Minor Releases Barrage of Bullets at Precinct Three; One Cop + 3 Injured
Four persons are now recovering from gunshot wounds they received at the Queen Street Police Station after an early morning shootout. The intended target was George Street figure, Brandon Tillett who was exiting the station. Corporal Alrick Arnold was on the scene and fired shots at the gunman. Superintendent Hiberto Romero of Crime Investigation Branch […]
Opposition Leader Says Belize Is in A Sad State of Affairs
As investigations continue into the shooting this morning at the Queen Street Police Station, Leader of the Opposition has described the incident as being a part of the country’s sad state of affairs. The minor who is in custody for this morning’s shooting is no stranger to law enforcement authorities as Love News understands that […]
Barrow’s Insistent Exclusion of the Opposition from the Belize/Guatemala Situation
On Wednesday, June 15, the 46th General Assembly Meeting of the OAS concluded in Santo Domingo. As we reported earlier this week, the People’s United Party was disinvited from attending that meeting; a move that has been frowned upon by the party as explained by the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno. So, with the […]
Sedi Says No Annexation; Briceno Says Yes
The word, ‘annexation’ means the takeover or seizure of something, especially territory. Ten days ago in an interview with the Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington was asked about Guatemala’s annexation of the Sarstoon River. The question was asked subsequent to several instances where the Guatemalan Armed Forces had blocked Belizeans from traversing those waters. Minister […]
PUP’s Demands on the Belize/Guatemala Issue
When John Briceno was elected to head the People’s United Party one of the first things he took on was extending a hand of cooperation to the Government of Belize when it comes to the discussions and negotiations between Belize and Guatemala. The Barrow administration however has seemingly been giving the PUP a hard time […]
The Takeover of the Sarstoon by the Guatemalans
Yesterday we told you of the incident where Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers and members of the media were blocked from the Sarstoon by the Guatemalan Armed Forces. Opposition Leader speaks on that incident. COLA’s President, Geovanni Brackett today pointed out that there was much clamor for the construction of the Forward Operating […]
Briceno Expresses Disappointment at Resolutions Agreed to at the OAS
A resolution was approved at the recent General Assembly meeting of the OAS held in Santo Domingo. The People’s United Party, however is disappointed at this recent document as it in no way helps Belize’s sovereignty. Briceno says he had written to the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow on how the opposition could have […]
COLA Wants Clarity on the ICJ and Referendum Exercise
Wednesday saw the closing of the 46th General Assembly meeting of the Organization of American States, held in Santo Domingo. As we reported earlier this week, there was a declaration approved by the OAS in which Belize and Guatemala have committed to ongoing efforts to find a peaceful solution to the border dispute. Belize’s Foreign […]
Top 2016 PSE Performers Awarded
This morning the Primary School Examination Excellence Award ceremony was held in Belize City. Twelve students from all over the country were awarded for topping the examinations. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Elodio Aragon Jr, spoke about the importance of recognizing students and teachers who put hard work into the PSEs. […]
Belize Internationally Recognized as the First to Implement Managed Access Areas for Fishers
Recently we told you of the Managed Access initiative taken by the Fisheries Department where Belize’s waters are being divided into nine fishing areas with commercial fishermen having access of up to two areas and the opportunity to use larger deep water areas, known as area nine. Under this program, the Fisheries Department will manage […]
Belizean vessel carrying members of the media denied access to sarstoon
The Sarstoon River apparently remains under the control of Guatemalan Army Forces. This would be a logical conclusion following another incident which occurred Thursday June 16 when a Belizean vessel carrying members of the media and BTV Leader Wil Mehia tried to enter the Belizean side of the Sa...
Vessel runs aground on Belize Reef in front of San Pedro
The damages caused to the Belize Barrier Reef have yet to be assessed after an American registered 39-foot vessel ran aground in front of San Pedro Town. However, because of the location where the vessel was lodged, it is suspected that the damages to the delicate coral topography will be significan...
Monima is no longer Northern Regional Health Manager
We have told you about the new Northern Regional Health Manager Audibaldo Monima , a former coast guard, who is accused of being grossly under qualified for the post bestowed upon him by the Ministry of Health. On Wednesday, the PUP’s Northern Caucus issued a press release on the issue saying...
Man to be tried for attempted murder of cop
Nearly one year ago, 29 year old Darren Levi Gillett, a Construction Worker of Racoon Street, Belize City was accused of a vicious attack on a police officer who was robbed and beaten on the side of the road as he tried to fix a flat tire. Today he was told he would stand trial in the Supreme Court ...
Supreme Court Justice unhurt in highway accident
72 year old Supreme Court Justice Denis Hannomansingh was involved in a road traffic accident on Wednesday. The accident happened on the northern highway near the Mameyal Curve. At 10:20 a.m, on Wednesday June 15, Justice Hannomansingh was headed from Corozal to Orange Walk when between miles 58...
Keyren Tzib has second Supreme Court trial
Previously committed to stand trial for the manslaughter death of her common-law Thytis Blancaneaux almost a year ago, 26 year old Keyren Tzib, a former member of the Belize Coast Guard charged with attempted murder and dangerous harm of petty officer Kurt Hyde on Easter Monday April 6, 2015, was co...
Woman charged with burglary
42 year old Sarita Estrada, a resident of La Democracia who allegedly crashed a graduation party, was charged with burglary when she appeared today before Magistrate Deborah Rogers. Estrada was also charged with wounding and aggravated assault. She pleaded not guilty to the charges and she was relea...
Former NGC president Ernest Castro of Belmopan dies
The Garifuna community is mourning the passing of former president of the National Garifuna Council, Ernest Castro, who collapsed and later died at his home in Belmopan on Monday morning, after apparently suffering a massive heart attack following a morning walk. We spoke this afternoon with the NGC...
Keyren Tzib’s attempted murder case committed to the Supreme Court
The interdicted Belize Coast Guard seaman, Keyren Tzib, appeared in the courtroom of Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith this morning, along with her attorney Darrell Bradley to continue the preliminary inquiry into her attempted murder charge.
At the end of the process—which involved the submission of statements and documentary evidence that the Crown had gathered against Tzib—she was committed to stand trial for attempted murder and the use of deadly means of harm against fellow Coast Guard officer Kurt Hyde, whom she allegedly shot on Easter Monday, April 6, 2015.
The 25-year-old Tzib sat quietly, as the court prosecutor read out the names of witnesses who gave statements to the police. There was neither objection nor submission from her attorney challenging the evidence that had been gathered against Tzib.
Murder suspect executed with 16 shots in funeral procession
Elroy Perdomo, Jr., 20, a youth of Kraal Road, Belize City, who had been detained by police up until this morning as the lead suspect in the brazen Sunday afternoon murder of Marlon Bonner, 34, was gunned down four hours after his release from custody, while he was in a funeral procession.
“I guess the street justice was quick,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, told journalists in a press briefing this afternoon. As we reported in our midweek issue, Bonner, a resident of Central American Boulevard, was murdered by an unmasked man at about 3:30 on Sunday, June 12, on a basketball court located at the corner of Fabers Road and Central American Boulevard.
Guatemalan aggression resumes at the Sarstoon
Nine armed soldiers of the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) showed up on the Belize side of the Sarstoon River today, ordering a group of Belizeans, including Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers and Mike Rudon, news reporter at Channel 5, to stop traversing the Sarstoon, Amandala was told today.
Maheia said that they went to the area after 6:00 a.m. with a crew from Channel 5.
“Going up, it was OK. They [the GAF] followed us, and we passed the [Sarstoon] Island. And when we decided to turn back, they said, ‘Stop!’ We said, ‘No man!’ and they insisted and they started to run their boat close to ours,” Maheia recounted.
He said that there were four people on the boat that took the Belizean civilians to the Sarstoon. The Guatemalans, in a similar motorized skiff, had more passengers onboard their vessel and so the Belizeans were able to outpace them.
Confessions of a Belizean intelligence agent
After more than thirty years of gathering intelligence, dating back to the 70s, a retired special branch officer, who prefers to remain unnamed, decided to break his silence in an interview with Amandala.
He reached the climax of his intelligence-gathering career during joint operations with the British, Americans and Guatemalans.
He indicated that during the time of his intelligence-gathering, Guatemala was engaged in a brutal civil war that was waged from around 1960 to 1996, between the Guatemalan government and various leftist guerrilla groups. By 1979, as the civil war in Guatemala was intensifying, Guatemalan support groups had made their way to Belize, from which they provided food, medicine and possibly arms to the rebellious guerrillas, the retired agent said.
He told our newspaper that these guerilla support groups were located in places like the Valley of Peace, Armenia, Blackman Eddy and Maskall; while the community of Billy White served as the nucleus for their operations.
Canadian wanted in connection with murder of football star in San Pedro
San Pedro police have concluded their investigation into the vicious killing of San Pedro football star and popular coach, Melvin Almendarez, 34, of the DFC area of San Pedro Town, which occurred at about 11:00 p.m. on May 6 in the southern end of San Pedro.
The football star had been beaten and shot in his abdomen. Furthermore, a vehicle, believed to be a golf cart, was driven over the victim.
Police said that their investigation led them to the victim’s friend, Jordan Bacchus, 32, a Canadian who is wanted for questioning.
Police had taken Bacchus into custody after Almendarez was found dead, but only because they had found him in possession of cannabis, so they charged him for possession of the controlled drug and he was released on self-bail.
The Istanbul blunder: Misrepresentations of the Sarstoon status
For about one year now, the Republic of Guatemala has been insisting that they are exercising sovereignty over the entire Sarstoon River, which has become the flashpoint of Guatemala’s territorial claim and a massive diplomatic challenge to the United Democratic Party administration led by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, accused of losing the Belize side of the Sarstoon River in the face of persistent military aggression by Guatemalans on Belize’s southern border.
That diplomatic challenge has not been going too well for Belize, and Guatemala has been ratcheting-up its offensive in the international media.
In the wake of bilateral talks that were held between Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 23 and 24, 2016, the Government of Belize immediately revoked a Statutory Instrument which had banned Belizeans for about a month from entering Belize’s side of the Sarstoon River while Government attempted to negotiate a protocol with Guatemala on the use of the river.
Track and field delegation to El Salvador for Central American Senior Championships
Please note that Belize will have representation at the Central American Senior Championship in athletics, to be hosted in San Salvador, El Salvador. The team of almost 30 athletes will travel on Wednesday from Belize to El Salvador, returning on Tuesday. This team will have eight (8) foreign athletes and others are local athletes.
This is the largest contingent of senior athletes that the Belize Athletic Association (BAA) has sent in some years. We do look forward for great representation, performance and medals.
Rural Female Softball Marathon completed, tournament resumes
The Rural Female Softball Tournament took a break this past weekend for the completion of the season opening Marathon, which had been suspended before completion. In game 1 on Sunday, June 12, in Lords Bank, Easy Does It won (7-0) by forfeit over Lords Bank Sunrise. Easy Does It then clipped Orchid Girls (from Burrell Boom), 5-4, behind winning pitcher Margret Hendy; while Therese Baptist took the loss. And in the last game for the Marathon championship, Orchid Girls prevailed, 23-21, over Easy Does It. Winning pitcher was Arneek Baptist, while Margret Hendy got the loss.
The regular season of the Belize Rural Female Softball Tournament 2016, resumes this weekend with games at two different venues for Division A and Division B teams.
TIDE Freshwater Cup games, results and plans
The TIDE Freshwater Cup high school finals took place on Friday, June 10, at the Julian Cho High School grounds. In the opener at 1:00 p.m., George Town High School Girls drew, 1-1, with Julian Cho High School Girls. Queen Banegas (14’) put George Town in front, but Osmi Requena (19’) equalized for Julian Cho. They then went to penalties, and Julian Cho Girls came out victorious by 4 goals to 2. In the nightcap, it was George Town High School Boys, 1-0, over Julian Cho High School Boys, on a goal by Alence Ayala (26’).
After the games, the winners received trophies and medals.
Jonathan Benjamin helped the Eagles to bite Wicked 11 very hard
Hello, my so loved readers of Cricket Corner! Thank you all.
Well, under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, and the kind sponsorship of Smart and the so refreshing drinks of Belikin, the Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2016 playoffs started.
Before I get into details, on behalf of myself, my family, and the official body of our cricket association, our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Norris “Shabat” Harris of Double Head Cabbage, who left this place upon earth to go or be with others who had gone along before him. This is a great blow to Excellence Cricket Team, as he was, without a doubt, an inspirational man to the team. Again I say, may his soul find peace with our Maker/Creator.
With those said, we will get down to this weekend of cricket. At Flowers Bank, Western Eagles travelled there to go up against Wicked 11. Western Eagles is in third place in its zone (Zone 1), and Wicked 11 at second in its zone (Zone 2).
Editorial: Sold out
When planet earth came close to nuclear war in October of 1962, the first thing we will note in this essay is that in Belize we were blissfully ignorant of the absolute danger. The second thing we will note is that the world came close to nuclear Armageddon because Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban people, was willing to risk Armageddon in order to preserve his island’s sovereignty and independence from the United States of America, the world superpower just ninety miles north of Cuba.
A sober man may be tempted to consider Fidel a crazy man, but there was a history between the United States and Cuba going back into the nineteenth century which provides explanations for the anger of the Cuban people against the American government.
There is no such history between the American government and the people of Belize, and this explains why there has never been any animosity towards Washington felt by the Belizean people. Until the Seventeen Proposals in 1968, and even afterwards, the Belizean people have, first and foremost, viewed America as a land of magnificent economic opportunity.
From the Publisher
Information, entertainment, and communications technologies have captivated the minds of our young generations and dramatically changed our Belizean way of life.
It really started, I suppose, with television in the population center around 1982 or so. To be truthful, the northern areas of Belize had been seeing Mexican television from back in the 1960s. I don’t have the slightest idea how widespread access to Mexican television was for Belizean norteños and how it affected their daily lives. All I know is that in football circles in Belize City, we began to get the idea that football in Belize’s north was benefiting from seeing quality international football on television, such as the World Cup in Mexico City in 1970.
Those of us who spent Easter, summer, and other holidays at cayes and coastal villages back in the 1950s and 1960s spent our waking hours in a way of life similar to that of rural villagers in many respects. The key thing was the absence of electricity, so light came from the moon and the stars when the sun went down. Inside our abodes at night, we lit hurricane lanterns, which burned kerosene. We young people spent a lot of time playing games, telling stories, chasing crabs, and entertaining ourselves in various ways which involved interaction and group activity. During the daylight hours at cayes and coastal villages, there was swimming, fishing, cricket and football games, and where the work section was concerned there would be the cooking, the washing and drying of clothes, cutting of grass, sweeping of houses, and so on.
Beryl focuses on Part V of the 2001 Legal Opinion
It was with great alarm that I read in both Channel 5 and Channel 7’s online news transcripts today that, regarding the Sarstoon River, Guatemala now deems it necessary to start a process in which several Guatemalan state institutions, not named but including the Ministry of Defense, must be involved. No mention of equivalent Belizean institutions!
All Belizeans should be concerned. This latest revelation speaks to a continuing effort on Guatemala’s part to expand that state’s function on the river through multiple institutions and so further consolidate and strengthen possession and sovereignty over the Sarstoon. Belizeans must send a clear message to the Government of Belize that no agreement must be reached with Guatemala that excludes equivalent Belizean institutions.
What seems more clear with this most recent communication is that Guatemala’s counterplan that I recently wrote about (Amandala, “Guatemala – Connecting The Dots”) envisions the reversal of the conditions on the ground that existed in 2001, the year of the Legal Opinion on Guatemala’s Claim that was commissioned by the then government of Belize, and, in the process, rendering the opinion outdated, irrelevant and useless – the very opinion on which, together with the 1859 Treaty, GOB bases its decision to take the claim to the International Court of Justice. This seems to be the case at least in regards to the Sarstoon to date.
Should the crumbs be taxable?
Please allow me space in your widely read newspaper to shed some light on the latest ploy by the Belize City Council to tax tour guides working outside the gates of the Fort Street Tourism Village. A few weeks ago personnel from out of the Revenue Department of the City Council met with tour operators who work outside the Tourism Village informing them that they will now be applying a peddler’s tax to all tour guides and operators who solicit tours in the zone. Their reason is that everyone who does any business on the city streets has to pay taxes to the Council. Because these are considered small businesses, they all must pay what the Council refers to as peddler’s license. All tour guides are now required to pay $25 per month if they want to continue to work within the FSTZ (Fort Street Tourism Zone).
As a tour operator who also works in the zone and will be affected, I believe this is an extreme measure which most of these people won’t be able to afford. The Council appears to be shoving this new policy down our throats without proper consultation and consideration. This apparently is being endorsed by the Belize Tourist Board (BTB).
My unexpected encounters with Muhammad Ali
From racist Middle America in Louisville, Kentucky a black boy who rose to become a global iconic figure as a result of his unparallel athleticism, self- discovery and social/political defiance in the face of white supremacy, died on Friday, June 3rd, 2016.
Muhammad Ali, who won the Olympic gold medal for boxing in the heavyweight division and then went on to capture the world title an unprecedented three times, defined an entire generation and became a voice and symbol against racism, injustice, oppression and global imperialism. As we are inundated with various mass media coverage of the passing of Ali, once again we are witnessing that even in death someone else controls the narrative, which in many respects represent the unfinished work and challenge still facing the black liberation struggle in this third millennium.
here has been a disturbing pattern in the past few years where the very forces to which our giants waged struggle and resistance against, ended up influencing the affairs of their image, works, interment and legacy. This may appear to some as unimportant; however, if we continue to allow others to frame our historical narrative, tell our stories, then the authenticity and poignant truths will continue to be distorted and lack the propensity to empower and inspire our children and future generations.
BELIZEANS IN L. A. HOLD HISTORIC GUATEMALAN CLAIM TOWN MEETING!
The Belizean diaspora community in Los Angeles have been making big strides in internationalizing Belize’s struggle for self-determination and territorial integrity in the face of the recent Guatemalan military aggression against the nation state of Belize, with the recent annexation and occupation of the Belize Sarstoon River and Island in the southernmost bordering area of Belize. Concerned members of the Belizean community in L.A. came out on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Holy Name of Jesus School in Los Angeles, California to hear speakers from Belize, and in the Los Angeles Belizean community itself, present pertinent information and popular education about the Guatemalan military aggression on the Belize Sarstoon River, Belize’s chances of going to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) to settle the Anglo/Guatemalan dispute, and the present state of affairs in Belize surrounding the issue which has captured the minds and attention of Belizeans at home and abroad about the fate of their country Belize.
Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission begins consultations this Friday
The Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission held a breakfast meeting with the media in Belize City this morning, after which it announced that the consultation process is about to get underway this weekend.
Commission chair, Lisel Alamilla, announced that the Commission will be holding its first public consultation this Friday, June 17, in San Felipe. It moves next to Big Falls on Saturday, June 18, and to San Vicente on Sunday, June 19.
Alamilla said that based on its first round of meetings with elected leaders in Toledo, they had asked the Commission to visit each village.
The chair of the Commission also informed the media of plans to meet this week with officials of the Government of Belize, to report on the work it has done to date and what it plans to do in the near future.
2016 PSE: Students improve writing but still stuck in Math
At 9:00 on Friday morning, the 25 top performers in this year’s Primary School Examination (PSE) will receive their certificates and plaques at a formal awards ceremony which will be held at the Princess Ramada on Newtown Barracks in Belize City.
This year, Kenly Young of St. Andrew’s Anglican School in Cayo and Angelina Urbina of La Inmaculada RC School in Orange Walk, tied for the top spot with a score of 391 or 97.75%. At tomorrow’s ceremony, Young and Urbina will receive the Jane and Michael Nembhard Award.
Nelson Longsworth, Director of the Examinations Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, has been leading the unit for the past two years.
Longsworth said that while overall there is little change between the performance last year and this year, there was a notable improvement on the writing paper for the English portion of the exam. This contrasted, though, with a marked underperformance in problem solving.
Accused acquitted of murder of Samuel Price, brother of George Price
This morning, Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas handed down a not guilty verdict in the murder trial by judge without jury of Shane Gillett, 30, accused of killing Samuel Price, 84, the brother of Belize’s first Prime Minister and National Hero, Rt. Hon. George Price.
In delivering his judgment, Justice Lucas briefly summarized the prosecution evidence that was led by Crown Counsels Portia Staine and Sherigne Rodriguez.
On Saturday, April 16, 2011, a nephew of Price went to check on him and found it strange that he was not outside waiting. The nephew alerted two other family members, and when they finally went inside, along with a police officer, they found that Price’s house was in a bloody mess. He was found lying in a pool of blood, dead in his bathroom.
Price had suffered blunt force trauma to his head, Dr. Hugh Sanchez, the pathologist who performed an autopsy on Price, concluded.
Chaos on Queen Street- four shot in front of police station
A policeman is fighting for his life in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), while three more persons were injured in a mid-morning shooting in front of the Queen Street Police Station on Friday morning. At around 8:20 a.m., a 15-year-old boy rode down Queen […]
Nurses prepare questions for regional licensing exam
The Nurses and Midwives Council of Belize is concluding a two-day workshop today Friday, to prepare a list of questions which will form a part of the regional licensing examination for nursing. The Council is holding the workshop at the Best Western Belie Biltmore Plaza […]
Desertification and soil degradation pose many threats, expert says
Today, June 17 is being observed as World Day to Combat Desertification, under the theme this year of “Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People”. The purpose of the day is to alert people across the world about the dangers that desertification and soil degradation pose. […]
Two policemen, a school warden and a student shot in fr Queen Street
Breaking news: There has been a shooting in front of the Queen Street police station. Eye witnesses say a lone shooter rode up to the police station and fired 10-15 shots. Two policemen have reportedly been injured. One of them was saved by his cell phone which he had in […]
New Image Factory exhibit tackles taboos
Briheda Haylock premiered an art exhibit at the Image Factory this week that boldly confronts taboo issues, in support of women empowerment and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual community. The exhibit, “I Am Woman”, opens on Friday at 7:00 pm and is a dedication to the […]
Gay organization’s representative raises concern over “Champagne’s” autopsy results
Caleb Orozco, the president of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNiBAM) has raised concern over the post-mortem results for “Vanessa Champagne Paris”, 21, a transgender woman legally known as Porfelio Rodriguez, Jr., who died on Friday, June third. Orozco shared with the Reporter on Monday […]
Four Belizeans going to promote Belize at International Food Show in Taiwan
Four Belizeans will represent and promote Belize at the “2016 Taipei International Food Show”, planned for June 22 – 25. Through close collaboration between Taiwan’s Central American Trade Office and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), Shauna Arnold, an export promotion officer with […]
Ali’s final farewell
Louisville, Ky Thousands of people including some of the most famous names in the world converged on the city of Louisville between June 9 and 10 to pay their final respects to Muhammad Ali, the hometown hero who just might have put this city on the […]
Government of Japan donates wheelchairs to GOB
In an official handing over ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Conference Room in Belmopan, the Embassy of Japan donated 30 wheelchairs to officials from the Ministry of Health. According to a government press release, the 30 foldable wheelchairs will be distributed, as needed, to hospitals and clinics, throughout […]
Taiwan expands Tilapia farming program in Independence
As part of its Aquaculture Project, a five-year initiative started in February of 2012, the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) introduced a Tilapia farming workshop at Independence High School on June 8. The project aims to enhance Tilapia production in Belize, boost the […]
What Guatemala really said
Belize’s true status over part ownership of the Sarstoon River became further convoluted this week with the revelation of the contents of a letter from Guatemala to Belize, following the “Istanbul Meeting”, which sought to chart a way towards negotiating Belizeans’ use of the river. […]
Sex video exposes homeless couple coerced to perform sex acts for soft drinks
Another sex video, captured on a cell phone, which has been circulated on social media for at least two weeks, caught the attention of the Ministry of Health this week because of the subjects involved. The poorly-recorded video shows a man and a woman who […]
Father of three killed executed on basketball court
Marlon Anthony Bonner, 34, a father of three with no known gang-affiliations, was shot an killed in a gangland style execution on Sunday evening while playing basketball at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Fabers Road. Bonner, who played basketball at that court every Sunday, was […]
Media crew turned back once more from the Sarstoon!
Guatemalan military personnel turned back another boat with Belizean media workers who visited the Sarstoon River on Thursday. The government says it is investigating the report “to verify all its particulars including a report that the media vessel was in Belizean waters.” The government issued […]
Monima resigns! Health CEO takes blame
Audibaldo Monima, the 30-¬year-¬old former Coast Guard training officer who was introduced to the staff at the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday June 6, as the new Northern Region Health Manager, has resigned from the post after he was asked to do so or face termination. This followed a […]
The on-going debate about the quality of education our children receive in our primary schools should take into account the fact that in Belize there are some cultural and economic ingredients which make us less prepared than children of similar age in many other countries. We believe, and there is […]
Murder suspect shot 16 times
Elroy Perdomo, the main suspect in last Sunday’s murder of Marlon Bonner, was riddled with 16 shots as he walked behind a funeral on Vernon Street around 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. Perdomo, 21, had only been released from police custody four hours earlier when he came under fire. According to […]
Boat hits the barrier reef
A 39 foot trawler crashed into the barrier reef on Wednesday night, leaving government authorities like the Departmenrt of the Environment (DOE) and Belize Port Authority with the task of moving it and assessing the damage. On Thursday the DOE sent officers to inspect the crash […]
Breaking Belize News
PSE AWARDS 2016 held
Their hard work is done, and now it is time for some celebration. Belize’s brightest students got their due at the annual national award ceremony for the 2016 Primary School Examination (PSE), held in Belize City at the Ramada Princess Hotel. Minister of State in the […]
Former president of NGC Ernest Castro dies
The Garifuna community is mourning the passing of former president of the National Garifuna Council, Ernest Castro, who collapsed and later died at his home in Belmopan on Monday morning, after apparently suffering a massive heart attack following a morning walk. The NGC’s current president, Sandra Miranda, who was […]
Another vessel runs aground on Barrier Reef
The damages caused to the Belize Barrier Reef have yet to be assessed after an American registered 39-foot vessel ran aground in front of San Pedro Town. However, because of the location where the vessel was lodged, it is suspected that the damages to the delicate coral topography will be […]
Moist and unstable conditions to prevail
The 24-hour forecast is for cloudy skies at times today with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly over the coast and in the north this morning then mostly inland this afternoon. Tonight it is expected to be cloudy with a few showers or thunderstorms mainly […]
Gunman opens fire on police and civilians in front of Queen Street Police Station
A brazen gunman opened fire on and injured Police Officer, Alrick Arnold and two civilians in front of the Queen Street Police Station between 8:00 and 9:00 this morning. Details of the shooting are still not fully known but BBN understands that Officer Arnold and the […]
Person of interest in City murder is “executed”
Police in Belize City say they had finally gotten their hands on one of the persons suspected to be involved in the Sunday evening murder of 34 year old Marlon Bonner, Elroy Perdomo. But no sooner than he was let go this morning than so-called “street justice” […]
Belizean Food – Typical and Traditional Things To Try
Belizean food is simple, always fresh and amazing. If you’ve traveled in Central America you’ll notice that there are many similarities between Belizean cuisine and traditional food found in places like El Salvador, Costa Rica and even Mexico…but each meal has a slight twist – it might be a few added ingredients or the way it is eaten.
So take advantage of Belize being a melting pot of cultures and experience an explosion of flavours that will enchant all of your senses. Here’s a basic guide with a list of the best things to taste – bookmark this page or write it down, your culinary adventure awaits!
Belizean Pico de Gallo.
Fry Jacks (fried flour dough),
Chaya with Eggs,
Miss El Salvador – Miss Costa Maya International 2016 Contestant
The International Costa Maya Festival is excited to announce its third contestant vying the title of Miss Costa Maya International 2016. Meet Marlin Ramirez.
The first lobster dish of the season has been consumed; now, on to LobsterFest!
Lobster season. It’s on.
We had our first taste of the new season on Thursday at Estel’s Dine by the Sea, lobster omelettes all around. Man, they were good.
Next up has got to be the original island lobster sliders at Casa Picasso, my all-time island favorite lobster delivery system. Must have something to do with those little buns slathered in butter.
I’m surprised that lobsters have not evolved to include gobs of butter under the exoskeleton. You know, the way the Butterball turkey has evolved to naturally include lots of butter under the skin. Or the way watermelons can be grown to include vodka infused inside the “meat.”
Isn’t evolution amazing?
But anyway, lobster.
To celebrate the opening of lobster season this week, all of Ambergris Caye, it seems, is turning out delicious dishes which feature freshly captured Spineys. From Wednesday through next Saturday, the island is abuzz with the Lobster Crawl. Each night, a different restaurant features a special lobster dish. Last night was the turn of Pirate’s Treasure, north of the bridge. Normally this is the place to go for another spiky creature, the Lion Fish. The chef-owner makes the Lion Fish sing on your plate, in a tickle-your-tastebuds-kind-of-way. For lobster, the place was packed.
Venezuelan Diplomacy Succeeds at OAS General Assembly
By taking timely diplomatic actions, Venezuela maintained the initiative at the 46th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), which ended in Santo Domingo on Wednesday night.
At the first plenary session, held on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry presented a series of demands to Caracas, including holding a rapid referendum demanded by the president to revoke the president.
Kerry's speech was immediately rebutted by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, who after saying "the master of the world has just spoken", reminded Kerry that her country does not need charity and it is a free and sovereign nation.
Corozal Dog and Cat Protection Program
Photographs from Day # 1 of Corozal Dog and Cat Protection Program, Spay and Neuter Clinic. Today day 2 begins at 9am. Please carefully read the poster below if you plan to attend.
State of North America’s Birds 2016
More than 350 migratory bird species in North America are truly trinational, splitting time in Canada, the U.S.A, and Mexico over the course of a calendar year. Birds connect the three countries of North America. And according to the recently released State of North America’s Birds 2016 report, those three countries—their governments, and their societies—need to step up and do more to preserve our continent’s spectacular and shared natural heritage of birdlife. This report is the first-ever scientific conservation assessment of all 1,154 bird species in North America, and it was only possible because of the tremendous scale and big-data capabilities of citizen-science. Tens of thousands of Canadians, Americans, and Mexicans—from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, and the tundra to the Yucatan—contributed data that was analyzed by scientists from all three countries. eBird was one of the data sources; read on to see new data visualizations and exciting maps made from your eBird sightings.
Canadian Forces divers in Caribbean for month of training
Canadian Forces divers from the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) are in the Caribbean this month on an international training exercise.
The exercise, which is called "Tradewinds," happens annually and more than 20 nations participate, including Jamaica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis and Belize.
The Canadian dive unit is offering training to 22 participants from various coast guard and navy dive teams from other countries. The course is being held in Jamaica's Discovery Bay.
"Mainly the divers here, what they face, is a ship will come into port and they've got to be searched for drug caches that have been attached to them either on the way in or on the way out," said Lt. JR Gallant, the officer in charge of the 11-person dive team.
"Any ship that comes into their harbour has to be searched before it leaves, and numerous times a year they find drug caches on them."
Tropical wave to move into Gulf of Mexico by Sunday
A tropical wave is producing disorganized thunderstorms and cloudiness over the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, Belize, northern Guatemala and adjacent waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
Any development of this disturbance should be slow to occur due to proximity to land and only marginally conducive upper-level winds. The system is forecast to move westward to west-northwestward at about 10 mph during the next few days, and emerge over the Bay of Campeche and the southwestern Gulf of Mexico by Sunday.
Tropical formation chances are 10 percent over the next 48 hours and 30 percent over the next five days.
Snorkeling trips from Ambergris Caye, Belize, in June 2016, 3.5min. Watch this in 1080HD! Searious Adventures offers many snorkeling options. We did the trip that includes Shark Ray Alley, and another to Mexico Rocks. Great fun!
Belize 2016, 3.5min. Ambergris Caye Belize May 2016.
SNORKELING IN BELIZE, Visiting Belize City, 5.5min.
Snorkel Belize, 3min.
Belize - Day 4 Dive 2: Front Porch, Turneffe Atoll, Belize, 7min. Great dive at a deep wall at Front Porch, near the Coco Tree Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize.
BELIZE BUILD MOVIE 2016, 11min. from Millwoods Christian School
Belize 2016, 7min. from Millwoods Christian School
Cozy Cabin on private island Virginia Caye in the Caribbean Dangriga Belize, 4.5min. Enjoy some days in paradise with no luxery, no TV, no shops - but with fantastic colours of the caribbean sea, lots of sun(sets), seawater, fishes, snorkeling, pelicans and the chance of seeing dolphins next to the palapa sundeck and a pet-pig which thinks it is a dog.
Trip to Belize | May 2016, 4min. Pretty much the best vacation I've ever been on.
Belize 2016, 5min. Team "Cillah" diving in Belize 6/2016.
Belize Bank -Father's Day AD, 1.5min.
Global Health and Physiology ~ Belize 2016, 11min. NC State Study Abroad class GPH 425 traveled to Belize in June 2016 to set up medical clinics in villages and communities to help provide medical care and attention to those in need. This video was taken with a GoPro and is a compilation of our journey throughout the trip. To protect patient confidentiality, the live filming of our clinics, house visits, and any other media that could disclose patient information was not included in this video.