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#513675 - 05/11/16 06:57 AM Today's Belize News: May 11, 2016
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Tiger Sharks ready to claim three-peat championship
On Saturday, May 7th the San Pedro Tiger Sharks took on the Smart Belize Hurricanes in the second game of the 2016 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Finals. The heated match between these two basketball titans took place at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium at 9PM. Fans from both teams were out in full force, cheering and chanting for their favorite team. For the Tiger Sharks, this was a must win game as, Smart Belize Hurricanes had won the first game of three in this epic series and their first NEBL championship showdown. Fortunately, the two-time defending champions rose to the occasion, crushing the Hurricanes in one exhilarating match.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week - Do You Yoga in Belize?
We dare you to find a more picturesque yoga setting in Belize. Michelle Foster shares her 'Shanti' moment with her yoga group on top of the new 'Belize' sign located next to the Baron Bliss Memorial along the coast of Belize City. She recently completed her yoga teacher training at Om Shanti Belize Yoga School 200hr Yoga Alliance. Where do you Yoga?

Belize Anglers Win Big at Mahahual, Mexico Fishing Tournament
The Marin Family (Aaliyah Marly), from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, took second place and a brand new 2016 compact car at the 25th annual Governor’s Cup Mahahual 2016 Fishing Tournament held in QRoo, Mexico this past weekend. The two-day tourney saw 13 boats from Belize competing against a slew of Mexican anglers. Four boats from San Pedro, Belize, won top prizes that included a compact car, ATV four-wheeler and motorbikes: Team Aaliyah Marly (Enrique Marin) 2nd place - Compact Car, Team Arsenal (Jody Leslie) 5th place - ATV four-wheeler, Team Seacarous (Ivan Staines) 8th place - Motorbike, Team Captain Sharks (James Ritchie) 11th place - Motor Bike.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

SELL - A - THON at the Lions Den in San Pedro May 14th
8am - 1pm

The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage is offering a FREE training program for Belizean and Belize-based journalists. If you are interested, please inbox/message me (include email address)!

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Education is pleased to announce the call for application submission for Nursing Scholarships 2016.

Belize Screen on the Green
Belize Screen on the Green is featuring the movie, "Coal Miner's Daughter" this Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Governor General Field in Belmopan. As always, movie is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please bring a blanket, a chair and a snack and join us for a fun evening! About the movie - Raised in rural Kentucky poverty and married at the age of 13, Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek) begins writing and singing her own country songs in her early 20s. With the tireless help of her husband Oliver "Mooney" Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones), Loretta rises from local honky-tonks and small-time record deals to national tours and hit singles, befriending her idol Patsy Cline (Beverly D'Angelo) and becoming a country music icon despite the toll stardom takes on her family and her marriage. Rating - PG (adult situations/language and violence) *In the event of rain the movie will be held at UB's Jaguar Auditorium and movie will start at 6:00 pm sharp.

Benque House of Culture Art Sessions
Art Sessions every Saturday for the month of May starting on the 14th - Still Life Lessons at 2:00 p.m.

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, The Belize Hotel Association, was in Washington DC to participate in The Around the World Embassy Tour which is a signature event of Passport DC. This is an annual celebration of international culture, where featured embassies in Washington showcase their countries artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others. The event is open to the public and it allows for visitors to immerse themselves in the culture, traditions, food and music from many countries around the world. Attendees receive a "passport" which is stamped at each embassy that they visit during the event. Besides Belize, other participating countries this year included Afghanistan, African Union, Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Libya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The Belize Hotel Association, represented by President Leisa Carr-Caceres, saw over 1000 visitors to the booth and over 400 Hotel guides were handed out along with BHA Maps and other promotional materials.

OCEANA mural in Corozal
Sarteneja Village artist Chuy Carrillo creates a beautiful mural at Corozal Town's Coronation Park commissioned by Oceana in Belize and the Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage.

Who's ready to paint this week!
This is a great painting for begnners and also great for advanced painters to get creative and change the snenery if they like. Always remember you are in control of your brush. Let me know who would like a stenciled canvas or a blank one. See you Thursday!

Government Explains Refugee Situation in Belize
The Government of Belize wishes to clarify reports in the media that there is currently an amnesty program for irregular migrants or for persons who have illegal immigration status in Belize. There is no such amnesty. The committee was reactivated in June 2015 after several years of dormancy. Since reactivation, the committee has held five meetings to consider applications for asylum from persons fleeing from persecution, especially gang violence in their home countries. To date the Committee has vetted and recommended 92 applications and these have been submitted to the Minister with responsibility for Immigration for the grant of refugee status or otherwise.

The San Pedro Town Council hosted yet another successful Mother's Day event for all the Mothers of San Pedro. The mom's were treated to a night filled with games, music, dances and laughter - and let's not forget the food, drinks and dessert! The event started with an opening address by the Mayor of San Pedro Town, His Worship Daniel Guerrero, followed by the keynote address by Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation and lastly the closing remarks by Councilor Flora, who was head organizer of the event. Once the official ceremonies were over, the fun began with the games! Participants were randomly selected to participate in games such as musical chairs, singing competition, dance competition and many others. While they enjoyed their delicious turkey dinner, they were entertained by Yaka's Elite Dancers in collaboration with the San Pedro Dance Academy. Also part of the line up and headliners of the event were musical sensation and excellent imitator of Juan Gabriel that had the audience waving their roses from side to side as he serenaded them with Juan Gabriel's greatest hits.

Rehab beautiful yellow loreds
The air around Wildtracks is alive with the sound of parrots this morning...we have had the pleasure of acting as the release site for six yellow-lored parrots - a Yucatan endemic with a distribution limited to southern Mexico and Belize, and found in Belize's northern coastal forests. These six parrots have completed their rehabilitation at Belize Bird Rescue, and then been moved to Wildtracks for just over a week of acclimatization before their release. Yesterday, their enclosure door was opened...and all six parrots are now back in the wild. Over the coming days we will continue feeding them and keeping an eye on them until we can be sure that they are thriving...but for today we are just enjoying the sight of them stretching their wings. Kudos to Belize Bird Rescue for all their hard work in ensuring parrots such as these have a chance to return to the wild...it is illegal to catch parrots or keep them as pets in Belize, and BBR have worked hard with the Forest Department over the past years to address this issue.

Channel 7

Cayo Crowd Came Out To Condemn & Curse Alleged Double Murderer
Anchor security guard Andy Bustillos was arraigned today in Cayo for 2 counts of murder. Bustillos allegedly shot and killed his ex-common law wife Miriam "Betty" Mai and her sister in law Daisy Miralda on Saturday April 30th. He then shot himself in the head but he survived. It happened inside Betty's Beauty Salon in Cayo. Now this double murder has wrecked 2 families and infuriated the community. And they showed their anger today as Bustillos was escorted to court. Courtney Weatherburne was there to capture that moment. "In our hearts forever" that was the message the Mai and Miralda families and friends carried with them this morning as they gathered beneath the shade in front of the San Ignacio police station. But while they all stood in love and solidarity for the tragic loss of Miriam Mai and Daisy Miralda, they also stood and waited for justice. Mai's and Miralda's alleged murderer Anchor Security Guard Andy Bustillos was charged yesterday evening with 2 counts of murder. So this morning, with loved ones looking on and police officers standing guard, Bustillos was brought out for his arraignment in court. And that same peaceful crowd then erupted in rage and indignation.

Cop Say Domestic Abuse Law Must Be Changed For Earlier Interventions
Now although Mai suffered the abuse in silence and her friends also kept it a secret, wasn't there anything else the police could have done? Senior Superintendent Andrew Ramirez explained that if a victim or complainant refuses to press charges there is nothing much the police can do and he told us that is what happened in Miriam Mai's case. As we told you, Mai had gone to the police to complain about the abuse on several occasions. She had also gotten a protection order against Bustillos but according to Ramirez, after all that, she still refused to press charges. Ramirez said that there has to be an adjustment to the law regarding domestic abuse so the police can do more. Courtney Weatherburne: "I know that there are formalities as you said before, the victim has to want to press charges and take it to court but aren't there special situations when you know personally that a woman is being abused by her husband or boyfriend. Isn't there any special situation where you really push on and try to help the woman? Because maybe she's fearful, she's afraid to speak out, she doesn't know how to tell her family members that she's being abused, she doesn't know where to go."

Bulgarian Scammers Charge CC Fraud
Last night, we told you about the 2 Eastern European men from Bulgaria who were allegedly caught after going on a prolific cyber theft in Belize of monies believed to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Well tonight, we can share more details with you. Their identities have since been revealed to us as 25 year-old Halid Yuksel Aptula, and 28 year-old Georgi Tsvyatkov (z -vi-at-kov) Petrov, both of Bulgaria. They were arrested, charged, and arraigned in Magistrate's Court this evening, and we'll share the details on that hearing with you a later on. But, first, to the details of a very intriguing tale of cyber-theft. Well, on Saturday, May 7, just before midday, a very vigilant auditor from the Belize Bank was out doing some errands. He stopped by the Belize Bank ATM on Albert Street to withdraw some money, and that's when he spotted Halid Aptula who was trying to withdraw money. This auditor, who apparently had been briefed by his superiors at the Belize Bank, recognized Aptula as the suspicious man in past surveillance camera footage which captured him and his associate conducting fraudulent withdrawals using the cyber theft scheme they'd set up.

Northern Cops Copped A Kilo of Coke
Orange Walk police came up on one and a half kilo of cocaine today right in the middle of town. The cops say they got a call that someone had stashed cocaine in an open lot. They followed up on the lead, and at 3:20 this afternoon, they came upon a parcel of uncut cocaine neatly wrapped. Officer Commanding Selwyn Tillett told our colleagues at CTV-3 more:... ASP Selvin Tillett, OC - Orange Walk: "A search was conducted on an empty lot on Pastor Street, where at the back of the lot, behind some grasses was a black rectangular pack that was retrieved by police. When the package was opened, it contained white powdery substance with a pungent odor suspected to be cocaine." Reporter: "Do you know what would be the value of this amount of cocaine found?" ASP Selvin Tillett, OC - Orange Walk: "Roughly about $20,000 - $22,000."

The Staggering Cost of BTL Acquisition Now Being Tallied
The full bill for the BTL acquisition is coming due and it's in the hundreds of millions of dollars. 7News has received unofficial information saying that the ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands has been issued - and right now the numbers people on both sides are just reviewing the final figures to see if they are correct. As you may recall, the Ashcroft Allied company, Dunkeld International took the government to international arbitration for the acquisition of its 45 million or so shares in Telemedia. The Ashcroft side claimed the shares were worth around ten Belize dollars each, and government's international experts, the valuation company NERA put the value at about one dollar and fity cents per share.

Woman Faces Trial For Allegedly Killing Her Ex And Injuring His GF
Viewers will remember Calaney Flowers, now 30 years-old. She has been spending 3 years and 8 months on remand while she awaits trial for murder and attempted murder. She was accused of knocking down and killing her baby's father, 29 year-old Lyndon Morrison, and seriously injuring his new girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa. That happened on August 28, 2012, and for that entire time the Morrison Family has remained quiet while they waited for the state to prosecute the woman believed to have killed their loved-one with her car. Well, today, at the start of the murder trial against Calaney Flowers the family finally broke the silence. Lyndon Morrison's mother, Laurel Grant, took the stand and testified against her as a prosecution witness, and this evening, after finishing her testimony, she spoke with us about their extended wait for the trial to start. Here's what she told us:

San Pedro Murder Victim Was Shot In Testicles: Family Says
Police in San Pedro are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Melvin Almendarez. It is a curious case because as far as everyone knows Almendarez was not a trouble maker. He had a clean police record, and was known in the community for his positive influence in youth and sports. So why would anybody want him dead? That is the question that police are still trying to figure out. When we spoke to police yesterday, they didn't say much. They would not even confirm if he had been shot. But today his post mortem examination states that Melvin died of, "…face trauma as a consequence of blunt instrument type and a gunshot wound to the abdomen." The report says "abdomen" but family members who received the body yesterday tell us he was shot to the testicles. They further believe that after being shot, Almendarez was run over by a golf cart.

What!? Guat. Soldiers On Belize Side of Border?
Many eyebrows were raised yesterday around 4:00 in the afternoon when three Guatemalan Soldiers were spotted with their weapons on the Belize side of the border. They were parked near the OAS Adjacency Zone office, which is on the Belize side of the border. As this photo shows, the soldiers were casual - and our unofficial information is that they were escorting a senior officer, who was on official business at the Adjacency Zone office. We did call that office, and they told us the Director wasn't there. But we did send him an email - to which we haven't yet gotten a response.

In The South, Guate Kids Come Over For School Too
But as we've shown you, hundreds of Guatemalan schoolchildren freely cross that same border daily to attend primary and high school in Belize. But, it doesn't only happen in the west, it also happens in the south at the unregulated Jalacte border crossing. Except, down there, we can't say how many cross because their is no checkpoint - Guatemalans and Belizeans just crisscross the border freely. We found that out in 2008 when we went down there to investigate a dispute about a Guatemalan warehouse structure which had been placed on Belizean territory. And the dynamic we found down there is the same on driving the encroachments in the Chiquibul, and causing the Guatemalan schoolchildren to go to schools in western and southern Belize. Here's how Guatemalan Edgar Savedra put it:... Edgar Savedra, Jalacte Resident: “I was born in Guatemala but I have to live in Belize because I need somewhere to work. In Guatemala there are only pasturelands and poor people like myself have nowhere to love. I have more opportunities here in Belize because I like to make milpas. I can plant beans and rice and I need to work. In my country I don’t have an opportunity to work because I don’t have any land.”

Guatemalan Analyst Criticize His Government For Showing Military Muscle
And those historically easy relations and casual crossings are what the sudden militancy from the Guatemalan military seems to want to put into jeopardy. Today we picked up a report from Chapin TV in Guatemala where a Guatemalan analyst criticized his government for militarizing the terms of the territorial dispute. In fact there are a number of Guatemlan NGO's criticizing the Guatemalan Government for their aggressive response to incident with the 13 year old minor. They said this approach has placed the bilateral relationships in jeopardy. Here's the interview political analyst Hugo Novales did with Chapin TV. He's a political analyst for a Guatemalan organization called "Asi-es."

Mayor Says City Getting Ready For Rains
The rains are upon us- well almost anyways. Belize's typical rainy season starts in late May or early June. And as sure as the rains will fail, if you live in Belize City, you can count on your street being flooded - even if only for a few hours. And while there's only so much you can do about floods in a city at sea level, what about all those clogged drains? They don't clean themselves - and so is the city council busy cleaning them before the rains? Here's what the mayor told us today:... Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor: "We have 3 crews going out right now as we speak and they've been doing this for the last 2 months in terms of certain strategic areas of Belize City and their focu s is exclusively on drain cleaning. They've been working in Lake Independence; we have a crew deployed in parts of Caribbean Shores; we have a crew deployed in sections of Port Loyola and we have a crew deployed in sections of Collet. We are also working quiet closely with the Flood Mitigation Project in relation to certain aspects with the improvement of the canal works that they have been doing over the last year and a half. One of the things that we have also identified is the importance of trying to get the community onboard, because often times assets are developed, drains are cleaned but one of the things we've noticed is that a lot of people block the drains because they don't have a culvert.

5 Years For Firearms No Longer Automatic
Last month, we told you how Belize City resident Allyson Major sued the Government and the Police over the Firearms Amendment Act. The law was changed by the Barrow Administration to crack down on crime, and the rationale was that by assigning collective responsibility for individual wrongdoing, the police would increase their chances of a conviction for illegal firearms. Or, to put it differently, the lawmakers figured that if his whole family was charged, the guilty son would be forced to 'fess up'. Well, Allyson Major sued GSU and the court ruled that the police violated his constitutional rights. The pre-trial penalty of an automatic remand that Major was forced to endure violated his constitutional right to the presumption of innocence. So since then, the law has been sort of on shaky grounds, and last week, Anthony Sylvestre, who successfully argued Major's case, represented one of 2 men who challenged the mandatory minimum sentence. They came at the draconian law from the other direction.

The Other Side of Sandhill's Supposed Arson
Last night we told you about a mother and her 3 kids who lost their home in a fire. 35 year old Sandhill resident Kafi Davis was in Corozal when she got the call about the fire early Sunday morning. She raced back to Sandhill only to find the charred remains of her house. Davis told us yesterday that she believes it was arson and that it was as a result of an ongoing domestic dispute. Well tonight, we have another side to that story: Davis's husband, Steve Davis who just got out of police custody, sent us an email giving us his side of the story. He said that he was in Belize City with friends at the time of the fire. He claims that the Fire Department has it as an electrical fire, not arson. And then he adds that that even if he was in the area he wouldn't destroy a house he helped to fix. He writes, quote, "I borrowed money to put a new roof on the house so why would I throw away money like that?" Davis continues by saying that he turned himself into police after hearing the stories about him. He did end off on a light note by saying "Any help for my wife to get back on her feet would be greatly appreciated." Again, if you would like to help you can call Kafi Davis at 633 - 5572.

CitCo Gives Six Computers
The Belize City Council today donated 6 brand new desktop computers to Gwen Lizarraga High School. They were installed by the City Council technicians earlier today, and when we went there for the official handing over, they were already in use. It is an asset to the school which serves upwards of 600 students. The donation is valued at 6 thousand dollars.

Mayor Calls Out GOB For Being Slack On Siltation
Earlier we told you what the city is doing about the drains in advance of the rainy season, but another related issue is the silt that has developed at the mouth of Haulover creek - the main river channel leading into Belize City. Historically that waterway is what brought settlers to this area in the first place. But experts say, that in 5 years or so, we could lose the creek altogether. And that's because it's chocking on its own silt. When we last spoke to Mayor Bradley about the situation he said that the city doesn't have the 2 million dollars funds to dredge the area properly, and that in fact it is central government's job to do it. Today he took it a step further and throw central government under the bus for lacking leadership to get the job done. Here is how he put it. Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor: "Well I think that this is something that people have been saying for months now. I mean, like I go to Baron Bliss Park, I drive along the Southern foreshore, you see it. It's been reported on the media on numerous occasions and again you just need that leadership to just step up. We have a proposal in place, it's going to cost 2.5 million dollars. We have individuals who have even indicated to the council that they would voluntarily commit resources and energy and people who own dredging machines to do it free of cost."

Ruben Released; Confession Statement Struck Out
Twenty-three year old Ruben Price is a free man tonight, after being acquitted of the murder of Steven Perez in a trial without jury. It happened in June of 2011, when Perez was shot and killed at the corner of Dolphin and Iguana Streets. Police picked up Price shortly after on a nearby street - they say he tried to get away. But, there were no eye witnesses to the shooting and the case for the prosecution depended on a confession statement that Price gave to the police. But, in court he said he was tasered and beaten by the police to give the statement. The prosecution called 8 witnesses to prove that the statement was given voluntarily. But, defence witness, Dr. Raul Ordonez, testified that when he examined Price he found that there were abrasions to his chest, neck, abdomen, both arms and knees.

Channel 5

Pair of Alleged Bulgarian Cyber Thieves Arraigned in Magistrates Court
Two nationals from Bulgaria appeared late in court this evening and were charged for theft from the Belize Bank.  There was a delay in their arraignment because the court was [...]

Bulgarian Duo Implicated in International Credit Card Scam
Aptula’s attorney says that they are in communication with the Belize Bank to settle the matter. The two Bulgarians allegedly visited the Albert and North Front Streets ATMs of the [...]

111 Credit Cards Found Inside Their Apartment
During arraignment today, the police claimed that the scam begun on September seventh, 2015. The men were detained on Saturday and taken to their room at Easy Inn on the [...]

Andy Bustillos Arraigned for Double Murder of Ex-common-Law and Sister-In-Law
After spending just over a week recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, on Monday afternoon, thirty-one year old Andy Bustillos was arrested and charged for the double [...]

Still No Arrests in Double Murder of Guatemalan Men
Meanwhile an investigation is ongoing in the double murder of two Guatemalan nationals in the San Francisco area of San Ignacio. Fifty-two-year-old Santos Ramon Gomez and thirty-seven-year-old Orlando Antonio Garcia [...]

Reuben Price Walks From 2014 Murder Charge
Another murder trial by judge ended with an acquittal today for the accused. In a no case submission, Reuben Price’s attorney, Simeon Sampson submitted that the only evidence the prosecution [...]

Dionicio Salazar is Convicted of Killing Marlon Rivera
The prosecution, however, secured a conviction in the murder trial against Dionicio Salazar. On Friday in the Belmopan Supreme Court, Salazar was found guilty of the murder of Marlon Rivera.  He [...]

Question: Will Guatemala Withdraw its Troops from the Belize Side of the Sarstoon?
And tonight’s question is: Do you believe Guatemala will withdraw its troops from the Belize side of the Sarstoon? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 [...]

What’s the Latest on Belize and Guatemala on the Sarstoon?
At news time it is still not certain if there are any planned meetings between Belize and Guatemala in respect of the Sarstoon even though government says it is cautiously [...]

Trade Union Congress Weighs in on Refugee Eligibility Committee
The present refugee situation in Belize is another hot-button issue making headlines tonight.  News of an amnesty program for irregular migrants and for persons with illegal immigration status was initially [...]

Sarstoon Law Fiercely Opposed by N.T.U.C.B.
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize remains vocal in demanding that government rescind the Sarstoon Prohibition Regulation.  The N.T.U.C.B. is in strident opposition of the law, despite a release [...]

B.N.T.U. Rally is Fully Endorsed by Umbrella Organization
The Belize National Teachers Union, which falls under the umbrella organization, is coordinating a rally in Belize City on Friday.  The public demonstration, part of the recently launched Stand Up [...]

Gwen Liz Receives Computer Donation from CitCo
There was good news today for students at a high school in the south side of the city. At the request of the Gwen Lizarraga High School, a number of [...]

Belize City Mayor Comments on Citywide Crackdown on Liquor Licenses
A citywide crackdown on all local businesses selling liquor after hours without the requisite license remains in effect and police officers are wasting no time enforcing the law.  The ongoing [...]

A New Roundabout with a Controversial Flag
A newly constructed monument at the roundabout near the Phillip Goldson Highway and Chetumal Street is receiving mixed reviews from residents of Belize City.  The marker, which was built by [...]

B.N.T.U. President Shares Perspective on BTV’s Thwarted Sarstoon Expedition
B.N.T.U. President Luke Palacio, during a press conference on Monday, shared a rather interesting perspective on recent events in the south, following the passage of the Sarstoon Law.  Palacio told [...]

An Awareness and Education Campaign on Going to ICJ
As we told you, the B.N.T.U. is marching on Friday, to Stand Up for Belize. The union is also embarking upon a series of sensitization forums for teachers.  Those discussions [...]

Belize Music Week is a Few Days Away!
Fresh from successful presentations at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, artists will keep the pace with a series of events to promote the local music industry. Belize Music Week starts [...]

Music Ambassador Speaks on Upcoming Music Seminar
The week-long activities will be held at the Memorial Park in Belize City and will feature live performances on a daily basis by some of Belize’s finest artists. But according [...]


One Kilo Of Cocaine Found By Orange Walk Police
Orange Walk Police are today reporting a significant cocaine bust with a street value of over twenty four thousand dollars. The operation happened at around 3:00 this afternoon after Police received information from a concerned citizen reporting a suspicious person hiding something in an empty lot. When the Police, Domestic and Special Branch team descended on the empty lot located on Pasture Street and conducted a search they found a black plastic pack containing a powdery substance believed to be cocaine. Superintendent Selvin Tillette - Officer Commanding OWDP “The package was photographed and taken to the Orange Walk Police station where is was weight to an amount of 1200 grams of Cocaine, a preliminary test was conducted and it resulted in the presence of cocaine detected, at the moment we are still trying to follow up on it to see if we could detect where it came from and if we can find any more in the area.”

BNTU Orange Walk Branch Calls Teachers To Attend Friday's Rally
In last night’s newscast we told how the Belize National Teachers Union council of management agreed during a meeting on Saturday to replace its annual Teachers' Day celebrations with a rally in Belize City, as part of their ongoing "Stand up for Belize" campaign. During the meeting the union also called on GOB to remove the S.I. that restricts travel in the Sarstoon. Today we spoke to president of BNTU Orange Walk, Otilio Munoz, who explained the importance for all teachers to come out and join the stand against the implementation of the Sarstoon Law. Otilio Munoz- President- BNTU Orange Walk: “We agreed that we are going to be celebrating teachers day different and it is not going to be again in their respective places that all the branches had already planned, we are going to be taking it to Belize City but at the same time we want to do a rally, a demonstration rally because we believe that the Union is in the position that we don’t believe with the SI that the Government of Belize has come out with and if the SI has been sent and that SI was sent for the people that really wanted to go to the Sarstoon expedition, what about if the government decide we want to have the Union out of this thing and them trying to mess out the negotiations so we going to send out an SI as to that to the Unions that you cannot be participating in anything of rally and demonstration so we believe that this is the time that we can show to the government that we are serious that that SI needs to be remove that is one and two that we are sending a message on our own day, on teacher’s day, as educators of this country we are standing up.”

Belize National Teachers Union Gets Ready To Rally In The City
We told you yesterday of the People’s United Party’s resolutions against the Public Safety Act Sarstoon Regulations instrument of April 29. The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) is also not in favor. While avoiding a question on whether the Union would be prepared to join the PUP in going to the Sarstoon in defiance of the regulations, BNTU president Luke Palacio wondered why Government appears not to be heeding a national call: Luke Palacio – President of Belize Teachers Union: “In terms of the mention of the People’s United Party coincidental that when they were meeting we were meeting, our council was in meeting at the same time so it is just coincidental but again the bottom line remain if the Belizean people are saying to the government of Belize almost overwhelmingly the need to rescind the SI so why are they not prepared to do so and they are the best persons to answer that.”

Belize Project Changing Lives One Book At A Time
The Belize Project team is a group of individuals who work hand in hand with churches and educators in Belize to develop a program that at the end will combat illiteracy. The group formed about 3 years ago in the Village of Cristo Rey in Corozal and since then have been working along with the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a non-profit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by handing out books to young children free of cost. Here in the north hundreds of books have been distributed. In fact we can tell you that this past weekend 1,900 books were handed out and next in plan is a survey to determine the effectiveness of the reading program.

Mural Brings The Barrier Reef To Light
Biological systems are incredibly complex, and can fall victim to serious ecological consequences when disturbed by human activity for example oil exploration, which contributes significantly to noise pollution and contamination of our environment. In an effort to bring awareness of such dangerous activities OCEANA and the Belize Coalition have joined forces to show Belizeans the beauty that Belize has beneath the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Both organizations have embarked on a journey that will display through mural paintings, the beauty that lies within the Jewel’s Barrier Reef. According to OCEANA’s field representative for Corozal, Ryan Rivero, this mural paintings are being conducted throughout the country and displays what could be lost if we do not protect our eco system.

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Boycotting Guatemalan Products: A Personal Decision
Boycott is defined as an act of withdrawal from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest. It is a word that we have been reading regularly on social media as it is an act being promoted by several users when it comes to products made in Guatemala. […]

An Impaired Andy Bustillos Arraigned for Double Homicide
Dozens of residents from the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio gathered in front of the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court this morning as 31-year-old, Andy Bustillos was brought in for arraignment on two counts of murder. This case has caught the attention of many for several reasons including reports that it […]

Ruben Price Walks Free From Murder Charge
Twenty-three year old Ruben Price, charged with the murder of Steven Perez, was acquitted of the charge today by Justice John Gonzalez in a trial that was without a jury. Perez was shot and killed around 9 p.m. on June 26, 2011 while he was at the corner of Dolphin Street and Iguana Street. Shortly […]

Taxi and Dump Truck Collide on the Hummingbird
There was a traffic incident on the Hummingbird Highway in Saint Margaret’s Village at mile thirty eight just (VO STARTS) before five o’clock involving a dump truck carrying oranges and a white taxi sedan. Reports reaching our news centre were that the occupant of the sedan, Manuel Smith of San Ignacio Town was trapped inside […]

Government Responds to Refugee Concerns
The issues of the quantity of persons seeking refugee status, the due diligence being put into the applications by these outsiders have been burning in the local media of recent. Yesterday we brought you an interview done with the Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Beverly Castillo and tonight we will share with […]

Living with Lupus
There is an adage that says, ‘you see my glory but you don’t know my story’ … it is a saying that can be used in many situations … but this evening we use it in our story of Lupus; a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues […]

Nursing Profession – Unpopular, Unaffordable and Challenging
Nurses Week officially got started on Sunday, May 8 and with this week designated to highlight the works, successes and challenges of nurses around the country, Deputy Director of Health Services, Augustina Elijio made an appearance on the Morning Show yesterday. The common cry when it comes to the profession is the limited human […]

It’s Not the Belize Flag!!!
At a time when the words like patriotism and sovereignty are being used frequently by Belizeans, a misrepresentation of the very object that identifies us an independent nation, the Belizean flag, can be very well deemed as an unforgiveable blunder. If you traverse the Philip Goldson Highway within city limits you may have noticed something […]

Constructive Dialogue Prevails Between BWC and FSTV
Last week we told you of a developing situation between the Belize Waste Control and the Fort Street Tourism Village in Belize City and the payment for the collection of garbage. Tonight, we can tell you that the Belize City Council has intervened and with an update on the issue the media spoke with City […]

Footballer Shot on Ambergris Caye
On Friday night, a well-known football player was murdered in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Police found the body of twenty six year old Honduran national, Melvin Almendarez with a number of abrasions to the head and body. The body was found south of San Pedro Town in an area known as Mosquito Coast. Love News […]

The Challenges of Being a Teacher; Teachers Send Message to Parents
The entire month of May is being dedicated to various aspects of education ranging from competitions to festival or arts to media presentations and community service by the Ministry of Education and teachers. The profession of being an educator is not one that is highlighted however as there is no set program where teachers can […]

Teachers Speak on Curriculum Adjustments
Some weeks ago we told you of the plans by the Belize National Teachers Union to present a proposal to the Ministry of Education that will seek to incorporate history and geography into the school’s curriculum with an emphasis on the Belize/Guatemala situation. It is a proposal that Belize District President, Kathleen Flowers says will […]


National Trade Union Congress calls for SI 42 to be rescinded
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize, on Friday of last week, issued a press statement saying that the passage of the SI restricting Belizeans from accessing the Sarstoon is “dangerous precedence”. In fact, the statement says that “We believe the principle of democracy is being grossly viol...

BNTU to host rally; wants SI rescinded
The Belize National Teacher’s Union has also spoken on the Statutory instrument saying they are calling on GOB to rescind it. At a press conference on Monday evening, BNTU president says they are calling off regular activities for Teacher’s Day which is to be celebrated this coming Friday and inste...

PUP National Party Council maintains demand for rescinding of Public Safety Act regulations
At Saturday’s National Party Council meeting in Belize City at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium, the People’s United Party passed a resolution stating that it would rejoin the diplomatic effort to resolve the Guatemala crisis – if, in turn, Government rescinded the Public Safety Act regulatio...

Government Announces Limited Access to Sarstoon
This afternoon, GOB issued a statement saying it rejects the demand made by the People’s United Party for the immediate rescission of the Sarstoon Prohibition Regulation. Even so, GOB has softened its position on the Statutory instrument which restricted Belizeans from traversing the Sarstoon ...

Guatemalan military guarding Sarstoon mouth as a port of entry?
Interestingly, while GOB’s statement says that” …the military tensions regarding the Sarstoon are no longer as explosive as they were when we passed the Regulation.” , an article in Prensa Libre published on Sunday says, that Guatemala’s “… Caribbean Naval Command and the Marine Brigade conducted ex...

SATIIM responds to Prime Minister’s explanation
On Thursday, PLUSNEWS broke the story to the nation at the Prime Minister’s press Conference that a SATIIM trip to the Sarstoon was blocked by the Belize Defense Force. While the Prime Minister had belabored the point at a previous Press conference, that only those with a political agenda woul...

Drunken Man stabs friend with ice pick
There was a stabbing incident in Orange Walk on Saturday May 7th. 25-year-old Linsford Daniel Rabateu of Otro Benque Road, Orange Walk Town was stabbed to the right side of his chest. Acording to police, their iInitial investigation revealed that around 7:00p.m., Rabateu arrived at the residence o...


Life imprisonment for “Life”
Donicio Salazar, aka “Life,” 30, was convicted on Friday, May 6, in the Belmopan sitting of the Supreme Court, for the murder of Marlon Rivera, 26. In 2010, Salazar was charged for the murder of Rivera and the attempted murder of Dean Dougal, 41, with a separate trial taking place for the attempted murder charge. On Friday, May 6, Salazar’s case was heard before Justice Antionette Moore, without a jury, and Salazar was sentenced to life imprisonment for Rivera’s murder. The incident occurred on June 13, 2010. Rivera, Dean Dougal and Dougal’s girlfriend went out partying. They saw Salazar, with whom they were not on good terms, at a nightclub and decided to go to another nightclub. However, Salazar apparently made his way to that nightclub, as well. As a result, the trio decided to go home. They went to a taxi stand, but while waiting for a taxi, they came under gunfire. Dougal was shot three times, but managed to survive the deadly attack. Dougal’s girlfriend was unharmed, but Rivera was not as fortunate; he was shot twice and died from his injuries.

Popular footballer murdered on San Pedro
The family of Mervin Almendarez, 26, a popular football player of San Pedro and the father of three young children, is trying to grapple with his sudden and violent death. Almandarez, also known as “Catracho”, was gunned in the head around 11:30 on Friday night in the Mosquito Coast area of south Ambergris Caye. Police have not publicized details of the shooting, but a man has been detained in connection with the murder. Police say that at about 11:30 Friday night, the South San Pedro Neighborhood Watch Group was on patrol in the area when they heard a gunshot. The group immediately alerted police and waited for their arrival. When police, who were also on patrol in the area, arrived and searched the area, they found the body of a man lying on the ground with a gunshot in the head. The man was identified as Melvin Almendarez. He was taken to the San Pedro Town Clinic, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Guatemalan gold panners wreak havoc in Chiquibul
uatemalan gold seekers (“oreros” in Spanish), who seek out the pricey and highly sought-after ore, are wreaking havoc inside the highlands of the Chiquibul, as far as 9 kilometers (or 5.6 miles) inside Belizean territory, where they have gone from panning for gold at streams in the Ceibo Chico area, to now digging out wide trenches in search of volcanic bedrock to tap into the source of the Chiquibul’s gold wealth. The environmental impact is colossal, as these illegal miners leave behind a defaced habitat and an array of unsightly contaminants: garbage, pans, plastics and their feces, which pollute nearby streams that feed the Chiquibul’s headwaters. Ironically, these tainted waters meander their way to the Guatemalan village of Nueva Armenia, but there is also cause for Belizeans to be concerned, since these waters eventually return to the Mopan River, which stretches across from Guatemala into Belize. According to a report just released to us by Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation andDevelopment (FCD), there about 100,000 Guatemalans who depend directly on that water resource.

Opposition PUP challenge GOB over Sarstoon River law
On Saturday, the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) held a National Party Council meeting at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium, where the approximately 300 delegates in attendance voted unanimously to pass a robust resolution, which demanded that the United Democratic Party (UDP) government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow rescind Statutory Instrument (SI) number 46 of 2016; otherwise, the PUP will travel to the Sarstoon. In response to the Belize Territorial Volunteers’ (BTV) intentions to embark on a Sarstoon River trip on April 30 to celebrate the Anglo-Guatemalan 1859 border treaty, on Friday, April 29, the government passed into law the SI, which restricts Belizeans from traveling to the Sarstoon River for a period of one month, or until a protocol is agreed to with Guatemala on traversing the river. The penalty for violating the SI is a fine of $2,000 or a prison sentence of one year, or both the fine and the prison sentence can be imposed. Under the terms of the 1859 Treaty, the border between Belize and Guatemala was defined at the Sarstoon River, where the North Channel, including Sarstoon Island, has been designated, as Belize territory.

Rescind the SI now…
The government’s so-called “stand-off at the Sarstoon River” between Belize and Guatemala, which prompted Prime Minister Dean Barrow to hastily pass into law a controversial Statutory Instrument, # 46 of 2016, last Friday, April 29, banning Belizean civilians from traveling to the Sarstoon River for one month until a protocol with Guatemala is agreed to, was met with a direct challenge today from the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP). The PUP, which had characterized the measure as “unconstitutional” and had announced a Supreme Court challenge on Tuesday, May 3, after a meeting of its National Executive, went one step further today when at a National Party Council meeting it issued an ultimatum, through a resolution which received a unanimous “yes” vote, calling on Government to rescind the SI now, otherwise the PUP would defy the new law and go to the now “off limits” Sarstoon River. The new law, naturally, does not affect Guatemalans, who illegally fish with impunity in southern Belizean waters, right in front of the Belizean armed forces stationed in Punta Gorda.

Villagers arrested by Guatemala police in Arenal handed over to Belize police
Seven villagers of Arenal , a village in the Cayo District that is set on the border between Guatemala and Belize, have been released from Benque police custody without charges today after they were handed over to Benque police by Guatemalan police who arrested them yesterday. Guatemalan police, on handing over the villagers, reported that they were involved in an altercation at a bar on the Guatemalan side of the village, and when they saw police, they ran toward the Belize side of the village. The Guatemalan police, however, were able to apprehend them before they crossed over to the Belize side of the village. They then held them and handed them over to the Benque police, who were also on patrol in the village. The villagers were all taken to the Benque Police Station, where they were detained, and after they were interviewed, they were released from custody today.

Tiger Sharks and Hurricanes will battle it out
On Saturday night, two-time defending champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks hosted Smart Belize Hurricanes in front of a packed auditorium at the San Pedro High School, in game 2 of the NEBL Finals. San Pedro Tiger Sharks lost 3 regular season games this season, for the first time in franchise history, but they are still undefeated at home in the playoffs. A win by the visiting team, Smart Belize Hurricanes, would have given them a sweep of the best-of-three series and their first NEBL championship; while San Pedro Tiger Sharks had their backs against the wall, in a must-win game, to send the series back to the city for game 3. As the game tipped off, the Tiger Sharks jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, with Douglas Valley scoring 7 of those 8 points. However, the Hurricanes closed the lead mid-way through the first, trailing 17-13, and the home team led at the end of the first quarter, 34-28, and had a 5 point lead going into intermission, 53-48. Each time San Pedro Tiger Sharks went on an offensive run, the visitors were able to respond, to keep the game close. San Pedro had a double-digit lead 6 times in the game, and each time Smart Belize Hurricanes was able to cut the deficit to 3 or 4 points. The Tiger Sharks led the entire game, and their biggest lead was 13 points. Mid way through the fourth quarter, Tiger Sharks had an 86-80 lead, ending the game on a 15-8 run, to comfortably grab the 101-88 victory. With the win, the series is tied up at one game apiece, with the third and final game scheduled to take place in Belize City, where a champion will be crowned.

High School Cycling – Series 2 preliminaries
The C-Ray High School Cycling Series for females and males continued last Thursday, May 5, with Series 2 Preliminary Round races, starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. According to the guidelines explained by the organizers of the Cycling Series: “Student athletes are divided into groups of six in their respective categories, where they race in a preliminary round. The top two from each heat then advance to the semi-final round, and are again placed in groups of six. The top two again advance to the final round, where the top five winners are awarded with medals. All student athletes who complete their races are awarded with points: 1st place through 6th place are awarded from 6 points to 1 point, respectively. At the end of the series, the points will be added up, and this will determine the overall winners in each category.”

Post-colonial Belize
In this Western Hemisphere, the Spanish, the British, the French, the Dutch, and the Portuguese all owned colonies. The colony was a specific territory which the specific European society controlled with the use of force, and the colony existed primarily in order to contribute to the enrichment of the motherland, be it Spain, England, France, the Netherlands, or Portugal. The socio-cultural relationship between the colony and the motherland was based on the understood, enforced, and accepted superiority of the European motherland and the inferiority of the colonized populations. In this Western Hemisphere, the bulk of the colonized population were Indigenous peoples, while millions of Africans were introduced as slave labor between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries. What we know as the United States today was actually a group of thirteen colonies controlled by Great Britain. What we know as Mexico today was a colony of Spain, as was Cuba. Brazil was a colony of Portugal. The Dutch owned Suriname. The French ruled Haiti. The British took Jamaica away from the Spanish in 1655. The thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776, and bought the Louisiana territory from France in 1803. By 1823, the United States was strong enough to declare the Monroe Doctrine, which basically said that the Western Hemisphere henceforth constituted an American regime.

From the Publisher
I have always been hesitant to discuss young people in this column, because my personal generation, which grew up in the 1960s, was one of planet earth’s most controversial young generations ever. In British Honduras, Hurricane Hattie in October of 1961 changed my post-World War II generation in that Hattie opened up the United States for us to an extent we had only been dreaming about previously. The effects of Hattie’s destruction changed our domestic socializing mores: socializing became more liberal and less old-fashioned. (I think it was during the years after Hattie that the birth control pill came on the scene in Belize.) We began to view ganja with more favor. In the United States itself, the so-called Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962, followed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November of 1963, the rapid escalation of the Vietnam War in 1965, and the increasing militancy of the black civil rights movement affected members of the American student population who were around my age in dramatic ways.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Belizean feminism: trapped in the womb
Editor Amandala, Sir, We celebrate women when we think of them as mothers. A woman’s uterus becomes her entire humanity. She is glorified for giving birth and for working endlessly for her partner and children. After she becomes a mother, she is confined within this idealized notion of motherhood that pervades Caribbean culture. If she steps outside the lines we’ve drawn for her, we amplify our voices against her. If she goes to a bar, we gasp: where is her child? If she uses her voice to promote gender equality, we ask: what does her husband think? If she does not cook a Sunday meal, we wonder: isn’t she embarrassed? If she wears an outfit that you deem inappropriate, you interrogate: what would her child think? Women are more than their wombs. It’s 2016 but our glorification of women as mothers is another way we limit women. A woman is more than her motherhood and we ought to celebrate that – especially on Mother’s Day. We ought to honour all the identities women carry in Belize and encourage their growth. Their growth is Belize’s future. How unwise we would be if we limited women to their reproductive systems.

Drought concerns over southern half of Belize
Drier than normal conditions could adversely impact the country’s agricultural sector over the coming months, as drought conditions are emerging in the southwestern part of the country, across several Maya villages in southern Belize. Weather experts in Belize are also keeping an eye on east-central Belize, in the area spanning Belize City to Dangriga, where drought conditions could emerge over this 12-month period. Chief Agricultural Officer, Jose Alpuche, told Amandala that in areas where drought is a concern, farmers have delayed planting corn, as the early warning issued by weather experts in Belize was heeded. Alpuche said that there could be impacts on banana production. The dry conditions will cause irrigation costs in banana fields to spike. He also said that legume crops could mature a bit later this year. The biggest impact, though, could be on corn crops, which not only serves as food supply for households but which is also used for chicken feed. Significant adverse effects could, consequently, drive up the cost of poultry.

I Met Belize’s Next Dictator
It all began one afternoon. I had just gotten on a plane leaving Belize, when a woman sat down next to me… with a one year old baby. At first, I was worried the child would be an issue, but it turned out that the kid, Ajax, was a dream — the woman was a nightmare. She began asking me about my major, my school, my future, my trip to Belize. I tend to maintain a healthy distance from my flying partners, but I responded politely; I told her I was a cognitive science major at UCLA with no plans for the future, visiting Belize for the first time. I returned her question in kind: “Is this your first time to Belize?” No, she had a home with her husband there; they visited often. She told me she had, in fact, given birth to both Ajax and Lisa, her daughter, in Belize. When I asked her why, she answered that she wanted them to have dual citizenship, just in case “anything went south” in America. This seemed strange, but potentially logical to me. When I asked her why they had chosen Belize, she said that they almost chosen Bolivia, but Belize was closer. Additionally, Belizean officials were incredibly corrupt and easy to buy off; they would do almost anything for $1,000. In fact, her husband and his friends were sure the government could be overthrown with “200 people or less”.

Wilser Chavarria will face murder indictment at Supreme Court
Today, Wilser Chavarria appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate Court before Magistrate Ladona John, where a preliminary inquiry in the case against him was heard. It is alleged that Chavarria, 18 at the time of the incident, murdered the Charge d’ Affaires of the Panamanian Embassy in Belize, Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford, 64, in November 2014. After going over the paper evidence that police had put together to make their case against Chavarria, Magistrate John ruled that Chavarria has a prima facie case to answer at the Supreme Court, where he will be indicted for De La Rosa’s murder on October 4. The Panamanian diplomat left his home at around 9:00 on the morning of November 23, and seven hours later he was found dead, at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Accused ATM thieves from Eastern Europe on remand
Tonight, two Bulgarian citizens from Europe are on remand at the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned on a single count each of theft from the Belize Bank. The investigation is ongoing, but police believe so far that 28 year old Jeorgi Petrov, and […]

Guinea Grass carpenter jailed for crack
Magistrate Dale Cayetano today sent 53 year old Augustine Pott to jail for the mandatory 3 years and issued a 10 thousand dollar fine after finding the carpenter from Guinea Grass, Orange Walk, guilty of drug trafficking. Pott was found aboard a Sarteneja bus in […]

Accused murderer walks over caution statement
23 year old Reuben Price was accused 5 years ago of the murder of Steven Perez, son of the driver for the Police Department’s Prosecution Branch at the corner of Dolphin and Iguana Street on June 26, 2011. A teenager at the time, he allegedly […]

Eastern Europeans accused of ATM theft in court
Late this evening, two Eastern European men are in court being read charges of theft. It is alleged by police that the men were part of a massive scam involving automatic teller machines or ATM’s, which started internationally but ended up in Belize, although it […]

Final BTL arbitration award may be as much as US$220 million
Reliable information to Breaking Belize News is that the arbitration tribunal deciding the value of the shares in Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) at the time of the first nationalization by Government in 2009 has set that figure at as much as 220 million US […]

GOB explains refugee situation
The government clarified its position on reports of an amnesty program for immigrants currently in effect explaining that there is no such amnesty. GOB, via press release, explained that the dormant Refugee Eligibility Committee was recently reactivated in June 2015. The Committee comprises the […]

Tropic Air employee recognized for three decades of service
Since joining the Tropic Air family in 1986, this month makes it 30 years that Government Liaison Officer, Barbara Miller has been working with the airline. A press release issued by Tropic today, its president, John Grief III, stated that over the past three […]

Bustillos arraigned in court, protesters gather
A small group of protesters gathered this morning in-front of the San Ignacio Police station in solidarity to the double murder of Miriam Mai and Daisy Miralda, as the alleged accused Security Guard Andy Bustillos was arraigned in court this morning for two counts of […]

Bustillos to be arraigned
Andy Bustillos, the Anchor security guard who allegedly murdered his ex-common law wife and her sister-in-law on April 30, has been released from the hospital, charged and will be arraigned in San Ignacio this morning. Bustillos was released from the hospital yesterday evening after recuperating from […]


Checking out the Construction at The Palapa Bar, Ambergris Caye
It’s like my blog is stuck on Replay, the needle’s skipping…yesterday was a gorgeous day on Ambergris Caye. I gush…I KNOW! But it’s really been spectacular. And a perfect one to trot up to the Palapa Bar to check out a bit of construction work they are doing. A thatched roof circular bar area…very reminiscent of the old spot. And…look at the view! I love this new seating area along the dock.

Top Reasons Why Moving To Belize Fits Your Retirement Plan!
If You Are Planning Retirement Then Moving To Belize Should Be On Your List To Consider! You are probably thinking to yourself, “Why should I retire in Belize?” to which I will tell you, there is no one response to properly satisfy that question. So this article serves as a guide for your Belize retirement plan and moving to Belize. Relocating can be a daunting task on its own, but it doesn’t have to be that way if you are provided the proper information to help you make an informed decision that you will be happy about 10 or 25 or 35 years from now, thinking to yourself, “I’m so glad I make a move to Belize” whilst overlooking the Mopan River or swimming in the Caribbean sea. If she loves gardening and rainforests, and your idea of heaven involves endless hours of boating and fishing, preferably in warm crystal clear waters then, why, Belize, of course!

Cashew Festival & Agricultural Show in Belize
Located in the northwest corner of Belize District in central Belize is the tiny village of Crooked Tree, named for one special tree with a unique bent that grows here amidst thousands of other very important trees. Known as the cashew heartland of the country, every year the village puts on a Cashew Festival and Agricultural Show where local farmers and artisans display the eponymous nut in dozens of spectacular forms, including the must-try cashew wine and cashew jelly. The Cashew Festival in Crooked Tree is a great chance to get up and close with the cashew in its natural environment. Games, music and local art are all part of the festival to celebrate the delicious cashew, served up in a mind-boggling array of different forms, including cashew cakes, cashew jams, cashew cookies, steward cashew, roasted cashew and cashew wine. By car from Belize City, take the Northern Highway and follow signs for the village, which lies about 3 miles from the highway. By bus from Belize City, take any bus heading to Orange Walk and get off at the Crooked Tree stop. The village is approximately three miles down a packed dirt road from the highway.

International Sourcesizz

Los Angeles Belizeans are invited to come out to the Garifuna Film
On May 27, 2016 to see the screening of the two films by Bilal Morris: Ambassador Bert Tucker International & Leonides Sanchez & The Special Truth! Come one, come all!

Hershey Expands ‘Learn to Grow’ Program to Belize Sugar Industry and Launches New Sustainable Sugar Sourcing Policy
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announced today a new partnership with the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) to expand its Hershey Learn to Grow sustainable farming program to sugar suppliers in northern Belize. The program will train farmers in sustainable agriculture practices to responsibly grow and harvest sugar cane. The new program builds on The Hershey Company’s leadership in ensuring the raw materials used for its iconic brands are procured from sustainable sources where the entire community benefits from the business. “We’ve seen great success from our Learn to Grow program in the cocoa sector and now have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the sugar industry,” said Eric Boyle, Director of Responsible Sourcing and Procurement at the Hershey Company. “The combination of our new Sustainable Sugar Sourcing Policy and the new farmer training program will give consumers the assurance that the sugar in our products is responsibly and sustainably grown and harvested.” The SIRDI Farmer Field School, funded by Hershey, is an expansion of the highly recognized Hershey Learn to Grow program, initiated four years ago to give West African cocoa farmers the opportunity to improve productivity, raise incomes and benefit the entire community.

The Placencia Marina Hosts Ocean Cruising Clubs final stop for the Curacao to Belize Rally 2016
The Placencia Marina owner, Marco Caruso and his team are host to the Rally goers from the Ocean Cruising Club Curacao to Belize Rally 2016! A wonderful Welcome to Belize Reception was enjoyed by all on Friday the 8th of April at The Placencia Hotel Palapa Pier Lounge, sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and supported by the Placencia Village Council, Seine Bight Village Council and the local authorities involved with clearing of all these vessels into Belize waters. This event has taken 23 participants through 7 countries and many new ports of call, starting in Curacao in the beginning of January and ending at The Placencia Marina on April 8, a wonderful four-month voyage around the Caribbean! Watching all the vessels arriving at The Placencia Marina together was a beautiful sight to behold, there were mono-hulls and catamarans, ranging in size from 39 to 56 feet, each with their own unique style. Many of the vessels stayed over a week at the marina as they explored the inland wonders of Belize, then went on to cruise around our beautiful waters for the next month, while some continued on to their next port of call.

It’s Mosquito Awareness Week
The Caribbean took a another step towards dealing with the mosquito-born Zika virus by launching Monday Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week, even as a senior regional technocrat called for greater urgency in dealing with the situation. Assistant secretary general of the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat Dr Douglas Slater said the institution is awaiting word from individual countries regarding at least one process that has been put in place to deal with the matter. “We hope that while we await this affirmation by member states it will not be a deterrent for the actions that are necessary to fight the vector,” he noted. The regional leaders, at their inter-sessional summit in Belize earlier this year, endorsed a course of action to deal with the spread of the Zika virus and other diseases, including agreeing to undertake continuous public education on the virus and other diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

OUR CARIBBEAN: Too silent on financial scandals
IT IS not unusual for the governments of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to be publicly silent, for long periods, amid developments that require some form of practical attention in the interest of the public’s right to know. Therefore, let’s hope that soon, rather than too late, either from Secretary General Erwin LaRocque, or more likely current chairman of the 15-member Community, Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize, we may yet learn of the thinking and contemplated action by our economic integration movement on two quite important developments. First, it is now more than five weeks since a group of admirable enterprising international journalists bravely released a huge file of documents revealing the names, nationalities, companies and business dealings of Caribbean nationals involved in what is euphemistically referenced in the media as The Panama Papers. For far too long we have had to grapple with speculations – some quite disturbing – about the spreading corruption of money laundering via varying channels and systems involving big, not so big, but quite influential names of individuals in both the public and private sectors.

Caribbean is the world's fastest growing tourism market
The always sun-drenched Caribbean is looking particularly fetching right now. Island sojourns are in high demand, hotels in the region are getting deluxe upgrades and airlines are opening more routes connecting the world to the Caribbean -- all of which has made for tourism growth that's outshining the rest of the world's. The Caribbean opened its arms to 7% more tourists last year, growth that was higher than every other region, and nearly double the 4.4% global average tourism growth in 2015, according to the World Tourism Organization. So why are more folks flocking to the tropics? Mostly because more people have more money to play with now that the global economy is getting itself in order. And because air capacity hit a well-timed growth spurt. Jet Blue was the Caribbean's biggest fan, adding flights from the U.S. to Curacao, Grenada and Barbados, with plans to open up flights from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas in August. Delta increased air capacity to Belize and St. Croix, and Alitalia added flights from Milan to Antigua & Barbuda. The super dollar helped encourage Americans to pack their flip-flops and sarongs for island getaways, with visits growing 6.3% to 14.3 million, or roughly half of all trips to the Caribbean last year.

Owner of offshore brokerage firm pleads guilty to $250 million money laundering scheme
A dual U.S. and Canadian citizen and secret owner of Legacy Global Markets S.A. (Legacy), an offshore broker-dealer and investment management company based in Panama City, Panama, and Belize City, Belize, pleaded guilty Monday, to money laundering conspiracy for fraudulently manipulating the stocks of more than 40 U.S. publicly-traded companies and then laundering more than $250 million in profits through at least five offshore law firms. The guilty plea follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Greeg R. Mulholland, 46, used offshore shell companies in Belize and the West Indies to carry out numerous schemes, including the manipulation of Cynk technology Corp (CYNK). Pursuant to his plea agreement with the government, Mulholland has agreed to forfeit, among other things, a Dassault-Breguet Falcon 50 aircraft, a Range Rover Defender vehicle, two real estate properties in British Columbia, and funds and securities on deposit at more than a dozen bank and brokerage accounts. When sentenced, Mulholland faces up to 20 years in prison.

Teen looks to stars to find lost Mayan city
A teenager from Quebec has discovered a hidden Mayan city, an accomplishment that proves his own theory that links the location of ancient cities with the position of the stars. William Gadoury, 15, has received accolades by NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency, and his discovery is about to be disseminated in a scientific journal. Passionate about the lost Mayan civilizations for several years, Gadoury analyzed 22 Mayan constellations and realized that if he connected on a map the stars of the constellations, the shape of each corresponded to the position of 117 Mayan cities. No scientist before had ever found such a correlation between the stars and the location of the Mayan cities.


  • Belize City Tender Boat back to Carnival Dream, 18min.

  • Belize Cave Tubing Video, 2.5min.

  • More Than Fútbol Belize 2016, 7min. Program impact and Growth.

  • Mercer University Biology Department Coral Reef Ecology at Belize TREC March 2014, 2.5min. Belize TREC compound and the Goliath.

  • Belize Seascapes March 2014, min.

  • Weezies Caye Caulker, Belize, 1.5min. Some nice drone footage....

  • BELIZEAN WOMEN AND THEIR ROLE IN POLITICS, 5min. In an effort to honour Belizean women who were elected in Government in the past and to acknowledge those who are presently elected in office at both the national and municipal level, the Belize Women Political Caucus launched a project known as the Development of Belizean Women in Politics. The project launched yesterday at the Banquitas House of Culture targets the younger generation of women who are considering pursuing a career in politics.

  • Clever Fish: Cooperation on the reef, 3min. Fake eels could show that we are underestimating the brain power of our gilled relatives. Redouan Bshary of the University of Neuchatel explains how his observations of grouper fish hunting together with moray eels plus inventive experiments with fake eels led him to discover fish abilities known previously only in primates. Footage from Bshary, Hans Fricke and Alex Vail shows off the groupers' sea-smarts in the lab and in the wild.

  • Jaguar, 11sec. I had asked my gardener to show me how to get best shots of animals in the bush He showed me that to attract Gibnut and maybe even 'Tiger', his words, you have to offer them food He went on to get the nuts out of coconut husks split them in half, then roast them over open fire Then we went for a walk into bush and he picked the spot You can just see the half nuts at the bottom of the frame This is what we caught on camera

  • #5 | The Belize Zoo, 7min. Hey guys, in this vlog I show you my trip to the Belize Zoo and talk about my experience working on the Earth Day video.

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