February 4, 2012

Belize, Central America
Valid: Friday-Monday, Feb. 3 - 6, 2012
Issued: 3:00 pm, Friday, February 3, 2012

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Where Should I Watch the Superbowl in San Pedro?
The game will be on EVERYWHERE. Just because this is Belize and football technically means soccer, we will all be watching. My choices for best spots: Cholo's, Pedro's Inn, Lola's Pub, AJ's, Fido's, BC's Beach Bar, Palapa Bar, BUT...if you want to watch the game on the BIGGEST SCREEN. Head over the Reef Village's Paradise Theater.

Kelly McGuire: San Pedro Music Teacher for A Morning
Despite the RELENTLESS (and very un-February like) rain yesterday morning, Kelly McGuire made his way to the Island Academy to teach the island kids one of his most famous songs "Ambergris Caye". If you don't know Kelly or if you want to see his schedule for the next week, check out my post from earlier in the week: Kelly McGuire Hits San Pedro. He is an island favorite.

Immigration Officials Raid Medical School
Investigations by The San Pedro Sun have revealed that two students and one teacher from the American Global University School of Medicine (AGUSM) were detained Thursday evening, February 2nd, at the San Pedro Police Department and later transferred to the Immigration Department Office in San Pedro.

Marco Gonzalez Maya Ruin Site Ambergris Caye
It's not easy organizing a major volunteer effort from another country but Heather is pulling it together and in spite of the enormous challenges ahead of her. She managed to round up 8 of us to go collect and bag mangroves that were brought back to Karina's house in San Mateo for future transplanting to help detoxify the soil and preserve the environment. The mangrove collection at Marco Gonzalez Maya ruin site was a lot of fun and it was great to spend time with everyone that is getting involved in the San Mateo Sanitation and environmental education project. While in search of black mangrove seedlings, Jan Brown gave us a tour of Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve and explained about it's rich Maya history. We could see pottery shards everywhere, mountains of conch shells and even some human remains. The ground is very high and I could just imagine how much has yet to be discovered under our feet.

Our first trip to Placencia - travel on a budget (day 1)
Our travel day: Ambergris Caye to Belize City to Belmopan to Dangriga, and finally to Placencia We woke up at 6 am in order to catch an early water taxi into San Pedro. We were leaving on our first trip to Placencia, in southern Belize, so this was going to be a long and busy day. We would be attempting to travel "on the cheap", using ferries and buses for transport rather than flying, and carrying only backpacks.

An Evening at Average Joe's, A Morning Of Fitness at The Snack Shack
Average Joe's Bar (AJ's to some) is relatively new in town...but has become a very popular favorite quickly. Tucked on a corner next to the gas station just south of town, they serve all the bar foods that you want to eat after a few beers...and some that you never thought of. Beef hot dogs are relatively rare on the island. Most need to be imported. Belize is the land of the chicken or turkey dog (blech). Average Joe's makes one tasty beef hot dog. I like mine with tons of yellow mustard and nothing else. But you can have cheese, bacon, chili, sauerkraut, onions, ketchup...the list goes on...

Primary school basketball at Belize City Center
The Belize City Primary School Basketball Tournament, which got underway on Monday, January 12, continues in full swing with female (F) and male (M) games daily at the Belize City Center. In games played on Friday, January 20, (F) Ephesus SDA (Hasly Mejia 6 pts) edged Buttonwood Bay Nazarene (Monique Mortis 8 pts), 10-8; (M) Ephesus SDA (Delbert Sabal 9 pts) won handily, 26-12, over Buttonwood Bay Nazarene (Bryan Pavon 8 pts); and (M) Wesley Upper (Shaquille Crawford 24 pts) defeated Holy Redeemer (Everall Tablada 11 pts), 37-24.

The February 5th, 2012 issue of The Independent is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Referendum Rebuffed!
  • Man murdered in Caribbean Shores
  • Photo exhibit opens at the Mexican Embassy
  • More than just a rememberance: Ariel Rosado Foundation inaugurated
  • 1st Police Youth Cadet Corps drill competition
  • Lands Department opened late past 3 weeks
  • Coye-Marin case adjourned - claimants a no-show
  • Cop dupes ex-cop and another man with bogus gun license documents
  • Man grazed by bullet: "I am not scared; I don't have any problem with anyone"
  • Responsibility and duty
  • The Elections
  • Whither Mark Espat?
  • Just Sayin'... Little girl go home
  • Questions: Why did the Prime Minister appeal for a peaceful election?
  • BLUE NOTES: How do we vote? Party, Policy, Person or �
  • Financial Sense: It is never too early to plan for the future financially
  • State of the Arts: La Luna, Las Sandias y Ellas
  • Trinidad's Warner launches national petition to resume hangings
  • Mexico police take refuge from Juarez drug gangs
  • Venezuela's oil exports to US decline
  • Twocanview - a Belizean American blog debuts
  • San Pedro Beat
  • Investing in a corrupt economy
  • San Pedro Politics
  • Jawmeighan continues to dominate
  • International motorcross comes to Belize

Looking for a place to stay? Check out Rainbow Hotel
The Marin family did some renovations to Rainbow Hotel during the slow season last year and they now boast comfortable and equipped accommodations for your staying pleasure on Caye Caulker. They are definitely worth checking out and they also have their restaurant and bar over the water serving delectable seafood and local dishes.

What's new on Caye Caulker ?? "Fu Goh" now open to serve healthy meals
Mario and Carin Guizar of Iguana Reef Inn Resort, recently opened their newest venture on Caye Caulker located at the Atlantic Bank Plaza. In considering people's health and well-being they decided to have a place serving healthy meals, thus coming up with the idea of "Fu Goh" which means "To Go" in Belizean creole. I will be doing a full review of their newbie venture and will have up another article displaying their meals. In the meantime, I leave you to view their menu options�looks great to me.

Nicknames on Caye Caulker
Anyone can remember those nicknames that people are famously known as on Caye Caulker? I came upon an article from the Caye Caulker Conch Telegraph published in June 2000 and I had to share on. People are known more by their nicknames than their actual names and some of them are quite funny but they are trademarked in some way or another as to how they got their specific nicknames:

Ocean Academy female students receive self-defense training
Caye Caulker Ocean Academy female teachers and senior-class girls learned self-defense moves on the beach on Saturday January 28th. Class instructor Joe McAllister is a senior Canadian police officer and he is volunteering to share his expertise with Ocean Academy. Mr. McAllister will be returning to the island in the Spring to offer self-defense classes to more students and community women.

Construction of another Upscale Resort to commence soon in San Pedro
Diamante - a development belonging to locals Lisa and Miguel Guerrero, has been in the works for over ten years. The huge sign erected on the beachfront property where well known BC's Bar is located, raised eyebrows and concerns to some residents. The San Pedro Sun did some investigating into the matter to find out exactly what is going on.

Mayor Elsa Paz reports deficit for two consecutive years
Mayor of San Pedro Town, Her Worship Elsa Paz presented her end of term report on the night of Thursday, January 26th at the Lions' Den. The presentation took place an hour later than scheduled and lasted a total of 20 minutes. The report, which outlined the last three years of her term, has left the community with even more questions than answers regarding the finances of the San Pedro Town Council. While the report does not say how much capital is available for the future Town Council or what is owed, the report shows that there has been two consecutive years of deficit.

Miss Elvia Staines Celebrates 80 Grand Style
Elvie's Kitchen was packed, on Sunday, January 29, 2012, with family members and friends who delighted in bringing personal well wishes to San Pedro's tourism icon, Miss Elvia. The special invited guests enjoyed delectable appetizers, drinks and dinner by Jenny Staines and staff and then danced with the music of Will and the Caribbean Shells.

Data Mining and Your ATM Card
It's the new wave of data-mining for dollars in the 21st century, coming soon to an ATM near you, and especially if you live in Guatemala. And even more so in one of the most heavily visited tourist destinations of Central America, Antigua, where a rash of cash has been mysteriously withdrawn by person or persons unknown.

Download the 2012 Belize Hotel Association Hotel Guide!
Whether you are a travel professional looking to steer your clients to Belize or a vacationer making your own arrangements, we trust that this guide will help you to find the perfect match in distinctive hotels, professional local tour operators and allied tourism services to prepare for that extraordinary Belize vacation.

The February 2nd, 2012 issue of The Capital Weekly is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • "One Eye Water!", General and Municipal Elections Same Day, Fonseca Calls for It, Barrow Calls It!
  • From the Desk of the Chairman: The Ballots will do the Talking
  • Careful What You Ask For Is the Opposition Ready for Elections?
  • Statement by Prime Minister Dean Barrow on the Announcement of General Elections
  • Grand UB Graduation: 405 Newly Equipped Agents of Development
  • Faith Lift: Purging the Pathway to the Conscience, By Zelda Hill
  • "Success Is Not a Sometimes Thing It is an All The Time Thing", Main Address Delivered at 14th Commencement Excercise of the University of Belize, by Mr. Nestor Vasquez Chairman of Belize Telemedia
  • The Prime Minister's Tour Continued in Guinea Grass, Orange Walk, Last Sunday
  • Electricity Rates Down! Went in Effect February 1, 2012
  • Water Rates Going Down! PUC Orders 7.2 Percent Reduction
  • Perseverance Pays off: Harmonyville Land Papers Processed
  • Haunted by their Past! Francis Fonseca and PUP want us to Forget
  • Always on the Wrong Side: Lisa Shoman Represents UNIBAM
  • Training for a Living in St Ann's Twenty Residents Graduate from SIF-Funded Program

Investigations into the cause of a fire in the Stann Creek district on Thursday continue. Our Stann Creek correspondent Harry Arzu reports.

He explains that he agitated mightily for the PUP at its every turn to do what he thought was right for the people and country of Belize.

"The one day event had to do with Belize micro small and medium enterprise, MSME policy and strategy consultations. Opening remarks were made by BELTRAIDE's ...

The Museum of Belize will be celebrating its tenth anniversary and along with NICH have prepared a week of activities for the Belizean public.

And I think what the Belizean people expect from us is that we respond deliberately. That we act decisively and that we try to find, difficult as it may be, ...

Lewis was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Belize Healthcare Partners limited at the corner of Blue Marlin Boulevard and Teacher's Street.


Dissecting the Mayan apocalypse
Did the ancient Mayans really predict that the world would end in 2012, as millions of people believe?

James "Dandy" Jackson, 39, acquitted of murder
James "Dandy" Jackson, 39, an electrician residing at the corner of 3rd St. North and 6th Avenue in Corozal Town, accused of the murder of his common-law wife, Elena Estella Amador, 21, in 2010, was freed of the charge when a no-case submission was upheld in the Corozal Supreme Court yesterday.

International Motocross in Cayo on Sunday
International Motocross was the main attraction on Sunday, January 29, at the Peter August Stadium in Santa Elena, Cayo District. What began in Benque Viejo with International Motocross competition at the Free Zone area has grown into the Belize Motocross Association, with the primary participants being from the Mennonite communities.

Barrow rolls the dice March 7!
235 candidates face the people - 71 general, 164 municipal... General, city and municipal elections will be held on the same day... "We have achieved much �despite the super bond!" - PM Barrow... PUP, Unity Alliance call for change

Oil drilling referendum blocked: Elections officers reject 8,000 signatures on petition
The Election and Boundaries Department has submitted a report to Governor General Sir Colville Young outlining its findings on the verification of some 20,160 signatories to a petition originated by Oceana Belize and the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage (BCSNH) last year that calls for Belizeans to vote in a referendum stating their position on drilling for petroleum offshore Belize's coast and in protected areas.

Oil, or no oil, in Stann Creek?
Cho refutes Treaty claim of 6-million-barrel oil find: "Trace tar," not "live oil", found at well! GOB claims announcement of oil find was false - Treaty sticks to its line... Belize's Director of Geology and Petroleum, Andre Cho, has indicated to Amandala that the statements by Treaty Energy Corporation, joint venture partner of Princess Petroleum, which has a concession to explore for oil both onshore and offshore Belize, proclaiming an oil find associated with a 6-million-barrel reserve in Stann Creek are "misleading."

Flashpoint at Chiquibul
New Guatemalan president presses for investigation and punishment of culprit who killed Juan Choc Chub, 29... Perez Molina cites territorial claim: "12,700 kilometers of the 22,965 kilometers" occupied by Belize-just over half of Belizean territory... "Our people here have been screaming about incursions," said Prime Minister Dean Barrow, reiterating his government's commitment to continue to step up security presence on the border.

7 bullets for Mark Lewis, 37
He was gunned down just feet from the hospital steps... Shortly after 3:00 p.m. today, about 50 feet from the entrance of the Belize Health Care Partners Limited Hospital, located at the corner of Blue Marlin Boulevard and Chancellor Avenue in the Caribbean Shores area, Mark Lewis, 37, was shot about seven times in the upper chest area.

Angelo Dundee dies; trained Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard
In this February 1962 photo, then-Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali) works with longtime trainer Angelo Dundee. The two were most recently together for Ali's 70th birthday party on Jan. 17.

Premier League of Belize kicks off this weekend
The first competition of the newly formed Premier League of Belize, the "Top League" of the Football Federation of Belize, kicks off this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5, with all 12 clubs seeing action. The League is divided into two zones, North (N) and South (S), with 6 teams each. According to the competition format, teams in each zone will play a double round-robin, after which the top two teams from each zone will advance to the 4-team playoffs, set to commence on April 15.

2012 National Cricket Competition begins
The Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA) SMART Harrison Parks National Cricket Competition 2012 gets under way this weekend with 7 games being played at different venues on Saturday and Sunday. The usual starting time is 11:00 a.m.

Foundation formed in memory of Ariel Rosado
It was less than a year ago that Belizeans bid a premature farewell to the accomplished and well-loved Ariel Rosado, 28 years old. Ariel lost his life on May 14, 2011, in a traffic accident on the Northern Highway. The high regard which Belizeans continue to hold for this stellar individual has spilled over into the formation of a foundation to aid Belizean youth to also achieve success in their own lives through education and sports.

OAS Ambassador visits Belize to discuss security
"We're in a new world here. This is not just Belize; this is everybody..." Ambassador Adam Blackwell, Secretary of Multidimensional Security, of the Organization of American States (OAS), based in Washington, DC, met with the press in Belize City this afternoon along with Belize's Ambassador to the OAS, Nestor Mendez, also the current chair of committee on hemispheric security of the OAS Permanent Council, to discuss a program of collaboration for Belize.

A return to 1993 �
This week Wednesday afternoon, at a family meeting chaired by the Kremandala chairman, Evan X Hyde, at his office on Partridge Street, PUP Lake Independence area representative, Hon. Cordel Hyde, said that he was on the verge of withdrawing his candidacy in Lake Independence for the general elections to be held on March 7.

Amandala: From The Publisher
One of the reasons I write about certain episodes and certain times in my public life is to establish the history in a definitive way, "concretize" it. It is important to do this so that the enemies of our people, and their stooges, who will want to revise history, cannot confuse and/or mislead the generations who come after us.

PUP Lake-I Incumbent Cordel Hyde Steps Down, 2nd Candidate To Step Down In A Week
Three-time Lake I Area Representative Cordel Hyde has stepped down; he will not offer himself to run in the 2012 General Election. It's the kind of thing that could have been expected -

PM Barrow: No Apologies For Another Assistance Program
And while the PUP is bracing for perhaps another blow, the government is proceeding fearlessly with another constituency assistance program. You remember the first one - it was called the C

Belize's First Human Traffic Conviction Is For Waitress Forced to Have Sex
On Tuesday of this week, Belize saw its very first conviction in the fight against Human Trafficking when 54 year old Narciza Orellana, a naturalized Belizean who is a resident of Santa Ele

Carlos Espat's Alleged Killer Will Face Supreme Court Trial
And while the leader of the PUP says he hasn't heard from Mark Espat - the three time Albert Area Representative was in court today to hear the preliminary inquiry into his brother Carlo

New PUP Cari-Shores Candidate Dr. Hoy Says He'll Do His Level Best
Earlier in the newscast you saw PUP Party Leader Francis Fonseca express his hope that the party's vacancy in the Lake Independence division will be filed as seamlessly as it was in the Cari

PM Off To Miami With Wife
And while Hoy is hitting the ground running, the Prime Minister and Queen's Square incumbent Dean Barrow is not in quite the same position. He's never lost in Queen Square and does not

Double The Jeopardy For Weed-Loving Tourist
Often in our newscast that we report on tourists being busted by police with marijuana, and then sentenced to pay a fine after they plead guilty in Magistrate's Court. It is exceedingly ra

The "Gyaliss" Phenomenon In Jamaican Dancehall Music
If you're older than 30 you probably don't know what the Jamaican word "gyaliss" means. It's a Jamaican dancehall term used to refer to men who have lots of ladies - or plainly put, a woman

Lovers Will Get Last Taste Of Lobster
The Belize Fisheries Department has put on notice all fishermen, including the public, that Valentines' day will be the last day to extract one of the World's most sought after delicacie

These Big Dogs Need Watchdogs
30 year-old Shane Vargas a mason residing on Mirage Road in Ladyville, was today arraigned in the courtroom of Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart for theft. It is alleged that on January 29,

Museum Celebrates A Decade
In 2002, Belize's first central prison - known as "back-a-baptist" to us city folk - became a showcase for some of Belize's richest historical treasures. And now, ten years later, the Museu

Dara Still Doing It
Grassroots Philanthropist - Dara Robinson is having his 9th annual Bob Marley birthday tribute concert this weekend. Like everything else Dara does, the concert is not only to celebrate th

The Lake Remembers Cordel
At the top of the newscast we told you about the stunning but not altogether surprising news that incumbent Cordel Hyde had stepped down and would not be contesting the March 7th. election

Cordel Hyde steps down from P.U.P. Lake I
Tonight the People's United Party is suffering another shock; a second standard bearer has withdrawn in one week and its four weeks to the March seventh general elections. Last Friday, Anthony Mahler stepped down from the Caribbean Shores Division and this morning Cordel Hyde via a press release, announced that he will not seek re-election [...]

Leader of Opposition says it's a blow to the Party
This afternoon, News Five sat down with the leader of the opposition, Francis Fonseca. Fonseca, who took over the leadership last October, has been hit with the worst blow in modern political history coming from within his own party in the run up to the general elections. Fonseca was taking the resignation in stride and [...]

Will Mark Espat step down from Albert?
So tonight the People's United Party is in search for a new standard bearer for the Lake Independence constituency, a party stronghold in the past three elections. Fonseca says it is likely that Mark Espat will also step down. Francis Fonseca, Party Leader, P.U.P. "There was some level of anticipation regarding this decision. I had [...]

Belize's 1st conviction on a Human Trafficking case
Human trafficking is a national problem, but most cases go unreported or unsolved due to the secretive nature of the crime. Well tonight, we report on the country's first conviction on a Human Trafficking related charge. According to release from no less than the Magistrates Court itself, fifty-four year old naturalized Belizean, Narciza Orellana of [...]

Oceana defends Offshore Referendum
The other big news this week was the rejection of signatures collected by the Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage for an oil referendum. On Thursday News Five spoke to Oceana's Vice-President for Belize, Audrey Matura Shepherd about the rejection of eight thousand signatures that were needed to push the referendum on offshore drilling. Shepherd [...]

Poll asks tough question about early election
This past Tuesday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, officially announced that there will be early general elections, coinciding with the municipals on March seventh. But after weeks of denying the rampant speculation about early elections, what changed his mind? We put one possible reason to our viewers in the question of the week and asked: Is [...]

Pannel Kerr Foster S.S.B. Investigation concludes
Investigations by Pannel Kerr Foster into the scandalous Social Security insider trading are ongoing. The scandal broke early last month when we exposed that select staff members, including the C.E.O. Merlene Bailey, had reduced loans held with S.S.B. in order to benefit in a write-off announced by the Prime Minister of housing mortgages of fifty [...]

On the Campaign Trail in Carolyn's Collet
She is one of three women on the opposition slate for the March seventh general elections. Carolyn Trench-Sandiford is also a deputy leader of the People's United Party. In the tide that swept across the opposition in the last election, she lost, but this time around she says the powerful area representative in the Collet [...]

Ashcroft and Smith on Price's fight for Independence
The book George Price: A Life Revealed, authored by attorney Godfrey Smith was launched on Tuesday in London. In our newscast on Thursday, we aired a report on the event which was held at the Senate House at the University of London. It featured Smith as well as Lord Michael Ashcroft, who spoke fondly of [...]

Carlos Espat Murder Trial sent to Supreme Court
In news from the courts, former educator and political scientist, Carlos Espat, was brutally murdered at his apartment in September 2010. Espat, who is also the brother of Albert Area Representative, Mark Espat, was found inside his bathroom with injuries to the head and chest. Four months after the incident, Nicaraguan national, Silvio Espinosa, was [...]

Ammunition case flops; Police armorer is abroad
And while Silvio Espinosa's trial is being elevated to the Supreme Court, a case against Leonora Stevens was struck out by Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart today. The Belize City woman was accused of having as many as forty-one rounds of ammunition inside a suitcase at her house, which led to a charge of Kept Ammunition [...]

Passing out ceremony for new B.D.F. soldiers
The B.D.F. is now thirty-four years old and today they celebrated in grand style at Price Barracks. The Governor General, Sir Colville Young, Minister of Defence & Immigration, Carlos Perdomo and Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, were all in attendance. But the crowd was mostly made up of family and friends who were there to see [...]

OAS and Police Ministry work on Security Issues
Security is one of the biggest headaches for the government and work has been ongoing between the Organization of American States and the Ministry of Police. At the helm of the project is OAS Secretary for Multi-Dimensional Security, Adam Blackwell, who is currently in Belize. Ambassador Blackwell has been busy in meetings with the Minister [...]

Initiative addresses Root of Criminal Activity
But it's not all about the Police Department, according to Blackwell and Belize's Ambassador to the US, Nestor Mendez. They explained that the initiative takes a holistic approach and also addresses the social ills at the root of criminal activity. Nestor Mendez "One of the areas that we have looked at is that you cannot [...]

Belize and Mexico discuss bus border issues
Belizean and Mexican officials met on Wednesday to discuss concerns about local buses crossing the northern border at Subteniente Lopez. Quintana Roo had proposed new regulations to be implemented on February sixteenth that would require buses from Belize to obtain road service permits and insurance to enter Chetumal. After the meeting, however, the Mexican officials [...]

Motocross winners in Santa Elena
The Motocross sport is one of few in which knowledge of mud; aerodynamics and engines are combined to elicit a fantastic visual show. On Sunday in Santa Elena no less than six hundred and fifty fans watched as twenty riders, including an import from Canada, took to the air and defied gravity. Tim Banman, the [...]

Jade Head display on Museum's 10th Anniversary
The Museum of Belize is observing its tenth anniversary. Home to historical pieces of the Belizean Culture and an attraction for tourists, the museum is celebrating with ten days of entertaining and educational activities. Shari Williams, Communications Officer for the National Institute of Culture and History, says the celebrations will kick off on Sunday and [...]

Philanthropist Ras Dara gives from the heart
Belizean philanthropist and Unsung Hero 2011, Dara Robinson, is paying tribute to musical icon Bob Marley this weekend at two venues across the Jewel. On Saturday, fans of the late musician, those residing in the Sugar City, can look forward to conscious reggae vibrations as they experience live musical performances from Marley and friends on [...]

PlusTV to host Belmopan mayoral candidates debate next week Tuesday
All five of Belmopan's Mayoral candidates will be a part of a debate to be held next week Tuesday. The debate is be...

Man seriously injured in Rosewood accident still in need of assistance
Earlier in January we reported on a rose wood related incident that took place in Punta Gorda. Anthony Edwards and ...

Concerned group of professionals submit report on HFLE book
Concerned citizens across Belize have been in a moral battle against the LGBT agenda being promoted in Belize by va...

Independent candidiate Marlon Skeen visits Rise and Shine
As political campaigning continues, a number of candidates from all parties have made their rounds at PlusTv's Rise...

Cordel Hyde steps down from the PUP
Belize is less than five weeks away from a double election and two weeks away from nomination day and today, Cordel...

New details released in the death of Mark Lewis
38 year old Mark Lewis was shot and killed in Belize City yesterday afternoon. It happened in front of the Belize H...

Man pleads guilty to drug trafficking
41 year-old Steven Smith pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in court yesterday. Smith was arrested earlier this wee...

Prime Minister Barrow scheduled to leave the country
Prime Minister, the Hon. Dean Barrow, will leave the country on Monday February 6th. The PM will be accompanying hi...

Female security guard robbed while on duty
40 yr old Idorene Casey a, security guard of Wesley Junior College, reported to Belize City Police yesterday that w...

Lobster season closes in mid-February
The Belize Fisheries Department is advising the general public that in accordance to the Fisheries Act, the closing...

From the Campaign trail: Cordel to step down?

New exchibition opens at the Mexican Cultural Institute

Fabers Road man gunned down on the city's north side
Murder in front of the hospital Murder has once again cast it's malignant hand upon the community as the peace and quiet of West Landivar were shattered around three thirty...

Rescued Hawksbill turtle undergoes rehab

Family Of Antanacio Gutierrez Celebrate His Life After Death
Three years ago on February 2nd 2009, the life of cane farmer Antanacio Gutierrez was cut short when he was shot to death by security forces as he participated in a protest at the Belize Sugar Industries Compound. It is a day that has gone down on the history book, one that will always be remembered as Black Tuesday. The father of six was shot after Prime Minister Dean Barrow instructed ...

PUP Orange Walk Central Objects To 109 Names On Provisional List
One hundred and nine, that's the amount of names that the P.U.P in Orange Walk Central are objecting to on the voter's provisional list. P.U.P Orange Walk Central Area Representative Honorable John Briceno is represented by attorneys Dickie Bradley and Anthony Sylvester. The objection case is being heard by ...

San Jose Nuevo Palmar R.C School Inaugurates Two New Classrooms
In December of 2009 the former principal of San Jose Nuevo Palmar R.C School Leticia Perez submitted a proposal to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO for the construction of two new class rooms for the school. In October of last year the proposal was approved and with that the construction of the two new classrooms got underway. Today the class rooms were officially inaugurated during a special ceremony held at the school.

Oceana Speaks Out On Referendum Issue
Today Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, fired off a press release questioning the rejection of over eight thousand petition signatures by the Elections and Boundaries Department. The letter sent by the Election and Boundaries department to Oceana states and we quote, "The total number of signatures REJECTED amounted to Eight Thousand and Forty Seven (8,047) or 40% of the signatures reviewed" end quote.

Folklore Storytelling Takes Place At The BHOC
One of the factors that create our identity is culture. Here in the north the most predominant culture is the Maya Mestizo and during this age of modernization, elders are employing different methods to keep the Mestizo Culture alive in order for it to be passed down from generation to generation. One of those methods is the use of Orature or in other words Oral Literature. The method is used by scholars to promote culture and history by word of mouth. That's the exact method that the Banquitas of House of Culture with the assistance of Libertad Cal used this morning as they organized a folklore story telling for students.

O/W Athletes To Represent In El Salvador Sporting Event
Here at CTV3 we always welcome stories that involve youth in a positive manner. With that said, today we shine the spotlight on two youth from the Orange Walk District who along with two other youth from Belize City will be representing the country of Belize in a three days sporting event scheduled to take place in El Salvador. The team will head out to El Salvador next week so this evening we paid them a visit while they underwent training at the Orange Walk Peoples Stadium.

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