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The San Pedro Sun
Belizekids.org and Canary Cove launch new eye clinic
Through the team efforts of BelizeKids.org (BKO), Canary Cove, Stanford University in California, USA, the San Pedro Lions Club, and the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI), San Pedro Town now has its first-ever, free eye clinic. Located at the current San Pedro Lions Den’s BCVI examination room, the eye clinic is now equipped with all necessary machines in order to provide an array of services. Listwin explained his inspiration behind the project. “Healthcare is a big missing piece in this community, and my wife and I try to do a major project in the community every year. I have lived here part-time for 10 years, and I consider San Pedro as one of my home communities. We’ve been very fortunate in technology businesses, so we wanted to invest in the local community. This idea just came about as an accident. I met Lion Jan Brown who needed additional equipment for the Lions eye-screening program, and after meeting Dr. Fisher, who is my neighbor, all of this came together when we spoke to the San Pedro Lions Club.
National Tourism Policy consultations assesses Belize’s Tourism Product
In an effort to update the National Tourism Policy (NTP), a consultation workshop was held at the Sunbreeze Hotel Conference Room on Thursday, May 18th. The United Nations (UN) has designated 2017 as the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’, and are highlighting the need for a tourism policy that delivers sustainable and inclusive growth, protects the environment, celebrates cultural diversity, and enhances mutual understanding. The last NTP for Belize was prepared in 2005, and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA) stated that a revised policy is needed to reflect current trends that are affecting the country’s tourism industry. Consultations have been hosted in San Ignacio, Orange Walk Town, Belize City, Placencia, and Punta Gorda. San Pedro was the last stop for the Northern Islands and Belize Reef region.
3rd Annual Frenchie’s Offshore Open catch and release tournament held in Caye Caulker
The 3rd annual Frenchie’s Offshore Open was hosted by the Belize Game Fish Association (BGFA) out of the popular Lazy Lizard in Caye Caulker over the Commonwealth Day weekend, Saturday, May 20th and 21st. A total of 22 boats entered to compete for over $15,000 in cash and prizes. Despite the heavy southeaster breeze, the tournament was declared a success, and at the end of the two-day competition team ‘No Worry Bout Nothing,’ manned by Captain Aldo Urbina captured the grand prize. The first place trophy went to Captain Urbina and his team No Worry Bout Nothing, who recorded a total of 5,073.5 points over the two-day tournament and walked away with a cash prize of $5,000. In second place was Captain Hillyboo and his team Carly with a total of 2,574.5 points and $3,000. Capturing third place was Captain Codd with a total of 2,510 points and a cash prize of $1,500. In fourth place, with 1,042.5 points and a cash prize of $1,000 was team Arsenal, followed by team Fishizzle in fifth place with 704.5 points and a cash prize of $500.
Captain Shark’s celebrates 20 years of service to La Isla Bonita
Captain Shark’s Marine Center celebrated their 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 20th at their location on Lion Street in San Pedro Town. Throughout the day, there were great deals on accessories for fishing, boats, marine equipment; golf cart parts and amazing deals on their new Club Car golf carts. Visitors even had the chance to test drive the new and upgraded golf carts, which according to management are the only ones in town and available at Captain Shark’s only.
Five-a-Side football tournament: Week two
Wednesday night saw three games take place in the male division. Games started at 7PM, and saw sweeping victories favoring the most prepared teams. At the end of the first night of games the results were: Jokers FC 4 vs Goliath 1, Rough & Tough 3 vs Tropic 1, and Rookies 6 vs Tuff Strikers 0. The second round of games continues on Friday, May 27th, and runs through the weekend starting at 7PM. Everyone is invited to come out and support our local athletes!
SUCCESS: Development Stop Order Issued On Property With Maya Mound
The Institute of Archaeology has issued a stop order on any clearing, construction or development on a parcel of land in the San Pablo Area of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize after property owners decided to level a large section of a Maya mound located on site.
Proper test pits will be dug on the San Pablo site in order to isolate Maya artifacts, record the significance of the side, preserving finds and the mound itself. According to Dr. Allan Moore there have been a number of stop orders placed on development attempts on this particular property as it seems that it has been sold a few times. Upon realizing that the property contains a Maya mound and that they cannot develop on the land, the owners have resorted into reselling the property.
Journalist Kendis Gibson Visits Belize After 11 Years
Belizean native, Kendis Gibson, residing in the United States of America has made a name for himself as a successful journalist. He just recently was named co-anchor of ABC’s ‘America This Morning’ & ‘World News.” Two weeks ago he took a break from his television studio life to come back home in Belize and revisiting family and childhood memories.
Misc Belizean Sources
Belize Chef Leads the Charge for Sustainable Seafood
Chef Jennie Staines has pioneered the use of sustainable seafood in Belize’s dining scene. She’s the head chef at Elvi’s Kitchen in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, the country’s largest island and a major tourist destination. In addition to carrying on a family business that started in her childhood home, Staines has been a tireless advocate for reforming fishing-related laws and education in Belize. We recently spoke with the chef about her sustainable crab claw project, the best way to cook invasive lionfish and why she cares about buying and serving responsible seafood.
Miss Teen Belize
The girls are on la isla Bonita San Pedro! They were privileged to meet Mayor Daniel Guerrero . Thank you San Pedro Town Council for making this possible!
32nd BTIA Bi-Annual General Meeting
July 8, 2017
BTIA Meets With Airbnb Representatives
On May 11th, 2017, BTIA representatives held a meeting with two Airbnb officials, Mr. Shawn Sullivan and Mr. Carlos Munoz, who are responsible for Airbnb’s public policy division for Latin America and the Caribbean. BTB’s Business Development Manager, Sean Tang, also participated in the meeting. Airbnb is the number one online marketplace and hospitality service that allows people to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms.
Defence Minister Hon John Saldivar calls for Stronger Relationships and More Meaningful Partnership in Regional Fight against Terrorism and Organized Crime
Belize’s Minister of Defence Hon John Saldivar has called for stronger relationships and a frank and more meaningful partnership among nations of the region in order to effectively counter terrorism and organized crime. Hon Saldivar made the remarks at the Ninth Caribbean Regional Intelligence Conference recently held in Belize.
“The dynamic, ever-changing, elusive global context of the 21st century has forced nation states to constantly review and reinvent the way decisions are made to reflect and address the growing demands of new and emerging social, economic and geo-political challenges,” Hon Saldivar asserted.
Elaborating on the new challenges and the opportunities they offer, Hon Saldivar stated, “By extension, these global changes have created opportunities to advance our partnerships and systems to address critical issues relating to security and defence which are unique to our times.
Our Full Moon Party is the most anticipated event in Caye Caulker. On Friday, June 9th, expectations will be fulfilled.
Subentiente lopez border from Belize to Mexico is still closed
Just a reminder to all visitors traveling to the Corozal Freezone or are heading to subentiente lopez border from Belize to Mexico is still closed. Only, motorcycles and pedestrians are allowed at this time to cross. Freezone motorcycles are back in services to allow the free flow of business. Since, two weeks ago the border was closed things had died down and not much movement is happening. It was closed down due to a drug activity that was happening here at the border. Things are back to normal. But, not for those who make money taking customers from Subentiente Lopez to the Freezone.
Presentations from YO Creek cultural groups
Here is an opportunity for you to experience a Cultural Exchange!
Saturday: Presentations from our visitors and our very own YO Creek cultural groups.
Sunday: Witness a demonstration of the Poktapok game commencing at 9:00am.
Be sure to make an effort to attend!!!!!
NATIONAL CORN, COCONUT & BBQ FESTIVAL 2017!
This could be Corozal's main event of the year. There is no better time to come up to Corozal than for this three day event. Featuring Ms. Corn Fest Pageant, Bachata and Salsa Competions, MIss Top Model DIVA Finals, BBQ Competion, Bicycle decoration competion, 10 Gate prizes, Admission: General $10 Kids $5. July 14, 15, 16 at the Andres Campos Civic Center. Come support a great event. REMINDER - FINAL DATE TO PURCHASE BOOTHS IS THURSDAY, JUNE 15th, 2017. LAST CALL ON ALL CORN AND COCONUT SUPPLIERS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY TO PLEASE CHECK IN WITH US TO PURCHASE YOUR BOOTH AND REGISTER FOR THE NATIONAL CORN, COCONUT & BBQ FESTIVAL COMPETITIONS at #9, 5th Avenue, Corozal Town where Transport Department used to be or call 662-2609 for more info.
Collage Art Exhibit
The SISE HoC has a new exhibit running through next month. It's art based upon collages. They have some pictures from the launch.
"Launch of SISE House of Culture's New Collage Art Exhibition. The Exhibition will run though to June 30th."
Growing worms for soil
In the Vaca plateau farmers are being supported in the production of vermi-culture. The intent is to promote the reproduction and use of worms for soil richness.
Ordination of The Most Reverent Lawrence Nicasio
Blessings on the Ordination of The Most Reverent Lawrence Nicasio as the new Bishop of Belize! We look forward to working with you in serving our communities for years to come.
Noche intercultural and Maya Ball
Puksi'ik'al Maya in collaboration with Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo Uimqroo Universidad presents a Noche intercultural and Maya Ball at Yo Creek, Orange Walk, Belize on Saturday 27th May 2017 and Sunday 28th May 2017.
Today is 8 Kib in the Maya Tzolk'in calendar
This day is associated with birds of death, of night and day, the vulture and the owl, who is the messenger of the gods of the underworld.
Game #2 of the NEBL between San Pedro Tiger Sharks and Belmopan Bandits ended with a final score of 81-73 in favor of Belmopan Bandits. Game #3 will be held in San Pedro Town for the NEBL Championship on Saturday, June 3rd.
Blood Drive to be held on Saturday
Belize Red Cross San Pedro Chapter (BRCSPC) will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, May 27th at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, from 9AM to 3PM. The BRCSPC encourages all donors to think RED--Rest well by getting a good night’s sleep, Eat a good and high iron-based breakfast, and Drink plenty of healthy fluids before the blood donation. To find out more on how you can donate, what your blood type is, or are in need of blood, please email [email protected], or [email protected] You can also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/belizeredcrosssanpedro
Poets Corner: Censorship!
By Abdulmajeed Nunez.
They aim to silence the voices of hope
Anyone who's vociferous and says nope
To the raping and pillaging our the countries resource
They’ve dragged Moses name through the courts
They arrested Jihad for a roach
Arrested Geovannie and Fitz on false report
They labeled Audrey persona non grata
They arrest Luis Wade pan pure propaganda
Even I was called out by the education minista
Jazz Fest... special Dinner/Concert at San Ignacio Resort Hotel
Saturday, June 10th...limited seating so get your tickets early...Belize International Jazz Festival 2017!!!
Belize celebration of men and women in the fishing industry. Caribbean Fisherfolk Day is celebrated on June 29th across the region. A ceremony at Memorial Park on June 1st @10 am will launch the month of activities.
Mango Fest BAREFOOTBEACH
Saturday, June 3 at 8 PM - 3 AM in Hopkins. The will take place in Belize in June 3, 2017. So get ready for the after bash at Belize barefoot beach bar.
INICIAMOS INTERNATIONAL TATTOO EXPO BELIZE
Friday, May 26 at 11 AM
Specialized bicycle patrol training
The Embassy, through its INL office, strengthens the Belize Police Department's capabilities by providing specialized bicycle patrol training. This partnership program brings together U.S. state and local law enforcement agencies, such as the PBSO - Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, and Belizean law enforcement professionals to enhance Belize's capacity to counter international crime.
Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Beauty and the Beast, John Wick 2, Boss Baby, Kidnap
Grandmother Killed By Bees At Grandson’s School
The doors were closed at the Arms of Love Primary School in San Ignacio today after a deadly bee attack. Yesterday afternoon at 2:30, Cruz Raquel Chan went to pick up her grandson at the school- as she usually does. But instead of wrapping her arms around her little boy and carrying him home, she was wrapped in the deadly grip of a swarm of Killer Bees. Chan died after she was stung 43 times. It was a terrifying and chaotic scene at the school grounds as students, parents and teachers were outside when the bees invaded. Courtney Weatherburne has more details on this attack.
Like all school grounds, the one at Arms of Love Primary School in San Ignacio is always active with kids as they play or gather for outdoor activities. And yesterday afternoon during the 2:30 break, it was no different.
But terror was unleashed as a swarm of killer bees descended on the crowded school compound. The teachers and kids scrambled into classrooms and shut all the doors and windows.
But 60 year old Cruz Raquel Chan couldn't get away. She had just arrived at school to pick up her 6 year old grandson when the bees viciously attacked her.
Popular DJ Murdered, For What?
Right now, in the local fraternity of DJ's is mourning the loss of one of their own. He's Andrew Bennett, better known by his stage name, "Hard Rock", and he was at his home on Central American Boulevard last night. That's basically the headquarters for his music business, and where youths congregate to practice the art of disc jockeying.
So, it should have been a safe place, but that's where Hard Rock's killer came to take his life. His entire neighborhood now grieves, and today, our news team went looking for answers. Daniel Ortiz reports:
Evan "Mose" Hyde - Program Manager, Krem Radio:
"Stunned. I don't know if there is any other word that comes to mind, but completely stunned and besides stunned, it's like, it's just, it's like when you get a punch in your gut, because I woke up in the middle of the night and saw the bunch of messages and I was like, I couldn't really put my head around its Hard Rock got shot down. I mean Hard Rock is not a gangster."
Hard Rock Overthrew “The President"
We also got a chance to catch up with 2 of his peers, the legendary DJ, Presi-D and the up-and-coming DJ Spice. Legend has it that some years ago, Hard Rock and Presi-D had a famous battle, where Hard Rock toppled his mentor from title of best DJ in Belize.
That was a great upset because Hard Rock learned everything he knew about being a DJ from watching Presi-D work. So this evening, Presi-D discussed Rock's growth and influence in his community, and the significance of his loss.
Presi-D - Hard Rock's Mentor:
"When he used to come after school, he used to always want DJ with us. So I would tell him to finish school first, but when he finished school, the man used to hang out with us and DJ with us and we would show him because we don't hold down any youth. All the youths, we make sure they make it. The little youth was always inspired by us to DJ so, in respect the man used to come after primary school and come DJ with us and we told him finish school and then come DJ with us."
DJ Spice Remembers the Rock As A Mentor, A Pillar
So, as you heard in our interview, Presi-D thinks that it is up to the deejay's from the Hard Rock crew to carry on his legacy. One such student is Paul Gamboa, who's known on Krem Radio as "DJ Spice".
Today, while he was in the middle of his evening segment on the Radio, he gave us an interview reacting to the gun murder of his mentor. Here's what he told us:
Paul Gamboa "DJ Spice" - Mentored by Hard Rock:
"It's rough and he brought me to where I am right now. He taught me everything about music, when I was a stray being bad boy and wanting to be a street boy, that man brought me into this world what I already had in me and he just brought it out. I watched him physically do that to enough youth. He's like a father to me, he's more than a father. Growing up I saw his face every single day of my life and it's hard to go through without seeing his face."
Senior Immigration Officer Accused Of Drunk Driving
An Immigration Officer assigned to the Big Creek Port has been charged for driving under the influence. Independence Police arrested 49 year old Antonio Teck on Friday May 19th. when they saw him swerving on the Cowpen road during daylight hours. He was driving a private vehicle and appeared to be drunk, so they arrested him. He was charged for driving with alcohol levels above the prescribed limit. He appeared in Independence Magistrate's Court today where he pleaded not guilty. Director Of Immigration Diana Locke did not reply to our question about whether disciplinary action would be taken.
No Jail for TV Thief Justin
Last November, Justin Longsworth's boss accused him of stealing eleven 49 inch flat screen TVs. Longsworth's boss, customs broker Jason Valdez, told police that on October 31st Longsworth cleared the TVs for the Radisson - but they never made it to the hotel.
Security footage and signatures proved that Longsworth did indeed receive the shipment. When police questioned the driver Francisco Gutierrez, he admitted that Longsworth gave him one of the TVs in exchange for him keeping his mouth shut.
Vera Versus Modiri, The Verdict Coming
Viewers may remember Orlando Vera. He's the police department's Firearms Examiner who was charged last year August with the offence known as "abetment of the crime of perverting the course of justice." What that means is that basically he allegedly offered to take money - to make a criminal charge disappear in court.
And it's no minor case in which he allegedly did this: it's the case of Michael Modiri, the Franks Eddy neighbour of the American Tour Operator Bradley Paumen.
Paumen and 3 others have been charged with perverting the course of justice, for allegedly trying to plant a gun on Modiri, so that he could be sent to jail. Modiri beat that charge, but he said that between June and 1 and July 31, Vera offered to tamper with evidences so against him so that he could be acquitted.
Solar Grid Great For La Gracia
La Gracia Village in the Cayo District is remote, so much so that you would say, it's off the grid. But, in this case, that would be a literal meaning because La Gracia is also off the electrical grid. And that's why the village - which is due east of Valley of Peace was designated as a pilot site for what's called a "Photo Voltaic Smart Grid". It's basically a solar power system but this one gets the Smart designation because of its ability to harness, store and distribute power to an entire community, making sure that they constantly get 120 volts in their homes - just like regular folks who are supplied by BEL.
The three quarter million dollar system was opened yesterday afternoon with all parties noting the change in the quality of life and education it will bring to the village:
Nazarenes Call Leaders “Unrighteous”
Pastor and television personality Louis Wade continues to get support in his fight with the Belize Police Department - and the political directorate. Earlier this week, it was the National Evangelical Association of Belize that came out supporting him and blasting the police. And today it is his denomination, The Church of the Nazarene. They issued a statement this evening saying, quote, "Pastor Louis Wade Jr. is one of our outstanding pastors who maintains a high level of integrity and commitment...To question his character in the way it is being done and to publish it nationwide is to discredit the Church of the Nazarene."
The statement then takes a sharp political turn, saying, quote, "We fully support Pastor Wade in his endeavour to stand against unrighteousness, even if it is against leaders that make up our government. We are fully committed to praying for them, but will not condone any questionable act that will undermine our people as a nation." end quote.
Mental Health Experts Say No Love In The Triangle That Caused Lascelle Martinez’s Death
And the Mental Health Association has also issued a statement. This one is about the murder of Lascelle Martinez in Punta Gorda, and all that talk about the love triangle that led to his death. The Mental Health Association says that "love triangle" term, quote, "trivializes an incident of domestic partner abuse that resulted in the death of one person, serious injury to another and probably ruin to the life of the accused."
The statement adds, quote, "until we recognise that (these incidents) are fuelled not by love but by control and self loathing, we will not be able to reduce their impact on our families and societies."
BDF and Coast Guard Females Jostling To See Who Will Be Wonder Woman
The women of the Belize Coast Guard and Belize Defense Force are going head to head in the second annual Wonder Woman Challenge. The competition pits four teams of female officers against each other in several competitions designed to test their teamwork, endurance and mental fortitude. The event kicked off this morning with a six-mile relay race followed by a run-swim-run competition. The event's coordinator, Lt. Junior Grade Alma Pinelo, told us about the grueling challenge and the sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie it's meant the foster...
Lt. Junior Grade Alma Pinelo - Event Organizer:
"So what we've been doing this morning we started off with a six man relay. It's a two main event so today we'll be doing, this afternoon we'll be doing a run-swim-run competition, which is a run for one miles right here around the compound, there is a one mile ocean swim right there in the sea and then finishing off with a one mile run. Tomorrow we'll have two different events. Again at 8 and one being an obstacle course in the afternoon, and then a four lap run and each lap has different burdens that each team has to carry. The purpose of it was to do a security forces competition but for it to be all females.
Norman No More At KHMH
He's been the Director of Finance at the KHMH for almost three years, but quite suddenly, Norman Augustine is no longer in that job. The CEO today confirmed that the board decided to pay him off and send him home earlier this week. He would not discuss the grounds for this decision. Augustine was a contract officer first hired in November 2014.
How To Avoid Killer Bee Swarms
Earlier in the news, we had the terrible story of the grandmother who was killed by a swarm of Africanized bees. In 2014, Courtney Weatherburne asked bee experts about how you can avoid a bee swarm or survive an attack. Here's that story from our archive:..
Courtney Weatherburne reporting:
At the first sight of a bee flying near, fear overcomes and the initial reaction is to either run or swat the bee away.
Bees are seen as dangerous creatures even more so as a swarm. the Africanize bees has a different behavior; you van never know what they will do, they are unpredictable.
But what causes the unpredictability in the behavior of the Africanized honey bees? And how did they even get to Belize?
Mestizo Spring Meets Creole Autumn In New Poetry Collection
We all know Myrna Manzanares and her passion for the Creole culture. But, now, she's ventured into something different by teaming up with a teenaged girl to compile a book of poems. It's called "The Healing Circle" and after 2 years of distillation, it was launched today at the St. Catherine's Auditorium. Now what could a grown woman like Manzanares have in common with a 17 year old girl? Well...More than you think ... Courtney Weatherburne has the story:
Since there are two authors - there are also two launches. Today's event was for Azizi, and, tomorrow, Manzanares will have her own launch at the Leo Bradley Library at 10:00. The Governor General is slated to attend.
A Festival Celebration
The National Festival of the Arts is an annual treat in the month of May - and the 2017 edition was launched today at the BTL PARK. And of course, the Institute of Culture and Arts brought out their stars with a dose of concentrated cuteness. But it played in a park - not the Bliss Center. The organizer told us why:
You can see live Festival of the Areas coverage here on Channel 7 on Saturday morning at 10:00 made possible by NICH, CBC Cable and this channel.
The National Festival of Arts runs from the 25th May to 3rd June and is the culmination of Festivals held in each district from February to May.
DJ “Hard Rock” Murdered on the Boulevard
There was a senseless murder in the city on Wednesday night, breaking a lull of three weeks when Ludwin Lalin was executed not far from his house in the Jane [...]
Senate’s Mark Lizarraga: No Right to Disruption in National Assembly
There is mounting public outcry at the scandalous behavior of high profile U.D.P. operatives during recent senate hearings that are unraveling blatant corruption at the Immigration Department. Business Senator Mark [...]
Lizarraga Maintains He Will Not Be Intimidated
Wednesday’s meeting was abruptly cancelled at the request of the Opposition, which says there were threats of violence. All things considered, the P.U.P. also says it did not want to [...]
Why is Government Silent on Incident?
The political fallout in the wake of that very regrettable incident sheds light on the utter lack of respect for the so-called Honorable House. It also emphasizes a lack of [...]
Nazarenes Call Out Government for Treatment of Louis Wade
The home church of Pastor Louis Wade Junior has come to his defense, calling the charges of assault and use of insulting words “totally unacceptable.” The Church of the Nazarene [...]
Africanized Bees Kill Cayo Grandmother
A sixty-year-old woman died after she was stung by killer bees in San Ignacio on Wednesday. Cruz Chan was on her way over to a primary school in the Kontiki [...]
DuPlooy’s Robbed in Cayo
Earlier this evening, DuPlooy’s Lodge on the Benque Viejo Road was apparently robbed. Benque Police have reported to the scene as of news time, but according to Officer in Command [...]
Ruling Set in Case of Alleged Perversion of Justice by Firearm Examiner
Remember the Belize City Police Department Ballistic Examiner, Orlando Vera? In January 2016, he was charged with the offense of abetment to pervert the course of justice. Allegations are that Vera [...]
2 Charged in Aggravated Burglary Case
A well-known George Street figure and his girlfriend will be spending their second night on remand at the Belize Central Prison for allegedly committing an aggravated burglary at the home of [...]
“The Maul” for Contrabandistas, Warns Godwin
Earlier this month, the Government of Belize agreed with its Mexican counterpart to close the old border crossing at Subteniente Lopez entering Chetumal. A new, larger crossing is open at [...]
Sugar is Sweet!
The sugar crop season in the northern districts is close to wrapping up and there has been a distinct lack of news from the area, which for this important industry [...]
Shrimpers Working to Get Back Certification
The prestigious Aquaculture Stewardship Council suspended certification of four Belizean shrimp farms in April. But the local Shrimp Farm Association claims that the farms – Paradise Shrimp Farm, Tex Mar [...]
Potatoes: From Overabundance to Scarcity?
A few months ago, farmers in the Cayo and Orange Walk Districts had thousands of pounds of potatoes rotting in the fields. It was produce they were unable to sell [...]
No Controls Over Local Banana Prices
Was Minister Hulse aware that prices for local bananas have gone up? Bananas are said to be sold at six for a dollar as opposed to eight. The answer is [...]
Clearing the Way for More Exports
The Ministry of Agriculture has adopted the mantra of “Let’s Get Growing.” They are trying to revive a flagging export economy that has long been concentrated on raw material like [...]
National Festival of the Arts: Belize’s Best Take the Stage
The Children’s Festival of the Arts takes center stage this weekend, as it does each year at this time at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. But for the [...]
Who is Belize Law Enforcement’s “Wonder Woman?”
As children perform in dance, music and drama, female officers are taking part in the Belize Coast Guard’s second annual Wonder Woman Challenge, taking place at its headquarters on the [...]
Precision Dancers Take Bliss Stage
A dance show, the second of its kind by a young company, will be on display at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Precision and Style Dance Company is [...]
Poets Azizi Hoy, Myrna Manzanares Team Up for “The Healing Circle”
An anthology of intergenerational poems by two Belizean writers has been condensed into a book that was launched today at the Saint Catherine Academy Multipurpose Center. The Healing Circle, by [...]
The Second Annual C-Ray Cycling Club High School Series
The second annual C-Ray Cycling Club High School series held its finals today. One hundred and thirty students from ten high schools in the Belize District gathered at the Marion [...]
Healthy Living: Could You Be Like EMT Javier Canul?
For the first time, Belize is commemorating World E.M.S. Day. Emergency Medical Services is an integral part of health care continuum. We may never think of how important it is [...]
Bureau of Standards Investigate Concerns on Flour Repackaging
Reports have been circulating of some grocers repackaging flour under a different brand in Dangriga. It is a situation that is not unheard of as it has been reported in several other instances. It is, however, misleading to the consumers and is a matter that requires some attention. With that in mind, we contacted Jose […]
KHMH Finance Director Terminated
Love News has just confirmed a few minutes ago that the Financial Controller of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Norman Augustine was terminated earlier this week. Our source indicates that it was a case of about thirty five thousand dollars missing from the hospital but according to the KHMH CEO, Dr Adrian Coye, there are […]
Opal Enriquez Issues Statement on Rath’s Allegations
Weeks after Miss Belize Rebecca Rath represented the country in the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant, her father Tony Rath published a five part blog entitled, “The Rocky Road to Miss Universe”. In it, the Raths went after the National Director of the Queen of the Jewel Organization, Opal Enriquez. They accused her bullying, sabotage and stealing. Since […]
Opal Is Calling It Quits
So now that Opal Enriquez has defended her reputation against the allegations made by the Rath Family, what happens now? Well Enriquez is calling it quits. In a second statement, Enriquez talks about resigning and focusing on personal goals. She writes quote, “After careful consideration and the resolve that the dream we envisioned for Belize […]
Woman Attacked and Killed By Africanized Bees in San Ignacio
A sixty year old woman was killed by Africanized bees yesterday evening in the Cayo District. Cruz Raquel Chan had left her home in the Kontiki Area of San Ignacio Town en-route to Arms of Love Primary School to look for her three grandchildren who attend the school. While waiting, Chan and other persons were attacked […]
Defence Minister Wants Stronger Ties to Fight Terrorism and Organized Crime
The Ninth Caribbean Regional Intelligence Conference was recently held in Belize and during his address, Minister of Defence, John Saldivar spoke about organized crime and terrorism. Minister Saldivar called for stronger relationships and a frank and more meaningful partnership among nations of the region in order to effectively counter terrorism and organized crime. He said […]
Interventions Go Beyond Meetings, Says Chester Williams
Yesterday we told you of the regional report that was released earlier this week from the InterAmerican Development Bank that endorses interventions as part of an anti-crime strategy. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams says he was happy to read the findings in the report which were from a survey conducted in four Caribbean nations. […]
Big Red Swept Off to Harvest Caye to Be Held Captive
One of the most poached animals in the Chiquibul is the beautiful scarlet macaw. About a year ago one of the birds was rescued by the Belize Bird Rescue and given the name of Big Red. Since then the bird had been rehabilitated for release but on Tuesday evening Big Red was reportedly handed over […]
La Gracia Village Powered with Solar Grid
La Gracia Village in the Cayo District is now completely powered as the Smart Solar off-grid rural electrification project was inaugurated yesterday. The pilot project which saw the international collaboration of the UK and Swiss Governments cost about seven hundred thousand dollars. Present for the inaugural ceremony were British High Commissioner to Belize, His Excellency […]
Belize Sees 28,857 Births From 2012 – 2015
The World Health Organization has reported that each year there are about fifteen million babies that are born premature; meaning that they are born before the 37th week of gestation. It is a situation that health officials are trying to address via public awareness to expecting mothers. Research shows that the key contributing factors for […]
Belize Reports to CARICOM on Affairs with Guatemala
It is very rare that updates on the status of discussions between Belize and Guatemala reach the media via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Belize Press Office. On occasion we do get to meet with the Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington but even so it is not enough to be kept abreast of where […]
Lemoth Shot Inside Boulevard’s Barber Shop
23-year-old, Hammon Lemoth is in an induced coma after being shot to the head last night. Lemoth was working inside a barber shop on Central American Boulevard when the shot that changed his life was fired. Clara Salman is Lemoth’s mother. She heard the gunshot ring out last night just after nine o’clock. CLARA SALMAN […]
Belize Is Ahead On Interventions with Gangs
The outcome of a study by the Inter-American Development Bank has strongly recommended the use of interventions as part of anti-crime efforts being undertaken by various Caribbean countries. The intervention method in fighting crime has been the hallmark of ACP Chester Williams’ career since he returned from his legal studies. Williams has been criticized on […]
Scouts Association Bestows Governor General with Lifetime Achievement Award
The Scout Association of Belize presented the Governor General of Belize, His Excellency Sir Colville Young with the Leopold Balderamos Lifetime Achievement Award. He was presented with the award on Monday in a short ceremony. President of the Association, Jersha Lennan told us about the presentation. JERSHA LENNAN “This award is given to somebody of […]
DPM Faber Leads Delegation to Cuba
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber is currently leading an official high level delegation in Cuba. There the DPM will hold discussions to deepen the scope of cooperation between the two nations. In addition, the DPM will be meeting with the Ministers of Education and Culture and other government officials to strengthen mutual development in culture, […]
PUP Wants Yellowman Gone as Macebearer
Media houses in Belize including this station have signed on to a letter condemning the actions of Mace Bearer Brian “Yellowman” Audinett. Audinett verbally threatened 7News Cameraman Dennis Ellis telling him he would throw him over the railing if he did not stop recording. The threat was made in the presence of several other cameramen […]
The Buck Stops with Senate Chairman Salazar
The police officers who were present at the National Assembly last Wednesday when the Senate Inquiry was disrupted by supporters of the United Democratic Party including the Mace bearer were criticized for not detaining or removing the noise makers when the incident occurred. To the regular citizen it may seem clear cut for the officers. […]