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Yesterday at 03:33 PM
Hello,
I arrived July 14 for a new start.
My belongings will arrive in a day or two.
The condo I rented based on words of a realtor and what I saw online was not as represented.
While I may not get my $ back, I won’t sign the lease or stay.
I’m seeking a two bedroom two bathroom condo with a pool for 6 months minimum. On or near the beach, but not necessarily. I have an electric golf cart on its way, so I need parking and a way to plug it in.
I need some furniture, but not much. A couple of beds and a couch will do.
All assistance appreciated!
Tammara
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Weather
Yesterday at 03:18 PM

From Belmopan...

Generally fairly stable weather at present, lines of Caribbean cloud running across Belize from the east. This has caused a few small rain showers, but those are dying out. No mid or high level cloud visible at present.

Looks like today will be mainly sunny, with white clouds, there could be a few rain showers late this afternoon.


Temperatures in Belmopan :
( Coast usually cooler, hills even cooler ) Last night min. 24°C 75°F Yesterday max. 32°C 90°F

Ambergris Caye:
https://www.wunderground.com/q/locid:BHXX0104;loctype:1
Belmopan:
https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=MD1029#history
Caye Caulker:
https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IBELIZED2#history

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News
Yesterday at 12:27 PM


FOR TODAY'S BELIZE WEATHER, CLICK HERE

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Specials and Events

Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


The San Pedro Sun

National News: The deadly cost of renal failure and dialysis in Belize
Belizeans across the country have, for years, been paying a steep price for dialysis treatment, in many instances giving up and losing the battle due to the prohibitive expense. The Ministry of Health (MOH), announced on Tuesday, July 10th that they are currently spending $2 million dollars to subsidize these life-sustaining expenses. These funds are allegedly covering thirty patients, and the Ministry is in discussion with a third party who is willing to provide dialysis treatment at a significantly lower cost to allow more patients to be treated. However, Belizeans are questioning why there is limited access to such a needed health care service.

USA dermatologists provide services to island residents
From Monday, July 9th to Friday, July 13th a group of dermatologists from The Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center from Buffalo City in New York City, USA hosted a free clinic at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town. During the six day period, hundreds of islanders took advantage of the services offered. Doctor Daniel Buscaglia spoke to The San Pedro Sun about their mission. “We took care of a lot of people that had different skin problems that needed to be treated. Here in San Pedro we mostly saw people wanting spots or moles removed from their skin,” said Dr. Buscaglia. He further stated so far they have seen over 500 patients.

Wolfe’s Woofers: Fired
“Thanks, Mr. Dennis,” Mario said, taking one of the cups of coffee from me. “Here—I got some meat pies for us too. I got coffee and a breakfast burrito for Vernon.” “He should be along any minute,” Mario said. We enjoyed the beautiful Sunday morning as we sat at a table on the deck of the Holiday Hotel. “I missed seeing Vernon this week,” I said. “It’s odd that he wouldn’t make it to our darts tournament night.”

Misc Belizean Sources

mzz

Ascenthium Performing at The Bluffs
Ascenthium is playing at The Bluffs next Friday, July 20th. They'll be playing 2 sets though the night. It's about time. "Hey Cayo! Friday July 20th we are hitting you with a double set at The Bluff first one starts at 7pm. there will be Ice cold drinks, amazing food, great music and so many other goodies on sale throughout the night! did we mention free shots? See you there!"

1st NO Plastic NO Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp
Bullet Tree Falls is where the 1st NO Plastic, NO Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp is happening. Kids are learning art, how to avoid plastic and styrofoam, sustanability, and much more. It's a 3 week camp, and they just finished week 1. Looks like all the kids are having a wonderful time. "Day 5! This week has been a great learning experience, not only for the kids, but also for us instructors. The imagination and creativity of kids is impressive. You'll see the fabulous, final art pieces of the kids, at the very end of the camp on the 29th of this month!!!!!"

Park Rangers Needed
FCD announces post for park rangers. Interviews are to be held within 15 days. Apply and be part of the FCD mission.

Consular Spotlight! Firefighters Patrick Parks and Johnny Cardenas!
Embassy Belmopan issues thousands of non-immigrant visas to Belizeans who want to travel to the United States for tourism, education, temporary work, or onward travel to other destinations. Occasionally we encounter applicants who are using their visas to do extraordinary things. Through a partnership with Belize National Fire Service, Virginia Emergency Services Assistance Program VESAP for Belize, and the Hanover Fire Department, two Belizean firefighters, Patrick Parks and Johnny Cardenas, have been in Virginia since the end of January participating in the Hanover Fire and EMS Academy. Firefighters Parks and Cardenas have both passed the National Registry EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Level) test and are currently wrapping up the firefighting portion of the curriculum before taking the Firefighter I and II test. The goal is for the firefighters to learn the skills and techniques of basic EMS and firefighting, then come back and share that knowledge with other Belizean firefighters to make Belize a safer country for everyone.

The Reporter

FIRE AT NORTHERN FISHERMEN COOPERATIVE
Investigations are underway to determine what caused a fire at Northern Fishermen Cooperative headquarters in Belize City this morning. Sometime after 7:00am someone saw thick black smoke coming from the upper flat of the building. Fire fighters were at the scene soon after dousing water inside the offices on that flat.

Sober Reflections, God is the Answer
I figure there are some people looking at this right now who are wondering if I’ve gone off the deep end. Others are thinking this is just a phase. Some will say it is the bloated scribe seeking attention. After all – you screw up enough times and you find God, you’re absolved of all wrongdoing, right? Isn’t that the magical formula for the vanishing of sin? So every time I screw up, I find God. And I’m pristine again.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize Cycling Federation elects new executive
Today the Belize Cycling Federation held an election at the UWI open campus in Belize City to select its executive members. A total of 137 registered members of the cycling federation turned out to cast their vote at 3 p.m. In the end, a slate headed by the presidential candidate, Orson Butler, emerged victorious with 80 votes compared to a slate by Alexi Ordonez which received 56 votes. […]

San Ignacio home burglarized; Over $5,000 in valuables stolen
On July 13, 2018, Santiago Zelaya, 38, from San Ignacio Town, Cayo District, reported to police that around 8:45 a.m., he was informed that his house was burglarized. According to Zelaya, he left his home on July 9, 2018, around 7:30 p.m. and had ensured that his house was secured. […]

Elections and Boundaries officer involved in traffic accident
According to reports, at least three officers from the Elections and Boundaries office in Cayo were traveling from Duckrun village when they were involved in a road traffic accident. Sources tell BBN that a complaint had been filed earlier in the day against the officer driving at the time of the accident. […]

Belize city messenger shot on St. Thomas street
Belize city police are investigating a shooting incident that occured yesterday evening. According to reports, Nyrere Parchue, a messenger by profession was riding on St. Thomas street when he was approached by a man who pointed a gun at him and demanded that Parchue hand over a folder with documents. […]

Blogs

Getting Back To Business in San Pedro: Chocolate and Comedy
Summer has seriously settled in. Warm hazy days…some passing showers…and I’ve accomplished ZERO of my Summer To-Do List. But just a few days ago, my friend arrived and we’ve been out doing a few more things. Over the last day or so, we went to a live comedy show in San Pedro and then to her favorite spot – Belize Chocolate Company and we even signed up for a Belize Food Tour. Here are a few of my pictures and my favorite things. Low tide and sargasso.

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean News In Brief: Tourism, Nuclear Tech + More
Guadeloupe has opened the Caribbean’s first medical centre to use advanced nuclear technology for screening and treatment of cancer and neurological and cardiac diseases. The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States said that the $8.9 million (£7.9 million) Guadeloupe Centre of Molecular Imaging would allow patients from the Eastern Caribbean to remain in the region for treatment.

Videos

  • Northern Fishermen Coop. On fire, 7sec.

  • Body Building 2018 at CCC Auditorium, 14min.

  • 2018 PURCELL - BELIZE, 21min.

  • Belize: Cave Tubing through the Mayan Underworld, 21min. The most belize adventure vacations activity is, surprisingly, cave tubing. The Yucatan Peninsula is made up almost entirely of limestone and that means caves carved by water. In central Belize, you can float down rivers through several caves. We arranged this trip through Table Rock Jungle Lodge where we were staying. The extreme cave tubing belize tour operator was Belize Nature Travel ( http://www.experiencebelize.com/index... ) and they took care of absolutely everything. They made it easy. Belize cruise excursions and vacations lead cruise ship guests here two days a week so check the calander. The Caves Branch River flows through Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve

  • BELIZE BLEW MY MIND! A minute in Caye Caulker, 1min. Caye Caulker is a recreational, Caribbean reggae style island with intense scuba diving (think Blue Hole) and ample snorkeling 3 minutes by boat off the shores. It's still fairly relaxed, unlike more developed Caribbean islands like the Bahamas and Barbados. No automobiles, except golf carts. Leave your suburbia mindset at home, and come mix with locals and tourists alike.

  • A Little Bit o' Belize, 7.5min. Chee Zee Beach

  • u betta belize it!!!, 8min.

  • Belize 2017, 3min. Sister trip to San Pedro (on Ambergris Caye) and Caye Caulker. June 2017, during Lobster Fest!

  • Jason Dudey: Live From Iguana Juan's - San Pedro, Belize, 1.5min. Iguana Juan's Comedy Club and Restaurant invited Jason Dudey from Baltimore, Maryland to come to Belize for a set!

  • Making Marie Sharos mango pepper sauce, 1/2min. We have an excellent team behind us, thats why, we are where we are today ..Bottling our mango pepper sauce for all you MANGO LOVERS out there.
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    Classifieds
    07/14/18 10:04 PM
    High strength grade 60 is ideal for use in more critically loaded beamwork. Does not suffer from tension creep near as much as Guatemalan and Mexican rebar. Very hard steel, so you must have an abrasive wheel or a torch. Do not even try to cut with hacksaw.

    The pieces do have some rust, but can be cleaned up with a pressure washer or just rub another bar against them. Will sell for 3 dollars per piece less than the current price at Landy's. Can deliver around Orchid Bay / Copper Bank /Sarteneja area. Have 100 pieces.

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    News
    07/14/18 07:31 PM
    WAIT! They walked 60 miles in 3 hours???? I call BS
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    Weather
    07/14/18 02:50 PM

    From Belmopan...

    You can see where the Sahara dust is at present. Lines of Caribbean cloud coming in, causing the odd small rain shower in quite a few parts of Belize at present, but these should die down later.

    Looks like today will be sunny, but with significant clouds, there could be the odd rain shower.


    Temperatures in Belmopan :
    ( Coast usually cooler, hills even cooler ) Last night min. 24°C 76°F Yesterday max. 31°C 88°F

    Ambergris Caye:
    https://www.wunderground.com/q/locid:BHXX0104;loctype:1
    Belmopan:
    https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=MD1029#history
    Caye Caulker:
    https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IBELIZED2#history

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    News
    07/14/18 12:37 PM


    FOR TODAY'S BELIZE WEATHER, CLICK HERE

    Click for our Daily Tropical Weather Report.

    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Paul DuVille is the new president of the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye
    The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye swore in its new president Paul DuVille, on Wednesday, July 4th during a lunch and fellowship meeting held at Pier 366 Restaurant at Banyan Bay Beach Resort. Past president Andrew Ashcroft hosted the meeting which also saw the appointment of the Club’s secretary, and its treasurer, for the 2018-2019 period. Ashcroft, wearing his late grandfather Eric Ashcroft’s Rotary pin, opened the event at 12PM with his final speech as president before a handful of Rotarians and invited guests. He stated that Rotary has been a big part of his life and his family’s. One of his goals during his presidency was to increase membership, noting the Club’s successful membership drive in March of this year.

    Online campaign against Cayo Rosario development project reaches millions
    An online campaign to raise awareness against a tourism development approved on Cayo Rosario went viral on Wednesday, July 11th, coinciding with the launching of the website www.defendcayorosario.com. According to ACCSD, the response was overwhelming and beyond expectations. “This clearly indicates that many people love the local environment around Ambergris Caye and have come to the conclusion that it is a unique environment that must be preserved at all costs. In 24 hours countless individuals, tour guides, businesses, and hotels in San Pedro and around the country joined the campaign,” stated the ACCSD. Some of them, including Go Fish Belize, shared the post in their newsletter, while El Pescador Lodge shared it with all of their guides, guests, and affiliated shops. Belize Fly/Tres Pescados shared with their followers from the floor of ICAST, the largest fishing/industry trade show in North America, currently taking place in Florida, USA. Other places on the island that have been very influential in the campaign are the Truck Stop, Las Terrazas and Oceana in Belize, who counts with 17,000 Instagram followers, and 21,000 on Facebook.

    Ambergris Today

    Re-Opening Of Belize Passport Station In Chicago
    The Government of Belize has announced that the passport station and consulate in the city of Chicago at Evanston is scheduled for re-opening in August/September of 2018. According to the release, the Government of Belize is grateful to the Belizean community in Chicago for their response to location and accessibility. The Governement underscores its gratitude for the community’s patience that they have shown during the period in which the services were interrupted. Its sole purpose of the closure was to improve the services provided to the community.

    Impersonation Of Staff - Elections And Boundaries Department
    It has come to the attention of the Elections and Boundaries Department that there are individuals impersonating Staff of Elections and Boundaries Department who are visiting residents to obtain information. The public is advised that all staff of the Elections and Boundaries Department is issued with valid Staff Identification Cards. The public does have a right to request such an identification card prior to providing any information.

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    Poster Presentation on the Small Ruminants Breeding Certification System at 54th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society
    The Livestock Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, through the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project, participated in the 54th Caribbean Food Crops Society Poster Presentation along with international presenters on July 10th, 2018 at the Princess Ramada Hotel in Belize City. The unit’s poster showcased the Breeding Certification System on Small Ruminants and highlighted the main steps of the certification program, which includes the protocol for registration and certification of the breeding stocks, the breed types, the partners comprising the Certification Committee as well as defined the blood registration for up to three generation pedigree.

    Corozal Town Council - FLEA MARKET
    Saturday, July 14th, 2018, 6am-3:30pm.

    Belize Tourism Board - "2018 TASTE OF BELIZE - Our Signature Culinary Event"
    Indulge in succulent Belizean cuisines at the “2018 Taste of Belize” on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Princess Hotel & Casino, Belize City! As a diverse country, Belize offers a wealth of foodie-appeal, from delectable ancient Maya flavours to the cultural spices of the Garifuna and Mestizos! This signature Belize Tourism Board (BTB) event is the ultimate venue, featuring different culinary competitions, such as the Belize Master Chef and junior Cook. Other competitions include Bartender of the Year, Pastry Chef of the year. The BTB is excited to celebrate the creativeness of Belize’s food industry and we invite you to savor the flavors of Belize during this event!

    Low water pressure on Caye Caulker Saturday
    Belize Water Services informs customers in Caye Caulker that they will experience low water pressure in the water supply today, Saturday, July 14, 2018, starting at 10:00pm. The entire Caye Caulker Distribution System will be affected. This low water pressure is the result of routine maintenance at the Caye Caulker Water Treatment Plant. Customers may experience discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 7:00pm. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS’ hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS to report it.

    BTB Digital Summit 2018
    Attendees are all ears for this year's top-notch presenters, asking many questions and taking down notes. It's a full house here at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza in Belize City!

    U.S. Embassy Looking for Special Consular Services Assistant
    The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position:Special Consular Services Assistant To view this vacancy announcement:https://bit.ly/2Ldfn4z Please review the requirements for each of the vacancies before applying for this position. Based on qualifications, applicants need only apply for one of the two vacancy announcements. NOTE: The U.S. Embassy Belmopan no longer accepts applications by email. All interested applicants applying for vacant positions at the Embassy must now submit their applications via the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) software. For instructions on how to apply via the ERA software, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s website at: https://bz.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/

    Ms Diane Haylock appointed Ambassador of Belize to Japan
    In addition to the Belize's Ambassador to the Republic of China, Taiwan, Her Excellency, Ms Diane Haylock (former President of NICH), has now also been appointed Ambassador of Belize to Japan. She presented Letters of Credence on Wednesday July 11 to Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace. The museum extends warm congratulations to H.E. Ms Diane

    Ya’axché Open House
    Celebrate with us at Ya’axché Open House on Saturday, 28th of July 2018 at the PG Central Park! We will be sharing our work, recognizing exceptional farmers, highlighting partnerships and having lots of fun activities. On sale will be organic farm produce from farmers and traditional Maya food prepared by women's groups. Bring out your family as we celebrate 20 years working in the Maya Golden Landscape. Activities begin at 8am and end at 2pm.

    Help Coconut Leo bounce back from the fire and get a new home
    The San Pedro police and fire dept are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed one building and left another one partially destroyed in the San Pedrito area. Reports are that a wooden building caught fire sometime around 11pm on Sunday, July 8th. The building was home to islander Coconut Leo who says he was not home at the time of the fire. He suspects that the fire was deliberately set. Coconut Leo is grateful for the kind neighbors and fire department who quickly put out the blaze and prevented it from spreading. Information courtesy of San Pedro Sun newspaper. The property is not owned by Leo, he has resided there for many years rent free. The owner plans to rebuild so Coconut Leo can come back. There are two houses on the property and the owner has housed many islanders in need throughout the years, and wishes to continue to help others.

    Channel 7

    Messenger Injured to Head In Robbery
    A man was shot to the head in Belize City this evening - and, tonight he is clinging to life at the KHMH. It happened at a few minutes before 5:00 - right around the corner from the KHMH on St. Joseph Street. Reports are that there was some kind of dispute between two men, and one of them suddenly pulled out a gun, and shot the victim to the side of the head. When we left the scene an hour ago - police had not confirmed his name. We note that this is a high traffic area between the Social Security Building and BAHA and that the shooting happened at the height of the Friday evening rush hour.

    Hon. Jose Mai, The Case Continues
    As we've been reporting, the family of the late Julia Arana is suing the PUP's Jose Mai, the Area Rep. for Orange Walk South. One of her sons, elite cyclist Nissan Arana, is asking the court to award the family damages against Mai. He was driving the Toyota Hilux that knocked her down on the Belize-Corozal Road two years ago. She passed away 2 months later. Mai's defence is that he bears no fault, and that the accident happened so quickly that he could not have avoided hitting her. All the evidence was presented last week, and both sides were supposed to return before Justice Courtney Abel today to make oral submissions.

    Grayson Cadle, Update From the Burn Center
    Tonight, burn victim Grayson Cadle is in stable condition at the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. He has undergone a CT scan to confirm that he had no broken bones, and doctors then started to perform surgery to remove scars and stop the bleeding. But when he went into the operating theater, Doctors had to postpone the procedure because his body temperature fell. That does happen and the surgery is now re-scheduled for tomorrow. He remains stable despite the fact that he has burns to 70% of his body. His trip is made possible by the Burn Victim Mercy Fund. Those wanting to contribute, can do so at Account #: 1386 6801 0120001.

    Tesecum, The Survivor Conscious and Talking
    One other man who's recovering at the hospital is shooting victim Michael Tesecum. He's the 41 year-old Tibruce Street resident who was gunned down on Wednesday night, a stone's throw away from his home. He was walking on the street when someone ambushed him and shot him to the back, the stomach and the left foot. He was rushed to the KHMH, and doctors were able to stabilize him and save his life yet again. After spending 2 days in intensive care, he is conscious and talking coherently. In fact, we got a chance to speak with him on the telephone, and he told us that he would prefer not to give any interviews discussing his shooting at this time.

    Canadian For Sosa Murder
    Last night, you heard how Corozal cops were able to solve the three month old murder of 38 year-old Emmanuel Evan Sosa. That man who they believe fatally shot the Ranchito Village resident is 21 year-old George Bednarik, a Canadian who has been living in the village for some time. He will be arraigned and remanded for murder. Police say that Bednarik is the masked gunman who, in April, attempted to rob the female bar owner at Pasadita in Ranchito. Sosa came to her aid, as she pulled the front door shut.

    City Resident Arraigned For Murder in OW
    Yesterday we told you that police captured Alberto Vargas Jr's killer. Today the accused- 24 year old Belize City resident Nisani Daniel Garcia- was taken to the magistrates court in Orange Walk town and arraigned for murder. According to police, Vargas and Jose Medina had picked up Garcia somewhere along the Belize-Corozal road and proceeded to a street vendor to order some food. It was there that a misunderstanding between Garcia and Vargas allegedly occurred which led to Garcia shooting 21 year old Vargas. After his arraignment Garcia was remanded to prison until his next court hearing. In May of this year Garcia was arrested and charged for kept unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

    Weed And Weapons in OW
    And while that murder is believed to have been caused by the illicit trade in narcotics - tonight, there is a bust which demonstrates the linkage between drugs and guns in that northern town. Orange Walk police found two guns and 6 pounds of weed this afternoon. They searched an abandoned lot on Royal Palm Street and found two 9mm pistols: a Berreta and a Glock with three magazines and ten live rounds of ammunition. There they also found the 6 pounds of weed in several clear plastic bags. No one was around, so the high value street items were labeled as found property.

    Police Say Robbery Victim May Have Only Bumped His Head
    A few minutes ago, police provided details on the shooting we told you about at the top of the news. They say that messenger for a law firm, Nyrere Parchue was riding on St. Thomas Street when a man pulled up, pointed a firearm at him and demanded that he hand over a folder containing documents. Parchue handed it over, but set chase after his assailant and caught up with him on St. Joseph Street where, again, the robber pointed the firearm at him. This time, Parchue fell to the pavement, knocked his head and lost consciousness. He woke up in the hospital with injuries to the right side of his head and both hands. So, was he shot - as police told us at the scene?

    Bank Worker Fined For Fatal Accident
    Back in August of 2012, Shoshana Moody knocked down and killed Liang Shen Chen, and the Supreme Court says that she has to pay $15,000 for it. She went before Justice Marilyn Williams today where she pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter by negligence. For her guilty plea, the judge sentenced her to pay a fine of $5,000 to the court, and an additional $10,000 to the estate of the deceased. She has until January 1, 2019 to pay the fine and compensation, and if she defaults, she will serve 6 months in jail. The accident happened early on the morning of August 11, 2012, on the Philip Goldson Highway near the Haulover bridge.

    What Re-Registration Is Like At The Far Edge of Belize
    The re-registration exercise is wrapping up its second week - and - the projection is that close to 30 thousand voters have already gone through the process. The main complaint is that the process has been moving too slowly - but that's for folks who don't have to go too far to reach the re-registration center. But, for those who live in rural communities down south - it can be a whole other story! They live in remote and disconnected communities and while the Elections and Boundaries staff goes into some villages - they can't go to all, after all there are about 200 of them in Belize!

    Welcome Finally Gets Bail
    If at first you don't succeed, try again, that is what 18 year old Roaring Creek resident Rudolph Welcome did today in court. He applied for bail a second time for an attempted murder charge and he got it: $8,000 with 2 sureties. Welcome was charged with the June attempted murder of Burrell Boom resident Eugene Henderson Jr. He was asleep in his aunt's house in Roaring creek when Welcome allegedly crept up from the back of the house and shot him in the head. Now, this bail comes with conditions: he is to attend the Belmopan Magistrate's court on August 29th and on every other day the magistrate orders him to reappear.

    The Future of Tourism Is The Internet
    Marketing experts gathered at the Biltmore for the Belize Tourism Board's 4th annual Digital Marketing Summit today. The summit is a unique space where tourism sector businesses can learn and deepen their knowledge about the latest developments in online content and of course social media, among many other topics. We were there to find out more. Maynor Larrieu, Digital Marketing Manager, BTB: "This is the 4th annual Digital Marketing Summit and for the first time we have a full roster. There are 4 segments, key segments that we feel that the industry needs to be in the loop of. They are social media, digital strategy, online content and travel trade in digital. This is the only summit of its kind in terms of digital marketing summit that caters to tourism stakeholders primarily. The audience is basically hoteliers countrywide. We actually have people who flew in from Miami and a person from Houston so I think the word is going around."

    Telling Tourism Stories On Social Media
    Now there were a number of local and international presenters at the summit speaking on a wide range of topics. One presenter from Maine, USA presented on the impact of social media storytelling. Now we know people share everything on social media - especially on Facebook from what food they eat for lunch, to their new clothes and shoes, to all their relationship business - the list goes on. But Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons says the concept of social media storytelling is so much deeper than that and it is very useful in connecting with customers on a more personal level. Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons, Owner, Kristin Simmons Digital Media: "My involvement here with the BTB is that I am here to share social media storytelling. We have a lot of evidence after a decade of active social media use that people connect with stories. And so I am here to share with the people that are part of the BTB with the tourism and hospitality industry how they can use their natural story telling skills to get found online."

    Digging For Diamonds in Digital Ditches
    Another presenter who is originally from Brazil, Lia Cammarano, spoke on the importance of sifting through all the noise on the internet to find and gather useful and relevant information for companies. She told us more about the company she works for and more about her presentation topic. Lia Cammarano, Managing Director, South Eastern US Region - Meltwater: "Meltwater is a media intelligence platform and basically what we do is that we gather insights from the outsides so that businesses can make more informed and better decisions on their day to day."

    New CCJ President, It’s a Matter Of Trust
    Last week Wednesday, we showed you how Justice Adrian Saunders, took over leadership of the highest court in Belize, the Caribbean Court of Justice. President Saunders took over from Sir Dennis Byron, and he is now the 3rd president of this high court. He was formally installed last week before all the Caribbean leaders, and today, at the seat of the CCJ in Trinidad and Tobago, representatives from the bench and bar from all over the Caribbean held a special sitting of the court to honor his elevation.

    Why Newcomer Wants Cycling Presidency
    Two night ago, we showed you our interview with Orson Butler, the current vice president of the Belize cycling Federation, who's now running for president. The man who is currently President, Dion Leslie will run as Vice President. It's a flip flop of the status quo, which has an appeal for continuity, but not for Alexi Ordonez and his slate. He is a newcomer, and his slate, who call themselves "Team Upward Bound" say this much loved sport needs a new direction. Today, we asked him whether he's up to the task:.. Alexi Ordonez, Seeking Presidency - BCF: "These guys have been given a chance and we see the results of that now. We are mandated by our constitution which right now we don't have a constitution that governs the body. Secondly, we don't have any annual general meetings for the past 4 years. So lack of communication on a whole. No kind of financial statements are being presented to the people to let us know what's going on and it's only fair to give us a fair shot."

    The Brandon Polarity
    And one issue that sharply divides the two camps is Brandon Cattouse. The celebrated cyclist is currently on a provisional ban for using a prohibited substance, while awaiting a hearing before the Regional Anti Doping Organization. But Cattouse sidestepped RADO and got a Supreme Court injunction forcing the Federation to allow him to ride in the National Road Championship. Rather than risk that, the Federation, under Butler's de facto leadership, postponed the race. Tonight, we have what both sides think of the Cattouse situation and postponing the important race:..

    Belize’s Female Volleyballers Ready
    The Central American Women's Volleyball Championship is coming to Belize for the first time in August, and Belize's national team is ready. They've been training since last August and yesterday the Volleyball Association announced that the tournament will be held at the Civic Center from the 4th to the 10th of August. The Belize team looks good, but is considered an underdog. The championship will determine which national teams will be contesting the Continental Championship.

    Bystanders Catch A Thief
    A man who was busted attempting to steal a car radio in Ladyville - got roughed up by residents who caught him. 26 year old Elmer Martinez, a construction worker of Hattieville appeared yesterday at the Magistrate's Court where he was arraigned on the charge of theft. On the 9th July. 50 year old businessman Hugh Hulse, was at a home in Ladyville when he saw the lights on his Suzuki Tracker flashing. He went to check and found Martinez inside his vehicle. Martinez bolted off with the car radio in hand. However, the robbery attempt was foiled by a group of people on the other side of the street. They set chase and caught him.

    Emancipation is For Everyone
    Slavery is deeply embedded in the history of Belize - but it is not widely discussed or taught. In 1833 the British passed the Slavery Abolition Act which abolished slavery through out the British Empire, including Belize, although full emancipation was not achieved until 1838. While many Caribbean nations celebrate Emancipation day on August first, Belize does note. But, the United Black Association for Development in Belize, UBAD, is hosting its 5th annual black emancipation remembrance day. Chairperson of the UBAD Educational Foundation, Ya Ya Marin Coleman told us more. Making Migration Matter
    Belize and Mexico are longtime neighbors, and there is free interaction between both populations along and across the border on a daily basis, although not always legal. The issues arising from these border interactions create human rights issues, safety concerns and a host of other problems. It is with that in mind that representatives of both governments, in conjunction with the United Nations Migration Agency hosted the second cross-border meeting on migration. It involved stakeholders from Belize and Mexico at the Mexican Institute in Belize City. This meeting is part of an ongoing Mesoamerica Program that seeks to contribute to strategies for regular, orderly and safe migration of people from both countries. The Cross-Border Meeting is also in line with ongoing efforts of the Government of Belize to design a National Migration and Development Policy. The meeting began yesterday and concluded today.

    Channel 5

    Messenger Injured During Robbery on Saint Thomas Street
    Reports were received of a shooting incident this evening in Belize City for which one man, believed to be a messenger, was injured. Sometime around five o’clock rush hour, the [...]

    An Underground Oil Spill at Belize Natural Energy
    Personnel from Belize Natural Energy worked around the clock to avert any damage to the environment in Spanish Lookout where an oil spill occurred. The spill was caused by a [...]

    Civil Suit Against P.U.P. Area Rep Traversed to September Session of Supreme Court
    The civil suit against P.U.P. Orange Walk South Area Representative, Jose Abelardo Mai, was back before Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel today. Oral submissions were to be heard, however, there [...]

    CCJ Welcomes New President with Special Sitting
    The Caribbean Court of Justice held a special sitting today at its headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago. The solemn occasion, the first of two, was held to honour the court’s [...]

    Ministry of National Security Says Major Crimes on Downward Trend
    The month of June saw the lowest number of murders; a fact that the Ministry of Police is recognizing in a release. But overall for the first six months of [...]

    SolGen Says Government is Fully Compliant with CCJ Consent Order
    Another round of litigation between the indigenous Maya community and Government of Belize is before the high court, despite a consent order from the Caribbean Court of Justice in 2015.  [...]

    A Long Way to Go Before the Maya Land Rights Issue is Fully Resolved
    According to the Solicitor General, the process of working through the terms of the consent order is fairly lengthy.  He says that while the Maya Leaders Alliance is entitled to [...]

    U.S. Fugitive Caught with Belizean Passport
    It went under the radar, but two weeks ago, American fugitive Kenneth Collins Dunn was caught in the Philippines with a Belizean passport under the name of Kelsey Brian Dunn. [...]

    Second Cross-Border Meeting on Migration Between Belize and Mexico Held
    Measures on how to improve and increase the number of Mexicans who enter Belize were discussed today during the second Cross-Border Meeting on Migration between Belize and Mexico. The meeting [...]

    After Walking Six Hours, Couple is Told They Are Too Late to Re-register
    A total of sixteen thousand, six hundred and seventy applications were accepted by the Elections and Boundaries Department as part of the first week of the mass re-registration exercise. That figure [...]

    P.U.P. Says Naturalized Guatemalans Who Have Been in Belize for Decades are Belizeans
    With re-registration of electors taking place, debate is raging about the registering of naturalized Guatemalans because it breaches the Belize Constitution. Section twenty-nine of the Constitution states that no person [...]

    P.U.P. Leaders Says Diasporans’ Concerns Must be Discussed Further
    Persons wanting to re-register must prove that they have been living at their address for at least two months. This is one of the requirements that some Belizeans living overseas [...]

    Opposition Leader: Cost of Living Burdening Belizeans
    Electricity rates increased on July first after an application by Belize Electricity Limited to the Public Utilities Commission was successful. The new rates will be in effect for the next [...]

    Digital Marketing Brings Tourism Stakeholders Together to Promote the Jewel
    Representatives from local tourism stakeholders joined international digital marketing experts for the B.T.B.’s fourth Digital Marketing Summit. The one-day event was held at the Biltmore Plaza. Sessions covered four critical [...]

    Marie Sharp’s Steak Sauce is of Superior Taste
    You know her for her fiery hot habanero pepper sauce, but tonight you’ll know her as an international businesswoman who received a prestigious distinction in Brussels, Belgium. Marie Sharp, owner [...]

    Female Tapir Knocked Down and Killed on Boom/Hattieville Road
    Reports spread like wildfire today that a tapir had been killed on the Boom/Hattieville Road. An investigation carried out by the Belize Tapir Project has since revealed that the young [...]

    LOVE FM

    Minor used as drug trafficking mule
    Drug traffickers are very creative with the methods they use to ship illegal substances. But now it seems they are using a successful and old method but instead of adults, they are using minors as mules. Officers from San Ignacio had set up a checkpoint on the George Price Highway on July 12. At 8:30 on Thursday morning they searched a bus that was traveling from the direction of San Ignacio heading towards Belmopan.

    Amandala

    At KHMH, specialist tells hernia sufferer “we don’t do that surgery anymore”
    The majority of Belizeans have no health insurance, so when sudden health conditions arise that require a visit to a doctor, most persons turn to the various public hospitals to seek assistance. In the past that was alright because they would be attended to at the public hospitals and clinics. If they had to undergo elective surgery that was never a problem, as long as they had the patience to wait until the hospital was able to arrange such a surgery.

    Grayson Cadle, 21, in coma; flown out to Georgia for treatment
    Grayson Cadle, the 21-year-old who was severely burnt in his home at the corner of Mahogany and Mopan Streets, opposite Brown’s Butane Depot, as a result of the explosion of a butane tank which had been leaking in the adjacent apartment, is currently in an induced coma and they are flying him out of the country to receive treatment. According to his mother, Marianne Cadle, she, Grayson, and her other son had been living in the apartment for only three months. Cadle also informed the media that Grayson had been admitted into the hospital in a critical condition, and that in a brief moment upon his arrival at the hospital, she spoke to her son, and he said, “Mommy, I did not do anything.”

    Alberto Vargas, Jr., 21, shot and killed in car
    At around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night, police visited the Northern Regional Hospital, where they saw the body of Alberto Vargas, Jr., 21, with two gunshot wounds in the neck. According to initial reports, Vargas, who was a shop assistant, was in a green Ford Escape on the Belize Corozal Road with his friend, Jose Medina, the driver of the vehicle. They then picked up another man, who sat in the back seat, behind Vargas. It is not known if the passenger was known to Medina or Vargas.

    BNE oil spill in Spanish Lookout
    Most Belizeans would not have known that there was an oil spill at the Belize Natural Energy (BNE) Spanish Lookout facility last Sunday if it had not been reported by the Belmopan-based Plus TV, which shared the information with Kremandala. On Tuesday, Amandala attempted to get information from BNE about this latest oil spill. We were told that the person who is allowed to speak to the media was not available, and the person we spoke with said he was not authorized to comment.

    Jalacte Mayas take GoB to court for taking lands without consultation
    Mayas from the village of Jalacte have taken out a Supreme Court claim against the Government of Belize for using their lands without consulting them, instead of abiding by the 2015 Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling which asserts that the Mayas of southern Belize must be afforded their customary land rights, which the government has been slow in implementing. This latest round of litigation on the part of the Mayas in Jalacte has to do with the widening of the Jalacte road, which they claim is being built on lands that were used for farming.

    Elderly couple gets court justice, after land where they live was sold 3 times
    An elderly man, who sold his property with the agreement that the buyer would subdivide the land, leaving him with the back portion, on which his house stands, went through an ordeal when the person who bought the property from him transferred the entire package to his wife, who then transferred it to a building society, who then sold it. The matter came to a near disastrous end when the most recent owner, after newly acquiring the property, ordered the elderly man (and his wife) off the land, but he triumphed in a cross claim in the Supreme Court—winning on the technicalities of the law, which allowed him to retain his property.

    BVA announces National Team Selection for Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship in Belize
    The Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) is pleased to announce the National Team Selection to represent Belize at the upcoming XX Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship to be held in Belize City from August 4 – 10 at the Civic Center. The national team is comprised of our top female athletes: Shantell Arnold, Sherika Burton, Allyana Musa, Mya Musa, Melanie Palacio, Karen Quan, Fatima Ramirez, Nelissa Ramirez, Ayah Safa, Jahshema Saunders, Kevanna Sebastian, Tichele Solis, Tisha Solis, Maurissa Williams.

    Cricket Update
    Greetings from the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA)! Guess old age catching up on me; I completely forgot to send in the update from the matches played on June 30 & July 1! So, here are the results: On June 30 – Summer Fever won over BDF in the second game of the three-game series; therefore, Summer Fever advances to the semifinals. On July 1 – Easy Does It won over Sunrise in the second game of the three-game series; therefore, Easy Does It advances to the semifinals.

    Basketball community mourns loss of long-standing referee, Leroy Clother
    The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF), National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) and the Belize Association of Basketball Officials (BABO) join the entire basketball community in extending our sincere condolences to the family of Leroy Clother for their tragic loss. Leroy has been serving as a referee in Belize for many years, and his service to the development of basketball was invaluable. Our sympathies go out to his family, friends and loved ones, as our basketball community continues to mourn his loss.

    FFB National Over-40 update
    Catching up on some scores from the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) National Over-40 tournament, we note that some late information after we went to press on Tuesday indicated that the game in Dangriga at the Carl Ramos Stadium on Sunday was indeed played after all. We had reported that no-show referees had led to cancellation of games at the MCC (San Pedro Veterans vs Kulture Yabra Veterans) and also at the Carl Ramos Stadium (Dangriga New Site Erei vs Benque Veterans); but the game at Carl Ramos was played, with the result a 3-3 draw between New Site Erei and Benque Veterans.

    Editorial: Living a lie
    Saturday, July 14, 2018 marks the 229th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison by the French masses in Paris. Thus began the historic, cataclysmic French Revolution, which in turn spawned the Haitian Revolution in 1791, which constituted the only successful slave rebellion in history and gave birth to the first Black republic in the so-called New World in 1804. What the French masses were violently overthrowing in the French Revolution was a monarchical system of government with all its attendant evils, primarily a privileged, parasitic, and brutal aristocratic class. Whereas the French guillotined their King, Louis XVI, in 1793, the English, led by Oliver Cromwell, had beheaded their King, Charles I, in 1649, 140 years before the storming of the Bastille.

    A threat to Amandala from Barrow & Williams
    Dear Sirs: We are instructed by Mr. Alberto August who, as you are aware, is the chairman of the United Democratic Party and a political figure in Belize. In the Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 No. 3191 of the Amandala, Tuesday Issue, you caused to be published on page 23 under the headline article “Say no to the ICJ” words purportedly spoken by Derek Aikman, the following defamatory words: “The founder and leader of BUFERAD, former UDP politician and former Cabinet Minister, Derek Aikman opened the press conference explaining that “there is potential poison in the re-registration process.”

    The mystery of the “bend-fork”
    Dear Editor, It was 1959 and the Ramirez family had recently relocated to #150 Newtown Barracks from Racecourse Street. We were right in front of the majestic Caribbean Sea, one house away from Wilson Street. It was two years before the great Hattie Hurricane and I, Alfonso, was nine years old. My brother Ricardo was eight and our youngest brother, Gustavo, was seven. We had two older sisters and two older brothers from Mama’s first marriage. They were the Petersens. We were all enrolled at St. Joseph’s Primary School. The Cathedral that exists now had not been built yet and there was a small wooden Chapel next to the school.

    The inspirational journey of Kaedhyn Williams
    Her eyes twinkled with confidence and her smile enveloped the room as she exclaimed her future goals and intentions. Kaedhyn Williams is an 11-year-old Belizean American who is the oldest child of Belizean parents Marvin Williams and Tamarah Major Williams, who recently became the recipient of the prestigious scholarship of the Carson Scholars Fund. Kaedhyn, a 7th grade student at Fulton & Alsbury Academy of Arts and Engineering in Lancaster, California, has all the reasons to be ecstatic. The remarkable journey of Kaedhyn began with the challenge of being born with Spinal Bifida, which affected her ability to walk. She had to endure several major and delicate surgeries over her childhood to correct the condition.

    Collateral for lawyers
    When you look at the tragedy of 265 men on remand for murder, and you do the math, you realize that this reality works out to the benefit of only one group in the country. This group can take that number to the bank. That number will work out for them, either as savings at the bank of their choice, or as collateral for loans for their big house or fast car or luxury boat. It is not for us to complain about all people who capitalize on pain. But we should complain if the people who capitalize on pain, are contributors to it. We men know of the violence in our natures. We also know that it can be tempered, or stoked. Now, from the little classroom knowledge I have, yes, straight from that, there are three kinds of big animals on terra firma, these being the carnivores, the omnivores, and the herbivores.

    MEMOIRS OF MUSIC & WAR IN BELIZE!
    Seeing “Woodstock” the film at the “Palace” movie theater in Belize City, Belize, in the 1970s at matinee on Sunday evenings as a boy had made me wonder what a powerful and enlightening musical explosion the “hippie era” in the United States had on the world as a popular culture. Some Belizeans were influenced by the cult of personality of the 1960s through the musical giants like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, as well as the dress, the spirit, the mood, the style and the “psychedelic” craze of drugs and the sense of wild unaltered freedom of expression.

    The growth of Black Consciousness in Belize 1914-1919
    That anger, perhaps somewhat ameliorated by the expectations of demobilization and their return to Belize, was reactivated on the long journey home by the so-called “Incident at Taranto.” That incident which was brought to light by C.L. Joseph and W.F. Elkins and is in need of further investigation – involved the revolt of some 50-60 members of the 9th Battalion of the British West Indies Regiment at the British Army transit camp at Cimino near Taranto in Italy in December 1918. Apparently, on December 6th members of the 9th Battalion, exasperated by weeks of discrimination in the camps, canteens and cinemas, humiliating fatigue duties and the overbearing arrogance of the South African camp commandant, attacked their officers and severely assaulted their unit commander.

    Ambassadors of Norway, Thailand, Bolivia and Turkey present credentials to Governor General
    Four ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today, July 9, to the Governor General of Belize, H.E. Sir Colville Young, at Belize House in Belmopan. H.E. Mrs. Rut Krüger Giverin, Ambassador of Norway; H.E. Ms. Rommanee Kananurak, Ambassador of Thailand; H.E. Mr. José Vladimir Crespo Fernández, Ambassador of Bolivia; and H.E. Mr. Suleyman Gokce, Ambassador of Turkey all presented their credentials to the Governor General.

    American businessman, Cliff Kirk, 60, dies 5 days after being shot
    On Thursday at around 11:50 a.m., Cliff Kirk, 60, an American retiree, was in his home, which is located ten miles away from San Pedro Town and is only accessible by water, when four men wearing masks entered his yard and shot him in the head. They then entered his home and stole a briefcase full of money, a 9mm pistol, and a 12-gauge shotgun. In yesterday’s Amandala, we reported that three persons — Christian Espat, 22; Nigel Williams, 25; and a 16-year-old — had been charged with aggravated burglary, attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm.

    “I want my baby”, said Peter Bell, 54, charged with aggravated burglary
    Peter Bell, 54, an employee of the Moslem Masjid, who resides at 8 Landivar Street, kept saying today in the court of the Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser that he wants his baby after he was arraigned on charges of aggravated burglary, wounding and harm, to all of which he pleaded not guilty. Bell admitted that on July 7, he went uninvited to the house of Charles Lamb, located at 30 Fabers Road, but he said he did so because he wanted to see his two-and-a-half-month-old baby whose mother is Rachel Lamb, Charles Lamb’s daughter.

    In the midst of gloom, tourism shines
    In the Wed. June 27, 2018 Amandala, Courtney Menzies reported on a release by the Belize Institute of Statistics which showed the dismal state of Belize’s agriculture sector. Statistics showed that the sector declined by 11.9% in the first quarter of 2018, when compared with the same period in 2017, with citrus production down 19.3%, banana showing a loss of 5,000 tons, marine production down 44%, largely because of struggles in the shrimp industry, and sugar revenue diminished by lowered prices on the world market. But in the midst of these lowered exports, the tourism industry continues to flourish. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in a press release dated Wednesday, July 11, 2018, reported that the latest statistics for the middle of 2018 showed that “tourism arrivals to Belize continue to register groundbreaking levels and moving on a steady upward trend.”

    Elderly couple gets court justice, after land where they live was sold 3 times
    An elderly man, who sold his property with the agreement that the buyer would subdivide the land, leaving him with the back portion, on which his house stands, went through an ordeal when the person who bought the property from him transferred the entire package to his wife, who then transferred it to a building society, who then sold it. The matter came to a near disastrous end when the most recent owner, after newly acquiring the property, ordered the elderly man (and his wife) off the land, but he triumphed in a cross claim in the Supreme Court—winning on the technicalities of the law, which allowed him to retain his property.

    The Reporter

    Shooting on Saint Joseph Street
    A shooting reportedly occurred a short while ago on St Joseph Street in Belize City. Police have cordoned off the area and have not yet released any details. We will

    POLICE FIND STASH OF WEED & GUN
    Two police searches, one in the north and the other in the west, have resulted in the discovery of a stash of weed and a gun;

    EDITORIAL – JULY 13th
    In 1978, three years before Independence, the Government of Belize commissioned a legal opinion from two distinguished international lawyers: E. Lauterpacht Q.C. and Dr. D.W. Bowette, Q.C. Their terms of

    Butane Explosion Injures Three, One Critical
    An otherwise quiet Monday afternoon on Mopan Street turned almost deadly in an instant when a butane gas leak inside an apartment complex triggered an explosion

    SATIIM Dissatisfied With US Capital Consultations
    US Capital Energy has begun preliminary consultations with villages in southern Belize as part of the procedure for applying for a new oil concession; however, the Sarstoon Temash Institute for

    Thai Miracle: All 12 boys and football coach safe after heroic rescue
    The plight of the boys and their coach has captivated not only Thailand, but much of the world — from the heart-sinking news that they were missing,

    Was Sudden Death Caused By Medical Malpractice ?
    A family is blaming the public health system, and particularly the Western Regional Hospital, for the death of their loved one on Saturday; and they are

    Minister Bashes KHMH and Loma Luz over Dialysis Charges
    On Monday, July 9 in Belmopan, Minister of Health, Pablo Marin expressed his outrage at the nation’s largest referral hospital, the KHMH and Loma Luz, considered the best health facility

    Cops Seize $100K in Illegal Painkillers
    A significant shipment of Oxicodone pills, an opioid-based medication that can be converted into heroine, was intercepted by authorities in Spanish Lookout on Tuesday of this

    MAJOR CRIMES and MURDERS DIP IN SECOND QUARTER
    Belize has in recent years recorded one of the highest homicide rates in the world, per capita, but this week law enforcement authorities here reported a

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    Dear Editor: This week the United States State Department’s travel advisory for Mexico listed the following states as areas not to travel in Mexico for

    Police Charge Nisani Garcia for Vargas Murder
    This afternoon Belize City construction worker, Nisani Daniel Garcia, 24, was formally charged for the murder of Alberto Vargas Jr., 21, shot twice to his neck

    Willoughby Resigns from NEMO to Run in Port
    No sooner had the UDP hopefuls for standard bearer in Port Loyola made the list in last week’s news, than Philip Willoughby, who was one

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Minor arrested and charged for drug trafficking
    Yesterday morning around 8:30, while conducting a police checkpoint on the George Price Highway, authorities arrested […]

    Belize Territorial Volunteers meet Guatemalan authorities inside Belizean Waters (again)
    Yesterday, the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) embarked on an expedition to Graham Creek in Southern […]

    Corozal House of Culture to host Ancient World Week
    The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Corozal House of Culture, the […]

    Belize participates at 54th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society
    The Livestock Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, through the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and […]

    Family claims young man died due to hospital’s negligence
    The family of 27-year-old Justin Neal of Santa Elena town, Cayo are frustrated after losing […]

    Belizeans participate in filming of La Reina del Sur
    Famous Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, otherwise known as ‘La Reina del Sur’, arrived in […]

    Blogs

    Things To Do In Corozal
    Corozal District is the northernmost district of the nation of Belize. The population was 33,335 in 2000. The capital district is Corozal Town. Pre-Columbian Maya Temples are found in Corozal at Santa Rita near Corozal Town, and at Cerros. Just 9 miles south of Mexico and 29 miles north of Orange Walk Town, Corozal has a vibe different from any other town in Belize. The Mexican influence is palpable on the streets of this provincial town, where you are likely to hear Spanish and eat tacos. Though it feels prosperous (especially by Belizean standards), most of the town's wealth comes from its position as a commercial and farming center – not from tourism. In fact, the town's fledgling tourism sector has been hit hard by the direct boat service between San Pedro and Chetumal, which has seen many travelers bypass Corozal altogether and several tourist-orientated businesses close.

    A 22-Year-Old Takes A $845.50 Girls' Trip To Belize
    Could you survive for 5 days in Belize on - $845.50 including your accommodations and transportation? See how this 22-year-old traveler managed to do so. This week's travel diary: A 22-year-old takes a chocolate-making class and drives a golf cart around San Pedro, Belize with her two girlfriends.

    Videos

  • ELECTRI Cross Borders 2017 - Ambergris Caye, Belize, 2min. ELECTRI Council contractors, manufacturers and distributors traveled to Ambergris Caye, Belize, for ELECTRI International’s 2017 Cross-Border meeting. Each Cross-Border gathering provides educational and hands-on experiences while fostering long-standing relationships and partnerships.

  • Fundraiser for Vincent Dawson, 3.5hr.

  • Belize Sharks & Rays, 6.5min. Sharks & Rays off the coast of Belize near Caye Caulker and the Belize Barrier Reef.

  • A Day at Secret Beach Belize, 1min.

  • The People’s United Party is joining the Belize Territorial Volunteers, 3.5min.

  • Women's Business Cooperative of Belize, 10min. LaiSi and Betty discuss plans to support women's entrepreneurship and industries in Belize. Cynthia did not attend as she is in Belize. The plans are altruistic but they also allow for us to actualize our own dreams of owning businesses, owning our own land, having access to a smaller and more local government, being financially sustainable, building a sense of community and helping others.

  • Belize 2018, 7min. First Reformed Church summer mission trip to Belize!!
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    Help Coconut Leo bounce back from the fire and get a new home

    The San Pedro police and fire dept are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed one building and left another one partially destroyed in the San Pedrito area. Reports are that a wooden building caught fire sometime around 11pm on Sunday, July 8th. The building was home to islander Coconut Leo who says he was not home at the time of the fire. He suspects that the fire was deliberately set. Coconut Leo is grateful for the kind neighbors and fire department who quickly put out the blaze and prevented it from spreading.

    Information courtesy of San Pedro Sun newspaper. The property is not owned by Leo, he has resided there for many years rent free. The owner plans to rebuild so Coconut Leo can come back. There are two houses on the property and the owner has housed many islanders in need throughout the years, and wishes to continue to help others.

    More Information: GoFundMe page

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    Caye Caulker
    07/14/18 12:28 PM
    Belize Water Services informs customers in Caye Caulker that they will experience low water pressure in the water supply today, Saturday, July 14, 2018, starting at 10:00pm. The entire Caye Caulker Distribution System will be affected.

    This low water pressure is the result of routine maintenance at the Caye Caulker Water Treatment Plant. Customers may experience discoloration when water is restored.

    Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 7:00pm. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS’ hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS to report it.
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    News
    07/14/18 12:22 PM

    Personnel from Belize Natural Energy worked around the clock to avert any damage to the environment in Spanish Lookout where an oil spill occurred. The spill was caused by a leak in a pipe at one of the wells. That leak led to a gush of an undisclosed amount of water and crude oil into a creek spreading to the main road in the community. The topsoil affected by the spill was quickly removed under supervision of the Department of Environment to contain potential damage. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

    Allan Reimer, Chairman, Spanish Lookout Petroleum Board

    “It was a pipe that had ruptured, an underground pipe that for some reason, we don’t know why they rupture, but it ruptured and there was a large stream of oil and water along the roads, into a culvert and into a creek.”

    Duane Moody, Reporting

    On Sunday, there was a crude oil spill within the underground pipeline network of Belize Natural Energy in the Spanish Lookout Community in western Belize.  It is the third oil spill in sixteen months caused by breakage in the piping. Gallons upon gallons of waters and raw crude oil seeped into a nearby drain and down to a ditch hundreds of feet away and dumping into a creek along the stretch of road leading to the police station. The quantum of oil mixture lost is unknown at this time, but the Department of Environment has since been called in to supervise.

    Anthony Mai, Environmental Officer, DoE

    “B.N.E. does a walkthrough of the pipeline and they found the oil coming up at a particular location and then that area is dug and when the soil is removed, the pipeline is exposed. And where the pipeline was joined together, sealed together, there was a small crack in the seal and some oil was coming from that location. The oil went on the surface, flood off into a small drain and flowed down into a little small narrow creek.  It was the pipe that goes from Mike Nine to Mike Five and it is difficult to explain because most people would not know where those pipes are or wells are. But there is a six-inch pipe running from Mike Five to Mike Nine. There is a manifold at Mike Five where all the pipes connect to then it goes to central so it was that pipeline.”

    Apart from the dangers to animals and humans who come in contact with the layer of crude oil, the spill is damaging to the environment; it can cause loss to vegetation and erosion, and has a pungent smell.  Allan Reimer sits on the Spanish Lookout Petroleum Board and serves as the bridge between B.N.E. and the Mennonite community. He says that the frequency of incidents is concerning.

    Allan Reimer

    “These wells are producing up to seventy percent water and thirty percent oil; so it is a thousand gallons combined was my estimation.”

    Duane Moody

    “What I the concern in terms of these oil spills?”

    Allan Reimer

    “When you wake up on a Sunday morning and you see your nice lawn that you have along the roadside and you see a black river flowing through there. Imagine the feelings you’re having and the smell of it; it is just something that is abhorrent to find it there and nobody likes it. But we have to deal with it and after that comes the clean up phase and cleanup is never a nice job.”

    That cleanup is done by B.N.E. whose workmen have been on the ground since Sunday. The Department of Environment has been supervising the remedial works currently ongoing. Environmental Officer Anthony Mai explains the process, which begins with the removal of the topsoil where the spill occurred to minimize the environmental impact.

    Anthony Mai

    “B.N.E. personnel immediately contained it and they stopped it from flowing and they cleaned up the site by removing the soil from the area. The soil was taken to B.N.E. central at the decontamination site and it is being processed.  We went on the site to observe the situation. Before that we normally inform them that they need to contain the situation and then begin cleanup. And so we went on site and B.N.E. was doing cleanup activities and we stay on site as supervisors and we guide them through the process. Basically up to now they have cleaned the site and they are about to re-pressurize the pipeline to get the well back on stream. The good thing is that the B.N.E. employees were able to contain it so they stopped it from flowing quickly. Again the creek was not like flowing waters so it didn’t move along quite far. I think on the surface beside the road was about seven hundred feet and then it went down into a small little creek and it was stop about a hundred feet from that.”

    According to Mai, the Department of Environment routinely receives reports from the oil company on oil spills, but the leakages are usually contained.

    Anthony Mai

    “All the tanks at B.N.E. are required to have a containment bond; all the oil head are required to have a cellar which is a containment bond as well. So most of the spills occur within the bond and it doesn’t overflow into the environment so in that case it is easy to cleanup. Only in instances where the spill occur in such a way that it goes outside the bond that is when we need to go on site, we need to supervise, we need to ensure that they clean up properly.”

    Allan Reimer

    “The bad side of it is that we have to do things that we don’t like to do, but yet we have no alternative. It wasn’t planned by anybody; these leaks are not planned and so we bear with the company while they clean up and kinda suppress our emotions a little.”

    Channel 5

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    Food & Recipes
    07/14/18 12:18 PM

    Marie Sharp wins “Superior Taste” award in Brussels, Belgium

    You know her for her fiery hot habanero pepper sauce, but tonight you’ll know her as an international businesswoman who received a prestigious distinction in Brussels, Belgium. Marie Sharp, owner of Marie Sharp Fine Foods, received the Superior Taste Award by the International Taste and Quality Institute in Brussels. She received the award for her Fiery Hot and Exotic Steak. Sharp appeared on Open Your Eyes on June twentieth and spoke of her award winning steak sauce.

    Marie Sharp, Owner, Marie Sharp Fine Foods

    “The tourist trade has really been like a God sent for me. I think that has really what made my name internationally famous. To be honest with you, right now we have a trophy in Brussels that we are supposed to go to for this month for that steak sauce.”

    Marleni Cuellar, Host

    “Now they are going to fly off the shelves in Belize. Smoke, spicy exotic steak sauce. You say this is based with green mango?”

    Marie Sharp

    “Green mango and it is ginger and tamarind.”

    Marleni Cuellar

    “And then all your secrets spices.”

    Marie Sharp

     “Yes. It is very, very nice. I mean once you taste this, you will never touch A1 again.”

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    Weather
    07/13/18 05:40 PM

    The Cloud & rain picture


    You can see the Sahara dust in the below picture, and you can see a very large area rotating weather in the Atlantic, moving our way, yet the weather people make no comment about it. OK it is very large and has been developing over the last 3 - 4 days, but is unlikely to develop into a Tropical Storm, but it should be watched.


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    Classifieds
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    Got an electric golf cart? Check this out! 48V Golf Cart Charger for sale. Wiring, plug & USB port included $1300BZ.
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    The San Pedro Sun

    Gladstone Bucknor is new officer in charge of San Pedro Fire Department sub-office
    As of Monday July 2nd Gladstone Bucknor is the new sub-station officer in charge of the San Pedro Fire Department. Bucknor took over the position held by Newton Lennan, who was transferred to Belize City. Originally from Belize City, Bucknor comes to San Pedro with over 22 years of experience as a fire officer. He has been a fire officer in Dangriga Town, Toledo, Belize City and Belmopan City. According to the new officer in charge one of his main goals is to raise awareness of the best practices to prevent fire incidents. “My goal is to educate island residents and businesses through public meetings and presentations on ways fire incidents can be prevented, as well as how to react in case there is a fire happening,” he said.

    Coconut Leo’s house burns down in San Pedrito
    On Sunday, July 8th, another fire in San Pedro Town left an islander without a home. The fire victim is Leo Martinez, popularly known as Coconut Leo of the San Pedrito Area, who is admired on the island for his Bob Marley interpretations, acrobatic skills, and coconut tree climbing exhibitions. His house had no electricity and Martinez suspects arson, however, police have no information suggesting it was deliberately set on fire. Coconut Leo lost everything in the fire, which reportedly started shortly after 11PM. Leo said he left home around 8PM and a few hours later he received a call that his house was burning. He indicated that there was nothing inside the house that could cause a fire and believes that someone is responsible. Coconut Leo said that he does not have enemies and cannot tell of anyone who would want to harm him.

    Ambergris Today

    Tourism Arrivals To Belize Continue On Upward Trend
    The latest statistics for the middle of 2018 shows that tourism arrivals to Belize continue to register groundbreaking levels and moving on a steady upward trend. Overnight tourism arrivals in June registered double digit increases for the past three consecutive years while the first half of the year registered a 17.1% cumulative increase.

    Belize Hotel Association Hosts 2018 Annual General Meeting
    The Belize Hotel Association held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 from 1:00 PM- 5:30 PM at the Black Orchid Resort in Burrell Boom, Belize. In attendance were the Board of the BHA, Association Members, other Tourism Stakeholders and guests.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    GLOW Camp 2018
    GLOW Camp has finished. A huge thanks to the Peace Corps volunteers and everyone else that made this happen again this year! "Peace Corps Belize extends our heartfelt thank you to all who contributed to our Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Camp 2018! 80 girls (ages 10 – 13), 14 Belizean Counterparts and 12 Peace Corps Volunteers, from all over Belize, gathered for a week of learning and fun. The girls made friends from all over the country! They learned about cultures different from their own and developed their leadership skills by building their self-esteem, self-expression, and self-reliance. They also made crafts, danced, laughed and learned about self-defense! We are so proud of these girls for their full engagement in such a new experience. These girls worked so hard throughout the school year to prepare for the camp. Some engaged in fundraising activities for the trip while some even wrote application essays to attend.

    Renovations at St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral
    Renovations continue at the St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral in Belize City. The renovations is part of the hard components of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project. Funds provided by Taiwan ICDF and the Government of Belize.

    Re-opening of the Consulate of Belize in Chicago
    It is with great joy that the Government of Belize announces that the re-opening of the Passport Station and Consulate in the City of Chicago at Evanston is scheduled for August/September of 2018. We thank members of the Belizean Community in Chicago for their input in providing feedback as to location and accessibility. The Government of Belize also underscores its gratitude for the community's patience during the time of interrupted services. The intent of the closure was to improve the services provided to the community.

    Impersonation of Staff - Elections and Boundaries Department
    It has come to the attention of the Elections and Boundaries Department that there are individuals impersonating Staff of Elections and Boundaries Department who are visiting residents to obtain information. The public is advised that all staff of the Elections and Boundaries Department is issued with valid Staff Identification Cards. The public does have a right to request such an identification card prior to providing any information.

    Celebrity Spotting
    Tim Duncan of the San Antonio’s Spurs spotted arriving in Belize.

    Ministry of National Security Statistics Point to Decrease in Major Crimes
    Statistics compiled by the Ministry of National Security show that major crimes in Belize are on a downward trend. The figures were released and analyzed at the Ministry’s monthly meeting with the high command of law enforcement agencies in Belmopan on Monday, 9th July 2018. The meeting provided an opportunity for the Ministry to review the current crime situation in Belize where it was noted that there is an observable downward trend in major crimes. This updated information incidentally came after a meeting with the business sector including the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Belize Chinese Association, the Indian Association, and the Belize Teachers Union; where they reportedly were of the view that crimes were spiraling out of control.

    Second Cross-Border Meeting on Migration Between Belize and Mexico
    The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration of the Government of Belize and the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM), in coordination with the Embassy of Mexico in Belize, hosted the second edition of the cross-border meeting on migration between stakeholders from Belize and Mexico. The Second Edition of the Cross-Border Meeting was held on July 12th and 13th by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration of the Government of Belize and the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM), in coordination with the Embassy of Mexico in Belize at the Mexican Institute in Belize City. The Cross-Border Meeting is part of the Mesoamerica Program, which seeks to contribute to the development and implementation of strategies for regular, orderly, and safe migration.

    San Pedro Pirates vs. BDF FC
    Our 3rd pre season game will be vs BDF FC ! Which are the Sub Champions of the season! Boat leaves at 1:00pm from front Gas Station (cholo’s) Just $30! Round Trip! Book your Spot now!

    2018 Spartan Classic Bodybuilding Competition
    Corozal, 14 July 2018. CCC Auditorium, 7pm.

    Coconut Frond Art Workshop
    August 20-23, Corozal House of Culture, $50 per person.

    Activities this weekend in Corozal and Orange Walk
    Here is a call out to our brothers and sisters from Orange Walk and all surrounding villages in Corozal. Visit Corozal Town this weekend. Featured Events:- Friday, July 13 - 15 - BIKE RALLY (All Weekend) Saturday, July 14 - 2018 SPARTAN CLASSIC BODY BUILDING COMPETITION Saturday, July 14 - Art In The Park (Special Performances)

    JULY 2018 EDITION of ArT In ThE ParK
    Special feature will be a wonderful performance by the participants of the Carnival Around the World Summer Program taking place at the Corozal House of Culture which has been on since July 2nd. Don't miss it.

    Cayo Wellness Seminar
    Today, from 9:00am through 1:00pm, there will be a Wellness seminar at the SISE House of Culture. They'll have ideas for healthy cooking, along with exercise routines. "HERE IS INVITING ONE AND ALL TO THE SAN IGNACIO/SANTA ELENA HOUSE OF CULTURE THIS FRIDAY JULY 13TH, 2018 TO A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M."

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
    Overboard, Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis, Traffik, Gotti

    Wooden Phone covers benefit CZMAI
    Get your beautiful limited edition wooden phone case today for only $60 from our friends at A&S Covers. All proceeds go to the Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute Scholarship Program. Phone cases come in 3 designs, each representing a different partner. Be sure to check out the CZMAI and Oceana Belize design too! Collect all 3! The WWF #Mangrove design highlights a huge conservation win in Belize as new legislation was passed supporting the preservation of Mangrove forests. This was one of the key factors involved in getting our #Belize #BarrierReef #WorldHeritage site OFF the #UNESCO In Danger list.

    Channel 7

    Man Who Survived Explosion Flown To Burn Center
    Burn Victim, 21 year old Grayson Cadle survived a terrible explosion at his Mahogany Street apartment on Monday. He was left with burns to 70% of his body. And that's why tonight, he's being taken via air ambulance to the Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia where he will spend the next 3 to 4 months. He will be getting free treatment through the Burn Victim Mercy Fund. We were at the hospital when Cadle was taken from the KHMH to the waiting air ambulance. Courtney Weatherburne has the story.

    Chopping Victim Got Shot, Tesecum Tempts Fate With Another Near Fatal Injury
    41 year-old Michael Tesecum, a resident of Tibruce Street, is in intensive care at the KHMH tonight, after he was shot multiple times last night. It's the second attempt on his life in 7 months, and it comes at a time that he is struggling to recover from the last time someone tried to kill him. He suffered a severe eye injury when his co-worker, Dennis Bowden chopped him in the head with a machete, and the road to recovery has been very difficult. He was at risk of losing that eye to complications, and now, he must recover from gunshot wounds to the back, the stomach and the left foot. So, how can one man be so unlucky? That's what our news team attempted to find out today. Daniel Ortiz has that story:

    Police Snatch A Plethora of Painkillers
    The cops are reporting tonight that they've made a significant bust of oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller that has caused many deaths by overdose in the US. It's in the category of drugs known as an opioid, and in Belize, it is listed on the schedule of controlled drugs that is illegal - unless you have a prescription. On Tuesday, cops from Spanish Lookout busted 3 people who they believe were attempting to smuggle 8.4k kilos of the drug in a tablet form stuffed inside a knapsack. Today, the Head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch gave the press a briefing on the seizure and arrests:

    Was OW Murder Product of Drug Buy Gone Wrong?
    Yesterday we told you that police were looking for a known suspect from Belize City for the shooting death of Albert Vargas Jr. in Orange Walk town. Well, today police have charged that suspect. He is 24 year old Nisani Daniel Garcia, a construction worker of Belize City, and this evening, he was formally arrested and charged for the murder of the 21 year old Vargas. At the police press briefing earlier today, investigators discussed the possibilities of this latest homicide being related to a drug-buy gone wrong between the men in the vehicle:

    Cliff Kirk’s (Alleged) Killers Will Soon Face Upgraded Charges
    2 days ago American Cliff Kirk died at the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland, while receiving treatment for a gunshot to the head. The US Army Veteran was shot at his home on Northern Ambergris Caye a week ago. 4 assailants shot him and then went to steal his firearms, a briefcase, and a jet ski. As we reported, 3 San Pedro residents: Nigel Williams, Christian Espat, and a 16 year-old were remanded on charges of robbery, attempted murder, aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, use of deadly means of harm, and dangerous harm. Well, police told the press today that the attempted murder charge against the defendants will be upgraded to murder, shortly:

    Beware, The E & B Imposters
    It's re-registration time, and that means staff from Elections and Boundaries could be coming around to your house to confirm that the persons who are registered there, actually live there. But, apparently, some fraudsters have been using the exercise as a way to get into homes. The E & B office issued a notice today saying that "there are individuals impersonating Staff of Elections and Boundaries Department who are visiting residents to obtain information."

    Guest Turned Gunman, He Robbed Radisson
    Today, twenty-seven year old Phillip Maclaren, pleaded guilty to a daring robbery of the Radisson front desk. Maclaren quickly changed his plea from not guilty to guilty after and the first witness, Radisson receptionist, Shakira Brown testified. Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser sentenced him to 5 years for robbery and 5 years for attempted robbery. The sentences are to run concurrently, so he will only serve 5 years.

    Philloughby Not The Only UDP Hopeful Forced To Resign
    It turns out Phillip Willloughby is not the only government employee being forced to resign before running in a UDP convention. The UDP's so called ground commander Anthony Boots Martinez told 7News today that at least three others, including labour commissioner Ivan Williams, NEMO employee Kent Parham, Finance Employee Robert Pennill, Works Employee Dean Samuels, and the Youth Apprentice-ship program's Dianne Finnegan will all be required to resign. And indeed, that's the rule: you can't be paid from the public purse while running in a political convention. Martinez says the Barrow administration has gotten a legal opinion on it to confirm that it must be so.

    Man Found For Barroom Killing
    Police say that they have solved a murder which happened 3 months ago in the Corozal Village of Ranchito. On Sunday morning, April 15th, 38 year-old Emmanuel Evan Sosa was at Pasadina Bar. The female owner was attempting to close up for the night when a masked man with a sawed off shotgun showed up at the door. Sosa intervened on her behalf, and they started to argue. The owner got her door closed, and a short while after that, the robber shot him to death. For several weeks the cops investigated, and today, they announced that they've arrested and charged one man for his killing.

    Police Need Eyewitnesses For Woman’s Shooting
    But, the cops aren't having the same kind of luck, just yet, with the Belize City shooting of 34 year-old Ambrosa Bernardez. The innocent bystander's shoulder was shattered by a gunshot on Tuesday night while she was sitting with some friends near the Queen Square Primary School. She was in the company of a group of people, including several women and children. But, that didn't stop a gunman from riding up on a bicycle and opening fire on the group, completely disregarding the danger to those who were also present at the time. Today, the cops shared some details with the press:

    GOB Claims No Fault In Jalacte Upgrades
    Last night, we told you about day 1 of the lawsuit that the Maya of Jalacte, Toledo have brought against the Government of Belize. They say that the Government made a major misstep when it upgraded the Jalacte Road, and built the BAHA substation and a Medfly Inspection Center on their village's communal lands. As we told you, those were constructed back in November 2014, and the Government was attempting to raise the standard of living for Belizeans in the most remote part of the country. Before it was properly paved, the Jalacte road was in terrible condition.

    What About the CCJ’s Consent Order?
    We also got a chance to to ask the Sol Gen for the Government's perspective on how far they've come in the implementation of the the consent order from the Caribbean Court of Justice. Government committed to make Maya Communal Land rights a real thing, and not just a judgment of the highest court. If you ask the Maya, they say that the Government has utterly failed in its commitments to do right by the Maya. We asked Hawke if he agrees:

    Is GOB Ignoring The Rule Of Law?
    You'll also remember that Cristina Coc, the spokesperson for the Maya Leaders Alliance, and the Toledo Alcalde's Association, accused the Government of ignoring a court order, and failing to uphold the rule of law. It's not the first time that we've heard a litigant accuse the government of flouting its responsibility. We asked the Solicitor General about that charge:

    Agro-Tourism?
    The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration is hosting the 54th annual meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society. It is the first time that Belize is the host country for this important regional forum that brings together researchers, scientists, professors and other experts in agriculture. This year's meeting was centered around the topic of linking the agricultural sector to the tourism industry. Yesterday we showed you the growing numbers of tourist arrivals in Belize for the year 2018. Well the Ministry of Agriculture is attempting to capitalize on those figures.

    Is Belize Climate Smart?
    Another critical element of today's forum was what is known as the Climate Smart Country Profile, which is both a regional and global initiative with the ultimate aim of equipping countries with the latest techniques and general know-how as it relates to climate change resilience and sustainable practices in the agricultural sector. In line with the objectives of the forum, the Ministry of Agriculture launched its Agriculture Census and a campaign to digitize all current data relative to the sector- from the amount of farms in the country, to the types of crops that are being grown and when they are being grown.

    Can The Primary Sector Rebound?
    Now, while the forum focused on increased productivity for the growing demand of the international market, the reality for Belize is that the export revenue for the primary industries of Belize recently have taken a sharp dip this year. According to data from the Statistical Institute of Belize, the total domestic exports for the month of April 2018 amounted to $27.2 million, registering a decrease of 21.9% or $7.6 less than exports for April of last year. In the month of May the steep down turn continued. According to SIB, export revenue for that month was just under $58 million, representing a decrease of 20.2% or $14.6 million dollars less.

    A Safe Trip Down Sarstoon As BDF Faces Down The GAF
    There was some tense action on the Sarstoon today as Wil Maheia and the Belize Territorial Volunteers were going on a humanitarian mission to Graham Creek in remote southwestern Belize. To get there, they have to go via the Sarstoon river, but Maheia says they got an unexpected welcome party. First, the BDF told them to wait for permission, and then the GAF showed up on the Belize side, just watching the action.

    The Science and Art of Proper Childcare
    Every now and then parents need a babysitter to hold over while they work or maybe they just want a night out without the kids. Well, the Belize Training and Employment Center is training a group to become certified childcare providers so parents don't have to worry if these 'sitters' are properly taking care of their kids. We dropped by the ITVET to find out more about the workshop. In the final week, the participants will complete an internship at one of the child care providers agencies.

    Empowering Female Entrepreneurs
    Beltraide along with its Central American partners are developing a project to empower female entrepreneurs. It is just in its initial stages but the project will provide guidance and important tools that will help improve their business. Today all the partners met to share ideas and try to come up with a solid framework for this new project. Here's more from the meeting. The pilot project will cater to 20 female entrepreneurs. Beltraide will keep us posted as to when the project has been finalized.

    Marketing Intelligently
    And finally from Beltraide, their 3rd training today was for private sector firms such as poultry, rum and pepper producers. The theme was market intelligence. We dropped by to find out how important this tool is in the success of a business especially when exporting. There were 35 participants. It is a two day workshop.

    Mysterious San Pedro Stabbing
    Police from San Pedro don't know what to make yet of stabbing injury that the island resident, 26 year-old Adrian Suarez, showed up at the Poly Clinic with. At around 3 a.m., on Monday, Suarez was taken to the clinic, and he was suffering from a very serious injury to the left side of the chest. He had to be airlifted to the KHMH for medical treatment, where he is in a critical condition. The cops discussed the case with the press today:

    Major Crime Sharply Up For 2018, Trending Down Since Command Changes
    And, indeed, major crime for the first half of 2018 is up significantly over 2017. Figures through to June show 593 major crimes, 114 more than the same period last year. Murders are up by 12, robberies by 58 and burglaries are up by 50. But, if there's any sliver living on that very dark cloud, it's that since John Saldivar and a new command structure took over in April, major crime has been trending sharply down - but it's still above last year's mark.

    The Alliance, Finding Another Way To Skin The 90 Million Dollar Cat
    The Ashcroft Alliance failed to convince the Caribbean Court of Justice to force Belize to pay that 90+ million-dollar-award for the UHS debacle, but they aren't backing down. On June 1st, the CCJ rendered a judgment dismissing the Belize Bank's application for enforcement against the Attorney General and Prime Minister Barrow, as the Minister of Finance. They were trying to do an end run around the Belize Parliament, where a bill for payment is currently lying on the table.

    Kate Cas, La Reina Del Xunan
    La Reina Del Sur, Kate Del Castillo was Le Reina Del Xunantunich last night as filming of her telenovela continues at the mayan site. Pictures snapped by a fan show them using the towering El Castillo temple as a backdrop - and fog machines creating an eerie ambience. Her shooting wraps today and she flies out tomorrow. Also arriving in Belize today was NBA hall of famer Tim Duncan and his family for vacation.

    Channel 5

    Michael Tesecum Survives a Second Attempt on His Life
    A forty-one-year-old resident of Belize City narrowly escaped death on Wednesday night after a second attempt was made on his life. Michael Tesecum was on Tiburce Street when a gunman [...]

    Nisani Garcia Charged for Orange Walk Murder of Alberto Vargas Jr.
    Police have moved swiftly to crack the murder of Alberto Vargas Junior in Orange Walk.  A Belize City construction worker was arrested and charged; twenty-four-year-old Nisani Daniel Garcia is believed [...]

    1 Man Charged for Murder of Emmanuel Sosa
    Thirty-eight-year-old Emmanuel Ivan Sosa was fatally shot back in April at the Pasadita Bar in Ranchito Village. Three months later, twenty-one-year-old George Bednarik has been charged for the murder which [...]

    Murder Charges to Come for Cliff Kirk Killers
    The expectation is that the charges will be upgraded to murder for Christian Espat, Nigel Williams and a sixteen-year-old minor following the death of Clifford Kirk, an American expat.  The [...]

    Man Critical after He Was Stabbed in San Pedro
    A man was stabbed in San Pedro Town sometime on Thursday. He is now in a critical condition at the K.H.M.H. and police say they are now questioning a woman [...]

    Cops Make Oxycodone Bust in Spanish Lookout; More Tablets Seized in San Pedro
    Police made two separate drug busts. The first seizure was made about a week ago in a warehouse in San Pedro but the contents of the packets were tablets and [...]

    Police Weigh in on Shooting of Ambrosa Bernardez
    One man has been detained for Tuesday night’s shooting of thirty-four-year-old Ambrosa Bernadez.  Bernardez was shot in the vicinity of West Canal and Armadillo Street when a man rode up [...]

    Grayson Cadle is Off to Burn Center in the U.S.A.
    Tonight, twenty-one-year-old Grayson Cadle is on his way to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia in the U.S., to get specialized treatment at the Burn Center. It will be a long [...]

    Opposition Leader Says G.O.B. Can Afford to Reduce Fuel Tax
    The price of premium gasoline decreased by eleven cents at midnight on Tuesday; it now sells for eleven dollars and sixty cents per gallon. It is a small reduction for [...]

    John Briceño says Government Needs to Invest More
    In June, the government said that if it reduces fuel tax by two dollars per gallon, it would mean a seventy million dollars hole in government revenue.  That reduction would [...]

    SolGen’s Advice is Sought on Public Officers’ Eligibility to Run in Elections
    The notice of resignation tendered by NEMO’s Operations Officer Phillip Willoughby on July eleventh, paving the way for him to contest an upcoming U.D.P. convention in Port Loyola, was preceded [...]

    SolGen Says Jalacte Claim is Way Out of Time
    A lawsuit involving the Government of Belize, brought against the Office of the Attorney General by residents of Jalacte Village, is being heard before Justice Michelle Arana.  On Wednesday, submissions [...]

    Jalacte Village Sues for Millions in Compensation for Loss of Lands
    During the trial, expert testimony was provided by a number of individuals, including engineering consultant Avondale Moody, for the Ministry of Works.  Among the reasons given for the placement of [...]

    Will Prime Minister Barrow be Compelled to Pay UHS Debt Via a Writ of Mandamus?
    On Monday, an application was filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Belize Bank seeking permission for a judicial review to be conducted to compel Prime Minister Dean [...]

    Opposition Leader: “It’s in the D.N.A. of the U.D.P. That They Fight over Everything”
    The People’s United Party is joining the Belize Territorial Volunteers in condemning the comments made by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. Elrington recently told the press that people have to be [...]

    BTV’s Humanitarian Mission Disrupted by Guatemalan Armed Forces
    A humanitarian mission embarked by the Belize Territorial Volunteers this morning got off on a bad start. According to Leader Wil Maheia, the group was intercepted by Guatemalan Armed Forces. [...]

    P.U.P. Leader Says Arthur Saldivar Has Not Won Anything
    The P.U.P.’s Vetting Committee has accepted Arthur Saldivar’s application to contest the party’s Belmopan Standard Bearer convention. Whether his application will be approved is another matter. The P.U.P. decided to [...]

    B.T.B. Boasts ‘Groundbreaking’ Tourism Arrivals Figures
    The Belize Tourism Board is boasting ‘groundbreaking’ figures as it relates to tourism arrivals. B.T.B.’s latest stats show that for the first six months of 2018, overnight tourism arrivals and [...]

    Be on the Lookout for Persons Passing Off as Elections and Boundaries Staff
    There are persons impersonating staff members of the Elections and Boundaries Department visiting residents and obtaining information. The public is advised that all employees of the department have staff identification [...]

    Belizean Exporters Learn the Tricks of the Trade for New Markets
    A two-day marketing intelligence training workshop for local business owners began today at the ITVET Compound in Belize City. It is being held through a partnership between the Caribbean Export [...]

    CEDA Training to Assist Export Capacity of Belize & the Region
    The two days will feature presentations from the Belize Bureau of Standards, the Belize Intellectual Property Office as well as BELTRAIDE and CEDA. Marketing Intelligence and Caribbean Export Advisor, Zamani [...]

    Babysitters Train to Become Certified Childcare Providers
    A four-week childcare training is ongoing at the Belize Training and Employment Centre at the ITVET compound in Belize City. Some eleven participants, all from the childcare sector—primarily pop-up babysitters— [...]

    SBDC Belize Working with SICA to Empower Women Entrepreneurs
    A national entrepreneurship workshop was held at the BTEC office in Belize City. The workshop brought together key stakeholders to the discussion table on integration of synergies and transferring of [...]

    LOVE FM

    San Pedro resident critical after being stabbed in chest
    A construction worker is stabbed on San Pedro Ambergris Caye on Tuesday and is today listed in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Police say 26-year-old Adrian Suarez was stabbed in his chest but they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. ASP Cowo spoke on the case. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB: …

    Taiwan’s Foreign Minister to visit Belize
    Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu is expected to arrive in Belize on July 16, for a two-day visit. Wu will meet with Prime Minister Dean Barrow as well as visit the Taiwanese Embassy. He is also expected to visit El Salvador. The trip is in an effort to strengthen Taiwan’s ties with its allies. China’s …

    One detained for Tuesday shooting in Belize City
    One man is detained in the shooting of Ambrosia Bernardez and are asking the public to assist them in collecting evidence to further close the case. The shooting happened on Tuesday, July 10 in Belize City shortly before eight o’clock at the corner of west canal and Armadillo Streets. Bernardez was shot in her right …

    BDF to BTV’s rescue
    The Belize Territorial Volunteers is reporting once again of Guatemalan incursions on the Belize side of the Sarstoon River. Wil Maheia of the BTV said they were on a humanitarian mission to Graham Creek this morning when they encountered Guatemalan Armed Forces. Wil Maheia – Belize Territorial Volunteers: “As we were going up the Sarstoon River …

    Agriculture sector hopes to supply the tourism industry
    The Statistical Institute of Belize and the Belize Tourism Board’s latest statistics show that tourism was responsible for driving the economy. However, the question is how much of that money earned actually stays in the country? Research has shown that for each dollar that tourists spend in the Caribbean, at least 60% of it goes …

    Belize City man charged with murder of Albert Vargas Jr in Orange walk
    Orange Walk Police have charged one man for the murder of Albert Vargas Junior. The 21-year-old was fatally wounded in Orange Walk Town on Tuesday night while he was along with a friend, Jose Medina in a Ford Escape. Police say they have evidence to show that both were accompanied by a third person, who …

    Chopping victim is shot several times in Belize City but survives
    An early night shooting on Wednesday in Belize City has left Michael Tesecum hospitalized. The 41-year old was walking on Tibruce Street shortly after seven o’clock when he was shot several times. Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo says that the department has not uncovered a motive for the attack on Tesecum. ASP Alejandro Cowo, …

    Villager charged with April murder of Ivan Sosa in Corozal
    Almost three months after he was killed in Ranchito Village, Corozal District, one man has been charged for the murder of 38-year-old Ivan Emanuel Sosa. Police say they have charged George Bednarik, a 21-year old resident of the same village with murder. Sosa was killed on April 15 as he and the owner of Pasadina …

    Three arrested and charged for large stash of Illegal pills
    A police patrol in Spanish Lookout intercepted three persons with a substantial amount of illegal pills on Tuesday. The officers were on patrol on River Side Street in Spanish Lookout when they came across a taxi with three occupants. Officers searched the vehicle but did not find anything incriminating. However, when they searched in immediate …

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize and Mexico hold second cross border migration meeting
    The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Immigration; and […]

    American fugitive using Belizean passport nabbed in Philippines
    An American fugitive, wanted for burglary in Oregon, USA; was recently caught at the Ninoy Aquino […]

    Belize Passport Station and Consulate to re-open in Chicago
    The government of Belize has announced that the passport station and consulate in the city of […]

    Belize city man shot while walking on Tibruce street
    A Belize city man, Michael Tesecum, was shot last after 7:00 last night as he was walking along […]

    Woman shot in Belize city was not intended target
    Police have issued an update on a shooting which occurred on the south side of Belize […]

    Elections and Boundaries Department warns of impersonators
    Today, the Elections and Boundaries Department issued a warning informing the public that there are […]

    George Benarik arrested and charged for the murder of Ranchito resident
    According to police, George Bednarik, 21, from Ranchito village, Corozal, has been arrested and charged for […]

    Fire destroys home in San Pedro Town
    San Pedro police are investigating a fire that completely destroyed a home. According to reports, […]

    San Pedro police investigate stabbing incident
    San Pedro police are investigating the stabbing of a construction worker that occurred on Monday, […]

    Belize City man charged for murder of Alberto Vargas
    Today, police charged twenty-four-year old Belize City resident, Nisani Daniel Garcia for the murder of […]

    Three arrested in large prescription drug bust in Spanish Lookout
    Three people in Spanish Lookout were arrested and charged on Tuesday after police found them […]

    Minor, 14, raped and 10-weeks pregnant
    Belmopan police are investigating a report of rape in their jurisdiction. A 14-year-old Belizean minor […]

    Man shot in Punta Gorda town
    Punta Gorda police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred yesterday. Kenworth Jackson, 29, was […]

    Tim Duncan vacations in Belize
    Legendary NBA power forward and five time champion with the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan […]

    Man killed by passenger picked up on highway
    Orange Walk police are investigating the murder of Alberto Vargas, 21, who was shot around […]

    Ministry of National Security reports decrease in major crimes
    Statistics compiled by the Ministry of National Security shows that major crimes in Belize are […]

    Marie Sharp wins “Superior Taste” award in Brussels, Belgium
    Two of Marie Sharp’s products, the Fiery Hot and Exotic Steak sauces, recently won international […]

    Belize to host Central American Basketball Championship
    Belize will be hosting the regional Central American Basketball Championship next weekend at the Civic […]

    Belize Audubon Society awards $15,000 in small grants to deserving fisher folk in Northern Belize
    On Wednesday, July 4, the Belize Audubon Society awarded six small grants valued at $3,000 […]

    Heritage Bank opens new sub-branch in Santa Elena
    The grand opening of the new Heritage Bank sub-branch in Santa Elena town was held […]

    Belize Police Department honors officers for years of service
    The Belize Police Department, yesterday, held its Long Service Awards Ceremony at the Birds Isle […]

    Belmopan Civic Center to host first ever “Tek Time Fi Read” Book Festival
    The Belmopan Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (BJYSEP) under their new project, “Tek Time Fi Read” […]

    Belize Territorial Volunteers condemn Sedi’s Pro ICJ Statements
    Yesterday, the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) issued a release condemning the statements made by Belize’s […]

    Orange Walk man killed by passenger
    Orange Walk police are investigating a murder that occurred on Tuesday night. Alberto Vargas Jr.,21, […]

    Premium gas sees a slight decrease
    Yesterday, the Belize Bureau of Standards informed the public of a decrease in the price of […]

    Man shot in Belize City last night
    Belize City police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night. According to reports, forty-one-year-old […]

    Blogs

    A Profitable Beach Bar Business In The Caribbean Haven Of Belize
    Tricia Koba and her husband, Charlie, have a lifestyle that most only dream about…They live in a beachfront condo with a pool in Ambergris Caye, Belize, where they are just steps away from their successful beachfront bar business. Coco’s Loco Beach Bar is one of those places you imagine when you close your eyes and picture the Caribbean. It has a swim-up bar with stools inside the pool, a great island vibe, and a beautiful view of the sea. Exotic food trucks come by daily, so patrons can sample local food, and almost every night, there are fun activities going on, such as trivia or game nights. “We grew up in the Midwest; me in Illinois, Charlie in Wisconsin. We lived in Wisconsin for 20 years before moving to Phoenix for nine years and then to Belize,” says Tricia. “I was a nurse, working in the pediatric ER, and Charlie was the sanitation foreman for the city of Mesa. I had never been to Belize before. After only six months here we bought the bar.

    Are There Any Security Measures Expats Should Take When Living Overseas?
    In general, the overseas destinations we cover at IL are safer than where you probably live back home! I’ve lived in Mexico for the last 10 years. Mexico gets a bad rap for security, but in fact most of the country is very safe…and at IL we don’t cover the areas that are dangerous. I have never felt threatened at any time during my years in Mexico, and in fact have found people to be warm, caring, and concerned about their own and their neighbors’ security. But petty crime can happen anywhere. For instance, I would advise looking for a home or accommodation on a well-lit street. Many homes where I live are up narrow, poorly lit, pedestrian-only streets–and, if there’s ever a problem with muggings, that’s where they’ll take place. Likewise, use ordinary precautions when out at night: be aware of the people around you, and don’t flash huge wads of cash or fancy jewelry if you expect to be walking home by yourself.

    Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
    The quirky and small, but mighty, bird. Scientific Name: Archilochus colubris. In recent years the birding community has become increasingly more inclusive of all people: young or old, adventurous or relaxed, fast-paced or leisurely. Belize has world-class birding with over 600 species of birds and enthusiastic birding tour guides. Among the hundreds of species is one particularly quirky and small, but mighty, bird-- the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird; a small hummingbird found in Eastern North America during the summer, and Florida, Mexico, and Central America during the winter. Hummingbirds are unique little birds with many hidden talents. For example, did you know that hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly forward, backward, side to side, upside down, and hover in mid-air? This is because their wings only connect to their bodies at the shoulder socket, allowing them to rotate their wings 180 degrees.

    International Sourcesizz

    How to Take Your Next Trip Without Single-Use Plastics
    AVOIDING SINGLE-USE PLASTICS like bottles and bags is hard enough at home, and can be especially difficult while traveling. When you’re on the go and trying to pack light, it’s easy to grab a plastic-wrapped sandwich and bottle of water. But eliminating single-use plastics on a trip might be easier than you think—even in a foreign country without potable water. I took on this challenge in Belize, a country that is no stranger to ecotourism. Its government recently announced a ban on major single-use plastics like bags and straws to go into effect by Earth Day 2019. And UNESCO has removed the Belize Barrier Reef from its list of World Heritage in Danger, after years of efforts to restore the reef’s long-term health. The green mindset reaches local scales, too: I loved visiting smaller cities like Punta Gorda, where a glass soda bottle is cheaper than a plastic one, because the glass bottles can be sanitized and reused.

    Belize’s IFSC Issues Five Warnings Against Unlicensed Entities
    The International Financial Services Commission of Belize (IFSC) issued five warnings against unlicenced entities on Thursday. The companies in question are Sigma-market, B.O Tradefinancials Ltd, FONDA BRANCH, Ultimate Trade Option Ltd. and Height-Option Broker. According to the collection of warnings from the regulator, all companies are unlicensed in Belize and are therefore not permitted to provide, carry on, transact financial services to residents of Belize.

    Cave-diving experts feel the ripples of the Thailand rescue — a rise in demand
    Summer is usually the slow season for scuba diving at Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri, about an hour south of St. Louis. But not this year. Not since 12 young soccer players and their coach were rescued from a flooded cave in Mae Sai, Thailand, captivating the world and thrusting diving into the spotlight. “My gosh our phone’s been blowing up, it’s been great,” said Douglas Goergens, who owns the mine with his wife, Catherine. He said the calls started coming in one week into the two-week ordeal and continued through the rescue, with people inquiring about diving and diving certification — and wanting to talk about what they were seeing in Northern Thailand. “It’s shown how diving can actually save people’s lives who are not divers,” Goergens said. “Had it turned out bad, I don’t know, but my gosh, the way it turned out, it’s a miracle.”

    Videos

  • Vacationing in Belize without using plastic, 3.5min. National Geographic Travel. We're not saying it's easy to ditch single-use plastics for an entire trip—but we are saying it's totally possible. And every little bit helps

  • Martijn in Belize, 3min. Footage of the snorkelling trip in Caye Caulker, Belize!

  • Sea turtle swimming close by in Belize, 1/2min. At the blue hole dive sites of Belize, I saw this guy swimming. He was curious and got very close to my gopro and was loving the attention.

  • Fly Fishing in Belize, 5min. Learning the 101 of Fly Fishing with Blue Bone Fish.

  • Talk Ah Di Town July 12, 2018, 34min.

  • Beyond Belize, 4min. Dive under the water, run through the temple, venture into the jungle...this is my adventure in Belize!

  • Belize City Belize 2018, 8min.

  • Belize 2018, 21min.

  • U Chan Muul Yaax K'aax (Maya Museum in San Lazaro, Belize), 2min. A short video learning basic Maya during our visit to the U Chan Muul Yaax K'aax (Maya Museum) in San Lazaro, Belize.

  • CHILLING IN BELIZE - CAYE CAULKER, 8min. This was our first time in Belize, Caye Caulker is a small little island off the coast of Belize with a population of roughly 2000 people. We didn't have much time but it was still a fun relaxing day :D

  • San Pedro Belize : Travel With Aquatic Sports, 7min. Aquatic Sports takes dive teams all over the world. Join us on the very first episode of our travel vlog series, San Pedro, Belize!

  • Belize Mayan Cave Tubing 2017, 2.5min.

  • I Got The Voice Season 3, 2hr.
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    Ambergris Caye
    07/13/18 12:26 PM
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    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:

    Overboard
    Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis
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    Gotti

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    Crime Control
    07/13/18 11:59 AM
    Statistics compiled by the Ministry of National Security show that major crimes in Belize are on a downward trend. The figures were released and analyzed at the Ministry’s monthly meeting with the high command of law enforcement agencies in Belmopan on Monday, 9th July 2018.

    The meeting provided an opportunity for the Ministry to review the current crime situation in Belize where it was noted that there is an observable downward trend in major crimes. This updated information incidentally came after a meeting with the business sector including the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Belize Chinese Association, the Indian Association, and the Belize Teachers Union; where they reportedly were of the view that crimes were spiraling out of control.

    The Ministry is of the view that this perception is not factual and is being spread across certain sectors of our society creating a false sense of insecurity amongst our citizens. The statistics show that major crimes for the month of June 2018 are the lowest that Belize has seen since March 2017. There were only four (4) murders recorded for that month, and while this is 4 murders too many, it is the lowest murder count recorded in a month since November 2013 when there were three (3).

    The Ministry believes that this improvement in reducing major crimes has come about thanks to the stellar work of our law enforcement agencies with the support of communities throughout Belize; work that certainly requires the highest commendation.

    The accompanying graph from the Belize Crime Observatory shows that major crimes have declined over two consecutive months by approximately 30% since it peaked in April 2018. The Ministry of National Security anticipates that with redoubled crime-fighting efforts, coupled with the continuing assistance from our communities, the downturn will continue through to the end of the year.

    The Ministry of National Security congratulates the officers, men and women of the Security Forces, and the communities with whom they have partnered with to achieve the downward trend and looks forward to their continued efforts in reducing crime.

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    Belize District
    07/12/18 06:03 PM
    Renovations continue at the St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral in Belize City. The renovations is part of the hard components of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project. Funds provided by Taiwan ICDF and the Government of Belize.

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    Ambergris Caye
    07/12/18 05:58 PM
    Belize Water Services informs its customers in parts of San Pedro that there will be an interruption in the water supply today, Wednesday, July 12, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are San Pablo and DFC areas.

    This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrades, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored.

    Residents of these areas in San Pedro are advised that water supply should return to normal by 5:00pm. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS' hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS (0-800-225-5297) to report it.
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    Environment
    07/12/18 05:54 PM

    3.5min. National Geographic Travel. We're not saying it's easy to ditch single-use plastics for an entire trip—but we are saying it's totally possible. And every little bit helps.

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    How to Take Your Next Trip Without Single-Use Plastics
    AVOIDING SINGLE-USE PLASTICS like bottles and bags is hard enough at home, and can be especially difficult while traveling. When you’re on the go and trying to pack light, it’s easy to grab a plastic-wrapped sandwich and bottle of water. But eliminating single-use plastics on a trip might be easier than you think—even in a foreign country without potable water. I took on this challenge in Belize, a country that is no stranger to ecotourism. Its government recently announced a ban on major single-use plastics like bags and straws to go into effect by Earth Day 2019. And UNESCO has removed the Belize Barrier Reef from its list of World Heritage in Danger, after years of efforts to restore the reef’s long-term health. The green mindset reaches local scales, too: I loved visiting smaller cities like Punta Gorda, where a glass soda bottle is cheaper than a plastic one, because the glass bottles can be sanitized and reused.

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    Previous Days Weather
    07/12/18 01:49 PM

    From Belmopan...

    There has been a lot of high level clouds clashing with the easterly Caribbean wet air, causing rain in many parts of Belize over night and still some rain in some parts. Those swellups are due to warm wet air getting into cooler air, the warm air rises, on meeting the cool air, it condenses to cloud, which releases energy, making it warmer, so it rises ever faster, up to great heights, where the cloud turns to rain, bringing down the high level cool temperatures to the ground as rain. This rapid air movement charges the clouds and so causes lightning.

    Looks like today, certainly this morning will be patchy, sun for some, rain and over cast for others, presently south under heavy cloud, and parts of the north. The rain easing off presently, but could be more at any time.


    Temperatures in Belmopan :
    ( Coast usually cooler, hills even cooler ) Last night min. 22°C 72°F Yesterday max. 32°C 90°F

    Ambergris Caye:
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    2018 Costa Maya Festival presents: Miss Panama!
    And then there were five! Panama has unveiled their representative for the Reina de la Costa Maya 2018 Pageant, and she is Emigdielys Arlyn Samaniego Batista, an 18-year-old model from Chepo, Panama. Emigdielys is both a model and a model instructor at Physical Modelos, who enjoys public speaking and considers herself quite the extrovert. She is eager to bring her fashion and modeling savvy to the stage at the Costa Maya Festival. She joins Guatemala’s Hilary Dhianette Castillo Cumings, Costa Rica’s Adriana Moya Alvarado , Mexico’s Cynthia de la Vega, and El Salvador’s Naydin Valladares as they await the announcement of the remaining contestants for this year’s pageant.

    2018 Costa Maya Festival presents: Miss Mexico!
    Mexico’s Cynthia de la Vega hails from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and she is proud to represent her country at this year’s Reina de la Costa Maya 2018 pageant. 26 year old Cynthia holds a degree in International Finance, and stands at 5’9”. No stranger to pageantry, Cynthia was Miss Nuevo Leon 2010, Nuestra Belleza Mundo México and even represented Mexico in Miss Supranational 2016 in Poland.

    2018 Costa Maya Festival Presents: Miss El Salvador!
    Organizers of the International Costa Maya Festival are pleased to present Miss El Salvador, Naydin Madeline Valladares Renderos. Originally from San Salvador, the 20 year old is in her second year of International Relations Bachelor’s Degree studies. She enjoys dancing, socializing with friends and family, photography, running and studying. She speaks Spanish, English and a little bit of Italian as well.

    Dawson’s Pit Fighters compete in Chetumal Xtreme Cage MMA tournament
    Ambergris Caye and Belize were represented in the neighboring Mexican City of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, at a mixed martial arts competition on Saturday, July 7th. Three fighters from the island’s Dawson Pit Fighters training school, Gavin Duffy, Juan ‘Mighty Mouse’ Hernandez, and Allen Cawich, competed in the event known as Chetumal Xtreme Cage against competitors from Mexico. The Belizean group scored one win out of three and upon their return to the island, fighters have returned to training as they prepare to participate in future events.

    Islanders take advantage of Health Fair hosted by Projects Abroad
    Projects Abroad, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), held a health fair at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town on Saturday, July 7th. Island residents were invited to take advantage of an array of free health services, such as blood pressure/sugar testing, HIV/AIDS testing, Pap smears, kidney urinalysis testing, as well as to be informed on vectors and diseases. Several islanders began arriving at the Lions Den for testing and education from around 9AM.Mayor Daniel Guerrero even dropped by, sharing a few words with those present. “It’s very important for everyone to regularly check their health status. Early detection can prevent serious complications,” he said.

    Ambergris Today

    US Dermatologists Offer Free Services To Islanders
    Beyond Borders Medical Mission Trip was organized by Dr. Daniel Buscaglia of the Cosmetic Vein and Laser Center in Buffalo, New York. To commemorate his 20 years of service Dr. Buscaglia organized a medical trip to “give back” instead of having a luxurious party or dinner. A team consisting of four doctors, 8 medical assistants and 12 ancillary staff are in the island at the San Pedro Lions Den rendering their services to the people of San Pedro.

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    Help Save Cayo Rosario
    JOIN US TO PROTECT BELIZE’S HOL CHAN MARINE RESERVE! SAY NO TO DREDGING AND OVER THE WATER STRUCTURES IN OUR MARINE RESERVE!!! Say NO to the recently approved destructive development at Cayo Rosario in the midst of Belize's Hol Chan Marine Reserve! Belize is home to the second longest barrier reef in the world. This diverse and delicate eco-system needs our help now more than ever, not only for the marine life but for the people of Belize. Our coastal economy is reliant on our reef and these waters.

    Re-Registration of Electors - Registration Centers
    The public is hereby notified that the below-mentioned list of Registration Centers will be opened to facilitate the registration of electors from Monday 2nd July to 31st August 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

    Taste of Belize 2018
    Taste of Belize 2018 to feature the best of Belizean Cuisine on July 21st at the Ramada Princess Hotel.

    Trumpet tree (Cecropia peltata)
    It is #TreeTuesday we are featuring the Trumpet tree (Cecropia peltata)! Trumpet trees are common in disturbed areas. The wood is hollow and lightweight. The Trumpet tree is a fast-growing tree which flowers and fruits throughout the year. Howler monkeys and other wildlife have been observed consuming the fruit of trumpet trees. It is also reported that the young buds are eaten as a vegetable and that the ripe fruit is edible. Notably, the tree often shelters biting ants. Have you touched this tree and noticed the ants retaliate in defense of their home?

    Mahogany tree (Swietenia macrophylla)
    On this #TreeTuesday we are featuring the Mahogany tree (Swietenia macrophylla)! The magnificent Mahogany is the national tree of Belize; and, it continues to be a commercially important timber species. Mahogany trees can grow straight and tall to over 100 feet in height. Its enclosed seeds would burst out of the hard fruit when they become mature and dispersed with the help of wind. Farmers are planting Mahogany trees in agroforestry farms to provide shade for cacao as part of a long-term investment – they often refer to this as their retirement plan. Have you planted a Mahogany tree before?

    Tourism arrivals to Belize continue on upward trend
    The latest statistics for the middle of 2018 shows that tourism arrivals to Belize continue to register groundbreaking levels and moving on a steady upward trend. Overnight tourism arrivals in June registered double digit increases for the past three consecutive years while the first half of the year registered a 17.1% cumulative increase. During the month of June, cruise ship arrivals registered a 57.2% increase while at the end of the first half of this year, there was also an overall increase of 10.2% in cruise visitors to Belize as compared to the first half of 2017.

    BELIZE HOTEL ASSOCIATION HOSTS 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    The Belize Hotel Association held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 from 1:00 PM- 5:30 PM at the Black Orchid Resort in Burrell Boom, Belize. In attendance were the Board of the BHA, Association Members, other Tourism Stakeholders and guests.

    SUN SPLASH KARATE CONNECTION 2018
    Corozal Town Council Presents, first ever SUN SPLASH KARATE CONNECTION 2018 in Corozal Town at RAINBOW BEACH on Sunday August 5th, 2018. Featuring All Day KARATE TOURNAMENT - MECHANICAL BULL - BRICK BREAKING SHOW - BANANA BOAT RIDE - WEIGHT LIFTING COMPETITION - BOUNCY HOUSE - 5 ASIDE - FENCING EXHIBITION - CASH KING SOUNDS - SOCA QUEEN ERNESTINE CARBALLO - DJ ABSOLUTE - DJ RAS & TARO - LIVE MUSIC BY THE MIGHTY GILHARRY 7. LOCAL FOOD - DRINKS - LOTS & LOTS OF GIVEAWAYS. For Booths and more info please call 622-6548 or 615-2574. It will be a splash...a Sun Splash Karate Connection.

    Caye Caulker for Lobster Fest
    Here are a few photos to highlight some of what happens on the island of Caye Caulker in Belize during the weekend for Lobster Festival. We will combining some of our aerial drone video footage with our video footage and our photos to bring an almost complete package for you. I guess we need to go back next year because there are some events that I missed capturing.

    Caye Caulker Drone Aerial Photos
    At the Caye Caulker LobsterFestival the weather was great for flying and decided to capture a few drone aerial photos with the help of a spotter. The island of Caye Cauker in Belize is normally referred to as "Go Slow" or "Isla Cariñosa". Go ahead and enjoy the view!

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP
    HERE IS INVITING ONE AND ALL TO THE SAN IGNACIO/SANTA ELENA HOUSE OF CULTURE THIS FRIDAY JULY 13TH, 2018 TO A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

    Channel 7

    21 Year Old Murdered In Car By Fellow Passenger
    A young man was shot and killed in Orange Walk town last night around 8:00. He is 21 year old Alberto Vargas Jr. a resident of the Louisiana area, of Orange Walk town. He was killed as he sat in a car with a person he had picked up - and tonight that passenger is the suspected killer. Emanuel Pech has more:… The flaring lights in the background gave this night scene an eerie feel. In the aftermath of the of the shooting death of Alberto Vargas, police scouted the scene, in hopes of piecing together the events that lead up to this latest homicide. According to police, Vargas was inside this green ford escape with dark tinted windows.  He was parked in front of Landy's and Sons Hardware store on the Belize Corozal Road in Orange Walk town.

    Ambrosa’s Shoulder Shattered
    And, in the city, an innocent bystander was shot last night in a gang feud. 34 year old Ambrosa Bernardez’s shoulder was shattered by a gunshot when she was sitting with some friends near Queen Square Primary School.   It happened around 8:00 when a man rode up to her group on a small bicycle and opened fire – hitting Bernardez to the shoulder. Twelve nine mm expended shells were found on the ground.  But, residents in the area told us they may not have all been from the shooter’s gun.  Apparently, a policeman who lives in the area fired on the shooter - which forced him to run off.  We saw bullett holes through the siding of one structure. Police have a known suspect who was likely targeting members of a rival gang.

    Robber Was Ruthless With Shaniva
    A 32 year old Ladyville woman was robbed at gun point last night.   Shaniva Arnold, was walking alone on Egbert Quilter Street, sometime around 9 when two men, pulled up and one of them had a gun.   They took all her jewellery, electronics and a cell phone, amounting to a total value of $3,726 dollars.

    Willoughby Resigns From NEMO, Was He Forced?
    The race to see who will represent the UDP in Port Loyola is shaping up to be a very interesting one.  As we’ve reported Phillip Willoughby, Dean Samuels, Mike Peyrefitte and Shane Castillo all put in their names as candidates. But, Willoughby has reportedly been under pressure to withdraw his name if he wants to keep his job at NEMO.  The news tonight is that he’s not stepping aside, and today and announced today that, instead, he’s resigning as NEMO’s Operations Office - a job he took up only three months ago. A letter of resignation dated today to the CEO says, “I hereby give the required three months’ notice of my intention to terminate my engagement effective October 11, 2018…thanks for the opportunity…but I must now pursue public service in another capacity.

    Mayas of Jalacte Sue GOB
    The Maya and the Government are back in the Supreme Court fighting over customary land rights, and this time, it is the village of Jalacte that is suing the Barrow Administration. Its a fight that we saw brewing as far back as October 2015. That’s when we told you about the dispute between Jalacte and the Government over the upgraded Jalacte Road, a Mediterranean Fruit Fly Inspection Center, and BAHA’s Agricultural Outreach Station. These facilities were built in 2014 in the village of Jalacte. The outreach station is supposed to provide the farmers with the best practices to improve their crops, and their agricultural output. The Medfly Inspection Center was constructed as a checkpoint so that the agricultural authorities could inspect produce moving around in the area. 

    What’s The Status With CCJ Ruling?
    So, while the press had an opportunity to talk to spokesperson of the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association, we asked her for an update on the efforts that the Government has been making to implement the CCJ judgment of 2015. The Government is supposed to make those customary rights a real thing that is respected by the formal land system at the Ministry of Natural Resources. The Mayans have complained that they interpret the Government’s lack of measurable process as the state dragging its feet.  Today, Coc went a bit further to say that they believe that the Government isn’t demonstrating any political will, and that they are ignoring the rule of law. Here’s how she explained it:

    Territorial Volunteers Will Write Congress About Hon. Elrington
    Last week Thursday, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington was well aware that he wasn’t making a politically correct statement when he said ,“you’ve got to be crazy”, if you don’t support going to the ICJ to settle Guatemala’s territorial claim over Belize.   Once again, he has triggered an avalanche of public criticism - and the Belize Territorial Volunteers - say they are going a little further - they’re going to write his funders to complain.   In a press release, the BTV says, quote, “his remarks are the latest example…that the government has no intention to conduct a neutral and impartial public education program. The government has deliberately left Belizeans in the dark about what are the issues surrounding the ICJ and Guatemala’s position on the exact nature of their claim to more than half of our country.” End quote.

    One More Teen For Chan’s Death
    A third teenager has been charged for the puzzling murder of Eliazar Chan. Yesterday, 18 year old Kevin Perez was taken to court in Orange Walk where he was charged for murder. He now joins 19 year old Ronaldo Marin and a 15 year old - who have also been charged. On Good Friday, the 42 year old Customs Broker from Luisville village was beaten to death inside his house, and then his body was wrapped in a hammock and stuffed in his own couch. The killers took care to remove his sofa from his living room, put his body inside the sofa, then went to the nearby village of San Pedro and left the couch in a cane field.

    CITO’s Summer About Computer Culture
    The Central Information Technology Office in Belmopan wants to create the next generation of brilliant programmers. Well, that is the hope but first they have to spark the interest in kids. They plan to do that through their Creative programming summer camp. It began on Monday and Courtney Weatherburne stopped in today to see how these young kids were handling code. Here’s her story. To the common eye, this is just a random jumble of symbols, numbers, letters on a screen. But to programmers, it’s code – a list of program instructions. The programmers at the Central Information Technology Office in Belmopan are getting this group of kids familiar with the basics of programming through their annual summer camp.

    Tourism Figures Impress In First Half Of Year
    Belize’s tourism numbers continue steady growth - even through the summer slow season.  The latest statistics on overnight tourist arrivals show that from April to June, the numbers showed an average increase of 10.7% when compared to last year’s figures.  Also, overall, the arrivals for the first 6 months of 2018, are up 17.1% over the first half of last year.   June registered as the best month for over night tourist arrivals during this second quarter with a 15% increase when compared to 2017.

    Milt Palacio Belize Coach In Regional Tourney At Civic
    The Belize Basketball Federation is getting ready to hose the Central American Basketball Championship at the Civic Center starting on Friday, July 20th.   It’s an important FIBA qualifier for the North American Championships.   The head coach is former national team captain and NBA players, Milton Palacio.  He got in on Sunday and is making selections for the final team.  He told us why he’s excited:..

    Why Orson for Cycling
    In other sports news, Orson Butler is offering himself as president of the Belize Cycling Federation.  He’s currently the Vice President - and he’s flip flopping with his current president, Dion Leslie.  On his slate - which goes to an election on Saturday - Butler is President while Leslie is offering himself as Vice President.  They’ve got a worthy challenge from a bunch of new faces - who are familiar in cycling, but have not served on the executive.  We asked Butler why the election was delayed from last October to now:

    Haylock Bus Bex!
    The PUP Belize City Council is being called out in what looks like a brewing bus fight over the runs between Belize City and Belama.  In a letter dated July 9, 2018, Godwin Haylock, attorney for Haylock’s Bus Service, wrote to the new City Administrator, Stephanie Lindo Garbutt. He explains that Haylock’s Bus Service is the only company that is in possession of a valid road service permit to transport passengers from the Pound Yard Bridge in Belize City to Belama and back. 

    Cayo Cops Get Sack Of Weed
    Earlier this week,  police took a sawed off shotgun off the streets.  It was found at an empty lot situated in the Cet Site Area of Lake-I in Belize City.  In other news of found objects, the San Ignacio police conducted a joint operation on Tuesday morning and found a huge stash of weed.  According to reports, around 10:15 am police conducted a search in a bushy area on the Casa Maya Road in San Ignacio. There they discovered an orange plastic bag. Inside the plastic bag was a blue crocus bag full, almost to the brim, with suspected cannabis. The drug weighed nearly 17 pounds.

    Channel 5

    Shot and Killed, Albert Vargas Becomes Latest Murder Victim in Orange Walk
    Twenty-one-year-old Albert Vargas is the latest murder victim. He was killed inside a car in Orange Walk Town on Tuesday night near a tacos stand in a heavily trafficked area. [...]

    Shooting Incident in Old Capital Injures Ambrosia Bernardez in the Shoulder
    A woman was shot just before eight o’clock on Tuesday night. Thirty-four-year-old Ambrosa Bernardez of a North Creek address was not the intended target in an ongoing gang feud.  She [...]

    Grayson Cadle Remains Critical at the K.H.M.H.
    Grayson Cadle remains in a critical condition tonight in the hospital. He is the twenty-one-year-old who was burnt to seventy percent of his body when a butane leak inside his [...]

    Grayson Cadle Needs Your Help
    But the road to recovery may be long for Grayson Cadle. And that is why his best chances may be at an overseas medical facility for burn victims.  According to [...]

    Philloughby Resigns from NEMO and Prepares for Port Loyola Race
    Former four-term city councilor Phillip Willoughby took up the post of Operations Officer with the National Emergency Management Organization in April, following a stunning defeat of the United Democratic Party’s [...]

    BTV Condemns Statements Made by Foreign Minister
    The Belize Territorial Volunteers is not happy with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington for comments he made in an interview last Thursday, July fifth, while speaking at a ceremony where the [...]

    G.O.B. Back in Court Over Land Rights Claim in Jalacte
    Attorneys for the Government of Belize are fighting yet another lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court by the indigenous Maya community of southern Belize.  The claim brought against the Office [...]

    Jalacte Residents Complain that BAHA Checkpoint Inconveniences Local Farmers
    According to Coc, farmers in Jalacte Village are no longer able to access and use lands that were traditionally set aside for agriculture because the road that has since been [...]

    Where is Toledo Land Rights Commission in Latest Litigation?
    So what is the role of the Toledo Land Rights Commission in the latest legal battle over communal land rights?  That’s what we attempted to find out from the MLA [...]

    Taiwanese Foreign Minister to Visit Belize
    Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, is expected in Belize on an overnight visit next week. According to a report in the official press in Taiwan, Wu will be heading here [...]

    Robbery in Ladyville
    A Ladyville resident reports that she was robbed on Tuesday night around nine o’clock. Thirty-two-year-old Shaniva Arnold was walking with a group of persons on Albert Quilter Street when they [...]

    Milt Palacio in Belize to Coach National Men’s Team for FIBA Qualifier
    Former NBA athlete, Milt Palacio is in Belize to train the national men’s basketball team which has just been formed to compete against teams from the region in the Central [...]

    Cops Awarded for Long Service
    In the month of June, the Ministry of Public Service observed ‘public service month’ and honored those who have been working for a long time in the public service. The [...]

    A Volleyball Camp at Gateway Youth Center
    Summer camps are getting in full swing all over the city. At the Gateway Youth Center today, at least twenty youths converged to participate in a sport which they hope [...]

    World Population Day is Observed in the Jewel
    World Population Day is observed internationally on July eleventh and seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.  It was established by the then-Governing Council of [...]

    LOVE FM

    21-year-old killed in Orange Walk Town
    A young man is dead after he was shot last night in Orange Walk Town. 21-year-old Albert Vargas Junior was targeted and shot several times sometime after seven o’clock while he sat in a vehicle near a food stand along the Belize Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town. He was rushed to the Northern Regional …

    BTV condemns statement made by Minister of Foreign Affairs
    The Belize Territorial Volunteers strongly condemns the statement made last week by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington. In speaking about the upcoming referendum and the awareness campaign, Elrington said “if you don’t say yes to the ICJ, “you are crazy”. He further stated that it is only persons “in their right minds who would …

    National AIDS Commission holds workshop
    Earlier this year, a study was conducted in order to determine the population size that is living with HIV/AIDS. The study was made possible through the Global Fund Grant at a cost of one-hundred-fifty-thousand US dollars. The University of Alabama and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition conducted the study. Today was the first session in …

    Tourists arrivals soars
    The Statistical Institute of Belize’s latest report showed that tourism was responsible for driving the economy. The Belize Tourism Board concurred that finding with their latest statistics released for the first half of the year. The numbers show that tourism arrivals to Belize continue on a consistent upward trend at groundbreaking levels. For the month …

    Suleyman Gokce is Turkey’s new Ambassador to Belize
    His Excellency Suleyman Gokce is Turkey’s new Ambassador to Belize. On Monday, Gökçe presented his Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Belize His Excellency Sir Colville Young while on a one-day trip to Belize. During his trip to Belize Ambassador Gokce met with several government officials including Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, the …

    PlusTV

    Another Oil Spill in Spanish Lookout
    Failing pipe line infrastructure from Belize Natural Energy is environmentally impacting several parts the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout. Over the weekend, Plus News received images of what appeared to be a Crude oil leak in the Spanish Lookout community. After contacting several community ...

    Alberto Vargas shot and killed
    A 21 year old was shot to death while sitting in a vehicle in front of a food stall on the Belize Corozal Road. Reports are that 21 year old Alberto Vargas Jr. was seated in the front passenger seat of a dark green Ford Escape vehicle, driven at the time by Jose Medina , who had recently picked up a...

    Missing High School teacher found safe
    A Belmopan High school Teacher went missing for several hours last night, before she was found alive and safe. Family members of Glenise Williams took to social media last night to seek the Public’s assistance in locating the High School teacher who did not return home lastnight after a trip to Beli...

    Woman shot in Queen Square
    A 34 year old woman is the latest Belize City shooting victim. Reports are that sometime around 8 o’clock last night, 34 year old Ambrosa Bernandez was socializing at an alley mouth in Queen Square, along with 4 other women and several children, when a lone gun man pulled up, dismounted his bi...

    BTV condemns bias referendum Campaign
    Is the Government of Belize planning to conduct a bias ICJ Referendum Educational Campaign in order to influence a ‘yes’ vote? The Belize Territorial Volunteers believes that is the case. BTV issued a press release today strongly condemning certain comments made by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington...

    Group walking in Ladyville robbed
    A group of individuals were robbed of numerous personal items while walking in Ladyville last night. According to reports, 32-year-old Shaniva Arnold was walking with several others on Egbert Quilter Street around 9:30 lastnight when two male persons, one of whom had a firearm, robbed them of their ...

    Prominent San Pedrano arrested in police raid
    A prominent San Pedro figure was reportedly arrested during a joint police operation on the island early Saturday morning. According to 7 News, Police officers raided the property of Pedro Moses Campos in the San Juan Area. The media house reported that more than two dozen people, and possibly as ma...

    prominent
    Former UDP City Councilor, Phillip Willoughby, is reportedly being sidelined by the UDP. Two weeks ago, Willoughby placed his name as a candidate to represent the party in Port Loyola as standard bearer in the 2020 elections. However, News Five has reported that Willoughby is...

    Turkey’s Ambassador presents credentials
    Turkey’s Ambassador-designate to Belize H.E.Süleyman Gökçe presented his Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan on Monday. According to a release issued by the Government of Belize, Ambassador Gökçe met with...

    The Reporter

    SHOOTING REPORTED IN LAKE I AREA
    A man was reportedly shot in the Lake Independence area of Belize City sometime after 7:00 tonight. The Reporter understands that the victim, 41, was shot in the left side of his back, the left side of his abdomen and left foot.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Western Regional Hospital gets new expansion to its Accident and Emergency Unit
    On Monday, July 9, 2018, an official opening for the expansion to the Accident and Emergency […]

    Woman hit in Belize city shooting
    A Belize city woman was shot last night around 7:50 in the Queen Square area. […]

    Reid Park Zoo vet team assists Belize zookeepers
    The Hopkins Belize Humane Society, in collaboration with the Belize Zoo, facilitated a training initiative […]

    Belizean cuisine represented at Taste of Chicago food festival
    Belize’s rich culinary experience is being represented at this year’s annual Taste of Chicago food festival, […]

    Alberto Vargas executed last night in Orange Walk
    Orange Walk police are investigating the murder of a young shop assistant. According to police, […]

    Taiwan’s Foreign Minister to visit Belize
    Belize and Taiwan continue to enjoy bilateral relations. The Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Joseph Wu […]

    US military practices aviation drills off coast of Belize
    The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which conducts frequent training and humanitarian activities in Belize, hosted […]

    Die-alysis – The High Cost of Renal Failure in Belize
    The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

    Blogs

    Ko’ox Tanah…let’s go home
    For nearly two years, I’d been envisioning my return home. My head has been filled with fantasies of hot corn tortillas straight from the firehearth, maybe some local chicken escabeche, definitely bollos, k’ol, fresh local eggs, and a walk or two up and down the hills before going back for round two. I mean, doesn’t everyone pretty much regress to gluttony when they go back home? Okay, so I also wanted to catch up with family friends, hang out with some of my cousins who went from diaper buddies to pretty cool grown-ups. Oh, and there was this event happening called “Uh P’eh Ki’n Ich Tanah” – A Day in San Antonio. Thanks to Tropic Air, my arrival took little time with a direct flight to Maya Flats. A cab and short bus ride later, and I was back in my natal village.

    Join Us Now: Defend Cayo Rosario and Protect What Makes Belize Special
    What if someone wanted to dredge tens of thousands of tons of sand from Belize’s Hol Chan Marine Reserve? An area laboriously added to the marine reserve only a few years ago to be protected forever as a nursery for our barrier reef and habitat for the prized permit. An area that supports all of us on this island either directly or indirectly. What if they wanted to attempt to compete with Jamaica or Fiji by building a massive off-island dock with over 50 over-the-water structures right in the middle of that marine park? You might think that is ridiculous. Why would we compete with those countries?

    Wild With Wanderlust
    After much debate over possible honeymoon destinations, my wife and I decided that Belize was a perfect choice. It hosts the perfect combination of breathtaking scenery, miles of sandy shoreline and countless excursions to explore and take in what this truly beautiful country has to offer. Once we had made our decision to make the trip to Belize, the next question was, where in Belize? I have to admit, I had some preconceived notions about Belize that stemmed from a cruise trip I had taken years prior. Belize was the first stop on the cruise destination itinerary and we were informed that Belize was currently in the middle of serious social conflict, making it more dangerous for tourists. They suggested not leaving the ship to explore on your own, only recommending sticking with a guided excursion.

    Tasty Fruits to Try in Belize
    Ok, fruit-lovers, I’ve compiled a list of the top fruits to eat in Belize and I’m sure you’ll thank me for it. These juicy and delicious fruits can be found at local farmers’ markets, small convenience stores, and food vendors on bicycles. Most restaurants also serve fruit-platters during breakfast so make sure to ask for it in the mornings. But no matter where you get it, fruit in Belize is always good and fresh! Here are 20 must-have Belizean fruits:

    Placencia Lobsterfest 2018, new location, perfect weather, perfect energy!
    Lobsterfest is in full swing every weekend around this time every year. Both San Pedro and Placencia (and Caye Caulker has one too) go NUTS for the opening of Lobster season, and it is really, really endearing - everyone gets into it, bartenders wear lobster hats, the steel drum music, the crowds - just super fun, and if you've never experienced it - you really want to be here for it next year. In fact you can make both festivals by splitting your time. This year, In Placencia, there was a bit of controversy as the location changed (and the village is not a big fan of change :)) and because there are some serious limitations on land to use for a festival, the land that was finally chosen was by the pier. In order to get the mass amount of tents etc there - a tree had to be cut down.

    BEST BEACHES IN BELIZE
    Simply put, Belize has been blessed by a bounty of beautiful beaches. Belize enjoys more than 200 miles (380 kilometers) of beaches along its Caribbean coast, ensuring a more than ample supply of white sandy beaches for both locals and tourists to enjoy. In addition, Belize has more than 200 offshore islands located on the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest coral reef system in the world. In Belize, islands are known as cayes (pronounced "keys"), and most are located within just a few miles of the mainland. The beaches of Belize both offshore and on the mainland are popular places to enjoy a wide number of activities, including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, and standup paddling. A combination of white sand and crystal clear waters make the beaches of Belize some of the country's greatest natural attractions.

    6 TOP BELIZE SPA & WELLNESS GETAWAYS
    Whether it is north, south or west of Belize, a little rest and relaxation at a destination spa is always an exquisite idea and therapeutic treat. Imagine yourself, for an indulgent moment, getting pampered in a secluded plot of beach, or getting the royal treatment at a boutique spa where the jungle provides the perfect backdrop for some well-deserved R&R. Spa goers and lovers are finding that, year round - Belize offers tons of recreational alternatives and excellent doses of tropical sunshine making the country an attractive option for relaxation and wellness. We have compiled a list of six choice spas from all around Belize to help you rejuvenate your mind, body, soul when on vacation!

    10 Gorgeous Birds You Are Likely To See On Your Belize Vacation
    With more than 600 different bird species recorded in Belize, it can be difficult to decide a top 10 list of the most beautiful. Belize's pristine landscapes of mountain forests, wetlands, offshore islands, rainforests, and jungle make it an ideal location for birds to thrive, including several rare and endangered species. Here is our list of the top 10 most gorgeous birds in Belize:

    Celebrity Spotting: Kate Del Castillo "La Reyna Del Sur" In Belize
    In recent years, Belize has become a popular vacation spot for celebrities. Everyone ranging from the Trump daughters to top Hollywood stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Francis Ford Coppola have been spotted in the country. And now, Kate Del Castillo, "La Reina del Sur", has arrived in Belize. Kate del Castillo is a popular Mexican actress known for her roles in various soap operas and a strange online relationship with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, but it was her lead role in the hit movie La Reina del Sol that made her an international celebrity. Kate del Castillo played the role of Teresa Mendoza, a young Mexican woman who claws her way up to become the most powerful drug trafficker in Spain. According to rumors, Kate is in now in Belize in order to shoot some scenes for a sequel movie, La Reina Del Sol 2.

    New York Times Praises Belize
    The New York Times, which despite recent controversy remains one of the most widely read newspapers in the United States, recently lauded Belize for its conservation efforts in protecting the Belize Barrier Reef. Measuring more than 200 miles long, the Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef system in the world, second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The Belize Barrier Reef was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 but was classified as being "in danger" due to decades of mismanagement and exploitative fishing practice. In June 2018, the United Nations declared that the reef was being removed from its "World Heritage Sites in Danger" list.

    Belize City, Belize
    Belize City is definitely one of the most interesting and lively places in the country. While the rest of Belize is largely rural and composed of small villages, Belize City feels like a huge metropolis even though its population of around 75,000 people is relatively small compared to other cities. Originally known as Belize Town, Belize City was founded in 1638 by English loggers on a site formerly known as Holzuz to the ancient Maya. In its more than 400 years of existence, Belize City has been home to smugglers, pirates, loggers, and a motley assortment of people fleeing war in other countries. Belize City also served as the colonial capital and seat of the British Empire in Central America. In 1970, the capital was transferred to Belmopan, but it took more than three decades for many countries to transfer their embassies.

    Top 5 Things To Do in Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
    Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve — known as “Pine Ridge” to locals — was established in 1944 to protect and manage the native Belizean pine forest since the area is very different from the other forests in Belize. The landscape features rolling pine forest spread over smooth, granite hillsides. Unfortunately, about two decades ago, Pine Ridge suffered a pine beetle infestation and it is still in the process of fully recovering to its once majestic splendor. However, the area is still pretty spectacular and it is one of the top spots to visit when in Western Belize. So if you’re looking for a fun day trip, go to Pine Ridge! The area offers a variety of things to do such as birdwatching, swimming, caving, and trekking Maya ruins.

    International Sourcesizz

    Take a week-long chocolate tour in Belize with Enna Grazier Pack your bags
    In Season 1, Episode 7 of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown,” we find him climbing into valleys and up steep hills in Peru in search of cacao beans growing wild in the jungle. He’d been introduced to high-end bean-to-bar chocolate by his friend chef Eric Ripert when the duo made their own chocolate bars, selling them for $18 a pop. In true Bourdain-style, he needed to poke a little fun at this luxury enterprise, but also ask himself some tough questions. And so Eric and Anthony went off to find the source of this wild cacao from Peru, and thanks to a trip organized by Enna Grazier of Enna Chocolate in Epping, 20 lucky chocolate lovers (or just those of you who like a good adventure) can learn all about where some of the best chocolate in the world comes from in a country a bit easier to get to - Belize. Her Cacao Origins Adventure Trip runs from Feb. 23 to March 2, 2019, and will be held at beautiful Cotton Tree Lodge in the Toledo District, the heart of Belizean cacao farming and production.

    Believers build stage, kitchen and relationships in Belize
    The mission team, consisting of members of both Whitehouse First Assembly and Cornerstone or Rowlett, assisted the Preserving Grace Church in Belize during their trip which took place June 23-29. Two dozen members of WFA, along with 11 members of Cornerstone, a church in Rowlett, left on Saturday, June 23, traveling to a community outside Spanish Lookout in Belize. The goals were many, but all had the same focus, to build relationships with people in the area and further the spread of the good news of the gospel.

    Kate del Castillo Spotted Filming ‘La Reina del Sur’ Season 2 in Belize
    Mexican actress Kate del Castillo must never sleep because she has projects coming out of nowhere. It’s been two weeks since Netflix revealed the first trailer for season two of her Spanish-language drama series Ingobernable, which sees del Castillo’s “first lady-turned-wanted criminal” continue her journey to clear her name. Now, pictures are popping up from fans in Belize announcing del Castillo’s arrival in the country to film part two of her other series, the novela La Reina del Sur. In the original Spanish-language version, Del Castillo plays the lead role of Teresa Mendoza, a young Mexican woman drawn into the cartel lifestyle who eventually becomes the drug queen of southern Spain. Excitement is high for del Castillo’s arrival in Belize as fans on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook were posting pictures of the actress at the airport, as well as filming locations throughout the area. It’s unclear how long production will be there.

    Wu leads delegation on visit to Belize
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu is today to lead a Taiwanese delegation on a six-day visit to two of the nation’s Central American allies, El Salvador and Belize, the ministry said in a press release yesterday. Wu is to tell high-level government officials from the two countries the importance that President Tsai Ing-wen attaches to Taiwan’s relations and cooperative programs with them, the ministry said. The trip was arranged at the invitation of Salvadoran Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Castaneda and Belizean Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, it said.

    Whale sharks gather at a few specific locations around the world – now we know why
    The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, but much of its lifecycle remains shrouded in mystery. These gentle giants gather in just a handful of places around the globe – something which has long baffled scientists – but our new research has started to explain why. Better understanding of whale shark movements could help prevent further population loss in a species that has already experienced a 63% population decline over the past 75 years. When swimming solo, the whale shark, which can grow up to 18.8 metres in length and 34 tons in weight, travels all over the world. Recently, a group of scientists tracked the remarkable journey of one whale shark across the Pacific from Panama to the Philippines. At more than 12,000 miles it proved to be one of the longest migrations ever recorded. Yet whale sharks are known to come together at just a few specific locations around the world. Anything from ten to 500 whale sharks may gather at any one time in areas off the coasts of Australia, Belize, the Maldives, Mexico and more.

    Videos

  • Rainforest Birds and 19 minutes of Bird Songs in Belize , 19min. Recorded in Belize central America.

  • Sugar Fest, 1.5min. Sugar Fest is back this Saturday July 14th with new activities: kite competition, karoake for kids & adults, Garifuna drummers' presentation, giant ring toss, giant jenga and new attractions for plant lovers, health and fitness and photo enthusiasts! Let's not forget our signature events including: marching band performance, our popular kids' corner, clown performance - starring Ozzy the clown, live performance by Caribbean Roots, muscle man competition, mechanical booth, dunnkin' booth and of our course our annual paint paati! See you all on Saturday!

  • San Ignacio Market day with my friend in Belize, min.

  • Bocawina Zipline in Belize, 3.5min. My adventure at Bocawina Rainforest & Adventures started off being guided over a small suspension bridge to eight different zip lining platforms, all varying in height from several feet to over 50ft. The zip lines also vary in length from 500 feet, to the longest zip line in the country at over 2,200 feet. Zipping through the jungle canopy and the view the rain forest was amazing, and allowed for a view of the jungle from whole new perspective.

  • Bocawina Waterfall Rapell in Belize, 21min. This was part 2 of my adventure at Bocawina Rainforest & Adventures, after zip lining. My wife and I hiked out to the waterfall and each rappelled down the waterfall before taking a dip in the pool below.

  • Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation 2018, 3min. This is a short video I made for the 2018 Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation study abroad trip! I can't recommend this trip highly enough.

  • Belize Research Trip June 16-25, 2018, min. Coral Reef Ecology, Universioty of North Carolina. If you'd like to skip the talking, traveling begins at 3:10. Snorkeling begins at 4:29. Scuba diving begins at 11:06. The last ten minutes are project discussion.

  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recognizes July 11th as World Population Day, 36min.

  • Fultec Systems Limited and Dell, 27min.

  • The Belize Coders Academy is offering a series of technology based summer programs, 14min.

  • Families are the fundamental units in society, 39min.

  • Hello Body Belize - Organic skin Treatment Body Oils, 26min.

  • Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation - The official 2018 Spartan Classic, 23min.

  • INTO THE JUNGLE - BELIZE 2018, 7min. Field work in Belize

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    Environment
    07/12/18 12:21 PM
    The public is advised that on June 15th, 2018, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration Senator Hon. Godwin Hulse signed the Forests (Protection of Mangroves) Regulations 2018, which replaces the regulations in force at the time of signing.
    The new Mangroves Regulations, which went through an arduous process of discussion and consultation, come into effect on June 23rd, 2018 upon publication in the Gazette.

    The new Mangroves Regulations place greater emphasis on the management and conservation of mangroves in critical areas on the mainland and on the cayes. They also recognize the significance of mangroves as an important feature of our coastline and cayes - the role they play in coastline protection, contribution to our economy, and their aesthetic, ecological and environmental values and functions - and incorporate these intrinsic values to inform the decision-making process for alteration requests. The new Regulations also provide for an improved application process for alteration permits, institute a new systematic fee system, and strengthen penalties and fines to deter illegal mangrove alteration.

    The Ministry will be conducting sessions to educate the public and key stakeholders on the various sections of the Mangrove Regulations. A copy of the new Regulations will be publicly available upon publication in the Gazette. Digital copies will also be made available on the Ministry’s website.
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