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How to Cacao in Toledo
Steeped within the Maya culture, and a revered commodity that only the privileged hierarchy of the civilization were once allowed to indulge in, chocolate is now a sweet treat that thankfully all of us are allowed to enjoy and celebrate…and celebrate we do! A Wine and Chocolate reception kicks off the festival on Friday evening with live music, fine wine, hors d’oeuvres, Belizean chocolate, and Belikin’s specially brewed Chocolate Stout. How can it be a more perfect paring? The following day is the Taste of Toledo street fair, held on Front Street in Punta Gorda town which is closed to traffic during the fair. Cultural displays and areas showcasing Toledo’s five main ethnic groups: Kriol, Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo and East Indian are featured at the event.
SPHS students spread drug awareness at RC School
San Pedro High School’s (SPHS) Drug Awareness week came to a close on Friday, April 22nd with a visit to San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS). Drug abuse is a major issue for youth in the community, and as such, drug awareness week serves to highlight the effect of the said abuse. Drug awareness week was organized by guidance counselor of SPHS, Alexis Guerrero, along with Principal Emil Vasquez, to raise an alarm on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol, with the hope of preventing the student body from falling victim to substance abuse.
A group of 13 peer helpers gathered to give an important presentation on drug awareness to the SPRCS students. Since the ages of these students ranged from 11-14, it was the perfect opportunity for SPHS to instill the prevention of drug use in minors before they enter high school.
As Kristina Romero of the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) addressed in her lectures, the misuse of drugs and its effect on students are common within high school students. According to the studies from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “almost 70% of students will have tried alcohol, half will have taken an illegal drug, nearly 40% will have smoked a cigarette, and more than 20 percent will have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose during their time in secondary school.”
Five-a-Side football tournament approaching first round finale
It was another weekend of exciting football action at the Five-a-Side Football Tournament. The San Pedro High School (SPHS) and Island Citizen Sporting Club (ICSP) continue delighting football fans, and excitement grows as only a few games are left in the first round of the regular season. The different matches played on Sunday, April 24th saw players competing in the Under 13, Under 11 and Seniors category. The football action continues this weekend with games set for Sunday, May 1st at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium starting at 11AM.
Government of Belize Places Temporary Restrictions on Movement in Belize’s Portion of the Sarstoon River for One Month
The Government of Belize announces that, after consulting with the Prime Minister, His Excellency the Governor General of Belize has made Regulations under Section 2 of the Public Safety Act, Chapter 142 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, RE 2011. The regulations prohibit persons and vessels, without lawful authority, from entering into Belize’s portion of the Sarstoon River.
Despite warning from the PM, BTV’s expedition to the border is a go!
Saturday, April 30th will mark the 157th anniversary of the 1859 Boundary Treaty that defined the borders between Belize and Guatemala. In honour of the historic occasion, the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) have organized an expedition to the border at the mouth of the Sarstoon River, while the Northern Territorial Volunteers (NTV) are organizing a trip to the Garbutt Falls monument. However, given the recent tensions with Guatemala, and the amassing of Guatemalan troops at the border, the Government of Belize (GOB) is strongly discouraging both treks. Despite GOB’s attempts to dissuade such activities, both group leaders have announced that the expeditions will go on.
According to Wil Maheia, leader of the BTV, one of the main reasons for the trip is to demonstrate support for not only maintaining, but also regaining full control of the Belizean territory. “Amid the most recent acts of aggression by Guatemala in the form of them claiming not only the Sarstoon Island, but the entire Sarstoon River, it is clear that a heightened awareness campaign must be maintained,” said Maheia. He reiterated that the losing of Belize’s sovereignty in that part of the country is greatly due to GOB’s continued, wilful negligence of the issue with Guatemala taking over the area.“ We are losing our country and we all must stand up and defend it.”
8- Ball Pool Tournament semi-finals are a week away
The pre-season 8-ball Pool Tournament is draws closer to the end, and games are high-stakes. Each match continues to draw great intensity as different teams battle each weekend to stay in the competition.
The games last weekend took place at Average Joe’s Sports Bar and after tallying the points, Team Amigos continues in the lead with 118 points. The next set of games for this coming weekend will be at One Barrel Bar. Games for Friday and Saturday start at 7PM, while Sunday games begin at 1PM.
BTB holds SICCS Consultation
On Wednesday, April 20th, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) hosted a consultation on the Central American Quality and Sustainability Integrated System (SICCS) seal certification project. The SICCS is a new project being launched and supported by BTB in an effort to form a centralized brand that is aimed at improving the standards of the tourism product offered in the country. Held at the Sunbreeze Conference Room, the consultation saw the attendance of several island tourism stakeholders from hoteliers, to restaurateurs and even tour operators.
Opening up the consultation was Director of Quality Assurance and Industry Standards at BTB, Herbert Haylock, who introduced the concept behind SICCS. This program will provide certification based on various levels of commitment and adherence to standards focused on four areas: quality standards, procedures and policies, various aspects of operation (cleaning, complaints, customer service, etc.), sustainability of environment, and social responsibility. Attendants were given the opportunity to become familiar with the regional SICCS certification program and its main goal. With the increasing growth of the tourism industry across Central America, SICCS will ensure quality service and continued growth of the industry.
Norwegian Getaway Makes First Call to Belize
On April 27, 2016, Belize welcomed the Norwegian Getaway in its first call to Belize. The ship arrived with 4,360 passengers, which is considered double occupancy. The customary plaque exchange ceremony took place on-board the ship between the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and Captain Rune Myre of the Norwegian Getaway.
Miami's Ultimate ship, the Norwegian Getaway combines the most magnificent amenities Norwegian has to offer with The Waterfront, an innovative, industry-first open-air promenade designed to connect guests with the ocean like no other cruise line. It hosts twenty eight (28) dining options, five water slides, and three levels of action-packed activities in the sports complex. The excitement and entertainment continues with Illusionarium, a surreal magical experience and Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development through the Agriculture Department announces this year’s Farmers of the Year winners. This year, the Farmers of the Year reign from the Cayo and Toledo Districts. The male farmer is Ever Blandon of Valley of Peace, Cayo District; the female farmer is Maria Lara of Trio Village, Toledo District; and the junior farmer is Eric Can Jr. of Succotz Village, Cayo District.
The National Agriculture and Trade show is an event which has been celebrated since the 1960's. The first one was held in El Cayo which is today known as San Ignacio. Later in 1972, the show moved to the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan and one of the most important highlights over the years has been the recognition of the Farmer of the Year.
Misc Belizean Sources
Fake SMS sent to Atlantic Bank Customers
If you receive an SMS with a link to Atlantic Bank (or any other bank for that matter), it may be fake. It might take you to a site that LOOKS like Atlantic Bank, but is actually a scam to get your username, password, and other data. Please check with the real Atlabank at 223-4123 to be sure.
Belize Gov't restricts movement on Sarstoon for one month
The Government of Belize announces that, after consulting with the Prime Minister, His Excellency the Governor General of Belize has made Regulations under Section 2 of the Public Safety Act, Chapter 142 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, RE 2011. The regulations prohibit persons and vessels, without lawful authority, from entering into Belize's portion of the Sarstoon River. The regulations take effect from today and the restrictions will remain in force for one month.
Government advises that this course of action has become necessary in order to prevent any "commotion" or "threat to public safety" that might arise in consequence of the continuing tense and dangerous standoff between Belize and Guatemala over the Sarstoon, and the tipping point that could be caused by the unregulated insertion of members of the Belizean public into this very volatile mix.
Newspapers on Caye Caulker AMANDALA, REPORTER, GUARDIAN, BELIZE TIMES
You can get your copy at Sea N Sun Guesthouse near the split or at Marty's Lumber Yard/Caye Supplies and Hardware.
Labour Day Holiday Monday:
Monday May 2nd will be a Public and Bank Holiday in lieu of May 1st.
Enjoy it and be safe!
The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project
One of the objectives of the Belize City House of Culture and the Downtown Rejuvenation Project is to establish an Eco-Museum in Downtown Belize City. Today's post is one of many posts that will highlight the sites that will be included in the Eco-Museum tour once completed. Today's highlighted site is Channel Five Building. "Preserving and Enhancing Downtown Belize City."
Paradise Theatre closed this weekend
The movie theater is closed this weekend due to all of the key masters being out-of-town at the exact same time. Also, because of certain people who've committed to keep it going this weekend pulling out last minute. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Posting for Inspector, Caye Caulker
There was a last minute cancellation by the Youth Cadets of San Pedro so the community service/sports day event has been postpone till the end of May. As the time comes closer, the date and time will be shared. For those who had donated, a huge thank you goes out to you. If you have any questions, feel free to check with the Inspector.
Kokomo Beach Suites Job Opportunity
Job Opportunity for part time office/cleaning help. Fri/Sat/Sun. Must have great customer service skills and also be willing to clean rooms daily and do laundry. Private Message for more information.
Ms Helen Haylock
Meet the beautiful Ms Helen Haylock who will be representing Ambergris Caye at the Belize YWCA organization's Miss Y Pageant fundraising event. Miss Helen is an incredibly courageous and resiliant woman. Despite the challenges she has faced in life she radiates warmth and love.
Government Enacts ‘Wil’s Law’ to Prohibit Local Travel to Sarstoon
If at first you don’t succeed, send in the big guns. And if they don’t succeed, just change the law. And they have. Via release issued today, the government informs [...]
Wil Maheia Says Trip to Sarstoon Still on Despite Last-ditch Legal Obstacle
Those immediately affected by the law, and in whose honor the law was drafted are the Belize Territorial Volunteers. The group had planned an expedition to the Sarstoon on Saturday. [...]
P.U.P. Decries GOB’s Sarstoon Regulations
Maheia isn’t the only one disappointed by the new law. The P.U.P. has been engaged in the Guatemala discussion, and committed to a bi-partisan approach to resolution, but today the [...]
COLA Calls “Knee-jerk” Law a Gross Act of Cowardice
The grassroots activist organization known as COLA, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, has been quiet lately. But today it re-emerged with a fiery release condemning G.O.B.’s new law, which [...]
…Grassroots Organization Condemns Temporary Restriction on Sarstoon Travel
Brackett says COLA is prepared to go a couple steps further than condemnation by calling for a national shutdown. He told News Five that “For far too long Belize has [...]
Part Two of Recent Military Standoff at the Sarstoon
On Thursday, we aired the first of a two-part series of amateur footage provided exclusively to News Five showing what transpired on the Sarstoon River between the BDF and the [...]
Two Guatemalans Murdered in Belize, Police say it’s a Drug Deal Gone Wrong
Three men were killed in two separate incidents within hours of each other in the west. The first, a double murder, occurred on Thursday afternoon, in the San Francisco area [...]
A Camalote Resident is Chopped, Shot and Killed Near Cedar Hill Farm
There was also a murder in the wee hours of this morning in the village of Camalote. A father of four was killed near a farm off the George Price [...]
Guatemala’s Sovereignty over Sarstoon River Concerns Maya Communities
As we’ve mentioned in our previous newscast, the immediate effects of the present situation at the Sarstoon are being felt by the indigenous communities within the vicinity. The Garifuna village [...]
How Will the Sarstoon Temash National Park be Monitored Following Restriction?
Of equal concern is that the SATIIM rangers were recently stopped by the Guatemalan military from traveling upstream to conduct routine checks within the Sarstoon Temash National Park. The area [...]
Commonwealth Secretary General Meets the Belizean Press
Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, held a brief session with the media this afternoon where questions pertaining to her visit to Belize were fielded. Baroness Scotland is [...]
…Baroness Patricia Scotland Talks OAS and Belize and Guatemala Issues
During her stay, the Secretary General will also be visiting the Office of the O.A.S. in the Adjacency Zone, where she will be received by the Chief of the O.A.S. [...]
A Belizean Movie Debuts in Los Angeles!
True Belizean, it is a U.S. corporation from Los Angeles, California that produces movies, music videos, music and the like. They were featured last year in the Belize International Film [...]
Government Flexes Muscles and Bans Local Traffic on Sarstoon
What has only been about ten days of heightened tension and waves of criticisms and opposition against the Government of Belize on how they are handling the Belize/Guatemala issue, things have come to a head with the Barrow administration pulling out their strong guns and making it illegal for any Belizean to enter the Sarstoon […]
Wil Says Adjustments Will Be Made But Expedition Is A-Go
With the latest move by the Government, we spoke with Head of the Belize Territorial Volunteers, Wil Maheia. He told us while they are unhappy with Government’s position, the trip will proceed with some adjustments.
Briceno Calls Recent Sarstoon Regulation, A Draconian Measure
A few weeks ago we heard of a bi-partisan approach being taken by both the Barrow administration and the main Opposition, People’s United Party. Since then the opposition, represented by Ambassador Assad Shoman was working hand in hand with the country’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington and had even agreed that one cannot and should not […]
COLA Wants a National Shut Down
The Government of Belize has flexed their muscles against the Belize Territorial Volunteers and the People’s United Party has expressed their discontent with the move to present a Statutory Instrument. The Citizens organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), however, has no time for talk and press releases. Tonight, the group, led by Geovanni Brackett is […]
Camalote Village Murder Under Investigation
Belmopan Police are investigating a murder that occurred in the wee hours of this morning in Camalote Village. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports.
Lead Investigator Speaks on Double Homicide in Cayo
Western Regional Commander of the Belize Police Department, Senior Superintendent Andrew Ramirez has issued an official report on the double homicide uncovered yesterday on a road off the George Price Highway between the towns of San Ignacio and Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo District. Police were alerted of the two male bodies in the area […]
Baroness Patricia Scotland Hosts Round Table with Media
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland met with the media today to answer questions on pertinent issues going on in the country at the moment. Having visited the office of the OAS peace fund at the Adjacency Zone, the Secretary General says she is hopeful of a resolution But the tensions […]
Dangriga Fire Claims Residence
A house was destroyed by fire in Dangriga. We get the details of the incident from correspondent Harry Arzu.
Labor For Belize Day Moves to Parks and Playgrounds
Belize City Council is having their fifth annual Labor for Belize day tomorrow. Every year the cleanup campaign takes place on the highways however, the city council has decided to change location this year. The focus for this year will be on playgrounds and parks around the city. Public Relations Officer of the Belize City […]
Belize vs Guatemala In Mixed Martial Arts
Belize is Adran “Fifty cal” Ramirez and the Guatemalan fighter is Saulo “El Experimento” Barrios. Today, the fighters met at a face off in Belize City. Shihan Kelly, Grandmaster, House of Shotokan Karate told us about the upcoming fight. Love News spoke to Belizean fighter Adran Ramirez. He told us how he has been training […]
Drug rehab workers get OAS training
Forty seven care providers received certification from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) for six months of training in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of drug abuse and violence under a program named PROCCER. The 47 trainees received their UWI accreditation certificates in […]
Belize Internet Exchange Point speeds up service
Nine of Belize’s internet service providers (ISPs) have partnered to establish Belize’s first internet exchange point (BIXP), which will greatly speed up local internet traffic, allowing for greater efficiency and reduced costs. The partners officially launched the new exchange point at a ceremony hosted by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) […]
IICA wins OAS kudos
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) was recognized by the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the importance of IICA’s technical support to farming and food production. IICA’s Director General Víctor M. Villalobos reported on the main results achieved by IICA’s technical cooperation initiatives […]
ROC Taiwan gives BDF 2 helicopters
The Belize Defence Force (BDF) has acquired two Bell UH-1H “Huey” helicopters, gifted from the Republic of China/Taiwan, allowing the BDF to now provide air support and to more easily transfer patrols into Belize’s more remote border areas. Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize H.E. Benjamin Ho officially handed over the two […]
Santander field worker crushed to death at job site
An employee of Santander Sugar Company was killed by an accident in the cane field at around midday on Monday. The accident happened when the worker, 24 year-old Francisco Andres Sebastian, a Guatemalan who resided in Cotton Tree village was mowed by a harvester while […]
UB gets $560,435 grant to study acid seas effect on Barrier Reef
The University of Belize has been awarded a $560,435.93 grant from the International Atomic Agency’s Technical Cooperation Program (IAEA-TCP), which will be used to study how the acid seas impact the marine ecosystems of Belize’s Meso-American Barrier Reef. The funds will be used to purchase laboratory instruments and for the […]
UN: Belize is most dangerous Caribbean country
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says Belize is the most dangerous Caribbean country and is even more dangerous than the United States. In an article name, “Ten Caribbean Nations More Dangerous Than the U.S.”, News America quotes the UN as saying that […]
Police make arrest for January murder of taxi driver
Belmopan police have charged Lincoln Bejerano, 25, with the January 8th murder of taxi driver, Isidro Suar. Bejerano was a suspect early in the police investigation, as he was one of three persons found in Suar’s stolen taxi in Ontario village less than an hour […]
Police charge SSG affiliate with murder of GSG leader
Ten days after the shooting murder of George Street Gang leader, Gerald “Shiny” Tillett, police have charged South Side Gang affiliate, Nicholas Swazo, for the killing. Swazo was remanded to the Hattieville Prison until June 19 on charges of ‘murder’ for Tillett’s death and two […]
All of Guatemala, and it now appears that even the Organization of American States, hold the view that our BDF patrol was at fault and bears responsibility for the death of 13 year-old Julio Alvarado Ramos. The boy was shot and killed at Cebada, in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve on […]
ACP Ministers support Belize’s territorial integrity
The Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) resolved to commit their support for Belize’s territorial integrity and sovereignty at the conclusion of its 103rd meeting in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday and Wednesday. The ACP also supported Belize’s call for confidence […]
CJ to rule on libel suit against Guardian
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has reserved judgement for one month in the libel suit against The Guardian’s Editor Alfonso Noble, brought by former PUP Secretary General Myrtle Palacio for an article published in December 2014 with the headline “PUP Secretary General endorses the use of […]
PM says crisis over – Guatemala says “it is not!”
Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced at a press conference on Monday that the crisis with Guatemala over the shooting of a 13 year-old boy by BDF soldiers had been averted. Steps were being taken to de-escalate the tension, he said, but Guatemala’s Foreign Minister says it’s far from over. At […]
Women charged with $300,000 pension fraud walk free
Three women, all former public servants, charged with embezzling more than $300,000 from the government through a pension fraud scheme walked free of all charges on Wednesday. Monica Aurdette Escarpeta, 31, a pension clerk; her mother, Yvonne Bevans, 60; and Rhea Kadecia Pennell, 34, […]
Zika sample returns negative
The Ministry of Health confirmed this week that results of the first test for Zika sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) showed no sign of the Zika virus. The results come a month after Belize was blamed by an American woman for allegedly […]
Two Guatemalans murdered in San Ignacio
San Ignacio police are investigating the murder of two Guatemalan men, who were shot execution style around 1:30 Thursday afternoon near San Ignacio, Cayo. The Reporter confirmed Thursday evening with Deputy Commanding Officer of San Ignacio, Superintendent Richard Rosado that the shooting took place on […] […]
BTV still planning to visit Sarstoon island, despite dissuasion
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) members headed by activist Wil Maheia, are making final arrangements to travel to Sarstoon Island on Saturday despite military and governmental dissuasion. Brigadier General David Jones, Foreign Affairs CEO Lawrence Sylvestre and Rear Admiral John Borland of the Belize Coast […]