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The San Pedro Sun

Football Action at Five-a-side Tournament
Five-a-side action is nearing its ends as the San Pedro High School (SPHS) and Island Citizen Sporting Club (ICSP) Football Tournament heads into its ten round nearing the first elimination. The most recent set of games saw some teams struggle while others just dominated. As always, fans come out to the Angel Nuńez Auditorium to cheer on and support their favorite teams. Sunday, February 28th: Game 1: (under 11) El Pescador FC 4 – 0 Bayern Leverkusen; Game 2: (under 11) FC America 7 – 1 Beyern Munich B; Game 3: (under 11) Inter de Millan 9 – 1 PSG; Game 4: (female) Spice Girls 0 – 1 Blue Ocean Sands Girls; Game 5: Los Dorados FC 8 – 2 Empire FC; Game 6: San Juan FC 5 – 6 Island Pure FC; Game 7: United FC 1 – 0 We Them Boys; Game 8: Pro Divers FC 6 – 5 Reef Sharks FC. No matches will be played this coming weekend.

Belize defeats Mexico during MMA Showdown
Belize took on Mexico on Saturday, February 27th during a seven round Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Competition. Held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza and hosted by Body 2000, the showdown featured MMA fighters from across the country of Belize as well as from the Mexican institutions of PriMMAtes in Chetumal and Campeche’s XFM. Among the Belizean representatives were members of Dawson’s Pit Fighters which operates out of San Pedro Town and members of Prevail MMA Club in Belize City. While MMA is still relatively new to Belize, our local fighter still managed to keep the win at home, defeating the Mexicans 7-1.

The National Institute of Culture and History launches new cultural video
Guillermo “Mito” Paz, director of the San Pedro House of Culture began the event by briefly thanking everyone for attending the official launching and commending the students for being there. This was followed by a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem performed by students of the San Pedro Roman Catholic School. Welcoming the attendees was NICH’s Senior Research and Education Officer Selene Solis. She also presented a colorful poster depicting images of Carnivals, which comes with the video. Solis reminded the students that the carnival tradition in our country shows the colors of the cultures that everyone represent. The video highlighted images of the carnival in San Pedro Town and Caledonia Village, Corozal. Solis hopes that by introducing the video to young students, the tradition will continue and it will alleviate the concern about it disappearing one day.

The San Pedro Sun introduces new staff members
The San Pedro Sun is pleased to present two new members of its staff: Noel Mattu and Chelsea Hall. We ask the community to welcome them both as they work hard alongside us to positively contribute to the island newspaper. Noel Mattu, Office Manager, Sales and Marketing: Born and raised in the Corozal District, Noel has always had a strong affinity for the arts. With the desire to constantly be learning, he took on the computer sciences at Belize Adventist Junior College. Chelsea Hall, Reporter: Originally from Corozal, Belize, Chelsea was raised in the United States from the age of two and adopted the American dream. She was always a great contender when it came to school. At the age of 15, she determined her own destiny and established that she wanted to become a journalist as her career.

SHINE lanches 2016 Capital Campaign
During an informal and informative reception held at Mahogany Bay Village, the organizers of On Eagles Wings Ministries (OEWM) Belize and SHINE Girls Club outlined their vision for building a SHINE Center on Ambergris Caye. Invited guests mingled with those who have undertaken the task to bring the center to fruition, discussing goals and ways to achieve them. As the program has grown, the need has certainly been felt for a permanent location to host the girls through their 6-week empowerment courses. Beyond the young women’s need for a space to interact and feel secure, there is also a need to provide a safe haven for abused women and children, and victims of human trafficking, amongst other issues. There is no place on the island offering shelter to the displaced that have made the difficult decision to leave their abuser. As such, the numbers who do in fact walk away to begin a better life are marginal.

Ambergris Today

Ruta Maya River Challenge has begun
Early Bird team made it to San Ignacio for the start of the Ruta Maya Race, Belize's biggest sporting event. Seems like everybody is here.

San Pedro High Take On Sagicor Visionary Challenge Again
Two teams from San Pedro High School’s Academic Department have once again entered the Sagicor Visionary Challenge taking place March . A challenge that encourages secondary and high school students to develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing them. Their challenge consists of finding a problem affecting the community and coming up with a solution through their science background. The teams at San Pedro High have identified two main problems affecting the community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye which they have pinpointed to be the hygiene/skin care solution and Nutrition Cleanse. In order for them to accomplish their goal and the requirement of promoting the project by educating primary schools in the community and at the same time carry out both project plans at San Pedro High and the community, the Science Department is requesting assistance from the community.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

McGregor Battles it out vs Nate Diaz & Holly Holms vs Merisha Tate
Battle for a Title belt !! Who's it gonna be ? Come find out here at Feliz at 7pm for the prelims!! We shall see you here. Saturday March 5th!

Fabulous Images of La Ruta Maya
Images from this morning's race at the start and at the construction of the new bridge area.

Benque Archaeological Reserve Inauguration
Benque's new Archaeological Reserve was inaugurated yesterday. The CTGA got some pictures too.

FCD public outreach
The FCD educator in Belize is centering its public outreach on two topics: Beauty of Chiquibul and River Conservation. In February alone, he presented Beauty of Chiquibul to 952 students in the Cayo District.

Benque Women in Art Fiesta
Women in Art Fiesta Schedule 2016! Make it a Date Saturday March 12th, 2016

The 18th La Ruta Maya 2016 - San Ignacio
The 18th La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge kicked off today in San Ignacio, under the historic Hawkesworth Bridge, the oldest suspension bridge in Belize, Central America. What started off as a marketing campaign ended up being one of the biggest sporting events in Belize & Central America, and brought about environmental awareness.

Sunshine Charity Fashion Show
Happy and Grateful to be apart of The Sunshine Charity Fashion Show benefiting The Sunshine Scholarship Foundation of Belize. Thank you to all the organizers, models, boutiques, press and friends for making this event happen. Hope to see you all on the beach and making a splash at the pool party! At Corona Del Mar in San Pedro, Today!

Caribbean Growth Forum
Representatives from 14 Caribbean countries came together in Belize City, from Monday, February 29 to Wednesday, March 2, to take stock on key lessons learned from the hundred reform actions implemented through the Caribbean Growth Forum, and announce a Communique to move forward on their pro-growth agenda. During the meeting, countries discussed and agreed on how to create result-based roadmaps to accelerate reforms and help track the implementation of actions linked to these reforms in the areas of investment climate, skills and productivity, and logistics and connectivity. “Belize is proud to host this meeting. This is an extraordinary opportunity for Caribbean nations to build on the results achieved so far by the Caribbean Growth Forum and enhance the competitiveness of our respective countries.”

Upcoming Free Pediatric Services in San Pedro
Don't forget that this Sunday, March 6, the Friends of Pediatrics Belize will be at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for consultations. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Women in Art Fair 2016
The 2016 Women in Art Fair is next Saturday, March 12th, at the Cayo Welcome Center. Thanks, NICH!

2016 La Ruta Maya Training
Humorous article about training for La Ruta Maya. Cayo spots are all over the article, from Log Cab-Inns to Bamboo Bar. ""What do all of these things have in common? Auto repair, meat pies, Guinness, canoe accidents, metal shops, street meat, markets, new friends, jalapeno margaritas, multiple injuries, breakfast burritos, Patrick Warrior, cookies, pizza, Belikin, roulette, penny slots and paddling……. All of these (and much, much more!) were part of our 3 day 'training' weekend in Cayo to prepare for La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge!

Celebrity Basketball Rematch
The Celebrity Basketball Rematch is tomorrow night at the UB gym, starting at 7:00pm. "It's almost here! The Celebrity Basketball Rematch goes down THIS SATURDAY, March 5th at the UB Gym! Come on out and cheer on your fave celebrities as they battle for this year's championship title! Who will it be???"

Channel 7

Crossfire in Chiquibul; BDF Shoots Guat Civilian in Leg
There's been another shooting in the Chiquibul Forest - no one was killed but a BDF soldier shot a Guatemalan civilian yesterday. Reliable reports reaching 7News tonight say that a BDF patrol came under fire, and they returned fire, injuring one. At this time, the Belize Defence Force is not releasing any information because the top brass has to get a debriefing and the members of the BDF patrol haven't recorded their statements yet. What we've learned is that the incident happened yesterday in an area of the Chiquibul known as Cebada. The BDF were conducting a patrol when they came upon 2 men near the Western Border, about 1 kilometer inside Belizean territory. Preliminary information is that the men were cultivating marijuana inside Belize.

Mother of 8 Hacked To Death In Salvapan
A mother of 8 was viciously murdered this morning in Belmopan. Police found 45 year old Maria Chacon's body inside her home on Panama Street in Salvapan. Reports are that she got in a terrible fight with her common law husband and he allegedly hacked her to death. But this is not the first time he has attacked her. I traveled to Belmopan today to find out about the history of violence that led to Chacon's death. Courtney Weatherburne reporting It's on this scorched homemade stove that Maria Candelaria Chacon fried plantains. She would wake up early every morning to make plantain chips, then she would package them and go out to sell. Chacon was happy because she had gotten a fresh stack of plantains to fry this morning. But she didn't get to them because she was murdered right inside her rented room. Chacon had a fight with her common law husband last night and it only got worse this morning. A neighbor told us off camera that around 5:30, she was awakened by a commotion.

Cops Says Husband Will Be Charged This Weekend
Police expect to charge the common law husband who allegedly killed Maria Candelaria Chacon. He's been in custody since morning and the cops also have the machete she was killed with. The officer commanding Belmopan gave us the latest in the investigation:... Supt. Howell Gillett, OC - Belmopan: "The investigation as you may well know that it just occured this morning. So we are still in the initial stages of the investigation and in deed we have the husband in custody. He is in custody and certain admissions were made. We have a machete in our custody and we believe it could likely be the murder weapon. We have that in our possession also. There was a problem at the home and noises were heard and the neighbors might have seen some of what had happened. We will likely proffer charges sometime over the weekend."

One Fired For Youth Hostel Tragedy
It's one of the worst tragedies we've ever reported: In November of last year, 3 teenaged girls perished in a fire at the Youth Hostel. An investigation was immediately launched into the various breakdowns in protocol that left the girls locked in a wooden building which no one could open. Tonight, almost four months later, there are still more questions than answers but we can at least confirm today that, as a result of that internal investigation, one person has been terminated. And according to CEO of that Ministry, more are still in line to receive further disciplinary actions. Judith Alpuche, CEO, Min. of Human Development: "The investigation that we did was internal to us because we needed to understand what went wrong and for our own clarity and for us to take the necessary action as well. The processes that we're talking about, are processes that have to do with disciplinary procedure. In our case, one person has been terminated because that was within the purview of the ministry to do that. But there are other people who have to go through the public service process that they come in the domain of the public service commission and so those are the processes. The report is completed. what we have been advised though is that there are certain processes that are still on going in terms of disciplinary actions that need to be taken etc. so the advice that we're getting is that we need to ensure that these processes are completed before we can come forward publicly. "

CEO Not Happy With Human Traffic Decision
When 64 year old Estella Gonzalez was convicted of human trafficking in February, she became Belize's first conviction for that widespread offence. When she went to court for sentencing, her attorneys asked for leniency citing Gonzalez's multiple health problems. The judge agreed to fine her 75 thousand dollars, and not confine her to prison. Today we spoke to CEO in the Ministry of Human Development Judith Alpuche, who said she was aghast when she learnt about the court ruling on Estella Gonzalez. "We're very disappointed, because this was a hard fact case. We certainly from our perspective know the pain and the suffering that this young woman went through. She was incredibly brave in ensuring that she was a witness that sat on the stand for many days in search of justice, in helping others to get that conviction."

Caught With Conch, Men Taken To Court
Yesterday, we told you about the 4 fishermen that the Fisheries Department caught with just under a thousand illegal fisheries products, including a little over 800 juvenile conch. Well they are 31 year old Freddy Cortez, 21 year old Yadir Vargas, 49 year old Cipriano Flores along with 18 year old Ricky Teck. Tonight all 4 men are out of bail. They were arraigned late yesterday evening on the charge of possession of undersized conch, and each were separately charged for a small portion of the conch, which the Fisheries Department claims they took ownership of. But in court, they told the sitting magistrate that the fisheries products weren't theirs, and they pleaded not guilty to that. After that, they were released on bail.

Internal Beef In PUP Belmopan Constituency
Jason Patrick Andrews was the PUP Candidate for Belmopan - but now committee members are accusing him of cleaning out the constituency office. They've made a complaint to police about all the stuff he took - they say it was donated to the office, while he seems to think it was donated to him. The items include a water cooler, a laptop computer, a flat screen TV and other items. Belmopan police today confirmed that a report was made a few weeks ago, but the officer commanding told us he's handling it with some level of discretion:... Supt. Howell Gillett, OC - Belmopan: "The police always like to be in the middle of everything. Its politics. I don't want to go into any details more than to say that yes report has been received at Belmopan Police Station and we are dealing with it through civil means. I believe that as the commander here in this formation, what we are doing is the best way forward. It's been dealt with internally and I believe we will have a resolution very shortly. I am personally involved and I believe, with the experience that I have dealing with these matters, I believe that very soon we will have a complete resolution to the issue."

Data Paying Off For BTL
As we told you two nights ago, BTL is embarking on a major investment with the new 40 million dollar 4GLTE switch. It's a necessary investment because the present 4G System is congested after experiencing explosive growth in the past year. And that's because phone users are increasingly shifting their usage preference to data. And it's beginning to pay off for BTL, whose revenue had been sagging because fewer phone calls are actually being made. Instead phone users are now spending that same money on data, and at Tuesday's press conference, BTL Executive Anwar Barrow said the company's revenue was showing strong growth:.. Anwar Barrow, Chairman, Exec. Committee - BTL: "Our revenues this year are going to be up substantially. I wouldn't want to say exactly how much, but we are closing our financial year at the end of this month and we've had a significant uptake in revenues after 6 years of decline. We've had a complete turn around there. So, a big part of that turn around has been possible because of the 4G network and our ability to connect people on that network." BTL's financial year ends at the end of March - and shareholders will see the accounts and get their dividends at the annual general meeting in September.

US Ambassador Not Impressed With Debates
Taking a turn now to US politics, Donald Trump is the frontrunner for the Republican Party nomination in the US Presidential Election. Just the thought of that, has the establishment of America's Grand Old Party…well…you could say they are shaking in their boots. The US Ambassador is a Democrat, so he doesn't have a dog in the Republican fight - but speaking with us yesterday in Benque Viejo he did tell us that he feels the debates have sunk to a new low - and that's due in no small part to Donald Trump:… Ambassador Moreno was nominated by US President Barack Obama to head the Belize mission.

Ladrick Gets A Run
Two weeks ago we told you about Ladrick Shepard, the Orange Walk politician who said he was being blocked from running for President of the Orange Walk Football Association. Well, it seems his complaint was heard because a release sent out by the FFB Secretariat says that Sheppard has been approved to contest the election. He will run for Chairman against Carlos Umana. The election will be held on Sunday March 13, at La Immaculada R.C. School.

A Maya Site For Benque Viejo
Benque Viejo has some of the richest Mestizo traditions in Belize - but if you want to experience mayan grandeur, you have to head a few miles east, to Xunantunich. That premier Mayan site with the magnificent El Castillo structure is the pride of Succotz Village. Well, now Benque has its own Mayan site. Now, it's not Xunantunich - but was we found out yesterday, it is a part of it. Jules Vasquez has the report:... Benque Viejo Town now has its own Maya site. Xunantunich in the nearby village of of Succotz still casts a long shadow - but here a few miles away, Benque is holding its own with more than just the sweet sounds of the Marimba Youth Academy. Hilberto Rancharan, Mayor, Benque Viejo: "The Benque site has been restored. A temple among and within the town isn't that special enough?" Dr. John Morris, Director of Archaeology, NICH: "We said, 'look, you know there's an archeological site right in the middle of Benque that we want to preserve. We can do some work here, let's come together apply for some funds and this will attract people who come here' and not only people who come to Xunantunich but people coming to Benque will have an area to go to."

Seeds For Safety
240 Women from all across the country have received seed grants to start up their own businesses. This was an initiative done under the BA1 project- a regional effort geared towards the prevention of violence against women through empowerment. The project is an initiative led by the Government of Belize and BELTRAIDE in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Central American Integration System. Originally over 300 women were taken up by the program and trained in business and life planning but only these 240 women graduated and are now being assisted with a $500 US dollar grant. Today they were honored with a symbolic handing over of the grant. Judith Alpuche, CEO, Min. of Human Development: "This is one component or one activity of this project that has gone on for a bit more than a year now. We're on the last stages of it and it really focuses on economic empowerment for women. Economic empowerment is both a prevention and intervention strategy for gender based violence. The idea is and studies bear this out - that if women are financially stable, if they can stand on their own two feet, so to speak, they will be less vulnerable to being victims of gender based violence. And also it's an essential tool to help them to get out of situations."

Protest Note Sent
On Tuesday, we showed you our interview with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. He discussed what exactly will be in that protest note to Guatemala about the weekend Sarstoon showdown between the Guatemalan Military and the Territorial Volunteers. He made the point that even though the language will be calm, the Belize Government will still be forceful in their protest of the actions taken by the Guat Navy. Well, it seems that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has done just that. This photo, which has been attached to the protest note, looks to be the direct positioning of the boats at the Mouth of the Sarstoon last week Saturday. In the top, sitting in Belizean waters, you can see the two boats from the Territorial Volunteers. Right at the entrance, in the form of a blockade, you can also see 3 Guatemalan Vessels, one of which is squarely in Belizean territorial waters. The other looks to be in neutral waters, and the third is in Guatemalan waters.

BPP Will Join Deputy Will
But that is no appeasement for territorial activist and third party politician Wil Maheia. He's going to Belmopan to protest on Tuesday. And the Belize Progressive Party - of which Maheia is deputy leader say they have his back. The party issued a release today saying it confirms its participation in what it calls a non-partisan event. The release ends by saying, quote, "The BPP joins our territorial volunteers in condemning Guatemala's de facto seizure of Belizean territorial waters in the Sarstoon." End quote.

Sharim Takes On The Cops
Today in the Supreme Court, Justice Sonya Young presided over the end of the evidence taking phase of a civil suit brought by 28 year-old Corozal Resident Sharim Baeza. He's suing the Government of Belize and a retired cop for what he believes was malicious prosecution against him. Back in 2003, almost 13 years ago, Sharim Baeza's father, 34 year-old Wilfredo Baeza, was killed at their home in Corozal; he had been shot in the head. Police accused the young Sharim - who was only 16 years-old at the time - of conspiring with his stepmother to hire his two older brothers to kill his father. He was then arrested and charged with Abetment and Conspiracy to commit murder. He was tried in October 2006 before Justice Troadio Gonzalez, and the cornerstone of the prosecution's case against him was that he supposedly gave a caution statement in which he confessed to the crime. He was convicted in that trial and sentenced to life in Prison, but his attorneys appealed to the Court of Appeal. They won that appeal, and a retrial was ordered.

La Ruta Maya: A River Runs Through It
The 2015 edition of the La Ruta Maya race started at 7:00 this morning under the Hawkesworth Bridge. 61 teams - a little less than last year - paddled off at the start - down the Macal River headed for Banana bank. 49 miles later, Koop sheet metal was the first to reach Banana Bank and are currently holding the lead. Tonight the teams are camped out at there and head off to Double Head Cabbage at dawn tomorrow. Channel 7 will have live coverage when the race enters Belize City for the finish on Monday morning at around 11:00.

Street Art Sayonara
And as we close before this first long weekend of 2015, we take a clip form last weekend's Street Art Festival. Monday will be Heroes and Benefactors day, and certainly one of the cultural heroes' has to be Pen Cayetano and here he is performing with the Original Turtle Shell Band.

Channel 5

A Guatemalan Poacher is Shot South of Chiquibul Forest
There is a confirmed report tonight of a Guatemalan national being shot in an area south of the Chiquibul known as Cebada.  Brigadier General David Jones told News Five earlier [...]

A Mother of 7 is Hacked to Death by Her Common-law Husband
Domestic violence has been the cause of several murders in 2015. Tonight, there is a report of a femicide in which the life of a forty-five year old woman of [...]

Foreign Minister Elrington Says Belize has no Defense Guarantee
In an extended and exclusive interview this morning with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, we touched on a long list of pressing issues in respect of the Sarstoon waters in southern [...]

A Diplomatic Note is Sent to Guatemalan Government
This morning, we also asked about the diplomatic note that was to be dispatched to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala, in light of the incursion in the Sarstoon [...]

What’s the Latest on Independent Investigation into Deadly Youth Hostel Fire?
On November seventh, 2015 a fire broke inside one of the buildings at the Princess Royal Youth Hostel at mile twenty-one and a half on the George Price Highway. Three [...]

Illegal Guatemalan Settlements Popping Up in Belize
There are reports of new Guatemalan settlements popping up in areas of southern Belize. Those are in addition to others in the Chiquibul where xateros and gold-panners operate within the [...]

Is Burning Down Their Structures a Solution to the Problem?
The issue of illegal settlements was raised with the Foreign Minister. His response was that Belize is likely to continue to rely on the O.A.S. to assist in the removal [...]

Maya Leaders Alliance Weighs in on Continuing Incursions in the South
Program Coordinator for the Maya Leaders Alliance, Pablo Mis, has also weighed in on the ongoing issue.  Despite all efforts to notify relevant authorities of any incursions, it requires a [...]

What’s Sedi’s Take on O.A.S. Involvement? Is Belize Getting Needed Support?
Does the government support the re-internalization of the territorial dispute?  The P.U.P. has made that recommendation given the current situation in the south where the Guatemalan military appears to be [...]

BA1 Project Rolls Out Seed Capital to 240 Belizean Women
“Opportunities, Risks, and Victories: Women carving their own images on Belize’s canvas” – it’s the theme for a project ceremony held today at the Radisson that empowers women into achieving [...]

C.E.O. Judith Alpuche Explains BA1 Project Process
The symbolic handing over ceremony held today signals the success of stage one of the project, which is being carried out by the Government of Belize through the Women’s Department, [...]

UWI Hosts ZIKA Symposium
A few weeks ago, the University of the West Indies (UWI) marshaled a task force consisting of its best medical practitioners and experts for the express purpose of fighting the [...]

Multimillion Dollar Education Project Launched in the North
The University of Belize, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports and the European Union today launched a two-year project at the Corozal Junior College to [...]

4 Fishermen Arraigned for Possession of Undersized Conchs
On Thursday, we reported on a group of fishermen that was busted with over one thousand undersized conchs.  The men were onboard a vessel which was located south of Belize [...]

Ruta Maya 2016, Koop Sheet Metal Dominates First Leg of Annual Race
This morning at the foot of the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio, sixty teams of paddlers gathered on the Macal River to commence. The annual La Ruta Maya Challenge.  It [...]



La Ruta Maya 2016 – Day One
The 19th running of the Belikin La RUta Maya Challenge got underway this morning from San Ignacio, Cayo District. Here is a snapshot of the 180-mile race down the Belize River.

Domestic Dispute Leaves Woman Dead
A domestic dispute turned fatal in western Belize. Angelica Cruz has the story.

Cattle Disease Crisis Ongoing; Livestock Owners Advised
A notice coming out of the Belize Agricultural Health Authority is strongly advising cattle owners to get their livestock vaccinated against rabies if they haven’t been vaccinated within the last year and to also get them vaccinated against Blackleg if they haven’t been vaccinated within the last six months. The notice comes about following the […]

Accused Aide in Murder Case Acquitted; Arresting Officer Now Goes to Court
The civil suit brought by 28- year-old, Sharim Baeza, against the Retired Superintendent of Police, Eugene Fuentes, Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie and the Attorney General’s office wrapped up today in the court room of Justice Sonya Young. The case has its root in the 2003 murder of 34 year old Wilfredo Baeza- the father […]

Hostel Investigation Completed; Results Unrevealed
Shadisha Arnold, Anna Carlos and Elizabeth McKoy are the names of the three teenagers that perished in a fire at the youth hostel on November 28 of last year. An investigative report was to be submitted in January of this year and apparently, it has been completed but nothing has been released to the media […]

CEO Alpuche Disappointed in Outcome of Human Trafficking Case
Last month 64-year-old, Honduran national Estela Gonzalez was found guilty of human trafficking. Gonzalez escaped jail time and was instead given a fifty thousand dollar fine to pay. Two doctors gave testimonies that Gonzalez is suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and urinary tract infection which were taken into consideration and thus she […]

A Seat for Cordel Hyde at the PUP Executive Table
The People’s United Party has spent the last few weeks getting its house in order under the new leadership of John Briceno. There are still some vacant seats on the party’s National Executive which Briceno says he has gotten the green light to restructure. With this restructuring in mind, it begs the question whether there […]

PUP Wants Re-registration and Redistricting Done
Yesterday we told you of the various committees that are being formed in the People’s United Party. One committee we did not mention was the one that will be tackling and lobbying for re-registration of the electorate and re-districting of the constituencies. Other committees being formed are the Legal Team, the Economic Development Team as […]

Plans to Picket at Next House Sitting
After Belize Territorial Volunteer’s (BTV) encountered Guatemalan vessels in Belizean waters, leader of BTV Wil Maheia has decided to demand the attention of the Government in a different fashion. He has decided to picket at the next Sitting of the House and is inviting members of the public to join him as Government officials gather […]


Hon. Dean Barrow Appointed as a Member of the Privy Council
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has announced that Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Dean Barrow has been appointed as a Member of the Privy Council. With this, the Prime Minister can now legitimately be referred to as the Right Honourable Dean Barrow. The announcement was published on the website of the...

Shots fired during attempted robbery in Belize City
Shots were fired on Wednesday evening in Belize City. Thankfully, no one was injured. According to reports, it was an attempted robbery of Vega’s Distributors. Sometime around five p.m on Wednesday March 2, Vega’s Distributors of Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo was in Belize City on Central American B...

CPBL delays payment to growers pending approval of loan facility
The citrus industry has been rocked by news that producer company Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL) will not be able to pay this week’s payroll to growers, pending the Central Bank of Belize approving an application made to Heritage Bank in December for 10 million Belize dollars in working ca...

Ex-Mayor loses appeal on traffic case
Ravell Gonzalez, the former Mayor of Orange Walk Town, lost the appeal of his conviction by a jury of two counts of causing death by careless conduct upon a 2 year old child, identified as Martita Lopez, and a family friend, Manuel Coto. The aspiring attorney is now on the hook for more in court fin...

Government Must Return $2.8 Million to Coye Family
The Government of Belize must return 2.8 million dollars of the more than 3 million which was seized from the Coye family back in 2008. Melanie Coye was convicted of money laundering in late July of 2012, but appealed in 2014 and won. The Coyes have been trying to get back their money which was se...

18 Pounds of Weed near Corozal Free Zone
There was a hefty drug bust in the North on Tuesday. A joint operation involving customs, coastguard and B.D.F. personnel on Tuesday night, near the Corozal Free Zone, led to the arrest of a Cuban national, forty-three-year-old Waldo Bernal Pol. Police say Pol and another man were seen in the area a...

San Ignacio resident charged with Drug Trafficking
28 year old Jeffery Navarette of San Ignacio has been arrested and charged for the offence of Drug Trafficking. On Wednesday the 2nd of March, a passenger bus was stopped and searched on the Phillip Goldson Highway in front of the Sandhill Police Station. Navarette had on a knapsack which was...