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#513563 - 05/06/16 11:49 AM Today's Belize News: May 6, 2016
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The San Pedro Sun

Commonwealth Secretary-General asserts commitment to Belize
Recently installed Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland made an official visit to Belize from Thursday, April 28th through Monday, May 2nd. Her visit to Belize was the first leg of her official tour of the Commonwealth Caribbean countries. During her stay in Belize, she met with Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow and other senior government officials. Baroness Scotland also called an urgent meeting of the ministerial committee on the Belize-Guatemala border dispute in an immediate response to Belize’s border crisis. The decision to speed up the meeting was made after Secretary-General Scotland met with Governor General Sir Colville Young, Barrow, and Leader of the Opposition John Briceño. The committee, which includes eight foreign ministers and is chaired by Barbados, was created by heads of government in 1977 to address urgent issues of its members. As a result, the Commonwealth Ministerial Committee in Belize is expected to meet months before their scheduled September 2016 forum to discuss recent troubling developments in the boundary disagreement.

Statement by the Honorable Dean Barrow on meetings at OAS Headquarters in Washington and the planned trip to the Sarstoon by the PUP
We greatly appreciate the OAS Secretary-General’s statement last night, following his meeting with Belize and Guatemala, which makes clear that both nations are to “adopt a cooperation mechanism as soon as possible to normalize the situation in the Sarstoon River”. In other words, the two countries are to agree an operational protocol regarding the Sarstoon, and the statement commends their willingness to do this. As the SG put it, he “welcomed the readiness of both parties to advance in the negotiations of the cooperation mechanism” for the Sarstoon. GOB regards the results of the Washington meeting as something of a breakthrough. Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome to the Sarstoon negotiations that have now been mandated between Belize and Guatemala. And we cannot rest content until those negotiations have been finally concluded and there is a formal agreement in writing. But there is no doubt that progress has been made. And that progress vindicates, among other things, the recent actions of our Government in placing a temporary ban on civilians going to the Sarstoon.

2016 Hurricane Forecast Released
It’s never too soon to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, as it officially begins on June 1st and runs through November 30th. With the impending season, accredited meteorologists have released a 2016 Hurricane Forecast indicating a “Near-normal” to “Hyperactive” season. With 13 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes predicted, 2016 is expected to be the most active season since 2012. In recent years, meteorologists have continuously predicted “Average” or “Below Average” seasons due to the El Niño effect, but with the La Niña effect currently in play, 2016 could bring in a higher number of hurricanes. La Niña is characterized by unusual cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, compared to El Niño, which is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific. In fact, this year has already seen an out-of-season hurricane. Hurricane Alex was the first Atlantic hurricane of 2016 which formed in the Bahamas back in January. While Alex did not cause any major damage, it did bring heavy rains to the region. The remaining tropical storm and hurricane names for this year are: Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Igor, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tomas, Virginie, and Walter.

UDP Convention set to elect new deputy leader
As Deputy Prime Minister Gasper Vega is set to retire, the United Democratic Party (UDP) held a critical meeting to determine the date for the convention that will elect the first deputy leader. The UDP Deputy Leadership Convention is scheduled for May 29th at the grounds of the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) in Belize City, where voters across all thirty-one constituencies are expected to cast their ballots. The party’s application process was officially closed on Friday, April 22nd, and Minister of Education and Collet Area Representative, Honorable Patrick Faber, and Minister of National Security and Belmopan Representative, Honorable John Saldivar, are the only confirmed candidates to run for deputy leader. In hopes to win the election, both candidates have launched their campaigns and are actively seeking support.

FFB elects New Executive Body
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) elected a new Executive Body during its 9th Ordinary Congress meeting on Saturday, April 30th. The election process was held at the Ramada Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City, with members of the Belize football community, as well as FIFA, CONCACAF and UNCAF representatives present. At the end of the night, Marlon Kuylen was selected to be the acting President of FFB after voters were unable to decide between outgoing vice-president Sergio Chuc and incumbent President Ruperto Vicente. The Congress included an election process in which 14 District Football Association members and six members from the Premier League of Belize voted to elect the new Executive Body. Positions up for election were President, Senior Vice President, Vice Presidents and two Executive Members. The positions for Senior Vice President was uncontested, with Marlon Kuylen taking up the position. Shane Orio and Darlene Vernon were voted as the executive members by round two over Celso Carcamo and Phillip Marin.

OAS Secretary General Almagro meets with Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala
On May 5th the Secretary General of the Organization of American States(OAS), Luis Almagro, met with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala in reference to the recent incidents in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone and the Sarstoon River. To this end, Secretary Almagro confirmed the imminent deployment of a group of experts to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances which resulted in the death of a Guatemala minor, following an incident with the Belizean security forces in the Adjacency Zone. Recalling Annex C of the Confidence Building Measures in force on the Guidelines for Public Statements, Secretary Almagro urged its strict compliance by the Parties.

Marie Sharp is officially inducted to the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame!
On Saturday, April 23rd, long time Belizean entrepreneur Marie Sharp became part of the New York Hot Sauce Hall of Fame. Sharp, who is the owner of Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods Ltd, was presented with an award at the 2016 New York City Hot Sauce Expo. The prestigious recognition also included a red jacket and a class ring engraved with her name that commemorated the occasion. Sharp sees this recognition as a milestone achievement, not just to her and the company, but for all the hard work she has put into the fiery food industry. The dedication she put in her now famous hot sauce, which she started in her very own kitchen in 1981, has paid off. “This means a lot to me. It means I have achieved something that very few people have. It makes me feel good that for all the years that I have worked at my company, working hard for my country, I am now awarded for it,” said Sharp. During the Expo in New York City, New York USA, Sharp was the only woman entrepreneur to receive the award among four other business entrepreneurs. She was also the only foreigner to be selected for the induction into the New York City Hot Sauce Hall of Fame 2016.

“Travel Curious”- BTIA reals new theme for Destination Belize
On Monday, April 25th, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), along with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and McNab Publishing Limited, unveiled the new theme for 2016-2017 Destination Belize. This year’s publication is titled “Travel Curious: This Journey Will Change You”, is taking a step into the future, promoting adventurous traveling. Since 1995, Destination Belize has served as the country’s leading tourism magazine. Besides unveiling the new theme, the mixer also served as a venue to announce the winner of BTIA’s “Capture the Cover” competition. Earlier this month, the BTIA created the photo competition allowing Belizeans the opportunity to submit inspiring photos that will be published in the magazine. Eight photographers were acknowledged and recognized for the following categories: Sea: Juan Carlo Menzies and Wesley Witt; Land: Monica Gallardo and Scott Houston; Heritage: Melvin Diego Jr.; Wildlife: Hannah Montero; Well-being: Cynthia Giovagnoli; and Public’s Choice: Scott and Jodie Harnish from Palapa Bar.

Ambergris Today

Why is Gumbo Limbo Called the Tourist Tree in Belize?
It grows to become a magnificent tree, tall with open limbs reaching to the skies; but its bark does something very interesting – it peels. The bark of a Gumbo Limbo tree looks like peeling skin from a sunburn, hence why Belizeans name it the ‘Tourist Tree’; well pretty much like the skin of tourists who get sunburned the most while vacationing in Belize. Its bark is green, but the outer layer flakes red; hard to miss while venturing the coastline of Belize. Interestingly enough, the tree is used to treat sunburns. How About That!? Yes, this herbal healer has anti-inflammatory properties that are excellent to treat sunburns and rash from poison wood (locally known as Chechen in Maya). Many a times, you find yourself looking for over-the-counter medication to heal a sunburn or that nasty rash you get when rummaging in the jungle. It happens a lot living in the tropics, but an added advantage of being in the tropics also means finding home remedies that are as efficient and even more readily available for instant relief.

Belize Declares Free of Local Transmission of Zika
A press release from the Ministry of Health this morning, Thursday, May 5, 2016, indicates that although new and compelling factors may indicate the presence of Zika in Belize, the Ministry is still NOT able to declare that there is a first local transmission case of Zika in Belize. This week the Ministry received results from Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on an initial case that was of significant interest in the ongoing investigation to determine the existence of indigenous transmission of the Zika virus in Belize. The sample from that case came back with a negative result for Zika. As a result of the investigation and heightened surveillance, Belize sent an additional seven (7) samples for testing during the weeks following April 12th, 2016. The results for six of the seven additional samples were all negative for Zika. The samples from this subsequent batch also tested negative for Dengue and Chikungunya. The Ministry will ensure that any pending result that is of interest to the public as it relates to Zika will be reported forthwith.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch May Meeting at Island Time
Our regular monthly meeting will be held at Island Time this month. Lone Star is doing a bit of fixing up and will be closed next Wednesday. Thank you Island Time for hosting!

The May 1, 2016 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

The April 17, 2016 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

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.

Press Release # 3 – Zika Situation in Belize
The Ministry of Health has received results from Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on an initial case that was of significant interest in the ongoing investigation to determine the existence of indigenous transmission of the Zika virus in Belize. The sample from that case came back with a negative result for Zika. As a result of the investigation and heightened surveillance, Belize sent an additional seven (7) samples for testing during the weeks following April 12th, 2016. The results for six of the seven additional samples were all negative for Zika.

Grand Mother's Day Promotion at Quality Poultry Product in corozal
Grand Mother's Day Promotion tomorrow Friday May 6th at Quality Poultry Products "Dis Da Fi Wi Chikin"

Belize's Wonder Women! Margarita Mena
We recently announced that each month we will highlight individual stories of Belizean women from all parts of Belize doing their part to make this country great. For the month of May we are proud to annouce that Mrs. Margarita Mena is our Belize Wonder Woman! Margarita Mena started “KLIC” (Kids Learning Imagining Creating) in her backyard patio for community preschoolers. Her school has grown in attendance is such a way she built a classroom in her backyard. Her teachings are much diversified and include field trips throughout Belize to teach her students about the beautiful country of Belize. She always has parties to celebrate holidays and to teach her students the meanings behind the holidays. Margarita makes learning fun for her students. Margarita has always gone above and beyond to help one and all without any hesitation. Her willingness to help others is one of her most outstanding qualities. Her latest accomplishment was participating in the 2016 La Ruta Maya. She is a fearless competitor and never gives up.

Statement by the Honorable Dean Barrow on meetings at OAS Headquarters in Washington and the planned trip to the Sarstoon by the PUP
We greatly appreciate the OAS Secretary-General's statement last night, following his meeting with Belize and Guatemala, which makes clear that both nations are to "adopt a cooperation mechanism as soon as possible to normalize the situation in the Sarstoon River". In other words, the two countries are to agree an operational protocol regarding the Sarstoon, and the statement commends their willingness to do this. As the SG put it, he "welcomed the readiness of both parties to advance in the negotiations of the cooperation mechanism" for the Sarstoon. GOB regards the results of the Washington meeting as something of a breakthrough. Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome to the Sarstoon negotiations that have now been mandated between Belize and Guatemala. And we cannot rest content until those negotiations have been finally concluded and there is a formal agreement in writing.

RAFFLE FOR RAUL
Raul is 33-years old, he grew up in Caye Caulker, Belize and is the Assistant Manager at Rain Restaurant in San Pedro, Belize. Raul is currently in the Intensive Care Unit in Clinica de Merida, Merida, Mexico. He is being treated for severe pneumonia and has a good prognosis. We are raising funds to help assist him and his family with the mounting medical bills incurred by the hospital. Your participation is greatly appreciated! Buy your tickets at: Superbuy, Candle garden, Caribbean villas, Pedro's inn, Rain restaurant, Rick's golf carts, Wine de vine.

BTEC completes its Job Preparedness BPO Training Program
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), today, completed its “Job Preparedness BPO Training” which provided participants with an introduction to customer service, telephone etiquette, handling customer complaints, rapport building, sales and other skills to make them better equipped for employment in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Industry. To celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the eighteen (18) successful participants, the Belize Training and Employment Centre held a certificate ceremony at The Belize Training and Employment Centre, Enterprise Training Room on May 5th 2016.

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Channel 7

PM Briefs Press On Washington Meetings
Last night, we told you that the Foreign Affairs Ministry was supposed to hold a press conference on Friday. The purpose was to update the public on the meetings held between Belize and Guatemala in Washington through the weekend, all the way up to last night. But the press conference was pulled up to this evening, even though the man with the most information, Foreign Minister Elrington himself, was still on the flight back home. So, the Prime Minister started off the press conference to talk about the meetings, and here's how he put it: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "I must first of all apologize for the absence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Sedi Elrington. His flight was to have landed in Belize at 12:25 this afternoon and it was delayed to the point where that flight is only now just touchdown at the Philip Goldson International Airport. We greatly appreciate the OAS Secretary General's statement last night, following his meetings with Belize and Guatemala which statement makes clear that both nations are to "adopt a cooperation mechanism as soon as possible to normalize the situation in the Sarstoon River." In other words as I understand it the two countries are to agree an operational protocol regarding the Sarstoon and the statement commends their willingness to do this. As the Secretary General put it, he "welcome the readiness of both parties to advance in the negotiations of the cooperation mechanism." for the Sarstoon."

PM Implores Opposition: Don't Go To Sarstoon, Let's Talk
And one of the most significant developments coming out of this evening's press conference is that the Prime Minister is urging the opposition not to go down the Sarstoon as it has promised to do. The PUP say they want to challenge the controversial Statutory Instrument put forth by the government. The Prime Minister asked them not to do so at this delicate stage of the negotiations over the Sarstoon:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "I especially concern over any development that could undo the diplomatic start that has been made and it is in this context that we view the planned visit of the People's United Party to the Sarstoon. That visit if it proceeds would very likely undermined the position reached yesterday at the OAS and all our painstaking work could go for north. To our mind, it is therefore imperative that no group should go to the Sarstoon before we would have had a chance in the remaining 3 weeks that the law is enforced to conclude our negotiations with Guatemala..."

Opposition Willing To Listen To PM
So the Prime Minister extended the olive branch halfway across the table, by inviting the opposition back to bi partisan negotiations, and imploring them not to go to the Sarstoon. So what is the PUP response? It seems they are willing to reach across to get that olive branch, and stand down on the Sarstoon plan, but with conditions. Late this evening, the party's representative in the Belize Guatemala talks, Eamon Courtenay outlined the formal position:... Eamon Courtenay, PUP Rep., BZ, Guatemala Relations "The appeal by the Prime Minister today, that the People's United Party re-engage. We regard that as a very positive development, because the party has always treated this as a national and not a political issue. Having spoken to the Party Leader Hon. John Briceno, he has indicated his position to me as follows: first of all that he will take this matter to the national party council which is meeting on Saturday. Secondly, he will encourage the national party council to look favorably upon the appeal by the Prime Minister for us to re-engage. But in order to do that, we need two things; first we need an agreement by the government that the negotiations and cooperation between the opposition and the government will be full and frank and continuous and in real time and secondly, we need to be briefed on what happened in Washington.

OAS Statement Makes It Clear, Kind Of
So, PUP leader John Briceno still has to get permission from his National Party Council, and the party still has to get a full briefing on exactly what was discussed in Washington. Some hint of that came last night in a press release from the OAS. As we told you at the tail end of the news, Government said that it was cautiously optimistic about the Belize-Guatemala meetings in Washington. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro met with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, and his Guatemalan counterpart Carlos Raul Morales as well as the US Ambassador to the OAS, Michael Fitzpatrick. Seen here in these photos, Morales, Almagro, and Elrington discussed the recent border incidents, and Almagro informed both sides that a deployment of a group of experts is imminent to the Cebada area of the Chiquibul. They will be there to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances which led to the death of 13 year-old Guatemalan, Julio Alvarado Ruano. The OAS Statement says, quote, "The OAS Secretary General further called on the Parties to adopt a cooperation mechanism as soon as possible to normalize the situation in the Sarstoon River so that both the peoples and governments of Belize and Guatemala can refocus on strengthening their good neighborly relations." End quote.

Guatemala Tells Citizens: Don't Go To Belize
In related news, the Guatemalan Congress today took an unusual vote, issuing a sort of travel advisory for Belize, urging Guatemalans not to go over to the Belize side of the border. According to Guatemalan press reports, the Congress warns Guatemalans citizens of the dangers of travelling to Belize because of the likelihood of human rights violations committed by the BDF. Of course, the Belizean conservation community would be only too happy if the Guatemalan citizenry took that advisory to heart, and indeed stopped crossing over into Belize. And that's because all the danger, losses of life, gunshot injuries, and widespread outlaw activities in the Chiquibul are caused by Guatemalans making unlawful incursions into Belize, and more specifically into a protected area. Today, Senator Courtenay called out the Congress for playing children's games:...

Johan Slain On Prince Street
Last night we showed you the crime scene from a murder that happened during the news. Well, tonight, more is known. At 6:41, 21-year-old Johan Justin Cocom was killed as he rode up Prince Street - residents say they had seen a strange car circling. Well, apparently they were looking for Cocom. So was he the latest victim of ongoing gang warfare? Here's what police have on that investigation so far. Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, OC, Eastern Division South: "From our investigation, it's showing that sometime around 6:30 PM last night, Johan Cocom, a 21-year-old was riding his bicycle on Prince Street contrary to the flow of traffic. When reaching its intersection with East Canal, a gun man from a vehicle that was parked right at the lane fired several shots at him which subsequently resulted to his demise. The vehicle then made its way down Prince Street according to the flow of traffic and made a sudden turn into Albert Street."

Johan Family Says He Was No Gang Banger
So very reluctantly, the commanding Officer for the South Side division told us that indeed this is likely gang related. And in fact, we know from our police sources that they believe he was linked to the George Street gang. But, according to his family, that couldn't be any further from the truth. They believe he was either a victim of an indiscriminate shooting or a mistaken identity because they say Cocom was never involved in any gang activity. A family member spoke to us off camera: Voice of Sister of Johan Cocom: "He went to Publics to purchase some food items and when returning back home, that was when he encountered the gun man. It's a shock to us because Johan is in no type of gang. It's really sad, if anyone know who is Johan, he is a fun, loving and caring young man. What they did to him was senseless and uncalled for." Emanuel Pech: "Recently we've been seeing a lot of activity in terms of gun violence. A lot of it, police are saying, is attributed to gang activity. Was he ever involved in the street life?"

Southside Cops Say Crime In Hand, Not Out Of Hand
So if Cocom was gunned down innocently - as his family claims, what does that say for public safety? And what does it say for the continued success of ACP Williams's community friendly approach? Since Gerald Shiny Tillet's murder two and a half weeks ago, there's been a spike in gun violence. There have been 4 city murders, and many other shootings in the 19 days since then. But when we asked ACP Chester Williams today, he insists that the situation- that flared up in the wake of Shinny's death is contained. Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, OC, Eastern Division South: "From the death of Gerald Tillet, we have anticipated that there would be a spike in violent type crimes on South Side, Belize City. You all know that the nature of South Side, Belize City is such that it is prone to violent crimes because of the fact that we are heavily gang infested. We are dealing with a set of young people who seemingly have serious issues and to some extent, some of them have no regards to their own life. But we have been doing a lot and you would be able to say first of all that we have been able to contain the level of violence since Gerald Tillet died. When we compare the current situation to what normally happens in the past, I still think that we are doing much better. One life lost is one too much."

Commander Downplays Gang Angle
But South Side Commander Williams won't talk about the raging gang war. Now even though beef between Gangs on their turf makes certain areas of the city unsafe, ACP Williams won't talk about it. The media challenged him on it today. Jules Vasquez: "In terms of the spike, it's important while you wish to sanitize the public information by no longer discussing gang affiliations or the life which you are happy to discuss just a few months ago but because now....." Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, OC, Eastern Division South: "Jules, I will have to stop you again. From I came, and the other media houses can attest to it, every time I am asked about the gang affiliation of any person who has been shot or the person's criminal history, I have always refuted to give that information. So do not tell me about sanitizing. Murder is something we cannot hide and I do not intend to hide. The public have a right to know what is taking place among them and that is the reason why from day one when I came, I have been more than accommodating to the media because there is certain information that the public must get, they have a right to that. I am not going to withhold any information the public needs to know. So to say that we are sanitizing anything, again, you are being very unfair to us."

17 Year Old For Troy Cole Killing
So while the South Side Commander is refusing to divulge any of the gang related information, one gang area that we know for sure is a current hotzone is the area of One Twenty Third. That's where Troy Cole was shot and killed yesterday morning. Today police are one step closer to solving that crime. It is believed that the one who pulled the trigger on Cole was in fact a 17 year old boy. Today police gave us an update on that investigation. Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, OC, Eastern Division South: "In reference to the murder of Mr. Cole, we have the person of interest in custody. He was apprehended last night and he should be arrested and charged by the end of the day today or tomorrow morning. So we will be making an arrest in that particular incident. The person is a 17-year-old and is from the area of the Antelope Street Extension." Reporter: "So there has been conflict? Because I know yesterday a definitive motive could not have been determined. So now do you guys have the motives?" Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, OC, Eastern Division South: "We do have a motive, but to tell you the motive, will be going into the deceased past and I do not do that."

Integral Healthcare Challenges Chester's Version
And following up on that murder, yesterday, a part of our story was the report coming from the family of Troy Cole that the Belize Integral Health Center denied him treatment when he ran to their entrance after being shot. He died 2 hours later, and that accusation was given additional credibility by ACP Williams, who said that he did his own inquiry and found out the very same thing. Well, late this evening, the Belize Integral Health Center, which is a part of the Belize Healthcare Partners Hospital, sent us a statement refuting that claim. Their statement says, quote, "Our investigation reveals that shortly before 9:00a.m. Security personnel at the Clinic heard gunshots and reported what they had heard to two Police Officers who were among many patients seeking medical treatment at the clinic. One of the Police Officers went outside to try to determine from what direction the shots were coming. At the same time, patients who were outside began rushing inside, and a patient shouted that a gunman was coming. The other Police Officer instructed the security guard to lock the door. The security guard complied and went quickly to report the same to the Clinic Administrator.

SATIIM Tried Sarstoon Patrol
The Sarstoon SI - it looks like the PUP won't challenge it after all - but it still doesn't sit well with many. At a press conference earlier this week, the Prime Minister explained that the S.I. does not restrict ordinary travels in and out of the Sarstoon. He said that the purpose was to stop any civilian from making a political statement which could jeopardize the negotiations for the Sarstoon Peace Keeping Protocol. Well, the NGO, SATIIM, attempted to go into the river today to conduct a regular patrol of the Sarstoon Temash National Park. We are told that the BDF stopped them from going in, but they reportedly saw two Guatemalan vessels in the river. Now SATIIM was stopped after making a formal request from National Security CEO George Lovell, seen here in this letter, leaked to the media. So, did Government change their minds on the class of persons prohibited from entering the Sarstoon, or was there a miscommunication which caused the BDF to stop them, since they should have a legitimate purpose to travel into the Sarstoon. Here's how the Prime Minister answered that question which it was put to him by the press today:

Anchor Security Says Not Responsible For Double Murder
Miriam Mai and Daisy Miralda were killed on Saturday in Santa Elena by Anchor security guard, Andy Bustillos in a crazed fit of jealousy. Today Anchor Security Services issued a statement saying they take no responsibility for what their employee Andy Bustillos did. As we have reported, the Mai and Miralda families say their loved ones were murdered because of the company's lack of care and attentiveness to Mai's plea for help. Mai's sister told us that Mai had gone to speak with Bustillos's boss about the abuse and had asked him to take away Bustillos's gun. But she said, the boss simply ignored Mai's request and left Bustillos with the company weapon. The family also says that it was the same boss who bailed Bustillos out the first time he was taken in by police for beating Mai. Well this evening, Anchor Security Services sent out a release condemning Bustillos's actions. It states "The tragic and untimely passing of Miriam Mai and Daisy Miralda by way of domestic violence is one that the management of Anchor Security condemns in all its forms".

Cops Looking For Car Carrying Keon's Killer
Police are looking for the car involved in the Saturday murder of Keon "Gambis" Williams. Williams was riding his motorcycle on Central American Boulevard over the weekend when he was shot by a gunman inside a passing vehicle. Police have gotten a description of the car, but have not been able to find it. Here is what they have so far on that investigation. Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, OC, Eastern Division South: "As it relates to the murder of Mr. Williams, we continue to look into that matter. We have not been able to locate the vehicle that we're looking for and I would appeal to the public that is they know any person who have a grey 4 door Lincoln, to give us a call or call the 0-800-922 Tips number. We will need to bring in that vehicle and interview the owner. The vehicle may have a dealers plate on it, because from the incident took place it had a dealers plate on it but they might have removed it after the incident so once you know of anyone who has one, please give us a call."

Women, Politics and Possibilities
The Development of Belizean Women in Politics: that was the topic discussed today at the St. Catherine's Academy Assembly Hall. The Belize Women's Political Caucus organized this talk with the students this morning to educate them on the role of women in society and the importance of involving more women in politics. The President of the Belize Women's Political Caucus told us about the impact she hopes this conference will have on these young girls. We also spoke to the students to get their reaction. Dorla Bowman, Pres., BZ Women's Political Caucus: "The Belize Women's Political Caucus decided to work with young women in order to groom and encourage the younger generation to consider a political career. We decided on the format of having an exhibition which today is opening, is featuring women from all over the country from all the political parties who were elected to the House of Representatives. Who were elected to town boards, town councils, city councils in Belize. We also, as a part of this exhibition, highlighted the campaign memorabilia, so they could get a better understanding and political literature. This is done in an attempt to provide them with information, inspire and to encourage them."

Top Teachers Get Thanks
While the Belize Women's Political Caucus wants to inspire and train young girls to be future political leaders, the Ministry of Education wants to encourage teachers to keep working hard in the classrooms. Today an awards ceremony was held to recognize all those outstanding teachers and school leaders across the country at all educational levels. There were 29 nominees overall and there was a special presentation at the Bliss Center to celebrate this achievement. We stopped by to find out more. Jeanie Garbutt Franklin, Edu. Ofc., Teacher Edu. & Dev. Services: "Today we are recognizing those persons who have demonstrated excellence in the teaching profession. We are looking at two categories, teachers and school leaders. It has been a very collaborative process that we've been true to be able to say that these persons are persons we really want to recognize because they've stood out in education. As part of its mandate, the ministry of education is very concerned about the quality of teaching in our classrooms and for us this is an opportunity to showcase some of those good practices that have been happening in the classroom. We know that school leaders and teachers are critical to this process."

Fighting The Good Fight
Today the National Fire Service increased its number of firefighters by two dozen. After 15 weeks of grueling training, 24 recruits passed out at a ceremony this morning. This brings their total number of firefighters up to 86. There are plans to increase those numbers even more, and it started today with the 1st of 2 passing out ceremonies the department hopes to have for the year. Emanuel Pech was there and has the report.

Fighting For The Fire Department
The last intake of firefighters was done in 2012. That alone should give you an idea of the department’s limitations- a small staff, with limited resources. But according to Hon. Edmund Castro, who is the Minister of National Emergency Management, he is lobbying at the cabinet level to allocate more resources to this department. He was at the ceremony today to address the recruits. We spoke to him and the training officer for the fire department who also agree that more needs to be done for this department.

Violin Visitors
For many Belizeans, it's quite easy and natural to be consumed by the Garifuna Collective's rich cultural performances or by Ernestine Carballo's energetic Soca Madness Shows. But how about a classical music presentation? Sure, it's not Belize's taste of music but the visiting violin duo says anyone can understand and appreciate the subtle and delicate sound of the violin. Today we met the duo at the Bliss Center and they explained how that specific sound tells a story of emotion and passion. And the duo wants to pass on that love for music by teaching kids how to play the violin. Austrian Violinist Daniel Auner told us about some of the techniques and values these kids are learning. The duo is training 50 city kids for 4 days. Now if you just want to experience classical violin music you can head over to the Bliss Center tomorrow night at 7 to see Galante and Auner perform. They have performed in Belmopan and Orange Walk.

Channel 5

Prime Minister Calls Press Conference to Provide Update on Bi-lateral Meetings
The Prime Minister of Belize called a press conference this evening, ostensibly for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to report on meetings held with Guatemala and the O.A.S. in Washington. [...]

PM Implores PUP to Desist From Planned Sarstoon Trip
To conclude his five minute statement, the Prime Minister uses the podium to publicly appeal to the Opposition People’s United Party to desist from going to the Sarstoon. Even as [...]

Senator Eamon Courtenay Responds to PM’s Plea
Late this evening, People’s United Party Senator Eamon Courtenay responded to the prime minister’s appeal for the P.U.P. to stand down from its planned journey to the Sarstoon this weekend.  [...]

PM and FM Unable to Report on Washington Meetings
Now here is the thing. There is, according to the Prime Minister, a breakthrough coming out of the meetings in Washington, but he can’t tell us what that breakthrough is. [...]

So What Really Happened in Washington?
If all that leaves you shaking your head, we’re in the same boat. But the media persisted, very interested in hearing details about all the splendid progress, and especially interested [...]

PM Ask Opposition to Re-engage
Since we were obviously going to get nowhere on the meetings in Washington, News Five asked about a timeline heading forward, particularly where the Opposition is concerned. Talks of a [...]

Why Did BDF Stop SATIIM at the Mouth of the Sarstoon?
This morning, a boat containing rangers from SATIIM was denied entry to the Sarstoon, not by the Guatemalan Armed Forces, but by the Belize Defense Force. SATIIM co-manages the Sarstoon [...]

PM Responds to Guatemalan Congress Resolution
The report of a breakthrough is interesting, especially in the light of a resolution passed by the Guatemalan Congress today. That resolution was the approval of an advisory warning citizens [...]

Belizean and Guatemalan Ombudsmen Meet at Adjacency Zone
It mostly went under the radar, but Guatemala’s Ombudsman Jorge de León Duque, was on visit on Wednesday. According to online information, de Leon Duque met with his local counterpart, [...]

Another Murder in the Old Capital
Gang warfare is intensifying in the Old Capital and bodies are piling up; there have been eight murders in five days; three of them in the city and four in [...]

Minor to Be Charged for Murder of Troy Cole
Less than twelve hours before the murder of Cocom, a well known street figure, Troy Cole, was gunned down near his home on Gibnut Street in south side Belize City. [...]

BHPL Responds to Allegations in Wake of Murder
The murder of Troy Cole on Wednesday morning in Belize City is mired in controversy, particularly because Cole’s family and the Belize Police Department are alleging that he was refused [...]

No Updates in Gambis Execution
But in the murder of Glen “Gambis” Williams, police say that they need the public’s assistance in finding a grey four-door Lincoln that was used by the shooter in the [...]

ACP Williams Speaks on Murder Spike
According to our records, to date, there have been fifty-three murders since the start of the year; thirteen of those homicides were in Belize City and all but on one [...]

Outstanding Teachers Recognized for Academic Excellence
Eight educators were today recognized for their exceptional contributions to the academic field.  Teachers and school leaders were nominated in a number of categories from pre-primary to Special Education and [...]

BWC and FSTV Part Ways over Garbage
The Belize Waste Control is at odds with the management of the Fort Street Tourism Village over the cost of collecting garbage from the facility.  BWC recently pulled the plug [...]

BWC Says Revenues Are Half What Should Be Collected
The crux of the matter, according to Lamb, is that vendors are refusing to defray what they consider an additional expense.  As a result, B.W.C. is realizing a little over [...]

National Fire Service Celebrates New Firefighters
This morning, the National Fire Service held its passing out ceremonies at headquarters in Belize City. Twenty-four have made the cut, surviving a very intensive training course to prepare them [...]

Healthy Living looks at signs of Domestic Abuse
Domestic violence is a very complex issue. It is one that numerous agencies and departments work tirelessly to address. It is a public health issue – like all other forms [...]

CTV3

Orange Walk COP Charged For Police Brutality
Last week Thursday we reported that a forty three year old resident of Temash Street here in Orange Walk Town was allegedly brutalized severely by authorities as he was taken into police custody. The family of the victim told us that sometime at around midnight on Tuesday the 26th of April, the victim was walking in the company of a friend on Gravel Lane when they were approached and stopped by police officers. Family members recounted that a search was conducted on both individuals; however, only the victim was transported to the Orange Walk Police Station where he was placed inside a cell, stripped off his garments and was hit continuously and severely. When we spoke to the Officer in command of the Police Department here in Orange Walk, Selvin Tillett, he informed us that an investigation would be carried out and it did….leading to the arrest of one police officer.

Orange Walk Teachers Receive Outstanding Awards
In commemoration of education month which is celebrated in the month of May, the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports holds an annual event where educators from across the country are celebrated in a National Outstanding Teachers Awards which recognizes individuals for most outstanding teacher and school leader among others. This year three of Orange Walk very own outstanding educators were awarded, including Teacher Bernadette Codd from Carmelita Government School was bestowed the Outstanding Teacher of the year award at the Preschool Level. Teacher Olivia Mesh from Saint Peters Anglican School won the Outstanding Teacher of the year award at the Special Education Level while Teacher Sergio Cal from Muffles Junior College won the Outstanding Teacher of the year award at the Tertiary Level. Today when we spoke to District Education Manager for Orange Walk, Karla Alvarez, she told about the immense joy she feels at having three of our very own be recognized.

New District Orange Walk Football Association Promotes Sports For High Schools
The newly elected members of the Orange Walk Football Association have planned an under eighteen football tournament targeting students from the different high schools here in the Orange Walk District. A meeting was held on Tuesday to finalize the name of the schools that will be participating as well as the schedule and agenda that will be used throughout the entire competition. Hector Morales – Executive member, OWFA: “This tournament is geared towards the high school students so we started planning about two weeks ago and this Tuesday we finally met with the Sport Directors and we worked on the schedule of the games, matches and also the days that it would be played so at this point it is closed and this is going to be an eighteen and under high school tournament only for male students so that will kick off this Friday at the Louisiana field and we will have two games one will start at four o’clock and the other one will start at five thirty in the afternoon.”

BPP Speaks On Sarstoon Restriction
Today marks six days that the Belize Territorial Volunteers and a group of about 85 Belizeans were denied access to the Sarstoon as a result of the Sarstoon Law passed by the Government of Belize which restricts any vessel or civilian from navigating the River for one month without proper authority. But even though days have passed the issue continues to be a hot point of contention. Today, the Belize Progressive Party expressed disappointment over Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s action which the party claims intentionally imposes upon the rights of Belizeans to move freely on the Sarstoon River. In the release issued today by the party they express their commitment to the Belizean people to ensure that such disrespectful treatment of the Belizean people shall not be summarily dismissed. According to the BPP there are four key areas of concern as it relates to what they describe as Belize’s constant submissive reaction to Guatemala’s claim over Belize’s sovereignty. First, PM surrendering sovereignty over the northern portion of the Sarstoon River, by way of enacting the S.I., in light of Guatemala’s current, physical control of the area, and Guatemala’s response to the issue, must be assessed.

Belize Remains ZIKA Virus Free
Belize apparently remains free of the Zika Virus and the Ministry of Health intends to keep it that way. On April 26th we told you that the Ministry of Health had received the results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA, on an initial case that was of significant interest in the ongoing investigation to determine the existence of indigenous transmission of the Zika virus in Belize. The sample from that case came back with a negative result for Zika but positive for Dengue. As a result of the investigation and heightened surveillance launched after the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the US reported that a woman started showing signs of Zika after visiting Belize, the Ministry of Health sent an additional seven samples for testing. The news tonight is that the results for six of the samples were all negative for Zika. The samples also tested negative for Dengue and Chikungunya. In a release issued today the Ministry of Health assured the public that any pending result that is of interest to the public as it relates to Zika will be reported forthwith.

Meet And Greet Program Leads To Less Crime
Every so often in our community we meet people who are struggling to make ends meet and are most definitely in need of assistance to improve their standard of living. In an effort to offer a helping hand to these individuals, members of the Orange Walk Police Formation along with the leaders of the Pasadita Area Neighbourhood Watch Group took the initiative this morning to visit a mother of three in order to present her with a basket of supplies. Corporal Isidro Yam – Orange Walk Police Formation: “It’s a pleasure for me as an officer representing the Belize Police Department to come here and to give a small token to Mrs. Sarita who is a very needy person in this community and also we are working with the Pasadita Neighbourhood Watch Group which is headed by Mr. Mandy Valdez and so what is happening is that this is a constant meet and greet and also a selection of different people from different communities that the neighbourhood watch along with the police select to assist them with a little basket of food to show them our appreciation and care that we have for them.”


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PM Briefs Media on Current State of Affairs with Guatemala and OAS
Prime Minister Dean Barrow called a press conference today at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza where he apprised the media of the recent meetings held on the Belize/Guatemala issue. There was no great revelation coming out of today’s conference but Prime Minister did say, it was called in an effort to keep the country […]

PM Appeals to PUP to Rethink Expedition; PUP Responds
Responding to the Prime Minister’s appeal to the Opposition to rethink their plans for an expedition to the Sarstoon, Senator Eamon Courtenay who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee for the PUP spoke to Love News on the Prime Minister’s Request. EAMON COURTENAY “With respect to the opposition we have received the request that was […]

Who Stopped SATIIM? GAF or BDF
Love News has been reliably informed that a patrol boat belonging to SATIIM was blocked from conducting their routine patrols on the Sarstoon River recently. According to our source, the vessel was sent back upon their arrival at the Forward Operating Base and subsequent to that, two boats belonging to the Guatemala Armed Forces moved […]

Guatemala Congress Warns Against Travel to Belize
As you heard earlier, the Prime Minister is confident that tensions will ease and the diplomatic process in settling Guatemala’s territorial claim on Belize will go back to normal. It is a sentiment consistenly being expressed by Belize’s officials as they harp on the importance of a peaceful resolution. Guatemala, however, continues on their aggressive […]

Belize Is ZIKA Free
The long awaited results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is in and came via a press release earlier today. That release reads, quote, “The Ministry of Health has received results from Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on an initial case that was of significant interest in the ongoing investigation to determine the existence […]

Murder #11 In Seven Days
The murder of Troy Cole yesterday morning was still being covered, when another deadly shooting claimed the life of 21-year-old Johan Cocom at around six thirty Wednesday evening. Cocom was shot multiple times, allegedly there were 10 shots fired at him of which 8 hit him on the chest, shoulders and legs. Today Assistant Commissioner […]

Investigation Updates on Gambis and Cole Murders
Today at a press conference with Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, he gave an update on the two recent murders that occurred between Friday and yesterday. Police has one person pending charges in the Troy Cole murder and is looking for a vehicle in the murder of Keon ‘Gambis’Williams. CHESTER WILLIAMS “

Outstanding Educators Recognized for 2016
This morning, several teachers from across Belize were awarded in the annual Outstanding School Teacher and Leader Awards ceremony held at the Bliss Institute. In this ninth such event, awards were given following submissions made by different school of their most competent teachers. Genie Garbutt Franklyn officer in charge of Teacher Education and development Services […]

New Immigration Director Installed; Marin Moves to Refugees
On November 23, 2015, we first brought the story of Diana Locke being looked at to take up the post of Immigration Director. Now, almost six months later, the announcement was made with Locke being confirmed to the post. Love News spoke with Chief Executive Officer, Edmund Zuniga. EDMUND ZUNIGA “Ms.Diana Locke who is a […]

Improving the Public Service with Guiding Principles and Policies
The Public Service conference is in progress with discussions surrounding a charter for the Public Service Commission which seeks to draft best practices to improve public administration. The drafted document is a regional document across CARICOM and will be presented in Freya Parham-August for government approval. FREYA PARHAM AUGUST “This morning we are having one […]

PlusTV

Guatemalan Government “deplores” and “rejects” Prime Minister Barrow’ s press statements
The Government of the Republic of Guatemala issued a press statement saying that it “deplores and rejects the unfortunate statements made by the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, in a press conference yesterday.” Those statements being rejected, we gather, was the Prime Minister’s comment that...

Territorial Volunteers disagree about need for SI
As PlusNews reported before, the Government of Belize passed a Statutory Instrument to prevent The Belize Territorial Volunteers from accessing the Sarstoon. Some in the public believe the SI to be dictatorial while others find it to be necessary, but it is interesting to note that even among Territ...

Murder victim was refused medical treatment, say Police
26 year old Troy Cole is Belize City’s latest victim of murder. He was shot this morning at the corner of Curassow and Gibnut Streets, not far from the scene of an unrelated incident reported this weekend which resulted in two men being injured. Police are seeking one person of interest. Cole, unfor...

Wil Mehia speaks about Coast Guard issue
Though the Government of Belize enacted legislation in the form of a Statutory Instrument sometime between late Thursday night and Friday morning to prevent the Belize Territorial Volunteers from going to the Sarstoon, it was another maneuver by the Coast guard, acting upon instructions from the po...

Lloyd Robateau Murdered in Ladyville
A resident of Ladyville was murdered last night and it is suspected he was the intended target. Police say that an argument between 31 year old Lloyd Robateau and some other men a few weeks ago may have led to his untimely death. Officer Commanding Eastern Division Rural, ACP Edward Broaster, told ...

Police investigate whether dead fetus in Belize City was a concealed birth
Police say a Belize City mother told them to a 4-month fetus buried in a shallow grave in the Jane Usher Boulevard area which was found this morning. However, police are still investigating whether a crime was committed, as we hear from Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams: ACP C...

Eric Patnett Arrested for Controlled Drugs
On Tuesday May 3, members of the Special Branch Tactical Response Squad were on special operations and executed a search warrant for drugs at the residence of Eric Patnett in Saint Mathews Village, Cayo District. Three prersons including Eric Patnet were at home at the time of the search. In the ou...

The Guardian

Failed trip to the Sarstoon
Despite the Prime Minister’s warning that it would do diplomatic harm to this country, and additional counsel of the Military leaders against it, Wil Maheia and his group of provocateurs attempted to go down to the Sarstoon River on Saturday April, 30. Fortunately, the Coast Guard, Police and BDF soldiers stepped in and intercepted the handfull of persons who showed up in Barranco Village in the Toledo District. The vessels which had been hired to take the group out were not seaworthy, so the Coast Guard impounded them for safety reasons. On Friday, the day before their trip, the Government enacted a Statutory Instrument prohibiting civilians from going into the Sarstoon without permission from the Government. It’s intension was to block the civilians from making a political statement of patriotism. Normal travel in and out of the Sarstoon is still unrestricted for purposes of travel, conservation, or for the preservation of livelihoods. The class of prohibited persons, if found guilty can be fined up to a $1,000 or sentenced to a year in prison.

City Council unveils bust of Prime Minister Price
“As political and national leader, no one could surpass Mr. Price,” says Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Dean Barrow. That statement is open for debate, but what is unquestionable is the fact that Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price is the architect of Belize’s Independence. The road leading to the political capital of Belize bares his name and now every time someone accesses the George Price Highway from Belize City they will see a bronz image of the “Father of Nation” on top of a monument at the intersection with the Central American Boulevard. The Belize City Council unveiled the George Price bust on Tuesday, May 3, with a host of relatives and friends in attendance. “Prior to this bust there was no statue of George Price anywhere in any public place throughout Belize City,” says Mayor Darell Bradley. The Mayor says that monuments are not just to honour the dead but also to encourage the living. “We need to celebrate his legacy and we need to encourage the values and principles that he lived by: humility, selfless service, love of country - devout faith in God.”

National Agricultural and Trade Show held in Belmopan
With visitors from across Belize, the National Agricultural and Trade Show has been successfully held in Belmopan. Under the coordination of the National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee and under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development, the three day show started with an official opening last Friday evening and continued on both Saturday and Sunday. The three day show has been transformed to be agricultural and trade oriented with many entrepreneurs coming out with a variety of Belizean products from the Tambranero sauce mix in the Corozal District to special concoctions of juices and other mixes. All the major cellular hardware providers were out at the show grounds, driving cellular phones to rock bottom prices. A cellular phone from VIP Wireless, Go Wireless Direct, and Cellular World was going for $39.99, $49.00 and $45.00 respectively. One of the exiting features of the Agriculture show were the rodeo shows held on both Saturday and Sunday with families coming out to view it for themselves.

Government of Belize Cautiously Optimistic about Meetings in Washington D.C.
The meeting among the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, the Belize Foreign Minister, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Carlos Raul Morales, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the OAS, Michael Fitzpatrick, and their respective delegations just concluded at the OAS Headquarters in Washington. The discussions covered the overall bilateral relations between both countries including the Sarstoon River. The Belize delegation are cautiously optimistic of the results and expect a statement to be issued later tonight by the Secretary General. The Belize delegation returns to the country tomorrow afternoon and the Government will provide details of the meetings in a press briefing on Friday.

500 residents of Indian Church/San Carlos, now have access to potable water
The Indian Church/San Carlos Hybrid Solar Water System is now allowing residents of that community to have access to potable water. Approximately 500 residents of Indian Church/San Carlos villages will now have easier access to the continuous supply of reliable quality potable water to meet their daily water needs such as drinking, washing, bathing and cooking. The hybrid solar water project was funded by the Government of Belize at a cost of $867,333.29 through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank. It represents the unwavering commitment of the Government addressing the basic needs of Belizeans, in the areas of water, sanitation and health. Furthermore, the water project will significantly contribute in the reduction of water-borne, food borne and vector borne diseases in addition to communicable and non-communicable diseases for residents of Indian Church/San Carlos, and by extension, the people of Belize. Thus the completion of the water project also demonstrates the unwavering commitment of the Government of Belize to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals, as it relates to water; which is to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.

Man found murdered in Camalote
A male has been discovered dead near a farm in the Cayo District. At about 1:25 am last Friday, Belmopan Police visited Cattle Ranch situated in Camalote Village, Cayo District, where on arrival they observed the lifeless body of a Hispanic descent male person lying face down. He was found to be wearing a blue shirt with black stripes, long blue jeans pants and a pair of black shoes. The body had several injuries, such as a large cut to the neck and apparent gunshots behind the right ear, on top of the head, above the left ear, and two to the left shoulder. The body of Gelion De Leon was transported to the Western Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the doctor on duty. The body of De Leon lies at the Western Regional Hospital Morgue, awaiting a post mortem examination.

Two cousins killed in Camalote
Two men have been shot and killed in Camalote Village. On Sunday May 1, 2016 about 7:23pm, reports were made of shots were being fired in Camalote Village. Belmopan Police responded and learnt that the two victims had been transported to the Western Regional Hospital for treatment. Twenty four year old Akeem Thimbriel a Belizean electrician of Camalote Village was observed suffering from gunshots to both arms and chest. He was pronounced dead at 7:49 pm by the doctor on duty. Another person, Shawn Lopez, a Belizean from Teakettle Village, Cayo District, had also received gunshot injuries to the upper body and later on Sunday succumbed to his injuries.

Man found in Creek near Belmopan
A body was found in the river at Mile 28 on the Hummingbird Highway on Saturday morning of this past weekend. The body is that of Emmanuel Rivera 33 year old Salvadoran laborer, whose abode was some 200 yards away. He was found in a creek about 5 feet wide and 2 1/2 feet in depth, lying face down and naked. No signs of violence were observed on the body. The body was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital morgue, where it awaits a post mortem examination. According to his uncle Manuel Rivera, a 59 year old Guatemalan farmer, sometime around 6:00 am on that same day, Emmanuel Rivera had gone to the creek by himself. He noticed that Rivera had not returned and upon further checks about 6:35 am, he saw him lying motionless in the shallow creek. Emmanuel had been diagnosed as an epileptic patient and had been on medication ever since.

Drive by shooting in Belmopan
A man was shot in Belmopan from the back of a vehicle with tinted windows. On Tuesday of last week at about 10:05 pm, Belmopan Police visited the Western Regional Hospital where they observed Jose Alberto Marquez Jr. with an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of the chest and an exit wound to the left side of his back. The 24 year old Guatemalan naturalized Belizean is a resident of Spain Street, in the Salvapan Area, Belmopan City. Initial investigation reveals that about fifteen minutes earlier, Jose Marquez Jr. was riding his bicycle on St. Peter Street, in the San Martin area of Belmopan City, when a grey in color, heavily tinted, four-door Toyota Four Runner came from his opposite direction. As the vehicle was passing him, the rear window behind the driver’s side was lowered and someone fired a shot at him. The occupants in the vehicle fled the scene.

City men busted with gun and ammo
Ervin Ellis, 23, of #76 Cemetery Road and Dwight Hulette, 20, of #64 Cemetery Road, are at the Belize Central Prison on remand after they were busted over the weekend with a firearm and ammunition. According to police, at around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 1, officers set chase behind Ellis and Hulette and caught up with them in an open lot on Woods Street. Police apprehended the men and executed a search of the area. About a foot away from the men, police found a 9 millimeter pistol loaded with ten live rounds of 9 millimeter bullets. Hulette and Ellis were arrested and charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Two young lives taken in Belize City, hours apart
Gun violence spiked once again in Belize City claiming the lives of two young men on Wednesday May 4. In the first shooting, 26 year old Troy Cole was riding his bicycle towards Curasow Street from Central American Boulevard at around 9a.m when he was attacked by a gunman. Reports are that he struggled with his attacker who carried a gun. Cole was unable to defend himself as he was shot twice by the assailant after which he made a mad dash for his life to the nearby Universal Integral Clinic. Assistant Commissioner of police, Chester Williams, told the media that while Cole managed to get to the entrance of the clinic he was refused entry into the health center leaving him on his own outside. Williams says it was police who had to take Cole to the KHMH where he later died. Williams regrets the actions by the institution claiming that in the moments after the shooting, the clinic could have stabilized Cole and probably saved his life. Police are at this point looking for one suspect in this shooting incident.

Smart Belize Hurricanes a win away from capturing National Elite Basketball League title
The National Elite Basketball League championship round for 2016 commenced on Friday 29th April, at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium in Belize City between the two-times defending champions the San Pedro Tiger Sharks and the number one seed into the playoffs the Smart Belize Hurricanes. The championship series is utilising the best of three format. Game 1 opened with the top seed, Smart Belize Hurricanes jumping out to an early lead, which at the end of the first quarter of the game stood at 18-16. At halftime, Smart Belize Hurricanes maintained a 31-28 lead. However, during the third quarter of the game, there were many lead changes and ties until the closing minutes of the quarter that the Smart Belize Hurricanes extended its lead to 9 points for a 63-54 advantage.

Belmopan Bandits regain National Football Title
The Premier League of Belize 2016 Closing Season Tournament came to an end on Saturday 30th April, 2016, when the second and final game in the home and away championship series was played out at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in the City of Belmopan. In the second and final game of the series, the Belmopan Bandits defeated the Placencia Assassins, by the score of 2-0 to recapture the National Football Title that it loss two seasons ago. The Belmopan Bandits got onto the scoreboard when Kervin Johnson scored the 1st goal of the game in the 29th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The first half of the game came to an end with the Belmopan Bandits defence protecting its slim lead. For much of the second half of the game it seems like the game would have ended 1-0 but it was not to be as Randy Padilla was able to penetrate the Placencia Assassins defence and scored his team’s final goal of the game in the 83rd minute of play for the 2-0 victory and the championship.

Belize City Primary Schools Football Competition open
The 2015-2016 Belize City Primary Schools Football Competition opened on Wednesday 4th May, 2016, at the MCC Grounds. In the girls’ competition there are ten schools that are competing in this year’s competition. The schools are divided into two groups. The schools that are in group a consist of Belize Elementary School, Unity Presbyterian School, Wesley Upper School, Holy Redeemer School and St. John Vianney. Meanwhile, the schools that are in group b consist of St. Martin De Porres School, Salvation Army School, Bethel Primary School, St. John’s Primary School and St. Mary’s Primary School. In the boys’ competition, fourteen schools have signed up to compete in this year’s competition. The boys like the girls are split into two divisions. In group a, the schools are All Saints Anglican School, Belize Elementary School, Unity Presbyterian School, Wesley Upper School, St. John Vianney School, St. Ignatius School and Holy Redeemer School. In group b, the schools are St. Martin De Porres School, Salvation Army School, Muslim Community School, Ebenezer Methodist School, St. Joseph School, St. John’s Primary School and St. Mary’s Anglican School.

Marlon Kuylen Acting President of the Football Federation of Belize
The Football Federation of Belize held its 9th Ordinary Congress on Saturday 30th April, 2016, at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City. The congress, which received the report on the performance of the Football Federation of Belize from President Ruperto Vicente, as well as the Financial Report of the federation had as its highlight the elections of officers for the 2016-2020 period. The congress had the participation of 14 District Football Association members and 6 members from the Premier League of Belize. At the end of the 1st round of voting, Marlon Kuylen was elected Senior Vice President, while Shane Orio and Darlene Vernon were elected as Executive Members.

Prison officers fed up with Kolbe
Prison officers have just about had as much as they can take at the Kolbe Foundation. Here at the Guardian, we have had complaints from officials at Kolbe before. Their beef is usually about unilateral decisions made by management of the institution. The officers often feel disrespected. They say they are treated more like errand boys than partners. Unfortunately for the prison officers, the recent rule passed down by management puts them in a class far beneath that of an errand boy. They are now being treated more like criminals than rehabilitation officers. Prison officers are now subject to searches upon entering the prison compound and before leaving. Not even convicts are searched before leaving the prison. One prison officer says the new rule is demoralizing. He says anyone can understand the logic behind conducting searches upon entrance because there have been reports that prison officers smuggle in products for certain inmates. However, there is no reasoning behind searches when leaving the compound. What is there to smuggle out of a prison?

Training in Taiwan for Belizeans in reproductive and breeding technology in small ruminant
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that two technical officers from Central Farm will be dispatched through the project ‘Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project in Belize’ to take a training course on reproductive and breeding technology in small ruminant, which will be taking place in Heng-Chung Branch, Taiwan Livestock Research Institute located in South Taiwan during May 17th - 26th, 2016. Belize has the highest potential in small ruminant production in Central America/Caribbean Area, but unfortunately, good breeds of sheep and goat are still in short supply in the country. The agreement between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Belize on the above-mentioned project had been signed on December 2nd, 2015 for the assistance in expanding the infrastructure at the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center in Central Farm, improving software and hardware, introducing quality breeding stocks to the center and improving production techniques, productivity and the integral development of the sheep and goat industry in Belize.

Teachers complete training in Early Childhood education
Over 30 teachers of Kuxlin Ha Government Primary School in Belmopan who successfully completed training in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Quality Child Friendly School will received their Certificates of Completion at a ceremony held at the school on Wednesday May 4, 2016. The teachers are now competent with the skills and knowledge to significantly contribute in making a positive educational impact in nurturing the development of children; the future leaders of Belize. The training project aimed to ensure that students and pre-schoolers have the opportunity to develop a healthy holistic child socially, culturally, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically and intellectually as well as improve the Learning Environment to provide Quality Primary and Early Childhood Education Services for Children of Kuxlin Ha Government Primary School. Topics covered during the 10-week training included sensitization on what early childhood education is and its importance, Child Development, Learning through play, discipline, Pre-school curriculum, Assessment booklets, Pre-school learning centres and Developing and setting up a pre-school centre etc.

Double Murder in Santa Elena, Cayo
There was a double murder at Betty’s Beauty Salon in Santa Elena Town in the Cayo District on Saturday evening of this past weekend. Responding to the scene, San Ignacio Police saw two females and a male on the floor of the salon. Andy Bustillos 31 year old Belizean employed with Anchor Security was in his security guard uniform, still breathing, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the right side of his head and was on the floor in the salon. He had in his hand a black in color CZ 9 mm pistol bearing serial number A266508. The other body was identified as Miriam E. Mai, a 39 year old Belizean cosmetologist of Santa Elena Town, who was seen face down suffering from an apparent gunshot wound under the chin and bleeding profusely. The other female body was identified as Daisy Carmita Miralda, a 29 year old Belizean Businesswoman of West Street, San Ignacio Town, who was lying face up and also bleeding profusely with a gunshot to the forehead and right side of head.

Accused of stealing motorcycle from Catholic Church
Hector Pratt, 29, and Rudolph Belisle, 20, are in trouble for allegedly stealing a Lifan motorcycle from the Saint Martin De Porres Church. Allegations are that on Saturday, April 28, the duo walked into the church’s compound and walked out with a red motorcycle. All this was caught on surveillance tape, according to police. Pratt and Belisle were taken before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Tuesday, May 3, where they were read two criminal charges of theft and handling stolen goods. The men both pleaded not guilty to the charges. Belisle was additional charged with committing a mischievous act. Police say that he filed a report about the theft of the motorcycle which turned out to be untrue after they checked out his story. Belisle pleaded not guilty to that charge as well.

MURDER GAMBIS…
Glen Williams, 38, also known as Keon “Gambis” Williams, was the third of five murders over the Labour Day weekend. Readers may remember his name from back in 2010 when he was accused of sodomizing a 14 year-old boy. He was tried in the Supreme Court and in June of 2013, he was acquitted. In the nearly 3 years that followed that acquittal, he continued on with his life, reportedly staying clear of the gang life. His mother says that he was a moneylender, and most of his clients were members of the waterfront workers. Police say that a few days prior to his street slaying, he reported to police that he spotted a vehicle following him. His family also recounted to the press that he had received death threats. His mother said that he even expressed a fear of sleeping at his home. On Saturday, April 30, at around 5 p.m., he left his mother’s house on Supaul Street on his motorcycle. He was riding at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Antelope Street.

One Legged Senior Citizen in Jail for Weed
La Democracia Village resident, John Williams, 68, also known as “Sadman”, is at the Belize Central Prison for drug trafficking. Williams is an amputee who was busted with 67.57 grams of marijuana on Wednesday, April 27. According to police, acting upon information received officers visited a yard in La Democracia where they saw a man with crutches. When the man saw the officers he threw a bag into some nearby bushes, about two feet from where he was. The officers retrieved the bag and opened it in front of him. The bag contained green leafy material suspected to be cannabis. The man, who identified himself as John Williams, was arrested and taken to the police station where the suspected cannabis was weighed in his presence. It amounted to 67.57 grams of marijuana. Therefore, he was charged with drug trafficking.

Robert Mejia charged for throwing blunt away
Robert Mejia, 36, of Hattieville Village, may have gotten himself into more trouble when he tried to get rid of a joint in front of police officers on Thursday night, April 28. According to Police Constable Wayne Trapp, he was conducting foot patrol around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday when his attention was drawn to Mejia while on Ysaguirre Boulevard. Mejia was hanging out in the area, allegedly smoking a joint at the corner of Myrtle Street. PC Trapp walked up to him and asked what did he have in his hand. That was when Mejia threw what he had into some nearby bushes. PC Trapp tried to recover the object from the bushy area but he couldn’t find it. Since he could not retrieve the joint, Mejia was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice.

San Antonio man chopped for no reason
A man from San Antonio Village was chopped by another for no apparent reason. On Thursday of last week at about 9:50 pm, San Ignacio Police encountered a vehicle that was transporting a Hispanic man identified as Amir Tun. The 35 year old is a Belizean laborer of San Antonio Village, who was suffering from four deep chop wounds to the face. Tun reported that whilst walking past the community centre in San Antonio Village he was approached by Amir Tzib from the same village, who chopped him with a machete for no apparent reason. Tun is in stable condition and admitted to ward at the San Ignacio Hospital.

Two drug related murders in Western Belize
Gun violence spiked once again in Belize City claiming the lives of two young men on Wednesday May 4. In the first shooting, 26 year old Troy Cole was riding his bicycle towards Curasow Street from Central American Boulevard at around 9a.m when he was attacked by a gunman. Reports are that he struggled with his attacker who carried a gun. Cole was unable to defend himself as he was shot twice by the assailant after which he made a mad dash for his life to the nearby Universal Integral Clinic. Assistant Commissioner of police, Chester Williams, told the media that while Cole managed to get to the entrance of the clinic he was refused entry into the health center leaving him on his own outside. Williams says it was police who had to take Cole to the KHMH where he later died. Williams regrets the actions by the institution claiming that in the moments after the shooting, the clinic could have stabilized Cole and probably saved his life. Police are at this point looking for one suspect in this shooting incident.

Two young lives taken in Belize City, hours apart
Gun violence spiked once again in Belize City claiming the lives of two young men on Wednesday May 4. In the first shooting, 26 year old Troy Cole was riding his bicycle towards Curasow Street from Central American Boulevard at around 9a.m when he was attacked by a gunman. Reports are that he struggled with his attacker who carried a gun. Cole was unable to defend himself as he was shot twice by the assailant after which he made a mad dash for his life to the nearby Universal Integral Clinic. Assistant Commissioner of police, Chester Williams, told the media that while Cole managed to get to the entrance of the clinic he was refused entry into the health center leaving him on his own outside. Williams says it was police who had to take Cole to the KHMH where he later died. Williams regrets the actions by the institution claiming that in the moments after the shooting, the clinic could have stabilized Cole and probably saved his life. Police are at this point looking for one suspect in this shooting incident.

Softball Federation calls junior female softballers to training camp
In preparation for the XV Central American Junior Female Softball Championship that is scheduled for August 26-28, 2016, at the Rogers Stadium in Belize City, the Belize Softball Federation is calling all junior female softballers, 19 years and under, to its training camp scheduled for Saturday, 7th May, 2016, at 9:00 am at Rogers Stadium. Junior female softballers in the Cayo and Stann Creek Districts are encouraged to come out and try out for the team. Junior female softballers who will turn 20 years in September of 2016 are encouraged to try out for the National Junior Female Softball Team. Junior softballers are asked to bring along an ID card, to verify date of birth, and their own softball glove.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

CEO’s to ride for cancer
The Government of Belize is supporting the Belize Cancer Society with a special cycling activity involving chief executive officers on Saturday. The CEO Caucus of the Government of Belize are participating in “The Big Deal” CEO Caucus Challenge 2016: Cancer Awareness Ride” which starts at Mile […]

PM: PUP must “hold on” on Sarstoon
Warning that any visit to the Sarstoon area might undo the “progress made” in diplomatic negotiations held this week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has asked the People’s United Party (PUP) to postpone its planned visit to the Sarstoon and rejoin the diplomatic process. Speaking this […]

Turning point for energy security in the Caribbean
Caribbean countries have quietly started a green revolution and are now leading the way for other small islands developing states in the global effort to limit the rise of global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius. While […]

AK-47 found in Camalote Village
While conducting drugs and firearm operations in Camalote, Cayo police’s Tactical Response Squad found an AK-47 with a black barrel and magazine containing 19 live rounds of 7.62 x 39 ammunition. The officers were on My Refuge Road when they heard a single gunshot […]

Two murders in Belize City, police investigate
Belize City Police are investigating two separate murders that happened yesterday on Gibnut and Prince Streets where Troy Triston Cole and Johan Justin Cocom were killed respectively. Cole, 26, was riding his bike on Gibnut Street after 9:00 Wednesday morning, when a gunman approached […]

Cold front setting in today
A weak late season cold front affecting the country supports cooler and relatively moist conditions the next 24-36 hours. The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy skies and cool weather with a few showers, periods of rain or an isolated thunderstorm mostly […]

23 firefighters graduate training
Today was graduation day for 23 trainees who are now firefighters for the National Fire Service. This is the first course graduation ceremony for 2016. Fires are not simply put out, and Fire Chief Ted Smith noted that the training the all-male cadre received included […]

Blogs

Cerros Ruins: See the Longest-Occupied Mayan Site in Belize
There are secrets to be found at Cerros Mayan ruins, but you would require diving gear to unearth them! This waterfront historical site is now partially underwater, but no worries—there’s lots explore if you wander the 40+ acres of hillside to take in two ball courts, a central plaza, pyramids and the piece de resistance, the main, towering temple standing 64-feet above ground level. See painted masks and stucco walls that have retained traces of splendid decorations, despite erosion and time. Cerros is located 84 miles north of Belize City at the mouth of the New River and near the Bay of Chetumal in Corozal District, the northern-most Belize territory. Your lodging host can arrange a private boat or book a tour that may also include land transport to and from the dock. This journey is fairly fast; it only takes about 15 minutes to reach the ruin. A ferry departs Orange Walk Town for Cerros, but first, you must drive 55 miles along the Northern Highway from Corozal, traveling past villages like Chunox, Progresso and Copper Bank, and then another couple of miles inland. Your best bet is that boat!

OAS Secretary General Almagro Met with Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, met today with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala in reference to the recent incidents in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone and the Sarstoon River. To this end, Secretary Almagro confirmed the imminent deployment of a group of experts to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances which resulted in the death of a Guatemala minor, following an incident with the Belizean security forces in the Adjacency Zone.

What Guatemala does not want the world to see
While the Government of Guatemala burns through the budget on lavish lifestyles, keeping an unfounded claim on our independent nation of Belize, swarms of families live below extreme poverty and live their lives in the garbage dumps. Guatemala would do good with starting to address the basic human rights of their citizens before they look for more expenditures elsewhere but then again, the Oligarchy does not suffer so they do not care.

Get in a vacation mood!!! Top 10 favorite images recently posted, in Placencia, Belize!!
Just like the title says - check these out if Spring is slow to get to your hometown (like in mine, of Cleveland, OH, where on Cinco de Mayo, everyone is still wearing winter coats!) Nothing like looking at tropical and fun images to get you in a summery, vacationey mood!!! :) If you want even more....google #placencia and select images, or search that hashtag on Instagram to see the latest photos that people are posting!!

Why Visit Belize in May
May is a great month to visit Belize because numerous resorts, hotels, and tour companies offer huge discounts on accommodations, tours, and all inclusive vacation packages making it affordable for travelers to enjoy an exquisite and amazing Belize vacation. The weather is also fantastic in May and there are endless activities that you can partake in such as scuba diving with whale sharks, exploring the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, bird watching in the rainforest, and taking a dip at Belize’s top waterfalls like Big Rock and Rio on Pools in the Mountain Pine Ridge. Another big reason to visit Belize in May is that there are fewer tourists in the country and thus you can enjoy all of the top attractions thoroughly and without rushing.

Fish Ceviche a la Veracruzana
Place the fish in a glass or plastic bowl with lemon juice and vinegar, cover and refrigerate for 20 min. Remove and make sure all fish has become white. Remove the liquid, add the ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste and finally the oil without beating more since that would change the texture. Refrigerate for 2 hours to blend the ingredients and serve.

Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce
Blend the ingredients for the sauce, pour into a bowl with chicken and marinate 1 hour in the refrigerator. Insert to form kabobs cubes on sticks, heat a griddle over medium heat, spread a little oil and cook 6 minutes total turning every 2 minutes. Put the rice in a pan add oil, onion and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add celery, carrot and cook for 1 minute. Add the pineapple, soy, oyster and cook 30 seconds. Add rice extinguish the fire and mix the cilantro. Place kabobs on a mound of rice and serve with roasted peanuts and chopped chives.

Foodie Friday: Fruti de Mare, great recipe to try at home!
Delight yourself right at home with this surprisingly easy to make Belize Fruti de Mare recipe! For this segment we will explain one of our favourite recipes, which is also remarkably easy to make, it is called the Fruti de Mare or Fruit of the Sea, it is very versatile and so easy to do at home you will wonder why you haven’t done it already. Seafood – clean and shell the shrimp and conch to get it ready for cooking. Fish – Scale (if whole) and fillet. Fettuccini – place it for 8-10 minutes into a pot of boiling water, once complete you drain the pasta and add salt and a light amount of olive oil to taste.

SAGA Brings a Team of Volunteer Vets to the Island: Let’s Get Our Pets Out There
Yesterday I followed a pick-up truck filled with dog and cat carriers and veterinarians into the DFC area just south of town. A TEAM of volunteers are here to help the animals of Ambergris Caye – to provide much needed spay and neutering and more. The team of vets and vet techs and some SERIOUS equipment are here and seeing dogs and cats –> Yesterday May 4th in the DFC area, Today, May 5th from 9am to 4pm in San Pedrito and May 11th and 12th in San Mateo. PLEASE DROP IN! But let me pause for a moment and just mention a FEW reasons why it’s a good idea to fix your pet – both your cats and your dogs, the females and especially the males. Fixing your Dog Can Fix up San Pedro. Keeping dogs and cats in happy homes, keeps them off the streets…and from pooping on the streets…and from perhaps biting anyone. We have enough cute “street dogs” in San Pedro – fixing your animals (and find these strays homes) is the only way to keep the numbers in check. If you are calling the Mayor’s office to complain about strays in your area and your male dog is not fixed, you may be CONTRIBUTING to the problem.

International Sourcesizz

OAS issues press release on meeting held with Belize & Guatemala
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, met today with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala in reference to the recent incidents in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone and the Sarstoon River. To this end, Secretary Almagro confirmed the imminent deployment of a group of experts to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances which resulted in the death of a Guatemala minor, following an incident with the Belizean security forces in the Adjacency Zone. Recalling Annex C of the Confidence Building Measures in force on the Guidelines for Public Statements, Secretary Almagro urged its strict compliance by the Parties. The OAS Secretary General further called on the Parties to adopt a cooperation mechanism as soon as possible to normalize the situation in the Sarstoon River so that both the peoples and governments of Belize and Guatemala can refocus on strengthening their good neighborly relations. The Secretary General welcomed the readiness of both Parties to advance in the negotiations of the cooperation mechanism and urged the Parties to avoid future incidents such as those that have recently occurred.

Update on Coral Reef Bleaching and Possible New Remedies
Coral reefs are crucial to ocean ecosystems — providing food and shelter to a quarter of all marine life. They also support food stocks that feed more than a billion people. This year, reefs around the world are threatened like never before: At Christmas Island near Australia, scientists estimate more than 80 percent of all the coral is now dead. And at the Great Barrier Reef, a similar story is unfolding: More than half of the reef’s coral has died. Scientists point to warming ocean temperatures and successive El Nino events as causes. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, the threat to coral reefs worldwide and what it will take to save them. Guests: C. Mark Eakin coordinator, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Watch program. Kim Cobb Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology. Ruth Gates researcher, ocean science, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.

Norwegian Getaway’s First Belize Trip
Belize has welcomed the Norwegian Getaway in its first call to the Caribbean destination. The ship arrived with 4,360 passengers last week and hosted an on-board plaque exchange ceremony between the Belize Tourism Board and Captain Rune Myre of the Norwegian Getaway. The 1,068-foot Getaway was built in 2014 and hosts 1,640 crew on board. It sails seven-day Western Caribbean cruises from Miami and is expected to make 22 more calls to Belize between May and December 2016.

OAS to deploy experts to investigate shooting incident in Belize-Guatemala adjacency zone
The secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, on Wednesday met with the ministers of foreign affairs of Belize and Guatemala in reference to the recent incidents in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone and the Sarstoon River. To this end, Almagro confirmed the imminent deployment of a group of experts to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances that resulted in the death of a Guatemala minor, following an incident with the Belizean security forces in the Adjacency Zone. Recalling Annex C of the confidence building measures in force on the guidelines for public statements, Almagro urged its strict compliance by the parties.

Videos

  • G.R.W.A Vol. 1: Belize, 6min.

  • Loggerhead Turtle tries to shake some Remoras, Turneffe Atoll, Belize, 40sec. A loggerhead turtle tries to shake some pesky remoras by thrashing around and then darting off. This footage was taken near the Turneffe Atoll in Belize

  • Belize 2016 / Caye Caulker / San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 8min.

  • San Antonio Mayan Gift Shop Belize, 3min. Trip through the village of San Antonio is a little gift shop.

  • Hol Chan Belize Reef. Creative tours San Pedro, 4.5min.

  • BELIZE 2016, 6.5min. Jeff and I had the best time with our buds Mike and Amanda in Belize last week! I had to make a video of our fun travels! Although it doesn't even showcase HALF of the fun things we did together like hiking the ruins, and cave exploring, diving, and tubbing, and the list goes on and on, but at least this is a little taste of the magic that is Belize.

  • DAY 4 - THE CITY OF BELIZE, 7.5min. Check out my visit to Belize city. Excursions in Belize are absolutely amazing, the city..

  • Caribbean Reef Octopus - Caye Caulker, Belize, 13sec. A Caribbean reef octopus spotted on a night dive off Caye Caulker, Belize.

  • BTB The Taste Of Belize Official Ad, min.

  • Larubya.drummers from Belize city, 6min.

  • Larubya.drummers from Belize city(1), 5min.

  • Fly Fishing Belize: Permit On The Fly, 2.5min. Fly Fishing for Permit of the coast of Southern Belize with legendary fly fishing guide Lincoln Westby.

  • People of San Pedro - UNCW Belize Documentary, 9min.

  • Belize waterslide 1, 23sec.

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