American Tourist Falls From Maya Temple in Belize
An American national is listed in a critical condition after he fell from atop the Altun Ha Maya site in Lucky Strike Village, Belize District. 36-year-old, Bryan Goeders came into Belize yesterday on the Carnival Dream cruise ship and had opted to go on a tour with Chukka Tour Company to Altun Ha. Just before […]
Innovation in the Sugar Industry via Harvester
The agricultural department of the Belize Sugar Industries Limited hosted a Mechanical Harvesting Pilot demonstration in Orange Walk this morning. The idea is to persuade small and big cane farmers that mechanical harvesting is a method best used to harvest sugar cane. Hipolito Novelo reports.
The Problem of Mud and Sugar
For week eight of the sugar cane crop season, more than three hundred thousand tons of cane has been ground and more than thirty thousand tons of sugar has been produced. This is about ten thousand tons less when compared to the same time period last year. And while the sugar production is low, the […]
Monies Owed to BSI Retirees
Our newsroom recently received the copy of a letter sent to Orange Walk South area representative, Jose Mai by Austin Waight, a retiree of BSI/ASR. Waight who worked at BSI for thirty years wrote on behalf of all BSI/ASR retirees. He says quote, “we were given a gratuity of four thousand dollars and a small […]
Will Machine Replace Manual Labor at Tower Hill?
Earlier we mentioned the mechanical harvester that BSI/ASR and SIRDI are informing cane farmers about. While it is a method of harvesting sugar at a more effective and efficient rate, there are concerns. The immediate concern that arose is job risk. Will the new machine take away the job of the hundreds of cane cutters? […]
Revers Crashes Into Tree In Attempt to Flee Police
Just after midnight last night there was an accident at mile 16 on the Philip Goldson Highway involving a burgundy Ford Escape SUV. Upon arrival at the scene, officers attached to the Ladyville Police Station found that the vehicle had crashed into a tree after the driver was escaping from police officers. Reports are that […]
Korean National Granted Bail on Abetment Charge
Fifty-seven year old Korean national Huang Park, who was remanded to prison on a charge of abetment to pervert the course of justice, was released on a bail of seventy five thousand dollars which was granted by Justice John Gonzalez. The bail was offered on the condition that she surrenders all of her property documents […]
Marijuana in Bermudian Landing
Members of the Rural Rapid Response team were in the village of Bermudian Landing this morning at around nine thirty when they came across some men hanging out at a shop in the village. Whilst the authorities came up empty handed on that search, further search in the immediate area led to a black plastic […]
Does NICH and Dark Knight Have Exclusive Deal?
The Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations of Belize (FECTAB) has come back to the media to express their concerns over a number of issues. Once again the Federation is against what they feel is preferential treatment towards the cave tubing company, Dark Knight owned by Bradley Paumen. Today they spoke of a contract signed with […]
Cruise Tourism Association Makes Demands to Government
At FECTABS’s press conference, the members had a list of what the association is demanding from the government. These include fair treatment, safety procedures, access to all caves and ramps for handicapped visitors. Co-Executive of FECTAB David Almendarez expanded on their wants.
Tourism Police Unit receives new vehicles
The Ministries of National Security and Tourism have collaborated to equip the Tourism Police Unit with 3 new Mazda pickup trucks, solving a longstanding need for mobility there. Its head, Inspector Carla Gamboa, was especially grateful for the donation. Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie said duri...
Two shot in Lake I
A pair of Belize City men are in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained when a gunman opened fire on them last night in the Lake Independence area of Belize City. The shooting occurred sometime before 7 pm when a lone gunman opened fire on a group of men who were hanging out at the corner ...
Toddler drowns in bathtub
Tonight the family of a 1 year and two month old baby girl is mourning her sudden and unfortunate death. Reports are that the child drowned in a bathtub at the family home in Camp 51, Indian Creek village, Orange Walk District. Reports are that around 10:15 yesterday morning the baby, Adanetta Blatz...
Tourism Minister says they did nothing wrong on Paumen
The Bradley Paumen saga’s many tentacles stretch to no less than four Ministries – Works, Natural Resources, Tourism and the Prime Minister’s own office. The American businessman now accused of abetment to murder after a dispute with a business rival that went against him in court prompted him to al...
Belizeans accused of drug trafficking free from jail
Earlier this week, two Belizean men incarcerated in Mexico for drug trafficking offenses were released from Chetumal Prison. They are Hugo Cassanova from Corozal and Ermelindo “Melin” Vasquez from Orange Walk. The pair were escorted to the Northern Border by Mexican immigration officials and were to...
Ministers propose solutions against crime
Today Minister of National Security John Saldivar and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia Jr. were grilled on the ongoing crime situation, which has hurt Belize in two dimensions. With 13 murders reported in January and two more to date, Belize has had a poor start to the year in t...
Bert Vasquez back in court
Bert Vasquez is back in the news because he is back in court. Vasquez remains on remand for the murder of 13 year old Jasmine Lowe but that is not the only charges that have been levied against him. Back in June of 2012, he was arraigned for 11 counts of common assault for inappropriate contact he a...
Rangers Training Camp
Every year it gets a little more dangerous for rangers to guard and protect Belize’s rainforest treasures from Guatemalan poachers. With the Chiquibul so close to the border with Guatemala, and fearless illegal loggers, gold panners and xate collectors constantly attempting to extract our natu...
FECTAB takes issue with NICH
The Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations of Belize (FECTAB), held a press conference on Saturday morning to publicly voice its discontent with the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). FECTAB representatives met at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, to address several concerns, including: seemingly […]
Quake shakes Taiwan
A magnitude-6.4 earthquake shook southern Taiwan early Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said. At least 126 people were rescued from a 17-story residential building that collapsed in Tainan, the media office of the Tainan municipal disaster response center told CNN. A total of 26 people were hospitalized. Seven people […]
Drunken drug trafficker crashes into tree
A Belize City man crashed into a tree on Friday morning, in a failed attempt to avoid police capture. Responding to reports of an accident, police picked up Ronald Reyes, of 7017 Antelope Street Belize City, at around 12:15 a. m., having crashed his burgundy Ford […]
Baby Brenae Clings to Life after Tragic Accident
The worst nightmare of any parent is unfolding at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), and has been since last Friday. Brenae Timmons, 3, lies in an induced coma while doctors wait for the swelling in her brain to subside. She yawns and moves her arms and legs, but following […]
Zika goes global
The World Health Organization (WHO), this week, declared the Zika virus outbreak a global health emergency. The WHO decided to sound the alarm on Monday, after experts met to examine the patters observed in the way the virus has been spreading. Countries such as Brazil, have already […]
Stem cells could cure type 1 diabetes scientists say
Scientists in the United States have used stem cells to create a treatment which could potentially cure type one diabetes. Several universities, including Harvard University, used stem cells to create insulin-producing cells which when used in animal trials shut down the effects of Type one Diabetes. The […]
Why is it important to protect Half Moon Caye?
The recent detention of eight men fishing in restricted no take zones outside of protected fishing areas, brings to light why it is important to protect conserved areas such as Half Moon Caye. The Belize Audubon Society (BAS), that manages seven conservation sites in Belize […]
Regional service provider coalitions discuss way forward
The Belize Coalition of Service Providers (BCSP), this week, shared some of the results emerging from the strategic meeting of the Caribbean Network of Service Coalitions (CNSC). Belize’s representative at the meeting, Orson Elrington, explained on Wednesday that the two-day meeting was to finalize the CNSC’s upcoming […]
The BPP tells GOB to better the economy, cut your salaries by half
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) made three suggestions to the government, this week, which it feels would help to improve the conomic climate of the country. “Cutting your [ministers] salaries and benefits by 50 percent,” is the first suggestion. The party said cutting unnecessary spending, […]
PetroCaribe countdown begins
Belize’s access to PetroCaribe funding draws close to its end, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight reported this week. “We’re down to $15 million,” Waight said Tuesday. “We had compensation payments to make, and commitments and we borrowed a little out of it as well.” Waight added […]
President Ma Ying Jeou promotes peace at Taiping Island
With regard to President Ma Ying-jeou’s trip to Taiping Island Jan. 28 to inspect the island and celebrate the Lunar New Year with personnel stationed there, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states the following: (1) Whether from the perspective of history, geography, or international law, the Nansha (Spratly) Islands, Shisha […]
New leader to promote ‘Strength in Unity’
John Briceño was elected the People’s Unity Party leader in a national convention on Sunday. The victory was sweet for Briceño as he has contested and won the position twice in his political career. The first time, he contested the seat against former party leader, the Francis Fonseca, and the […]
Mennonite baby drowns in tub of water
A one-year-old Mennonite baby drowned in a tub of laundry water in the Indian Creek village in Orange Walk on Wednesday morning. Around 10:25 a.m. on Wednesday, baby Aganetha Blatz was found by her brother, lifeless in a tub of water and clothes. The family […]
2 men shot in murder attempt on Jasmine Street
Two men were shot while standing at the corner of Marigold Lane and Jasmine Street in Belize City on Wednesday night. Police say that around 6:48 p.m. on Wednesday, 26-year-old Benua Andrews and 26-year-old Tyron Myers were standing at the corner when a male person […]
Tourist drowns while snorkeling at Hol Chan
An American tourist died while on a snorkeling tour at Hol Chan Marine Reserve this week, making him the third American to die while on vacation in the country in three months. Jeffrye Thomas Bartl, 58, his brother and two other friends were on a […]
Two teenagers gunned down in Orange Walk
Two teenage boys were shot and killed in broad day late Monday afternoon, leaving Orange Walk town shaken and police with little information. Nineteen-year-old Erlindo Matura Jr. and 17-year-old Rene Antonio Acevedo were standing in front of Matura’s house along with another minor on Monday […]
The woman that brought light to her whole village
The village of Santa Teresa in Toledo is a remote village in Southern Belize. It is 35 miles away from Punta Gorda town and an hour drive from the Jalacte Highway cutoff through a rocky road. The village, that consists of about 70 families living […]
Elections to determine new leadership, and a new direction for the People’s United Party were held last Sunday in Belmopan with far-reaching results. Mr. Johnny Briceño, emerged the winner by a modest margin over Mr. Francis Fonseca and Mr. Cordel Hyde. But he not only won as Party Leader. His […]
Experts suggest ‘de-risking’ alternatives
By Alexis Milan Editor The Prime Minister, along with his team of financial advisors, returned to Belize this week, following meetings with banking regulators in the United States regarding the current ‘de-risking’ problem and indicated that one solution on the table is partnering with smaller banks. During the visit, Prime […]
PUP’s executive sworn in
The ten-member team that now forms the executive of the People’s United Party (PUP) was sworn in at the party’s Independence Hall headquarters on Queen Street on Wednesday. All five that were elected joined the five that were previously appointed, to take their Oath of […]
Over 1000 teachers could be canned!
Teachers who are not holders of a teaching license could find themselves without a job at the end of the school year, according to the Ministry of Education. Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, flanked by high-ranking ministry officials and the President of the Belize National […]
NICH presents ‘A Puro Tango’ musical group
The National Institute for Culture and History (NICH), in collaboration with the entertainment company, World Wide Arts is presenting the entertainment act “A Puro Tango” on February 18-19 2016 at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts. Oksana Kordiyaka, coordinator and cultural promoter of World Wide […]
Breaking Belize News
Boat stolen in San Pedro
A boat was stolen from the Grand Colony Dock near San Pedro Town yesterday morning around 12:40, belonging to ‘Island Divers Belize’ and was used to take tourists out to sea on diving expeditions.
The 35 foot long Pelican boat with canopy, twin Yamaha 200 horsepower engines, oxygen units, life jackets and other items, valued at approximately $100,000, is being sought by its owners who use it daily to conduct business around San Pedro and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating it.
Social Security Board gives Santander $12M loan
Cold front setting in
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy skies with a few showers and periods of light rain mostly over the South and some coastal areas. Winds will be blowing from the North-Northwest at 10-20 knots and the sea state will be moderate […]
Top 5 “Can’t Miss” Belize Events of 2016
When thinking of top vacation destinations, Belize should be one of the countries that appear on your list. This beautiful jewel offers a wide variety of activities and locations for adventure seekers, or those simply looking for a relaxing getaway. Belize is a country known for hosting various events year-round and we’ve compiled a concise list of “Can’t Miss” Events for 2016:
La Ruta Maya (March 3 – 7).
Chocolate Festival of Belize (May 20 – 22).
Lobster Fest (San Pedro: June 15- 25, Placencia: June 24- 26, Caye Caulker: July 1-3).
International Costa Maya Festival (August 4 – 6).
Belize Carnival Road March (September 17).
Clean and season Chicken. (Set aside)
Cut up onions and crushed garlic.
Heat frying pan and add 1 tsp fat.
Season ground Steak with onions, garlic, oregano leaves and apasote leaves. Place meat mixture in frying pan.
Fry until well done. Turning frequently.
Remove from heat and add raw eggs. Mix well.
Stuff seasoned Chicken with ground meat. Putting in a whole egg after each portion of ground meat is inserted. Continue until all ground meat and eggs are used up. Sew up Chicken.
Boil Chicken in sufficient water to cover up Chicken.
Add black recardo to 1 cup water. Mix to soften. This gives the colour.
Turn Chicken frequently to cook properly.
Chicken can be removed from liquid and browned in the oven (serve with liquid from pot). Serve with some tortillas
Monkey River Tour
A Monkey River adventure takes travelers deep into the land of Howler Monkeys, primates so loud, they could never hide from predators without giving themselves away. To visit their neighborhood, you’ll first have to journey from Placencia (if you are vacationing in Placencia Peninsula) to Monkey River Village by boat, passing mangrove swamp and other exotic scenery that includes wild flowers, scaly critters and (if you’re lucky) manatees, since these gentle marine mammals make their homes here among mangrove-filled estuaries.
Since the monkeys stick around 12 months of the year, humans eager to see them can show up in Belize year-round, too. Given river access that’s required to get to your destination, it stands to reason that if there’s flooding during the green season, the trip could be a bit more thrilling, but that doesn’t mean tours are cancelled just because it rains!
No worries about parking. There’s not a single car in the village which has only two streets, so it’s impossible to get lost in Monkey River Village. You can also get here by taking a 15-mile boat ride to the mouth of the Monkey River and then hike to the village.
The most highly-recommended way to take a Monkey River Tour is to book a registered tour guide who is well-versed in the area’s animals, people and landscape. Wear hiking shoes to avoid surprises and long pants to protect you from bug bites and thorns. If you intend to swim in the river, bring a suit and don’t leave your sunglasses, sunscreen and hat back at your resort in your excitement. You’ll travel by boat and by foot through forest and along trails to reach Howler Monkey nirvana where you can let loose frustrations by howling at the simians. Travelers tell us that shouting at monkeys is better than therapy and these primates never send a bill!
Fabulous Finn Opens Fabulous Finn & Martini – The Newest Hot Spot in San Pedro
If you live in San Pedro or just follow the SanPedroScoop, you know Finn “Kardashian”. We’ve followed his travels through Central America 2 summers ago and then SE Asia last year. Finn is fabulous, hysterical, endlessly entertaining and…well…just Finn.
After 10 years charming at Rojo Beach Bar, he has opened his own spot – Finn & Martini. The spot he’s been dreaming of…now let’s see how Finn likes being the boss.
Last night was the “soft opening” – a full kitchen will be opening during the next few weeks – and the place was packed. As early as 6:30pm. But Chef Marvin and his food truck, “El Jefe” might have a little something to do with that.
Everything was Fin-tabulous. From the drinks to the restrooms…
They are located just south of the High School – across from Annie’s Pastries. It’s hard to miss.
PAHO calls for political commitment and more resources to fight zika in the Americas
More resources are urgently needed to fight the spread of the zika virus in the Americas and the apparently related increase in microcephaly and other complications, the director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) told ministers of health on Wednesday in a meeting convened by the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), in Montevideo, Uruguay.
All countries in the Americas need to allocate new resources to step up mosquito control efforts, prepare their health services for an increase in demand, carry out public education campaigns and track the spread of Zika and increases in suspected complications of the virus, including microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. “This work will require tangible and explicit support from the highest political levels,” Dr Carissa Etienne told ministers of health at the meeting.
Dangers in Paradise: What Belize tourists aren't being told
The ABC7 I-Team reports on dangers in paradise and crime threats to tourists following the murder of our ABC7 colleague Anne Swaney three weeks ago. The I-Team traveled to Central America after Anne was killed. This stretch of winter into Spring Break is a popular time for Chicagoans to head south. But the I-Team has found dangers in paradise that you won't see in the travel brochures - including Belize, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
In Central America, Belize is one of the fastest-growing destinations for Americans. Last year, a record quarter-million flew off to their rich beaches, offshore diving spots and inland jungles, teeming with wildlife along great hiking trails and meandering rivers.
It was the emerald hills of western Belize that attracted ABC7 web producer Anne Swaney. She was staying at an equine lodge last month when someone attacked her and dragged her body into the Mopan River.
But our colleague wasn't the only American killed recently in Belize. In the very same district where Anne was murdered, northern Indiana native Paul Signorino and an American friend were killed in a machete and gun attack last May.
Last fall, a man from Washington D.C was stabbed to death in his seaside hotel room; another U.S. national was attacked and killed on his farm; and a Canadian film producer was stabbed in the doorway of the home where he was staying.
The Belize murder rate is third highest in the world - more than twice the homicide rate of Chicago and higher than any U.S. city.
Belize is paradise for adventure travellers
If you’re going on an adventure trip to Belize, be prepared to learn about conservation and become ecologically aware.
Private tour groups and university study-abroad programs based in Belize are also moving beyond basic ecological awareness to create environmental education experiences that focus on maintaining and replenishing conservation areas. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, a diverse and unique stretch of coral, lines the entire coast of the country.
There are slow yet steady improvements, especially with the introduction of new environmental laws. Protection of the reef is taken very seriously here. Poaching or fishing endangered species in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can land you in prison.
Private tour operators that focus on activities around the reef act as educators and protectors. Companies such as Island Expeditions offer tourists a chance to be part of unobtrusive travel, explore the barrier reef by sea kayak, paddle to colourful snorkel sites, and learn about the species they encounter and what role they play in the ecosystem.
Caribbean Islands Battle Zika in Effort to Save Tourist Season
The Caribbean is tackling the mosquito-borne Zika Virus on many fronts in an attempt to safeguard the upcoming tourist season.
The Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency, known as CARPHA, is heading the charge and stressing the need to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.
Saint Lucia, an island nation with a population of around 175,000, has no confirmed cases of Zika, but the country's chief medical officer says health officials are concerned about the potential impact on pregnant women if the virus reaches its shores.
“It can have some unwanted effects, particularly on the unborn child in pregnant women and sometimes after persons have recovered, the paralysis it can cause," said Dr. Merlene Fredericks. "It is important for us to continue taking the same precautions that we took for Dengue Fever and for Chikungunya. Ensure that we get rid of the mosquito breeding places."
Bobby Lopez Reports from Toledo, 5min. Robert "Bobby" Lopez, Campaign Manager of the Belize Progress Party, went on a working visit to the beautiful district of Toledo, Belize.
Here is his report on pollution and the potential dangers of our porous borders. Can this be one of the reasons we are having a spike in narco trafficking and criminal elements in Belize?
Snorkeling in Belize, 2min.
DOD 101204845, 2min. Members of the U.S. Southern Command and Belizean government officials work together to complete coordination for medical readiness exercises (MEDRETES) in villages around Corozal, Belize. The MEDRETES are part of the NEW HORIZONS exercise. NEW HORIZONS is an annual exercise that provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for overseas deployment and gives U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff the opportunity to train together.
DOD 101249914, 2min. Exercise NEW HORIZONS Belize 2014
Belizean contractors and U.S. Air Force 820th RED HORSE Squadron complete preparations for engineering sites in Belize. Members of the Belizean Defense Force, U.S. Air Force 820th RED HORSE Squadron and the U.S. Marines Marine Wing Support Squadorn 472 will build additional classrooms and medical clinic in the cities of Belmopan, Hatteville, and Belize City.
Representatives of the Ministry of Health and PAHO on Belize's Plan for Zika, 34min.
Representatives of the Belize Cancer Society and BFLA on World Cancer Day, 28min.
Belize, 3.5min. #HSadventures in Belize
Museum of Belize, 4.5min.
Morning Matters at Guanacaste Park, 58min.
Morning Matters ar B.T.L Park, 58min.
Morning Matters with Dale, 58min.
Boosting Domestic Cooperation in the Fight Against Money Laundering, 7min. Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and Customs & Excise Department Signed a Memorandum of Understanding to Boost Domestic Cooperation in the Fight Against Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism & Customs Fraud
Mike & Katy Belize Wedding Film, 3min. Destination wedding at El Secreto Resort, North Ambergris Caye, Belize. by Jose Luis Zapata
Drone Belize, 15sec.
Belize 2016, 3.5min. Turneffe Island Belize 2016.