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Introducing our evening guest performers- Mr. Chico Ramos and the Griga Boyz along with a full lineup of DJs, Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the upcoming BTIA Coconut Festival!

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Trip Reports
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How could climate change affect Turneffe Atoll?

Climate change is already affecting the world, some areas have seen a greater impact than others. Some examples are stronger storms, rise in sea level due to rising sea temperatures, and melting of glaciers. Love news spoke with Executive Director, Valdemar Andrade of the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA), who said that they are currently conducting research to determine how climate change is affecting the Turneffe Atoll.

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Annual Caye Caulker Lionfish Derby registers decrease in invasive fish

One of the most aggressive marine predators inhabiting Belizean waters became the prey during the fourth annual Caye Caulker Lionfish Derby Competition on Saturday, March 23rd. Held at the Barrier Reef Sports Bar and Grill, the competition saw eight teams heading out to sea early in the morning to try and catch as much Lionfish as possible. In addition, there were some fabulous prizes up for grabs, including for Smallest Lionfish, Largest Lionfish, Most Lionfish caught by scuba divers and Most Lionfish caught by free dive.

After weighing all catches, a total of 618 lionfish were recorded for this year’s event. The amount is gradually decreasing every year, and the participants told The San Pedro Sun that they definitely noticed less lionfish out at sea. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there, and fishermen believe that these derbies should be a regular occurrence to make a bigger dent on the Lionfish population.

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The San Pedro Sun

Anthony Carballo arraigned for the murder of Deon Faber and Allen Martinez
25-year-old Belize City resident Anthony Carballo was arraigned on Monday, March 25th inside the San Pedro Magistrate Court for the double murder of 40-year-old Deon Faber and 35-year-old Allen Martinez. No plea was taken, bail was denied, and Carballo was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July 3, 2019. During his appearance at the Magistrate Court, Carballo was informed of the murder charges, and details of the incident were read to him. According to the official report, surveillance footage showed the attack on Faber and Martinez being carried out by a gunman appearing to be Carballo.

Ambergris Today

San Pedranos Place Top 3 In Conservation Awareness For Reef Week Belize
Swimmers for Clean Oceans and to Connect-2-Earth - Twelve swimmers set out on Sunday, March 17, 2019, from English Caye to swim 1.6 miles to Goff’s Caye. The wind and seas were in the swimmers’ favor with winds hardly reaching 5 knots and mostly flat seas. This is the 7th annual English Caye Channel Swim Challenge to bring attention to conservation issues in conjunction with Reef Week 2019 while showcasing the swimming talent in Belize.

BEL Public Consultation On ESIA Report For Caye Caulker Interconnection
On Thursday, March 21, 2019 a public consultation was held for Belize Electricity Limited's (BEL) Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report regarding the interconnection of Caye Caulker to the national electricity grid. Over 90 residents attended the session conducted by the Department of Environment (DOE) at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Primary School. Since 2016, BEL has been engaging with DOE, the community, environmental and non-governmental organizations to ensure their involvement in the plan to ...

Belize City Resident Charged For Double Murder In Boca Del Rio Area
San Pedro Police have arrested and charged 25-year-old, Anthony Carballo, a Belize City Resident for the murder of Deon Faber and Allen Martinez in San Pedro Town which occurred on Thursday, March 21, 2019. According to a report by Channel 5 News, a woman carrying a child and diaper bag along with two men were captured on surveillance camera arriving by boat in San Pedro just prior to the double murder of Deon Faber and Allen Martinez.

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Continuation of Delivery of Voter’s Identification Cards to Villages
The Elections and Boundaries Department notifies electors that Elections and Boundaries personnel will be distributing Identification Cards in the below-listed villages for those persons whose applications were accepted in the months of JULY – DECEMBER 2018 and subsequently approved at revision court.

Continuation of the Issuance of Voter’s ID Cards
The Elections and Boundaries Department notifies electors that the fourth phase for the issuance of ID Cards will commence on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The issuance of voter ID cards will be for those electors whose applications were accepted in the months of October, November and December 2018 and subsequently approved at revision court. Electors are also reminded that the issuance of ID Cards for electors for the months of July, August and September 2018 continues.

Second High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation
Belize participated in the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the 20-21 March 2019. In his remarks to the Conference, H.E. Mr. Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stressed the importance of South-South Cooperation in assisting developing countries to achieve Agenda 2030 and other internationally agreed development goals.

Free Eye Exams and Glasses in Corozal
The Corozal Town Council, BCVI and AMIGOS ( Optometry Students from Pacific University in Oregon ) partnering to bring free eye exams and glasses for qualifying patients and children. They will be here today 25th March, 2019 and Tuesday 26th March, 2019.

BTB at the United States / United Kingdom Diving Familiarization Trip
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BTB Celebrates the Challenge Cup
As proud sponsors of The Belize Protectors Team, we join Belize in congratulating the team in placing first in the Challenge Cup, a foot race from Baker, California to Las Vegas, Nevada held from March 23 to 24, 2019. The Belize Protectors was composed of 25 men and women of the Belize Defense Force, the Police Department, the Belize Coast Guard and the Customs Department.

March 24th 2019 maya culture day in Blue Creek
A beautiful gathering of Yucatec maya. Mopan maya and ketchi maya. Celebrating culture .traditions and identity. To'one Masehualoon.

Anyone missing a boat?
Looks like a 38 footer w big cabin is beached directly west of Caye Chapel or west of port of stuck.

Masquerade: A Hope Haven and SHINE Benefit Fundraiser
Tickets available at Sandbar and Hope Haven. Call at 226-2333 for more details and tickets. Saturday April 6, 6pm.

WONDER WOMAN COMPETITION 2019
The 4th Annual Wonder Woman Competition commenced this morning with five teams from across the security forces of Belize including the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard. The aim of the three-day Wonder Woman Competition is to identify the best team from across the services. Day one started with the Coast Guard Fitness test which includes best efforts in push-ups, sit ups, pull ups followed by a two-mile run. This event is designed to test the total and overall body fitness of the participants. The second event of the day was a one-mile ocean swim.

The Governor General Visits Ocean Academy
On March 26 and 27.

Rotary Club of Corozal Asking for assistance!
This week the Rotary Club of Corozal will be working with several Canadian Clubs and schools that have generously donated amazing playgrounds for us to install in two schools. They have sent teams of high school students to do the installation. These students pay their own way and give up the Easter break to be here working and work is what they do. Our club’s responsibility is to support them in finding food, housing, and transportation. We also are to provide cement, sand, and gravel for securing the posts into the ground.

Art Exhibit entitled 'The Future is Female'
Today the Museum of Belize (NICH) launched an Art Exhibit entitled 'The Future is Female' highlighting fifty-six (56) exceptional art pieces from thirty-six (36) phenomenal Belizean Female Visual Artists. We send a special thanks to the promising young women from Pallotti High-School and the St.Catherine's Academy for being our guest audience to view this exhibit and showing their support in the empowerment of the Contemporary and Up and Coming Belizean Women in Art! The' Future is Female' Exhibit is now open to the public for your viewing pleasure, feel free to stop and take a peek!

2nd Belize National Research Conference
Official schedule now available.

Channel 7

16 Year Old Knocked Down, Family Attacks Driver
It's was a terrible weekend on Belize's roadways: 6 people died in 5 fatal accidents in different parts of the country. We begin tonight with the youngest victim. A teenaged boy was knocked down and killed in front of his mother's house. It happened around 6:00 on Saturday night between miles 20 and 21 on the Southern Highway. Jose Alex Marquez had just left from visiting his mom and was heading to his home in the Mayan King farm area when a vehicle struck him from behind. Marquez was flung about 20 feet and died immediately. The family says it would have been a hit and run if it wasn't for the drivers busted tire and Marquez's sister who ran him down and blocked him from leaving. We spoke to Marquez's brother in law about the tragedy.

Police Confirm Assault
And, police say that the driver was assaulted at the scene. They gave us their account:... ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "On Saturday around 9pm, Santa Cruz police in the Stann Creek District was called to an area between miles 20-21 on the Southern Highway, where they observe the lifeless body of a Hispanic male later identified as Jose Marquez, 16 years and not too far away from his body was a bicycle with extensive damages. One William Burke reported to police that he was south bound when he knocked down Marquez from behind. As a result, he drove directly to the police station where he handed in himself and made the report."

Ran Over Man Crossing Road
There was another fatal in the south, this one on the Hummingbird Highway. It happened on Friday night near mile 25. The victim is Belize City resident 26 year old Carlos Larios. The circumstances are similar to the Southern Highway fatal in that it happened right in front of a relative's house and family members responded quickly. But again, in this case, Larios was killed immediately due to the impact. We spoke to his cousin off camera. Voice of: Cousin: "My cousin Carlos Larois was coming off the 7:30 James Bus. He was coming to visit us and while crossing the main highway a vehicle just came about 80-90 miles per hour and just took him away."

Driver Under Scrutiny
Police say that Larios was half way across the road when the driver hit him: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "On Friday last, sometime around 9:30pm, Belmopan police responded to an information of a fatal traffic accident around mile 25 on the Hummingbird Highway. Upon their arrival, they met one, Henrich Froze who reported to them that he was traveling in his Silverado pick up in a northerly direction when he knocked down a male person later identified as Carlos Larios, 26 years old..."

Motorbike Rider Died In Head On Collision Close To Home
And from those fatal accidents in Southern Belize, we turn now to 2 separate motorcycle accidents in the Belize District which were both fatal. The first one happened on Saturday night, sometime after 6:00. 28 year-old Vladimir Aguilar, a resident of Scotland Halfmoon Village in the Belize River Valley Area, was riding his motorcycle from Burrell Boom, and he was heading to his family's house near the village bridge. But, he didn't make it, because he collided head-on into a pick-up truck heading in the opposite direction.

Driver Served With NIP
Police say that the driver of the pick-up truck, 48 year-old Brian August, has been served with a notice of intended prosecution. ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC CIB, Belize District: "It happened on Saturday night just after 7:15pm. Police visited Scotland Halfmoon Village where in the bushes they observed a` motorcycle that was extensively damaged and not far from the motorcycle police also observed the motionless body of Vladimir Antonio Aguilar, 28 years old resident of that same village. Initial information is that the driver of a vehicle Mr. Brian August..."

20 Year Old Female Dies In Cycle Crash
And the second fatal motorcycle accident happened yesterday evening, sometime before 6:00. 28 year-old Walter Loyo, and his fiancée, 20 year-old Zinnia Ayala, were traveling on a Meilun motorcycle on the George Price Highway. They were passing by the newly built roundabout, when Loyo lost control of the cycle and crashed into the barrier. They both suffered extensive injuries to the head and body, and Zinnia Ayala died on the scene.

Husband and Wife Killed In Spanish Lookout
And, out west in Spanish Lookout, two people, a husband and wife on a motorbike were killed when an 85 year old driver rear ended them in a van. Police told us more about the death of 51 year old Abram and 48 year old Irene Penner:... ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "On Saturday, sometime around 6 pm, San Ignacio police was called to Spanish Lookout in relation to a fatal traffic accident. Upon arrival they met one Gerard Penner, 85 years, who was the driver of a van. Also on the seen police observed police observed a motorcycle in the front portion or just in front of the van..."

Police Will Step Up Enforcement on Motorbikes
So, four of this weekend's fatal accidents involved motorbikes. That's too many, and it's a trend we have been witnessing for some time as inexpensive motorbikes have become more popular. The commissioner of police says they will respond with a new wave of enforcement for motorbike use: Chester Williams- Commissioner of Police: "Since over this past weekend we have had, I think, a total of 6 fatalities. All of which are involving motorcycles..."

Holy Angels' Cruse: Drowning in Bat Droppings
Teachers, parents and students from Holy Angels RC School in Pomona Village on the Hummingbird Highway staged a protest on their school compound today. They have endured years of working and studying in unsanitary and hazardous classrooms. There are a list of problems from rat bat infestation to broken floor boards. The school body is pleading for help and Courtney Weatherburne was there to capture their march. Here's that story. There are 350 students in total at the school. To clarify, classes continue no matter how many students show up. Teachers still teach even if it's only 4 or 10 students in the classroom.

COMPOL Takes on NTUCB
As we told you last week, the Police Association has commissioner Chester Williams in court. The association - or at least its Chairman, Corporal Sheldon Arzu - is seeking judicial review of a statutory instrument which Williams signed giving any chairman a two term limit. Arzu is on his sixth term. That's the cruz of a multi-faceted dispute in which NTUCB supports the police association. Today, Williams said the NTUCB needs to stay out of police business:.. Chester Williams- Commissioner of Police: "I have seen a press release by the NTUCB, I have also seen Ms. Elena Smith give an interview on the tv. They are jumping into something they have no business in. They need to understand, first and foremost, that the police association is not a union..."

COMPOL Sanctioned Press Release Against Arzu
And while the Commissioner had very strong words for Corporal Arzu and his supporters, he had zero words of censure for three police officers - who are on the police association executive. Secretary, Corporal Jermaine Hyde, treasurer Corporal Jane Usher and board member PC Holman Katenegie broke protocol last week when they put out a signed press release to say that Arzu did not have their support in any legal action taken to court. And while police officers are not allowed to engage the press freely - quite remarkably Williams said he approved their release:..

Was Policeman Punked In Road Rage Affair?
We also asked Williams about a less controversial but publicly embarrassing case for police. On Saturday morning at around 2:20am, Corporal Mark Martinez got into a scuffle on the Princess Margaret Drive strip in Belize City - and left with a busted head, and without his service revolver. Apparently, Martinez was driving on the strip along with his wife when he got into it with a driver who stopped in the middle of the road. Williams discussed it today: Chester Williams- Commissioner of Police: "There are several things that I would have to look at in terms of whether or not the persons with whom he had the issue new that he was a police at that particular time. What led to the situation, based on what you said just now, he was in a road rage..."

6 Homeless After Fire
Tonight, a family of 6 is in extreme distress after their Belize City home was destroyed by fire just before midday. Austin Stevens, his common-law wife, Shakira Logan, and their 4 children lived in a yard on in the Jane Usher Boulevard area. Their home is one of 2 houses in the yard, and their neighbors became very worried for their safety when they saw it completely engulfed in flames. We understand that Stevens had only just gone home with one of his children for a brief moment. Minutes after they left, the house was seen burning.

Briceno Bombs Barrow's Budget
The budget debate started today in Belmopan with the traditional response by the Leader of the Opposition. In his hour long speech John Briceno underscored what he has publicly described as a kickback budget:... Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opp.: "It is truly a pity madam speaker. In fact it is worse than that -- it is a great tragedy After more than a decade of an administration that has borrowed billions, spent billions and taxed Belizeans in the billions of dollars it is tragic that this UDP Government can show no evidence that Belizeans are better off, or that most of our people are earning a living wage, or that as a nation we are prospering."

Saldivar Snaps Back
And, as per tradition, the UDP Minister designated to respond to Briceno is Belmopan representative John Saldivar. Here's how he deflected Briceno's criticisms: Hon. John Saldivar- Area Rep, Belmopan: "How can they turn around and say that it is this government that is fueling the economy by borrowing. They are the ones, madam speaker, who, during their 10 years, took up the debt by over $1.2billion. And, let us not forget the rates at which they were borrowing when they were in government- average of over 8.5% compared to the 3.5% which this UDP government has been borrowing at. Then, to actually criticize our budget which, I will repeat, has no new taxes in it..."

City Man Went To Pedro For A Hit
Police have made arrests in two high profile murders. The first is the double murder which happened on San Pedro last week Thursday afternoon. Glenn Martinez and Deon Faber were executed in broad daylight in a busy part of town. Police have arrested one man who they say went there on Thursday morning to kill the men.

Ruiz Charged for Cabrera Murder
And, Punta Gorda residents will breath a sigh of relief to learn that Alex Ruiz has been charged for killing Luis Cabrera Jr. Last week it caused an uproar when he was only charged for a traffic offence which happened after the murder. Police explained why it took so long for them to charge:

Taking On Turneffe
Several months ago, we featured the conservation organization on our newscast that is known as The Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, or TASA for short. Valdemar Andrade, the executive director, was discussing why they have a strict policy against gill net fishing in their marine reserve. During that time, the Director expressed interest in taking us along with them into the reserve, so that we could see first hand the hard work they do to keep Turneffe as environmentally sound as possible. Well, this weekend, TASA was finally ready for the press to join them on their patrols to police the marine reserve from illegal fishing practices.

Wonders Of The Women of Belize's Security Forces
Who is the strongest, fittest woman in Belize Security forces. That's what being tested over three days in the 4th Annual Wonder Woman Competition. It started this morning with five teams from the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard. Day one started with the Coast Guard Fitness test which includes best efforts in push ups, sit ups, pull ups followed by a two mile run. The second event of the day was a one mile ocean swim. Day two starts with a 6 mile relay run along the George Price Highway starting at the Coast Guard Headquarters. Gold Cup Dream Gone Down
On last week Tuesday's news, we told you about the final game that Belize's National Football Team, the Jaguars, was supposed to play against the Guyana National Team. They travelled to that country for a road game with the hope of qualifying for a second time to the Gold Cup. But, as local football fans found out, on Saturday evening, Guyana ended Belize's Gold Cup dream They faced off at around 4:30 p.m., and when the final whistle was blown, Belize had lost the game with a final score of 2 to one.

Channel 5

Married Couple Perishes in Traffic Accident
As many as six persons died in traffic accidents, making the past weekend one of the deadliest on the highways. The deaths were reported in southern, central and western Belize.  [...]

Belize City Man Knocked Down and Killed on Hummingbird Highway
In the south, Carlos Larios was knocked down and killed on Friday night. It happened between miles twenty-five and twenty-six on the Hummingbird Highway. The twenty-six-year-old Belize City resident was [...]

16-year-old Knocked Down and Killed in Santa Cruz Village
The youngest victim in the spate of traffic fatalities is sixteen-year-old Jose Marquez. The Santa Cruz Village was knocked down between miles twenty and twenty-one on the Southern Highway as [...]

Motorcyclist Killed in Head on Collision in Scotland Halfmoon
From the south to the Belize District where two separate fatal traffic accidents claimed the lives of a father of one and a young woman. A collision involving yet another [...]

Couple on Motorcycle Crash into Concrete Barrier; Young Woman Dies
The second traffic fatality in the Belize District occurred just before six p.m. on Sunday. A couple travelling on a motorcycle collided into a concrete barrier near the construction site [...]

Budget Debate Kicks Off to Little Fanfare
Day-one of the budget debate got underway this morning and will continue on Tuesday, Government has a week before the end of the financial year on March thirtieth and the [...]

No Contractor General and No Auditor General’s Report on BIL
The Office of the Contractor General has remained vacant since 2018, when government chose not to renew its agreement with Godwin Arzu who failed to submit six annual reports during [...]

Patrick and Said Spar over Budget
Never one to pass on an opportunity to land a few solid jabs on his political opponents, former Prime Minister Said Musa also went in on government for its infrastructure-heavy [...]

Francis Fonseca: “Where is the reduced fuel prices?”
Former Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca, after reviewing the budget for the approaching fiscal year, criticized government for failure to reduce the exorbitant cost of fuel, a campaign promise that dates [...]

Said Musa: What’s Up With Foreign Affairs?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, was not spared the sharp wit of former prime minister Said Musa who, in his casual humour, took square aim [...]

Protest at Holy Angels! Teachers, Parents & Students Demand Catholic Management to Assist
Earlier in the month, News Five broke the story of a growing infestation problem and decaying structures at Holy Angels RC School in Pomona Village. For several years, the teachers [...]

Belize City Resident Anthony Carballo Charged for San Pedro Double Murder
On the crime blotter…A resident of Tigris Street in Belize City was arraigned in San Pedro Magistrate’s Court today for the double murder of Deon Faber and Allen Martinez that [...]

Alexander Ruiz is Finally Charged for Murder
Twelve days after the murder of Luis Cabrera Junior in Punta Gorda, his alleged killer is hauled before the court and arraigned for murder. Over the weekend, thirty-seven-year-old Alexander Ruiz [...]

An Off Duty Officer is Assaulted & His Serviced Weapon Stolen
An off duty cop was assaulted in Belize City around three o’clock on Saturday morning. The entertainment strip was buzzing with activity as Police Constable Mark Martinez was driving his [...]

ComPol Chester Williams says Police President is Disrespectful
On Friday, a case was brought against Commissioner of Police Chester Williams from within the ranks of the police department. Corporal Eldon Arzu, the President of the Police Association is [...]

Police to Start Safety Tips and Road Rules Campaign for Motorcyclists
There were six road fatalities this weekend and four of those accidents involved motorcycles. The road traffic accidents are not new, but there has been a rise in accidents in [...]

Fire in Jane Usher Boulevard Area! Wooden Home Destroyed
There was a fire earlier this afternoon in Belize City. The blaze completely destroyed a family home on JR Street in the Jane Usher Boulevard area just before two. It [...]

A Seminar for Gender-Based Violence Reporting and Monitoring
A gender-based violence seminar was held today in Belize City. The purpose of the event was to discuss and share ways to enhance the reporting, monitoring and surveillance of gender-based [...]

The Weekend in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend in sports....]

The Reporter

Belize Super-Women Compete In Grueling Match
Women in the military are being pushed to the limit this week as the 4th Annual Wonder Woman Competition kicked off today, with five teams from the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defence Force and the Belize National Coast Guard.

TASA & Fisheries Bill, Get The Big Support They Were Seeking
Work on an amended Fisheries Resources Bill got underway as far back as 2010, with input from the Fisheries Department, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Solicitor-General’s Office, the Coastal Zone Management Authority, the Ministry of Natural Resources, multiple fisheries stakeholders and legal experts.

U.B Student Reported Missing By His Family
Family members of UB student Kevin Frutos, 26, are extremely concerned and are asking the public’s assistance in locating him.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Shots fired in Belize City
Just before 10:00 pm tonight there was a shooting in Belize City. A man dressed […]

ComPol confident he will win in court against Police Association Chairman
Commissioner of Police, Chester Willimas, said today that he is confident the Supreme Court will rule in […]

Belize Police teaming up with Jamaica Police on several initiatives
Representatives from the Belize Police Department, including Police Commissioner Chester Williams, went on a working visit […]

ComPol to Unions “Mind your business”
Today, Police Commissioner Chester Williams addressed his legal battle with the Police Association and said that entities […]

Police cracking down on motorcycle riders
After six road traffic fatalities over the weekend involving motorcycles, the Belize Police Department is […]

“Broaden the net” for Integrity Commission
Lisbeth Delgado, Armead Gabourel, Wilmot Simmons, Nestor Vasquez, Zoe Roberson Zetina, and Claudette Grinage have […]

Senator Lizarraga: Police and DPP shouldn’t wait for the final Special Select Committee Report on Immigration
The Special Select Committee Report on Immigration is still a few months away, but the Police […]

Offshore industries to be killed off?
Business Community Senator Mark Lizarraga warns that there are efforts being made to “kill off” Belize’s […]

Amendment to Retired Persons Act bars qualified retired persons from investment while retired
The National Assembly has passed an amendment to the Retired Persons Act effectively barring what are […]

Budget had no consultation from businessmen
The Senate will debate this year’s Budget on Thursday, March 28th, but Senator Mark Lizarraga made […]

Minimum of 30 years in jail for trio convicted of murder
Minus deductions, three Belize City men learned on Friday that they will spend another two decades […]

House to review three new bills and petition
The headlines will be dominated by two days of debate over the General Revenue and […]

Issuance of Voters ID cards continues
The Elections and Boundaries Department notifies electors that the fourth phase for the issuance of […]

Belize participates in 2nd UN Conference on South-South cooperation
Belize participated in the 2nd High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation held in Buenos […]

Fair weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly fair weather to continue. Sunny skies with some cloudy […]

Watch a movie, support victims of gender-based violence
The film ‘beauty Bites Beast” a documentary tackling the global issue of gender-based violence and women’s self-defense, […]

Four Belizean hotels nominated for Global Travel Awards
Four Belizean hotels are competing for the title of Belize’s Leading Hotel in the 2019 […]

Garifuna Association unhappy with Mason trial
The United Garifuna Association (UGA), an organization comprised of Garinagu communities from six different countries, […]

The Budget to be debated this week in the National Assembly
For three of the next four days, Belize’s 44 parliamentarians – 31 in the House of […]

Invitation to our Divergent Discussion on the ICJ
By The National Student Union of Belize: We hope this letter finds you well. On behalf of the National Student Union of Belize, we are pleased to invite you to our “Divergent Discussions on the ICJ” […]

LOVE FM

Pregnant woman and husband charged for marijuana
In the courts, today, Ashley Haylock appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford where he was read two criminal offense of theft and common assault. Allegations are that on Saturday, March 23, he along with two others, not yet arrested and charged, dishonestly appropriated one Taurus brand 9 mm pistol value at $2,800.00 property of …

Penners perish in Accident
Police report that an elderly couple lost their lives in a motorcycle accident. According to police, on Saturday 85-year-old Gerhard Penner was driving a Gold Pontiac Montana van headed to Spanish Lookout. Penner reportedly collided into the rear of a motorcycle being ridden by 51-year-old Abram Penner and his wife 48-year-old Irene Penner both residents …

16 year old Killed in RTA
Along the southern highway, in Santa Cruz, a sixteen year old minor Jose Marquez lost his life. The driver of the vehicle that hit him stopped to render aid, but he was assaulted by grieving people from the village. Assistant Commissioner of Police say, the driver had to flee the scene to the police station …

Fire guts home in Jane Usher Boulevard Area
A family is without a home tonight as they were victims of a fire. Shortly after midday, smoke rose over J.R. Street in the Jane Usher Boulevard area of Belize City and the fire gutted a home. The grief stricken homeowner had to be rushed to the hospital and our news team spoke to neighbors …

Commissioner says we need Motorcycle Education to prevent Accidents
All the accidents, the six lives lost in one weekend, has prompted the police to address motorcycles in particular. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said the police department would embark on a national media sensitization campaign. The Compol said he will instruct the Commander of the National Traffic Branch to make media rounds and disseminate …

Carlos Larios killed in RTA
In the south, 26 year old Carlos Larios was killed on the Hummingbird Highway. The head of the national crimes investigation branch says Larios was crossing the highway when a Silverado pickup knocked him down. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head of National Crimes: “Belmopan Police responded to information of a fatal traffic accident around mile 25 …

Music Ambassador says his DJ Competition was Successful
If you’re on social media chances are there are at least a dozen internet models or disc jockeys on your friends list. That’s why it’s important that there are creative outlets for these young entrepreneurs. There was a DJ competition that was held in Dangriga. Love News spoke to the organizer of the event, Music …

Baby and grandparents hospitalized in RTA
In Western Belize, another road traffic incident has left an eighteen month old baby and his grandparents hospitalized. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports that the incident happened late Saturday afternoon. Based on a telephone call received just before 5pm yesterday Roaring Creek Police and the Western Regional Hospital emergency response team visited the water …

Woman perishes without helmet in Motorcycle Accident
The police say that the next fatality occurred at mile 8 on the Philip Goldson Highway. The driver of the motorcycle received critical injuries and he was in surgery today as a result of Sunday evening’s accident. While he was wearing a helmet, his passenger 20-year-old Zenya Ayala was not and she passed away on …

Top Cop visits Center for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse
A Belizean delegation including civil society and the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams have recently returned from a trip to Jamaica where the visited Center for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, CISOCA. The center is a branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force which helps encourage victims to report incidents of sexual offenses …

4 traffic accidents with two resulting in fatalities and two minor incidents
There were six deaths reported over the weekend all due to road traffic accidents and in most cases, involving the use of motorcycles. In the Belize district alone there were 4 traffic accidents with two resulting in fatalities and two minor incidents …

Police say suspect in San Pedro’s double murder detained
The police have arrested a suspect in relation to the double murder of Deon Faber and Allen Martinez. The police utilized surveillance footage to detain the suspect and they are also looking for a woman and another man in relation to the double homicide …

Belize participated in the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South
Belize participated in the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the 20-21 March 2019. In his remarks to the Conference, Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs …

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Visiting Caramelo in Corozal, Town
They do brownies, macarons, Merengue, Chocolate chip, Frappes, Coffee, coffee Flavored, Iced Tea, Natural Juices, Tuna Sandwich or Chicken, Panini. Treats: Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies all comes in a different variety.

Rotary Club of Corozal installs new playgrounds
This week the Rotary Club of Corozal will be working with several Canadian Clubs and schools that have generously donated amazing playgrounds for us to install in two schools. They have sent teams of high school students to do the installation. These students pay their own way and give up the Easter break to be here working and work is what they do. Our club’s responsibility is to support them in finding food, housing, and transportation. We also are to provide cement, sand, and gravel for securing the posts into the ground.

Top 10 Things To Do In Belize
If you’re planning your first trip to Belize it can be hard to decide what to do, given there are so many choices. Here’s a list of the top 10 activities to consider when planning your trip:

Beginner’s Travel Guide: Three Days in San Pedro, Belize
San Pedro is the most popular destination for Americans in Belize (to the point that you can get a protein smoothie just about anywhere). It’s a short plane ride from the main airport in Belize City, full of delicious restaurants, and great for anyone who enjoys a little hustle and bustle while on vacation. The drawback of San Pedro? There isn’t much of a beach scene. But if you like adventure (but don’t like getting places efficiently) you can rent a golf cart to make the trek to Secret Beach. Belize is a place I would absolutely go back to; here’s how I spent three days in San Pedro with my hubby.

Beginner’s guide to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling
Snorkeling Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley was one of the top five coolest things I’ve ever done. It put Florida to shame. I did chicken out of “truly” experiencing Shark Ray Alley (more on that later) but snorkeling around Hol Chan was like being in an episode of Planet Earth. It’s an amazing experience and can’t-miss part of visiting Belize. If you’re going to Belize, you’d be a dang fool not to go snorkeling. It’s as natural as slurping down rum drinks and laying in the sun (wear sunblock). But if you’ve never been snorkeling before, or it’s your first time in Belize, you may need a little help knowing what to expect.

A Riot of Color: Green Hills Butterfly Ranch
Thousands of colorful wings float around you. The sun catches a riot of yellow, and a dash of blue, before a beautiful splash of orange lands on your arm. You’ve entered the butterfly flight space. Welcome to Green Hills Butterfly Ranch. Home to the largest butterfly display in Belize, it features over 100 species of butterflies - including the Blue Morpho which is one of the main attractions at the farm. Surrounded by a botanical garden with more than 150 plants, shrubs and trees, there’s even a hummingbird viewing area. It’s truly a natural paradise. And of course, the hiking and photo opportunities are unlimited.

Gladden Spit & Silk Caye Marine Reserve
Just a few miles offshore of the Belizean mainland lies the vast archipelago of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest coral barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere. Located on the outer edge of this reef is the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes MarineReserve (GSSCMR), a protected conservation area that is ideal for enjoying snorkeling and scuba diving. The GSSCMR measures over 25,000 acres (10,500 ha) in size and is located approximately 22 miles (36 km) due east of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Managed by the Southern Environmental Association, a local NGO, this area is one of the healthiest and vibrant marine ecosystems on the Belize Barrier Reef.

10 things to pack when traveling to Belize
Belize is a fascinating country and is Mother Nature’s best kept secret snuggled between Guatemala and Mexico and bordered by the Caribbean Sea, this is as tropical as it gets! Let us walk through this list of Must-Packs for your upcoming vacation in tropical paradise! Travel Documents – These are the most important things you need to pack before leaving for your Adventure in Belize. Passport, driver’s license, plane tickets and travel itinerary (if you have one) should all be tucked away in a secure and easily accessible area, such as your carryon or purse pocket.

Belmopan City – The Smallest Little Capital in the World
Tucked in a cute little corner of Central America and many times missed by most viewers of any map of the isthmus, Belize is famous for a few things….. its natural and lush rain forests, the largest cave system in Central America and of course the world renowned Great Blue Hole but what is amazing and something that most people do not know is that Belize owns one of the smallest capitals of the world! Smack in the center of the country, Belmopan has a population of just around 20 thousand residents.

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Francis Ford Coppola Owns a Stunning Island off the Coast of Belize
You could measure the success of prolific filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in a lot of ways. Maybe it’s his Academy Awards for legendary flicks like The Godfather or the wine empire he built after. If you’re beach-obsessed, however, you’ll probably look at the director’s impressive and varied body of work and point to one of his latest ventures—an impossibly dreamy private island stay that’s part of a larger Caribbean resort collection—as the pinnacle of the Coppola family’s achievements. (Owning an island is the ultimate dream, right?) The Family Coppola Hideaways is the resort offshoot of the Coppola brand, which in addition to a successful wine business includes restaurants, a line of Italian-inspired food, and a literary magazine. Of the five resorts under the Coppola name, three are Central American getaways designed to immerse guests in the culture and natural wonders of each distinct region.

Videos

  • Sitting of the House of Representatives National Assembly Chamber, Belmopan,

  • FCD Environmental Youth Group Happy World Water Day, 2min. The Chiquibul Forest, a gold water reserve provides water resources to over 40% of Belize's population. This is a primary reason why it is important to protect these jungles.

  • WONDER WOMAN COMPETITION 2019, .5min. The 4th Annual Wonder Woman Competition commenced this morning with five teams from across the security forces of Belize including the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard. The aim of the competition is to identify the best team from across the services over the next three days of the physically demanding and competitive Wonder Woman Competition. Day one started with the Coast Guard Fitness test which includes best efforts in push ups, sit ups, pull ups followed by a two mile run. This event is designed to test the total and overall body fitness of the participants. The second event of the day will be a one mile ocean swim.

  • Belize Elementary School & National Fire Service Baby Shark, 1.5min. Belize National Fire Service doing their thing again at the Belize Elementary school's career day.... To the famous baby Shark doo. doo.. song.... Special shout out to Fire fighter D. Kingston on a job well done..

  • Belize 2019, 31min. I made a vlog to showcase my time in Belize during Spring Break.

  • Mennonites in Belize/ La Ruta Maya, 2min. This is an amateur video of the canoe race. La Ruta Maya is an annual canoe race that takes place every year, usually beginning on the 9th of March which is a holiday and ending 4 days later at the mouth of Belize River. Some of the Mennonite businesses in Spanish Lookout have their own team of paddlers which represent their respective companies. Otherwise, there are no Mennonites who are directly or personally involved in the race.

  • Belize and Guatemala, 35min. Vacation in Belize and Guatemala. March 2019

  • FBC 2019 Mission to Belize, 8min.

  • Tarpon Time, 7min. Wild Adventures Belize Catches & Releases a nice Tarpon off Placencia Belize. Megalops Atlanticus or the Silver King

  • Pok ta pok, 4.5min. Let Destination Belize take you Beyond the Pages and learn more about Pok-Ta-Pok in Belize!

  • How to Make Belizean Tablata | Coconut Candy, 6.5min. Tablata (Tab-lå-ta) is a Belizean candy made from coconut fllakes. It is very sweet and should only be eaten as a treat.
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    Tablata (Tab-lå-ta) is a Belizean candy made from coconut fllakes. It is very sweet and should only be eaten as a treat.
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    Tropical Storms & Hurricanes
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    There are only 10% or 32,000 Belizeans alive today when Hurricane Hattie struck in 1961 and only .2% or 804 when the 1931 hurricane struck. Based on the statistics, I believe I would be correct to say that a very large portion of our population have no idea what a category four or five hurricane hitting Belize City would be like. Richard and Earl were child's play.

    When the Europeans (Pirates) arrived at our shore (British Honduras) in 1638, they found our little peninsula deserted, no Mayas and no Spanish. However, that is exactly what our ancestors loved about their new haunts. It is my opinion that the reason why there might not have been anyone on the peninsula we now inhabit is because of the history of the area. The Mayas might have known it, the Spanish might have known it and George Prize realized it. What they could have known was that our little peninsula has been inundated at regular intervals by catastrophic tsunamis. George Price realize this fact after Hattie in 1961 and tried to move the capital and it took him thirteen years to do it; however, our ancestors were too rooted in our little peninsula and would not move for anything.

    The fact remains and it is inevitable that we will be visited by another catastrophic tsunami sometime in the future. It has been 88 years since the last one. Most of our 75,000 Belize City population will be able to move to higher ground, or out of the city, so the lost of life will not be as severe as it was in 1931 (2,500 dead). However, we cannot move our infrastructure. Northside might do a little better because of better building codes, but most of Southside remains pretty much the way it was in 1961.

    Future mega tsunamis caused by a hurricane will come from the southeast (Southside) again. This should not be confused with a hurricane's tidal surge which is a more gradual tidal increase. I believe Hattie brought a tidal surge with the same amount of water (9 to 15 feet) but with less force, but the 1931 hurricane brought a tsunami. We are more susceptible to a tsunami because of two things; one, we are a peninsula and; two, have lots of shallow water in front of us. Tsunamis created by a hurricane love peninsulas and shallow water. Any category 3 to 5 hurricane coming from the southeast as did the 1931 hurricane with a direct hit over Belize City will surely bring another tsunami (see my graphical illustration of the 1931 hurricane uploaded).

    In preparation, all we can do is to never forget and never become complacent. We must prepare, prepare, plan and plan. My Recommendation is that we move all critical food supply and equipment up to Ladyville permanently including another NEMO office. Everyone will be going to Belmopan and Belmopan will be cut-off and run out of food very quickly. Had Mitch struck Belize there would have been a humanitarian crisis in Belmopan. A large portion of the food and aid will come into the country through Philip Goldson, so the coordination has to be done near the supply. Invest and build in Ladyville!

    According to C.H. Godden, a deputy Colonial Secretary in the early 1960's, upon his arrival to British Honduras some 30 years after the 1931 hurricane, locals were still in a state of shock, and were still talking about the hurricane as though it had occurred the day before. Little did he know he would experience an equally devastating hurricane one year after his arrival.

    Least we forget, below are two oral histories of the 1931 Hurricane.

    I was 11 years old, but I can still remember as if it were yesterday, when the hurricane hit Belize on the 10th of September, 1931. I attended St. Mary's School. Around August everybody was in glee, especially the children, happy that the 10th was coming, when we would all march through the streets with our red, white and blue flags, straw hats, white uniforms, and white tennis.

    I have to mention some of the teachers. I suppose some of them are still alive, but aged. I remember Miss Hilda Foreman, Miss Louise Longsworth, Miss Adela Bradley, and the headmaster, Mr. George Griffith. He was very strict and stern.

    Now let me tell you about the 1931 hurricane. People were waiting to see, and the rumour started in August that a hurricane would come to Belize. Most of the population had never witnessed one.

    The 9th night was a clear, starry night. In those days, the fireworks used to be up at the Fort, and people gathered at the Courthouse Wharf and along Foreshore to watch and enjoy the beautiful fireworks. There was no sign of rain until about 6 o'clock the Tenth morning when a light, drizzling rain began. Even though it was raining, people were still getting ready to parade. The parade route was up Albert Street, turning around Government House down Regent, crossing over Swing Bridge, up Queen Street, turning up Barracks Road, right on to the Tamarind Tree, which is now Lindbergh Landing.

    All the children went to their various schools. The rains never came as one big shower. It would rain and stop, rain and stop. The bands were right there, all of us children ready to march, and then sadness and disappointment came. All the happiness turned to sadness when the headmaster, Mr. Griffith, got on the stage and said there would be no marching.

    Everyone was to go home (that was around 9:30am the morning), because a hurricane would be hitting Belize in a half an hour time.

    It did come. The storm, which lasted about an hour and a half, left some houses roofless and blew down some fences and trees. St. John's College was situated by the seaside up at Loyola Park over Yarborough Bridge. The building was a large, three storey, wooden structure, and went down in the first storm, as also did St. Andrew's Hall, which was situated corner of Prince and Albert Streets.

    After the storm passed, people came out to view the wreckage. Then something strange and unusual happened. The storm swung right back, but with more force, bringing a tidal wave about 10 feet high, which swept over the city of Belize, leaving 2,000 dead and thousands more homeless. The most devastated area was the Yarborough area.

    If it was not for the water, many people would have survived. Most people who died were trapped under houses and died from drowning, including 11 Catholic priests.

    The 11th morning dawned with people looking for their children, some for their parents. All you could see was debris, dead people, houses on the street, everything in one. A lady that I knew, Mrs. Harmon, lost her husband and 5 children. Only she survived. How sad!

    I was living with my parents on West Street, but the storm caught us over the Pound Yard Bridge. We were trapped downstairs of a two storey house. It took us three hours from Pound Yard to West Street. We had to walk over houses, climb over trees, over boats, even dead people.

    Finally they started to dig mass graves to bury the dead, right in front of Pound Yard where the gas station is today.

    After that, people started to pick up the pieces and put them together by the grace of God, and the rest is history.

    {Ed. NOTE: Mrs. Lillian Jones Crawford lives in Orange Walk Town. She is the mother of famous Orange Walk footballer, Elvis "Cricket" Crawford.)

    Source: AMANDALA Belize Sunday, June 20, 1999

    --- by Lilian Jones Crawford

    Another Experience:

    My dad told me he was on the beach the day of the tidal wave. He was 9 years old and described it as; “the sea disappeared and the fish flapped on the dry sea floor, and when the wave came back it was so big it licked the sky”. He took refuge in the church. He described how they couldn’t cope with the dead and resorted to pouring petrol over the bodies and burning them in the street. The heat from the flames made one body rise on its feet and skim across the water towards him. That must have been terrifying for a 9 year old.

    Source: Oct 31, 2000 Channel Five

    Based on the various oral history of the hurricane I am adding a graphical illustration of what might have caused the tsunami that killed most of the people in 1931.




    By The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project

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    Fundraisers, Volunteering, & Charity
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    Tickets available at Sandbar and Hope Haven. Call at 226-2333 for more details and tickets. Saturday April 6, 6pm.

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    The budget debate started today in Belmopan with the traditional response by the Leader of the Opposition. In his hour long speech John Briceno underscored what he has publicly described as a kickback budget:...

    Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opp.
    "It is truly a pity madam speaker. In fact it is worse than that -- it is a great tragedy After more than a decade of an administration that has borrowed billions, spent billions and taxed Belizeans in the billions of dollars it is tragic that this UDP Government can show no evidence that Belizeans are better off, or that most of our people are earning a living wage, or that as a nation we are prospering."

    "Ten days ago the Prime Minster came to this honourable House and in his trademark fashion gave the nation a budget that will not move us any closer to meeting the needs of our developing nation nor meet any of our national development goals like growing the productive sector and generating new jobs."

    "Instead, once again he presented a budget that seeks to spend excessively more than they spent last year and collect significantly more from the Belizean people than they did last year."

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    Don't forget this Wednesday! Be informed on the ICJ Referendum with Special Guest Speakers: Mr. Assad Shoman and Mr. Jordan Craig.
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    Weather
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    Tomorrows WEATHER for - Tue 26 Mar 2019

    The Caribbean winds back to from the NE Not much cloud, but there is haze all over southern Belize and into Honduras.
    I suspect a lot of it is actually smoke from fires.

    Looks like it will be another cool night and then early morning near clear skies before white clouds develop, little or no rain.

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    Nature
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    FCD Environmental Youth Group: Happy World Water Day Video

    The Chiquibul Forest, a gold water reserve provides water resources to over 40% of Belize's population. This is a primary reason why it is important to protect these jungles.

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Caye Caulker Village Council claims Central Government is interfering with their management
    The lack of enforcement, support, and disregard for local authorities on La Isla Cariñosa has the Caye Caulker Village Council (CCVC) in a desperate situation as they try to set order on their island, despite residents and stakeholders not complying with regulations. The CCVC is contesting the use of public spaces, construction of unauthorized structures, importation of vehicles, improper sewage waste disposal and even the building of piers that threaten to saturate their coastlines. The elected leaders claim that they have made reports to the respective departments in Central Government for assistance, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears, with the situation growing worse by the day.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Foot Race
    Mr. Dennis, I need a favor.” “Of course, Señora Alvarez,” I said. “How can I help you?” Eighty-one-year-old Señora Alvarez who lives on my street stopped me as I drove by in my golf cart. “My butane tank is empty, and I need someone to take it to be filled.” “I’ll be glad to do it,” I said. “I can’t help much,” she told me. “It’s real heavy and I’m scared to death of gas. It always seems very dangerous to me.”

    Say NO to Plastics – DOE begins public education
    Belize is saying NO to plastics, particularly non-biodegradable plastic bags, trays, plates, cups, bottles, spoons and other containers and utensils, which will soon become illegal to import or even possess. Education of the public to choose biodegradable alternatives and to switch from disposable, single-use containers to reusable bags, containers, and utensils, is key to making the program work.

    Doctor Love: Embarrassed
    Dear Doctor Love, My best friend is very embarrassing when she gets drunk. It’s like she forgets how to be nice and she turns into this loud and mean girl. She hits on every man in the room, even if he is with someone and sometimes even pulls her top up to show herself. I am tired of having to get her home when she is so drunk, she can barely walk, and I think sometimes she is going to cause a fight with another girl, and I will have to take her side. How do I get her to stop acting like this? I love her when she is not drinking, but she is not a nice person when she gets drunk. I think if she doesn’t stop it will ruin our friendship.

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    Manatee rescued
    Thank you to all those in Consejo who alerted us to the reappearance of the calf - once again hiding in the mangroves. Thank you also to Joel Green and the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development for returning to Consejo with us this afternoon to assess the calf and whether it would need rescuing. The calf, a female, is estimated at between three and four months old, and is emaciated and dehydrated - she has been apart from her mother for a while, and did, indeed, need rescuing. We've just arrived back at the Manatee Rehabilitation Centre, and she is settling into our Recovery Pool. We will put together more information on her tomorrow, but for now...we will leave you with a photo from her trip to Sarteneja in the SACD boat.

    New Donation box for South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch
    Thanks to a suggestion received online and the skill of Duane Allen, the SACNW sub-station has a new donation box for those people who find it more convenient to drop a quick donation. Donations can be made online at www.sacnw.org - our new set up is working beautifully!

    Anthony Carballo Arrested
    San Pedro Police have formally charged 25-year-old Anthony Carballo for the double murder of Allen Martinez and Deon Faber. Faber and Martinez were gunned down by a masked gunman on Thursday, March 21st, on Laguna Drive in the Boca Del Río Area of San Pedro Town. Carballo is expected to be arraigned for the crime tomorrow Monday, March 25th at the San Pedro Magistrate Court.

    Sarteneja Easter Regatta Fest 2019
    SARTENEJA VILLAGE, COROZAL prepares for its Annual Easter Regatta - Pin the Date - Sunday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m until. It's going to be Awesome!

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    Spring Equinox @ Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve
    Lots of great photos!

    The Reporter

    Husband and Wife Perish in Traffic Fatality
    Two people died in a traffic accident yesterday evening in Spanish Lookout. The Reporter has received confirmation that at around 6:00 pm, Abram Penner, 51, a farmer of Spanish Lookout was driving a motorcycle on Route 40 in the community, with his wife, Irene Penner, 48, as his passenger.

    Police Catch Suspected Hit and Run Driver
    One man is in Police custody and possibly facing charges for a hit and run accident in Belmopan over the weekend which claimed the life of elderly Guatemalan national Pablo Hernandez, 63. Just after 7:00 p.m. on Sunday Belmopan Police were called out to the Hummingbird Highway, within city limits near Caribbean Chicken where they observed Hernandez’s lifeless body lying near the highway.

    Complaints Rain on Voters’ Cards; Elections Official Responds
    The first batch of voter’s cards are out and so are the first batch of complaints against them, varying from the design of the I.D.s to their quality, to errors that are blatant on a heap of them. But Elections and Boundaries Commission Chairman, Doug Singh says the errors, no matter who is at fault, as long as they can be rectified or verified, should not create problems for people who want to vote in next month’s ICJ Referendum.

    Several Fatal Road Accidents in Rural Areas Reported
    There have been two fatal traffic accidents since Friday night, both of which occurred in rural areas. The most recent incident occurred last night in Scotland Halfmoon village and the victim has been identified, he is Vladimir Antonio Aguilar, 28, a carpenter of Scotland Half Moon Village, Belize District.

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    Luk Ya 10th Edition Women in Art Exhibition
    The Embassy of Mexico is hosting the opening of Luk Ya 10th Edition Women in Art Exhibition. Diego Sapien, Cultural Attaché of the Mexican Embassy says this Exhibition which started ten years ago in Dangriga is usually held during Women’s International Month. For the first time it’s being held in Belize City at the Mexican …

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Team Belize victorious in 2019 Baker to Las Vegas relay marathon
    After placing second in last year’s race, Belize returned to the United States determined to place first in the Baker to Las Vegas 2019 challenge cup relay morathon. The determination of Team Belize paid off as the team crossed the finish line as champions earlier today.

    Man chopped in Orange Walk: Police investigating
    Police are investigating a chopping incident in Orange Walk Town over the weekend. Details are at this time sketchy but police have confirmed that Gonzalo Flota was chopped to various parts of the body.

    Minor knocked off bicycle and dies
    Police in southern Belize are investigating a fatal traffic accident. Police have confirmed that on Saturday night, Jose Marquez, 16, was riding his bicycle near mile 20 of the Southern Highway.

    Recently acquitted murderer charged for San Pedro double murder
    Belize City resident, Anthony Carballo, has been charged with two counts of murder. His charges are in connection with last Thursday’s double murder of Allen Martinez, 35, and Deon Faber, 40.

    One reportedly dead in road traffic accident just now
    Our newsroom has received reports of yet another fatal road traffic accident. It occurred minutes ago near mile 8 of the George Price Highway in the Belize District.

    Police investigating crash in Spanish Lookout that killed 2 persons
    Police have issued an official report on a double fatality in Spanish Lookout, Cayo. According to the report, Gerhard Penner, 85, was driving a gold Pontiac Montana en route to Spanish Lookout. That was when he collided into the rear of a motorcycle being driven by Abram Penner, 51, and his wife Irene Penner, 48.

    How Belize lost to Guyana – Everything you need to know
    The loss may have been narrow, but it stings nonetheless. That the national side, the Jaguars, had their opportunities in Saturday’s game with Guyana is not in doubt. That for the most part, they took them, is also not in doubt. But the biggest takeaway from the 2-1 result is that Belize’s tried and tested method of playing few international warm-ups and calling players in for training camp from 2 weeks to a month out of tournaments is not working.

    CARICOM Ministers meet with Venezuelan opposition leader Guaidó
    As the civil crisis in Venezuela rages on, foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community have held a meeting with opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself interim president of Venezuela.

    Four dead in three road traffic accidents since Friday
    Four persons have lost their lives in three separate road traffic accidents over the weekend. The first accident occured on Friday night on the Hummingbird Highway.

    ICJ fair being held in Santa Elena today
    Belizeans are gearing up to participate in a historic national referendum to decide whether or not to take Guatemala’s claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final settlement.

    Blogs

    Looking for the Yellow Headed Parrots on Cayo Frances Lagoon
    Even if you don’t think you give a hoot about birds or plants, spring is a pretty cool time of year on Ambergris Caye. Along with the influx of birds from the north – and the trees and plants blossoming, we are enjoying such a ridiculously gorgeous late winter weather. Low humidity – it plummeted to an arid 51% yesterday – and bright sparkly sunshine. Curly hair girls rejoice. The summer heat and humidity is just around the corner. This morning I woke up at 8am – normal for me, considered mid-day here at the camp (Cayo Frances Farm & Fly) – and was told I missed the parrots that flock to this area each spring to eat the young fruits and then nest. Or so I am told. PARROTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Armed with my binoculars and camera, I headed back to the flowering kinep trees.

    Why Should I Live In Corozal, Belize?
    Have you considered Corozal, Belize as a possible town to live in? You wouldn’t be the first! Gary Peterson offers some insight on why some expats chooses to live in this community. Corozal, Belize has long been a magnet for expats from North America and elsewhere. It doesn’t enjoy miles of beautiful sandy beach and there isn’t much nightlife to speak of. So what draws so many people to Corozal?

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    2019 Atlantic, Caribbean & Gulf Of Mexico Hurricane Season Forecast
    Summary: Activity during the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely to be influenced by building El Nino conditions. This potentially means a lower than average number of storms, HOWEVER, this does not necessarily mean that the threat for a tropical storm or hurricane impact is lower as there is data supporting the idea of at least one landfall of a tropical storm/hurricane on the US coast and/or eastern Caribbean this season. In addition, I am expecting the formation of at least one tropical storm in the western Atlantic during either May or early June. In addition, I also think that we could start out “quick” with tropical storm/hurricane formation from May to August, but then slow down in activity during September with the hurricane season potentially ending early in October as El Nino strengthens and attempts to make the Atlantic increasingly more unfavorable for development.

    A Rare Tropical Storm Forms in the South Atlantic: Iba
    The only ocean basin on Earth that does not regularly see tropical cyclones develop is the South Atlantic, but it had a rare tropical storm form on Sunday. Tropical Storm Iba developed about 600 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to the Brazilian Navy Hydrographic Center (BNHC). Ocean temperatures in this region were quite warm, near 29°C (84°F). Satellite fixes of the system, initially dubbed “Invest 90Q”, showed a modest increase in organization on Sunday morning. The BNHC rated Iba as a minimal tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 mph and a central pressure of 1008 mb at noon EDT Sunday. Steering currents will take Iba to the southeast, out to sea, and the system is not a threat to any land areas. Iba is expected to slowly strengthen to sustained winds of 45 – 50 mph by Monday morning, but is likely to slowly weaken by mid-week, never attaining hurricane status.

    UK and Caribbean sign post-Brexit trade deal
    Last Friday (22 March), the UK minister of state for trade policy, George Hollingbery, signed the Cariforum-UK Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with ministers and representatives from Barbados, Belize, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, the Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The deal ensures that businesses across the Caribbean will be able to continue to trade without barriers or tariffs. The agreement eliminates all tariffs on all goods imported to the UK from the Caribbean countries, while these Caribbean states will continue to gradually cut import tariffs on most of the region’s imports from the UK.

    Videos

  • Belize has unofficially placed first in the Baker 2 Vegas Relay race in Las Vegas, 1.5min. The 120 mile race concluded 7am today Belize time. The official announcement will be made at midday followed by an awards ceremony at 6pm. A big congrats to the 20 runners who have made Belize proud!!!! The delegation returns on Tuesday.

  • 2019 Belize, 4min.

  • Belize Grand Caribe Life, 22min. Belize Grand Caribe Life, I spent my winter vacation traveling to Belize Ambergris Caye Grand Caribe Resort for the warmer climate and blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. What's it like to live at Grand Caribe Resort for a week? Let find out.

  • Ahmadiyya All-Star Basketball Games | St. Johns College, Belize City, 50min.

  • Spring Equinox @ Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve, 10min.
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    Hobbs Brewing Co. Opens New Brewery in Belize

    Hobbs Brewing Company announced Tuesday the launch of its new brewery in Belize.

    Hobbs Brewing Co., which opened as brewpub in New Hampshire, in 2014, will begin distribution with 12 oz. cans and kegs throughout Placencia, Belize, in April.

    “We recognized that this area really needed craft beer,” said Ash Fischbein, a partner of Hobbs Brewing Company. “And we started to put it all into motion last year.” Placencia is a small village located in the Stann Creek district of Belize. Placencia has a population of approximately 3,500, but is a prime vacation destination and home to many new resorts and other businesses.

    Hobbs will feature two beers as it begins production in Central America: Wildcat IPA and Hummingbird Belizean Golden Ale.

    Wildcat IPA, so named because Belize is home to the world’s largest Jaguar preserve, is a 6 percent ABV India Pale Ale featuring a tropical and citrusy hop character. Wildcat is the only IPA available in the country. Meanwhile, Hummingbird is a light, crisp and easy-to drink ale that is just 4.7 percent ABV.

    They will be sampling these beers at the upcoming Easter Festival in the Village of Placencia on April 20.

    “One of the most intriguing things about brewing in Belize is the incredible agriculture down here,” Fischbein said. “As we grow and continue to brew new styles, we really want to experiment with all the amazing ingredients that are literally right on our doorstep.”

    Day-to-day brewing operations will be led by intern Anthony Swanick, who began to learn the craft at Hobbs’ location in New Hampshire over the last few years. For more information, please contact Hobbs Brewing Co. at [email protected]

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    Neighbourhood Watch
    Yesterday at 12:17 PM
    New Donation Box

    Thanks to a suggestion received online and the skill of Duane Allen, the SACNW sub-station has a new donation box for those people who find it more convenient to drop a quick donation.

    Donations can be made online at www.sacnw.org - our new set up is working beautifully!

    Thank you for your support. Our five patrol officers working 24/7 are paid and supplied by 100% donor funds. They work hard and do a great job for us and our guests.

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    San Pedro Police have formally charged 25-year-old Anthony Carballo for the double murder of Allen Martinez and Deon Faber. Faber and Martinez were gunned down by a masked gunman on Thursday, March 21st, on Laguna Drive in the Boca Del Río Area of San Pedro Town. Carballo is expected to be arraigned for the crime tomorrow Monday, March 25th at the San Pedro Magistrate Court.

    The accused Carballo was only recently released from prison for the 2012 murder of Jermaine McNab. After serving 6 years on remand there was not enough evidence to convict him for that murder.
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    Caye Caulker
    Yesterday at 11:51 AM
    Caye Caulker Village Council claims Central Government is interfering with their management

    The lack of enforcement, support, and disregard for local authorities on La Isla Cariñosa has the Caye Caulker Village Council (CCVC) in a desperate situation as they try to set order on their island, despite residents and stakeholders not complying with regulations. The CCVC is contesting the use of public spaces, construction of unauthorized structures, importation of vehicles, improper sewage waste disposal and even the building of piers that threaten to saturate their coastlines. The elected leaders claim that they have made reports to the respective departments in Central Government for assistance, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears, with the situation growing worse by the day.

    The CCVC shared these concerns with The San Pedro Sun emphasizing that their complaints have nothing to do with politics, and they are desperate to find solutions to their aggravated problems. According to them, one of the problems is that the beach areas in Caye Caulker are now being treated like private properties and restaurants and hotels are restricting its use to locals or even visitors. Many of the beach areas are fenced, and signs are seen indicating that the area is for the exclusive use of a given property. But according to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), all land up to 66 feet from the high water level is considered national land or ‘Queen’s Land.’ This means that such areas are to be kept accessible to the public. Another issue is the gating of piers and restricted public access. These structures are built on the seabed, which is also considered public land and therefore should be accessible to everyone. According to MNR, dock proprietors can lose their building permit and may be ordered to dismantle the structure if they fail to follow these regulations.

    The CCVC states that they have addressed these issues with the respective authorities at Central Government, but nothing has been done. The island authorities also complain that when it comes to building piers or buildings they are not consulted, or their opinion is disregarded.

    Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun
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    Tropical Storms & Hurricanes
    Yesterday at 11:43 AM

    2019 Atlantic, Caribbean & Gulf Of Mexico Hurricane Season Forecast

    Summary: Activity during the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely to be influenced by building El Nino conditions. This potentially means a lower than average number of storms, HOWEVER, this does not necessarily mean that the threat for a tropical storm or hurricane impact is lower as there is data supporting the idea of at least one landfall of a tropical storm/hurricane on the US coast and/or eastern Caribbean this season.

    In addition, I am expecting the formation of at least one tropical storm in the western Atlantic during either May or early June. In addition, I also think that we could start out “quick” with tropical storm/hurricane formation from May to August, but then slow down in activity during September with the hurricane season potentially ending early in October as El Nino strengthens and attempts to make the Atlantic increasingly more unfavorable for development.

    The Numbers: 10 Named Storms, 6 of those storms becoming Hurricanes and 3 of those hurricanes becoming Major Hurricanes (Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale).

    Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) Index Forecast: I am forecasting an ACE index this year of 95. This number basically says that I expect that overall activity in the Atlantic may be slightly below average.

    ENSO Conditions: The current ENSO state across the Pacific is somewhat similar to what we had during this time in 2015 with weak El Nino conditions occurring right now. Pretty much all of the ENSO model guidance are forecasting somewhere between a weak El Nino and a moderate El Nino throughout this entire year. One big question is whether we will end up seeing a strong El Nino develop at some point this year like we saw in 2015. Unfortunately, the model guidance are not very good at this time of year in determining how strong of a El Nino occurs.

    I think that, at the minimum, we will see a weak El Nino persist throughout the rest of this Spring with a moderate El Nino potentially developing this Summer and persisting through the end of 2019. With that said, ENSO forecasts this time of year can be highly inaccurate as has been demonstrated the last few years.

    Sea Surface Temperatures: Sea surface temperatures along and south of 20 North Latitude are cooler than average with warmer than average sea surface temperatures occurring north of 20 North Latitude and especially north of 25 North Latitude. If this sort of ocean signal continues (cooler than average tropical ocean temps and warmer than average temperatures outside of the tropics), it could mean a “quiet” season across the Main Development Region with most of the activity occurring outside of the deep tropics.

    One of the keys in determining how active/inactive the hurricane season will be is how much will the deep tropics (south of 25 North Latitude) warms up during April, May and June. It should be noted that at this time in both 2017 and 2018, the Atlantic Main Development Region was running a little below average in sea surface temperatures, but this pattern reversed during the hurricane season leading to a much more active season than what was originally thought.

    I think that it is quite possible that the deep tropics will end up seeing near average to slightly above average ocean water temperatures during July, August and September. With that said, I think that it is unlikely that this region of the Atlantic will be as warm or as active as it was during 2017 and 2018.

    Further north, the ocean water temperatures from the Bahamas to near the US East Coast and into the Gulf of Mexico may remain above average throughout the 2019 Hurricane Season. This could potentially mean we could see tropical systems forming close to the US coastline and the Bahamas.

    Analog Years: These are the analog years that seem to be a close match right now to what this hurricane season may be like. They are 1953, 1955, 1961, 1963, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2014 & 2015.

    Wind Shear Forecast:
    A majority of the seasonal model guidance are forecasting above average wind shear across the Caribbean as well as across the region from the Lesser Antilles to the coast of Africa. In addition, a majority of the model guidance are forecasting near average to below average wind shear values across the Gulf of Mexico as well as across the area of the Atlantic north of 20 North Latitude. What this means is that conditions may be more favorable for development for systems as they move out of the deep tropics and towards the Gulf of Mexico and towards the Bahamas, Bermuda and the US East Coast leading to in-close development.



    Risk Areas: The geographic areas I am most concerned about for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season are the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize, the Lower Texas Coast, the Central US Gulf Coast & Coastal North Carolina.

    Mid-Atlantic States, Long Island & New England: Even though I am quite concerned about a tropical storm/hurricane impact for coastal North Carolina this season, there is enough evidence in the data, including the analog years & weather pattern that suggests any tropical system could easily be guided right up the entire US East coast instead leading to impacts along the Mid-Atlantic coast and across Long Island and parts of New England. With that said, there isn’t quite enough evidence yet that suggests its a significant threat as of yet.

    Coastal North Carolina:
    I have significant concerns for a tropical storm or hurricane impact across coastal North Carolina based on the analog data as well as some of the model guidance. The UKMET seasonal guidance, which did very well last year, is forecasting an enhanced threat for a tropical system this season. In fact, this same guidance also seems to hint at any system moving from south to north across eastern North Carolina before being steered away to the east before reaching Long Island and New England.

    South Carolina, Georgia, Florida & The Eastern & Northeastern US Gulf Coast: Even though the longer range model guidance seems to suggest otherwise, there are quite a few analog points that indicate the west coast of Florida may be at some threat this season. With that said, I’m not convinced its a significant threat as of yet.

    The Central Gulf Coast: The central Gulf coast from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle could be at risk from a tropical storm or hurricane impact. It seems this region of the Gulf Coast is at more risk of a landfall during a El Nino year over a non El Nino year.

    The Western Gulf Coast has some risk from a tropical storm or hurricane impact this year with the highest risk of this occurring during the early part of the season. This is supported by the UKMET seasonal model which hints at a enhanced threat during June and July and the fact that a few of the analog years saw at least a threat, if not an impact from a tropical storm or hurricane.

    The Central & Eastern Atlantic from the Lesser Antilles to the coast of Africa could end up being less active than it was during 2017 and 2018. It appears quite possible that a ribbon of above average wind shear may set up from the Caribbean to the coast of Africa leading to systems having a hard time developing.

    With that said – there are signals in the UKMET seasonal model that suggests the southeastern Caribbean, the Windward Islands and Barbados could see a threat during August and September. Even more curious is that some of the analog data do point to some sort of tropical threat across the Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands.

    Even though I am not placing the Lesser Antilles in a threat area right now, I do think that this region will need to be monitored closely for any tropical threats.

    The Caribbean is an area that could be inactive this season due to above average wind shear.



    All-in-all, the area of main concerns this season will be for tropical systems forming outside of the deep tropics north of 20 North Latitude and also in the Gulf of Mexico with the 3 main areas of impact concern being coastal North Carolina, the lower Texas coast and the central US Gulf coast.

    Finally, we will begin sending out daily tropical weather discussions for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Wednesday, May 1st.

    2019 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Names:
    Andrea
    Barry
    Chantal
    Dorian
    Erin
    Fernand
    Gabrielle
    Humberto
    Imelda
    Jerry
    Karen
    Lorenzo
    Melissa
    Nestor
    Olga
    Pablo
    Rebekah
    Sebastien
    Tanya
    Van
    Wendy

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    Ambergris Caye
    Yesterday at 11:42 AM
    There is an eco home model on the main road going out to Secret Beach. You can't miss it... on the left side. The new one going up is just off the main road not far from there.
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    03/24/19 06:47 PM
    The Cloud picture... No rain, a little out at sea

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    Ambergris Caye
    03/24/19 05:50 PM
    Pm'd you. Gracias

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    GOB amends IBC laws to avoid EU blacklist
    The Government of Belize (GOB) has moved swiftly to avoid the threat of being sanctioned by the European Union, by amending the regulations for both the International Financial Services Commission and the International Business Companies (IBC) Act. Minister of Investment, Trade, and Commerce, Hon. Tracy Panton introduced bills with these amendments, which were rushed through their three readings for swift approval with bi-partisan support in the House of Representatives in Belmopan last Friday, March 15th. The first Bill amended the International Business Companies Act, which is Chapter 270 of the Laws of Belize, to institute a mandatory physical presence by such IBC’s and to provide for the option for a company to meet the physical presence requirements.

    Island pre-schoolers showcase diverse talents at the 2019 Festival of Arts
    Since the beginning of March, which is considered Child Stimulation Month, island preschoolers have been kept busy with fun-filled activities. On Thursday, March 20th the young ones got the chance to showcase their talent at the Preschools’ annual Festival of Arts held at the Paradise Theatre north of San Pedro Town. Under the theme: “Hug me, Listen to me, Read with me, Help me Grow!” the show saw a large crowd of residents enjoying the wonderful talents of the many preschoolers on the island. “The Festival of Arts gives each child the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills through dance, drama, and music. Incorporating art education into children’s learning has so many advantages, such as enhancing their imagination and facilitates their multisensory learning experience,” he said.

    San Pedro Sailing Club is back!
    To continue building up the San Pedro Sailing Club (SPSC), members have been conducting sailing activities every weekend at their base off the waters at Banyan Bay Suites’ beachfront. The Club is looking forward to providing free instructional sailing lessons to Belizeans, particularly those from the ages of eight to 15. Adults are also welcome to come out and enjoy some sailing every weekend. Some of the past tournaments the SPSC have participated in include the Bart’s Bash International Regatta. This event is a global fundraiser for disabled sailors and is a legitimate international sailing race for sailors from all over the world and in every kind of sailboat.

    No leads in Horace Cadle Jr’s murder; Police continue to investigate
    San Pedro Police continue investigating the tragic murder of 19-year-old Horace Cadle Jr., with no leads to his killer(s). Cadle’s lifeless body was found on Blake Street shortly before midnight on March 13th with multiple stab wounds to his chest and neck. According to police, they initially detained a few suspects but were later released. Additionally, surveillance footage shows Cadle walking on the said street with what appears to be drunken friends, but the area where he was allegedly attacked has no surveillance coverage. Police are further speculating the motives behind his killing, given the fact that he was stabbed 28 times.

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    Orphaned Manatee Calf Alert
    An orphaned manatee calf has been reported in the Consejo area and urgently needs to be found. It is reported as under 4 feet in length - very young - it cannot survive on it own. Orphaned manatees will normally hide in mangroves or under docks, especially in rough waters. We are asking the general public for help in searching the mangroves and shoreline around Consejo. Wildtracks will be in the Consejo area with SACD, and would appreciate help with the search.

    Marco Gonzalez Spring Equinox Celebration
    Such a great island event! Don't miss this very special occasion this morning at Marco Gonzalez Maya Site!

    Tamandua on Ambergris Caye
    For the second time this year, we received a call about a tamandua (anteater) on Ambergris Caye. This little lady was found wandering around Island Academy last night and then captured by the caretaker. A friend of ours contacted us on their behalf, as they were unsure what to do with the animal at this point. Tamandua's are native to Belize. They are usually found in forested areas, living in tall trees, eating termites and ants. As Ambergris Caye becomes more developed, they are one of many species of wildlife loosing their habitat. Since the area where this anteater was found is heavily trafficked by vehicles, people, and dogs, the decision was made to relocate this beauty to a more suitable habitat, away from the excitement of city life.

    World Water Day in Corozal
    The Ministry of Natural Resources, through the National Hydrological Services, in collaboration with the World Water Day Committee hosted an opening ceremony at Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico in the Corozal District on Monday, March 18th, to commemorate World Water Day. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is "Leaving no one behind" which encapsulates water for all.

    Attention Corozal. It's ZUMBA TIME - April 5th

    Corozal - BCVI's Free Eye Exam and Diabetic Eye Screening
    Corozal Town Hall - March 25th & 26th. San Narciso Old Health Center - March 27th & 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Take advantage.

    CAWS 3rd Annual Cinco De Mayo
    The Cayo Animal Welfare Society is having their 3rd annual Jefe de la Cocina Cook-off. It'll be on Saturday, May 4th, at Remo's, and it starts at 3:00pm. They'll have a silent auction to go with the delicious food. If you want to enter the contest, let CAWS know. "$12 at the door and come enjoy and vote the food entries for this years Cayo's Jefe de La Cocina this Cinco De Mayo! Remo's will be selling drinks through out the day. Silent Auction and 50/50 contest! It's all to continue funding the efforts of Cayo Animal Humane Society. We look forward to seeing you there!"

    Belize Birding for ConservationTour
    Want to come to the Birding Nation with the Belize Bird Conservancy? Here is a good opportunity to hit some of the key Hotspots in the country... Here is your opportunity to bird Belize and support our conservation work. Our Annual Birding for Conservation Tour is from August 4-13, 2019. All proceeds go directly to our Hawk Watch and Raptor Certification Program. We visit many premier birding locations and have a chance to see nearly 300 species, targeting Yucatan endemics and many other gems found in Belize.

    The Reporter

    Wounded Father of Murder Victim Reopens Business
    Takayuki Yanai, 53, the wounded father of UB engineering student, Masaki Yanai who was shot dead during a robbery early last month at their home in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City has reopened his restaurant after himself recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered in the hold-up.

    Police Corporal Assaulted, And His Gun Taken
    Police Corporal, Mark Martinez, 38, was assaulted and robbed of his Police-issued firearm early this morning in Belize City. The Reporter has learned that sometime around 2:00 this morning, Martinez got involved in a dispute and a struggle with one of three men over his service weapon when a vehicle stopped in front of him on Newtown Barracks.

    To Go or Not to Go A Sit-Down With Senator Valerie Woods
    Perhaps the most recent public proponent of the YES to the ICJ vote on April 10th has been Senator Valerie Woods. Woods is a Senator politically appointed to represent the People’s United Party, which has officially taken a NO to the ICJ stance. We thought it would be enlightening to sit with Woods to find out what prompted her to come to that decision, and also if she envisions any repercussions from the Party she represents.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Two dead in fatal traffic accident
    Our newsroom has confirmed that two persons are dead after a fatal road traffic accident in Spanish Lookout, Cayo. The deceased man and woman have been identified with their last name being “Penners.”

    Traffic accident in Spanish Lookout: Police have been deployed to the scene
    Almost thirty minutes ago there was a road traffic accident reported near Spanish Lookout, Cayo. Police […]

    “Golden” Guyana see off Belize Jaguars 2-1
    Guyana saw out a tense second half to eliminate Belize from CONCACAF Gold Cup contention by a score of 2-1. The Golden Jaguars had their chances to put the game away but Woodrow West was a rock in goal. Our Jaguars had their share of efforts as well but were consistently denied by the Guyana defense.

    Halftime: Belize 1, Guyana 2
    The Jaguars lived dangerously in the first half in this evening’s match up with Guyana, conceding two penalties in the first half hour of play. Defender Neil Danns hit the first in the 16th minute but goalkeeper Woodrow West saved the second in the 33rd minute.

    Ministry of National Security hosts 4th National Security ride
    The 4th National Security ride was held yesterday in Belize. The ride commenced in front of Coast Guard Head Quarters in Belize City and concluded in front of the National Security Building in Belmopan.

    Who issued fake gun license?
    uthorities are investigating a report of a fake gun license in Biscayne village, Belize. Yesterday morning, Alberto Honi Ishmael Moralez, 26, visited Raccoon Police Station to renew his gun license for a .9mm Luger brand pistol.

    Thieves assault officer and take his gun
    A police officer was assaulted this morning in Belize City. According to reports, around 2:00 a.m. today, a police officer was involved in an altercation with a man.

    Office assistant beaten and robbed of over $2000
    Authorities are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday morning in Belize City. Salomie Cherrington, office assistant at BTALCO in Belize City reported that sometime between 9 and 10 a.m., she was riding her motorcycle on Slaughterhouse Road en-route to Atlantic Bank to do her daily deposit.

    Punta Gorda Should Be Declared The Capital Of Belize
    By Dr. Gerald Zuniga. Punta Gorda Town is the most beautiful town of Belize without hurting susceptibilities. It is the highest coastal town in Belize and Barranco Village is the highest coastal village after travelling hundreds of miles along the coast from part of Mexico”s Caribbean Coast to the Sarstoon River.

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    Hobbs Brewing Co. Opens New Brewery in Belize
    Hobbs Brewing Co., which opened as brewpub in New Hampshire, in 2014, will begin distribution with 12 oz. cans and kegs throughout Placencia, Belize, in April. “We recognized that this area really needed craft beer,” said Ash Fischbein, a partner of Hobbs Brewing Company. “And we started to put it all into motion last year.” Placencia is a small village located in the Stann Creek district of Belize. Placencia has a population of approximately 3,500, but is a prime vacation destination and home to many new resorts and other businesses. Hobbs will feature two beers as it begins production in Central America: Wildcat IPA and Hummingbird Belizean Golden Ale.

    EU blacklist: Cooperation or Coercion?
    On 12 March, the Council of the 28-nations European Union (EU) placed 15 small territories on a list of what it calls ‘non-cooperative jurisdictions”. What the EC considers these territories to be “non-cooperative” about reveals the raw exercise of power by the strong over the weak. In this case, the firm intention of the EU is to impose its tax policies upon other nations through strong-arming. The language that the EU uses speaks of cooperation, but it sounds more like coercion. The targeted countries must either surrender to the EU’s demands to raise their taxes or face consequences. The EU Council has specifically directed that the EU member states “take the revised EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions into account” in aid, trade, and financing.

    Videos

  • Curious and beautiful creature native to Ambergris Caye. Live free little lady!, 1/2min. From the hustle and bustle of town to the forest of the wild. This tamandua was captured by a concerned citizen in a busy area of Ambergris Caye and relocated to a more suitable habitat on the island. It was such a reward to see her turn and give us one last goodbye before scurring off into the trees.

  • Verdes vs Hurricanes | Sacred Heart Auditorium, San Ignacio | NEBL 2019, 2hr46min.

  • Colorado Music Festival from The Dive Bar - Ambergris Caye, Belize, 11min. I am at The Dive Bar in Belize for the 3rd annual Colorado Music Festival. The Alcapones and The Gasoline Lollipops provided 3 amazing days of music and here are a few highlights

  • BELIZEAN COOKING CLASS & WHERE TO STAY IN SAN IGNACIO, 17min. Belizean food… yum! We are diving into some serious Belizean home cooking in this video. After a morning at the San Ignacio Farmers Market, we head to the home of Jamal and Niki (Pacz Tours) for an amazing meal of locally sourced, farm to table, traditional Belizean grub.

  • Belize Vacation 2019, 10min.

  • How To Make Belizean Boil Up, 7.5min. Boil up is a dish that normally uses 3 different meats and a bunch of ground food (healthy carbs). This recipe is the full version, but you can do a scale down version with less meat or no meat. The sauce can be replaced by just coconut oil and some of the ground foods can be omitted.
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    03/24/19 12:37 PM

    How To Make Belizean Boil Up

    Boil up is a dish that normally uses 3 different meats and a bunch of ground food (healthy carbs). This recipe is the full version, but you can do a scale down version with less meat or no meat. The sauce can be replaced by just coconut oil and some of the ground foods can be omitted.
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