Another Security Guard Gives Up His Gun to Fake Cops
There are fake cops on the prowl in Belize City, and they’ve already gotten away with two weapons taken from security guards. The latest incident happened in the early hours [...]
Three Men Detained While Police Seek Public Assistance
Yearwood declined to provide information on the persons in custody, but Police sources tell us one of the detained men is related to a Police Officer, which could explain the [...]
Notorious Gangster Dies in Motorcycle Collision in Sandhill
Twenty-eight year old Kareem Arnold narrowly escaped death by bullet multiple times, and death by knife as recently as last month. But in the end death was persistent and caught [...]
French Tourist Succumbs to Injuries Received in February 1st RTA
A second person has succumbed three weeks after an accident on the George Price Highway which took the life of forty-two year old Egbert Ferguson on February second. Ferguson died [...]
PG Police Arraign Vendor for Murder of American National
Punta Gorda Police have made short work of the investigation into the murder of sixty-nine year old Thomas Paul Rockowski. The American National who lived alone was stabbed multiple times [...]
Images of Sharks Caught in Gillnets Stir Major Outcry
There is outrage tonight in the conservation community as well as in other sectors due to a recent large kill of sharks near the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the [...]
Coast Guard Rescues Family Adrift at Sea
A search and rescue operation, led by personnel from the Belize National Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon, ended with the successful return of a Belize City family of ten persons, [...]
FFB President Leaves for Switzerland Amid Boiling Controversy
he President of the Football Federation of Belize, Ruperto Vicente is traveling to Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday where he will be participating in an election to vote for new leadership [...]
FFB General Secretary Also Under Attack
The trifecta, which includes First Vice President Sergio Chuc and Cruz Gamez, also has an issue with Michael Blease as General Secretary. Not only is his role viewed as ineffective, [...]
Career Criminal and New Mother Sentenced to Hard Time
Margarita Pech/Noralez, the thirty-five year old mother of a one month old baby, who was remanded to prison a week ago was back in court today. Pech has a long [...]
Another Heinous Crime Report – Uncle Allegedly Violates Niece in Benque
There is another report on the sexual violation of a minor. A twelve-year-old female student claims that on Friday night at about eight-thirty, her uncle sexually assaulted her when she [...]
Jerson Grinage Stabbed in Mahogany Heights Altercation
Another notorious figure is recovering from injuries he received during a fight Saturday night in Mahogany Heights. Jerson Grinage was cut to the back of his head, to his forehead [...]
Still No Attempted Murder Charge for Adolphus Palacio
Two weeks ago there was a sensational incident in which two Canadian tourists were robbed at gunpoint just after they checked into the Tropical Education Centre on the George Price [...]
Confiscated Rice Still in Lockdown
On Friday, we reported the confiscation of twenty-seven thousand, five hundred and seventy-one pounds of rice. The bulk grain was removed from a business in Belize City when it was [...]
RED Police Institute New Controls for Ruta Maya River Challenge
The much anticipated four day La Ruta Maya canoe race, from the Hawkesworth Bridge to Belize City, kicks off in just a little over two weeks. It’s a race which [...]
Police Officers Cracking Down on Alcohol Use and Abuse
In March 2014, as Belizeans celebrated the Ruta Maya River Challenge, three persons lost their lives in a terrible road traffic accident in Burrell Boom. One of them was a [...]
Bangladeshi Nations Celebrate International Mother Language Day
International Mother Language Day was celebrated in Belize City on Sunday, as members of the local Bangladeshi community paraded downtown. It is a recognition of the sacrifices of martyrs for [...]
Ombudsman and Contractor-General Sworn In
The Governor General, Sir Colville Young, administered the oath today at Belize House in Belmopan, to put in effect the appointment of the Ombudsman and Contractor General. Lionel Arzu is [...]
Jamaica to Hold Elections This Week
Elections will be held in Jamaica this Thursday where the Jamaica Labour Party led by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is going up against Prime Minister Portia Simpson of the People’s [...]
Police Attempt Positive Intervention in Mahogany Heights
As we’ve told you, the Rural Eastern Division is paying particular attention to the community of Mahogany Heights, near mile thirty on the George Price Highway. It’s traditionally been a [...]
Weekend Sporting Activities with James Adderley
Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. Things are heating up in the PLB this season and the city fans were witness to a monster inside the [...]
Orange Walk Police Searches For Man Who Ran Away With Four Thousand Dollars
And another man who is expected to be charged for obtaining property by deception as soon as he is caught by Orange Walk Police is 30 year old Orange Walk resident Alex Hernandez. Today police issued a wanted poster for Hernandez after he was accused of making good his escape with four thousand dollars in cash.
Nicholas Palomo- Second in Command O/W Police:
“Alex Hernandez posed as a money changer where he mentioned to someone that he could change Belize currency into US currency and h was handed over four thousand dollars and he ran away with the money so the person reported to the police and given a statement and now we are looking for this person and we believe that he is somewhere from the Orange Walk district.”
The incident we understand took place on Key Hole Alley. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Hernandez is asked to contact the nearest police station. Hernandez is described as being of Mestizo decent, 5 feet 6 inches in height, medium built, has a round face and light brown skin.
BBS Steps In On Price Gouging
On January 1st, 2016 the cost of plantation white sugar was increased by 25 cents per pound and since then the Belize Bureau of Standards has been conducting increased market surveillance for Controlled Price of Goods throughout the entire country after receiving several complaints of price gouging.
Last week the BBS issued a release where they indicated that they had visited a total of 150 stores nationwide with the main goal being to ascertain product availability on the market for consumers, to verify price compliance and to ensure that consumers are not unfairly treated by both suppliers and distributers.
But despite the surveillance there are still several complaints being launched for price gouging. Here in the North consumers are still allegedly experiencing over pricing on the pound of sugar. Today we contacted, Consumer Protection Liaison Officer at the Bureau of Standards, Rodolfo Gutierrez, to find out if the bureau will conduct a second round of surveillance here in the North seeing that consumers are still being treated unfairly, here is what he said.
Lionel Arzu Sworn In As Ombudsman
During a sitting of the House of Representatives on January 22nd, Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow announced that Mr. Lionel Arzu and Mr. Godwin Arzu would both be re-appointed for another term as Ombudsman and Contractor General respectively and today, both men were officially sworn in at the Belize House located in Belmopan.Both men were accompanied by their families as they took the oath of allegiance before the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young earlier today. Mr. Lionel Arzu returns to serve as Ombudsman for a second term while Mr. Godwin Arzu takes up his third term as Contractor General.
Man Accused Of Scamming Employee Faces Three Charges Of Obtaining Property By Deception
Tonight Belize City resident Windell Neal of Lizzaraga Avenue is behind bars at the Orange Walk Police Station waiting to be arraigned for two counts of Obtaining Property by Deception.For quite some time now police have been receiving complaints of individuals going around colleting monies from employees for seafood allegedly purchased by their employers. The victims would pay the individual for the products only to later find out that it was all a scam after checking with their boss.
Over the weekend one of those individuals believed to be Windell Neal struck again…this time though he was caught. The first victim was Geyse Sanchez, Belizean office administrator who was contacted by Neal via text message.
Second Sample Send For Testing Comes Back Free Of ZIKA Virus
The mosquito borne virus known as Zika has been a topic of major concern in many Central American countries and has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization because of its association with microcephaly which is the condition in which babies are born with abnormally underdeveloped heads.
But while the Zika Virus continues to plague neighboring countries, Belize remains free of the disease. Some weeks ago three suspected samples had been sent for testing at the CARPHA laboratories in Trinidad, of the three samples only one had been sent back, which was negative for the Zika virus.
Late last week officials from the Ministry of Health received the second result which also came back negative. Today we spoke to Epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Russell Manzanero who told us more about the good news.
GOB Has No Plans for the Papaya Industry; Opposition Leader Weighs In
Last Friday we told you of the over one hundred workers who were laid off at Fruta Bomba and Belize Packers Limited. In our story we did tell you that the Labour Department has reached out to them expressing their willingness to help in ensuring that they receive their just exit packages. Today, we had […]
Sandhill Accident Proves Fatal
Twenty seven year old Kareem Arnold lost his life in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night. It happened at mile 19 on the Phillip Goldson Highway in Sandhill Village. When police got to the accident scene, two extensively damaged motorcycles were seen. Hipolito Novelo reports. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING “Kareem Arnold, a twenty seven year […]
February 1 Accident Claims Second Victim
February 22, 2016 at 5:45 PM
On February 1, a road traffic accident on the George Price Highway claimed the life of Egbert Ferguson. One of the six tourists travelling in the minivan involved in the accident died on Saturday, due to cardiac arrest. Emilie Siman was a thirty four year old nurse who came on vacation to Belize with five […]
Food Vendor Charged in Murder of American Retiree
One person has been charged with murder in connection with a recent fatal stabbing incident in Punta Gorda. Correspondent Paul Mahung reports. PAUL MAHUNG REPORTS “Deputy Commander of the Toledo Police formation inspector Clement Cacho spoke of the charge.” CLEMENT CACHO “In reference to the death of Thomas Paul Rokowski that occurred on the 13th […]
Is Belize the 3rd Most Murderous Country??
Belize has been dubbed as the third most murderous country in the world. What is also true is that in 2015 Belize recorded 119 murders, a decrease of four from 2014. Our neighbors like El Salvador and Honduras have reported murders in the thousands. Guatemala who placed below Belize at number five in the murder […]
Briceno Prepares for 1st National Executive Meeting Under His Leadership
On Wednesday, February 24, the People’s United Party is having their first National Executive meeting under the John Briceno leadership. It is a meeting that has a tall agenda ranging from the upcoming village council elections as well as other vacant posts that need to be filled. JOHN BRICENO “There are several issues that we […]
PUP Senatorial Seats Up For Consideration
Upon winning the seat of Party Leader for the PUP, John Briceno spoke of looking at all positions in the party and restructuring if necessary while strategically putting persons in place to speak on behalf of the party. One section that was mentioned was the Senatorial seats which are currently held by Anthony Sylvestre Jr., […]
Petition Starts to Ban Gill Netting and Longlines
www.change.org is an online platform opened to persons and organizations around the world where they can lobby to their local decision makers for changes in their countries in various sectors. One such petition was launched over the weekend by Dr Rachel Graham of Mar Alliance to ban the use of nets and longlines. This petition […]
Gillnetting: A Dangerous Activity for Marine Life
Stakeholders, environmentalists and those involved in protecting our seas have been alert for some time now as it relates to the capturing of sharks for commercial purposes. It is an activity that OCEANA Belize has been lobbying against for some time and with a large kill of sharks that was uncovered at the Lighthouse Reef […]
Robbers Play Cops …. Cops on Alert
The Belize Police Department is asking the public, especially security officers to be on the lookout for fake police officers. This alert comes after another security officer was robbed of his firearm on Friday night. A forty two year old Security Officer of AAA Security Officer stationed at JL’s Quick Loan on Douglas Street is […]
Trouble at FFB
The situation at the Football Federation of Belize is in flux this evening as two sides of the Belize Football world poise for battle. On one side is embattled president Ruperto Vicente and his General Secretary Michael Blease, and on the other side is First Vice President Sergio Chuc and 2 other ...
Trial for sex case involving 9 year old girl
A preliminary inquiry in the Magistrate’s Court concluded with 27 year old Daniel Rios of Belize City being committed to trial in the Supreme Court on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse. Rios is accused of a sex crime against a 9 year old girl on April 28, 2015, almost a year ago. Chief ...
One of three plead guilty for lobster in closed season
The lobster season is closed from February to June, but three fishermen took a chance and one of them wound up having to pay for catching the crustacean out of season. A Belize Coast Guard patrol near Crayfish Caye on Turneffe Atoll busted 53 year old George Marin; 24 year old Angel Tun; and 30 year...
Ministry of labor advises terminated Fruta Bomba workers
Brook’s Tropicals, which is the parent company for Fruta Bomba & Belize Food Packers Ltd., has officially informed the Ministry of Labour of its intention to close its growing and packaging operations in Belize, over the next six (6) months. As we have reported, this closure will result in the...
Rice producer receives Notice of Detention
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Commerce has served a Notice of Detention to a Rice producer. With the recent changes in the Belize Standard for Rice Specification on October 2015, the Bureau says that the producer has breached Section 10 of the Standard...
National Youth Council Holds Rallies across the Country
The National Youth Council is a youth governance body that speaks on behalf of the youths of Belize. On Friday 19th of February 2016, the National Youth Council held rallies all over the country in preparation for their election of District Youth Presidents, Vice Presidents, Treasurers, general s...
Eliminations were held all day today in Belmopan for the Coca Cola Spelling B competition which is now a formal part of the primary School annual schedule. Parents teachers students and their contestants gathered at the Our lady of Guadeloupe parish hall this morning and again this afternoon to...
Breaking Belize News
Atlantic Bank to host home loans fair
Join Atlantic Bank Belmopan Branch on March 12th, 2016 at the Belmopan Civic Center from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm and gain a better perspective on the home loan process. Atlantic Bank will partner with select businesses such as, Atlantic Insurance, Dreamworks, Ascon, Ceiba […]
Two men missing in Orange Walk river
A search is currently underway for two men who dove into the New River in Orange Walk Town near La Inmaculada School. According to reports, the men have not resurfaced and the police have since called in the Coast Guard to assist in the […]
OCEANA renews call for gill net ban
Since 1997, Belize’s fishermen and marine conservationists have been advocating for the banning of gill nets as a means of fishing, according to OCEANA Vice President, Janelle Chanona. Concerns have increased as it relates to the shark population in Belizean waters, as these king predators […]
Coastal Awareness Week begins with Cabinet endorsement
Coastal Awareness Week kicked off today in Belize City. It is an initiative of the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, whose CEO, Chantalle Clarke-Samuels, said the emphasis this year was on “climate-proofing” the coast. Samuels also reported that the Cabinet decided to adopt an […]
Margarita Pech given 7 years for separate thefts
Margarita Pech, who pled guilty to theft last week and was remanded into custody, also pleaded guilty to burglary when she was brought today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Pech was sentenced to 6 years for burglary and 1 year for theft. The sentences are […]
Trouble for families in Trio, Toledo?
Families in the village of Trio, Toledo District, face potential expulsion after an unknown investor purchased the land which they occupy. It’s an unusual case and one the Government appears not to know much about. Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, formerly Minister of Natural Resources, […]
Agriculture Minister comments on closure of Fruta Bomba
123 workers exited Fruta Bomba factory in Corozal after the employer shut its doors on Friday, signalling the certain death knell of the papaya industry. Today Minister of Agriculture Gaspar Vega sympathized with the workers but said Government is limited in what it can do. He […]
Police seek assistance to locate wanted man
The Orange Walk Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance to locate 30-year-old Alex Hernandez of that district, who is wanted for the offence of “obtaining property by deception”. Hernandez is a tour guide and bar tender who committed the offence on Thursday, February […]
Fatal motorcycle collision on Phillip Goldson Highway
A collision of motorcycles on the Phillip Goldson Highway near Sandhill Village Saturday evening, resulted in the death of a 27-year-old male and the hospitalization of a 21-year-old. Around 7:40 p.m. police responded to an area between miles 19 and 20 on the highway where they saw 27-year-old Kareem […]
Early morning robbery in old capital
Salvadoran National and 43 year old owner of “Esmeralda’s Used Clothing” on Queen Street in Belize City, Saida Ventura, reported to police that on Friday morning around 9:35, an armed man entered her business place then stole cash and items to a total value […]
Man accused of sexual harassment of niece
A 12 year old resident of Benque Viejo Del Carmen and her mother, reported to police that on Friday night at her home, she was sexually harassed30 that night, her father and uncle were socializing, […]
Gun and ammo found in Santa Elena
San Ignacio Police’s Quick Response Team and the Special Branch yesterday morning in Santa Elena Town, Cayo District, recovered a gun with several rounds of ammunition. Around 9:30 a.m., officers working on information received, searched an open lot in the Hot Point area of town where […]
Fair and mostly dry conditions exist
The National Meteorological Service of Belize forecasts mostly sunny skies today and partly cloudy skies tonight with isolated showers. Winds will blow from the East at 5-15 knots and the sea state is choppy to moderate. High temperatures today are expected around 84 degrees Fahrenheit along the […]
Rum Infusion – The new sensation at Charlie’s Bar
Have you ever tried a Drink Infusion at Chaa Creek? If not you’re certainly missing out!
Historically speaking I’ve never been a fan of fruity drinks, but this was different, very close to sorrel juice but not quite (“Obviously” some of you may be thinking but bear with me), the tangy flavors of the sorrel and pineapple contrasted eloquently against the fresh hints of the crushed mint leaves, never before has a drink been labelled as “relaxing” in my head as the fruit notes swirled calmly amidst the electrifying jolts of mint all brought to life by the brisk inhale of the club soda it was suspended in.
Sorrell is common in the Caribbean and Central America for making a sort of sweet tangy Juice, and I’ve even seen some Guatemalan brands of Sorrell rum which made it all the more interesting that something which seemed so simple could achieve this fantastic blend. Sorrel pineapple infused Mojitos are officially my favorite drink of the year thus far, I’ll be back for more.
Say YES to forever! at Victoria House, Belize
Michael contacted me full of excitement… a good while before he asked the question.. he wanted simple and romantic… and this is exactly how it happened.
Simple, at the end of the pier, following with a beautiful dinner of two at one of the nicest restaurants from our island, at Victoria House Resort.
Needless to say she did not expected and her reactions were PRICELESS!
Top 10 favorite high season pictures - and tune in this Sunday, 2/21 for Beachfront Bargain Hunt, featuring CBC!
High season has been wonderful.....some rain, but clear blue water and plenty of sun! Our guests have been fantastic!!!! We wanted to share some of our favorite images from the last couple months. Guests have loved our new addition of the paddleboard (SUP).
Please make sure you follow our facebook page for daily updates, and PLEASE tag your pictures from Caribbean Beach Cabanas or your Placencia fun under #caribbeanbeachcabanas, we'd love to feature your pictures on our site!
How To Beat The Bank De-Risking Issue
With the Belize bank de-risking issue in Belize, a lot of Belizean business owners are beginning to seriously worry about how they will receive and make payments to and from the United States of America, our main trading partner.
Many Belizean business owners have been using PayPal as a way to recieve and send payments, especially Belizeans whom have been venturing into the tourism industry, and receiving credit card payments is critical in this sector. After talking to business owners across the country, I came to realize that many do not know of Payoneer. With a Payoneer account, it is akin to having a US Bank account, and your account is linked to a debit MasterCard that Payoneer sends to you via mail. It takes about 2 weeks to arrive in Belize.
Now, this is not a magic bullet for making and receiving international payments - wire transfer is still the best and cheapest way - however, it is a viable alternative, especially for small business owners. PS: If you want to use an ATM, use Atlantic Bank, they don't charge rediculous ATM fees as the other banks here in Belize.
FATF takes Panama off grey list but rampant money laundering continues
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has removed Panama from its so-called "grey list" of uncooperative jurisdictions. The FATF action, which took place at a Plenary Meeting in Paris, occurred after the organization concluded that needed reforms had been enacted.
However, widespread money laundering, as well as terrorist financing, continues to exist in Panama City. There are neither money laundering prosecutions, nor suppression of the banking centre's constant movement of funds to sanctioned global terrorist organizations, including most of those operating the Middle East.
This Map Shows Where Climate Change Will Hit Us the Hardest
As global temperatures and sea levels rise due to climate change, the planet isn't changing in a uniform way. Some areas are more at risk for ecological collapse than others.
Now a team of researchers have created a map identifying the most vulnerable areas on the planet. They analyzed temperature (marked in red on the map below), rainfall (blue) and cloud cover (green) from 14 years' worth of global satellite data.
From the analysis of that data, the team figured out a brand-new metric to measure changes in vegetation cover and rainfall.
They call it the "vegetation sensitivity index." It shows which areas of our planet are approaching a dangerous tipping point.
Areas with a high index, and therefore a high vulnerability to climate change, are shown in red on the map below. More resilient areas are shown in green. Yellow patches fall somewhere in the middle.
The Caribbean’s “Silent Debt Crisis”
Barbados is the quintessential Caribbean paradise, a rum-soaked, sun-scorched bolthole for the rich and famous for over a century. It is also teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
The island was for decades one of the better-run statelets in the Caribbean, and remains one of the wealthiest. But the island’s tourism industry has struggled in the wake of the financial crisis, and a burst real estate bubble added to the economic toll.
The country’s finances are now a mess, and government debts has now ballooned to over 100 per cent of gross domestic product – perilously high for a small island state – despite the authorities sacking the equivalent of 1 per cent of the island’s population from the public payroll. Including the National Insurance Scheme the gross debt-to-GDP ratio is about 137 per cent. Here are the IMF’s latest figures. But the woes of Barbados are by no means unique. The Caribbean region has slowly but surely become one of the most indebted in the world, with liabilities often far beyond what is safe for such small, open and undiversified economies.
Weather and disease still hampering shrimp production in Central America
Central America will not be sending much shrimp to the US in 2016. According to importers from the region, a number of countries are still suffering from the losses caused by disease and poor weather, and the prognosis for 2016 is flat.
Most production in Honduras and Nicaragua is centered around the Gulf of Fonseca.
The industry depends on seasonal rains to flush the bay and provide good water movement.
However, last year the El Nino delayed the rains, and the result was poor water quality and disease, including EMS. Volume in this area was down about 20%, and little improvement is expected in 2016. Disease is still rampant, and El Nino is again expected to impact the seasonal rains.
Belize, which produces on the Atlantic, has been dry for two years due to disease in the ponds. It is not clear how much restocking will occur this year. Guatemala produced almost no headless shell on shrimp last year, only 122,000 lbs. But they did produce 2.488 million pounds of peeled shrimp, suggesting that they are importing shrimp from elsewhere for processing.
A recap of the 27th CARICOM Intersessional, 26min. For our first episode of Belmopan Weekly for 2016!
Belize, 6.5min. Snorkeling and other fun in San Pedro
Ruta Maya Promo 2016, 20sec.
Environmentalists concerned over mass killing of sharks, 7min.
Belize Shrimp Farm, 3.5min.
BELIZE 2016 VLOG DAY 1// CROCODILE HUNTING!, 2.5min. Today is my first day in the country of Belize! I traveled most of the day and went crocodile hunting at night!
BELIZE 2016 VLOG DAY #2 // ZIP LINING THROUGH THE JUNGLE!, 2.5min. Today we learn to survive in the jungle, zip line, and cave tube!
BELIZE VLOG DAY 3// XUNANTUNICH RUINS!, 2min. Today we explore ancient mayan ruins and learn about butterflies native to Belize!
BELIZE 2016 VLOG DAY #5// SNORKEL AND SNUBA, 3min. Today I spend the day on the water snorkeling and sunbathing!
Belize Cahal Pech Experience!,14 min.
BELIZE :), 3.5min. All the best moments from the best week :) So grateful for all the good times, memories, and new friends. Thanks to everyone for making this trip so awesome :)
Where the hell is San Pedro, Belize? [Q&A], 2min. This time I answered a question which was asked a few times. Where the hell is San Pedro, Belize. I also went to the northern part of Ambergris Caye to take a walk with our dog Sammy.