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3 year old girl and man killed in Burrell Boom Accident
There are three more deaths to add to the growing list of traffic fatalities; so far, there have been at least fifteen accidents since the beginning of the year in [...]

Ontario resident perishes in fatal accident in Camalote
Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of death, and unfortunately an Ontario family is grieving the loss of a loved one. A third fatality occurred on Sunday, involving a [...]

A four-car pileup along the Boom Road
Just a few moments prior to the deadly traffic accident which claimed the lives of three year old Ashley Silva and twenty year old Linbert Tucker, there was a four [...]

Laura Esquivel-Frampton pushed out of B.T.B.
There is a breaking story in the B.T.B. and that is Laura Esquivel-Frampton, the high profile daughter of former Prime Minister, Manuel Esquivel is resigning from the post of Director [...]

Investigations continue into Immigration Scandal
Speculation about the pending arrest of former Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration Elvin Penner ran wild and free over the long weekend. On Friday, News Five was informed [...]

Belize City man found murdered in the cab of a truck
The long weekend was filled with tragedy but no murders. Unfortunately, the inadvertent moratorium on murders did not last, and just after eight this morning Police Detectives from Precinct Two [...]

Police still looking for accused murderer, Gabino Garnett Jr.
San Ignacio Police remain on the lookout for Gabino Garnett Jr., the man they believe is responsible for the fatal stabbing of twenty-year-old Earl Baizar on Friday morning.  The Dangriga [...]

Quarrel in the U.D.P.; Councilor Willoughby forgives Herman Longsworth
Last week Thursday, U.D.P. Minister of State Herman Longsworth accused Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega of undermining him to benefit Belize City Councilor Phillip Willoughby – basically stealing his idea [...]

Senior Magistrate Shona Griffith elevated to the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has been operating under staffing constraints in the complement of judges since the double blow of losing Justices Oswell Legall last May and Justice Rita Joseph-Olivetti in [...]

Kirk Smith Jr. acquitted of murder
Twenty-two year old Kirk Smith Jr., who has been on remand for almost four years walked free late this afternoon from a charge of murder.   Smith was accused of [...]

Oliver Peters arraigned for his uncle’s murder
While Smith has been freed of a murder charge, thirty-seven year old Oliver Peters has been arraigned for murder. Peters is accused of stabbing his uncle to the left side [...]

Former P.U.P. minister, Louis “Coz” Sylvestre, passes
Former P.U.P. minister, Louis “Coz” Sylvestre, passed last Thursday after ailing for years. A memorial service will be held this coming Friday; and today, while acknowledging his contributions, the People’s [...]

NICH issues last call for Belize International Film Festival entries
The National Institute of Culture and History through the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts has issued last calls for entries for the 2014 Belize International Film Festival. While the [...]

Dr. Billie Jean Young in the jewel for women’s month
Actor, activist, poet, and educator, Doctor Billie Jean Young is here in the jewel in celebration of Women’s Month. The Women’s Issues Network Belize (WIN-Belize) has planned several activities for [...]

Belize Bank Team and Western Ballaz top weekend competitions in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The 17th running of the Annual Belikin La Ruta Maya attracted 68 canoes as the Mopan River tossed to [...]

CTV3

Double Suicide On Stadium Street In Orange Walk Town
And here at home Orange Walk Police are tonight investigating two separate incidents of suicide, both which occurred last night approximately an hour and half from each other. In the first incident authorities were called to the residence of Evelia Pech on Stadium Street around 9:30pm. There they saw the lifeless body of 36-year-old Edwardo Pech, businessman of the same address. Pech’s body was observed lying face up with no signs of visible injuries. Preliminary investigations revealed that Pech was out socializing with friends and after a while he left and went home. It was around 9:25p.m when his mother, Evelia Pech, found him hanging from a rope tied to a 2X4 beam at the back of an enclosed shed located adjacent to the family’s house. The authorities do not suspect foul play.

Elijah Miller Found Guilty Of Manslaugther
On Friday we told you about Elijah Miller who was tried at the Northern session of the Supreme Court for the murder of his then two year old stepson. Miller was accused of beating 2 year old Ezekiel Tejeda to death on July 1st, 2009. The case, which was heard before Supreme Court Judge Herbert Lord, entered into deliberation on Friday with a jury of twelve. When we left you on Friday the jury was still deliberating. But today we can confirm that at the end of deliberation the jury found Miller guilty of Manslaughter. Miller was remanded to the Hattieville Prison pending sentencing hearing on March 27th.

Three Political Endorsement In Orange Walk Town
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has said that the only elections bound to happened any time soon is the municipal elections and vehemently added that his administration is in for the long haul. Despite his confidence, the PUP has begun oiling its machinery and over the weekend endorsed three standard bearers in the Orange Walk District. They are Standard Bearer for Orange Walk Central John Briceno, Standard Bearer for Orange Walk East, Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez and standard bearer for Orange Walk South, Jose Abelardo Mai. Our newsteam was there to catch highlights of the event and bring you the following report. Carmelita Perez – Reporting PUP party supporters joined current area representatives for Orange Walk Central John Briceno, Orange Walk East, Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez and Orange Walk South, Jose Abelardo Mai in the endorsement ceremony held at the Crystal Palace Auditorium on Saturday March 8th.

Director Of B.T.B. Resigns From Her Post
The Director of the Belize Tourism Board Laura Esquivel Frampton has resigned from her post. That’s the news coming out of the BTB tonight. But was it something Frampton was pushed into doing? Apparently she was. CTV3 News was able to obtain the copy of a letter dated March 5th 2014 directed to the Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Jr., by the members of BTB’s Executive Management team. In a nut shell, the first paragraph of the letter states that after several meetings held with Minister Heredia, past and present chairmen of the board, board of directors, and the CEO of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the team is making an official grievance their dissatisfaction and to put forward a vote of no confidence against Frampton. The letter states and we quote, ‘The vote of no confidence is based on the evolving discussions that we, the undersigned, have had over the past year with you (Heredia) and those outlined which have delineated three major concerns. The first major area of concern is leadership.

Police Makes major Drug Bust In Xaibe Village
Corozal authorities made a major drug bust in Village of Xaibe over the Baron Bliss holiday weekend. While many enjoyed quality time with their families, authorities in that municipality report that in the wee hours of Sunday morning, equipped with a search warrant approached the residence of 66 year old Gregorio Villamil Sr. where on arrival they encountered two houses on the same lot. Two of which would reveal illicit activities occurring. Police searched inside a Pimenta house with zinc roof and present at the time were Roberto Rodrigo Villamil, Francisco Aguilar Jr. and Luis Angel Villamil. The search led to the discovery of (1) corn chips plastic bag containing green leafy vegetable substance and (1) piece of paper containing within green leafy vegetable substance suspected cannabis. At the station the drugs were weighed and amounted to 61.7grams. The trio were subsequently arrested and charged for the offence of Drug Trafficking.

Pictorial Exhibition In Memory Of Hugo Chavez
Today a pictorial exhibition was opened at the Banquitas House of Culture to honour the more humanitarian side of the late Hugo Chavez Frias, former president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Born Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías on July 28th 1954 in Sabaneta, Venezuela, Hugo Chávez was the son of schoolteachers. Chavez became president in 1999 and was widely known for his reform efforts and strong opinions as president of Venezuela. Chávez discovered that he had cancer in June 2011, and subsequently underwent three surgeries. He eventually acknowledged the severity of his illness and he passed on March fifth 2013 at the age of 58 in Venezuela. The exhibition is being promoted by the Venezuelan Government and is titled “Por Aqui Paso Chavez”. Ambassador of Venezuela to Belize, Yoel Perez Marcano told us more about the small exhibition.

C.C.C. Students Hangs Herself
Over the holiday weekend, a total of three suicides were recorded in the Northern districts; one in Corozal, a 13 year old female student and two in Orange Walk, both male persons. On Friday, 13 year old Frances Diana Salam a Corozal Community College student from Santa Rita Area, Corozal Town, was found dead at the back of her residence hanging from a rope. Police investigations have revealed that at around 4:15pm, PC Sotero Salam, attached to the Special Branch arrived at home along with his wife and two daughters ten and twelve years of age respectively.

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Remanded for Assaulting Wife with Firearm
Twenty-seven year old Floyd Jones was remanded to Belize Central Prison today when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and using threatening words. Jones pled not guilty to the charges. Senior magistrate Fraser explained to him that the court cannot offer him any bail because of the firearm offence. She remanded him into custody until April 30. The incident occurred on January 22 in Hattieville. Jones’ wife reported to the police that Jones slapped her in her face with a firearm and threatened to kill her. Jones’ troubles were not over yet. He was brought back to court, this time before magistrate Dale Cayetano, and he was charged with common assault. He pled not guilty to that charge and he was offered a bail of three thousand dollars and his case was adjourned until May 5. Jones’ wife reported to the police that while she was inside Green Iguana Lodge in Hattieville Jones came up to her and slapped her.

7-Year Jail Sentence for Stolen Bicycle
Nineteen year old Eutychus Nunez, an unemployed of Mahogany Street, was sentenced to a total of seven years today by Senior magistrate Sharon Fraser after he pled guilty to robbing a bicycle from a 17 year old boy and causing harm to him. Nunez was sentenced to six years for robbery and one year for harm. Senior magistrate Fraser stipulated that the sentences are to run consecutively. The incident occurred around 3:45 p.m. on March 6. The boy reported to the police that he was riding his black beach cruiser bicycle on Princess Margaret Drive when two persons rode up beside him and one of them asked him for a dollar. The boy said he refused and that was when one of them punched him to the left side of his face and caused him to fall. The boy told police that they both rode away with one of them towing his bicycle. The police launched an investigation which resulted in the recovery of the bicycle and the detention of Nunez. The second suspect has not been arrested yet.

Griffith Appointed as Justice of Supreme Court
Hon. Madam Justice Shona Griffith is a new justice of the Supreme Court. She was sworn in today by the Chief Justice Hon. Kenneth Benjamin. Justice Griffith will work in the civil jurisdiction and will be doing the same work as Justice Rita Olivetti. Justice Griffith was a senior magistrate at the magistrate Court in Belize for a little over 2 years. She is a Guyanese national who holds a master degree in law which she obtained from the University of London. She is a graduate of Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad.

Student Fined After Going on Joyride
Twenty-two year old Clarine Estrada, a student, was fined a total of one thousand five hundred dollars today by Magistrate Dale Cayetano after she pled guilty to taking a conveyance and damage to property. She was given until July 31 to pay the fines. If she defaults on payment she will serve 18 months. She was also ordered to pay 800 dollars in compensation for the damage that was done to the left rear passenger side of the vehicle. The incident occurred on March 8. Estrada’s boyfriend, Akeem Theus gave her the keys for 2002 Nissan pick-up that he was driving for the company he worked for. He told her to get some cigarettes that were in the vehicle. But instead she drove away. Police later found Estrada along with two other occupants in the vehicle in Ladyville. Estrada managed to get away from the police. However, she later turned herself in. The vehicle is the property of Raymond Charley Sr and it has a value of eighteen thousand dollars.

Sunday Morning Accident Proves Fatal in Western Belize
22-year-old Jose Martinez of Ontario Village died as a result of a traffic accident on the George Price Highway on Sunday morning. Police say when they visited Camalotte Village they saw Martinez’ body on the highway as well as a red four door Isuzu Rodeo parked on the highway with damages to its front portion and a red motorcycle extensively damaged. 53-year-old Anthony Polonio was driving his vehicle from the direction of San Ignacio to Belmopan when upon reaching between miles fifty and fifty one there was a collision with the cycle driven by Martinez. Martinez sustained head and body injuries and died on the spot.

Belize’s Main Opposition Party Remembers Louis Sylvestre
The People’s United Party has extended sympathies to the family of Louis Sylvester. As we mentioned last week Sylvester died at the Karl heusner Memorial Hospital. In its release the PUP says Sylvestre served as a PUP Representative in Rural Belize from 1957 to 1984 under the leadership of the Rt. Hon. George Price. During that period he served in different capacities as a Member of the Cabinet. The PUP says Sylvester was a humble, “people’s man”, whose contributions to politics and development in Belize will not be forgotten.

PM Travels for Heads of Government Meeting
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where he is attending the CARICOM heads of Government meeting. The Prime Minister is expected back home on Thursday. In his absence Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega is acting Prime Minister.

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13 year old commits suicide in Corozal Town
A total of three reported suicides took place in the Northern Districts of Corozal and Orange Walk over the weekend. The first incident, occurred on Friday March 7th, in the Santa Rita Area, Corozal Town, at the residence of Police Constable No. 1146 Sotero Salam attached to the Special...

Vehicle Slams into Belmopan Store
On Monday morning, a car rammed into a Chinese convenience store called ’99′ located in the Picini area, Belmopan, causing extensive damage. Luckily enough, no one was hurt, though it did put back the proprietor, Zi Qiang, several hundred dollars in expenses. However, he told us that they are...

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Belize’s Biggest Sporting Event: La Ruta Maya River Challenge Ends Yesterday in Belize City
And DANG, yesterday was a hot one in Belize’s largest city. La Ruta Maya is a torturous (my own word) 180 mile, 4 day canoe race across Belize on the Belize Old River – an important trade route for the Maya between cities like Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Altun Ha and the Caribbean Sea. SERIOUSLY impressive the tv and radio folk that were talking for hours and hours doing play by play for a canoe race. I mean…it has its moments for sure…but man…there is no way I could keep that conversation going. I decided to test my press credentials/see if I could sweet talk my way into the press area on the side of the river. The Belize Defense Force was kitted out in half camoflauge/half Belikin t-shirts and not letting many pass into the press zone. They are in charge of the official times, safety and standings of Ruta Maya.

Belize Celebrates Baron Bliss Day
With the Red Baron, Baron Barracuda (for those of you who remember the kids’ show “Under the Sea”) and many other notables, there has been an assortment of, shall we say, interesting barons. But not many as interesting, and as cool, as Baron Bliss. And Belize has some very interesting holidays, and today we commemorate Baron Bliss Day in honour of Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, 4th Baron Bliss, commonly known as Baron Bliss. Born on February 16 1869 and living a very interesting life until he passed away March 9th 1926 aboard his yacht anchored off Belize City, Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, was an English traveller and adventurer who willed nearly two million Belize Dollars a trust fund for the benefit of the citizens of what was then the colony of British Honduras, now known and loved as Belize. Born Henry Edward Ernest Victor Barretts, he lived in England in Buckinghamshire as a youth, an engineer by trade. At some point in his adult life, inherited the title 4th Baron Bliss of the Kingdom of Portugal, from an ancestor.

Ride for the Children of Belize
The Challenge Gobie Foundation is having a bike ride to fundraise for the pediatric intensive care unit at KHMH. It starts in Punta Gorda on Friday the 14th, at 6:00pm. The finish line is at Caribbean Tire in Belmopan. They'll have a booth there where you can get t-shirts and bike raffle tickets. Good luck, Gobie! Have fun riding in that dog suit. You can register here: Registration Form

Color Purple at Screen on the Green
The Color Purple is the movie being played at this month's Screen on the Green. It's Thursday, March 13th, at 6:00pm, at the Governor General Field in Belmopan. "The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name. Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture."

The Sixth Round of CARICOM-Canada Negotiations
The sixth round of negotiations for CARICOM-Canada Trade and Investment Agreement was held at Knutsford Court in Kingston, Jamaica from the 3rd of March to the 8th of March, 2014. Director General of the Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN), Ms. Gail Mathurin, welcomed the delegation and explained that the sixth round of negotiation would be done in a two-part series with the second half reconvening at the beginning of April in Ottawa. The sixth round of negotiations covered topics of Trade-Related Agricultural Cooperation, Trade in Services and Investment, Financial Services, Investment, Intellectual Property and Innovation, Institutional Issues and Dispute Settlement and Environment.

ReefCI working with the local school kids!
ReefCI and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have recently partnered up to target primary level schools around Punta Gorda Town. Our focus is Educational Outreach/Programs on environmental issues affecting freshwater sheds and the Marine Coral Reef Ecosystem. The initial objective is to focus on garbage disposal and recycling. Through this initiative, Ms. Emi Yamaguchi (JICA) and myself, Mr. Jason Guy (Marine Biologist), are collaborating with the Punta Gorda Town Council, Solid Waste Management Authority and the Department of the Environment. Our aim is to educate and get students actively involved in the intended objective of proper garbage disposal, recycling and on solid waste management on a whole. The first joint presentation was conducted on Wednesday March 5th at the PG Methodist School. Belize is celebrating Reef Week this week and the theme is “Our food; our jobs; our pride and joy: our reef!”

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Best White Rum
Rum is a sugar cane distilled spirit that is directly influenced by terroir, tradition and technique. Sugar cane can be grown anywhere in the world that hosts a tropical climate. But the Caribbean is considered the predominant producer of rum. White rum is also known as "silver" or "light" rum. It is light-bodied, light in color and lightly sweet in flavor. As is all rum, white rum is produced from sugarcane juice and molasses, and normally has a short distillation period. But unlike gold, dark and aged rums which are matured in charred oak casks, white rum is mellowed in plain oak casks or stainless steel tanks for about a year, then filtered. By aging the spirit in this way, the final product remains clear. Rhum Agricole is produced mainly in the French West Indies. The main ingredient is sugarcane, with a tasting profile defined by dry, grassy notes. This differs from rums produced from molasses with sweeter, vanilla flavors. Gold: Travellers Classic White (Belize) Nose: Banana, tropical fruit, apricot, elderflower, almond, subtle vegetal. Palate: Vanilla, subtle cocoa, buttery, banana, fig, marzipan, nutty, toasty notes, flowery, cherry blossom, rose, charcoal. Finish: Floral, clean, short.

The Placencia Condos & Residences as the Top Belize Destination for March 2014
bestretirementdestinations.com has declared The Placencia Condos & Residences as the top Belize retirement destination in the month of March 2014. Retirement destinations destinations are analyzed by the independent research team at bestretirementdestinations.com to uncover which destinations supply the top Belize services. The ratings are reexamined on a monthly basis based on the latest achievements of contending Belize destinations.

Cocaine: the new face of deforestation in Central America
In 2006, Mexico intensified its security strategy, forming an inhospitable environment for drug trafficking organizations (also known as DTOs) within the nation. The drug cartels responded by creating new trade routes along the border of Guatemala and Honduras. Soon shipments of cocaine from South America began to flow through the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (MBC). This multi-national swathe of forest, encompassing several national parks and protected areas, was originally created to protect endangered species, such as Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) and jaguar (Panthera onca), as well as the world's second largest coral reef. Today, its future hinges on the world's drug producers and consumers. Recently, a report in the journal Science by seven researchers working in Central American forests examined the effects of Mexican drug policies on the MBC, urging policy makers to target ecological devastation as an unintended consequence of a skewed emphasis on supply-side drug reduction policies. They highlight this unfortunate side effect of Mexico's successful law enforcement: the deforestation of pristine areas within smaller countries like Honduras and Guatemala, ill-prepared for an influx of drugs.

Belize, a True Caribbean Gem
A tiny country snuggled between Mexico to the North and Guatemala to the south on the Caribbean side of Central America, Belize is a true Caribbean gem with a warm and breezy climate year round. The coolest part of the year is from December to May (the wet season) and the hottest from May to September (the dry season). Belize can be humid as you move inland but by the Caribbean there are beautiful breezes to be found.

Three Belize Getaways
Any experienced scuba diver will have Belize on their shortlist of the best diving destinations in the world. It's home to the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, there are hundreds of islands ("cayes," as they are called locally) that dot the 240-mile coastline and give visitors an abundance of diving opportunities. While there are picturesque white-sand beaches, luxury shopping and vibrant culture on land, there is just as much happening underwater. For most traveling from the US, the best point of entry is to fly directly to Belize City and then head to one of Belize’s largest and most inhabited islands, Ambergris Caye. Ferries run frequently to the island, but one of the most spectacular ways to travel is by small plane. If you're comfortable in a smaller plane (14 seats to be exact) and don't mind the extra expense, this is by far the best and fastest way to travel around Belize.

Taking a break abroad
This spring break, while many students take a breather from classes, some Gamecocks will be getting hands-on health care experience, helping rural villagers and getting a taste for world travel. The service-learning trip to Belize promises to be a life-changing experience for the 24 students. One of 10 study abroad class trips during the weeklong break, “Service learning in Belize, health care in developing countries,” will give students a firsthand look at how a health care system works, the a taste of health care global systems for pre-med or pre-pharmacy students, says Eileen Korpita, director of pre-professional advising and host for the trip. The students will observe doctors working in rural villages in the Central American country, from finding patients to taking medical histories and watching diagnoses to distributing prescriptions. “It gives them a great observational experience for health care. They see a lot more in one week than they have the opportunity to see in the United States typically,” she says.