incident in Trial Farm Area. According to police, on Wednesday November 17th, Police Constable Akeem Augustine, who is presently attached to the Orange Walk Police […]

Prime Minister leaves country
In a press release issued yesterday from the office of the Prime Minister, it informs the nation that Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow will depart the country today on a four day personal leave. The Prime Minister returns to the country on Tuesday, November 24th. During the Prime Minister’s […]


Ambergris Caye Has a Truck Stop and I Predict a HUGE HIT
The first thing you are going to ask is “When does this wonderful place open?”, so I will answer that immediately. Saturday 11am to 8pm. The Truck Stop – about 1.5 miles north of the bridge. San Pedro’s newest, hippest and only outdoor food court and beer garden. Here’s the food. Cool Cone…which will be serving The Ice Cream Shoppe’s GORGEOUS ice creams in standard and nutty flavours like Guinness, Maple Bacon and Pumpkin Spice Latte. The middle cart is RASA…Southeast Asian cuisine. Noodle dishes, satays…I will show you. And then the third “truck” – still being painted – will be Latin American. And more specificially – the South American corn cakes – arepas.

The Global Citizens Club donates School Supplies to Belize School!
Chaa Creek’s Pack-a-Pound Program receives a helping hand from The Global Citizens Club in North Carolina to donate school supplies to Belizean students. Chad Barringer, a middle school teacher in North Carolina facilitated the donation by bringing the school supplies to Belize during his vacation stay at The Lodge at Chaa Creek with the Pack-a-Pound initiative. The Global Citizens Club at Heritage Middle School consists of 6th, 7th and 8th graders who range in ages 11 to 15.

10 Reasons to Retire in Belize
If the following 10 reasons to retire in Belize don’t convince you to start making plans to move here, we invite you to visit in person where you’ll discover plenty more! 1. English is Belize’s official language, so you won’t need a translation guide or app. Whom can you thank? Belize was a British colony for 119 years. 2. It takes only a few hours to fly to back to Miami, Houston, and Dallas thanks to frequent flights on Southwest, American, Delta, United and regional carriers. 3. You can afford to retire here. For example, ex-pat favorite, Orchid Bay, offers beachfront condos, homes and lots with state-of-the-art infrastructure. Waterway villas with verandas overlooking rainforests and the sea boast pre-construction pricing starting in the low $200s USD.

Garifuna Settlement Day celebrates a beautiful culture and the spirit of endurance
The Garifuna people of San Pedro, Belize, have a new ambassador for 2015-16. She is Sheila Montero, sponsored by Victoria House. As Miss Garifuna, Sheila will help to tell the story of the rich history and culture of her descendants to the schools and other groups on the island. And it is an amazing — and heartbreaking — story to tell. The pictures here are the culmination of a week’s celebration of the Garifuna culture. For the first time in 19 years, Miss Garifuna San Pedro is not an appointed ambassador of the culture. She was selected from among four young ladies who on Wednesday night demonstrated their knowledge of the culture and history and ability to speak the Garifuna language, on stage at the municipal field.

Meet Belize’s Actun Tunichil Muknal, a Maya Archaeological Site
We began to prepare. As we put on our helmets and tightened the strap and my niece Allie was quiet as usual. We proceed to follow our guide Lenny down to the water’s edge and took our first look at what we were undertaking early this morning. The cave entrance is shaped like an hourglass and there is a pool of light blue water. It doesn’t look intimidating; it looks welcoming. Lenny turns and asks, “Can you swim?” We both answer yes. Yet I can’t help but think it’s a bit weird for him to ask us this question at this time in the tour. For the last hour, we’ve already trekked into the jungle, waded across waiste-deep rivers, and arrived at the cave entrance. There’s not a life jacket in sight. What was he going to do if we answered “No”? Our guide Lenny was very knowledgeable, but very dry in delivery. I was sort of hoping we’d have someone more charismatic so that it would create some excitement around this caving adventure, but you work with what you get. He was a bit like my niece Allie in a way – no nonsense, and doesn’t mince words unless you get her on the right subject. I pretty quickly learned that Lenny’s subject that he liked and would perk up a little about was history. So I kept asking him background questions about Mayan history and he entertained us for the long walk to the ATM cave. “You’ve got to love this,” I say to Allie, “you’re not the one getting asked a bunch of questions from me for once.”

Two Indian Food Reviews and Frozen Custard
The buzz around town is the new Indian Food place called Basmati Restaurant on middle street. It is in the old Moondancer clothing store building across from A&R. This is a really big deal because up until now if you wanted East Indian food you have to either fly over or have it flown in by Sumathi Restaurant in Belize City. The buzz around town is the new Indian Food place called Basmati Restaurant on middle street. It is in the old Moondancer clothing store building across from A&R. This is a really big deal because up until now if you wanted East Indian food you have to either fly over or have it flown in by Sumathi Restaurant in Belize City. Aimee ordered the Chef Special Vegetable Curry and Kristjan had the Potato Vindaloo (was supposed to be chicken). I had the Gobi Manchurian. We were all happy with our dishes and each others – of course we did tasters :) Everything we had was yummy and everyone agreed it was worth going back again.

Taco with Pulled Pork (Tacos de Cerdo Deshebrado)
1) Prepare the guajillo chiles and the sauce: soak them in hot water for 10 minutes, then remove their seeds and chop coarsely. Blend the chiles with the water they soaked in and the tomato paste and salt. 2) Pour this guajillo-tomato mixture in the roasting pan you are about to use; add the chopped cilantro, and finally put the pork in. We want the level of liquid to read about 2/3 of the height of the meat cut, or more. 3) Cook in the oven, at the temperature setting of 300 °F for 6 hours. After 3 hours open the pan and flip your pieces of meat.

Lights! Cameras! Eatery! The Truckstop in San Pedro, Belize, is ready for its closeup
Truckstop is the creation of local filmmakers Ben and Joanna Popik. It is modeled on the foodtruck phenomena that has held American foodies in thrall for years. Only, Ben and Joanna grabbed brand new shipping containers — four of them — and have distributed them around an artfully landscaped lagoon-side lot, about a mile north of the bridge.

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Crestview doctor coordinates Belize patient's tumor treatment
A Central American man has a chance to live a healthy life with help from a team of Sacred Heart Health System doctors and a Crestview pediatrician. Adair Blanco, 21, has experienced complications following surgery four years ago in his native Belize to remove a brain tumor. Three big openings in Blanco’s cranium allowed regular infections to set in, Dr. Joseph Peter said. His family tried to get further medical help, to no avail. “Because he did not have financial assistance, the doctors were not able to do any more for him,” Peter said. With no relief available locally, Blanco’s family approached Peter, of Crestview Pediatrics, during his September 2014 medical mission to Belize.

In the war of the jungle - grabbing a tree could get you killed
It is instinctive. Clambering out of a river, up a slippery, muddy riverbank as you place a wet boot on the slope, you reach up to grab a tree to haul yourself up. It would be an automatic reaction for any civilian – just to reach out and heave up. But, as the Western Morning News joins soldiers of the Coldstream Guards, for jungle warfare training during Exercise Mayan Warrior, deep in the jungle of the Belizean sub-tropics, we learn that the simple act of grabbing a tree is an action that could get you, and your team, killed. Any small movement of a tree sways the canopy above – alerting enemy forces to your location and giving them a target on which to fire. Colour Sergeant Richard Amis, jungle warfare instructor, tells the WMN, which has joined the Coldstreamers on this exercise, how teams of soldiers must display the utmost personal discipline, and re-think their instincts, to learn how to move through the jungle undetected – a challenging task in thick foliage where your enemy could be an arm's length away before you are aware of them.

JLO, P Diddy Plan American Music Awards Reunion 16 Years After Arrests Following Nightclub Shooting
Ah, nostalgia. Sunday night will bring back beautiful memories on the American Music Awards. Jennifer Lopez is the host. And one of the presenters is Sean P Diddy/Puff Daddy Combs. It was a mere 16 years ago when these two were the Bonnie and Clyde of the music world. They were a couple on the A list of tabloids news. To wit: JLO and Diddy were part of a shoot out in a Times Square nightclub in 1999. Rather than stay and talk to the police, the couple jumped in a limo sped away. They ran 11 red lights in their efforts to escape involvement. The party they’d been attending was to celebrate the album release by Puffy protege Jamal “Shyne” Barrow. Combs and Lopez were arrested, but Lopez was exonerated. Combs and Barrow each stood trial. Combs was acquitted. Barrow went to jail for nine years. Combs paid civil settlements to three shooting victims, reportedly coming to around $3 million.

The Birdman of Honduras
By the time he was in the ninth grade, Lloyd Davidson knew he wanted no ordinary life. For starters, he asked his parents if he could attend McCallie School, a private boarding academy in Chattanooga—a military school at the time—pretty much for the fun of it. The travel bug bit hard in the summer of 1959, when he signed on for a free-diving camp in Tobago, which back then might as well have been Mars. But in his many wild dreams, Davidson could not have imagined this. “It’s been so surreal,” he says, standing under ancient Mayan temple ruins, holding a plastic tray of leftover tortillas, papaya, dog food, and toucan chow. “Saving the national bird of Honduras. Really?” The scarlet macaw is one of the world’s largest parrots, a nearly three-foot-long, overly exuberant, wildly colored embodiment of pirate ships, Jimmy Buffett, and tropical paradise. The birds were once found from Mexico to Peru, but populations have been exterminated across vast swaths of their range. They’re gone from most of Mexico and nearly extinct in El Salvador, and they exist in only isolated pockets throughout much of Central America. Guatemala and Belize share a few hundred. Costa Rica has about a thousand.

10 jaw-dropping spots that will have you dying to take a dip 7. El Secreto Belize, Belize

Birds, butterflies, and flowers might be blander than expected in the tropics
Visitors to the tropics remember the bright colors. Take the blue-and-yellow macaw with its egg-yolk breast and turquoise back – “the usual gaudy colouring of the intertropical productions,” as Charles Darwin put it. But recent research in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography contests the idea that wildlife and flowers in the tropics are more colorful than those in temperate climes. They may, in fact, be blander. People, including scientists, have a bias for “thinking that tropical regions are filled with really vibrant and exuberantly colorful things,” said lead author Rhiannon Dalrymple, who completed the study at the University of New South Wales in Australia. “But there’s never been any strong test of the idea.” To assess how colors change from one place to the next, researchers have relied on evaluating the hues of specimens by eye. But for the first time, Rhiannon and colleagues applied an objective lens: measuring color with instruments. The approach also allowed them to capture wavelengths of light, such as ultraviolet, that are invisible to people but apparent to bees, birds, and other animals.

C’bean statisticians sign declaration for monitoring national public policies
Caribbean statistical leaders have joined their counterparts from the Americas reaffirming their commitment to generating good-quality statistics for monitoring national public policies. The heads of statistics in the region signed the declaration that also allows them to re-affirm support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was approved at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September. The Mitads del Mundo Declaration was approved by the 36 delegations from member States and associate members of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) at the end of the eighth meeting of the Statistical Conference of the Americas (SCA) on Thursday. The declaration also urges the region’s governments to bolster their commitment to strengthening national statistical systems, establishing legal frameworks that provide professional independence to the national statistical offices, consolidate the leading role of official statistics and guarantee the human, technological and financial resources required.


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