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#510523 - 01/09/16 06:03 AM Today's Belize News: January 9, 2016
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The San Pedro Sun

Atlantic Bank San Pedro receives bomb threat
Part of Barrier Reef Drive and Pescador Drive are currently on lockdown following a bomb threat issued to Atlantic Bank San Pedro Branch. Reports of the threat emerged on Friday, January 8th shortly before 4PM. The San Pedro Police Department and San Pedro Fire Department personnel were quickly deployed to secure the area and evacuate civilians. San Pedro Police has told The San Pedro Sun that they are currently awaiting the arrival of the Belize Defense Force Bomb Squad to inspect both the Atlantic Bank main office and sub office for explosive devices. Police are also investigating who made the threat call by tracing the phone number.

San Pedro House of Culture features New Exhibition
The San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC), under the auspices of The National Institute of Culture and History, has launched a new exhibition titled “Art Show and Reception.” The exhibition is the art work of Katrina Samuels Ancona, an artist originally from Greenwich Village in New York who has been on the island for over two decades. The art collection includes seventeen pieces of beautiful paintings on canvas, fish plates and colorful gold vases. It was officially launched on December 22nd just before the Christmas holidays. According to Ancona, the beauty of Belize has influenced her work, along with her Christian life on which she reflects in most of her work. At the SPHC, the different artistic creations vary in forms, from acrylic on canvas and murals, to furniture and work on three-dimensional objects. Some of the paintings featured were themed with names such as Belizean Leaves, Purification, Sleeper, Coral Garden, The Colors of You, Roaring like a Lion and even the Simplicity. Most of the pieces are for sale at a special price. The Arts Show and Reception exhibit will be open for view till Friday, January 22nd. Those interested in viewing or purchasing products can visit the SPHC on Angel Coral Street.

San Pedro Community Policing Unit brings Christmas cheer to islanders
During the Christmas holidays, many organizations on the island brought joy to the less fortunate children and residents of the Ambergris Caye. The season of sharing and giving, once again brought people together and sprinkled the love of Christmas. On Wednesday, December 23rd, the San Pedro Community Policing Unit, along with Britney O’Daniel from the San Pedro Food Bank, shared the Christmas cheer with as many residents as possible and distributed gifts and food. According to PC Juan Chuc from the Community Policing Unit, following a successful toy drive, the distribution of presents and food for families took place in the areas of San Juan, San Pedrito, and DFC. PC Chuc stated that it was yet another successful event which they plan to continue doing year after year. But he reiterated that special recognitions must be given to all the people who make such a charitable function possible.

Actors Charles Michael Davis and Travis Von Winkle vacay in the Jewel
Ambergris Caye has been a coveted destination for many, and over the years, has seen its fair share of A-List visitors. Needless to say, 2016 started with a bang as Hollywood actors Charles Michael Davis and Travis von Winkle along with their group (very hot group) of friends enjoyed a guys’ getaway in the Jewel. Davis is best known for his roles in the CW original series “The Originals,” and Grey’s Anatomy, among others, while Von Winkle is known for his performances in Meet the Spartans, Friday the 13th and TNT’s original series “The Last Ship.”

ICSC Five-a-aside- Football Tournament picking up speed
The third round of the Island Citizen Sporting Club (ICSC) and San Pedro High School (SPHS) Five-a-side Football Tournament has come to an end. This past weekend saw intense matches as the road to the championship starts to narrow. Football fanatics convened at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium during the two day sporting event to cheer on their favorite teams. One under 13, and four senior matches, were played on Saturday, January 2nd. The footballers gave it their all to try to stay on top of the competition. In the first game, in the junior category, Inter Milan A defeated Scorpion Touch by default. The matches for the seniors started with the game between San Juan FC against Harmouch ending in a 2-2 point game. In the second game, Mata Chica faced United FC, who walked away with the victory over Mata Chica by default. Island Pure 3 narrowly beat E and L Boys with a tight score of 3-2; meanwhile Pro Divers crushed Scorpions FC with a 6-1 point game.

Travel publication My Beautiful Belize sports a new look for 2016
On January 4, 2013 The San Pedro Sun launched their new travel publication, My Beautiful Belize. The monthly, full color publication evolved from The Sun’s popular weekly Visitor Guide, which originated in 2004 as a tabloid sized insert, printed in black and white with spot color. Now entering their fourth year of publication, My Beautiful Belize has again evolved into a higher quality tourism publication. The January 2016 issue has just been released, and readers can now enjoy the popular travel publication as a glossy-paged magazine. “We are always looking at ways to improve our product, and with our My Beautiful Belize publication it’s all about sharing the beauty of Belize through colorful photos and engaging travel stories,” commented editor Tamara Sniffin. “My Beautiful Belize is the only monthly travel publication in the country, and we are committed to providing a superior product that not only beautifully showcases destinations and adventures from all over the country, but serves as an attractive medium for stakeholders to promote their businesses through advertising.”

Ambergris Today

Bomb Scare at Atlantic Bank San Pedro
A bomb threat was called in at the Atlantic Bank San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, branch located on Pescador Drive at around 4p.m. today Friday, January 8, 2015. The San Pedro Fire Department, San Pedro Police have blocked off the entire block in downtown San Pedro as they await the presence of the Belize Bomb Squad to conduct a thorough search of the area. Meanwhile the area has been cleared off. More updates as they become available.

True Blood Superstar Alexander Skarsgard Vacationing in Belize
Will 2016 be a year filled with celebrity visits for Belize? Already a couple of TV stars brought in the new year in San Pedro while hunting for Lionfish and this week True Blood famed actor Alexander Skarsgard went diving at the Blue Hole. Amigos Del Mar Dive Shop in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, boasted pictures of Alexander boarding their dive boat, readying for a day out at the Great Barrier Reef of Belize to dive the Blue Hole. The towel around his neck indicates that he stayed at the chic boutique resort of Mata Chica in north Ambergris Caye.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Introduction to Accounting: SBDC Workshop
The Introduction to Accounting course is a series of three workshop's which include: Part 1 - Introduction to Accounting, Part II - Introduction to Financial Statements, Part III - Developing Financial Statements. On January 14th, 2016 from 9am to 12pm at the ITVet compound we will be presenting the Introduction to Accounting workshop which will cover the following outlines: Definition of Accounting - Purpose & Objective, Terminology, Double Entry Account, T- Accounts. This training will be covered by: Ms Corinne Wright, Lecturer, University of Belize - Faculty of Management and Social Sciences. Cost: $20.00. Jan. 14th, 2016. 9am to 12pm.

BPP statement on the rumoured destruction of rice
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) vehemently objects to any assertion or intention by the Government of Belize, to destroy the containers of rice that have been a point of contention over the past several weeks. Belizeans from all corners of this nation who are facing economic hardships could certainly benefit from the distribution of this staple, via a coordinated and humanitarian effort. Undoubtedly, there are non-governmental organisations that can aid the distribution. We therefore call on Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow to reconsider any such move to lay waste to the shipments of rice.

Ministry of Agriculture Statement on Carrot Producers Situation
The importation of fresh vegetables is necessary to supplement domestic production as Belize does not have sufficient year round production. Importation is usually carefully timed to avoid oversupply or shortage of produce. There are periods when both imported and domestic products are on the market, usually at the start of or at the end of harvest. This period is most difficult to manage as a third factor -illegal contraband -imports also affect supply. This system of balanced importation is managed within the Ministry of Agriculture by the Chief Agriculture Officer and the Director of Extension. The current problem being experienced by the carrot producers in San Carlos, Orange Walk District is being thoroughly examined to determine the cause, the impact and corrective measures necessary. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development sincerely regrets any loss of production, especially to small farmers.

Belize Duck Race 2016
The Belize Duck Race is only 4 weeks away. They had to reschedule to February 6th, and all the early tickets are valid. You can still get tickets, and possibly win $1,000,000. "The 2nd Annual Belize Duck Race is now scheduled for February 6th, 2016, so mark your calendars and invite family and friends to adopt a duck and come witness this amazing event!"

Tour Operator's Notice!
Make sure your Tour Operator's License is valid for 2016!

The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that 2016 TaiwanICDF Scholarship and Taiwan (MOFA)Scholarship start for application from now, and their application deadline will be until March 18, 2016 and March 31, 2016 respectively. In 2016, there will be 20 schools of 8 Bachelor, 21 Master and 2 PhD programs open for application of TaiwanICDF Scholarship. Both scholarships are full scholarships and will provide a round trip economy class air tickets, housing, tuition fees, credit fees, insurance, textbook costs, and a monthly allowance which varies for different study programs. There have been hundreds of Belizean students from different schools and fields come to apply for both scholarships in the past years till now. This Embassy encourages all the outstanding young Belizean students come to apply for pursuing their study and fulfill their dreams in Taiwan.

Third Scout Inter-American Leadership course
The third Scout Inter-American Leadership course (ILT) has now concluded. The Belize participants are back home and we want to congratulate them for their excellent performance at the course that was held at San Jorge Muxbal, in Guatemala. Special mention and congratulations to Kesilyn who was selected to serve as Assistant Senior Team Leader for this course. She was a participant at the 1st Course that was held in Houston Texas in 2013. Congratulations and welcome back Jaialai, Immer and Kesilyn.

Candlelight Vigil for Matthiew Klinck
If you knew Matt, you knew he was as positive as they come. It's shocking that a person so full of life is gone. There will be a candlelight vigil in his honor at the Cayo Welcome Center tonight at 6:30pm. Earlier, in Spanish Lookout, they'll have the funeral and celebration of life. We'll all miss you, Matt!

Celebration of Life for Matthiew Klinck
The Celebration of Life for Matthiew Klinck shall be at: 2pm Saturday January 9, 2016 Location: Fountain of Life Church in Spanish Lookout Friends are asking, if you wish, to bring a plate of pastries or cookies as there are many people that have expressed their desire to share in the Celebration of Life for Matthiew Klinck. Directions to the Church are: Once you get to Spanish Lookout with Caribbean Tires being on your left hand side- make a right on the main road in Spanish Lookout- then make your 1st left hand turn. Continue on this road for 1 mile and when the pavement ends go another 1/8 of a mile and make a right hand turn when you see the sign for Fountain of Life Church Retreat Center

Channel 7

Snakeman Speaks! No More Tommy Goff!
No more poisonous snakes! That's what snakeman Gilbert Usher declared today at the KHMH. After five days in the hospital, Usher was finally able to speak to us about what happened last week Sunday. Usher told us he doesn't remember much - only that he had a Tommy Goff snake for 3 years and Sunday was the first time he took it out to show anyone. And that's the last thing he remembers. Today, Usher told us it will be the last time he takes that snake, or any other poisonous snake out, for that matter -because those days are over. Gilbert Usher, "I was bitten by Tommy Goff "There comes a time when yeah, if I keep dealing with venomous snakes, one day I might just cash out. I can't recall what happened. I had that snake for about 3 years."

Two Arrested For Killing Kinck for Money, One Is A Minor
3 days ago, we told you about very violent murder of Canadian Filmmaker Matthiew Klinck in a village just outside of Spanish Lookout, Cayo. Well, after 3 days of investigating, Police have arrested and charged 2 young men from San Ignacio for his murder. They are 19 year-old Brandon Anderson, and a 16 year-old minor, whose identity we cannot reveal. They have since been arraigned in Magistrate's Court, and as soon as police are able to make arrangements, they will be escorted to the Belize Central Prison. But, as viewers will recall, when Klinck's body was found, the police were concerned that it would be a very difficult investigation since Klinck lived on a very secluded property in Selena Village. So, what changed for investigators to progress to an arrest so swiftly? That's what our news team travelled San Ignacio Town to find out. We spoke with the lead investigator about the case today:

Stake Bank Sayonara?
Tonight, the cruise future for the Belize District is more unclear than ever - and that's because the Stake Bank project - which was thought to be a sure thing just a few months ago - is once again on the back burner - and the developer Mike Feinstein says he expects that it will stay there. And that's because government is now looking at another project - one that will be based at the Port of Belize. Now, if that sounds familiar, it is. In 2004, then Port owner Luke Espat and carnival Cruise Line broke ground for a port at that very spot. It never worked out, but what you see here now on the map - the part that juts out - is the product of that idea. That was supposed to be the apron for two ships which would pull up directly to the terminal - right there at the southeast end of Port Loyola. But, the project was effectively abandoned for a number of reasons. Well, now Government wants to resuscitate it, and with guess who? None other than Michael Ashcroft. That's right, reliable reports tell us that Ashcroft and the Government are looking at a possible partnership in the venture, which the Prime Minister mentioned only in passing in his New Year's address.

Mother And Family Car Jacked At Speedbump in Armenia Village
All this afternoon, Belmopan Investigators were out in Armenia Village following up on leads involving a crazy car jacking which happened last week Saturday. 38 year-old Melonie Popper Coc, a Puma Energy employee reported to police that at around 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, she was driving her company vehicle, a grey Isuzu D-max pickup truck, along with her mother, and her 4 children. They were heading to Pomona Village, and when they arrived at the second bump in Armenia Village, which is 8 miles south of Belmopan on the Hummingbird Highway, she received a phone call. She told police that she stopped the vehicle and pulled off the road to answer the phone. While she was speaking with the caller, a man snuck up on her, and took away the cellphone at gunpoint. She reported that she looked over to the vehicle, and that's when she saw that her entire family had been removed from the vehicle by another car jacker. They ordered her out of the car, too, and then both men sped off towards Belmopan.

The World's Most Wanted, El Chapo Caught In Western Mexico
He was possibly the most wanted man in the world, and this afternoon news broke that Mexican authorities had caught Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa Cartel. The Mexican Navy led an operation at 4:30 this morning which found el Chapo in the town of "Los Mochis", which is on the west coast of Mexico in the state of Sinaloa. Reports from Mexico say it was a bloody raid and at least five of Chapo's men were killed. Five other men were arrested, and El Chapo was taken immediately to Mexico City for security reasons. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto broke the news with a Tweet saying, "Mission accomplished. We have him."

14 Homeless After Fire In Trailer Home
There was a fire last night in the Queen's Square area of Belize City, and, tonight, 14 people are homeless because of it. Now, with that many people left out of door, you might think that this was some big two-storey house - but it was just a decades-old trailer home. Here's what happened:... Shirley Flowers, Fire Victim "Well I feel the heat. I felt like I was already burn - I felt like I wanted to die." Jules Vasquez reporting It's very fortunate that no one did die - 14 people, 8 of them children were cramped inside this two bedroom trailer home last night at 9:30: Shirley Flowers, Fire Victim "By the time we reach out, the fire was already bolted out on the side and coming our way. But I hollered and told the kids to please hurry come out because its danger and we will get hurt. My stepdaughter ran back for my 5 year old baby. She managed to get her and so we came out."

7 Firemen Responded
The Fire Department can't be criticized for this fire; they only needed a few minutes to put it out. Station Chief Orin Smith told us more:.. Emanuel Pech "How many fire fighters were deployed and how long did it take to control off the flames?" Orin Smith, Station Manager, Belize National Fire Service "Seven. Only about 5 minutes after we arrived on the scene, the main body of the fire was already extinguished and map up process continued. Preliminary investigations reveal that the fire originated within the kitchen and as a result of a lit candle that had fallen over. We were very grateful that no one was hurt. Perhaps they may have taken quick action to evacuate the building when the fire was discovered. With that many persons in there, certainly the fire wouldn't have gone undiscovered. So that was very fortunate."

Every 93 Year Old's Dream: A Massive Weed Whacker
Only last week, 93 year old Patrick Grant was clinging to dear life after he was viciously attacked by one of his neighbors. Today Grant is back home at number 12 Fern Lane with no visible reminders of his ordeal other than a swollen left eye and a scab to the left side of his temple. In fact today seemed to be one of his happiest as he swung his brand new and rather large weed whacker with the kind of strength you wouldn't expect from a man in his 90's. Emanuel Pech has the full story:... Hope - that is what this simple weed trimmer has brought to this man, who two weeks ago was the victim of a vicious beat down. Today the Patrick Grant wore a big smile on his face; a sharp contrast from the face we first saw on the news. His excitement was unmistakable. After a quick breakfast, Grant was helped into his weed whacking attire. After his son in law struck up the weed whacker, Grant was off. It took a little while for him to get adjusted to the weight, but he was determined. Swinging his weed whacker to and fro he managed to trim at least 3 feet of grass before his first break. Patrick Grant - Beat Down Victim "Now I can keep my yard down the way it should be because back in this area there are lizards, there are snakes and everything. So once you got it like there, you're in danger or one of these insects, but with that I'll be free. I'll be most wonderful."

Four of Five Get Off For Vitalino Jr.
It made huge news in June of 2014 when six of Yohnny Rosado's employees from CaveTubing.com were accused of badly beating up their competitor's son, Vitalino Reyes Jr from Cavetubing.bz. Reyes Jr. ended up in a coma. Well, tonight, five of them are free. Charges of harm have been dropped against 43 year old Jimmy Cortez, 41 year old John Frazer, 24 year old Christopher Williams, 38 year old Evan Williams and 39 year old Keith Vairez. This happened during the Preliminary Inquiry and they were told they were free to go. So, the charge now only stands against 32 year old Leon Gentle. Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser told Gentle that one witness told police in his statement that he only saw Gentle beating up Reyes Jr. Gentle was offered bail of $6,000 which he met after told his case was committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court for the April 2016 session. Gentle had been initially charged for attempted murder, but that was downgraded to dangerous harm.

Recent Newsmakers Get Supreme Court Bail
Today, the Supreme Court granted bail to 6 persons, 4 of whom made our newscast within the last 3 weeks. They are Richard McDonald, who was charged with drug trafficking of over 11 kilos of heroine - valued at possibly a over a 1 million US Dollars; Police Constable Luke Moreira who was charged for allegedly raping Vanessa Evans in the San Ignacio Police Station; Police Constable Kyle Serrano who was charged with 3 counts sexual assault against a 13 year-old girl in San Pedro; Denfield Davis, who was charged with 4 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse; Ariece Martinez who was charged for handling stolen goods, and Angel Ruiz, who was charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm. All of these defendants appeared before Justice Antoinette Moore, and after the court heard from their attorneys, and the Crown Counsel, they were given Supreme Court bail.

San Carlos Carrots Crisis: Ministry Says It Wants To Help
Yesterday we gave you a snippet of the expedition to the farms of San Carlos Village where trouble is brewing for carrot farmers. Today the Ministry of Agriculture sent out a release saying that the matter is being thoroughly examined to determine the best course of action. We spoke to the Chief Agriculture officer via phone who explained the Ministry's position in further detail. But before we get into that interview we will revisit the farmers' side of the story. According to the farmers of San Carlos, Orange Walk, some $30 thousand dollars' worth of carrots currently sit on their farms. Out of this some $20 thousand dollars' worth of these carrots are already going bad. This is because of the local market is saturated with carrots - and they say the culprit is the importation of legal and illegal carrots.

A Tale Of Two Accidents
There was an accident this afternoon at mile 3 and a half on the Northern Highway. Mark Sutherland was heading to the city in this white truck when his back tire blew out. The truck then flipped and ended up in the drain. The driver, along with the 2 passengers Glenda Torres and Lloyd Myvette are lucky to be alive - they only received minor injuries. And this morning in Belize City, a Crystal Water truck tore up the side of a Nissan Frontier. The truck was approaching the Cemetery Road Roundabout when the Frontier seemed to be trying to overtake inside the roundabout. When the water truck made a wide turn, it bushed the Frontier unto the sidewalk. No one was hurt, but it did stop traffic.

Briceno Says 20 Year Old Price Push-Out Letter is Fake
The race for PUP Leadership is heating up - and the campaign's getting dirty on Facebook. Today, opponents of John Briceno - and we're not sure which ones - circulated a letter that's almost 20 years old! Dated August of 1996, Briceno writes to George Price, then leader of the PUP. In it, the letter writer urges Price to step aside and let Deputy Leader Said Musa step up. The writer says, quote, "with all respect to you, I feel that now is the time to hand over the reins to our Deputy Leader said Musa." End quote. Now, in the PUP - anything to offend the venerated Mr Price is seen as a cardinal offence - and we imagine those who posted the old letter on Facebook are tying to make the case that Brceno is not loyal. We asked Briceno about it today and he said that the letter was a fake in 1996, and it is still so now. He says he had nothing to do with it. He says whoever sent it out this time is grabbing unto straws.

Channel 5

A Duo of Friends Arraigned for the Murder of Matthiew Klinck
On Wednesday, two teenagers from Santa Elena, Cayo were detained for the vicious and sensational murder of Canadian filmmaker Matthiew Klinck. Klinck’s body was found at the house he lived [...]

Is There a Shortage of Carrots on the Local Market?
There is another looming crisis within the agriculture sector to report on tonight, involving vegetables, particularly carrots, being imported from neighboring Mexico.  The importation of produce from across the northern [...]

Chief Agriculture Officer Says Local Farmers Control Vegetable Market
Harrison says that while there are approximately ten acres awaiting harvest in the north, there are other communities producing vegetables in various parts of the country.  The issue, he concludes, [...]

Jack Charles Wheels and Comes Again but COLA Supports Belizean Rice Producers
Is Jack Charles gearing up for another wave of attacks on the local rice industry?  News Five can confirm tonight that the businessman has lodged a formal request to import [...]

Stake Bank is On Indefinite Hold
Developer Michael Feinstein, the man behind the mega-million dollar Stake Bank Tourism Project, today told News Five that as far as he is concerned the project is on indefinite hold. [...]

An Overnight Fire on Boots Crescent Leaves Family Homeless
A fire swept through a mobile home on Thursday night on Boots Crescent, Belize City. In the blink of an eye, the Flowers family lost everything as the flames quickly [...]

P.U.P. Race for Leadership Gets Ugly on Facebook
In twenty-three days, the People’s United Party will have a new leader or a new old leader, as the case may be. Two of the men vying for the position, [...]

Tropic Air Pilot is Reported Missing
A Tropic Air pilot is said to be missing and efforts are underway to locate him. He is Guilherme Duarte from Portugal who was last seen in San Pedro at [...]

Cops in Separate Sexual Assault Cases are Granted Bail
Today, two cops at the center of allegations sexual abuse were granted Supreme Court bail by Madam Justice Antoinette Moore of the Supreme Court.  San Pedro Cop, twenty-six year Kyle [...]

Tour Guides Beat Charges of Harm Against Vitalino Reyes Jr.
Also from the courts today, five of six men, all tour guides, accused with the beating of Vitalino Reyes Junior in May 2014 are free of the charge of harm. [...]

Patrick Grant Gets a New Lease on Life
The elderly resident of Fern Lane in Belize City, Patrick Grant was left comatose for days after a home invasion on December twenty-seventh. Grant has miraculously recovered and is back [...]

One Month After General Elections and Still No Union Senator Appointed
There have been two senate meetings since the new government took office last November, but the senator to represent the unions and civil society has been conspicuously absent. The unions [...]

BEWU’s Take on Rice War
Mora, as Secretary General of the Belize Energy Workers Union, also addressed the issue of the Guyanese rice sitting at the Big Creek Port in Independence. He says first, that [...]

El Chapo Recaptured in Mexico
There is major news and cause for celebration today in Mexico where the world’s most wanted man is back in the hands of the police. At a predawn operation around [...]


Friend and Minor Charged for Matthiew Klinck’s Murder
Two persons were charged for the murder of Canadian Matthiew Klinck. Hipolito Novelo reports. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING After several days of intensive investigation, this morning, San Ignacio Police, charged two persons for the murder of 37 year old Canadian Filmmaker, Matthew Klinck. Nineteen year old Brandon Anderson and a 16 year old male minor, both […]

Home of 14 Persons Goes Up in Flames
Three separate families living in one house were left homeless last night after a raging fire destroyed almost everything they had. At around 9:30 last night, a small mobile home housing three adults and more than ten children on Boots Crescent in Belize City, caught on fire. Hipolito Novelo reports. HIPOLITO NOVELO “Video taken by […]

CCJ – Proud Accomplishment for the Caribbean Community
During a discussion with CARICOM’s Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, the Dominican national spoke on the Caribbean Court of Justice, expressing pride in the Caribbean having its own final appellate court while speaking of other countries that are in the process of coming on board. IRWIN LAROCQUE : “I am very proud with the fact that […]

Belize to Host Climate Change Meeting Under CARICOM
Earlier we told you of the reforms that the Secretary General for CARICOM spoke of as it relates to the Caribbean Community. Aside from that being a crucial undertaking that began in 2015, Irwin LaRocque also spoke of the COP21 Conference on Climate Change that took part in Paris, France in the latter of 2015. […]

Upcoming Convention Sparks Social Media Attacks Within the PUP
The PUP’s National Party Council meeting is set to start on Saturday morning in Belize where several points will be ratified and other matters discussed. This meeting falls in line with the upcoming Special National Convention that comes up at the end of the month …. But the campaign has been heating up and the […]

Dr Jorge Hidalgo Dubbed Master of Critical Care Medicine
In mid-November we told you of the prestigious award being bestowed upon Dr Jorge Hidalgo Marroquin by the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. That award has named Dr Hidalgo as the Master of Critical Care Medicine. Earlier this week we spoke with Doctor Hidalgo who explained the works he along with Dr […]

Bail Granted to Several Who Were on Remand
Several persons who were remanded into custody on different charges were released on bail after their applications for bail were heard by Justice Antoinette Moore. They are Richard McDonald, a tour operator who was charged with drug trafficking for eleven thousand one hundred and fifty five grams of heroin; Police Constable Luke Moriera, charged with […]

Agriculture Ministry Cites Contraband As a Factor in Carrots’ Surplus
Last night Love news told you about farmers from the Orange Walk District, who are frustrated about not being able to sell their carrots. Their concern is that their produce is going to waste, due to the increase in imported carrots. We heard from Chief Agricultural Officer Roberto Harrison who gave us reasons of the […]

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Police detain 2 youth in Mathtiew Klinch murder
Police say they are making progress in the Matthiew Klinck murder case. 36 year old Klinck was an experienced Movie maker and had taken up residence here in Belize, producing a movie in 2012 and a Novela called “La Isla Bonita” . Late last year Klinck had even closed a deal with Amazon, ...

Prisoner escapes from Independence holding cell
The public is cautioned to be on the lookout for 29-year old Shane Bennett. Bennett is a Belizean of Independence Village in the Stann Creek District and he escaped from the holding cell at the Intermediate Southern Formation Police Station. Bennett was on remand for the crime of Burglary, Theft and...

Commissioner of police discusses rogue police behavior
Within the last few weeks, the country has heard of two police officers, both recipients of the Police Officer of the Month awards, who were accused of sexual crimes. The first was from San Ignacio, where an officer was accused of raping a woman who was being detained in the holding cell at the San ...

Police are commended in reducing crime
Yesterday ranking police officers from across the country of Belize met in Belmopan at the Police training Academy to attend the Regional Commanders Conference. The event was hosted by Minister of National Security – Hon John Saldivar with an aim to go over the successes of the past year and t...

Cruise ship passenger dies while snorkeling of Sergeants Caye
The body of a Princess Cruise Line passenger, 67 year old Janice Mittelstadt, lies at the Morgue at the KHMH awaiting a post mortem examination following what police is initially calling a “snorkeling accident”. The South Dakota resident arrived in Belize sometime this morning aboard the Caribbean P...

Michael Arnold charged in Maria Pou robbery
Twenty-three year old Michael Arnold, a labourer of the Pickstock Apartments, appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and was arraigned on charges of robbery and wounding. Arnold was denied bail and he was remanded into custody until March 9. On January 5, fifty-six year old Maria Pou,...

Caye Caulker residents pressure leaders for new police barracks
Tomorrow marks exactly seven months since the death of 18 year old Hilberto Sotz inside the Caye Caulker Police Station, an incident which shook up a normally quiet and friendly corner of the Jewel. In the wake of that tragedy was formed a People’s Coalition to work with police to address issues of ...

The Reporter

Princess partners with police
The Princess Casino donated over $13,000 worth of equipment to the Belize Police Department this week. The casino’s representative presented the equipment: 10 cell phones and 10 tablet-cellphone hybrids, at the Princess Ramada Belize City on Thursday afternoon. The  donation is valued at $13,500. Necip […]

Police Department will not condone illegal sexual behavior, says Commissioner
Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, this week, said the two officers from San Ignacio and San Pedro accused of rape and carnal knowledge respectively, have been dealt with accordingly and do not accurately represent the Department. Speaking at the Regional Commanders meeting at the Police […]

COLA blames Belize Marketing and Development Corporation for Guyanese rice incident
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), this week, said the issue with the imported Guyanese rice by businessman Jack Charles, is the result of the shortcomings of the Government of Belize. COLA said there are various issues within the rice industry that should have […]

Family of 14 homeless after fire destroys their house
A fire at around 9:30 p.m. on Boots Crescent in the Port Loyola area on Thursday consumed a mobile home where 14 people lived and now the family is asking the public for assistance to get back on their feet.  Shirley Flowers, 31, speaking for […]

“El Chapo” recaptured!
Mexican authorities snared drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in a bloody raid Friday, recapturing one of the world’s most notorious and slippery criminals. “Mission Accomplished,” President Enrique Peña Nieto announced via Twitter. “We have him.” Members of Mexico’s navy caught Guzman in an operation at about 4:30 a.m. (6:30 […]

Three suffer minor injuries in traffic mishap
Three persons narrowly escaped serious injuries after the vehicle they were traveling in on Friday morning had a tire blow-out, causing it to flip several times. Precinct IV police report that at around 11:00 a.m. the white Ford Ranger, driven by Mark Sutherland, experienced the […]

Vehicle flips on Phillip Goldson highway; persons injured
At least one person is receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after a traffic accident at around midday on Friday on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Preliminary information is that a white van flipped over several times, before it landed on its side […]

Prisoner cuts himself free from Independence police station
Police of the Intermediate Southern Formation in Independence village are asking the public to help them recapture an eacaped prisoner, considered armed and dangerous. Shane Bennett, 29, escaped from police custody between midnight and 12:25 a.m. on Thursday January 7th. According to Officer in Charge […]

First babies of 2016
While many Belizeans celebrated the New Year at one function or the other, several women celebrated 2016 giving birth. Reports are that the first baby for 2016, Nathan, was born in Correa’s clinic in Orange Walk at around 1:23 a.m.  The first child to be […]

Art and book presentation at Image Factory
The Image Factory hosted a combined children’s cultural book launch and art presentation by Ingrid, Mali and Obi Cayetano on Thursday morning in Belize City.  The book, “We are Free”, which according to author Ingrid Cayetano, aims to educate children about their culture and ensure […]

Popular City loan shark and Burrel Boom entrepreneur killed in traffic accident
Two persons, Pamela Bennett Cumberbatch, 45, a popular “loan shark” (lending agent) of Belize City, and Alfredo Navarrete, 80, a highly regarded businessman and resident of Burrell Boom village, were killed when their vehicles collided on Sunday, January 3rd. The accident happened between miles […]

Mediterranean Cruise Line’s first landing in Belize
The cruise tourism industry is set to have a busy year in 2016, with the entry of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) cruiseline into the market, which called on Belize for the first time on New Year’s Eve. The MSC Divina made its maiden voyage […]

BBS Metrology lab construction on schedule
The country’s new state-of-the-art metrology laboratory is on schedule for completion by the end of the month, according to the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS). The BBS said this week, that the construction, which was slated to be finished by the end of January, will […]

Belizean arrested for money laundering in Honduras
A Belizean businessman has been arrested for money laundering in Honduras, according to a publication in that country. Honduran newspaper, “Diario La Prensa” publicized the arrest of Henry August Tabony, 65, who was apprehended at the Juan Manuel Gálvez de Roatán International airport in Isla […]

Starret Green shares the key to success in business
Belize Invest, this week, shared words of wisdom from Organization of American States (OAS) representative in Belize, Starret D. Greene, on how to achieve success. Speaking at a training program conducted by the Young American Business Trust (YABT), which operates under the OAS, Greene emphasized […]

CTO says 2016 is the “Year of Romance”
The Caribbean Tourism Association has declared 2016 as the “Year of Romance” for tourism in the Caribbean, ushering in a year-long marketing pitch for the region to be the world’s premier romantic tourist destination. The CTO made the announcement this week, that it envisions 2016 […]

Teacher, boyfriend knocked down and killed; businessman charged
The families of a couple that was knocked down and killed January 2nd on the Philip Goldson highway, are irate with Perry Gibson, 44, the businessman charged with their deaths, because they say he tried to flee the scene of the incident. Lea Crawford, […]

Access to Credit Pt. 3: Legal framework for Secured Transaction Reform
Without any doubt there is a type of global consensus on a couple things regarding Micro, Small, and Medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Firstly, there appears to be no disagreement about the essential role that MSMEs play in both developed and developing economies, as global estimates say that roughly two out of […]

Fuel price change for 3rd time
The price for fuel in Belize has changed for a third time in less than a week. The Ministry of Finance announced on Monday that the pump price for diesel fuel decreased by 42 cents, bringing it from $7.00 to $6.58 per gallon. The Government […]

Community has made a difference in the fight against crime, says Commissioner Whylie
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, gave the public its due share of merit in the fight against crime, during the Commanding Officer’s meeting in Belmopan this week.  Whylie emphasized on the impact and difference that such programs under the Community Policing strategies, specifically the “Meet […]

Rice Wars
The recent Rice War was never about the Belizean consumer, but rather a plain case of greed and power. Rice is big money and that’s because Belizeans consume about 24 million pounds of it annually, which is around 77 pounds per person. At the current price per pound of rice, […]

What will happen to 75 tons of rice?
The fate of 75 tons (150,000 pounds) of Guyanese rice, imported by businessman Jack Charles (Jitendra Chawla) remains unknown, following a court ruling on Monday by a Supreme Court judge, who rejected an application filed on Charles’ behalf, which sought judicial review of the decision […]

Taiwan offers more scholarships to Belizeans
The Republic of China (Taiwan), is offering scholarships for 2016 to 31 Belizean students who wish to further their education and are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The government is offering scholarships from two separate soures : the International Cooperation and Development Fund […]

San Pedro cop sent to jail for fondling girl, 13
A San Pedro cop, accused of sexual assault against a 13-year-old girl, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison. He was denied bail and sent to jail for his own safety, after residents learned of the news. Kyle Hubert Serrano, a police constable […]

Whatever happens, we hope that he Government of Belize will not be persuaded to destroy the 75 tons of imported rice from Guyana which it has confiscated. The rice was imported by Indian businessman Jack Charles, in defiance of the Department of Belize’s Bureau of Standards, which has legal responsibility […]

Canadian film maker stabbed to death
As of press time on Thursday night, two teens from Santa Elena are in the custody of San Ignacio police, being questioned about the the murder of Canadian filmmaker, Matthiew Klinck. Credible sources from within the department indicate that one of the men in custody is 19-years-old while the other […]

Police porn stars on patrol… Commissioner says social media is dangerous!
Belizeans have always been proud of men and women in uniform, the members of the Belize Police Department who take on the unenviable task of maintaining law and order. But sometimes when these men and women are not in uniform, they act outrageously on the social media, and this conduct […]

US woman dies while on vacation snorkeling
A 67-year-old American tourist vacationing in Belize drowned while snorkeling with her family on Thursday morning at Sergeants Caye, reports say. Queen Street police received the body of Janice Mittelstadt, a South Dakota resident, at the Radisson Pier after she was rushed from the island […]

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Leon Gentle to Supreme Court in tour guide brawl; five others walk
Tonight 5 of 6 men, all tour guides, accused of being involved in connection with the bad beating of a tour guide’s son back in late May 2014 are free of the charge of harm; the sixth, 32 year old Leon Gentle, is out on […]

American pleads guilty to causing traffic accident
50 year old American national Stephen Lowe of Utah in the United States pleaded guilty today to charges of negligent harm and driving without due care and attention. Lowe told Magistrate Carlon Mendoza that he took responsibility for his actions in causing an accident […]

Bail for multiple accused
Several persons who were remanded into custody on different charges were released on bail after their applications for bail were heard by Justice Antoinette Moore. They are Richard Mcdonald, a tour operation who was charged with drug trafficking for 11,155 grams of heroin, Police Constable […]

Fire in Belize City wipes out family trailer
A family of 14 – three sisters, their husbands and 8 children who lived off Boots Crescent in Belize City are fortunate to be alive after a fire engulfed and destroyed the contents of a container and board trailer house they occupied. It happened after 9 […]

Government of Belize assesses carrot crisis in Orange Walk
Government says it is assessing the situation with carrot producers in San Carlos village, Orange Walk District. In a release issued today, GOB said the matter is being, “thoroughly examined to determine the cause, the impact and corrective measures necessary”, adding that the Ministry […]

Two teens reportedly charged for Mathiew Klinck’s murder
Belize Media Group has received confirmed reports that 19-year-old Brandon Anderson of a Loma Luz Boulevard address and a 16-year-old student will spend their first night in prison after they both were slapped with charges of murder and conspiracy to murder in the death of […]

El Chapo re-captured six months after daring escape
A little after midday, Mexican President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted on his twitter account “”Misión cumplida: lo tenemos. Quiero informar a los mexicanos que Joaquín Guzmán Loera ha sido detenido”. (” Mission accomplished. We want to inform the Mexican public that Joaquin Guzman […]

Hurricane Center tracking unusual January storm
According to the United States National Hurricane Center, a low pressure system stationed between that country and Bermuda, has a chance of developing into a subtropical storm which is rare for the month of January; so rare that only five have developed around this […]

New water system for Aguacate residents
A government press release issued this morning, announced its expansion and upgrading project on the Aguacate village Rudimentary Water System with assistance from the Belize Social Investment Fund (BSIF), which will be contributing $12,400 for trenching and will be implementing this project. Located in […]

San Ignacio police close to charging two for Klinck’s murder
San Ignacio Police has confirmed that two teenagers, 19-year-old Brandon Anderson of La Loma Luz Boulevard and a 16 year old male minor, have been detained and are currently pending charges of “murder” and “conspiracy to commit murder” for the death of 37-year-old Canadian film […]

Belize Progressive Party (BPP) calls on government to distribute rice to the poor
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) has joined other organizations in objecting to the destruction of Guyanese rice that has been in storage at the Big Creek Port. The BPP, like others, argues that there are many Belizeans facing financial challenges who can benefit from the […]

Benque Police bust one for weed plantation
The Benque Viejo Del Carmen police Quick Response Team (QRT) has destroyed a small marijuana plantation on the out skirts of that municipality. QRT, on a routine check on the Hydro Road in Benque, searched a small house on a farm where they discovered […]

Fair weather conditions to continue
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting partly cloudy skies today and tonight with little or no rainfall. Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast at 5-15 knots and the sea state will be choppy. High temperatures today are expected around 87 degrees […]


Sleeping Giant Lodge In the Maya Mountains Continues to Amaze Me
This past Monday, after dropping my passport off at the US Embassy for renewal, I was picked up for transfer to Sleeping Giant Lodge. Just about 20 minutes up through the foothills of Belize’s Maya Mountains, a turn up a short driveway and…we were there. I was here to check out their newest rooms…up the side of the cliff, almost, but, again, ridiculously beautiful. Sure…Sleeping Giant Lodge is an amazing place to go to the ATM Cave, to visit Maya sties like Xunantunich or Tikal, to tube through St. Herman’s Cave (which is amazing and actually next door)…the lodge is basically sitting on a giant cave system. But I decided to spend my two days and nights enjoying gorgeous suite…oh and yes…the grounds.

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
Preheat oven to 375. In a bowl with tight fitting lid, put the flour. Add chicken, in batches, and shake to coat. Shake off excess flour and place pieces in a greased 8x8 baking dish,. making sure not to lay them flat. They should have the same shape as they were in the package. In a small bowl, mix the honey, soy sauce, garlic and seasonings. Pour evenly over the chicken. Cover and bake 30 minutes.

Chunky Mexican Chicken Soup
Roast chicken breasts at 400°F for 50 minutes. (Prepare all the vegetables needed while the chicken is roasting in the oven.) Tear the chicken meat off the bones. Shred the chicken with your hands or tear them into chunks. Place chunks or shredded chicken in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside while you prepare the other ingredients. Discard bones and skins. Heat a large pot and add 3 tablespoons olive oil. Saute chopped onions until translucent. Add garlic and saute few more minutes. Add chopped celery, carrots, and jalapenos.

Just a whole lot of great people showing some #islandlove today
Road trip: It is crazy wonderful how many people showed up this morning to pick up roadside and beach trash north of the bridge on Ambergris Caye today! Certainly our hard-core regulars were out in force. And so many folks were here for the first time. Including the drone. That’s right. We had a drone filming us as we picked up trash! Watch for the live action, heart-stopping drama of the “Tres Cocos First Friday Roadside Trash Pickup” Experience. Coming to a streaming site near you! We be so bad! After two holidays and six weeks off, the trash was spectacularly bad today. But right now, the road looks spectacularly clean, at least as far north as the old Palapa Bar turnoff. There was some serious energy and determination in this gang today. And I can’t begin to say, again, how gratifying it was to have fresh faces pitch in and make new friends along the way.

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Victoria House Belize: A Top Accommodation Option on Ambergris Caye
The Central American country of Belize, and in particular, its northern cayes are popular destinations for tourists. Caye Caulker is known for being the more budget/backpacker option, while those looking for more amenities and upscale accommodations are often drawn to the neighboring Ambergris Caye. In our opinion, there is only one resort to consider when coming to Ambergris, and that's Victoria House. Most of the resorts on this caye are set outside of the main town of San Pedro, and this resort is no exception. Although Victoria House is set two miles outside of town, you'll have no problems with transportation to the resort. The staff will be there waiting for you in a golf cart! If for some reason no one is there to collect you, hop in one of the many taxis lining the street and the resort will pay the fare when you arrive.

Princess Cruise Passenger Dies While Snorkeling Near Belize
Cruise Hive is sad to report that a female passenger from the U.S. has died while snorkeling just off the coast of Belize. 67-year-old Janice Mittelstadt from South Dakota was doing a shore excursion from Caribbean Princess on January 7. The ship which is operated by Princess Cruises was making a port of call at Belize. The woman was snorkeling at Sergeants Caye where visitors can experience one of the world’s most famous barrier reefs. Authorities have said that the woman was snorkeling near the Caye and then suddenly went under the water. By the time she was pulled out it was too late and she was sadly pronounced dead. CPR was done by those who pulled her out but there was no response. Caribbean Princess called at Belize from 7 am until 5 pm. The 113,000 gross ton vessel is sailing a 7-day western Caribbean cruise which departed Houston, Texas on January 3. The ship is scheduled back on January 10. Other port of calls include Cozumel and Roatan.

Québécois tué au Belize: deux adolescents accusés
La police du Belize a formellement accusé deux adolescents en lien avec le meurtre du réalisateur québécois Matthiew Klinck. M. Klinck a été poignardé à mort à la suite d'un vol présumé à sa résidence, lundi, dans le village de Selena, au Belize, un petit pays d'Amérique centrale situé à proximité du Guatemala. Le surintendant adjoint Reymundo Reyes a précisé qu'un jeune homme de 19 ans et un autre de 16 ans avaient été arrêtés et interrogés par la police, mercredi. Les accusations ont été déposées vendredi. Les deux jeunes suspects ont été accusés de meurtre et de complot de meurtre en lien avec la mort du Québécois. M. Reyes a identifié l'homme de 19 ans comme étant le Bélizien Brandon Anderson. Le nom du jeune de 16 ans, également Bélizien, n'a pas pu être révélé en raison de son âge.

Where History Buffs Should Go in 2016
Just 35 years ago, Belize gained full independence from Britain, and since then, tourism has soared. But don’t expect to find a Starbucks on what was once known as Mother Nature’s best-kept secret. The Belize government and the tourism board have managed to keep chain establishments away, while drawing a surplus of independent luxury resorts and restaurants. Independence celebrations include parades and street festivals throughout September, notably the Jouvert (Sept. 17) in Belize City, an early-morning street party that has participants sporting paint, mud and chocolate. Costumed dancers and musicians follow during what is to be an amped-up version of its annual Carnival. And on Sept. 21, the festivities culminate in a nationwide party of barbecues, concerts and ceremonies.

The View from Europe: International banking and the threat to the Diaspora
Imagine this. You, a partner or family member is working overseas. You have been sending money home to support an aging relative or to make a regular payment on a mortgage. You go to the Caribbean money transfer business that you have always used, only to be told your money can no longer be accepted because there is no intermediary bank in Europe or the US willing to work with it despite its absolute reliability and positive track record. Although oversimplified, this scenario is not impossible, as changing international regulations and risk aversion are having the effect of disconnecting Caribbean financial institutions from the international correspondent banking services that are necessary for them to clear or transfer money. In the last year the issue has become a significant problem that potentially threatens to touch significant numbers in the Diaspora who send money home, or small businesses that need to make international payments. It is also a development that has much broader significance for many economies in the region, as central banks and governments for reasons of macro-economic and social stability have come to rely on a constant flow of remittances.


  • Eagle Ray, 1min. Eagle Ray on the outside barrier reef of Belize

  • Ocelot Growl, 40sec. An ocelot pacing and growling at the Belize Zoo

  • Toucan Squawking, 1/2min. A noisy toucan at the Belize Zoo.

  • TAS Belize Video Reel, 2min. A compilation of videos we have done. Clients include Builders Hardware, Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, Belizean Dreams Resort, Cayo Adventure Tours, Legacy Youth Ministries, Roots and Honor Records to name a few

  • Liberty Hall Community Center in Belize City, 4min. The Belize City branch of the United Negro Improvement Association had been opened in 1920 in the wake of the riot of 1919 which had protested the treatment of the British Honduras servicemen during the First World War.

  • Morning show -The CARICOM Secretariat, the Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, 40min.

  • GARINAGU ANCESTRAL LANDS UNDER ATTACK IN CENTRAL AMERICA!, 240min. The feature is a radio program on the plight of the Garinagu people of Central America, and how European aggression from North America and Europe are marginalizing them on their ancestral lands. Bilal Morris of BREDAA (Belize Rural Economic Development of Agriculture through Alliance) appeared as a guest of host Sista Nana Gyamfi of the radio show, Conversations On The Way, on January 7, 2016 to addressed the issue on Inner Light Radio which is an Pan African radio network that serves as a resistance and communication medium for black and indigenous peoples all over the world.

  • Scuba diving with Amigos del Mar, 1.5min.

  • Hidden Porcupine Fish, 1min. A Porcupine Fish hides amongst coral off of Glovers Reef, Belize.

  • Students working across borders in community geography and GIS, 2min. UB and US students discuss their experiences working together in Belize.

  • Belize Scuba Highlights, 1.5min. Sharks, eels and turtles were some of the sights I saw diving in and around the Blue Hole in Belize.

  • The Great Blue Hole, Belize, 4min. Caribee Air Services Tour, Blue Hole seen from above, videos gotten using an iPhone 5s, homemade with moviemaker!! "The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km (43 mi) from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 300 m (984 ft) across and 124 m (407 ft) deep."

  • Saint George Caye Belize Resort, 2.5min. walking from one side of the island to the other.

  • Belize dive clips with sharks, 3.5min.

  • Swiming with the Sharks Belize, 2min.

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