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Pelican Beach Resort on South Water Caye honored by OUTSIDE Travel Awards 2014
OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has selected Pelican Beach Resort on South Water Caye as an honoree of their annual Travel Awards, which celebrate the top destinations, companies, products, and travel providers—in the U.S. and around the world—that inspire people to participate in an active lifestyle. Pelican Beach’s beach was honored as The Best Beach in the World. The entire list of honorees appear in OUTSIDE’s April issue (on newsstands March 18), and online at This year, OUTSIDE tapped its global network of correspondents, who traveled across America, to Belize, Switzerland, Italy, and beyond, identifying the best new adventures, stunning lakes, gorgeous new lodges and hotels, family vacations, secret getaways, high-tech airports, and foodie hotspots. The result is more than 50 spectacular trips, plus the best travel apps, tour guides, gear, tips for traveling green, and advice for traveling solo. “Whether you’re looking to go big for an expedition, splurge on a luxurious paradise, or plan an epic family trip, OUTSIDE has unearthed fifty travel gems that will inspire you to renew that passport,” said OUTSIDE Editor Chris Keyes.

Presentation of Credentials to the Governor General of Belize
Four ambassadors presented their credentials to the Governor General of Belize His Excellency Sir Colville Young on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. H.E. Yasser Mohamed Ahmed Shaban of Egypt, H.E. Alessandro Busacca of Italy, H.E. Hans-Christian Kint of Belgium, and H.E. Eva Hager of Austria all expressed their pleasure and gratitude to be representing their countries in Belize. Each ambassador expressed in their speech to the Governor General their country’s interest in strengthening relations with Belize. The Governor General graciously and warmly received the credentials and welcomed the ambassadors to Belize

Two multi-million dollar projects inaugurated on Ambergris Caye
Two multi-million dollar projects were inaugurated on Ambergris Caye on Friday March 14th as part of the Sustainable Tourism Project (STP) under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation. The first inauguration ceremony took place for the Bacalar Chico Ecological and Education Center at San Juan Archeological Site in the Baclar Chico Marine Reserve. The second event was for the inauguration of the $5.6 million San Pedro Sunset Boardwalk and Water Taxi Terminal in the docking/embarcadero area of San Pedro Town.

Victim of shooting incident charged by Belize City Police Officers
On Monday, March 17th at around 8:40AM, Belize City Quick Response Team (QRT) along with Special Branch Personnel (Precinct 3) conducted a search on 21-year-old Darrington Lauriano. According to police, Lauriano was standing next to a pickup truck at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) parking lot. He was seen carrying a brown and black knapsack and a large black and grey suitcase; believe to be en route to San Pedro Town. Upon searching Lauriano, police discovered a 9mm Ruger Pistol and a magazine containing eight live rounds. Also found was 196 grams of suspected marijuana. Lauriano was detained and is pending charges for “Kept Firearm and Ammunition without a Gun License” and “Drug Trafficking”.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Boasts New Sunset Board Walk and Water Taxi Terminal
Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Belize Tourism Board, Mr. Einer Gomez delivered the opening remarks for the grandiose occasion followed by the welcome address by Mayor Daniel Guerrero. It was in his speech that Mayor Guerrero proudly announced the name of the newly renovated football field which will now be known as the “Hon. Louis ‘Cuz’ Sylvestre Sports Field”. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation delivered the keynote speech and Mrs. Anneke Jessen delivered some remarks on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank. Mrs. Celi McCorkle gave the closing thoughts “the way it was”; it was a special speech as she reminisced on how the island was before the Sunset Board Walk, how the football field was used, how the “embarcadero” looked like and what its purpose was. Delivering the vote of thanks was Mrs. Tracy Taegar-Panton, CEO Minitry of Tourism. The unveiling of the plaque and ribbon cutting of the Sunset Board Walk Project and Rehabilitation of the Old Football Field was carried out by Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Christy Mastry – Project Director of the STP and CEO Ministry of Tourism Mrs. Tracy Taegar-Panton. Invited guests included Hon. Herman Longsworth – Minister of Sports, Ambassador of The Republic of China (Taiwan) Mr. David Wu, Capitan de Puerto de Chetumal – Mr. Alvaro Flores Parra and Chairman of Caye Caulker Mr. Wayne Miller and councilors to name a few.

25 Years Ago: A Salute to Louis “Cuz” Sylvestre
Just at about the same time in the mid 1960’s, Cuz had the vision of the need of 24-hour electricity for the island as the fishing industry grew, and the tourism industry began to feather. Soon Cuz had his government provide a large generator which provided 24-hour electricity to the delight and well-being of all Sanpedranos. This was to be followed shortly by Cuz’s efforts to bring a full-fledged telephone system to San Pedro. But Cuz did not like to rest for too long. It seemed that action was his middle name. Such was his love for San Pedro. In 1971 something tremendous happened. Cuz persuaded the government of George Price to acquire all of the village of San Pedro which was at the time property of Mr. Jim Blake. The land was acquired and every Sanpedrano who occupied land had the privilege of purchasing that same property for a minimal price. He made Sanpedranos owners of their village. This land distribution worked so beautifully that Cuz followed up with the acquisition of the land from the cemetery all the way to Boca del Rio for more distribution of land which was to become San Juan and Boca Del Rio Subdivisions.

Enjoy A Family Style Dinner at El Fogon Restaurant
El Fogon Restaurant in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, is very well know for serving up rich local food that is packed with flavors typical of homemade Belizean food. The best part is the authentic smoky flavor of the fire hearth that is infused in most of the dishes they prepare. Cooking on an outside fire hearth (fogon) is what makes the restaurant stand out amongst the rest on the island. It’s one of the best places to enjoy local food unique to Belize and also the island of Ambergris Caye. Lunch consists of a diverse selection of dishes that represent the diversity of the Belizean culture. Just recently the restaurant underwent some renovation that included the expansion of the restaurant’s dining area, a new bar and a café. Now El Fogon offers breakfast specials that complement the addition of its café that offers really great coffee, flavored tea (iced or hot), cappuccinos, frappuccinos, and fruit shakes to your heart’s delight. It is a great addition to the restaurant for coffee lovers and those looking for some great fresh smoothies to start off their day. How does hash fish with refried beans and fry jacks sound to you in the morning? Yes! You can get that plus other delectable breakfast specials along with your morning java.

Misc Belizean Sources

Belize Education Excellence Society
I. INTRODUCTION Belize has made great strides in increasing access to primary and secondary education, and in subsidizing the cost of same to families. Many millions have been spent on increasing options for vocational training for those who are not inclined to traditional academic courses. However, there is growing perception that not sufficient is being […]

Gary Seawell back in court for extradition case
AARON HUMES Reporting: Accused drug trafficker Gary Gordon Seawell had his day in court today. He is accused of masterminding a large-scale cocaine moving operation between Belize and the U.S. state of Ohio from 1994 to 1997. But American authorities waited more than nine years to begin the process of extraditing him. They won the […]

Article says Belize is 1 of 10 happiest countries of the world
PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: Belize is one of the 10 happiest countries in the world. That is according to the Wall Street Cheat Sheet, listed as one of the largest financial media companies in the United States. In an online article published today the company’s website uses the role people’s environment plays on their overall […]

Gardening as a way of life in San Marcos village
JUAN CAAL Reporting: Meet Jenny Chuc. She is a resident of San Marcos village in the Toledo district and an avid gardener. Her hard work and dedication to her hobby are what caught our attention and so we decided to have a talk with her. She approaches what she does with an air of excitement […]

The importance of early childhood education
ORANGE WALK BUREAU Reporting: The activities for Child Stimulation Month continue around the country. The month of activities is designed to highlight the importance of early childhood education. Preschools have been in operation for many years in Belize, but many don’t fully understand the purpose of this facility in a child’s education. Many see it […]

Commentary: The Garifuna people are building nationhood beyond borders
From the time the British Crown forcefully removed the Garifuna people from their native homeland “Yurumei”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines, in 1796, life has not been the same for them in all the countries where they live. Today in St Vincent, the few that are left have lost most of their culture due to the decrees passed and enforced by the British, which prohibited them from practicing their culture. They were removed from their fertile land and then forced to live in about 150 acres of non- fertile land. About 2,500 acres of their fertile land was given to the British officers and their elite families for winning the wars against them. Nothing significant has been done by the past governments of St Vincent to improve our people’s living conditions or to help them retrieve their cultural values.

All People Matter
The University of Belize joins with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) this March and proclaim that “All People Matter”. The NASW was formed in 1955 in the United States and is perhaps the single largest organization of professional social workers in the world. The month of March has been declared as the month of the social worker and this year’s theme is “All People Matter”. The University of Belize through the Faculty of Nursing, Allied Health, and Social Work recognizes the contribution of social workers in Belize and shares in the proclamation laid out by the NASW, further inviting all social workers to reflect in their practice and in the progressive strides of the profession in Belize.

World Tuberculosis Day 2014
In an effort to promote awareness, the Ministry of Health will once again join the international community to partner in the campaign for World Tuberculosis Day 2014 on Monday, March 24th. Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by a bacterium that affects the lungs and is characterized by coughing, sneezing and spitting. The Ministry of Health continues to control the prevalence of TB in Belize. In 2013, Belize recorded 129 new cases of Tuberculosis, of these 5 were extra-pulmonary TB (not occurring in the lungs), 26 were co–infections with TB/HIV. The greater number of individuals affected were those between the ages of 20-59, following the same trend as seen in previous years. There were 17 deaths from TB for 2013. The number of facilities with laboratory to screen patients for TB in Belize has been extended to regions across the country.

2 black lab mix, 2 chocolate lab mix, 3 males and 1 female. 3 months old, have 3 sets vaccinations, dewormed, will be spayed and neutered in April by Belmopan Humane Society. Adoption fee $50. Potential owners must have safe, secure fenced area. Other dogs on the property should be spayed or neutered as well. If not we can assist. Please help us find homes for these pups, or in a pinch a temporary foster home from March 25 onward. Call Lilly Morison at 602-7947

How Belikin Beer Is Made
Belikin has a cool animated video out that shows the stages of beer making. They really did a great job explaining the process, and the shape of it all really fits. Well done, Belikin, well done. "Take an animated trip on how the beer of Belize, Belikin, is made. Belikin is the only beer sold in Belize that uses 100% Barley Malt and no fillers thereby producing a higher quality of beer. Belikin, the beer of Belize."

Easter Fair Coming Soon
This year's Easter Fair will be at Galvez stadium on April 19th and 20th. Everyone is invited to take part in the festivities, and there will be plenty of food and fun for everyone. If you're interested in setting up a booth, call 669-0462 for more information.

Cayo Variety Show
Sacred Heart College, Eden High School, and CET are teaming up to bring a variety show and dinner to the SHC auditorium this Saturday night. Come out and see some talent as the students sing, dance, read poetry, and perform some entertaining skits. Call 622-6861 for more information.

Challenge Gobie Bike Ride
Feelgood news of the day. The Challenge Gobie bike ride fundraiser was a huge success. They rode from PG to Belmopan, and had a fun time doing it. They are raising money for a children's intensive care unit. The dog suit was a great touch. "Good morning! We are still recovering after yesterday's bike ride. Just wanted to say a quick thanks to EVERYONE that supported in any way. Very proud of all the riders, service team and the organisers at the Finale at Caribbean Tires. Will send out special thank you's to everyone soon and we'll post pictures tomorrow. Congratulations to ALL the riders!"

SI United vs Verdes
The San Ignacio United take on the Verdes tonight at the Broaster Stadium. Who's the best of the west? Find out tomorrow at 7:30pm. "San Ignacio United host Verdes FC this wednesday at the Broaster Stadium. El Clásico kicks off at 7:30pm, this one is for bragging rights to see who is the best of the west. See you there!! "

Caribbean Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Road Show
The Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities (MESTPU) in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), is pleased to announce that Belize will be hosting the Caribbean Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Road Show on Friday March 28th, 2014 at the Corozal Community College, Corozal Town commencing at 9:00 a.m. The ICT Road Show is a joint initiative of the MESTPU and CTU and is a part of a regional effort to foster innovative use of ICT in Caribbean countries for national and regional development. It is specifically designed to raise awareness within the public and private sectors, civil society and academia of the innovative approaches required for the effective application of ICT in government, business and social development geared at enhancing Belize’s global competitiveness. Under the theme, “Harnessing the Power of Innovation – the Engine for ICT enabled Caribbean Development”, the ICT Road show will feature sessions dedicated to practical uses of ICT in education, business, and government and will address issues of such as internet security and broadband development.

Corozal Police Report
Mar 18 – Corozal Police Report – Attempted highway robbery with shot guns and two students robbed at knife point on 1st Avenue. ATTEMPTED ROBBERY: Raul Patt, Belizean reported that on March 17th, 2014 at about 3:00 p.m., he was riding his motor cycle on the Buena Vista Road, heading to the direction of Caledonia Village to pick up some money owed to him. Upon reaching half way, he saw 3 male persons standing on the road with what appeared to be shot guns and masks over their faces. As a result, he sped off making good his escape but after doing so, he heard two loud bangs which sounded like gun shots. He never stopped and continued his way through another road, which took him out at Libertad Village. Thereafter he made his way to the Corozal Police Station where he lodged his report. Extensive searched were conducted in the area by the Corozal Police but no one has been located. Investigation continues.

Video: Gabby and huge Nurse shark in Belize

Video: Hummingbird Guest Lodge & Hostel - Good Living Camp - Belize
Hummingbird Guest Lodge & Hostel is located on a pristine creek in Belmopan, just 16 km from the famous Blue Hole National Park. It's perfect for swimming and offers guests free Wi-Fi. The property offers rooms and dorms with a shared kitchen and shared bathroom facilities and showers. The house features a kitchen and a private bathroom. Hummingbird Guest Lodge & Hostel offers a variety of on-site activities, including swimming in the creek, nature hikes and tours of the organic garden. Other facilities include free parking, luggage storage and a laundry. Philip Goldson International Airport is 61 km away. The property offers free parking.

Video: Xanadu Island Resort Belize

Video: The Placencia Resort Belize

Video: Night Zipline, Mayflower Bocawina Nat. Park, Belize, Central America
I take a night time zipline through the Mayflower Bocawina National Forest in Belize. The run I take is 2,300 feet (700 mtr) long, the longest in Belize.

Video: GoPro: Belize Vacation
My buddy Brian and I travel to some of the coolest places and see the most amazing things. This video is from our trip to Belize. Hand fishing, cave tubing, sailing, jungle hikes, caye caulker, belize. Its beautiful, go there!

Video: Belize Vacation Caye Caulker
Part 2 of our Belize Vacation. Boat trip to Caye Caulker with the Durans and friends for some family time.

Video: MASSIVE Bonefish School: Thousands of Fish
This is a huge bonefish school in a deeper pocket of water in Belize. During low tide, some of the bones head off the flats and congregate in massive schools such as this one. The fish in this school varied in sizes, but primarily ranged from 1-3 pounds.

Video: Zipline in Belize

Channel 7

Aracely's Trial Begins In Earnest
21 year-old Aracely Cahueque, who is believed to have been the mastermind behind the October 2010 murder of Raylene Dyer, will have to stand a full trial before Justice Denis Hanomansingh where a jury will decide her fate. As we told you yesterday, there was a trial within her trial in which her attorney was challenging a piece of evidence that the crown counsels from the DPP's Office was trying to get admitted against her. Though Justice Hanomansingh has ruled in her favour that this piece of evidence cannot be presented to the jury, Crown Counsels Cecil Ramirez and Kayshia Grant are determined that the jury should be the one to ultimately decide her innocence or guilt. They are attempting to do that by depending on Brandon Budna, who was tried and acquitted of the murder of Raylene Dyer last week. After some initial difficulty, the prosecution was able to track down Budna who took the stand in front of the jury and gave evidence. He must return to court tomorrow to finish up with his testimony, which is being relied on heavily to secure Cahueque's conviction.

American Paedophile Contacted Belizean Minors
American Social Studies Teacher and Pedophile David Wendel Thompson remains in Federal custody in Miami after authorities say he set up dates with two Belizean minors, aged 13 and 15 via Facebook. He was arrested on Friday in that city after he was denied entry to Belize. Interestingly, the 48 year old Thompson who travelled to Belize nine times since 2011 has a Belizean flag draped on his house in Seffno, Florida. News reports form the US cite transcripts of chat messages on Facebook where he tells one the 13 year old girl, "I will make sure u always have money.... and I want to always be special to u so let me b your first." He told the other girl, aged 15 "I just want to be ur first that's my present so I can b special to u."

The Riff Between The Esquivels & The UDP's Grows
A letter is being sent from Prime Minister Dean Barrow to former Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel. That is what we are told this evening by Sir Manuel, but he says it is on its way from Belmopan, and he hasn't received it yet. What will the letter say? Will it be an attempt at reconciliation between Barrow and his former Party Leader? Well, at this point we don't know, but it is a response to Sir Manuel's letter, which he sent last week announcing his resignation as Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister. But, the vibe we are getting out of Cabinet this evening is that it will be respectful, but it may not be conciliatory. We are told Cabinet discussed the subject today at its regular Tuesday meeting and the concensus sentiment was that nothing special would be done to try and patch things up.

Precinct 2 Retrieves A Gun
Today police from the Precinct two Quick Response team moved swiftly to apprehend two suspicious men on Cemetery Road. At 3:30 police responded to reports of and searched the Mortars alley area, where a man wearing was seen brandishing a firearm. Police ordered him to put the weapon down where and he immediately threw the firearm intro a fenced yard situated at the corner of Mortars Alley and Cemetery Road. Corporal Jorge Lemus explains:.. Corporal Jorge Lemus - Admin Section, Police Precinct 2 "At 3:27pm the police communication center received information of 2 suspicious male persons being spotted on Cemetery Road. As a result the precinct 2 QRT members responded to the area and whilst conducting patrols in the area they sighted a dark complexion male person brandishing a weapon in his hands. This male person was wearing a blue pants and green shirt and immediately upon seeing the police he threw the said weapon in a fence yard at the corner Mortar's Alley and Cemetery Road. Police then detained this male person where they took him to said yard and retrieve the weapon. The weapon is a 9mm pistol of a high powered industrial Argentina brand. It contained a magazine with 3 live 9mm rounds. This person was subsequently detained and brought to the Raccoon Street police station."

Rashida Sedacy Taken To Court
24 Year-old Rashida Sedacy, who is accused of stealing from her former place of employment, Traveller's liquors, is out on bail tonight, after she was taken back to Magistrate's Court. Last night, 7News told you that we've received reports that she is facing 130 counts of theft. Well tonight, the police press office has confirmed that she is charged with 124 counts, and the amount she is accused of stealing is $83,669 between January and August 2013. She was arraigned today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, where she pleaded not guilty to all charges, and she was granted bail of $15,000, which she was able to meet. She will return to court on May 19, her next court date.

Gary Seawell Fights On In Supreme Court
Five months ago, The Chief Magistrate said that Gary Sewell had a case to answer and that he should be extradited. But today his attorney Arthur Saldivar was back in the Supreme Court fighting the case - challenging the validity of the depositions from the US. He says the Chief Magistrate did not look at the whole picture. He renewed his argument that the documents supplied by the U.S. government were insufficient. And if the documents were not admissible, then they did not count and there was no case to answer. He explained outside court: Arthur Saldivar, Attorney "What was argued before the Chief Magistrate essentially is the same at what is being argued here that sections 14 and 15 of the extradition act of the UK 1870, speaks only to depositions or statements on oath and where depositions can be properly so-called it can only be done so where there is on the face of the record in the document itself the wording that shows that the maker understand their obligation to tell the truth and appreciates that they would be liable to the penalty of perjury if they should tell a lie. Where that is not there then the document cannot be called a deposition or a statement on oath. In this particular case we are not seeking bail, we are seeking habeas corpus - we are seeking his freedom because we are saying that the detention is unlawful."

Our next story gets a little complicated. There are three elements to it - each progressively worse: a broken windshield, a burnt down house, and a man with a stab wound to the chest. But it all starts with the broken windshield. On Friday night at 6:00, the owner of Kim's 2 - a Chinese store on Iguana Street found the windshield on his vehicle broken. It turned out that a boy from the neighborhood was flying a kite; it got stuck on a lamp-post, he tried to stone it down with a stick, the stick crashed into the windshield and broke it. The nine year old was taken to the police station - and released shortly after. But the boy's detention got his relatives upset. That led to a confrontation with Anthony Leslie - who works for the owner of Kim's store.

The Unions Support Terminated Bowen Employees
"Boycott Bowen" - that's what the NTUCB wants you to do because of the 13 employees who were fired two weeks ago. Today the NTUCB released a fiery, but not quite timely press release urging the public to, quote, "join us in demonstrating our discontent with the firings, by boycotting purchase of ALL Bowen products on Friday, March 21, 2014." As we told you, the former Bowen employees balked at signing a new contract which had terms and conditions that they didn't like, and they staged a sick-out. Bowen and Bowen said that they self-terminated when they abandoned their posts for 2 days straight. Well, the Belize Communications Workers' Union, the Association of Public Service Senior Managers, and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize released statements today backing the former employees and calling for their reinstatement, saying, quote, "the circumstances around which these employees were driven to take action (employment status alteration), feeling compelled to come out publicly with their plight, is indeed a travesty accelerated by a total breakdown of industrial relations." End quote. Additionally, the Belize Communication workers urges the employees of Bowen & Bowen to form a union amongst themselves.

SATIIM Goes To Court To Stop US Capital
SATIIM has applied to the Supreme Court for an injunction to stop US Capital Energy from commencing drilling operations. SATIIM says it would have expected US Capital to await the outcome of a pending case in the Supreme Court, but a statement today says the company has engaged in pre-drilling activities. In light of what it calls"increased pre-drilling activities by US Capital Energy," SATIIM applied to the Supreme Court last week for an injunction.

Biscayne Gov't School Burgled... Again
Tonight, the management and staff of Biscayne Government School, is trying to figure out how they will be able to replace 7,000 dollars in electronic equipment which was stolen from them. The school was locked up tight last night, but when the teachers reported for work this morning, they found that one of the classrooms had been broken into, and 4 of their laptop computers were stolen along with other important pieces of equipment. 7News spoke with one of the teachers about what they found this morning: Eugene Contreras, teacher - Biscayne Government School "While the bus was passing, I saw the door and I immediately I said oh they broke into my classroom and that was really bad feeling because I know I had lots of stuff in there and right away I thought computers missing. First of all I saw the stereo set was missing, the projector that we used almost was missing. When I checked around I found out that 4 of our laptops are missing; 3 Dell laptops and one Lenovo. One of them recently has important information that we worked on Friday. Definitely some of the teachers are going to be impacted as well as the children because we make use of the projector first of all for a lot of our lessons and then for expressive arts we have a dance group that is working very hard for festival of arts for this year and they stole the stereo, so that group will definitely be impacted."

Civil Aviation investigators still haven't confirmed what made a single engine Lancair 320 crash at the Punta Gorda Airstrip last week Friday - injuring a female and leaving the male captain unharmed. So far Civil Aviation has only confirmed that the plane made a hard touchdown and bounced when it landed, which caused it to veer into a Met Department weather tower quite a distance away from the runway. That tower clipped the plane's wing and sent it careening across the airfield. So far the accident investigation team does not have a probable cause at this point and say they don't know what caused the hard touchdown.

Progresso Women's Group Vs. Luke Espat
The most compelling convention of the PUP convention season has been the one in Cayo Central where Dan Silva and Luke Espat are vying for the seat. Intense campaigning has been going on for months now - all coming down to a May showdown. Today it got slightly ugly when functionaries of the Espat camp circulated a newspaper foreclosure notice for a properties in Cayo owned by company affiliated with Dan Silva. We're not sure how that evens things out in a race where the other candidate, Luke Espat is presently appealing a judgement against him for 29 million dollars. But Espat also has other, smaller worries. A few weeks ago two members of the El Progresso women's group from Cayo Central came to us saying that Espat, in trying to help out their group had in fact hijacked it:..

Light The Night For Kids
On Friday night we showed you a brief snippet of the "Light The Night for Kids" - a mesmerizing march across the city in support of the Inspiration Center. The walk with glow sticks and glow bracelets like these ones, and glow in the dark shirts was a fundraiser where 500 registrants paid a 35 dollar registration for adults or 20 dollars for children. The street lights in the downtown area were actually turned off by BEL to make the glow show. Jim Scott explained the idea behind the novel fundraiser: Jim Scott, Organizer - "Light The Night" "But it was kind of a mix of the way we use to jump up in the days before carnival and so forth but we really had a true family focus and we just threw in a little creative twist with the glow in the dark t-shirts, the glow sticks and some of the other light up paraphernalia that we had out there and of course the paradigm was having an event like that at night."

Channel 5

Visually impaired man testifies in the murder trial of Aracely Cahueque
Today, the full trial of twenty-one year old Aracely Caheque continued in the court of Justice Denis Hanomansingh, following a ruling on legal arguments presented. The media is not allowed [...]

Staggering 117 counts of theft against former cashier at Travellers
A former cashier with Traveller’s Liquors Limited was arraigned today for a staggering one hundred and seventeen counts of theft. Twenty-four year old Los Lagos Resident, Rashida Kira Sedacy, who [...]

Biscayne school is robbed of laptops
Travellers Liquors is not the only organization that has experienced theft. An overnight break-in at Biscayne Government School, which resulted in the theft of a number of laptops and audiovisual [...]

SATIIM takes U.S. Capital to court to stop pre-drilling activities in national park
The Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, SATIIM, is heading back to court, despite a pending decision on an ongoing suit against the Government of Belize.  Last Wednesday, SATIIM filed [...]

Do you think that the resignations of the Esquivels will hurt the U.D.P.?
And our question for tonight is: Do you think that the resignations of the Esquivels will hurt the U.D.P.? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 [...]

Cabinet discuss resignation of the Esquivels
As we reported last night, the U.D.P. is rocking from the resignation from the two time former prime minister and party leader of the United Democratic Party, Manuel Esquivel. His [...]

50 sacks of contraband sugar; 3 Guatemalans charged for immigration offenses
A trio of Guatemalan nationals has been charged for immigration offenses after being nabbed by authorities in Toledo attempting to contraband fifty sacks of sugar.  Over the weekend, the men [...]

Students in Bermudian Landing without potable water for 3 long weeks
In Bermudian Landing, a community in the Belize River Valley, the only government managed primary school, was about to close today because of a three-week old water crisis. The Belize [...]

Gary Seawell’s extradition case is heard before the Chief Magistrate
Accused drug trafficker, Gary Gordon Seawell, finally had his day in court today after his case saw a number of adjournments. He is accused of masterminding a large-scale cocaine moving [...]

Darrington Lauriano Jr. arraigned in court
Darrington Lauriano Junior was busted at the parking lot of the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital on Monday morning by alert police who found marijuana and a firearm in a suitcase [...]

Andrew Augustine survived shot to the neck by gang member
On February twenty-third, twenty-one year old Andrew Augustine was leaving his aunt’s house en route to his home on Balan Street, also in the Lake Independence area. But when he [...]

Belize City youth claims police assisted his attacker
On February twenty-fifth, twenty-three year old Stephan Anderson was charged for the Attempted Murder, Use of Deadly Means of Harm, and Dangerous Harm against Augustine. But are the Police responsible, [...]

Malcom X’s daughter on tour in Belize
Since 2002, Ambassador at Large for Belize, Ambassador Shabazz, has been promoting Belize. It’s been two years since her last visit to the jewel, but her work continues in the [...]

Unions call for a boycott of Bowen products
The Belize Communications Workers’ Union, the Association of Public Service Senior Managers and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize have joined to issue a fiery release aimed at local [...]

Former Guatemalan President to plead guilty to money laundering in New York
Former President of Guatemala Alfonso Portillo has agreed to plead guilty to money laundering charges in a New York court. Portillo, president from 2000 to 2004, transferred two point five [...]

Japan Day celebrated in Belize
Japan is located several continents away from Belize, but this Saturday, that Asian country brought its culture to the Jewel. An all-day event was held at the Princess Hotel, where [...]