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SPRCS teams head to national Primary School Football Tournament
The Belize District Zone 5 Primary School Football Tournament came to an end on Thursday, June 2nd at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town. The tournament was organized by The San Pedro Sports Committee in collaboration with the National Sports Council of Belize. Male and female teams from different primary schools of Ambergris Caye, and from Caye Caulker played heated matches. After two weeks of intense games, both female and male teams from the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (SPRCS) emerged victorious. As such, Ambergris Caye will be represented by SPRCS at the Belize District Finals, on Monday, June 6th in Belize City. The last two set of games were intense, and under the hot afternoon sun, the female division game kicked off the finals. The girls from Holy Cross Anglican Primary School (HCAPS) gave their all on the field, but it was not enough to win the game. The San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (SPRCS) girls walked away with a victorious score of 2-0. The crowd cheered and celebrated the girls’ win proudly.
Diver Alert Networks educates Local dive instructors
The Hyperbaric Chamber adjacent to the Ambergris Hopes Clinic conducted a valuable presentation to several dive instructors on the island on Wednesday, May 25th. Held at the San Pedro Lions Den, the lecture covered two important topics: Guidance on case reviews which dealt with identifying dive related injuries and marine life toxinology. Attendees learned much about the different poisonous marine species they are exposed to every time they go to sea.
Leading the presentation was Director of Medical Programs Matias Nochetto of Diver Alert Networks (DAN) who explained about the importance of knowing the different symptoms a patient may develop during and after a diving session. “It is important to be able to recognize when someone has decompression illness and when the patient does not,” said Nochetto. Putting a patient inside a chamber without knowing exactly what is wrong can be damaging. For example, if someone has punctured lungs, placing him inside the chamber, can be fatal.” Nochetto indicated that when air is leaking from the lungs, it can be noticeable in certain areas of the body, as air bubbles would appear underneath the surface of the skin. Another important observation to keep in mind, according to Nochetto, is to know under which conditions the diver became ill. This includes the length of diving, the depth, and the experience of the individual in this water sport.
Dates confirmed for the Annual Eco-Challenge Kayak Race
Preparations for the twelfth annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge Race are underway, and the dates have been set for August 6th and 7th. Once again kayakers will take the challenge of navigating 26 miles of Ambergris Caye waters. The race will start at 6AM from the Sunset Boulevard near the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex, heading north through the mangrove channels of the lagoon area of Ambergris Caye.
Organizer of the event Elito Arceo says that the main purpose of the race is to sensitize residents to the importance of the eco-system in and around the island, while at the same time promoting the best ways possible to conserve it.
DFC hosts Green Technology Seminar
In seeking a green technological era for Belize, the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in partnership with the Ministry of Energy (MOE) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre held a Green Technology Seminar at the Hidden Treasure Restaurant in San Pedro Town. The event took place on Tuesday, May 31st and saw members of the business community who are eager to be informed on this new venture DFC has to offer.
Three presenters discussed the potential Belize has when it comes to renewable energy, especially given the ideal location the country has. The urgency to scale down on fossil fuels while understanding the major advantages of green energy were discussed. Furthermore a call was made for everyone to join the initiative aided by DFC of acquiring credit for renewable and energy efficiency programs.
SPTC launches Clean- up Campaign 2016
As the rainy season nears, an aggressive clean-up campaign has been launched in San Pedro Town. The program aims to address the garbage issues in all subdivisions of the Town, while getting rid of breeding areas for mosquitos that may transmit vector diseases such as ZIKA.. The campaign began on Wednesday, June 1st at the San Pedrito Sub-division, and will last until November when the rainy season is due to end. Giving an overview of the campaign was Deputy Mayor Gary Greif, who stressed on the importance of the campaign as the rainy season is fast approaching. He explained that the project is part of the SPTC plan of action in response to fight vector borne diseases on the island. Greif stated that it is a difficult task but not impossible and encourages everyone to cooperate. The SPTC has come up with incentives for those participating in the campaign. “Members of the SPTC along with the Health Inspector will be going through the different subdivisions, and anyone observed cleaning their yard will be featured in The San Pedro Sun, and as well, will receive a cash prize of $100,” said Greif. “The other incentive comprises of a $500 cash prize sponsored by the SPTC and Mayor Guerrero. The winner will be whosoever keeps their yard clean for the longest of time.” Greif asked for the campaign to not be a one-time event but to continue even after November, when the campaign is scheduled to end. He called on all island residents to make it a tradition and keep their surroundings and the island garbage free.
Letters To The Editor:
Traffic and Hitchhikers in San Pedro
Dear Ambergris Caye,
We had the pleasure of visiting San Pedro just a week or so ago. We loved the time we spent there with one exception. We had rented a golf cart to get around. We were staying outside of the main area of town and needed a way to get in and around San Pedro. However, several times we were approached by the locals to give them a ride into town. With crime rates rising, we were uncomfortable doing so, and when we refused, they yelled out 'F*** You' on more than one occasion. We think it is unwise that tourists are hustled into transporting strangers. It raises safety concerns not only for the tourists, but the local population asking for the ride. We even had small children ask.
We also noticed that there does not appear to be any public transportation available for the locals including the schools and the children that attend them. This causes a lot traffic chaos each and every day in and around town; rather unpleasant to see such badly organized traffic.
Santiago Castillo Makes World Milk Day Fun for Island Students
Since 2001, when the first World Milk Day was proposed by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), June 1 has become the day which all aspects of milk are celebrated around the world. Belizean company Santiago Castillo Ltd. came to San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, for the first time to celebrate World Milk day, as it has done in past years at different locations in Belize.
Representatives from Santiago Castillo Ltd. set up a fun and educational display at Central Park that included a bouncy house, information booth with lots of goodies for the island students and even a farm display with a functional cow cutout that they could ‘actually’ milk; that was fun to watch.
New Children’s Book Follows the Journeys of a Young Belizean Hero
The true story of a young philanthropist, who is blind, teaches children that through kindness and determination anything is possible! Climb Walk Dive: The Adventures of Rowan Garel was launched on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the Image Factory in Belize City.
The 32-page illustrated children’s book tells the story of Rowan’s high-adrenaline undertakings to raise funds for Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) to provide services and support for children who are blind. To the summit of Victoria Peak; Across the country of Belize and Down into the Blue Hole, Rowan surpassed his personal and charitable goals each time.
Misc Belizean Sources
Over 2,000 Residents of San Antonio Village, Cayo District Will Soon Have a New Health Centre
Ground-breaking Ceremonies to officially commence the construction of the new San Antonio Health Centre will be held at the Community Centre, San Antonio village, Cayo District at 2 pm today, June 3, 2016.
The Government of Belize, steadfast in its continued commitment to address the basic needs of Belizeans, in the areas of water, sanitation, education and health, is funding the San Antonio Health Centre project at an estimated cost of $623,912.30 through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank.
The new health facility will provide primary health care services aimed to improve community health as well as reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality, waterborne, food borne, and vector borne conditions, communicable and non-communicable diseases. Thus, making critical achievements in improving the quality of health of men, women and children of San Antonio and surrounding communities.
Public Service Information Day
On Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, public officers of San Pedro celebrated Public Service Information Day at the Central Park with an Expo.
Official ceremonies initiated with the National Anthem beautifully sang by students of the San Pedro R.C. School, followed by a prayer.
Welcoming everyone to the event was Ms. Nelma Jones, followed by an address by Mayor Daniel Guerrero, where he emphasized the importance of a public officer's job and daily tasks.
All the way from the culture capital, Dangriga, Hon. Frank "Papa" Mena delivered the keynote address, whose portfolio includes the responsibility of Public Service among many others. Hon. Mena stated that the hard work of the hard working public officers does not go unnoticed and his ministry is very proud of their efforts.
Rescheduled power interruption for entire San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye on Saturday, June 4
From 6:00am to 9:10am and 5:00pm to 5:10pm. BEL to relocate mobile substation for maintenance of transmission system which supplies Corozal, Orange Walk and San Pedro.
Beach Cleanup Day in Dangriga
Date: June 4, 2016.
Time: 9 - 11 a.m.
Where: Town Pier in Dangriga Town.
Sign up and Obtain a Small Token!!
Partners: Department of the Environment - DOE, Dangriga Town Council and Harlem Beach Group
Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Awards Luncheon
Mrs. Karen Bevans (BTB's Director of Tourism) receiving the award for Belize at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Awards Luncheon during Caribbean Week in New York.
Managed Access National Expansion
The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs fishermen and the general public that on May 19, 2015 the Cabinet endorsed the National expansion of Managed Access to the entire territorial waters of Belize with effect on June 15, 2016.
Managed Access has been piloted at two sites: Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve and Port Honduras Marine Reserve since July of 2011. After a series of extensive consultations with fishers, fisheries management will now be strengthened through a national system of secure tenure for fishers to fish in designated fishing areas. In January 2016, more than four years after the successful implementation at these sites, fishers were licensed for a maximum of two fishing areas and an optional area designated for deep slope fishing.
Letter: Belize Progressive Party calls for action under UNSC Article 39
Given the government of Belize’s (GOB) false, singular narrative that going to the ICJ is the only recourse to address Guatemala’s unfounded claim, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) calls on Belizeans both at home and abroad to take definitive action. Having demonstrated the logic of rescinding the Special Agreement/Compromis, given the ever-increasing aggression by the Guatemalans, which has disrupted the peace between the two nations, coupled with the GOB’s willful negligence, the BPP cites justification for urgently taking this matter to the UN Security Council under Article 39 of the UN Charter.
Article 39 reads, ”The Security Council shall determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles 41 and 42, to maintain or restore international peace and security.”
Ascenthium Rocks River Run
Ascenthium and Almost 7 played at the Black Pearl, Harley-Davidson, Belize's River Run on the 22nd. Great concert!
REUNITING WITH BROTHER JAMAL GOREE AT THE 5TH. ANNUAL GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!
There are many African-Americans who quietly traverse the Central American terrain of Belize in their time like Jamal Goree. But his contribution to Belize, and to the largest black immigrant group in Los Angeles called the Belizean Community has got to be documented here on Belize Diaspora Vote.
When BREDAA was doing its great popular education programs in the Belizean community in L.A., and had at its disposal one of the most powerful information dissemination programs ever in the history of Belizean diaspora politics called Belize-Caribbean Pulse radio show on KPFK, it was Brother Jamal Goree who stood with BREDAA through thick and thin, and assisted the organization to move beyond radio and on to television and video communication through his most brilliant skills in the visual communication medium.
Sailing Down the Sarstoon, VIP PUP Style
The last time the PUP made a plan to head to the Sarstoon - there was all kinds of media hype, and when it fell through, all that buildup turned into backlash. And that's probably why there was absolutely no announcement made about today's trip to the Sarstoon. It was kept on the political down low - and we didn't find out about it until yesterday evening. But that didn't stop Daniel Ortiz and Codie Norales from getting up before dawn and racing south to see what would happen. They squeezed into a spot on the bow of the big blue boat and what they saw on the Sarstoon surprised them. Daniel Ortiz has this report from the south:...
Those intending to make the trip to Sarstoon included Opposition Leader John Briceno; his representative in the Bilateral Talks, Senator Eamon Courtenay; fellow Parliamentarians Oscar Requena, Rodwell Ferguson, Kareem Musa, and Cordel Hyde; Senator Paul Thompson; standard Bearer Major Lloyd Jones; PUP Chairman Henry Charles Usher; National Communications Manager, Anthony Mahler, and a few other important party personalities.
Corozal Fire Chief Killed In Grisly Accident
Tonight the Belize National Fire Service is in mourning after the tragic death of one of their own. Around 11:30 this morning, Meshach Henry, the commanding chief of the Corozal fire station, was heading to work on his black Kawasaki motorcycle when he had a violent collision with a large dump truck. It happened in the middle of Corozal Town - and the 33 year old's mangled body could be seen lying in middle of the road.
At this time the cause of his fatal accident is not yet known but best sources tell us that Henry was attempting to overtake a taxi when he collided into the dump truck.
But whatever the cause may be, Henry's graphic death has stunned Corozal Town and the Fire Department.
Knox Hard Life, From Hospital, To Jail to Bail
Zachary Knox - he's the 19 year old accused of shooting at Assistant Commissioner Chester Williams. Well tonight, the Belize City resident is out on ten thousand dollars bail. His attorney Oscar Selgado got bail from Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore. One of the conditions is that he must report weekly to the police station and another is that he must stay away from the victim - one of the victims in this case being ACP Chester Williams.
He met bail around 5:00 this evening, but with all that's happened to him since the shooting on May 12th - Knox might want to even stay away from the police station. That's because his mother alleges that that a dozen officers from the GSU and the Southside Strike Team put a vicious beating on him after he was caught.
Police have denied the allegations, but Knox was in the hospital for two weeks before appearing in court last Friday to be charged for one count of use of deadly means of harm upon Mark Vernon and one count of aggravated assault with a firearm up ACP Chester Williams.
Is Belize Ready For CODICADER? Assessors Are Here
More than a thousand kids from 6 different Central American Nations will be coming to Belize, along with their coaches, and chaperones next month. They are coming to participate in CODICADER - an annual tournament for primary schoolers under the age of 13. Now, for the first time in the history of CODICADER the event is being held in Belize.
Representatives from each of the participating countries are here today to do a pre- inspection visit of the proposed facilities for the competitions. Today the Belize CODICADER committee held a press briefing inside the VIP lounge at the International Airport where they officially welcomed the visiting delegates from 5 of the participating countries.
Hon. Elodio Aragon, Min. of State, Youth and Sports:
"Today I extend a warm welcome to the CODICADER Assessment team. This team is comprised of 2 representatives from each participating country; Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras. This team is here to assess Belize's readiness for hosting the upcoming under 13 CODICADER Games."
City Mayor Swoops In To Hire Who "Bev" Fired
Ingrid Hernandez and Elena Kerr - in one week they've gone from UDP stalwarts known mostly in Belize Rural Central to national names - symbols of how ugly the war inside the UDP is in the aftermath of last Sunday's convention.
Both ladies were fired by UDP Belize Rural Central Representative Beverly Castillo after the convention. Since then, Ingrid Hernandez has been hired by UDP First Deputy, Patrick Faber, and today Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley told us that he has hired Elena Kerr. He said he spoke to her, she sent in an application, she did an interview and was found to be satisfactory, and so she ahs been hired. The mayor says, quote, "I did it because we do not support any for of victimization."
Speaking with Beverly Castillo today she told us that the Mayor would do well to look after his Belize City supporters, and added that she did not fire Ingrid Hernandez because she supports Patrick Faber. She says she fired her because she was leaking information out of the constituency office - which Hernandez admitted to in a Facebook post.
Lake-I Blvd., The Street's Just The Start
Last night we told you about the hot mix pavement on Lake I Boulevard, which connects to the new bridge in Belize City. Well, the street is only a part of the story, there are very big plans for Lake I Boulevard and tonight we'll tell you what they are:...
Jules Vasquez reporting:
In the next few days, RJB Construction will have finished the hot-mix pavement of Lake Independence Boulevard. The hot mix is the final touch for the road - a long ways off from how it looked back in August of 2014 when the bridge was being assembled.
Compare that to what the location looks like today, and the transformation is immediately apparent.
Christy Mastry - General Manager, Belize Infrastructure Limited:
"The actual design and actual bidding process took place toward the end of last year around October and we got into construction around that time. We had some significant flooding in October which definitely held back some of the process, but we continued to work, so I think they'd been a little over 6 months now at the entire process. Right now, the bypass is certainly serving its intended purpose. It really was another link from the north to the south particularly for faster moving traffic coming from north going to west and back and forth and so I know that there are many people enjoying the bypass right now."
Bush Fires Abound, Beware
It's been a long dry season, and coming unto the end of the first week of June, the parched earth is giving rise to bush fires everywhere.
And it's getting close to areas of habitation. In fact, just last night in Ladyville, this huge fire came right to the roadside across from the Presidente Beer warehouse near Marage Road. 7 Scrap vehicles left on the roadside were burnt.
But, the real risk with bush fires is not so much to property as it is to public health. The Ministry of Health sent out an advisory earlier this week warning that if there are bush fires in your area, you can experience over exposure to smoke.
Belize's Best Speller
The 22nd annual Coca Cola National Spelling Bee Final was held today in Burrell Boom. The 12 top Primary schools spellers nationwide converged on the Castelton Park - to be cheered on by their school mates, from Calcutta SDA in Corozal to Golden Stream Government School in Toledo.
After two hours of displaying their spelling prowess, it came down to two boys: Jaheel Warrior from Bethel SDA in Toledo and Shaheed Perez from Bernice Yorke in Belize City. Here's the word that decided first place:...
Courtney Weatherburne reporting: That was the winning word for the 22nd National Spelling Bee Competition. After several rounds of elimination, these 12 students from across the country made it to the finals today to compete for 1st place. And that took months of organizing.
Leanne Castillo, Coca Cola Brand Coordinator, Bowen & Bowen "We have been in planning since last year actually. The process from zone to district to finals has been since February and again in April and now today with the finals. Its a good journey within several months."
BCVI Tackles Retinopathy
The Belize Council for the Visually Impaired wants to save diabetic patients from going blind. They plan to do that by expanding their Diabetic Retinopathy Program through financial support from the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Today the CEO from the trust met with BCVI's Deputy Director Carla Ayres Musa and they both explained just how important this program is to Diabetics in Belize.
Carla Ayres Musa, Deputy Director, BCVI
"We have been discussing over the past few months. BCVI is expanding our National Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Treatment Programme. We have an ongoing memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Health. What this does is we are getting support from the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in the UK to be able to expand the services, make them more accessible and help patients come in the receive not just screening but also treatment for the blinding disease of Diabetic Retinopathy."
Police Team Ready To Rumble In Champion's League
Earlier in the week a delegation from the Police United Football Club travelled to Miami for the drawing of the Champions League Tournament, and what a drawing it was. The team representing Belize will have to go up against renowned football club Pachuca, from Mexico. Not only that, they also face Olimpia from Honduras in their first two rounds of the tournament. So with only a few months left before the games begin how is the team preparing? Today we spoke to the head coach Charlie Slusher, to get his thoughts on the drawing and what the team needs to do to to prepare for the games.
Often when teams get a first chance to participate at such an international level, the first thing that comes to mind is the enlistment of foreign players. And in fact the team committee told us they were going to explore this avenue. But is that such a great idea? Head Coach Charlie Slusher warned about the pitfalls of sourcing international players.
Corozal Sub-station Chief Killed in Traffic Accident
The National Fire Service is today mourning the loss of one of their own, Corozal Sub-station Chief Meshack Henry. Henry, who was in his uniform, died instantly this morning when [...]
Jaheel Warrior is Coca-Cola Spelling Bee 2016 Champion
The finals of the National Coca-Cola Spelling Bee took place today in Burell Boom, Belize District. Twelve finalists representing all districts competed to become the top speller in the nation. [...]
Prensa Libre Claims Intimidation at the Adjacency Zone
Prensa Libre T.V. has been airing an amateur video in which it claims that Belizean police and border management personnel are intimidating Guatemalans from Melchor de Mencos along the Adjacency [...]
BCCI and NCC Sign Agreement on Event Scheduling
Scheduling conflicts between the Annual Carnival Road March and the Expo Belize Market Place will soon be a thing of the past. The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and [...]
Agreement is for a Period of 15 Years
According to Blake, the calendar also takes into consideration the date for the annual Carnival King and Queen Competition. Marcello Blake, VP Commerce, BCCI “It was a meeting between [...]
Memorial Park Achieving White Elephant Status
The Memorial Park – remixed with a very expensive upgrade, was officially opened in September, 2013 – with what we were told was a modern bandstand and stylishly designed wooden [...]
Cinderella Plaza Works Nearing Completion
Bad news at the memorial Park, but it’s not all bad. The Cinderella Plaza is almost done, and so are adjacent works on Kelly Street and Baymen Avenue. It’s welcome [...]
Mayor Bradley Provides Update on City Street Works
And there is more good news. The Belize City Council, after a noticeable lull, is back at work cementing major streets in the old capital. Following general elections there was [...]
CCJ to Deliver Decision in Maurice Tomlinson Case
The Caribbean Court of Justice is set to hand down a decision in a highly publicized case involving outspoken Jamaican gay rights activist Maurice Tomlinson and the State of Trinidad [...]
Youth Who Allegedly Shot at ACP Chester Williams Gets Bail
Nineteen year old Zachary Knox was released on bail today after spending seven nights on remand at the Belize Central Prison for allegedly committing an aggravated assault with a firearm [...]
Belize City Resident Charged for Traffic Offences for RTA
There was a traffic accident in the city in which a boy, Eric Sanchez, was knocked off his bicycle, allegedly by a Tropic Air employee who police believe was intoxicated. [...]
Downs Fined for Traffic Offences
There is another case involving an intoxicated driver. Customer Service Representative, John Downs admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol as he drove a car at the corner of Vernon [...]
CODICADER Delegation Arrives in Belize
A delegation of representatives from various countries participating in the upcoming CODICADER Games arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport today. The team is here to conduct an assessment of [...]
Assessment Will Aid in Preparing for Games Adequately
The role of the National Sports Council has been crucial in the organization of the coming games. While it is the first time Belize is hosting the event, Aragon says [...]
Colombia Police Claim Biggest Bust in Country’s History
There is a report tonight out of Colombia where the national police agency says fifty commandos have seized eight tons of cocaine on a banana plantation. The drug was reportedly [...]
Lawyers make Startling Revelations in FIFA Corruption Case
For months a scandal involving widespread corruption in FIFA has continued to unravel. Today, the U.K. based Guardian newspaper is reporting that lawyers representing the football organization have revealed that [...]
Family of Child with Cancer Needs Your Help
The family of two-year old Elaxie Brown needs your help. She was recently diagnosed with leukemia and has been taken to a medical facility in Honduras, where she is currently [...]
Students From Mercer University Interact with Golden Citizens
Eight teacher education students from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia were at Helpage Belize today mingling with our golden citizens, some from the nearby Sister Cecilia Home and some brought [...]
Foreign Trade Director Advises Potential Entrepreneurs
In an effort to create economic growth, we have been following economic modules from Developed Countries. And so we try to motivate more entrepreneurship in Belize. Yet, implementation of business proves to be a hard reality and it is estimated that, only fifty percent of businesses make it pass the five year bench mark. Director […]
Auto Mechanic Shop Goes Up in Flames
Last night, about nine o’clock, a fire at a mechanic shop in Ladyville resulted in seven scrap vehicles going up in flames. Love News spoke to the owner of the shop on the Philip Goldson Highway, who told us that someone who resides near his establishment, set fire to some bushes and left it unattended. […]
Adventist School Leads in Spelling Bee Competition
The B and B National Spelling Bee competition concluded today with the national finals. Eliminations rounds across the country left twelve participants competing to become the champion primary school speller. Love News was there and spoke to Coca Cola Brand Coordinator Leanni Castillo about the competition. Castillo spoke about the importance of the annual event. […]
Time’s Up for Teachers to Be Qualified
It was about five years ago when the Minister of Education spoke of the improvements to the education system including the mandatory teaching certificate that one must possess in order to be in the classroom. With the new school year coming up in August, we spoke with the CEO for education, David Leacock who spoke […]
Murder in Oasis area of Belmopan; police update
At the time of our evening newscast on Wednesday, police and a doctor conducting post mortem were still at the murder scene where 45 year old Lionel Theodore Gillett, businessman and resident of Belmopan, was found dead. The body was found by a family member who became concerned that they had been ...
Shooting reported in Belize City
While non-fatal, last night’s shooting incident on West Canal is a troubling flare up of violence in the always fiery area where East and West Canals intersect with Rocky Road, Berkley Street, South Street, Dean Street and Prince Street. That’s because that area is home to several gangs that a...
Contraband cigarettes hidden in bread delivery truck
Contraband cigarettes hidden in a bread delivery truck headed to Dangriga were intercepted by Belmopan police. Following a lead, Belmopan police intercepted the bread truck and searched its contents. Hidden between the crates of bread were 45 cartons of contraband cigarettes. Three persons have been...
Gruesome Chopping of youth in Franks Eddy village
A gruesome video of a young man severely chopped to his back has made its rounds on facebook. We won’t be showing it on this newscast as it is highly disturbing images showing three deep cut wounds in the back of a young man bleeding profusely. Instead, we can show you the young man’s back after it ...
Wallace brothers not linked to Shiny death
Earlier this week we showed you interviews with ACP Edward Broaster following the murder of alleged SSG affiliate 22 year old Michael Wallace. Police have said that they believe the killing was possibly retaliation for the April 16th murder of the reputed gang boss of George Street, Gerald ‘Shiny’ T...
UDP Rural Central delegate who lost job over convention vote tries to protest
There was an attempt at a demonstration outside the office of Hon. Beverly Castillo in Ladyville today. Ingrid Hernandez claims she was let go from her job at the constituency office of UDP Minister of State and Belize Rural Central area representative Honorable Beverly Castillo – because she allege...
Serial arsonist in Cayo?
Cayo police are investigating what appears to be the work of a serial arsonist. We have reported on several fires in the cayo area destroying resturaunts and bars. Teher was another one in Santa Familia Vilage in the Cayo district on Wednesday night. According to police reports, On Wednesday June 1...
New health center for rural Cayo
The Government of Belize held a ground breaking ceremony on Friday for a new health center in San Antonio village in the Cayo District. GOB, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund, is building the facility, valued at $623,912.30, which is expected to benefit some 2,000 […]
CODICADER technical team in Belize
A technical team from the Central American Athletic Championships, (CODICADER for its acronym in Spanish) is in Belize this week to do site inspections for the upcoming 2016 games. The delegation of eight arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport Friday morning, where they held […]
BAHA calls for cattle rabies vaccinations
All livestock producers are being advised to vaccinate their cattle against the current Bovine Rabies outbreak in Cayo, Belize. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) as well as the ministries of Agriculture and Health along with the Belize Livestock Producers warned livestock producers in the Belize River Valley and producers […]
New concerns as Zika virus linked to eye problems
A new report suggests that the Zika virus can contribute to defects in childrens’ eyes. According to findings published in the journal ‘Ophthalmology,’ scientists are trying to determine whether it is the virus causing the eye defects, or if they are a product of microcephaly, a neurological […]
Guatemalan Navy detain eight Belizeans
Eight Belizeans who the Guatemalan Navy detained last Friday were allowed on Monday to travel to the Belizean Embassy in Guatemala City to process their travel documents, pending deportation to Belize. The Government of Belize, through a press release on Monday, assured that the eight […]
2016 Atlantic Hurricane season unpredictable, experts say
The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season opened on Wednesday, but there were two out-of-season storms – Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Bonnie before that, signalling an unpredictable season. Alex formed in the northeastern Atlantic in January and moved through the Azores before weakening, while Bonnie developed […]
PUP demands stronger action from GOB over Sarstoon reality
The People’s United Party (PUP) has demanded that the government take swift and more decisive action against “the continuing illegal annexation of the Sarstoon River by Guatemala”. The party called on government to re‐establish full sovereignty and control over the Belizean internal waters of the […]
GAF Says “NO” to Belizean Media Entering Sarstoon
On Friday an expedition which included representatives from three Belize City media houses was refused entry to the Sarstoon River by elements of the Guatemalan Armed Forces despite reports of diplomatic progress between the two nations. The Captain of a Guatemalan vessel, which intercepted the civilian vessel as it entered […]
Belize, Guatemala issue protest notes disputing each other’s accounts of latest Sarstoon military/media encounter
Belize and Guatemala this week fired off protest notes to each other, disputing their individual accounts over a Guatemalan military/Belizean media encounter last Friday in the Sarstoon River. Belize has also requested the intervention of Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro […]
Authorities weigh in on IMF report
Belizean authorities gave their thoughts this week on the recent assessment of Belize’s economy by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which predicted difficult economic times ahead for Belize. Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight, explained that he feels that the IMF, not wanting to take any chances […]
Latest Belmopan murder raises taximan count to three
Lionel Gillett, 45, is the third taxi driver from Belmopan to fall victim to murder in 2016. His body was discovered around 1:00 on Wednesday afternoon, about 15 hours after he was last seen heading home to his farm in the Oasis area of Belmopan […]
Businessman fined $3,000 for failure to display GST certificate
Businessman, Luis Urbina, owner of Mike’s Spare Parts this week paid the court a $3,000 fine for failure to display his GST certificate. Urbina, who was in an accident over a year ago, is now disabled and was unable to appear in court. Instead, his […]
Woman walks free from 117 counts of theft
After two years with 117 counts of theft hanging over her head, former Travellers Ltd. cashier, Rashida Sedacy is a free woman. All charges were dismissed on Thursday, June 2nd in court No. 1, over which Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith presided. The dismissal, as […]
In the fierce competition for leadership within the United Democratic Party last weekend Minister of Education and Youth, Patrick Faber, put on a virtuoso performance, defeating his rival, Defence Minister John Saldivar by 338 delegate votes to 248, in a two-way contest involving an impressive 99.3 percent turnout of party […]
Unity cracks showing in UDP
Minister of National Security John Saldivar, who lost to Patrick Faber at last Sunday’s United Democratic Party (UDP) Deputy Leadership convention, has indicated he still intends to run for the party’s leadership spot. Following the convention, the party has reportedly struggled with an internal rift between the two camps, culminating […]
Cop accused of murder walks
Police Sergeant, Julio Shal, who was accused of killing escaped prisoner, Tyson Rodriguez in 2013, was acquitted of all charges Thursday evening. Shal was found ‘not guilty’ by Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh, in a trial by judge without jury. Hanomansingh ruled that there was not […]
Problems and possibilities for the conch industry
A pending legal battle in the United States over importing queen conch could impact the livelihoods of more than 15,000 Belizeans in the short term, but produce long-term economic benefits, according to the Fisheries Department. Two US-¬based non¬governmental organizations, Wild Earth Guardians and Friends of […]