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The San Pedro Sun
Letter to the Editor: Golf Cart is the way to go
Letter to the Editor:
Congratulations to Victoria House and Ramon’s Village. Both resorts pick-up their guests from the airstrip by golf cart. Their stretched golf carts look very charming and tourists think golf cart services would be best fitting for our island. We can only wish that other resorts will jump on board and eventually golf cart taxi enterprises be started. That way a tourist friendly island flair would be coming back again.
/s/ Wolfgang Wind
Five-a-side Football Tournament games dedicated to SPHS founder
Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th saw the fifth round of games for the San Pedro High School (SPHS) and Island Citizen Sporting Club (ICSC) Five-a-side Football Tournament being played. As always football fanatics converged at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium to cheer on their favorite teams. This weekend’s game were extra special however, as all matches were played in honor of Mr. Fely, one of the founders of SPHS who recently passed away. Tournament organizer, Alex Noralez has also indicated that the remainder of the tournament will be dedicated to him. This week’s matches were quite exciting as each team seemed determined to win. Games on Saturday, January 16th commenced at 7PM. In the first match Haramouch FC defeated We Them Boys 4-2. Also in a 4-2 point match, Caye Caulker Boys defeated Boca Bombers, while Pro Divers FC managed to take victory over Victoria’s House FC in a 6-5 point game. In the last match of the night, Los Catrachos defeated E&L Boys in a 4-2 point game. There will be no games this weekend. For more information on the tournament, contact Noralez directly at 631-0711.
Belizean football player drafted in the MLS
Belize is once again in the international scene and this time it has to do with the world’s most popular sport, football. 23-year-old Belizean Michael Salazar was drafted last week by Impact Montreal in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Super draft held in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Salazar was 4th pick in the second round of the draft. This is a major accomplishment for any football player, and even more so for a Belizean player. Salazar was a member of the Belize ‘A’ Team that participated in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States, where he played as forward.
Supreme Court rules against Harvest Caye Project for breach in EIA protocol
The Harvest Caye Project is at a standstill after the Supreme Court ruled against the Department of the Environment (DOE) and the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC), following the DOE’s decision to approve the construction by Belize Island Holdings (BIHL) of a cruise port at Harvest Caye in the Stann Creek District, due to a breach in EIA regulations. The decision was made on Wednesday, January 13th following a lawsuit filed by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) asking for revision of the development’s EIA. According to BTIA, the Government of Belize (GOB) approved the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) development without taking the proper steps required when considering a project of such magnitude.
Saga Night Fever brought the 70’s back to life
The San Pedro Saga Humane Society held a fun -filled fund-raiser at Casa Picasso Restaurant on Saturday, January 16th under the theme ‘Saga Night Fever.’ It was a 70’s Disco Party from 7 to 11PM, and for a fee/donation of $70, attendees enjoyed three hours of passed appetizers, cash bar, music from the 70’s, prizes for best 70’s dress-up, dance competition, instructional hustle dancing, raffles and even the ever-fabulous mirror ball on the ceiling. The event was a huge success with guests really getting into the 70’s spirit, enjoying nostalgic memories of that decade. A portion of all proceeds and 10% of the bar went to Saga.
DJ Matt Hoy had the crowd dancing the night away, showing off their groovy 70’s dancing skills. At the end of the event there were even prizes issued to the best dancers and best-dressed. Joe and Sally Gillespie won the dancing contest as the ‘Pimps,’ while Mike and Ann showed the audience how you can make a cool outfit from a rug and Steve and Sue were selected as the winners for best dressed with their amazing 70’s outfits. The charity event also had a fabulous raffle with many happy winners. Congratulations to all.
New Flights Help Boost Belize’s Tourism in 2015
In 2015, the overnight tourism industry experienced many firsts and record breaking numbers which lead to an overall growth of 6.2% or 19,900 over 2014. Despite an unsteady first and second quarter, Belize had seven straight months of arrival increases; whereby, the bulk of the increases occurred in the last four months. September to December of 2015 showed record improvements with overnight arrivals increasing every month in comparison to last year’s figures. September had an increase of 19.3%, October 22.1%, November 33% and December 22.5% increase.
November’s 33% increase is the largest ever recorded for this month, which rarely goes above a 10% increase. The month of December saw 39,977 overnight visitors to Belize, which is the first time in history that a month in overnight arrivals has approached 40,000.
Misc Belizean Sources
Note the deadline is March 1st so better get started on your application ASAP!!!!
Once again, Willamette MBA is offering Global Diversity Scholarships to qualified international applicants.
New Fulbright Scholar in Belize
After more than 10 years, the U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that there is a new Fulbright Scholar in Belize!
Dr. Susan Catapano is working with the University of Belize to support early childhood and early primary teachers in earning teacher certification in Cayo, Corozal and Toledo Districts.
In addition, Dr. Catapano will build on the work she has already started with co-authors in a book series that is currently forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield Press, "More Mirrors in the Classroom: Using Urban Children’s Literature to Increase Literacy," which is a theory-based book on the importance of using culturally relevant children’s literature to support the development of literacy skills, especially for diverse children living in urban settings. This is the first of a three-book series that will include volumes on the development and use of the classroom library to support literacy and a set of case studies of teachers using classroom libraries.
Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Bridge of Spies,
Rock the Kasbah. Note that Spectre will start at 9:10.
Carnaval 2015, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye
CARNAVAL 2016 is on the way ... here is a look back at some pics from CARNAVAL 2015
“Bright Spot” for the Caribbean Leadership Project’s (CLP) Leadership Development Programme Workshop in Belize
The Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize), BELTRAIDE hosted a delegation of regional officials and a member of the Caribbean Leadership Project on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, under the theme “leading through others”. The Caribbean Leadership Project is a seven year project funded by the government of Canada. One of the key components of the project is a multi-phased Leadership Development Programme (LDP) targeting the top three levels of leadership in the public sector in twelve participating countries and key regional institutions.
The LDP alumni on the ground in Belize identified the Small Business Development Centre to be an outstanding example of adaptive leadership, in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. The meeting took form of an interactive dialogue, where the challenges and successes associated with leading through others and the contributing factors which have led to the formation of effective partnerships between SBDCBelize and stakeholders was explored. After the meeting the alumni was invited to attend a small expo where clients of SBDCBelize displayed their products and services.
Live and Invest in Belize 2016
BELTRAIDE was invited to speak at the Belize edition of the Live and Invest Overseas 2016 conference held on January 20th, 2016 at the Ramada – Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City, Belize. The Live and Invest Overseas conference hosts attendees from the U.S. and Canada interested in learning more about the various benefits Belize has to offer as a retirement destination as well as a business hub in Latin America and the Caribbean. Today’s conference hosted over 120 participants that were able to learn more about the economy, investment opportunities and government incentives available to invest in Belize. Additionally, the conference hosts various presentations from a wide array of local and international speakers that provide further information on residency, taxes, bank accounts, corporations, holding structures, health insurance, real estate options and employment or entrepreneurial opportunities.
Head of the EU Delegation to Belize, Paola Amadei, Farewell Visit to Belize
Country wide tour starts in Corozal
Join McNab Design Ltd. and Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) for a Magazine Mixer as we present to you: The New Destination Belize! Corozal is the first stop on our countrywide tour. Join us Monday, January 25th Scotty's Bar and Grill - Corozal, Belize - See you there!
Mexico Entry Fee illegal
Yesterday, at a media luncheon held by the Mexican Embassy, Mexican Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Carlos Quensel Melendez was probed about the 75 pesos "express fee" being solicited and charged to Belizean travellers by Mexican Immigration to facilitate entry into Chetumal, where Belizeans flock on a daily basis for their number one shopping mall past-time. The so called express fee allows Belizean commuters and travelers who enter with their passports, to hold a stamped slip from the Mexican Immigration and procure a quick entry, saving themselves standing in the long queues.
When asked if this was legal entry to Mexico because this is a big concern for Belizeans, who cross the border on a regular basis, according to H.E. Carlos Quesnel Melendez this practice is certainly illegal.
H.E. Melendez further stated, "And we are totally against these practices. And I beg you in any case that you know something about like this, do send the information to the embassy and I guarantee that we will convey this information to the authorities of the immigration in Mexico city because we are totally against these practices."
Any report can be made to the following numbers Belmopan 822-0406, 822-2480 and Belize City 223-1408, 2230193, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Cayo Television Network
If the website is any indication, Cayo has a great new provider of internet and television with the Cayo Television Network. Their main Cayo office is at 57 Joseph Andrews drive.
"Cayo Television Network is a new cable(IPTV)/internet provider that Caribe Prospectors Ltd. introduced into the business market in March 2015. Cayo Television Network has taken advantage of the growing need for better, cheaper and higher quality cable/internet service within the Cayo District. The company’s goal is to establish itself as the high quality Cable/Internet Provider in Cayo District."
Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium 2016
The 14th BAAS starts on June 27th. This year's theme is Architecture in Maya Society, and if you'd like to present, and early registration starts at the end of March. It'll be held at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel.
Photography and the Light of Respect
Tony Rath | TEDxBelmopan. Using photography as a tool to explore the world, acclaimed nature photographer Tony Rath takes us on four journeys where photography helped him learn life lessons about respect. From bird hunting and whale kills in the Faroe Islands, to kayaking unexplored canyons and being mesmerized by a small grey rainforest bird in Belize, Tony Rath uses his spectacular imagery to shed light on the meaning of respect.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
The Cubans Imprisoned In Belize Will Be Freed
For weeks we've been reporting on the 32 Cubans who are imprisoned at Hattieville. They're in a kind of legal limbo: they have no immigration status in Belize, and Cuba doesn't want them back. So even though they've served their time, they've been stuck in prison because government has nowhere else to put them.
Well, tonight 7news has confirmed that has changed: Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse told us that as early as tomorrow, he will sign an instrument giving them their freedom. He said there is no need for the incarceration to continue and from a humanitarian point of view, they should be released. He added that once they are released, he expects that they would want to continue unto the US, which will accept over 7 thousand Cuban migrants who were stuck for months at the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border. The first 180 of them flew to El Salvador last week, where they boarded a bus bound for Mexico, and received transit visas to go to the US Border. Starting on February, there will be flights twice weekly.
A Historic First: PUP's Potential Leaders Will Debate
Cordel Hyde, Francis Fonseca and John Briceno will have a debate a week from tomorrow. It's a first for the candidates for leader of any mass party in Belize, and organizers say all three have agreed. So next Friday night at 7:30 at the Radisson, the three men are expected to answer questions form a still unknown panel, or pair, of moderators before what is called "an audience of invited guests." You at home are also invited to watch it live on Channel 7.
And while the independent media will feed it into your house, other than that it's an all blue event and the coordinators are Glenn Tillett, Jose Coye, Carolyn Trench and Lloyd Jones, the latter three who are all former PUP candidates.
More will be known about the first of its kind event when the organizers hold a press briefing tomorrow afternoon.
Heritage Bank Prepares For FCIB Asset Assimilation
In 6 business days, on the 29th January, First Caribbean International Bank will shutter its operations in Belize - and handover to Heritage Bank. It's a first of its kind transaction in Belize - where one bank is actually buying over the other's assets, not simply assuming its operations. That makes it exponentially more complex because First Caribbean customers - and there are thousands of them - have to wake up on Monday February first, and be able to seamlessly access all their services at the Heritage Bank. It's no small task and today the Managing Director of Heritage, Senator Steven Duncan told us how it's been going:...
"How is it going here at Heritage Bank? What's the atmosphere like?"
Hon. Steve Duncan, Managing Director, Heritage Bank:
"Oh, it's very hectic. Everybody is running around, but I must need say that there is an atmosphere of togetherness. So on Friday 29th, First Caribbean will closed its doors at the end of the close of business and they will not reopen..."
A Titantic Blow For GOB Excesses
Today the judgement passed down on the 15th of January as it relates to compensation to Titan's security was finalized- and the judgement has left GOB with a hefty tab for recklessly following US dictates. How hefty? Well, the total in damages amounts to just under $9 million dollars!
In September 2014 Titan's Securities, which operated at the Matalon building in Coney Drive, was raided by the FIU along with Government officials based on a massive US indictment for Securities fraud. Well the owners of Titan securities took the Government and the FIU to court to fight a constitutional claim. They submitted that their rights were breached in the manner in which their documents, computers, and information were seized.
Teenager Chopped/Robbed Of Vehicle By A Passenger
A teenager was almost chopped to death in Cotton Tree. Yesterday 18-year-old Jonathan Zetina was driving to Belmopan with three acquaintances when those same men held him up at gunpoint. They forced him to pull over near Cotton Tree Village, dragged him out of his car into some bushes and chopped him multiple times with a machete. Zetina received injuries to the head, neck and back and his middle and ring finger were severed. He somehow got away and his attackers drove off with his car. Zetina ran out to the highway and that's when he got help from a mechanic in the village. The mechanic then took him to the Roaring Creek police station. Police say that Zetina's mother was already at the station making a missing person's report when the mechanic brought him into the station. The teenager is now hospitalized at Medical Associates.
Accused Stepfather Rapist Criminally Charged
The man who tied up and raped his 12 year old stepdaughter twice, has been charged. The incidents happened at their Silk Grass home on January 14th and 15th. The little girl had just come home from school when he tied her hands, covered her face with a rag, held a knife at her throat and raped her. He raped her again the next day. To protect the child, we can't reveal the stepfather's name but the he has been charged with 2 counts of rape and has been remanded to the prison.
Dangriga Cops Made A Major Cocaine Bust
Southern cops found a substantial amount of crack cocaine hidden in a woman's tights. On Friday afternoon around 1:15 Dangriga police stopped a car near the 6 miles junction on the Hummingbird Highway. Officers asked the driver and 2 passengers - one of whom was a 41 year old woman, to get out of the car. They searched the vehicle and then took the woman to the police station where she was searched by a female police officer. 438 grams, or 1 pound of cocaine was found tucked under her tights. The woman, 41 year old Dangriga resident Amybelle Perez was charged with drug trafficking.
Cops Have No Suspects For Anne Swaney's Murder
Just about a week ago, American journalist Anne Swaney, was found dead n the Mopan River, and investigators, both from the Police Department and the Agents from FBI are no closer to solving her murder tonight.
We've checked with the investigators from Benque and from the Police Press Office, but neither would confirm if police have shifted their focus away from Guatemalan fisherman, 24 year-old Victor Manuel Franco Menjivar as a main suspect. Viewers will remember that he was found illegally in the general area where she went missing. He's spending a 6 month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to illegal entry into Belize.
But, while the police remain tight lipped, international press reports say that the investigators have started to looking in other directions for possible leads in this case. A news team from ABC 7 in Chicago, the media house where Swaney worked, has been in the country, and they've been following the story with great interest. Here is their story on the latest developments:
FOPREL: Improving Legislation Against Transnational Organized Crime
Right now, Michael Peyrefitte is the Speaker of the House of Representatives. And, by virtue of his post, that also puts him into a Central American organization made up of other House Speakers from the neighbouring Central American Governments. They work together to try to harmonize legislation in all these countries, such as in the areas of transnational organized crime.
Today, Belizean Parliamentarians participated in a seminar where the organization, referred to as FOPREL, discussed proposed amendments to the money laundering and firearms trafficking laws. 7News was there for that presentation, and we spoke with the Speaker about the intended changes.:
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Speaker, House of Representatives:
"It's under the aegis of the Central American body known as FOPREL. Loosely translated in English, it means the Forum of Elected Presidents which essentially is the house speaker for each country in Central America and we get together from time to time to discuss issues. And very important to a part of the process is we come up with proposed legislation to strengthen the institutions in our different countries..."
Mexican Ambassador Discusses Bilateral Agreements
In July 2015 the Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington visited Mexico City where several agreements were signed to advance the bilateral relationship between both countries. At the media luncheon yesterday, Mexican Ambassador Carlos QUESNEL stressed the importance of working together to achieve practical outcomes from these agreements.
H.E. Carlos Quesnel Melendez - Mexican Ambassador to Belize:
"I want to express my recognition of Mr. Elrington's visit to Mexico last July. I think that represents a very important step towards the strengthening of the relationship between both countries and this step will also, I'm sure bring benefits for both countries and for both populations. What is next and what I have received instructions while I was in Mexico, I got really clear instructions that well now we have these legal frameworks that has already been updated. We are very proud of that. But now both countries, authorities from Belize and Mexico must work very hard to implement and to get actions, practical results and not only just sign for sign and we hope we get some practical results very soon."
Mexican Ambassador Excited About Tourism Talks
And while those are some of the agreements already finalized, there are several more bilateral agreements between the Governments of Mexico and Belize that aim towards advancing the tourism industry in both countries. One sector that is being explored is transportation. During his address the Mexican Ambassador expressed his enthusiasm to begin formal talks in that area:
H.E. Carlos Quesnel Melendez - Mexican Ambassador to Belize:
"And also started talks on the passenger and cargo transportation, tourism transportation. We would like to see more busses coming to Belize, but we would also like to see more busses going to Mexico. That will also help both countries in promoting especially tourism in both ways."
As it is, only one Mexican bus line - ADO- travels to and from Belize. In the case of Belizean bus lines there are a few that travel across the border but they are only allowed as far as Chetumal. Now what's holding them back is the fact that Belizean buses don't meet Mexican road safety standards. The Ambassador discussed that too:..
How Is Heritage Bank Dealing With De-risking?
For months we've been reporting on the process called de-risking, where big US banks are cutting off their correspondent banking relationship with Belizean banks. For a small, local bank like Heritage - they've taken the full force of the blow - and recently, the Prime Minister said that even the banks that do their credit cards businesses might be cutting them off at the end of February. Today Managing Director of Heritage Steve Duncan told us that they will find a workaround:..
Hon. Steve Duncan, Managing Director, Heritage Bank:
"It is correct that the bank who was processing for us the credit cards - the settlement bank specifically has indicated that they will no longer be able to it for us after February. I think they are doing it for the month of February and that's the last month. So between now and then we'll have to work out an alternative arrangement or revert to the manual process that VISA card and MASTER card make available to its members. So I don't think cards will come to a halt. I don't think that will happen. Even though the possibility exist, I don't think it will happen. Because well VISA and MASTER card they don't want to lose the business anyhow. Remember its business for them. So we will have a backup plan in place to help people in situations such as these."
Belizeans Convicted Of Stealing From US Government
4 Belizeans living in the US are awaiting their sentence from the US High Court after they were convicted of fraud in Las Vegas. Federal Investigators say that they all acted together to steal on $300,000 US in unemployment funds and other benefits from the US Government.
US District Judge James Mahan presided over a 10-day trial in which Assistant US Attorney Gregory Damm presented evidence for the prosecution against the 4 defendants. They are 35 year-old Fredrick Williams, his sister, 27 year-old Jaqueline Louisa Gentle, his wife, 36 year-old Denise Williams, and his other sister, 40 year-old Carolyn Shemadine Willis-Casey. The prosecution's case was that the defendants used false identifies, falsified information on passport applications, and were dishonest in applications, all in an effort to steal federal benefits from multiple agencies, including the Departments of Labour, Agriculture, Education, Health, Human Services, and the Social Security Administration. The Federal jury heard evidence that their sustained dishonesty allowed them to get their hands over quarter million dollars of government funds.
New Lazy Lizard Boss Charged For Undersized Seafood
James Lynskey, an American National who now owns the Lazy Lizard restaurant and bar is making the news tonight. That's because according to the Fisheries Department, he bought undersized lobsters and conch.
According to the Department, they conducted a raid at his business place and found 65 pieces of undersized lobsters and conch. They charged him with a fisheries offence, and rather than showing up to court himself, he sent his employee, Brian Perriott to appear on his behalf.
Brian Perriott wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charge when the case went before Magistrate Deborah Rogers today. The magistrate handed him a fine of $2,875 dollars which must be paid by March 20, 2016.
Farmer Max Says, Hon. "Gapi" Didn't Tell The Whole Truth
Last week the Agriculture Minister Gaspar Vega responded to the San Carlos farmers who claimed that the imbalance in the carrot supply to the local market is as a result of the lack of cooperation on the part of a few farmers. The Minister's said some farmers have, quote, "attitude," and meaning that when the Ministry asks them about their carrot production they would respond by saying "it's none of your business." Earlier this week, our colleagues at CTV3 spoke to farmer Max Hernandez of San Carlos who said that is not so. Here is what he said.
Max Hernandez - San Carlos Farmer:
"How is he saying that we are not interested in giving information? That information is given every year. The area manager Frank Padron can tell you, he has supported us. We send them these reports every time we start production every year. We send these reports to Miss Loreni Balam, that I think is in charge of records."
"Is this the report in reference to the next production of Potatoes, and onions?"
Max Hernandez - San Carlos Farmer:
"Yes this is the report for potatoes and onions but we sent the report on carrots through Mr. Padron and Leonardo Eck a long time ago which reminded them of the upcoming crop season..."
Bze City Hurricanes Make Their Debut in NEBL
The National Elite Basketball League's Season 3 got underway last week - and tomorrow night the Belize Hurricanes will make their home court debut. The team from the country's largest population center is hoping to win it all this season and to do that their club president says they are evolving their style of play:..
The game is on Friday night at 7:30 at the Belize Elementary School Gym.
Relocation Has Artisans Up In Arms on La Isla Bonita
Tourism is the main industry on the island of San Pedro and among the top revenue generators for the country. Residents on the prime tourism destination depend on it for [...]
4 Belizeans Convicted of Mail Fraud in Las Vegas
Belize has been in the news for all sorts of wrong reasons lately – from murder to fraud. The Las Vegas Review Journal is today reporting the conviction of four [...]
Jonathan Zetina Viciously Attacked with Machete Near Belmopan
Of the ten murders so far reported in 2016, five have been terrible deaths from wounds inflicted by machetes or knives. Tonight one youth is lucky to escape being a [...]
Will There Be a P.U.P. Leadership Debate?
Three days before a national convention to be held in Belmopan, Francis Fonseca, John Briceño and Cordel Hyde, the three men who want to be leader of the P.U.P., will [...]
FOPREL Meets in Belize to Discuss Regional Issues
A meeting of high level policymakers is taking place in Belize to discuss ways to tighten up on money laundering, human trafficking and private security, which are perennial issues in [...]
Proposed Legislation for Human Trafficking and Money Laundering
The proliferation of guns and ammunition into the country is forcing lawmakers to take a critical look at existing measures, as well as alternative means of dealing with persons found [...]
Titans Awarded Millions in Damages or Unlawful Raid
The Government of Belize has been ordered to shell out a total of four and a half million U.S. dollars to Titan International Securities after losing a major case in [...]
COLA Says PM Barrow is Singing a New Cruise Port Sankey
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has gone on record recently to state that he is considering a proposal for a cruise ship harbor in Port Loyola, should a feasibility study indicate [...]
Is Another EIA Necessary for Cruise Port in Port Loyola?
According to President Geovanni Brackett, the initial assessment to determine the feasibility of a cruise port in the designated area was done with smaller ships in mind. With the advent [...]
2 New Patrol Boats for National Coast Guard
The Belize National Coast Guard, along with growing its strength in numbers, is also looking to expand its fleet of naval vessels. On Wednesday, it was announced that the maritime [...]
Fisheries Offenses: Business Owners Charged for Undersized Lobsters
A U.S. businessman who is the owner of The Split, a restaurant located on Caye Caulker, could not make it to court but sent an employee to enter a guilty [...]
What’s up with Dengue in Belize?
Later on in the newscast in our Healthy Living segment, we’ll be taking a comprehensive look at vector-borne illnesses including Zika. Every year, the vector control unit of the Ministry [...]
Project Hope Belize Gifts Prosthetic Leg to Ricky Cunil
An outstanding young man from Benque Viejo del Carmen has received an extraordinary gift through an organization called Project Hope Belize and the Community Policing Unit in San Ignacio. Ricky [...]
Orthopedic Clinic Set for this Weekend in Belize City
This weekend at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital the annual orthopedic clinic of the World Pediatric Project will take place. Every year, some eighty patients are seen at the clinics [...]
Archeologists Uncover New Maya City in Honduras
The country of Belize is dotted with Mayan monuments, but historians are yet to conclude on the number of ancient cities that existed during the Maya civilization. Today, there is [...]
Healthy Living: Is Belize Zika-ready?
It would be hard to miss, if you follow local or international news, that much of our region is in a “Zika-panic.” The mosquito transmitted infection has prompted travel warnings [...]
Vehicle Hijack Leaves Teenager with Chop Wounds and Severed Digits
Police are investigating an incident in which an eighteen year old was chopped and his vehicle stolen. According to reports, the teenager was driving to Belmopan when he was attacked by one of his passengers and forced to pull off the road. He was taken into the nearby bushes where he was chopped to the […]
Belizean Siblings Convicted in Nevada for Multiple Felonies
Several siblings of a Belizean family that migrated to the United States are facing prison time after a federal jury in Las Vegas, Nevada found the one brother, his wife and two sisters guilty of multiple felonies. 35-year-old, Frederick Williams and his sister 27-year-old, Jacqueline Gentle were convicted in a US District courtroom on Friday, […]
Names of Officers Suspected in Facilitating Nanes Schnitzer Sent to PSC
The granting of bail to David Nanes Schnitzer made headlines both at home and abroad since he was wanted by the Mexican and the US authorities. Once released from prison, Nanes Schnitizer made good his escape and did not bother to adhere to his bail conditions. Up to date, he remains on the lam from […]
Lands Department – Fully Functional Says Hulse
For some weeks now we have been hearing from several corners that the Lands Department has not been fully operational and that new applications were not being processed. It has been just over two months since the department changed hands with Minister Godwin Hulse now at the helm of natural resources. Love News met up […]
Central America’s Legislators and Speakers Convene in Belize
Senators from Belize and members of the Forum of Presiding Officers of Parliament of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) which consist of the House Speakers from each country in Central America met today in Belize. The meeting was to constitute proposed legislations to strengthen institutions in the countries involved. House Speaker of Belize, […]
Ambassador Amadei on Final Tour of Duty in Belize
Head of the European Union Delegation to Belize, Paola Amadei, is in Belize on the final tour of duty in that capacity. During the visit she is expected to meet with senior representatives from the Government and Diplomatic Corps as well as call on Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young. Ambassador Amadei has initiated […]
Hunting Caye Base for BCG to Be Completed in 2016 Fiscal Year
Yesterday we told you of the near-ten million dollar budget allocated for the Belize Coast Guard in 2015. We have also told you of the progress they have made since its inception in 2005 and we have highlighted some of their accomplishments in 2015. As for the works in progress, Admiral John Borland, who heads […]
A Decade Later … BCG Gets Regulations for Internal Affairs
While the Belize Police Department and the Belize Defense Force fall under the Public Service, they are managed and disciplined by their very own regulations thus making any infraction liable for immediate repercussions. Although the Belize Coast Guard has been in existence for a little over ten years now, Admiral Borland says they are only […]
Coast Guard Admiral Aims for Much in 2016
Yesterday we brought you the accomplishments of the Belize Coast Guard for 2015. At the start of last year there were some goals that the BCG did not achieve in 2015. Despite that, however, Admiral Borland says that he anticipates that in 2016 they will achieve even more. JOHN BORLAND “There are several things. First […]
Youth Ambassador from Jamaica in Belize for Youth Leaders’ Forum
A part of the vision of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council is for institutional strengthening and capacity building of National youth councils in the region. Belize is holding their first ever National Youth Council District elections that will ultimately make up the National Youth Council of Belize. Representatives of youth groups that have been registered […]
12 year old raped by stepfather
A 12 year old girl has reported being raped by her step father. On January 18, a 12-year-old female accompanied by her uncle reported to Dangriga police that on January 14 at around 3:30 p.m. ,after coming from school, her stepfather pulled her in a bungalow house, tied both her hands to the back, c...
San Pedro cop walks free from extortion charge
Thirty-eight year old police constable Oscar Ramirez, charged with extortion, was freed of the charge today when Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser struck it out for want of prosecution. The complainant, 18 year old Sander Palma, indicated to the court that she does not want any further court action. T...
WRH works on improvements following 2015 negative publicity
In 2015, the Western Regional Hospital received some negative publicity after a rat was found in a newborn’s incubator and a nurse was bitten by a snake on the hospital grounds. The Ministry of Health and hospital administration assured the public that though the hospital building is old and run dow...
Local emergency workers benefit from training by U.S. doctors
Going into its third year, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) has enjoyed a partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin, based in Milwaukee, and a team of emergency physicians headed by Dr. Mark Bruce of Brookfield, Wisconsin. This team regularly visits Belize to train their emergency p...
Mexican Ambassador to Belize discusses issues with Belizean media
Today, January 20, 2016, the Belizean media met for a business lunch session with the Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, His Excellency, Carlos Quesnel Melendez, and his entourage. The Ambassador has been working in Belize for a little bit over a year . Today, the media asked about several pressing st...
Ex-gang leader charged for police altercation
Former Ghost Town Crips leader Roger Anthony, facing a murder charge, was charged with 7 offences when he appeared on Tuesday before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. Anthony was charged with 2 counts of assaulting a police officer, using threatening words, 2 counts of using indecent words, aggravated ass...
Belize City fishermen harvest shrimp near shore
While a few may balk at the cooler weather that has prevailed over the last few days, the recent cold front is welcomed by many; we even have a name for these cold fronts, “together weather”. But today, Plusnews found another group of people that are very pleased with the weather conditi...