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Belizean Breezes- Soaps, Scrubs and much more!
“Smelly People Wanted!” is the sign that greets you as you approach Belizean Breezes, the little artisan soap shop with a huge variety of hand poured soaps, body scrubs, and all sorts of good for your skin products!
Lynda is amazing, not only is she charming and welcoming, she has genuine love for her chosen home, and proves to be very knowledgeable about her craft and is mindful to only use natural bases in her soap making.Today, in addition to the 150+ original yummy scents, Belizean Breezes now offers new favorites such as soap infused body sponges, cellulite scrubs, and an all new organic line of shampoos, conditioners and shower gels!
Blanca Velasquez shares her experience in Malaysia
From December 27th of 2015 to January 3rd of 2016, the International Sailing Federation Youth World Championship Regatta was held in Langkawi Malaysia. With 443 participants from 76 different countries in attendance, Belize was proudly represented by a two- member delegation that included 15-year-old Blanca Velasquez from San Pedro Ambergris Caye. Blanca had a remarkable performance participating among sailors from 54 other countries in the Laser Radial female’s division. She was happy to share with The San Pedro Sun how this experience has impacted her life.
According to Blanca, the Malaysia trip is one of the most wonderful experiences of her life. “Malaysia was a wonderful experience as I start a career in sailing. It’s great that I had the opportunity to attend this event, and now that I am back, I am more knowledgeable and can teach others about the sport,” said an excited Blanca. She is satisfied with her performance in the sporting event and thanked her coach for guiding her as she prepared for the challenge. She said that hard work and dedication certainly paid off.
Letter to the Editor: Re: Blackadore Caye or Cayo Negro
On a recent consultation, part of the EIA for the development of this island never said or clarified that this island has never been a mangrove island. It has been a sand bar, and on one side coconut trees as well as plum trees grow. A small littoral forest is on the eastern side of the island, the middle has temporary watersheds that, when dry, become a salt bank, and the western side or most of the island contains strand vegetation.
The San Pedro Tourist Guide Association has no objection to the development on the island, but we are in full objection to the proposed over the water structures. We feel that it will be damaging to the recently declared bajos around the Island. It has been a long 3years of lobbying to convince the authorities that we will benefit more by declaring it a protected area.
San Pedro Art Group hosts annual ‘Women in Need’ art show
On January 16th and 17th, The San Pedro Art Group hosted their annual ‘Women in Need’ art show on the Xanadu Resort’s grounds, with the purpose of benefiting the community. For several years, women who make up a local art group have been coming together to paint every week. A few years ago they came up with the idea of forming a charity called ‘Women in Need’ in San Pedro Town. At the annual art show, all monies collected from the sales of the paintings were marked for distribution among disadvantaged women on the island. The group of very generous and talented women artists this year included Rose Escalante, Judith Sheinbaum, Linda Kirk, Violet Henderson, Susan Lala, and Donna Richmond. Locals and tourists had the opportunity to shop through an array of beautiful water colors, beautiful tropical paintings, greeting cards and much more.Art Show Women in Need Xanadu Local Artists-6
Zika Virus spreading across the Americas
Zika is a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, and causes fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, and birth defects. Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks had been identified only in countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, but in recent months, the virus has spread throughout North and Central America, causing much alarm. While there are still no reported cases in Belize, the Ministry of Health (MOH) are already taking preventative steps for when the first case of Zika arises.
Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, the same species which spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. Similar to the other illnesses spread by the Aedes mosquito, Zika can only be diagnosed through a blood test. No vaccine or medications are available to prevent or treat Zika infections and as such it has become relatively difficult to control the number of infections.
San Pedro Needs More Consideration for Bicycle Tourists
We love to bicycle ride while on vacation. This is the reason we only book vacation on low traffic vacation destinations and preferable on island's with predominantly golf carts.
We thought that your island's traffic made bicycle riding unpleasant and even dangerous at times.
You have too many cars, too much speeding causing too much dust, danger and health concerns. Neither bike riders nor tourists on a golf cart want to inhale dust while driving to town or inhale vehicle exhaust in San Pedro's caravan traffic.
From a tourist point of view, the traffic on the island needs containment and speed regulations. International guests will not accept such speeding and high traffic during their vacation. Tourists need to relax and re-charge while vacationing and not fight with traffic.
Everyone on the island but especially the hotel industry should have an interest in safe traffic to ensure tourist satisfaction.
World Cancer Day Selfie Campaign and Cancer Walk Announced
World Cancer Day is February 4th! This year's theme is "We Can. I Can. Understand that early detection saves lives”. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.
In an effort to raise awareness for HPV and early detection of cervical cancer, the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) in partnership with the Belize Cancer Society is launching a #SmearForSmear campaign to get more people talking about the importance of attending their Pap Smear tests.
Prime Minister to Meet with US Government and Banking Officials
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the Belizean public that the Prime Minister, the Hon. Dean Barrow left the country on Saturday, January 23 for Washington, D.C., where scheduled meetings were held with key senior officials of the United States Federal Government and of the U.S. banking monitoring systems on the problems being faced by our Belizean banking sector as it relates to the issues affecting correspondent banking relationships and the recent de-risking moves taken by bigger US banks.
The Prime Minister will be accompanied by the Financial Secretary, Mr. Joseph Waight, the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Glenford Ysaguirre, and Ambassadors Patrick Andrews and Mark Espat. Prime Minister Barrow returns to Belize on January 31st 2016.
Following a ‘de-risking’ strategy forced on the United States of America’s (USA) banking industry by federal regulators the Belize Bank and Atlantic Bank, two of the largest banks in the country, lost correspondence with the Bank of America, the premier multinational banking and financial service provider. The ‘de-risking’ left banks in Belize searching for alternatives to continue providing offshore banking to their customers, but other banking issues also surfaced which include the lack of credit card transactions made between Belize and the USA.
Melida Perreira Crowned Miss Carnaval 2016
San Pedro has a new Carnaval Queen - Melida Perreira! Kicking off our traditional Carnaval celebrations was the popular third annual Mrs. Reina del Carnaval Pageant that took place Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. Five lovely ladies took the stage and showcased their best pose down and talent performances.
It was a full house as many cheered on their favorite conestant vying for the title of Carnaval Queen of San Pedro Town. The contestants participated in four segments that included an opening dance with outgoing Reina del Carnaval Mrs. Silvia Patricia Lopez, beachwear, talent and eveningwear. Performances by young singer Marthalicia and dances by the Black and White Garfuna Group filled up the entertainment lineup of the pageant. The talent segment was what everybody looked forward too as the contestants perform in the spirit of carnaval with humorous presentations.
Flashbacks - High School Students Build Their Town
You night have imagined that these kids are in detention serving time for some misconduct at school. Former Principal of San Pedro High School played no jokes with unruly students and raking streets was a form of disciplining those few.
But no, these kids were not in detention. In fact, they were on a mission of love, raising funds for their high school by way of a work-a-ton. This picture was taken in 1977 when funds were being raised for the construction of their new building. Therefore far from being in detention, these early high school kids were willing volunteers on a mission of love to construct their high school building.
In this Flashback picture you see the cleanup taking place on the north end section of Middle Street (now Pescador Drive) in downtown San Pedro. Below is a picture of how that same street scene looks today.
San Pedro BTIA to Assist with New Regulations for Taxi Drivers
Concerned with the troublesome excess traffic situation on the island of Ambergris Caye, the San Pedro chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association held a meeting on Thursday, January 22, 2016, with tourism stakeholders and the different taxi association to address new regulations for the taxi drivers that the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is looking into.
Having regulations for all the taxi associations on the island, the San Pedro BTIA believes, is the first step in tackling the traffic congestion that is haunting the tranquility of the community in downtown San Pedro. The BTIA sees it fit to assist the SPTC and be a liaison of sorts between the taxi associations and the traffic department/town council.
But in talking with members of just two taxi associations that were represented at the meeting, the San Pedro BTIA discovered various shortcomings and inadequacies within the traffic department and San Pedro Town Council that can also be addressed during the restructuring of the taxi drivers regulations and traffic amendments.
Misc Belizean Sources
Ms. Florintina Choco went to India
Big up Friday! here is a reason for celebration big up Plenty organization and Ms. Florintina Choco a year ago she had no passport and never been on a plane then before you know it she got a passport, plane tickets and was on her way to Barefoot University in India!!!!! Roads were impossible when she was leaving her village she walked then her son chartered a motorcycle cross a flooded river then a James bus then Mark Miller took her in pickup to Belize International four planes and an eight hour ride days later she was in School learning solar repairs and installation. She returned five months later and last week she hooked up her village 99 percent of her village is now connected to Solar power. No more kerosene lamps and candles that can be dangerous, Kids can do their homework much better, this woman is a reason for celebration... once you chat with her she is even more amazing and humble
Newly-renovated Punta Gorda Market - now Maura Lopez Market
On Thursday, January 21st, the Government of Belize along with the European Union officially inaugurated the newly-renovated Punta Gorda Market - now Maura Lopez Market - and the rehabilitated Hopkins Road.
Minister of Works and Transport Hon. Rene Montero was in attendance along with EU Ambassador H.E. Paola Amadei. This trip also marks the end of the Ambassador's tenure.
Galen Spring Graduation 2016
On Sunday, January 17th, Galen University graduated 56 students in our Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in a charming and inspirational ceremony at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel... The top Master’s graduate was Mr. Hsun Chen who achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.92 (Summa Cum Laude) and the top Bachelor’s graduate was Ms. Nellie Moralez (Magna Cum Laude), who finished her studies with a total score of 3.809.
Read whats possible in a week of birding in Belize
Birds of prey are captivating creatures and in the tropics, the Harpy Eagle is probably one of the most fascinating ones. Collectively, Whitehawk founders have more than 25 years of experiences working for Harpy Eagle conservation in Panama and other countries of Central America. From tracking released birds in the forests of Belize to studying wild pairs in Darien National Park, these experiences have enriched our lives and we would like to share part of this with you. We are organizing a tour to Darien, Panama, the last stronghold for Harpy Eagles in Central America. Our trip will focus on many of the Darien specialties such as Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Grey-cheeked Nunlet, Dusky-backed Jacamar, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Red-throated Caracara, and if we are lucky we might have a chance to observe the majestic Harpy Eagle in its native habitat.
Seeking 20 images for Benque Holy Week & Sawdust Tapestries Collective Exhibition
Search into the vault of memories, make a submission and become a part of the Benque Holy Week & Sawdust Tapestries Collective Exhibition, submit any 2 high quality images from any year, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (please note the dot between benque and hoc).
Seeking 20 images to highlight our traditional celebration, submissions can be made by anyone from any part of Belize via email, no age limits
Photos of Sharks from a dive today
Taken at Tres Cocos
Cayo Health & Fitness Expo
The Spring 2016 Health and Fitness Expo is coming. The date is set for Saturday, April 16th, starting at 9:00am. It'll be at the Cayo Welcome Center, and will be free for all.
"Come out for a day of Fun and Fitness!
Live yoga, tai-chi, Zumba and other demonstrations for all to join in!
We will have a silent auction for fabulous packages from local resorts and tour guides. We will have raffles for gift baskets and packages from our health and fitness professionals
...and so much more!
• Tai chi
• Health care
• Hair care
• Skin care
El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro
Friday, February 5th: Opening of Carnaval Exhibition at the House of Culture
Saturday, February 6th: Carnaval Fiesta
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday (February 7th, 8th & 9th): Comparsas & Painting
Wednesday, February 10th: Reading of the Will & Burning of Juan Carnabal.
Oscar de Lao at the Paradise Theater Feb 13
Swaney Suspect "Se Fue"
Tonight, police are no closer to finding Anne Swaney's killer and the only possible suspect they did have has left the country - reports tell us. On Thursday we reported that Guatemalan, 24 year-old Victor Manuel Franco Menjivar - who was found in the general area where she went missing was spending a 6-month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to illegal entry into Belize. But, reliable information tells us that he's not in jail. Indeed he did plead guilty to illegal entry but he paid the fine of one thousand dollars, plus 5 dollars court cost. In default, he would have spent 6 months in jail, but since he paid the fine, he was taken to the western border and released into Guatemala.
We take it the news is not sitting well with police who had handed him over to the Immigration Department. But that's the standard procedure and immigration had no reason to hold him any longer.
So the only possible suspect in the Swaney murder is back home in his country - and investigators have no legitimate expectation that they'll see him again.
Woman Chops Man To Death In Dispute Over Mentally Ill Daughter
A man from Biscayne Village in Rural Belize district was fatally chopped this weekend, but as of right now, police are not treating it as murder.
54 year-old Arthur Wade, who is originally from Crooked Tree Village, reportedly attacked his mother-in-law, who told police that she injured him with the machete in self-defence. But, a man is dead, and his tragic end was the culmination of a strained relationship between him and his in-laws. There is an element of mental illness while play a prominent role in the conflict, which our news team encountered while following the story today. Daniel Ortiz reports:
This morning, Biscayne Resident Moszetta Reyes walked up the steps of her home remembering vividly the dangerous encounter with her, son-in-law, on last week Friday night.
54 year-old Arthur Wade had allegedly attacked her with piece of wood, and Reyes says that she panicked and pulled a machete to defend herself. She chopped him once to the back of the neck, and once to the arm.
Gay Cruise Came To Belize, World Didn't End
Between November and March, hundreds of thousands of cruise visitors visit Belize. They spend the day in the city, go on tours and mingle with the locals. But today's cruise visitors on royal Caribbean - had a whole different kind of flavor! And that's because it was a gay cruise!! Over 3,000 gay couples and singles arrived on the Royal Caribbean Navigator Of the Seas today and they freely roamed the city streets - many of them hand in hand, even sharing kisses at the bridgefoot. Now, in Belize which is notoriously homophobic, and where sodomy laws are still on the books you might think that their stay was unpleasant. But, when we spoke to a few of them this afternoon they told us they are enjoying every minute of it and that for the most part, they feel welcomed.
Phillip Baertschi, Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise:
"It was very, we were seeing the shore, it was beautiful and the people were welcoming when we arrive - it was very nice. We enjoyed it very much. I cannot talk for the local gay community. Obviously I don't know how they are living. We haven't met any local gays here. But hopefully the country open up a bit - for the people to understand that we are just normal people."
Dennison Recovering In Guyana
The prognosis for Glenfield Dennison is improving tonight. As we reported on Friday, the 31 year old law student at the University of Guyana was shot multiple times in Demerara - which is in western Guyana. On Thursday evening, He had just dropped off his girlfriend and was about to ride off when a gunman approached, firing three shots at him. Two of the shots caught him, one on his stomach and one on his left arm. The shot to the stomach reportedly punctured lungs, and grazed his liver. He was placed in an induced coma and was on a ventilator, but tonight we are told that he is out of the coma, off the ventilator, and talking. A family friend tells us he has made it clear he wants to come home. But that might take a while as he remains in critical but stable condition.
Licensed Gun Owner Shot Gunman Who Barged Into House
There was a Sunday shooting in Belize City - but police think that the gunman may have acted in self defence. It happened at around 12:15 where 27 year old Kareem Smith was chasing a man who dashed into a house at the corner of Castle Street and Pitts Alley, which is just off Freetown Road. This is a part of a rivalry between the PIV gang and the cluster of gangs in the Victoria Street area.
Smith chased the man into the house while allegedly carrying a gun. And that's where he came upon a visitor to the house who had a licensed firearm. Police have not released his name, the gun owner told police that Smith was pointing a gun, and fearing for his life - and those in the house, he fired several shots and hit the Smith both hands, back, chest and neck.
Still Smith managed to run out of the house, where his brother - who was waiting in a vehicle tried to rescue him. But the GSU pulled up at the same time - and detained all suspects, while rushing Smith to the hospital. They also dusted the gunman's vehicle for fingerprints.
Last week we spoke to a few local tour operators after Bradley Paumen, the owner of Dark Night's Cave Tubing Adventures was charged for abetment to murder.
They were outraged because - despite the very serious charges, and the fact that Dark Knight didn't have a valid license for the first 18 days of the year - Paumen's tour business continued to operate unhindered. The matter brought into sharper focus an issue of perceived prejudice in favor of Dark Night. Today FECTAB, the Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations, held a press conference at the Radisson, to make official their outright discontent.
Yohnny Rosado - Cavetubing.com:
"So we are here at the point whereby other cave tubing companies they are doing tours as they please. They open a zip line inside the caves and we are regulated as local Belizeans. The company was named Jaguar Paw. The entrance fee was $2. They change from Jaguar Paw to Cave Branch. The entrance fee change to $5. Now they name it Nohoch Cheen. The entrance fee is $10. How does they pay? They don't have a booth, so they don't pay anything. If they are paying something, it secretly because we don't know."
No Charge For Mentally Ill Scotland Half Moon Arsonist
Tonight, a family of 5, including a mother and her 4 children, are homeless after their home in Scotland Half-moon Village went up in flames on Saturday evening.
33 year-old Denise Lodge reported to police that she left her home for less than half hour, and when she returned, she found the building ablaze. She and other villagers strongly suspect that someone set it on fire, and police did detain the alleged arsonist. The problem is that he won't be charged because he has been certified as mentally ill. We spoke to police, and to the fire victim today, and here's what they told us:
Denise Lodge, Fire Victim:
"I left out of my house like 6:30. I went at my sister-in-law like 6:40 and I not even take five minutes from my sister-in-law and by the time I come back was because I saw my house on fire. And I know I never left anything light inside. I didn't have any candle and my stove didn't have butane gas and I don't have electricity in the house. Everything I loss. I didn't get anything out. The fire just blazed quickly. So I didn't get to save anything."
"We were told that it may be because of someone who is considered to be mentally ill. That person supposedly set it on fire. Talk to us about that."
BDF Making MCC Manageable
The MCC Grounds - it's the premier football pitch in Belize - but as we told you a few weeks ago, it's been going through a rough stretch. Premier League games at the MCC grounds had to be temporarily postponed pending on going works on the field which have been held up since November of last year. The original plan was to replace the pipes and wires running along the field in time for the construction of better, more up to standard stadium lights. So what happened? The pipes were dug up but the works did not follow. Meanwhile the BDF football team was left without a home pitch for the PLB tournament and high school games continued, running the risk of injury. Now with a new National Sports Director, the National Sports Council hopes to make a temporary quick fix; at least until they can get the proper finances to work on the original plan. Emanuel Pech dropped by for day one of the MCC quick fix project.
Today workers of the National Sports council along with members of the Belize Defense Force worked in unison to lay the foundation for the new wiring for the lights of the MCC stadium. They also filled in the trench around the field that had caused an injury during a high school match.
Sports Council Has New Leader
And when we met the new director of the National Sports Council, we took the chance to ask him about his vision for the National Sports Council - which, shall we say, is not universally loved? Ritchel Dominguez told us that he hopes to revive the Sports Council which he concedes has gone dormant for some time. But financing has always been an issue for a Ministry that is never placed at the top of the priority list. Dominguez told us he hopes to overcome this by building partnerships with investors and other members of the community.
Ritchel Dominguez - Director of the National Sports Council:
"Right now we are looking at all the facilities. I have just finish a tour. I am visiting each and every facility in the country. We visited Dangriga, Stann Creek and every district. But what happen is that we are focusing on Belize City and Cayo and Orange Walk, because those are the facilities that needs more upgrading and quicker fix so that we can get them up and running to a standard that is acceptable."
"What is the legacy you want to leave behind when you finish your term?"
Ritchel Dominguez - Director of the National Sports Council:
"My thing is to partnership with the public, to partnership with businesses out there. To get them to support sports and to support the facilities we have..."
UNICEF Taking "Time Out" Campaign To Community
UNICEF is enhancing its awareness campaign on violence against children. You've surely seen the "Time Out" television advertisements during our commercials breaks, which show parents the alternatives to physical discipline. Well, UNICEF representative Ivan Yerovi says they will now extend their campaign to the community and they plan to do that through an EU grant. Today at a ceremony held at UNICEF's office, Yerovi and his team told us how this grant will further enhance their work and help them reach out to more families.
Ivan Yevori, Country Representative, UNICEF:
"Children in the country suffer from violence and sexual abuse etc. The idea here is to work with partners that - community to raise awareness of those issues that are affecting children. We just want to make sure children in the country have a voice and be able to present their cases of situations that are affecting them to the authorities. Working at the community level also is helping is to raise awareness, but at the same time we are working with national authorities, with the Supreme Court for instance. You need be aware of the figures, the statistics and you know that almost one girl is being raped or sexual abused in the country per day. It's not an easy task. It's not an issue we have to be proud of. To the contrary, that's something we all have to be aware of. The main goal at the end of the day is to reduce the level of violence, but also to increase the action of the national authorities. If we have a person that have committed a crime, we would like to see the legal system active on that and therefore we would like to reduce the level of impunity."
The Mystery Of Martin Muzikant
The name Martin Muzikant may not exactly ring a bell - but the Czech national made major news in June of 2015. That's when it emerged that his mother had lodged an ethical complaint against attorney Marcel Cardona. Her son, Martin Muzikant had been charged for unlawful possession of a passport and escaping from police - and was expelled from Belize.
Well Muzikant has re-surfaced in Belize and tonight police say that they have handed the matter over to the Immigration Department. He was detained yesterday afternoon at around 3:00 in downtown Orange Walk Town.
Now, the allegation is that Muzikant operates under multiple identities - and Petr Moneth is another one of his names. No one can say for sure what his business in Belize is but COLA has raised the alarm, saying, quote, "COLA believes that a proper investigation into this matter is being purposely blotched or damaged by the proper Authorities, in order to, like in the David Nanes matter…" end quote.
Lands Stalling With Santander Solution
It made major news last year June when the Santander Group settled their dispute with the 31 farmers of Valley of Peace for the crops which were destroyed in that incident in March 2014.
The multinational company, handed over a piece land to them valued at 320 thousand dollars, and they went the extra mile to show goodwill by surveying it, clearing it, and creating an access to water for the farmers to grow their crops.
The company even gave them 66 thousand dollars to relocate their crops, and committed to paying the stamp duties for the transfer of land titles to the farms. With such a generous donation, you'd think that these farmers had everything they could have asked for, right? Well, the problem is that the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Lands Department has created a bottleneck where these land titles haven't been finalized.
PUP's Julius Espat discussed it in the House of Representatives on last week Friday's Meeting, and here's what he had to say:
NOLA Welcome Belize
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is one of the biggest, most renowned, and most enduring Jazz festivals in all of North America - and this year Belize will be features prominently. The festival runs from Apail 22nd to May first and the Festival organizers have selected six Belziean acts to perform. They are The Garifuna Collective, Wageirale Drummers, Bredda David & Tribal Vibes, Sweet Pain with Chico Ramos and Supa G, Talla Walla vibrations and TR Shine.
Today we spoke with the Music Ambassador about how they got selected and what it means:
The selected performers will be showcased inside the Belize Pavilion and on two Festival stages outside the Pavilion.
Now, as we said, the festival is a really big deal - it is one of the most prestigious and well attended Jazz festivals.
This year's headliners include Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Lauryn Hill, Pearl Jam, Nick Jonas and Snoop Dogg and very many others.
Another GSU Complaint
Tonight, there's another complains against the GSU - except this time the family say they caught it on camera. It happened on Barrack Road on Friday afternoon, when a young man was arrested allegedly for pointing a gun at the GSU. His sister says she pulled up just on time to see the GSU putting a beating on him:..
None of the family wanted to appear on camera, but her brother was never charged for anything and only released on Sunday directly into the turf of a rival gang, he claims.
STABBING LADYVILLE... (update)
Ladyville Police are investigating what appears to be a bar fight which happened over the weekend. 5 men were picked up by police, who had been reportedly caught in the act. One villager, Kareem Arnold, was stabbed in the incident, and according to investigators, he's not cooperating with them.
Here's what information police have at this time:
Arnold was charged for a stabbing in the village which happened in April 2014.
Woman Kills Son-in-Law in Self Defence
A sixty-two-year-old resident of Biscayne, Belize District was released this morning by the police following a bizarre case of domestic violence with a fatal outcome. Moszetta Reyes provided today vivid [...]
1 Man Injured in Ladyville Scuffle
Also along the Phillip Goldson Highway, mayhem outside of a local bar in Ladyville left one person injured during a scuffle involving five men over the weekend. On Saturday night, [...]
Family Loses Everything after Home is Set on Fire
A single mother and her five children lost everything when a fire gutted their house in Scotland Halfmoon, Belize District. As they try to pick up the pieces to restore [...]
Belizean Law Student in Guyana Recovering from Gunshot Wounds
Thirty-one-year-old Glenfield Dennison, a Belizean law student in Guyana, has been taken off life-support after being shot multiple times in Georgetown on Thursday night. Dennison, who is presently attending the [...]
FECTAB Calls for Punishment in Paumen Affair
Today, FECTAB called a press conference to air concerns which they are facing in the industry, and called on government to hear them and act on a number of issues. [...]
Yhony Rosado Says G.O.B. Over-regulates Small Tour Operators
FECTAB member and tour operator Yhony Rosado says they deliberately waited until after elections to come public, since they didn’t want to be tarred with a political brush. Still, he [...]
FECTAB Will Stand Behind Stake Bank Project
FECTAB also weighed in on the situation surrounding the now halted Stake Bank project. Developer Mike Feinstein has requested exclusivity from Government or at the very least a tangible show [...]
Woman Assaulted by Ex-boyfriend
Victims of domestic abuse don’t normally go public about the violence. But tonight, Shawna Gillett, a single mother of four children, has come to the media to expose what she [...]
Career Criminal Shot by Fearful Homeowner
Career criminal Kareem Smith is tonight at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital recovering from multiple gunshot wounds. Smith, twenty-seven, was shot in the back, chest, neck and both hands by [...]
Mennonites Busted With Weed at Checkpoint
Four persons, two Americans and two Mennonites, of the Spanish Lookout area were busted on Sunday, inside a Toyota Four-Runner. They were found to be in possession of twelve point [...]
Guatemalan Questioned by Police in Swaney Murder Released
The Guatemalan fisherman found in the immediate vicinity when American Anne Swaney was killed is back in his home country, out of the reach of Belizean investigators. The executive producer [...]
COLA Calls on G.O.B. To Step Up in Czech National’s Detention
Martin Muzikant, a Czech national who also goes by the name Petr Maneth, is in trouble with the law tonight. Muzikant gained prominence when he was accused of an alleged [...]
Sports Council and B.D.F. Repairing Damaged MCC Football Field
A year and a half ago, the MCC Grounds in Belize City was closed to facilitate a much needed upgrade. The works were contracted out and scheduled to be completed [...]
New NSC Director Says Marion Jones Complex is a Priority
While we had the Sports Director in the hot seat, we also asked about the white elephant Marion Jones Sporting Complex. About the only thing sports-related at the facility are [...]
Julius Espat Says G.O.B. Slipping Down on Santander Land Situation
More than six months ago Santander and thirty-one farmers who had been involved in a lengthy dispute came to an agreement on a settlement. The farmers had no title to [...]
NCL Received 25 Year Exclusive Deal in the South
The Prime Minister and a delegation are now in Washington DC where they will be meeting high level officials of the U.S. Government on the correspondent banking issue. On Friday [...]
EU Donates to Fight to Preserve and Promote Children’s Rights
Creating an Enabling Environment at Community Level…It’s a project of the European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund that promotes the rights, survival, development and protection of children. This [...]
RED Cops Meet and Greet in Neighborhood Chapel
Ladyville police took time off the streets briefly on Sunday and instead turned up mass this weekend at Our Lady of the Way Roman Catholic Church. Officers attached to that [...]
Basketball, Football and Cycling Stats with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. The PLB closing season kicked off over the weekend with only 1 of the matches scheduled being staged. We [...]