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Yesterday at 11:55 PM
Tomorrows WEATHER for - Sat 19 Jan 2019

Coolish air continues to come down from the NNE with more cloud coming in from the east, no rain around at present.

Looks like tomorrow Sat 19 will be fairly similar to today. Cloud in the south, clearer skies in central and the north, probably no rain.

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Specials & Events
Yesterday at 08:56 PM
We are in the midst of a big countrywide blood shortage and we need your help. We also have a need for a local resident who helps not only Ambergris Caye but also the mainland. He is in Belize city waiting for surgery on a broken hip and needs community help to make it happen. Daryl Kennedy started Kids Of Belize as a way to give back through music. Since it’s inception, it has been growing leaps and bounds, making a positive impact on Ambergris Caye and beyond. To learn more about Daryl's Kids and why we need to support him right now with a blood donation in his time of need - https://tacogirl.com/i-went-to-play-shake-a-day-kids-of-belize-foundation.

I would like to remind you please do not drink the night before donating, get a good night sleep and eat a healthy Iron Rich breakfast before donating.

If you are not on Ambergris Caye or have friends and family in other areas and wish to help, please make contact one of the following places and make a donation this week.

Belize City Blood Bank 224-5010
Belmopan Blood Bank at the Western Regional Hospital Belmopan - Hospital 802-2537
San Ignacio Hospital 824-2066 or 824-2761
Punta Gorda Hospital - 722-2026 or 722-2161
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Food & Recipes
Yesterday at 06:39 PM

Making Tamales: It’s a family affair

Growing up in a Mestizo household, these pockets of masa filled with chicken, k’ol and some veggies were a favorite for many special occasions, from birthdays to New Year’s parties. With my aunt and grandma in the lead, my cousins and I had the little tasks of gathering the plantain leaves needed to wrap the tamales and washing and chopping the onions and tomatoes needed for the sauté. I would watch in wonder at the careful process of making this one dish, and of courses, enjoyed eating them hot out of the pot when they were ready!

Just shy of the New Year I got nostalgic for the foods I grew up eating and thus, our My Beautiful Belize family decided to make tamales! It was quite an experience for Tamara, Mary and I, working in the kitchen all day while sipping on tasty, yet non-traditional cranberry margaritas. While making tamales can be a bit time consuming, the steps are rather easy, and that’s where teamwork comes in! The ingredients are easily found at your local grocery store. Here is our recipe so that you too, can have fun cooking with the family!

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the My Beautiful Belize Blog

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Yesterday at 06:33 PM

SPTC starts dredging lagoon channel to relocate water taxi companies

After publicly expressing their disapproval of an alleged water taxi terminal in front of Ruby’s Hotel on Barrier Reef Drive, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has acquired the services of a private company to dredge the lagoon-channel leading to the Sunset Boardwalk boat terminal. The project is expected to be complete in a few months, allowing a more accessible passage for boats, and thus the long-awaited relocation of the water taxi companies San Pedro Belize Express and Ocean Ferry. The Sunset Boardwalk boat terminal was officially opened in 2014, but it has not been fully utilized, because the water taxi companies claimed the terminal was inaccessible due to the shallow waters in the lagoon side.

Islanders objected to the introduction of the project before it was completed in 2014, stating during its public consultation stage that the lagoon was too shallow to accommodate large vessels and extensive dredging would have to be done. They instead suggested that Central Government use the funds to improve health services and construct a new government school on the island. They also recommended that the funds be used to improve the infrastructure in the San Mateo area instead of the proprosed terminal. However, Central Government ignored all objections and suggestions and proceeded to build the water taxi terminal. Several years after, the facility continues to be underused, and the deserted facilities are now showing signs of wear and neglect. Guerrero stated the SPTC is asking San Pedro Belize Express to remain at the Municipal Dock until the main terminal is ready.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

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Yesterday at 06:29 PM
Thanks Amanda
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Yesterday at 06:18 PM
Updated satellite view

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Classifieds
Yesterday at 05:35 PM
We have a three person Sea Eagle SE370 Deluxe inflatable Kayak for sale, everything in the picture is included. It also comes with a large roller bag for storage.
On the island for only 4 weeks, gone Feb 17th. Asking $200 US/ OBO.

Send private message if interested.
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Weather
Yesterday at 03:28 PM

From Belmopan...

The straggly lines of Caribbean clouds continue to come down from the NNE, mainly out at sea, so almost clear skies over most of Belize this morning. That heavier cloud is now a little further south over Honduras coast line, there appears to be a few traces of mid-level clouds moving up from the south. The high level clouds over northern Belize are very thin.

Looks as if this morning will be clear skies, with white clouds developing over the day and reducing late this afternoon, no indication of any rain.


Temperatures in Belmopan :
( Coast usually cooler, hills even cooler ) Last night min. 20°C 68°F Yesterday max. 27°C 81°F Yesterday Rain 0 mm ( 0.00" )

Ambergris Caye:
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Belmopan:
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Caye Caulker:
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Yesterday at 03:05 PM
Ideally you import the containers. There is a company on the mainland that will ship containers in for your for the purpose of resale. I will post if I remember the contact info.
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Weather
Yesterday at 01:52 PM
On Ambergris Caye this morning the breeze is from the Northeast and the sea around our barrier reef is calm. High temperature for today is expected to be in the upper 80's.

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Yesterday at 12:53 PM
My back and kidneys thank them
Any plans in the near future to extend the road north?
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Yesterday at 12:51 PM
Just bumping this back to the top as I am very interested in getting an answer for this as well.

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News
Yesterday at 12:21 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, Remus Li-Kou Chen pays a visit to Ambergris Caye
Seeking to strengthen the relationship between Taiwan and Belize’s municipalities, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize Remus Li-Kou Chen was in San Pedro Town from Thursday, January 10th to Sunday, January 13th. Ambassador Chen attended a private meeting with Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Ruben Gonzalez, Councilor Hector ‘Tito’ Alamilla, Councilor Flora Ancona, Councilor Gary Grief, Councilor Gabriel Nuñez and Councilor Severo Guerrero at San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) on Friday, January 11th, where they discussed various projects on the island that can be beneficial to both Taiwan and Belize.

San Pedranos hold fundraisers to help baby Nelson Tabora
A group of devoted San Pedrano youth, along with the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye and Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project held separate fundraisers on Saturday, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th to assist a family in southern Belize, whose young baby, Nelson Tabora, is suffering from Hydrocephalus. This disease is causing his head to grow abnormally, and his family is in need of financial assistance to provide Nelson with the necessary medical treatments. The unity of island residents was once again reflected in the result of the fundraisings that collected a total of $2,912.49. These funds will be delivered to Nelson’s family for medical expenses.

HIV Statistical Report 2017 shows that the virus is still an issue in Belize
The Ministry of Health (MOH) recently released their Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Statistical Report for 2017, showing an increase of infections among more males than females. Over 30,000 HIV tests were conducted across the country, with a total of 223 people testing positive. Of that number, 124 were males, and 99 were females. According to the report, a total of 30,435 HIV tests were conducted in 2017, while an additional 6,512 tests were reported by non-Belize Health Information System sources such as the Belize Family Life Association, outreach programs including Agriculture and Trade Show, Regional Testing Day and World AIDS Day activities. The report further shows that more women test positive up to age 39 years, except those 10-14 years and those 20-24 years (of which more males test positive).

Christopher Newport University Student-Teachers collaborate with educational institutions on Ambergris Caye
A group of 11 students working on their Master’s degree at the Christopher Newport University (CNU) in the State of Virginia, USA were on Ambergris Caye collaborating with island teachers and students. Throughout two weeks, from Saturday, January 5th to Saturday, January 19th, the CNU students completed part of their program requirements to engage in teaching activities at both primary and secondary school levels. Led by CNU professors Doctor Judy Pantelidis and Lisa Car Smith, the student groups have been coming to Belize for 15 years. Professor Smith told The San Pedro Sun that this is her first time here, but is pleased to be a part of this trip and hopes that the program is beneficial to both island teachers and CNU students. “We are hoping that the teachers here can apply some of the methods taught and also that our CNU students learned something from the teachers here on the island,” she said.

5-A-Side football tournament continues to entertain islanders
Island residents enjoyed some great football action this weekend at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town during, the 5-A-Side Football Tournament. The 5-A-Side Football Tournament continues this weekend on Sunday, January 20th at SPHS Auditorium. The first match is at 11AM and will see SPHS Boys U-15 going against Larubeya, followed by Jas Strikers versus Revolution. At 1PM, Golden Warriors will take on Damita’s, and Las Catrachas F.C will go up against Caye Caulker Strikers. The tournament will then see Boca Jrs versus Suicide Squad and Boca Bombers facing Scorpions. Later in the evening, Pro Divers will compete against Capricorn, The Wolf will take on San Mateo F.C and Yolo Boys will face Blue Sharks.

Ambergris Today

Island Schools Receive Security Camera Donation
Children’s safety is the number one priority for parents. With so much missing teens and persons in the country and so much other things happening, keeping our children safe is very important. With this in mind a group of friend came together and bought security cameras and on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the first set of security cameras were donated to two schools on the island. Michael Eiley of Your I.T. Support, along with Kevin Li of LC Distributors and Kelly and Mukul Kanabar of Blue Water Grill came together and bought twelve security cameras. Six were donated to The Island Academy and six to San Pedro RC School.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow On Official Visit To Cuba
On January 15th, Prime Minister Barrow joined President Díaz-Canel and other officials to pay tribute to José Martí, a national hero of Cuba. From there, the delegations from both Cuba and Belize met for an official meeting.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Banyan Bay’s Farmer's Market
We excited for the addition of Juice Dive at Saturday's Market.... Don't miss it from 10am to 1pm!

San Pedro Carnaval Parade & Fiesta
We're excited to announce our FIRST EVER Carnaval Parade followed by our Annual Carnaval Fiesta! We are inviting all businesses and anyone interested in forming a group or float and be a part of the parade. If you are interested in signing up or to find out more details on the parade, call us at the San Pedro Town Council office, 2262198.

Challenge of the Brave Survival Camp
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 8 AM, Progreso, Corozal

Belize Audubon Society Vacancies
VACANCY POSITIONS: Park Ranger, Marine. Park Ranger, Terrestrial. Assistant Site Manager, St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park. Assistant Site Manager, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument/Blue Hole Natural Monument. Closing Date: January 25th, 2019.

Access Life Expo Tour
FREE EVENT FOR PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY!

Robert Groves Auction is set for February 4th.
ROBERT'S GROVE LIMITED (In Receivership) - PROPERTIES & ASSETS PUBLIC AUCTION SALE: Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District Robert's Grove Limited (In Receivership) hereby advertises the sale of the following properties and assets by public auction by Licensed Auctioneers Kevin A. Castillo & Christiana R. Castillo ON SITE [Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula, Stann Creek District] on Monday 4th February 2019 at 1:30 pm.

2019 BFREE Science and Education Fellowship Program
Are you committed to the conservation of Belize's natural resources? Are you a Belize citizen, fluent in English and have completed junior college or higher? Then you might be interested in the 2019 BFREE Science and Education Fellowship Program. Great opportunity to be a part of the conservation efforts in Belize!

Belize Red Cross Trains and Donates Equipment to NEMO
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, this morning received on behalf of NEMO a donation of equipment from the Belize Red Cross to assist in disaster preparation and response. Making the donation on behalf of the Belize Red Cross was its Director General, Lily Bowman. The donation, valued at over 20 thousand dollars, includes a drone, Portable Open Street Map Server and Open Data Kit, all used for data collection in Community Development & Resilience, Accountability & Transparency in Disaster Relief Operations. The donation follows a week of training for NEMO personnel in handling and operation of photographic Drones, Satellite Imagery and GPS, facilitated by the American Red Cross and conducted at the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) Training Room on the ITVET Compound in Belize City.

Ground-breaking: The Andrew Faber Sporting & Cultural Complex
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, the National Sports Council and the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Andrew Faber Sporting & Cultural Complex.

Power outage scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 20 in Belize City
To affect the portion of Belize City, which includes Mapp Street, Cran Street, Slaughterhouse Road, Freetown Road, St. Thomas Street, St. Peters Street, Dunn Street, Meighan Avenue, G Street, K Street, 6th Street, St. Matthew Street, St. Charles Street, St. Mark Street, A Street, 9th Street , Lizarraga Avenue, Princess Margaret Drive, Moho Caye, and entire West Landivar area including Teacher Street, University Drive, Bachelor Avenue, Campus Avenue, Graduate Crescent and Chancellor Avenue.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, A Star is Born, The Girl Spider's Web, The Hate U Give.

Northern Maya Peasants of Belize and the weather :THE WAY OF THE MASEWAL
Our Maya tatitos who did milpa or sugar cane gave us their knowledge on the weather and when to plant . Today many Paseants of Yucatec Maya Descent in Corozal and Orange Walk continue watching the behaviour of the animals like ants to predict rain . Another method use by the Maya paseants is Xok k'iin known in Spanish as " Cabanuelas" . Also our Mayero Grandparents taugth us to observe Uh(Luna) to know when to plant and what to plant . Today Mayeros continue observing the Tuulis Uh(Full moon) or Paal Uh(New Moon). Also some Maya in Northern Belize continue doing the tradition known as Cha Chaac primicias and Wahil Kol primicias to ask for rain and blessings . The way of the Masewal is a connection with earth ,a connection with our ancestors,a connection with our innerself and one which binds together the family .

Channel 7

Two Charged In Connection With Aragon Sr. Home Invasion/Abduction
A week ago, we told you about, the very troubling home invasion of Elodio Aragon Sr's residence, the father of Police Minister of State Elodio Aragon Jr. It happened in the early morning hours of last Thursday, at Elodio Senior's Orange Walk Town home.  A group of men broke in, ransacked the place looking for valuables, and then kidnapped Elodio Sr., before depositing him unharmed several miles outside of Orange Walk on a feeder road.  Well, police are reporting tonight that they have arrested and charged 2 persons in connection with this crime.

Libertad Man Locked Inside Burning House Escapes
A man from Libertad Village in Corozal is lucky to be alive.  He was trapped inside when his house caught on fire yesterday afternoon.  When neighbors finally got to him, he had collapsed from smoke inhalation.   He is 39 year old Nolberto Federico Hical,  He got home around 2:00 yesterday afternoon and, shortly after, smoke was seen streaming from the house.   His neighbors ran to assist but his front door was locked.

Court Janitor Took Payment, Signed Bogus Receipt
24 year-old Kanisha Temple, the cleaning lady at the Corozal Magistrate's Court, has pleaded guilty to forgery. She allegedly took $300 from a man who was paying the court, and tried to pocket it, instead of handing it over to the court cashier. On Friday, January 4th, Edwin Cau went to the court to pay $300. Instead of meeting the cashier he met Temple. She allegedly received the money, forged a Government revenue collectors receipt and pocketed the cash.

Despite Setback, Faber Still Has Plans For PM
In November of last year, Cabinet  announced that Prime Minister Dean Barrow will be staying on as PM right up until very close to the very end of his term. That was a marked change in plans, because originally he had said he would step down a year or so before.  This decision came after 16 members of Cabinet asked the PM to stay to keep the party from splintering as the result of a heated contest for party leader.   That was the worst news for Deputy PM Patrick Faber - who had every expectation that the PM would step aside, and he would slide into the driver's seat for a year or so.

Faber Not Sweating Over Outgoing COMPOL
We also got a chance to ask Faber, as acting Prime Minister, about his impressions of the fiery exit speech by outgoing Compol Allen Whylie. His address yesterday turned heads and raised eyebrows, as he lashed out at the media, critics and people he says worked from within to orchestrate his removal. The acting PM said it was most unfortunate but holds no ill will to the outgoing COMPOL. Hon. Patrick Faber - Acting Prime Minister: "We certainly feel that it was unfortunate. We feel that the transition is going smoothly except for those remarks, it could have been a more joyous occasion, it ought to have been but naturally when circumstances like that happen.."

Acting PM Says Crime Must Be Tackled Holistically
And while the acting PM looks forward to seeing the changes the New ComPol will bring to the Police Department, he points out that the crime situation that is plaguing the streets of Belize can never be solved if it is not tacked holistically. Faber says he lends the full support of his ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture to tackle the ongoing issue of violence on the streets. Hon. Patrick Faber - Acting Prime Minister: "The issues that are plaguing us in terms of crime are not issues for the police alone and until we are fully embraced that and what my position is as one of the ministers involved with social portfolios, we have to get back to some of the basics of how to fix our family issues..."

Sulph Plans To Appeal Facebook Slander
On Tuesday Moses Sulph was served a judgement ordering him to pay megabucks for a Facebook post that slandered former UDP Minister Mark King.  The court ordered Sulph to pay $30 thousand dollars in damages plus $10 thousand on legal fees in addition to being served with an injunction on future posts.   By now you've heard from all parties on the winning side but what about losing side? In an interview with the Sulph today he told the media that he is not willing to throw in the towel just yet. And although he may still lose in the end, the thought of losing, he says, does not sap his fighting spirit.

Sulph Urges Social Media Restraint
So while Sulph reflects on his lessons learnt, many avid social media users continue to quarrel and beef on Facebook, essentially tip toeing on the line of legal liability. And while Sulph distances himself from that bunch, he says Facebook users do need to exercise more restraint and avoid learning the hard-way like he did. Moses Sulph - Lost Defamation Case: "I've always tried to stick to the issue at hand and when people lack information about the issue then they become personal. I am saying that at no point was my post ever personal, it was based on the fact of trying to, in my eyes, justice for people who needed justice.

Faber Won't Engage King
Two days ago the man that Sulph slandered, ousted UDP hopeful Mark King lashed out at the central executive of the party.  He specifically called out Deputy Faber for acting in bad faith to block him from running as a UDP candidate. Today we asked Faber about King's recent outbursts, but he clearly didn't want to engage King:.. Hon. Patrick Faber - Acting Prime Minister: "You know I'm not going to entertain that. Mark King, I will only way that I am very happy that he won his court case against that other fellow and I leave it at that."

Faber Pounces On PAC Chairman
And while Faber wasn't too eager to speak about former UDP Minister Mark King, he was very candid about Julius Espat, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. Last week Thursday Espat called a PAC meeting in Belmopan to discuss the Auditor General's report of 2012-2013; but no one from the government's side attended. Both sides of the political aisle are in disagreement as to the nature of the report. So, the government  members chose to prepare their own report. UDP members of the PAC were supposed to convene this past Tuesday to develop that report. So, today we asked Faber for an update:

Drones For Disasters
NEMO now has a specialized disaster drone. The Red Cross today donated that along with other pieces of equipment. The donation serves to improve disaster preparedness plans and the collection of post-disaster data. Here is more from the handing over. The donation is valued at $20,000. The American Red Cross provided training for NEMO personnel on the use of the equipment. 

Castro Says Do The Diaspora, It's Easy!
The media also asked Edmond Castro about  the diaspora voting in the referendum and in general elections. As you know, PUP Caribbean Shores Representative Kareem Musa is preparing an amendment to the Representation of People's act to allow those living abroad to vote in the referendum in April.  Well, Castro says there's really nothing to it, if you are a registered Belizean living abroad and fit all the requirements to vote, then you can vote. It's simple.

The Teak Tree Tale
Our next story is about the Teak tree - or many of them.  Now, Teak is not well known in Belize, and is not an indigenous wood.  But it is a highly sought after hardwood used in making furniture, and it fetches top dollar on the world market.  And that's why some in Belize are growing those tall and slender teak trees which take decades to mature.  

Gun Owner Criticizes License Fees
And while we went to talk to Carr about the tall teak timber, we ended up talking about gun licenses - and those exorbitant increase in licenses fees slapped on last year.   The license fee for personal weapons went up by 300% along with increases for other classes of weapons.  Carr, whose Banana Bank Resort is out behind Valley of Peace, says the good - who need guns for personal protection - are being made to suffer for the outlaws who can access guns cheap through the underworld:

Sanchez's First 75 Years
If you were in education circles in the 60's, 70's or 80's, you'll definitely know the name Inez Sanchez.  And if you were educated during that time, his work at the policy level definitely had an impact on how you were educated.  
Sanchez is a former teacher and Chief Education Officer who was instrumental to developing and shaping much of our modern education system, from Belmopan schools, to teacher training, to the University of Belize.

MMA Display At Civic
If you're a fan of Mixed Martial Arts, a group of Americans are hoping that you'll want to attend a fight night at the Civic Center on Saturday night.  It's called Battle in Belize, and these American athletes have come here to display the craft of mixed martial arts. They have organized a line-up of fighters from the US, Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico to go head to head, all in an effort to attract a mainstream Belizean audience to the sport. A few of the fighters and the promoters from MMA Events today made their pitch to see the battle in person:

A New Football Field For Collet
The Collet constituency is getting a new football field and it is being developed right beside Grace Primary School in South Side Belize City. It is a project being coordinated by the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association along with the Ministry of Education. The project is being financed by the International Olympic Committee through the PANAM Sports. Today the organizers held the official ground breaking ceremony to kick start the works.

Fined For Gun
Almost 2 and a half years ago, 23 year-old Darren Dawson, a fruit vendor, was busted by cops with 0.25 Beretta pistol, for which he did not have any licenses. He must now pay a $2,500 for that weapon, or risk being sent to jail. The incident happened IN September of 2017. An Officer was on motorcycle patrol when they saw a green Mazda car on North Creek Road. He stopped the driver, later identified as Dawson, searched him and found an illegal handgun, which was loaded with 2 live rounds of ammunition. 

PM Calling on Cuba
And here now is a small recap of some recent television reports form the Prime Minister's visit to Cuba: Rafael Serrano - Presentator: "The President of the Councils of States and Ministers Miguel Diaz - Canel Bermudez this Tuesday received the Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow, who made an official visit to Cuba. In a cordial atmosphere, the leaders exchanged thoughts on the good state of the bilateral relations and coincided on the willingness to continue strengthening them.

Channel 5

Police Make Progress in Elodio Aragon Sr. Aggravated Burglary Case
Two persons, including a teenaged woman, have been criminally charged in connection to the aggravated burglary which occurred at the house of Elodio Aragon Senior on Thursday, January tenth. They [...]

Acting Prime Minister Faber: “Whylie’s Remarks Were Unfortunate”
Allen Whylie’s pointed remarks toward the media and his so-called political detractors during a final public address on Wednesday, was the proverbial parting shot heard across the country.  The outgoing [...]

Breaking Down Whylie’s Tenure as ComPol
Allen Whylie held back nothing on Wednesday in his farewell statement to the Belize Police Department in which he departed from the usual niceties on such occasions. Whylie confirmed that [...]

DPM Faber Weighs in on Crime and Violence Under New ComPol
With Commissioner Chester Williams now at the helm of law enforcement, he inherits the never-ending challenge of fighting crime and violence.  The complement of officers within the department is larger [...]

Patrick Faber Explains Monkey Wrench in Leadership Plan
Since Cabinet announced on November twenty-seventh that the prime minister will remain in office until 2020, there has been an unusual silence within the United Democratic Party concerning its leadership [...]

Faber Says U.D.P. Executive to Meet in Days Ahead
Faber’s intention to one day lead the United Democratic Party and the country is no secret.  But he also says that the prime minister’s choice to remain in office for [...]

Activist Moses Sulph Successfully Sued Over FB Comments
Community Activist Moses Sulph was slapped with a forty thousand-dollar judgment in favour of former U.D.P. Minister Mark King.  King launched a civil suit against Sulph in 2018. The former [...]

Father of 2 Avoids Jail Time for Firearm Offences
Belize City fruit vendor, Darren Dawson, was spared jail time after he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty today when he presented himself before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. [...]

Turneffe Atoll Trust Pledges Continued Protection of the Marine Reserve
The Turneffe Atoll is one of Belize’s seven marine protected areas. Located twenty miles east of Belize City, the Turneffe Atoll is considered the largest, most biologically diverse coral atoll [...]

The Latest Developments in the Education Sector
Education Minister Patrick Faber has provided a brief update on several issues affecting public schools across the country.  Over the past week, a series of meetings have been held with [...]

10-Year-Old Lucita Chable Needs Your Help to Stay Alive
At first blush, ten-year-old Lucita Chable appears to be a healthy, carefree child.  She goes to school, plays, dances and attempts to carry out her daily routines like most children [...]

Baby Boy Recuperating After Vicious Dog Attack
Four-year-old Ellis Ortiz remains at the K.H.M.H. tonight, recuperating from a vicious dog attack he endured on Sunday, January thirteenth. Ellis was at home in the Lake Independence area when [...]

My First Seventy-Five Years: An Autobiography
Former Chief Education Officer Ines Sanchez wrote a book documenting the first seventy-five years of his life. The autobiography covers the struggles of his early life woven into the historical [...]

Andrew Faber Sporting and Cultural Complex Coming Soon
Ground was broken this morning on Faber’s Road Extension for the building of a sporting and cultural complex in honor of late city councilor Andrew Faber.  He was the younger [...]

Belizean Citizens Abroad Offended by Minister Elrington’s Statements
Belizean Citizens Abroad has taken offense to comments made by Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington. On Monday, Elrington was asked about the possibility of Belizeans who are living in another [...]

Minister Castro: “Diasporans can vote; they just need to meet requirements.”
And while that is Elrington’s views – Minister Edmond Castro says he believes Belizeans living abroad can vote as long as they meet the requirements set forth by law. The [...]

Minister Edmond Castro: “YES to the I.C.J.”
Last week, we saw the monumental signing of a declaration by five former Foreign Ministers, including Prime Minister Dean Barrow, to say “Yes to the I.C.J.”  And as you have [...]

Red Cross Gifts NEMO 20K in Equipment
The Belize Red Cross donated a trove of equipment to NEMO today in Belize City. The Red Cross says that that donation was made possible through a grant they obtained [...]

Battle in Belize; a Mixed Martial Arts Tournament
On Saturday at eight-thirty p.m. at the Belize City Civic Center, MAA Events Inc. from Los Angeles, California will be hosting a Battle in Belize Tournament. The mixed martial arts [...]

Healthy Living: Stomach Flu Complications
If you’ve been noticing that more and more people seemed to be affected by a flu or stomach bug then your observations are probably right. Apparently viruses thrive better in [...]

LOVE FM

Commissioner Williams says no proof, no worries on drug allegations
On January 8th, Edward Martinez, who refers to himself as the “drug hunter” called a press conference where he made a string of allegations against top cops in the Police Department and political figures. However, Martinez failed to provide any solid proof to support his claims. Days after, Mexican media began publishing articles on these …

Will Commissioner Williams remain accessible after his ascension?
And there is another relationship, a friendlier one that the new Commissioner has nurtured over the years. That is the one with the media. Commissioner Williams has been a very public figure in the department, hardly ever shying away from the media. He has been, for the most part, open with his policing style and …

Castro assists Salvadorans to return, but what about Belizeans in the diaspora?
Ambassador of El Salvador to Belize, H.E Luis Carabantes Palacios made an official visit to the Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management Honourable Edmond Castro on Tuesday. With El Salvador’s Presidential Elections coming up on February 3, 2019, Castro said he and his ministry was pleased to facilitate the Salvadoran community in Belize, through …

Musical talents on display tomorrow at the Bliss
A music recital is usually very costly to attend; however, there will be one taking place tomorrow that is absolutely free and it is a nice way to relax after a long and arduous, work week. A well renowned musician, Peter Illavsky, is in the country and have been working with musicians from Pallotti in …

Faber explains absence from PAC
The Public Accounts Committee, PAC, concluded its investigations into the 2012- 2013 Auditor General’s Report. The Committee had prepared a report and sent it to the UDP committee members to review and forward their input. However, they have failed to show up for meetings. According to the Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, the UDP committee …

Teak now available for sale
Tectona grandis, also known as Teak, is a tropical hardwood tree species. Teak is a large tree that occurs in mixed hardwood forests. It has small, fragrant white flowers and large papery leaves that are often hairy on the lower surface. For the past 20 years, the owner of the Banana Bank Lodge and farm …

Groundbreaking ceremony for Andrew Faber Sporting and Cultural Complex
After several years, the National Sports Council of Belize is closer to realizing their dream of constructing a sporting complex in the Port Loyola area. The Council has finally managed to secure the funding of a little under two hundred thousand dollars for the sporting complex with the help of the International Olympic Committee. Today, …

New Commissioner of Police will focus on three areas to tackle crime
On Wednesday, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was officially installed. The New Commissioner takes over the helm of the Belize Police Department at a critical time as the wave of major crimes, particularly murders, continue to plague several communities. In a rare occurrence, violence reared its ugly head on Sunday night at Mahogany Street when …

Commissioner says all is well between him and his Deputy Edward Broaster
Williams’ ascension has triggered another shuffle in the top ranks of the department. His first Deputy Commissioner is now Edward Broaster, who also the Commander of National Operations and Crime. But it is no secret to the public that both men have had a history of bad blood dating back to just about a decade. …

Former Foreign Minister Assad Shoman speaks about ICJ Case
nd from Hardwood to hard facts. April 10 is the date set aside for the referendum when adult Belizeans will be able to decide if it wants the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, in the Netherlands, to settle the territorial claim and boundaries of the country. Former PUP Foreign Minister Assad Shoman discussed the claim and the hard facts with the hosts of Love FM’s Morning Show. …

Red Cross helps NEMO with Technology and Training
The Belize Red Cross assisted the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) with disaster management training, procurement of equipment as well as training in the use of GIS software. Love News spoke to Lily Bowman, the Director General of the Belize Red Cross and Ian Joseph, a GIS Officer from the American Red Cross who says that the equipment includes a drone, a portable server, a camcorder and a kit with phones and accessories to conduct on the ground assessment. …

Moses Sulph says lesson learned after losing case
Today Sulph told the media that he was not even aware that the ruling had been passed. However, Sulph admitted, the case has taught him much. Moses Sulph: “I was never informed about a day of judgment or anything of that sort and according to my Lawyer he was never informed either or I would have been there …

Faber says the community has a part to play in reducing crime
Williams surely has his work cut out for him with the alleged corruption within the department and the spike in crime. The media asked Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber about whether Williams has what it takes to curb crime and what other initiatives if any are the government pursuing to combat crime. …

Faber weighs in on Whylie’s remarks
Former Commissioner Allen Whylie said he received many attacks as Commissioner. Upon his retirement and the installation of the new Compol yesterday, the typically media Whylie told the media yesterday that he was handed his walking papers, which was a calculated move he did not expect. Today, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was asked to comment on Whylie’s remarks. …

“My first 75 Years” published
“My first 75 Years” is an autobiography written by former Chief Education Officer Ines Sanchez. The book was launched earlier today in the Capital. Cayo correspondent Pauline Soberanis Tillett attended the launch and spoke to the career educator about the lessons he continues to share in life and within his 380 pages. …

Police charge two in connection with the Elodio Aragon kidnapping investigation
Police have charged two people as they continue to investigate the aggravated burglary of Elodio Aragon Senior’s home and his subsequent kidnapping. While police have not arrested the perpetrators, late this afternoon police reported that …

Fire guts home in Libertad
Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Libertad Village, Corozal District which landed the homeowner in the hospital. According to police, on Wednesday, 39-year-old Nolberto Hical arrived home around two o’clock in the afternoon and moments later, smoke was seen coming from inside his house …

Fresh Fruit Vendor pleads guilty to unlicensed gun and ammunition
At 1:30 p.m. on September 9, thirty-three-year-old Darren Dawson fruit salad vendor was stopped in his car by detective constable Andrew Bernard on North Creek Road in Belize City. He shook Dawson’s pants and a .25 Beretta pistol fell to the ground. …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Haitian opposition plans to protest vote on Maduro’s Presidency
Haiti’s Opposition party, Pitit Dessalin party is planning to protest that country’s decision to support […]

Man survives house fire in Libertad, Corozal
A man from Libertad village, Corozal survived a house fire that destroyed his home yesterday […]

New Commissioner of Police installed
Veteran police officer and attorney at law, Chester Williams, was officially installed yesterday as Belize’s […]

Marriott Alaia resort opening soon in San Pedro
The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce continues to promote investment and economic development in […]

Allen Whylie: There were sustained attacks against me!
Veteran police officer and attorney at law, Chester Williams, was yesterday officially installed as the […]

Belize Red Cross make donation of equipment to NEMO
This morning, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro, on behalf of the […]

Police and community detain two thieves in Santa Elena
San Ignacio police along with assistance of community members yesterday detained two would-be robbers in […]

Blogs

Lazy Lizard
When living in paradise there are many fun and joyful adventures to experience. One we love and highly recommend is a trip to Caye Caulker with a stop at the Lazy Lizard. It is a short ferry ride from San Pedro. Once you arrive in Caye Caulker, you walk along the main dirt road, passing by many other fun bars, restaurants and thotchke shops to the end of the Caye, which they call the split. At the split is a photo shoot stop, you will want to take advantage of.

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We now know what’s at the bottom of Belize’s Blue Hole
Last month, a historic scientific expedition went all the way to the bottom of Belize’s Blue Hole. Virgin founder Richard Branson and ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau went on the journey, which was broadcast globally on the Discovery Channel. It was the first submersible dive to the bottom of the hole, which is found along the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef network in the world. The group was also there to support the work of Ocean Unite, which is raising awareness about protecting at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030. The group journeyed to the bottom in an Aquatica submarine, where they came across a wall of stalactites, which Branson says shows that the Blue Hole is made up of caves that were originally formed on dry land. According to a post from Branson about the experience: “It is proof of how oceans can rise quickly and catastrophically. Sea levels were once hundreds of feet lower. 10,000 years ago the sea level rose by about 300 feet when a lot of ice melted around the world.

10 cheap tropical vacations for 2019
Sunny getaways are more affordable than ever in warm-weather locales like India, Mexico and the Caribbean islands. Here are 10 tropical vacations that are a lot cheaper than you think. Placencia, Belize: This fishing village is found on Belize’s southeastern side, away from the more popular tourist destinations in the country. While it’s a little more difficult to get to – about 160 miles from Belize City – here you’ll find a 16-mile coastline that includes some of the best beaches in the country. There’s also snorkeling, diving and fishing, as well as a natural reserve on the mainland and a “barefoot-friendly” town with shops, seafood restaurants and cafes. You can fly directly to the peninsula; however, there’s also a less-expensive shuttle service you can take from Belize City.

Videos

  • Making homemade corn tortillas, 4min. The amazing skill of making homemade delicious corn tortillas on the fogon with Mrs Tzul in beautiful Patchakan village. Corozal district. BELIZE. There is no comparasion to enjoying a lunch like this one. Simple pleasures of life are the best. To top it off, the company and conversations ,completes the wholesome experience.

  • Mrs. Ava's Cooking Class in Crooked Tree Village, BELIZE, 1.5min. Not into sunrise birding, or looking for more things to do in Crooked Tree? No problem. This lovely Kriol village in Belize now counts a number of cultural activities - and they don't get more authentic. One of them is a cooking class with Crooked Tree native and resident Mrs. Ava Tillett. Coming to the 2019 edition of Moon Belize.

  • Belize Snorkeling, 16min.

  • Belize - diving with nurse sharks and eagle rays, 1min.

  • Great Blue Wild Series Belize HD, 46min.

  • December 2018 - San Pedro & San Ignacio, 3.5min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Gerald W. Sharp, 2min.

  • Gerber Gear visited us last year at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly and went out with Panny for the day. They learned some new skills, 1min. In a tiny fish shack in Belize, Panny takes salt fishing to a whole new level. Listen in as he explains how to corn a fish: the best way to preserve, and enjoy, that hard earned catch. Special appearance by the Saltwater Controller.

  • Mountain bike Belize, 1min.

  • TKO Farms Becomes Largest Soursop Grower, 6min. On MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon, TKO Farms in Belize has become the world's grower of organic soursop trees.

  • W4F “Fly Fishing Belize”, 1min. A week fly fishing the flats in Belize at Tarpon Caye Lodge did not disappoint.

  • Belize 2018, 5.5min. The Blue Hole, Sharks going after GoPros, Night Octopus, and a lot of other ocean creatures.

  • Boom Creek Elementary School, Belize, 1min. Delivery and distribution of shoes, seeds, and backpacks.

  • Belize Vlog, 15min. A vlog that tries to encapsulate the incredible week-and-a-half that was the Galloway Belize Excursion 2019.

  • Playa de Placencia en Belize, 13min.

  • BELIZE LAMANAI MAYA TEMPLE, 7min. A visit to the MayaTemples of LAMANAI in BELIZE.
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    Belize Weather Forecast: January 18, 2019


    Weather Underground PWS IBELIZE4
    General Situation:
    Ambergris Caye: Conditions this morning by Elbert just before or after this post!
    Belize NMS: Fair and dry conditions prevail.
    Advisories: None.
    24-hour forecast: Sunny today and clear skies at times tonight. Little or no rainfall will develop.
    Winds: East-Northeast | 5-15 kts, Sea State: Light Chop
    Sea Surface Temperature (°f): 81
    General Outlook: For Sat. and Sat. night is for generally fair weather with little or no rainfall on Sat. and isolated showers Sat. night.
    Daily Tropical Weather Outlook: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected over the North Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea, or the Gulf of Mexico during the next 48 hours. Click for more...

    Marine Conditions:
      Winds Seas Waves Details
    Tonight NE 5-15 kts Choppy 3-5 ft LITTLE OR NO RAINFALL.
    Tomorrow NE-E 5-15 kts Light Chop 2-4 ft MAINLY FAIR AND DRY.
    Tomorrow Night E 5-15 kts Light Chop 2-4 ft LITTLE OR NO RAINFALL.
    Outlook E-SE 5-15 kts Light Chop 2-4 ft ISOLATED SHOWERS NORTH.

    The Caribbean Sea

    A surface trough extends over the Central Bahamas. Scattered showers are observed near Jamaica, eastern Cuba and Hispaniola. GOES-16 satellite images show relatively higher amounts of moisture over the northern Caribbean with dry air over the southern Caribbean. 10 to 20 kt tradewinds cover the Caribbean with no significant convection present.

    Fresh to strong trade winds will continue over S central Caribbean through Tue night. Gale force winds currently occurring along the immediate coast of Colombia will return tonight and Sat night, then again Mon night and Tue night. Moderate to locally fresh trade winds will prevail elsewhere. A strong cold front will cross the NW Caribbean Sea on Sunday and Monday, then stall and weaken. The front will reach from the Yucatan Channel to the central coast of Honduras on Sunday morning, and then extend from SE Cuba to the eastern coast of Honduras on Sunday night. Fresh to strong N winds are expected behind the front.


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    86° F
    24° C
    75° F
    Inland 32° C
    89° F
    22° C
    72° F
    Hills 25° C
    77° F
    20° C
    68° F
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    High: 8:37 AM Low: 1:10 PM
    High: 7:31 PM Low: 2:54 AM (Sat)
    Sunrise: 6:26 AM Moonrise: 3:17 PM
    Sunset: 5:40 PM Moonset: 4:44 AM (Sat)




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    We're excited to announce our FIRST EVER Carnaval Parade followed by our Annual Carnaval Fiesta!

    We are inviting all businesses and anyone interested in forming a group or float and be a part of the parade. If you are interested in signing up or to find out more details on the parade, call us at the San Pedro Town Council office, 2262198.

    Also, anyone interested in having a bar or food booth for the Carnaval Fiesta, kindly sign up by calling our office. Awards will be given to Best Carnaval decorated Booth and Best Carnaval Inspired Drink.

    Let's keep on the tradition of El Gran Carnaval and make it bigger and better every year!
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    Food & Recipes
    01/17/19 05:34 PM
    We excited for the addition of Juice Dive at Saturday's Market.... Don't miss it from 10am to 1pm!

    Come see and visit with all your favorite island vendors including The Lunch Box, Jyoto’s Sushi, The juice Dive, Caye to the Heart, Feet to Sole, Pier 366, Jose’s Veggie & Fruit Stand, Chris Gutierrez Wood Carvings and many more.... stock up on goodies, art and treats! Plenty to do, eat, drink and buy!

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    From Belmopan...

    Sunny conditions over most of Belize, with some patchy clouds coming down from the NNE The heavy cloud or where the cool air is still meeting with warmer air is now along the Honduras coast, yet there is no rain anywhere in sight at present.

    Looks like today will be largely sunny, but with clouds developing during the morning, little or no rain expected.


    Temperatures in Belmopan :
    ( Coast usually cooler, hills even cooler ) Last night min. 18°C 65°F Yesterday max. 27°C 81°F Yesterday Rain 2.4 mm ( 0.09" )

    Ambergris Caye:
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    On Ambergris Caye this morning it's sunny and the sea around our barrier reef is calm. Today's expected high temperature is in the mid 80's.

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow on Official Visit to Cuba
    Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow is on an official visit to Cuba on the invitation of the President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez. On January 15th, Prime Minister Barrow joined President Díaz-Canel and other officials to pay tribute to José Martí, a national hero of Cuba. From there, the delegations from both Cuba and Belize met for an official meeting.

    Ambergris Today

    Going Up!
    Tourism is Booming in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Alaia Belize is a BZD$92 Million investment hotel development under the Marriott Autograph Collection. It will encompass 162 new luxury class rooms in three five-storey buildings and eight beach villas.

    How Can We Reduce Crime?
    The new year did not start well for Belize when it comes to crime. There were five murders on the first day of 2019; a black scar on Belize, even more so that the US Embassy issued a travel advisory. Additionally, San Pedro is not the only community looking for solutions for crimes, but it is worth giving it a trial because we cannot afford to keep silent about anything that is bothering a community. So here is our perspective and the views of our friends and readers on this issue. According to experts the best strategy for reducing crimes is based on the model for policing. It is obvious that the first people to come to mind are the police. As soon as confrontation with crime comes about, one calls the police.

    The Founding Of San Pedro
    Indeed the Maya Indians had a large population on the Island of Ambergris Caye but they never founded any community because they were nomads, people who moved in, enjoyed and moved on. There are sites on the island that are proof of their presence, but there is no community here as there is in Southern Belize. So after the Mayas abandoned the island, Ambergris Caye was barren of people; and was one big mass of sandy beaches, mangrove infested swampland, lots of wild animals, mosquitoes in abundance and pristine waters with abundance of fish, conch and lobster.

    Ambassador Of The Republic Of China Taiwan Visits San Pedro Town
    On Friday, January 11, 2019, the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Remus Li-Kou Chen, made an official courtesy visit to San Pedro Town. In a gathering inside the Mayor’s office, the Ambassador met with Mayor Daniel Guerrero and all six councilors of the San Pedro Town Council, along with Town Administrator, Mrs. Patricia Verde Tillett and LED Officer, Mr. Jorge Aldana.

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    Beach Cleanup this Saturday in San Pedro!
    All are invited to join this beach clean-up campaign this Saturday! For the love of San Pedro, let's keep it clean! Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM. SCA wavemaker club is coming over to San Pedro town to conduct a beach clean up on Saturday at the northern beach road! Please Let me know if you are interested in joining in.

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: JANUARY 6, 2019 THROUGH JANUARY 13, 2019
    A week of pretty nice weather with light winds and a few showers of short duration gave anglers and guides lots of options on where to fish. Tarpon were caught on the larger flats and around Mangroves.

    Further Decreases in the Pump Prices for Premium Gasoline and Diesel
    The Ministry of Finance is pleased to announce that at midnight on January 17th, the price for premium gasoline will decrease by a further 52 cents, from $10.47 down to $9.95 per gallon. The price of diesel will also decrease by 52 cents, from $9.83 down to $9.31 per gallon. This is the third consecutive decrease in pump prices since November 2018. Over that time, pump prices have fallen as follows per gallon: Premium by $1.54, Regular by $1.32, Kerosene by $1.87, Diesel by $1.84.

    Prime Minister on Official Visit to Cuba
    Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow is on an official visit to Cuba on the invitation of the President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez. On January 15th, Prime Minister Barrow joined President Díaz-Canel and other officials to pay tribute to José Martí, a national hero of Cuba. From there, the delegations from both Cuba and Belize met for an official meeting. During the meeting, Prime Minister Barrow told those present that Belize values the relationship shared with Cuba and expressed his admiration for the strength of the Cuban people and all their achievements since the Cuban Revolution.

    Mr. Allen Whylie officially hands over command to the new Commissioner of Police Mr. Chester Williams
    This afternoon the outgoing Commissioner of Police Mr. Allen Whylie officially handed over command to the new Commissioner of Police Mr. Chester Williams in a ceremonial change of command and swearing-in ceremony held at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan. Commissioner Williams officially assumed his new duties on January 9th, 2019.

    ST. FRANCIS XAVIER EASTER RAFFLE
    Our Easter Raffle is here once more! For $5 or more saved on your shares account, you get a chance to win a 24 inch Beach Cruiser Bicycle NOTICE: ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CREDIT UNION KIDDIES PROGRAM - Members attending Primary School are eligible to participate (school deposits only.) Raffle will take place during the month of April 2019.

    Sarteneja Health Center Inaugurated Today
    2pm January 17th.

    Graffiti Fest '19
    What an incredible day, Graffiti Fest '19 embraced many forms of art but the main attraction was the amazing talent on the walls ...we must big up our Belizean Graffiti artists- Vianay Bautista, Wilfred Perez, Robert Ramirez, Jahvier Tuisone and Steve Mossiah- and the Mexican crew- Diego Pootnaal, Alan Sanchez, Ana Balam Chan, Adnol Cetina, Filberto Pacheco and Victor Arrellano. Big up to our poets, and singers who stepped up to the Mic, thank you to Cocono Bwai for his great performance. So many sponsors supported this event, without them this would have been impossible.

    Channel 7

    Outgoing Compol Whylie Alludes to Police Palace Coup
    It was announced last Tuesday that Chester Williams had been appointed as the new Commissioner of Police - and today it was made official when the outgoing Compol handed over the command to him.
    But Allen Whylie - top cop for a record 6 years - did not go quietly into that good night.  
    This afternoon at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan, Whylie had a mouthful to say on , the abrupt end of his tenure as the top cop.  
    In front of the highest state and Government officials, Whylie lashed out at the media, his critics, and persons who he says were his enemies within, who according to him, all had a hand in getting him removed from the post. 

    How Will New Compol Curb Crime?
    And while the outgoing Commissioner's comments certainly changed the mood of the event, the handing over of command was really about Chester Williams, who is now officially in charge of the Department.  After the ceremony, we spoke with him about reaching the pinnacle of policing and what his strategy will be. Here's what he had to say: Daniel Ortiz: "When you first stepped into the police training academy, did you foresee that today would take place?" Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "Really and truly no, everybody knows my history in terms of where I was when I joined the ranks of the Belize Police Force then and so for me to have thought then that this would come really and truly I didn't see it but as time progresses and my years in the department continues to accumulate and having worked under and see how many of the former commissioners of police operates..."

    Shuffling The Deck Of The Senior Command
    So, now that Williams is in charge, he's re-shuffling the deck of the senior command. We asked him to discuss his decisions about the reassignment of senior officers: Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "You know that we have restructured the department recently where we have two deputies, was myself and Mr. Broaster. Now with me moving up to commissioner, Mr. Broaster becomes the first deputy, so he is the deputy, he is next to me. After Mr. Broaster you have Mr. Mariano who is going to be the second deputy. Then we have Mr. Broaster who moves over as well to commander national operations and crime because that desk is the desk of the senior deputy..."

    How Will Compol Chester and Deputy Broaster Coexist?
    And one more intrigue we just had to ask Commissioner Williams about is the dynamic between him and his first Deputy Commissioner, Edward Broaster. Last week, we took you back to 2008, when the public enmity and disputes between these 2 had reached a fever pitch, to the point where Broaster made a criminal complaint against Williams. In an outspoken interview at the time, Williams lashed back, saying Broaster was trying to derail his career as a police officer. Well, something went right for Williams, because he ended back on top - at the very top.   So, has the 11 years that has since passed been enough to heal those very deep wounds between the 2 most senior cops in the department?

    Search Comes Up With No Clues For Evan Neal
    Fisherman Evan Neal is still missing tonight.  Searches were conducted by the family and the Coast Guard today - but up to this evening, they hadn't come across any sign of him any sign of him.  The 43 year old was last seen by his family a week ago.   Neal was at Mapp Caye - where he has his fishing camp.  On Saturday, a group of men believed to be pirates went there on what looks to be a robbery.  They killed the watchman Edinio Enso Humes - who was found in the island's latrine with a shot to the head.

    Boy Still Recovering From Dog Bite
    On Monday, we told you about the vicious canine attack on a 4 year old toddler in the Lake I community. Baby Ellis Ortiz was playing in the yard on Sunday afternoon when the landlord's dog attacked him.  By the time neighbors reached to help, the dog had already latched on to the baby and bit his face. Tonight, the child is still at the hospital receiving treatment. And while his condition has not worsened, it has not gotten much better either. The family tells us the swelling in his right eye has still not gone down and they still fear his eye may be permanently damaged.

    Mother and Daughter Reunited After Bitter Int'l Custody Dispute
    Imagine not seeing or holding your child for a year, or not knowing if your child is safe. That nightmare is exactly what 41 year old Orange Walk mother Raquel Cocom endured.  This is after her baby's father, Andre Timofeev took their 3 year old daughter, Vera to the US and never returned. But as we reported, Cocom took the matter to US courts and won under the Hague Convention in early January. And, yesterday in North Carolina, she was re-united with her little girl. It was one of the happiest moments of Cocom's life. Courtney Weatherburne went to visit Cocom and baby Vera in Orange Walk on their first full day together in Belize. It was very touching.

    Cocom Goes Into Mommy Mode, But Needs Help
    While Cocom is overcome by joy to have her baby back, nothing can make up for all the lost time. So Cocom has to help Vera re-adjust that means springing into full mommy mode. One of her core duties as a single mother is to provide for Vera and her son and right now she doesn't have any money to get by. So she is asking for assistance to start up her business. Raquel Margarita Cocom - Mother: "I do not want to go work and leave her because I think that traumatize me a lot because I don't know if he will come and take her away and I don't know where he will be and I just want to get a pack of used clothing to sell and I don't know, maybe there will be someone there to help me for that. With that, I will sustain my children with the needs that they will have, that's all."

    Cocom Must Mother An Anxious Child
    So, Cocom has endured a great deal of emotional trauma, as has her daughter. Cocom says she can't even leave the room without Vera getting anxious and following behind her. Today we asked Cocom if she had anything to say to Timofeev, the man who has turned her life upside down. She was quite measured in her comments. She says her only focus is healing and moving forwards with her babies. Raquel Margarita Cocom - Mother: "I don't hate him, I don't hold nothing against him and his mom but what they I did it was awful because they did not know my nights of tears, they do not know what I gone through when I started to beg them to bring back my daughter..."

    Lessons Learned From Precedent Setting Facebook Slander Case
    Yesterday we told you about the landmark ruling in favor of businessman Mark King. The ruling saw activist Moses Sulph slapped with a hefty fine of $30 thousand for a simple Facebook post. While King has spoken to us at length regarding his decision to take the matter to court in first place, today we got a chance to speak with his attorneys, the legal minds that saw the case through to the end. Having gotten a favorable ruling yesterday, attorney Steve Perrera told us today that it wasn't so much that they won but rather that the defendants failed to establish proof of fair-comment.

    How To Avoid Social Media Slander
    And while Sulph is on the receiving end of a costly lesson, he is one of many.  Facebook is often used as a platform to ventilate frustrations against persons or organizations; just blaze them up, and, click/zap, they're toast! There are even dedicated Facebook pages that comment, often negatively, on established businesses in Belize. So where is the dividing line between fair-comment and Facebook slander? And how far can you go to bring an issue to light without being libelous? We had a lengthy discussion with Mark King's lawyers about the legalities or illegalities of Facebook posting and sharing of content considered defamatory. Here's how that went.

    PUP Politician Posts Apology to Avoid Social Media Slander Suit
    One person that didn't think twice was PUP Belize City Councilor Albert Vaughan. Last night Vaughan posted an apology to a UDP politician on his Facebook page.  It reads that on the 24th of December 2018 he made comments about UDP Standard Bearer Orson Elrington regarding the use of the park in Belama Phase 1 for an event. The post does not mention what allegations he made but it does say that the statements he made on that post were false. As a consequence he apologized for any harm those statements may have caused. He ended by saying he will refrain from doing so in the future.

    PM Barrow In Cuba
    He's on his 11th year in office - but Prime Minister Dean Barrow is just making his first official visit - with all the bells and whistles - to Cuba, which is one of Belize's strongest allies.  And yesterday, he completed a rite of passage for pretty much every foreign leader who visits the island state, he laid a wreath at the tomb of independence hero Jose Marti.  Prime Minister Barrow is the guest of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel - who is the first person not named Castro to lead Cuba since 1959.  Both sides had a meeting after yesterday's wreath laying.   According to a release form Belize's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Barrow thanked the Cuban Government for its support to Belize since gaining independence in 1981.

    Pump Prices Plummeted in Past two Months
    If you're going to put in gas tonight, wait until tomorrow - because it will be cheaper.   For the first time in two years, Premium fuel will be under 10 dollars per gallon.  That's right, the price of Premium is going down 52 cents from $10.47 per gallon to $9.95 per gallon.  And, diesel is also going down quite a bit.  At midnight, the price for a gallon of that fuel will drop by 52 cents, bringing it to $9.31. For now, the price for regular fuel remains unchanged. Government boasts that "this is the third consecutive decrease in pump prices since November 2018.  Since then, diesel has gone down by almost two dollars per gallon. Of course this is simply a testament to how insanely high prices had gone - with government collecting record high fuel taxes every step of the way.  

    The Greatness of Graffiti
    Graffiti as a form of street art became popular in the US in the 60's and 70's. And during its early years it had a very negative connotation: gangs would use it to mark their territory.  And, still, it remains a controversial form of expression: where does street art end and vandalism begin? Regardless of your answer, graffiti remains one of the most vibrant forms of urban art expression. To highlight this NICH, through the museum of Belize, organized a Graffiti fest this past Saturday in Corozal. The event brought together Belizean artists and artists from neighboring Chetumal in a safe space to practice their craft. Here are some clips of the spectacular displays. 

    Loma Luz Blvd. Lamp Snatchers
    A pair of petty thieves were caught today in Santa Elena Town. Quick action from the proprietor of a furniture store led to the arrest of the pair. Around 11:00 this morning, James Palma was inside the family furniture on Loma Luz Boulevard, when two men walked in. One distracted him while the other stole a wooden nightstand from the display. They both escaped.

    Channel 5

    Former ComPol Whylie Rains on Chester Williams’ Installment Parade
    A new Commissioner of Police was installed today at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan, and we’ll have that coming up. But the installation of Chester Williams was eclipsed by [...]

    ComPol Whylie Takes Aim at Fellow Members of B.P.D.
    Former ComPol Whylie, who has been criticized as a lame duck leader where the fight against crime and violence is concerned, insisted that he used his final public address to [...]

    Chester Williams is Installed as Thirteenth Commissioner of Police
    With twenty-seven years of service under his belt, Chester Williams today was installed as the new Commissioner of Police.  Williams has also distinguished himself as the first attorney to take [...]

    ComPol Williams Outlines Changes within Police Department
    A restructuring of the police department since Commissioner Chester Williams assumed its helm on January ninth was imminent.  Last week, there was a memo in circulation which the department subsequently [...]

    Chester and Broaster at the Top; How is that Going to Work?
    Throughout the course of their professional careers, Edward Broaster and Chester Williams have had a somewhat tumultuous relationship.  In the past, words have been exchanged and the two have had [...]

    Premium and Diesel Prices to Decrease by 52 cents
    At midnight, there will be some relief at the pumps. The price of premium gasoline will decrease by fifty-two cents effective Wednesday at midnight. Right now the price stands at [...]

    Untreated Water Causing Health Problems to School Children in Saint Margaret’s Village
    In the village of Saint Margaret’s located on the Hummingbird Highway, school children are being sent home from classes complaining of stomach pains. There are concerns that the water has [...]

    Israeli N.G.O., TIME, Raises Funds to Purchase 5 Acres of Turneffe Atoll
    An Israeli N.G.O. has raised funds for the purchasing of a portion of the Turneffe Atoll, within the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is My Earth, TIME is an international [...]

    Turneffe Atoll Trust Says Parcel of Land Will Not Be Disturbed
    According to Anderson, the five-acre piece of land is in a strategic position, preventing the development of the area for tourism. He says the land transaction will not include seabed [...]

    Anne Swaney was Murdered 3 Years Ago, Still No Arrest
    Three years ago, on January sixteenth, 2016, American producer for ABC Anne Swaney was violently murdered in western Belize. Swaney was vacationing at the Nabitunich Resort and was last seen [...]

    U.S. Government Partial-Shutdown Hits Embassy in Belize
    At midnight on December twenty-first, the U.S. Government initiated a partial shut-down and it has stretched on to be the longest shut down in that country’s history.  Because President Donald [...]

    PM Barrow meets Cuban President
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow is in Cuba on his state visit to the island where he recently underwent surgery. He met Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and both paid tribute [...]

    Judiciary Receiving Less than 1% of National Budget
    On Monday, the Supreme Court opened the legal year with the usual ceremonial fanfare in downtown Belize City. In his remarks, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin spoke of the budget afforded [...]

    Honduran Woman to Face Deportation for a Second Time
    Thirty-two-year-old Blanca Benitez Yanes has been sent to prison for six months. Yanes appeared before Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson this morning on a charge of failure to produce a visitor’s [...]

    Attempted Burglary Charge Dropped
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    Update on Baby Nelson Tabora: Hospitalized and Stable
    One week ago we aired the story of baby Nelson Tabora reportedly suffering from a condition called hydrocephalus. It is a condition where the head grows abnormally because the cerebrospinal [...]

    An Adolescent Health Strategic Plan Being Finalized
    An Adolescent Health Strategic Plan is being finalized. The plan marks a crucial step of an expanded and holistic focus by the government on the issues affecting adolescents in the [...]

    Citrus Icon Gerry Sharp, Dead at 77
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    Learning the Workings of Open Street Mapping
    A one-day training workshop took place on Monday in Belize City where officials from government agencies and N.G.O.s worked together on open street mapping. Open street maps are completely user-generated [...]

    LOVE FM

    New Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams officially installed
    As we mentioned on the top of the newscast, today Chester Williams was officially installed as the new Commissioner of Police. The ceremonial change of command and swearing in was held that the Police Training Academy of the Belize Police Department in Belmopan. Commissioner Williams has been in the force for 27 years and has …

    Free Eyeglasses for Students in the South
    Students at two high schools in Dangriga have been tested for eye-related illnesses. A corporate sponsor had decided to use its eyecare division to test the vision of students at the schools. According to Dangriga Correspondent Harry Aruz, over two dozen individuals have received free eyeglasses. Harry Arzu: “Students attending Dellille Academy and Agriculture Natural …

    Civil Review Complaints Commission looking into Police Complaints
    The Civil Review Complaints Commission launched on the 21st of November, 2018 and it will be chaired by former police commissioner Gerald Westby. The commission will assist in the investigation of complaints surrounding the police. It held its first working group and is looking at complaints made in relation to the department that occurred in …

    Former Compol Whylie says career was ended abruptly
    This afternoon, the former Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was ascended to the position of top cop in an official ceremony at the Police Training Academy in the Capital City Belmopan. But before we get into that story, the man who ComPol Williams succeeds, former Commissioner Allen Whylie took to the podium. The typically …

    Belize’s Ambassador to OAS speaks about universal Hope in ICJ Case
    Belize was represented by Ambassador Daniel Gutierrez in Washington DC at a meeting of the Organization of American States. There were several issues tabled with the aim of bringing them at the forefront for solutions. Love News spoke with Ambassador Gutierrez about the meeting. Ambassador Daniel Gutierrez: “Well the meeting was with the permanent representatives …

    Mother reunited with daughter after international custody battle
    Three-year-old, Vera Timofeev was reunited with her mother Raquel Cocom just after midday yesterday. Cocom, with the assistance of Tikkun Olam’s Director, Elisa Castellanos, won a court battle to have her daughter returned to her. Since November 2017, the child had been in the USA with her father who refused to return her. Cocom filed …

    Commissioner Williams Makes Personnel Changes to Department
    The work has begun already for Commissioner Williams as you know, he had played a vital role in the Mahogany Street aggravated burglary and hostage situation earlier in the week. He told the media about how he is restructuring the key players within the police department. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams: “The fact that I have …

    Correspondent Banking still an issue for CARICOM
    Plaguing Belize and other Caribbean countries is the issue of correspondent banking, CARICOM along with groups have been lobbying for restored relations. The issue has made doing business overseas challenging for many countries. Ambassador Gutierrez says the issue remains alive and there are still efforts made to improve the situation. Ambassador Daniel Gutierrez: “It has …

    Bar Association to hold forum on ICJ
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    Orange Walk South roads neglected
    The roads in Orange Walk that the cane farmers traverse will be receiving upgrades, all except the roads located in Orange Walk South. Jose Abelardo Mai, the Standard Bearer for Orange Walk South, told Love news that it is a great disservice to the farmers in that area. Mai said that his constituency did not …

    Briceno weighs in on the financial challenge of judiciary
    The fiscal year 2018/2019, saw a decrease in the allocations of funds to carry out the execution of justice. The total amount that was allocated to the judiciary was less than one percent of the national budget. Love News asked the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, to weigh in on the financial challenge faced by the judiciary...

    Price of Fuel takes a dip below $10
    The price of fuel at the pump has gone down. At midnight tonight premium gasoline will decrease by 52 cents, from $10.47 down to $9.95 per gallon; while diesel will also decrease by 52 cents, from $9.83 down to $9.31 per gallon...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    PM Barrow on official visit to Cuba
    Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow is on an official visit to Cuba on the invitation […]

    Premium and diesel prices go down
    The Ministry of Finance announces that midnight tonight, the price for premium gasoline will decrease by […]

    Santa Elena Furniture Gallery robbed, suspect detained
    According to reports, Santa Elena Furniture Gallery in Santa Elena town was robbed this morning. The […]

    Slanderous Facebook post costs Moses Sulph $30,000
    Former Minister Mark King, recently got court ruling in his favor for a lawsuit brought […]

    Prime Minister Dean Barrow pays homage to Jose Martí in Cuba
    Belize’s Prime Minister Dean Barrow touched down in Havana, Cuba yesterday morning. Barrow is on a 3-day working visit to Cuba on an invitation from Cuba’s President, Miguel Diaz Canel.[…]

    Anny Young missing for over a month
    The family of Anisha “Anny” Young is still seeking answers regarding the disappearance of their […]

    Heritage Bank opens it doors to Spanish Lookout community
    In a historic move, Heritage Bank Limited is opening its doors to the Spanish Lookout […]

    International Sourcesizz

    Michigan nanny wins trip to Belize on ‘Let’s Make a Deal’
    A West Michigan woman is heading on a tropical vacation thanks to an appearance on the popular CBS game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” Grandville nanny Kaitlyn Squires appeared on the classic game of deals and zonks on Wednesday and walked away with a collection of electric scooters and skateboards, as well as a 5-night vacation at the Xanadu Island Resort in San Pedro, Belize. The deal, which includes round-trip air fare, is valued at $8,992.

    Five takeaways from the World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress
    The hustle and bustle of a local fish market – usually seen in the pre-dawn dark, with bare-bulb lights illuminating what’s for sale and the shouts from sellers (usually in a language I don’t understand but with meaning clear enough to get out of the way of carts brimming with ice and fish) – is my favorite place to learn about small-scale fisheries. This is where it all comes together, with fishermen landing their catch, buyers (usually women) negotiating prices and customers buying products for that day’s meal or business. Here is where I am a learner and observer – hearing details about challenges these individuals face in maintaining their livelihoods, seeing the pride people have in their work and chatting about what we all can do to sustain the jobs, food, communities and ecosystems that are part of this system.

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  • SCUBA DIVING BELIZE | Ambergris Caye and Placencia, 16min. SCUBA diving in Belize in a highlight of both the Caribbean and tourism in Central America. While the jungles attract a lot of tourists, Belize is also home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. It has so many incredible experiences for those who love to dive or snorkel. For this SCUBA diving adventure travel vlog I teamed up with PADI, a world famous diver training organization, and William Drumm, a talented underwater photographer.

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    What an incredible day, Graffiti Fest '19 embraced many forms of art but the main attraction was the amazing talent on the walls ...we must big up our Belizean Graffiti artists- Vianay Bautista, Wilfred Perez, Robert Ramirez, Jahvier Tuisone and Steve Mossiah- and the Mexican crew- Diego Pootnaal, Alan Sanchez, Ana Balam Chan, Adnol Cetina, Filberto Pacheco and Victor Arrellano. Big up to our poets, and singers who stepped up to the Mic, thank you to Cocono Bwai for his great performance. So many sponsors supported this event, without them this would have been impossible. Thank you to our artists who donated a piece of art towards the silent auction fundraiser, of which 1336.00 was raised. We also wish to thank Dr. Luis Montero the Honorary Consul of Belize in Chetumal for his kind assistance with transportation of the Mexican artists and for making sure they all had a good breakfast here in Corozal before they arrived at the festival. Thank you to our "Live Art" artists for creating! Thank you to our NGO's, our community, we are so very grateful for everyone's support...lookout for the" Corozal Graffiti Festival" in 2020!!

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