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#512818 - 04/02/16 06:23 AM Today's Belize News: April 2, 2016
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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

‘Kite to Point’ – Surfers kite from Ambergris Caye to Placencia
We constantly talk about what an amazing experience it is to sail the coast of Belize. But imagine kite surfing from Ambergris Caye to the Placencia Peninsula? That takes sailing to a whole new level and for ten adrenaline seekers, that dream became a reality on Friday, April 1st! Ten kite surfers embarked on a life changing challenge to kite surf from Ambergris Caye to the beautiful shores of the Placencia Peninsula. The event, which is the first ever of its kind in Belize, is aimed in part to raise awareness of the fragility of the reef, while also honouring the late Jeffrey Eiley, a son of the island who enjoyed living life in the Caribbean Sea. To Jeffery, the reef was his playground and he always wanted to undertake this adventure.

Natasha Sanker wins The San Pedro Sun Easter Egg Hunt
Has it really been 11 years since we’ve hidden Easter Eggs in The San Pedro Sun? It would appear so, and would you believe that this year’s winner was born the FIRST year we began this fun tradition?! The Easter Bunny (aka Associate Editor and Layout gal Mary) did her very best to hide 11 (yes ELEVEN) eggs in the Easter issue of the paper last Thursday, March 24th. The rules were simple, find all eggs (not in ads or photos, but in actual stories) then call our office at 226-2070 to tell us each location. Or visit us on Barrier Reef Drive and show us what you’ve found. At the end of the day, once we’ve given eagle-eyed readers a chance to find every last one, we’d raffle the names of those who’d been lucky enough to do so. The winner receives a $100 gift certificate from Rapidito Loans. This year, we had quite a few calls and even drop-in visitors, but the lucky name drawn was that of Natasha Sanker. Congratulations Natasha!

Guatemala lashes at CARICOM; Belizean soldier shot at the border
In the short few months of 2016, the relation between Belize and Guatemala grown more tense. There has been much controversy, given the recent incidents at the disputed frontier; the latest of which involves the shooting of a Belize Defence Force (BDF) Staff Sergeant, Richard Lambey. After a heated confrontation between members of the Belizean and Guatemalan militia in the Sarstoon area on March 12th, many of Belize’s allies, including the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have showed their support against Guatemala’s aggression. In a statement, CARICOM defended Belize’s sovereignty over the Sarstoon River. The statement addressed the incident in which it was reported that the Guatemalan armed forces (GAF) had entered Belizean internal waters and acted in an intimidating manner towards the BDF. The GAF claimed that the entire Sarstoon belong to them, even though the mid-channel of the river was the settled and agreed border between the Republic of Guatemala and the United Kingdom in the 1800’s. Since Belize’s independence in 1981, it has always continued to assert its sovereignty over the area. CARICOM noted with grave concern the tension caused, and deeply regrets any sanctions of the GAF which violate the sovereignty of Belize. It also condemned any attempt to change the status quo prior to the submission of the Guatemalan claim to Belizean territory to the International Court of Justice in accordance with the Special Agreement ratified by both parties in 2008.

3rd Annual Kayak Island Challenge held in Caye Caulker
Organized by Robert Blease and the Caye Caulker Tour Association, the race began at 11AM and included three categories: Men’s Single, Women’s Single and Rudder. The kayakers left from Palapa Gardens located near the Rainbow Restaurant area, up towards the northern part of the island, then made a left turn and kayaked south on the leeward side of the island. At the end of the southern- most point of Caye Caulker, the competitors turned left again, facing the Barrier Reef and returning to the finishing line at Palapa Gardens. The competition lasted over two hours, and the first to reach the finish line with an exact time of two hours was Chris Guydis from Paddle Stop. He was the only participant in the Rudder Category who used a surf-ski on top of a racing kayak. He was the overall winner and opened a gap of about 21 minutes on the second place overall winner. Guydis picked up a $300 cash prize with a trophy and won all station prizes along the way.

Veterinary Ventures embarks on spay-neuter mission in Belize
The non-profit organization Veterinary Ventures is coming to Belize for a 14-day spay and neuter event. Veterinary Ventures is dedicated to providing humane veterinary care to the under-served animals of the world by providing veterinary services and care of animals in needy regions of the world. With that mission, six veterinarians and five technicians will be traveling to Belize in May and will be working along with San Pedro’s Saga Humane Society, Belmopan Humane Society and Caye Caulker Humane Society. While in Belize, their goal is to provide spay-neuter services to 400 dogs and cats. In order to accomplish this mission, Veterinary Ventures are raising funds for the trip through YouCaring, a fundraising website. “We work directly with local humane groups to help them help their communities by organizing spay-neuter campaigns to control stray animal populations. 100% of funds raised will go toward the medications and supplies for our campaigns,” indicated Veterinary Ventures. “We need everyone’s help to meet this goal and provide high-quality care to these animals. Cost per surgery is approximately $20US per animal, which includes pain medications, anaesthetics, antibiotics, and surgical supplies.”

Kite surfers sail to Placencia to honour Jeffrey Eiley
Ten kite surfers embarked on a life changing challenge to kite surf from Ambergris Caye to the beautiful shores of the Placencia Peninsula. The event which is the first ever of its kind in Belize, is aimed in part to raise awareness of the fragility of the reef, while also honoring the late Jeffrey Eiley, a son of the island who was murdered two years ago. According to organizers, the reef was his playground and he always wanted to undertake this adventure. On Friday, April 1st it became a reality. Organized by Eiley’s family and friends, the event sees the participants being swept away by the Eastern trade winds. Before they arrive in Placencia, the surfers will have covered over 100 miles of Belize’s prestigious Caribbean waters. Jeffrey became a very passionate kite surfer after taking classes from another organizer and kite surfer, Mark Worthington. “The day after we started with the lessons he came back into my place and asked to teach him everything about the sport,” says Worthington. “Eventually, he threw the idea to me about kite surfing to Placencia and invited me to be part of it.

Russell Dominguez wins Easter Cycling Race
After a long weekend of Easter celebrations on Ambergris Caye, Easter Monday gave way to one more activity – a Cycling Race. Eighteen cyclists from different ages took on the challenge that started shortly after 9AM from the Village Supermarket in Northern Ambergris Caye. At the end of the race, Russell Dominguez took the top prize and became the winner of this year’s race. The route of the race was set from Village Supermarket to Coco Beach Resort, with the cyclists in the open category having to do four laps (24 miles). Racers in the Under-15 category did two laps (10 miles), followed by cyclists Under-13 doing just one lap (5 Miles). In less than an hour, a proud Dominguez rode in on his last lap, leading the pack and claiming first place. In addition to winning the race, he also picked up a station prize.

Ambergris Today

Gary Greif re-elected Deputy Mayor
The San Pedro Town Council announces that Councilor Gary Greif has been re-elected as Deputy Mayor by a majority decision by the Town Council as it enters the beginning of a new fiscal year. The San Pedro Town Council congratulates Mr. Greif on a job well done and that he may continue working hard for the community.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

The Government of the Republic of Cuba, under the Belize/Cuba Scholarship Programme, is once again awarding scholarships to the Government of Belize. The scholarships will allow qualifying Belizean students to enter the Escuela Latinoamericana de Ciencias Medicas (ELAM), in the city of Havana, Cuba, to pursue a medical degree. Further there is also a scholarship to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Health Technology.

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, the executing agency for the Youth and Community Transformation (YCT) Project, will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the site, Chetumal Street Extension, of the much anticipated Lake Independence Resource Center (LIRC). The objective of the Youth and Community Transformation Project is to reduce vulnerability of children and youth to crime and gang membership in the Collet, Lake Independence, Pickstock and Port Loyola divisions of Belize City. This will be achieved by providing services to enhance literacy and adaptive life skills, support conflict mediation, and improve inter-linkages and the sharing of best practices among participating agencies working within these communities. The project is being financed by the Government of Belize through a loan facility from the Caribbean Development Bank.

Full Moon Concert in Corozal
Mark your calendars! Coming later this month another edition of the Full Moon Concert Series with One Love Band. April 23, 7pm Corozal House of Culture.

Power problems in San Pedro continue
BEL apologizes for the continued delay to some customers in San Pedro whose power supply have not yet been restored. High voltage lines connected to one of the burnt poles were also damaged, which need to be replaced to ensure safe power supply. Our crews have been working diligently throughout today to complete works so that power supply can be restored to remaining customers as soon as possible.

Annually at the beginning of the fiscal year, a new Deputy Mayor is usually elected. By a majority decision, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Deputy Mayor Gary Greif was re-elected by the members of the San Pedro Town Council. We would like to congratulate Deputy Mayor Gary Greif on a job well done and may he continue working hard for our community.

Put a pin in your diary. COROZAL JUNIOR COLLEGE BUSINESS EXPO 2016 - Let's Support Corozal students and Attend. Every year it is bigger and wiser. This year will be no exception! Venue: CJC Campus. Date: Friday April 8th, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

I Am not On Sale
FCD Guatemalan counterparts from COACAP and Escuela La Esperanza exhibit the badges produced which carry the message: I Am not On Sale - whose aim is to dissuade persons from selling scarlet macaws. These are the badges distributed in Southern Peten with support from the UK Government's IWT Challenge Fund.

The Placencia Breeze April 2016
Pg 3 BTIA news Pg 6 Ranguana Caye / Turtle Inn Wine Tasting Pg 9 Flaming Heart Ball Pg 10 Lola’s 26 Anniversary / Rotary Club News Pg 11 Police Community Project / Placencia Village Council - 5 aside / Doctor Alexis / PIA Project Pg 13 Point of View - A Fish Tale / Where in the World is the Breeze Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 19 Easter 2016 Pg 20 Placencia Peninsula Happenings Pg 21 Events & Calendar / Save the Date Pg 24 Crocodile Research Coalition Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 PHS News Pg 30/31 Paid Listings Pg 31 Laughing Bird clean-up

Channel 7

Stirm Comes Out Swinging
Last night, we told you how the National Evangelical Association of Belize closed ranks and declared its support for their Vice President, Pastor Scott Stirm. His comparison of the Garifuna's revered Dugu Ceremony to witchcraft continues to stir outrage in the Garifuna Community. Well today, the NEAB took it a step further and called a press conference to say clearly that Stirm should be allowed to have his religious views. In his social media response to the critics, he made it clear that he has friends in the Garifuna community, and today, they joined Stirm and his Association's President at the head table. First to speak was the leader of the fledgling organization who read a piece of scripture to drive Stirm's point home:

Alrick Remanded For Wholesale Weed
Alleged weed trafficker Alrick Smith is behind bars tonight. This is after he was caught with a wholesale quantity of weed at the northern border yesterday. Police found 4 parcels - not five as had been originally reported to us - which weighed in at 4.1 kilos or 9.2 pounds. That's worth about 18 thousand dollars in the streets right now where weed is reported to be scarce. But, Smith tried to pull through the Santa Elena border with the weed yesterday in a Jaguar sedan. That's when Customs detected the scent of marijuana and searched his car. They found parcels in the trunk under the spare tire and one more under the passenger seat. Reports from the border are that he resisted arrest by the customs officers and called out threats against them. That's when they handed him over to Corozal police who found some more weed under the sun roof.

Villager Falls On Road, Gets Run Over
A Trial Farm villager was run over and killed after he fell on the road. Last night at around 9:40 police were called out to Trial Farm in Orange Walk between miles 55 and 56. That's when they saw 40 year old Hilberto Coyoc splayed on the road. He was bleeding out from his head. An eyewitness told our colleagues at CTV 3 that she and some friends saw when Coyoc fell over on the road. They tried to save him but they were too late. Voice of: Witness: "I was right there by the Chinese man with my sister-in-law, my brother and his friends and I saw a man come out from the dark and I saw him fall. It was dark though and then when I went over to see him, the car was already on top of him. So I couldn't do anything to pull him off the road, because he was in the middle of the road. I and the others who were standing by ran over to try and stop the vehicle, but it was already on top of him." And police have pretty much the same information - they told CTV3 what they have on the case so far

The Pakeman Position
Last night, we told you how the family of Dean Dawson Sr. is demanding that Dorian Pakeman, the Director of the Government Press Office, be criminally charged for death of their loved one. On Wednesday night, Pakeman knocked down and killed Dawson on the Phillip Goldson Highway between miles 22 and 23. The family says that Pakeman was overtaking, and he collided head-on with Dawson who was riding a bike in the opposite lane. Pakeman called us back today to say he was heading home from Orange Walk with his high beams on when he spotted Dawson on the bike going in the same direction, in the same lane. Pakeman says that he blew his horn and Dawson swerved towards the center of the road. Pakeman told us that's when he went unto the shoulder of the road to try to go around Dawson. Still, the front passenger side of the vehicle struck Dawson and he died from the impact.

Police Sweep City And Detain Gangsters
Every week you see the Mr. Nice Guy approach from police in the community meet and greet sessions. But there's another side to policing, and it's the get-tough approach which was in full effect this morning. At around 3:00 this morning, police department, under the command of Chester Williams and Sgt. Denroy Barrow, swept across Southside Belize City, through many gang hotspots, and detained as many as 30 persons. Street figures who were picked up in the operation include well known Kenneth "Big Tom" Flowers, of Back-A-Town, Brandon Smith aka "Battery" of PIV area, Alexander Underwood, Richard Wallace, and Wababa Noralez of South Side Gangsters, among many others including two minors.

Accused Armed Robber Mcfoy Gets Bail
Last week we told you about 22 year old Trevor McFoy, who was accused along with a 17 year old minor of holding up gas station clerks in Scotland Halfmoon at gunpoint. Well today, he got Supreme Court bail of $8,000 dollars from Justice Troadio Gonzales. McFoy was represented by attorney, Dickie Bradley, but up until 12 noon today, he was unable to meet his bail. No application has been heard for the 17 year old minor who is on remand at the Wagner's Youth Facility.

Atlantic International And The De-Risking Dilemma
The topic of "de-risking" came to the fore in the last couple of months when regional banks began closing correspondent banking relationships with indigenous banks in the Caribbean, and Belize was no exception. The hammer came down hard when Bank of America, which had long-established relationships with several banks in Belize- cut its ties with two local banks - Atlantic International was one of them. This was a major problem for them since they deal solely with international banking clients. At the root of this problem facing small banking sectors is US Treasury Department and its new measures designed to curb money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Today we had a chance to speak with the CEO of Atlantic International, and he told us that it has been a struggle to get back on their feet since losing their only correspondent banking relationship.

The Slippery Slope Of Laundered Money In the CFZ
And while on the topic of banking problems, local banks put in place their own sort of de-risking measures. That was due largely to the illegal trade of cigarettes. Literally millions of packs of Chinese cigarettes would be imported into the COROZAL Free zone and then smuggled over to Mexico. The illicit trade created an environment ripe for money laundering -translating into problems for banks with branches in a Free zone awash in dirty money. One bank was forced to pull out of the free zone as a result of this was the Belize bank. The only one that stayed was Atlantic bank. Now since Atlantic bank separated from its parent company- Atlantic International- the two don't have much to do with each other. But from a banking perspective, we asked CEO Ricardo Pelayo about his take on the illegal trade of cigarettes at the Corozal Free Zone and the risk it poses to banks.

Darrell Defends Darin
The case of US developer Darin Smith has been much in the news recently. He's accused of taking money from US investors for lands in his Biospharms projects, and not giving them title for those properties. Some of those investors have sued him - and last week one of them won in the Supreme Court - only to find a death threat posted against their children the very next day. We asked Darin Smith's attorney Darrel Bradley about the loss of the lawsuit and the volatile climate surrounding this case:... Darrell Bradley, Attorney for Darin Smith: "The issue is that you did not win on the merits of the case. You try to serve the man, you say you serve the man, the man says you didn't received the claim and you enter judgement not on any merit or not arguing the facts of the matter. You got a technical judgement and you the man couldn't get that set aside. What we would say in reply to that is that we want to have our day in court." Jules Vasquez: "We know that death threats have appeared on the entrance of Los Tambos Village, death threats against those who complained against your client Mr. Smith, who accused him of fraudulent activities."

Chester Challenges UNICEF
On last night's news you saw the Southside Commander make, like, the umpteenth passionate defence of his southside curfew. Well, he needs to tell it all to UNICEF because that global child advocacy agency clings to the Convention on the Rights of the Child which says in Article 37, quote, "(b) No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child… shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time." Yesterday he told us that his curfew has the same goal as that convention. Jules Vasquez: "Now there have been some complaints that this is a violation of the convention on the rights of the child, that you are depriving the child of his or her liberty. Moreover, you are doing it arbitrarily, it's not necessarily their fault that they're out there, it's the fault of the adults, who you can't reach so you victimize the children. That is an argument, how do you respond to that?" ACP. Chester Williams, Commander, Southside: "My respond to that and to those critics is simply this, please tell me what is the primary objective of the United Nation Convention on the rights of a child? And if the objective is not to ensure the well-being and the protection of the child, and I will go further to say this, often times people talk about the right of a child and protection of children."

When A Mural Matters
Yesterday we told you about the grants that PACT handed over to several NGO's. The main purpose is to enhance conservation efforts and protect the environment and wildlife. Well, while PACT is helping out through monetary contributions OCEANA along with a few student volunteers, are helping out by spreading the message through art - OCEANA and their team are painting a mural on the seawall in front of Memorial Park! We stopped by to find out why. Celeshia Guy, Field Rep. OCEANA Belize : "We started yesterday on mural project within the community and OCEANA is doing this within each municipality throughout the country and in Belize City, the Belize City Council was kind enough to give us a portion of the seawall to do our mural. And as you could see here today what we are trying to highlight in this mural are ecosystems of Belize, just overall Belize, our cultural identity and everything that we have out there that is worth protecting. So that is what we are highlighting today. As you can see in the mural painting we have like different species of animals, different species of plants, a Maya ruin and all that. So it's just highlighting Belize. It very important for us to include the community as well, because they are the ones who - we all have a stake in our ecosystems and our environment and just by them being a part of this project, I mean they have created so much more appreciation for it."

A Bank, The Best Place To Work?
If you could choose the best place to work at in the Caribbean where would you go? Well, according to an annual international survey done by an US agency, the best place to work at in this region is at the Atlantic International Bank in Belize. The recognition was made official on the 10th of March when the Belize Branch office was awarded at a ceremony in Costa Rica. They entered the "20 to 100 employees" category and succeeded in being named the number one Great Place to Work in the region for 2016. Today we visited their headquarters in Belize City and spoke to the CEO Ricardo Pelayo, who told us what this means for the company. "For us it was a great honor to be recognized by this organization. We didn't know about it in the first instance, but we have been working with a consultant out of New York who has been helping us to prepare a 5 year strategic plan for the bank. Because he had an in depth look at our organization, he thought that we could qualify as a great place to work. In addition to being designated as a great place to work, they also carry out a ranking of the best companies to work for in Central America and Caribbean. That is a separate ranking that is based on the data that was provided to them through the surveys and the responses that we got. We realized when we got back the results of those surveys that we actually were ranking in the top 5 percentage for most of the responses that came back for the region. And so when they approached us and asked us if we wanted to participate in the ranking overall, we thought it would be a good idea. We didn't know though, that we would have ended up at the top."

Cantame! Cocono Bwai
19 year old Cecil Jenkins Jr, aka "Cocono Boy," dominated the stage in September 2014 when he won the national song competition in the junior's category. In 2015 he entered and won again, but in the senior's category. Now, in 2016 Jenkins hopes to do the same. So he is building that momentum towards September's competition starting with the release of his new song "Dengue Fever." Today the "bruk - down - bway" gave us a snippet of this new catchy tune. The video is out on youtube. Now as we said, Jenkins hopes this release will serve to build that momentum and pull off his third consecutive win at the annual national song competition. So can Cocono Boy fans expect to hear year? Here is what he told us you should expect.

Clayton Comes Through
You may have heard Pastor Scott Stirm call the Dugu ceremony witchcraft, but, hey, at least he didn't call the Hugu-Hugu rhythmn "devil music". Parandero Clayton Williams is probably indifferent to all that noise. He's a young parandero keeping the Garifuna music and traditions alive and three weeks ago in New York, he took home 5 awards at the 2016 Garifuna Music Awards. We spoke to the relative newcomer about the recognition form his peers: Clayton Williams, Honored at Garifuna Music Awards: "It was the Garifuna Music Award held by the Garifuna Correlation USA INC. in Bronx New York whereby I was nominated for 8 different awards and I came out with 5 of them; artist of the year, album of the year, video of the year, new artist of the year and producer of the year." Reporter: "Those are very prestigious awards. For which songs and which album did you win?" Clayton Williams, Honored at Garifuna Music Awards: "It was my "Garifuna Nuguya" album. People might be familiar with the song "Garifuna Nuguya." That was my hit song that I released last year. I released the album last year as well and it was nominated and now I am here with 5 awards. I am happy."

Changing Mindsets While Changing Oil
If you're mechanically inclined, you might not think much of an oil change - heck, you can do it right in your driveway! But, Caribbean Tires sees it differently - and that mega company wants to do for the oil change what it did for car tyres, make it quick, easy and accessible. The company launched its new state of the art oil changing facility at the Belmopan Branch today. Caribbean Tires teamed up with Valvoline oil, for a first of its kind facility in Belize. But getting consumer buy-in is another matter, because most folks are content doing it themselves or at their friendly mechanic. The Manager of Caribbean Motors wants to change that - he explained at the opening today: According to Emil Torres, they hope to have oil changing facilities established in all other branches across the country in the near future.

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Channel 5

Was B.D.F. Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey Injured by Friendly Fire?
The government has not said much concerning the shooting of Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey that took place in the Chiquibul on Holy Saturday, but tonight, News Five has received further [...]

Pastor Scott Stirm Kicks Up a Storm
Tonight, Pastor Scott Stirm remains in the eye of a storm for disparaging comments he made that have enraged the Garifuna community and other sectors. Stirm is well-known as a [...]

Converted Evangelical Garinagu Come to Support Stirm
Today, the association held a press conference to clarify those statements, saying that it is not against the Garifuna culture or its people, but against the spiritual practices and beliefs [...]

Stirm Says Video was Intentionally Posted to Discredit His Character
On March thirtieth, Stirm issued a release as a reaction to a letter from the National Garifuna Council. In his response, Stirm says that the video was manipulatively edited and [...]

Government Seeks to Empower Minister of State for Immigration
For the past two weeks, the National Assembly has been occupied with the annual budget which came into effect today.  The fiscal plan has been presented and carefully taken apart [...]

2 of 5 Related Immigration Bills are Approved
The purpose of the proposed pieces of law is unclear since Minister Hulse has full powers. Courtenay surmises, however, that it may be one of two reasons: either to give [...]

Mother of 4 Comes Forward Following Death of Dean Dawson
Investigations continue into a fatal traffic accident in which Dean Dawson was hit and killed by the highly connected Director of the Press Officer, Dorian Pakeman who was heading from [...]

What are Belizeans Saying About a Proposed Curfew?
The implementation of an unofficial curfew in south side Belize City is not sitting well in many sectors. Two weeks ago, in the wake of at least three murders allegedly [...]

Mayor Bradley Doesn’t Support Curfew Restriction
While most residents are not against a curfew for minors, the proposal brings to light the issue of parenting or the lack thereof. Recently, the Belize City Council signed on [...]

Prosecution of Rupert Myles is Discontinued
As we reported on Wednesday, charges against two members of the Santa Cruz Thirteen were withdrawn when the case against a group of Maya leaders came up in the Magistrate [...]

Alleged Robber Trevor McFoy is Granted Bail
One of two persons accused of executing a broad daylight robbery at River Valley Supplies Gas Station in Scotland Halfmoon was granted Supreme Court  bail today by Judge Troadio “John” [...]

Roger Anthony Before the Court for Weed Possession
On the eve of his thirty-ninth birthday, notorious street figure, Roger Anthony spent the night in lockdown at the Queen Street Police Station for the possession of a miniscule amount of controlled [...]

Fatal RTA Claims Life of Trial Farm Resident
The body of Trial Farm resident Hilberto Coyoc is tonight in the morgue at the Northern Regional Hospital after he was knocked down and killed in the Orange Walk District [...]

Support for an Elected Senate from an Unlikely Corner
There is more from the Senate other that the budget debate that provide for interesting moments from senators on both sides of the floor. In her budget presentation, Doctor Carla [...]

Opposition Senator Says U.D.P. Government is Thwarting Election of Senators
Doctor Barnett’s perspective on an elected Senate was not lost on lead Opposition Senator Eamon Courtenay. While Courtenay fully agrees with Barnett, he maintains that it is the U.D.P. government, [...]

Dr. Carla Barnett Supports Consultations During Budget Formulation
Government has come under fire for failing to consult with the Opposition and the social partners during the process of putting together the annual 2016/2017 budget.  All, with the exception [...]

Senators Credit Former Financial Secretary for Position on Budget Consultations
Failure to meet with social partners and the Opposition on the budget is a point of concern that has been raised in the senate and seasoned parliamentarian Eamon Courtenay. Even [...]


Another Fatality Reported in Northern Belize
Another fatal road traffic accident occurred last night on the Philip Goldson Highway, this time in Trial Farm Village in the Orange Walk District. 60-year-old Benjamin Carrillo Senior told police sometime after nine o’clock last night, he was driving on the highway when he saw man lying on the road. Carillo said he made every […]

Potential Infrastructural Works Being Discussed
In several parts around the country it is evident that infrastructural works continue to take place by the Ministry of Works. In the western town of San Ignacio, there is a project currently underway which seeks to construct what will be the longest bridge in the country. Chief Executive Officer, Errol Gentle spoke of this […]

Climate Resilience Project Tackles the Philip Goldson Highway
While there are several infrastructural works taking place in several parts of the country, there are also some projects that are coming on stream within the next few months. CEO Gentle says these works fall under the Climate Resilience Project. ERROL GENTLE “We have other projects that we have in the pipeline that I would […]

CEO for Works Explains Ongoing Infrastructural Projects
In several parts around the country it is evident that infrastructural works continue to take place by the Ministry of Works. In the western town of San Ignacio, there is a project currently underway which seeks to construct what will be the longest bridge in the country. Chief Executive Officer, Errol Gentle spoke of this […]

CEO Explains Airport Link Road Project
The announcement of the construction of a link road that would connect the George Price and Philip Goldson Highways came some weeks ago from the Government of Belize. It is a project that will span the two roadways from mile eight on the George Price Highway to the airport area on the Philip Goldson Highway. […]

Sugar Roads Repaired Amidst Challenges
Sugar cane farmers have experienced struggles and challenges when it comes to the sugar roads particularly during inclement weather. It is an issue that has surfaced in the House of Representatives time and time again as members of the Opposition and stakeholders in the sugar industry have asked for the roads to be given some […]

Pastor Stirm Calls Press Brief Regarding Recent Comments
A video of Pastor Scott Stirm has been circulating on social media in which he makes what some consider to be critical and derogatory comments about the Garifuna culture. While the video has been out for some time, today Stirm held a press briefing to give his side of the story. David Victor Davis […]

Tribute to Jeff Eiley – 2 Years after Being Murdered
Family and friends of Jeffery Eiley who was murdered two years ago gathered in San Pedro for what was dubbed as Kite to Point. It involved kite surfing from San Pedro to Placencia. Love News spoke with one of the organizers, Mark Worthington who shared more on the event. Love News spoke with a […]

Lands Department Takes Stock of Unused and Available Acres
Yesterday we brought to you an interview with the Minister of Lands, Godwin Hulse who spoke on a survey and a process being undertaken which will look at several aspects as they relate to land availability, land titles among others. Hulse explained that these activities currently being carried out seek to do several things. […]

Diana Locke Yet to Be Confirmed by Public Service as Immigration Director
In February, we told you of the discussions taking place surrounding the seat for a Director of Immigration. At the time of our report we told you that Diana Locke who is currently attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the name being thrown out as the new Immigration Director. We understand that while […]

The Reporter

Pastor Scott Stirm clarifies statements made against the Garifuna community
Pastor Scott Stirm called a press conference, today, Friday to clarify statements aired on an edited video in which he called the Garifuna ceremony of ‘Dugu’ witchcraft and caused outrage in that community. Surrounded by fellow pastors from different ethnicity, including Garifuna Christian pastors, Stirm […]

Belize has worst ranking in human trafficking
The Government of Belize (GOB) has asked the Organization of American States (OAS) office at the Adjacency Zone to investigate the circumstances of last Saturday’s shooting in the Chiquibul forest area where a Belize Defense Force (BDF) soldier was shot. A press release issued on […]

GOB asks OAS to investigate shooting of solider in Chiquibul
Belize was one five Caribbean countries to participate in a recent workshop on human trafficking to strengthen its capacity, particularly in regards to prosecution. The workshop, which took place last week, comes on the heels of a 2015 downgrade from the US State Department, from […]

GOB asks OAS to investigate shooting of solider in Chiquibul
The Government of Belize (GOB) has asked the Organization of American States (OAS) office at the Adjacency Zone to investigate the circumstances of last Saturday’s shooting in the Chiquibul forest area where a Belize Defense Force (BDF) soldier was shot. A press release issued on […]

Zika flares across the Caribbean Belize anticipating lab results
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning that 15 Caribbean countries have now reported cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Belize is waiting on high alert, awaiting lab results of patients. CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. James Hospedales, said the Zika virus appears to be […]

Budget Debate: Caribbean Shores Rep. blasts Legal Fees, incomplete stadium
Caribbean Shores Area Representative Kareem Musa, during last week’s budget debate, accused Prime Minister Dean Barrow of using public funds to pay his family and close friends more than $27 million in legal fees. Musa referred to page 41 of the Budget Proposals to point […]

Julius Espat threatens to sue P.M. over Petro Caribe funds, again
PUP Area Representative Julius Espat, has threatened to sue Prime Minister Dean Barrow for what he describes as “criminal misuse” of PetroCaribe funds, and amending the law of the land to justify his management of the funds. Espat, who is the elected representative for the […]

Council of Churches dedicates KHMH chapel
The Belize Evangelical Council and the National Council of Churches came together in a concelebrated service to consecrate the newly built chapel at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on Wednesday this week. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Glancy, Anglican Bishop Philip […]

PACT shares million dollar grant among seven NGO’s
Seven non-governmental organizations this week shared more than $1 million in grant funds from the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) to carry on projects in their field of work for the next year. The largest grant went to the Belize Audubon Society (BAS). A sum […]

Inflation up, exports down, GDP inches upward
Cost of living in Belize rose by 0.3 percent in February, compared to the same month in 2015, according to figures provided by the government’s Statistical Institute of Belize ( SIB). The Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures show that double digit increases, in terms of […]

Pre-Easter shooting in Belize City leaves one man dead.
By A 21-year-old optician, Alwayne Cherrington, who by all accounts lived a trouble-free life, was shot to death last Saturday night while visiting his mother-in-law on Lopez Street. He was sitting in the living room of the house next to his wife when a gunman appeared […]

Gang violence at Old Belize! Cops arrest “Soup” williams
Jason “Soup” Williams, a repudiated Belize City gang personality, has been accused of stabbing one man and injuring another at an Easter event held at Old Belize on the George Price Highway over the weekend. The stabbing took place on Holy Saturday around 4:30 in the […]

Knife attack on Water Lane! Victim in critical condition
Stabbing victim Ezekiel McKoy lies critically wounded in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after someone attacked him with a knife on Water Lane in Belize City in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning. Police found him unconscious on […]

Massive gang bust over the US! Belizeans caught in the round-up
By In an operation that lasted more than five weeks, agents from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency carried out a massive round-up of suspected gang members across several cities of the United States. During the operation, dubbed Shadowfire, ICE agents arrested 1,133 […]

Government’s Press Director knocks down and kills mechanic
The government’s Press Director, Dorian Pakeman, 34, is in a quandary after the government-owned vehicle he was driving was involved in an accident that killed a mechanic on Wednesday night on the Philip Goldson highway. Police say that Pakeman was heading in the direction from […]

Belizean, Debra Baptist among 14 women of courage honoured by US Secretary Kerry
Belizean Debra Baptist was among 14 women honoured on Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. He presented the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world at the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International […]

The OAS Mission in the Adjancy Zone is essentially a peace-keeping and public relations mission, not an investigative one. Still the OAS may be able to help us in identifying the gunman who shot Sgt. Richard Lambey at our Valentin Observation Post near the border on Saturday, March 25. But […]

Stirm’s “witchcraft” comments angers Garinagu
The National Garifuna Council (NGC) was not impressed with Pastor Scott Stirm’s press statement apologizing for derogatory comments he made about Garifuna religious customs, which appeared in a video on YouTube. NGC Secretary Gwen Nunez Gonzalez told Reporter, on Wednesday that the NGC has […]

Greg Lovell and Byron Pope test positive for prohibited drugs
Belizean cyclists Gregory Lovell of the DigiCell 4G team and Byron Pope of the Benny’s Megabytes team were not able to participate in this year’s Cross Country Cycling Classic because both tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The anti-doping tests were administered by the […]

Citco robbed of four guns
Four guns belonging to the Belize City Council were stolen from inside a safe at the city’s Special Constable office upstairs of the Commercial Center. The robbery occurred between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Inspector Alejandro Cowo, Officer Com-manding Precinct One & Two of the […]

Orange Walk resident runs over man lying on the road
An Orange Walk resident accidentally drove over a man lying on the road in Trial Farm Village Orange Walk District on Friday night.  Benjamin Carrillo Sr., 60, told Orange Walk police that at around 9:35 p.m., he was driving on the Phillip Goldson Highway between […]

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Alrick Smith caught again with weed
Alrick Smith is back in police custody after being caught for a third time smuggling drugs across the northern border. Corozal police reported that on Thursday around 4:35 in the afternoon, officers responded to a call from Custom personnel at the Northern Border. When […]

Trial Farm Village man allegedly killed in traffic accident
Trial Farm village resident Hilberto Coyock, 40, was killed in an odd traffic accident on Thursday night. Orange Walk police reported that a man was driving into Orange Walk Town from a northern direction in his 1997 Mazda four door sedan at around 9:35. […]

Marie Sharp in Hall of Fame for hot sauce
Popular sauce and condiment maker Marie Sharp is in the Hall of Fame in New York. This week, she was the sole non-American announced to be inducted into the New York Hot Sauce Hall of Fame for her pioneering work in the hot sauce […]

Doctors confirm link between Zika virus and microcephaly in case of pregnant woman who visited Belize
A Finnish woman residing in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., was forced to abort her fetus after contracting the Zika virus while visiting Mexico, Guatemala and Belize on vacation, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. The renowned medical journal recently reported that doctors used […]

Evangelical Christian pastors support Pastor Scott Stirm
The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) hosted the press in Belize City this afternoon to show support for Pastor Scott Stirm, who apologized this week for comments made on Garifuna spiritual beliefs to a foreign audience. Corozal’s Pastor David Diego and Dangriga’s Pastor […]

Elderly man runs over pedestrian with car in Orange Walk
Another traffic accident took the life of 40-year-old Hilberto Coyoc last night in Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk District, when he was run over40 p.m. that police responded to the […]

Police find gun in the old capital
At around 11:30 yesterday morning, Belize City Police working off information received, searched Munoz Alley and found a black .38 Taurus brand revolver with rubber grip near some garbage. Along with the firearm, officers found five live rounds of ammunition which were labelled as […]

Former Minister lucky to escape extortion in Chetumal
According to information from a news source across the border in Chetumal, Mexico, a former Belizean politician had to be escorted back across the border by Marines earlier this week after a strange phone call put him in grave danger. That person is reportedly […]

Ombudsman report released
The 15th Annual Report of the Ombudsman has been tabled at the House of Representatives. The 48-page document notes that in 2015, the Ombudsman received a total of two hundred and seventeen complaints of wrongdoing, corruption, injustice or injury on the part of a government […]

Institute of Archaeology settles with Rupert Myles, awaits Noh Mul ruling
On Wednesday the defendants known as the Santa Cruz 13 returned to the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court. The group was initially accused of unlawful detention and assault on Rupert Myles in the Maya village last year. They contend that they were trying to prevent […]

BDF shooting “perils of enforcement” says FCD
Belize Defence Force soldier, Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey, was shot 4 times on Holy Saturday evening around 4 during an exchange of fire between himself and a Guatemalan poacher in the area of Camp Valentin. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday evening issued […]

Maya Mountain Cacao holds Annual Farmers Meeting in Punta Gorda
Maya Mountain Cacao (MMC) Ltd. which is based in Punta Gorda Town, held its Annual Farmers Meeting on Saturday March 19th, drawing a crowd of more than 300 farmers, chocolate makers and industry stakeholders from across the Toledo District to discuss market expansion, as […]


Folk Tales of Belize: One of the best ways to get to know a local culture is through their folk tales, legends, and myths. Belize, with its unique blend of different cultures, has a truly colorful folklore history replete with many tall tales. Below are three different stories culled from Belize’s rich folklore: Tata Duende: From a local term meaning “Gradfather Demon”, Tata Duende is a wizened old man who is very short, has backwards feet, and has just four fingers on each hand. Tata Duende always wears a tall hat and is used as a bogeyman in Belize, a figure to scare misbehaving children with threats of being kidnapped and taken into the jungle to be lost forever. Sisemite: Sometimes known as Sisimito, the creature is Belize’s local version of Big Foot or the Sasquatch. Usually described as a male creature, Sisemite is supposed to live in the extensive cave network in Belize and survives on consuming raw meat from jungle animals that he hunts. Unique to this version of Big Foot, Sisimito is commonly rumored to have a fondness for human women, kidnapping them and taking them to his cave lair, which he then impregnates to create new Sisimitos. La Llorona: From a Spanish word meaning “The Crying Woman”, La Llorona is described as being a svelte, tall and very beautiful woman with very long black hair. Her face is always shrouded although it is believed to be misshapen and ugly.

Best Instagram Travel Photos of Belize for March 2016
The month of March has come and gone, with many locals and tourists having traveled the country for this weekend's past Easter Break. Undoubtedly, you've also gathered some pretty amazing travel photos along the way. Maybe you went zip-lining through the jungles of Southern Belize, snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef, or simply relaxed on the beach enjoying the warm Caribbean sun. There were thousands of travel photos taken in Belize this past month that were shared via the Instagram App, and we’ve decided to share some of the best snaps. Here’s our list of the "Best Instagram Travel Photos of Belize" for the month of March:

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Frog foam could deliver drug therapy
Foam made by miniature frogs to protect their eggs could offer a clever way to deliver healing drugs to burns patients, say scientists. Tough bubbles could trap and deliver medication while providing a protective barrier between the wound dressing and the damaged skin, they believe. The Strathclyde University researchers have begun making a synthetic version of foam. They are taking inspiration from the tiny Tungara frog from Trinidad. After mating, the 5cm-sized amphibians whip up a bubbly nest that protects the spawn for days from disease, predators and weather. The foam is made of at least six proteins that retain the shape and strength of the nest. Dr Paul Hoskisson and his colleagues say they have worked out the composition of four of these proteins and have begun mixing their own recipe.

Belize: Trial of 13 Indigenous Land Rights Defenders Begins with Heavy Police Presence
Charges of assault against two Maya leaders were dropped today during a hearing for members of the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) on charges that were brought against them 10 months ago. Local police assembled about 20 of its officers next to the Punta Gorda courthouse just before the hearing began. A number of military police were also present, armed with rifles, tear gas, and riot shields. The police barred international observers from entering the courtroom. Inside the courtroom, when pressed on this issue, the Magistrate stated that it was a public trial and that no observers should be denied entry, yet the court police continued to refuse international observers entrance. The Maya leaders’ alleged crime relates to the defense of the Uxbenka archaeological site, a sacred site to the Maya people, located within traditional lands titled to the Maya people under domestic and international laws. The disputed conflict arose after Mr. Rupert Myles, a Belizean citizen, illegally constructed a house on the grounds of the ancient temple against the advise of the community. According to Maya community members, the Belize authorities failed to respond to their call to stop Mr. Myles from doing further harm to the site. The community explained that Mr. Myles attended a community meeting to resolve the conflict where he became unruly, causing village police to detain him. However, Myles later accused the Mayas of physically assaulting him at the community meeting, a claim the Maya leaders strongly deny. The police’s show of force at yesterday’s hearing is not a new development to the case.

Belize Trip Provides Opportunity to ‘Show God’s Love’
Nine students traveled on the annual mission trip to Belize with Dr. Lisa Seeley and her husband over Spring Break. ETBU’s Great Commission Center works in in partnership with Hope Springs Water to send teams to supply clean water to the people in the area. The team’s main objective was to fix two water wells for several villages that did not have clean water sources, build relationships with the people, and tell them about Jesus. “We had so many little goals but we knew going into it that the main thing we were there to do was, of course, to repair the wells,” said Samantha Ayre. “But through that, to show God’s love to those people.” When the team made it to Belize, they received a warm welcome from the people. “The people in Belize were so welcoming and friendly,” Ayre said. “The children were pure joy when we were in the schools playing with them and teaching them. They were definitely my favorite part!”

Discovering new favorite foods by accident
Sometimes I have discovered the most interesting and fun foods quite by accident. As the weather took a turn for the worse last Wednesday, my wife, Susanne, and I starting talking about one bus ride we took a little over six years ago. At the time we were spending Spring Break in the Central American nation of Belize. Soon after we arrived there, we found out that there was daily bus service to a city just north of the Mexican border. Since neither of us had ever been to that part of Mexico we decided to go. Our destination in Mexico, not far from the border with Belize, was the city of Chetumal. People in Belize had spoken of Chetumal because they enjoy shopping and eating there. After all, Chetumal has a large mall and McDonald’s, neither of which exist in Belize. But there is more to the area than that. Chetumal is actually the capital of the state of Qunitana Roo, the same state where Cancun is located. It is an important gateway for trade from Belize and home to a very nice Museum of Mayan Culture.

Caribbean Banking: Defending Rights, Resisting Unfair Practices
In January, coincidental to my assuming the presidency of the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS), I met, in Washington DC, the prime minister of Belize, Deane Barrow, who had just taken on the responsibility of chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government. Mr Barrow was in DC to meet US government Treasury officials, and regulatory bodies to explore what could be done to stop the destructive course on which US banks had embarked of cutting-off correspondent banking relations (CBRs) with banks in Belize. At the time US banks had severed relations with the majority of banks in Belize, creating high costs for every international transaction. Banks had to seek correspondent relations with countries as distant as Turkey and China in order to clear payments for goods and services between the US and Belize. The situation in Belize at the time, while dire and urgent, was not unique in the Caribbean. Indeed, no county was immune; all were affected.

Davenport author has Sunday signing for new thriller
Davenport author Joan Mauch has released her fourth novel, the self-published thriller "Escape From Ambergris Cave" ($3.99 e-book, $12.99 paperback). Set first in Tampa, Fla., and later in Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize, the international crime thriller is about what happens when a television-news cameraman stumbles upon a human-trafficking operation and must decide whether to risk his life and the job he loves to save a co-worker from the clutches of slavers—or simply look the other way and hope for the best.


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