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Today's Belize News: February 23, 2016 #511857
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The San Pedro Sun

SP Food Bank explains membership criteria
Speaking to The San Pedro Sun, Britney O’Daniel, one of the founders of the Food Bank gave details on what the criteria is all about. “First of all they need to come and apply; we have applications at the Lions Den where the Food Bank is located. At least one member of the family must have some sort of employment, have children under the age of 18 that live at home with them and there is also the exception when sometimes there are elderly family members living in the household who are not able to be employed,” said O’Daniel. The fact that someone needs to be working in the family, raised the question about single mothers who have no jobs and are with children to feed. According to O’Daniel the program was not meant to support a family for all the time, but to just assist them. Many people with a lot of children may only work a few days of the week or make a minimum salary which may not be enough to sustain everyone in the household. This is where the Food Bank helps families to meet their ends, especially in feeding their children. However, O’Daniel disregarded the comments about anyone being turned down during the weekly food distribution.

San Pedro Red Cross reports successful fundraisers for February
The Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch (BRCSP) has been quite busy the last several weeks fundraising for their very worthy cause. From their weekly Trivia Game Night, to a blood drive, concerts, and even some Valentine’s Day fun, BRCSP has taken the opportunity to raise much needed funds to continue their work in the community. According to Laurie Norton of BRCSP, “the past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch.” Activities kicked from Friday, January 29th with the weekly trivia game at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar where $150 was donated to BRCSP. The following day, Saturday, January 30th saw the first blood drive of the year being held. Although the number of units of blood collected was lower than hoped, every pint helps and is very much appreciated. The youth volunteers of the BRCSP also did a great job by raising another $300 during a dollar drive held simultaneously with the blood drive.

Projects Abroad in Belize holds Health Fair in San Pedro Town
Projects Abroad in Belize held their first health fair on the island on Thursday, February 18th at the Lions Den. The activity took place from 9AM to 4PM and provided very important information on health awareness. Some of the topics the fair touched on included HIV, hypertension, diabetes, nutrition, exercise and women’s health as well. Free blood pressure and glucose tests were also available at the health fair. According Kaitlin McWhorter, Acting Country Director of Projects Abroad in Belize, the fair is open to the entire community. There were posters in different areas of the Lions Den with information on different health topics. The sole purpose of the activity was to continue spreading the awareness of healthy living among the San Pedro community. Currently there are sixteen volunteers with Projects Abroad, of which eight are in the public health field. Some of the volunteers worked at different schools, while others also assist with the island’s Food Bank. According to McWhorter, they tried to spread around and help in the community as much as they can.

Boat Manifest awaiting approval
For years, concerned island residents and the San Pedro Police Department have being calling for the implementation of a mandatory boat manifest. A boat manifest is a document listing the cargo, passengers and crew being transported during a trip, and is instrumental in keeping entry and exit records of visitors to a location as well as in cases of emergencies. As one of the top destinations in the country, San Pedro is flooded daily with an influx of persons arriving either by boat or airplane. While both airplane services on the island are required to have a manifest, the water taxis seem to have been exempted from providing a manifest. In the past few months, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) commenced the process of implementing a boat manifest but it is yet to be approved and sanctioned by the Belize Port Authority (BPA).

Ambergris Today

Free Pediatric Services at Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic 2
Sunday, March 6 San Pedro Dr. Otto Rodriguez PolyClinic 9:00AM-3:00PM Tuesday, March 8 Ladyville Community Center 9:00AM-3:00PM Wednesday, March 9 Maskall Health Center 9:00AM-3:00PM Thursday, March 10 Port Loyola Health Clinic 9:00AM-6:00PM Friday, March 11 Crooked Tree Health Center 9:00AM-3:00PM Children From Early Iinfancy To 21 Years Of Age Will Be Seen At These Clinics. For more information, please contact your closest Health Center or one of the following Friends of Pediatrics contacts: Mayra Singh - 610-4677 Lysette Eck - 610-5505

OCEANA: A Love Letter to the Caribbean Sea from Belize
Some of our earliest memories are of you, our beautiful Caribbean Sea. Carefree days; warm sand; beauty and abundance as far as the eye could see. Every year, we take a knee, hoping we are not forced to witness the power of your waters in storms and hurricanes. And every day, we give thanks to you for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the coasts you protect, the jobs you provide, the food you put on our tables. We dare not imagine a world without you…a world without our reef, without fish, without all the treasures that make us who we are: proud Belizeans. No matter where we live, we recognize the role you play in our personal health and in the global reality.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Shameful shark kill - World Heritage Lighthouse Reef Atoll
We have just been alerted by many people to a large kill of sharks in and near the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye at Lighthouse Reef Atoll. The Jewels of Belize's marine heritage and tourism have been hit hard by several unlicensed fishers using the unsustainable fishing gears nets and longlines. These pictures represent a portion of a single day's fishing with nets and longlines and include at least 32 sharks representing 3 species including the Endangered great hammerhead and pregnant Caribbean reef sharks (and sources counted at least 50 sharks landed in the short space of time they were at the sites). The sharks were landed at Sandbore Caye and Hat Caye at Lighthouse. The sharks in the pictures were captured by a handful of fishers apparently working under only two shark fishing licenses and targeting Belize's marine jewel in the crown, Lighthouse Reef Atoll. These sharks were a mainstay of dive and snorkel tourism at the atoll and helped to support many local businesses that rely on tourism for their income. These dead sharks represented millions of dollars in lost revenue, not only to Belize's tourism sector and the many families and politicians they support, but also to coral reef ecosystem resilience, as these animals play a critical role in maintaining reef health.

Belize’s first BPO Summit analyses strategy to improve business services sector
Government and private sector officials from Belize converged at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City on Wednesday February 17th to discuss a new strategy to improve the country’s business services sector. The meeting, which was dubbed as the first BPO Summit in Belize was the brain child of the BelizeINVEST Unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE). It provided participants the opportunity to examine the benefits of increasing the country’s business services and identify priorities for policy and institutional reform. Participants also agreed to revive the Business Outsourcing Association of Belize (BOAB), establish a standards framework and to increase the development and promotion of I.T education in Belize to foster value-added services.

Ombudsman and Contractor General Sworn-In for New Terms in Office
In a brief ceremony held today, Monday, February 22 at the Belize House in Belmopan, Mr. Lionel Arzu and Mr. Godwin Arzu were sworn-in for their new terms as Ombudsman and Contractor General respectively, following the Prime Minister’s announcement of their re-appointments at the January 22nd Sitting of the House of Representatives. This marks Mr. Lionel Arzu’s second term as Ombudsman and Mr. Godwin Arzu’s third term as Contractor General. Both men were joined by their families as they took the oath of allegiance before the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young.

From commitment to action on safeguarding the integrity of Belize’s coastal and marine areas
Today the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize Gaspar Vega, who is also the country’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development, announced the government’s endorsement and commitment to implement the Belize Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan. WWF welcomes this announcement by the recently elected administration, which will ensure better protection of Belize’s coastal and marine areas that are integral to the national economy. “The new government made an election promise to pass and implement this plan and appears to be keeping that promise,” said Nadia Bood, Mesoamerican Reef Scientist at WWF. “We expect that the plan will come into force within months, and that adequate resources will be allocated for its implementation and monitoring within the budget for the next fiscal year.” WWF, in partnership with the Natural Capital Project and Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, has played a crucial role in helping design the government’s national integrated coastal zone management plan. It establishes a sustainable approach by quantifying and valuing coastal and marine resources, and enables the making of informed management recommendations based on ecosystems services provided through fisheries, tourism and coastal protection analyses.

Scholarship Opportunities for Belizeans
The Organization of American States in collaboration with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia herein offer Bachelor Degree scholarships tenable at the University for Information Science and Technology to be delivered in English. The offering includes full tuition, accommodation and airfare; notwithstanding awardees are responsible to cover costs not outlined in the attached document. The application process is online and outlined in (2) Scholarship application process. Application deadline has been established at April 30, 2016.

Flea Market on Caye Caulker Feb. 28th!
It's that time again. Get your Stuff ready!!!

Belize gets down to Business: Minister Erwin Contreras talks trade opportunities with SoFla
Belize was at the top of the business agenda this week, as Belizean Minister of International Trade Erwin Contreras stopped by at the Lauderdale Lakes Educational and Cultural Center for the “Doing Business in Belize” workshop. During a special meet and greet session with workshop attendees, the Minister outlined the nation’s many commercial and trading opportunities in renewable energy, agro-processing, tourism, and food and beverage production and packaging. The Minister also encouraged participants to attend the upcoming trade mission, hosted by the Miramar based Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida. The trade workshop, hosted by the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD), is part of a year-long series highlighting trading opportunities with many key partners of South Florida’s economy. Representative Hero Balani from the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (Beltraide) was on hand to update participants on the latest initiatives. He highlighted the country’s unique and respected reputation in the rapidly expanding fair trade and eco-label market.

Discussion of plans for the paving of approximately 3.4 miles of the southern road in San Pedro
On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Guerrero, Councilor Severo Guerrero (Civic & Infrastructural Development) and Councilor Gabriel Nuñez (Housing & Planning, Public Utilities) met with Mr. Dennis Alfaro and Mr. Greg Pisarczyk, two of the primary investors of La Sirene Resort, Spa & Marina, to discuss plans for the paving of approximately 3.4 miles of the southern road. Surveying and consultation for this project will be taking place in the coming weeks.

Cayo Youth Council Rally
The Department of Youth Services had the Cayo District Youth Council Rally. Great showing. Great pictures. "Cayo District Pre-Election Rally and Parade!!!!"

The Western Ballaz were victorious over the Bandits, with a final score of 67 - 60. Adma's Phototgraphy was there to get some vivid shots of the game. If you were at the game, you are in one of the 100's of pictures that are on the WB page. Ballaz fans are second to none! Congratulations, Ballaz!
The Western Ballaz were victorious over the Bandits, with a final score of 67 - 60. Adma's Phototgraphy was there to get some vivid shots of the game. If you were at the game, you are in one of the 100's of pictures that are on the WB page. Ballaz fans are second to none! Congratulations, Ballaz!

Channel 7

Agricultural Minister Discusses Fruta Bomba Layoffs
On Friday's newscast we told you about how the Papaya Export Company, Fruta Bomba, which is based in San Joaquin, Corozal, sent home 123 employees - half it staff in one day. The company is closing down it's Belize Operation because it's no longer profitable to for exporters to do business here. Now, mass lay-offs are never pleasant for the employer and the employees who have dedicated their lives to a company, which in this instance, has been operating in Belize for 22 years. But, it's happening right now in Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega's back yard, both as the Minister of Agriculture, and in the north, where he's viewed as the Ruling UDP Government's commander. So, today, while we had the opportunity, we asked him to comment on the situation. As viewers will remember, inside information to 7News is that a contributing factor to the company's decision to pull out was the trade difficulties it was having with this Government Administration. We asked the Deputy Prime Minister about that, and here's what he had to say:

DPM Says 3 Other Villages Have The Same Land Problems As Trio
While we had the opportunity, we asked Deputy PM Vega about the plight of some 30+ families living in Toledo Village of Trio. As we told you, they risk losing their homes and their farms because the current owner has demanded that they've squatting on his land. This Asian business man bought these large tracks of farm land which used to belong to the Thurton Estate. These families have been squatting on it - reportedly - for over 25 to 30 years, and they've cultivated it, even built their homes on it. They claim that successive Government Administrations promised them that the situation would be normalized. That never happened, and this current business owner has come forward to demand that they each pay him $20,000 for the piece of land that they're squatting on, or else they need to move. So, they are facing eviction, but these poor residents cannot afford to pay for the land. We're told that they've communicated their plight to Ministry of Natural Resources, which was being led by Deputy Prime Minister Vega. When we asked him about it today, he told us that while he doesn't remember the case specifically, he does know of 4 villages, including Trio, which is in this very same situation. Here's how he explained it:

Cordel Will Be One Of John Briceno's Deputies
PUP Leader John Briceno was elected three weeks ago, and word to 7News from multiple political sources is that he's ready to shake things up in his executive. The main change that sources tell us about is a move to install Cordel Hyde as a National Deputy Leader. Hyde challenged for the leadership, but garnered only 25% of the vote and came in third behind Briceno and Francis Fonseca. It was an all or nothing gamble for Hyde and he lost, but, now Briceno wants to bring the four term Lake I representative in to be his most senior deputy. As we understand it, Hyde would serve as a National Deputy Leader, in addition to the four existing regional deputy leaders. They are Rodwell Ferguson for the South, Jose Mai for the North, Julius Espat for the West, and Kareem Musa for the East. As National Deputy, Hyde would be senior to those four. But, it's only a proposal at this point, and it will take some doing for Briceno - who will need the approval of his National Party Council, where some feathers are sure to be ruffled. But word to us is that Briceno is determined to bring in Hyde to benefit from his popularity in the Belize District - where the PUP only currently controls 4 of 13 seats.

Fake Cops Impersonated; Stole A Real Gun
2 weeks ago, we told you about the con that thieves were running on unsuspecting residents of Belize City. They've been dressing up like police officers, and going into people's homes pretending to be conducting legitimate police business. Well on Saturday, they made off with the gun of a security guard who was on duty at JL's Quick Loan, located on Douglas Jones Street. Today, the Public Relations Officer from Eastern Division North described how the con-men did it: "In the early hours of Saturday morning, two security officers were on duty right here in Precinct 3 area at a business establishment when they were approached by these two persons that are impersonating officers. The description that they give is that they were dressed in uniforms that resemble our number working dress which would be blue and khaki. They are claiming that these persons questioned them and relieve them of a 38 revolver. I will disclose the serial number at another time. At this point in our investigation we see the dire need for the general public to assist us in trying to identify these persons. We have detained several individuals that we believe can help us in our investigation. But we would like for past victims to revisit the investigator that you made your report and see if you can help us to get rid of these impersonators and put them in a rightful place behind bars."

Kareem Arnold Killed In Motorcycle Collision
There was a fatal traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway on Saturday night between miles 19 and 20. It left one man dead, and another hospitalized. The victims are 27 year-old Kareem Arnold, the resident from Ladyville who perished, and 21 year-old Churchill Bernard, a mechanic from Fresh Pond. Police say that Churchill was riding a motorcycle, and he was trying to overtake a van. Unfortunately, he may not have seen Arnold, who was also on another motorcycle, who was coming from the opposition direction. They collided head-on, and the impact killed Arnold. The Commander of the Rural Eastern Division discussed the incident with the press this morning: "We had an unfortunate accident on the George Price Highway between miles 18 and 19 where two motorcycles collided. From our investigations we had one Churchill Bernard who was travelling from Ladyville to Biscayne area where upon reaching mile 19 he overtook a vehicle and collided head on into another motorcycle which was at the time ridden by Kareem Arnold. The investigation showed that the motorcycle that Kareem Arnold was on which was a black Meilun motorcycle had no headlight. We found a spotlight, a portable spotlight used on the forehead apparently believed to be worn by Mr. Arnold. We do not know at this time whether or not it was operational. Nevertheless that accident caused the death of Mr. Kareem Arnold and Mr. Bernard Churchill is at the KHMH in an induced coma at this time."

Why The Mass Fishing Of Sharks?
Sharks- the apex predators of the sea- are being hunted in Belizean waters. Yesterday Mar Alliance, a non-governmental advocacy organization, posted several pictures on social media depicting a number of sharks being harvested for their meat. The practice is not illegal in the country put the topic always tends to strike a sensitive nerve- especially when at such large scale. The post alleged that the pictures represented at least 32 sharks captured in areas near the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye sometime last week. Among the carcasses were 3 shark species, including the endangered Hammerhead shark and several pregnant female Caribbean Reef Sharks. But while it is legal to fish for sharks in Belize, Mar Alliance claimed that only two of the group of men fishing for sharks were licensed.

The Science Of Hitting The Boledo Jackpot
If you follow the Sunday jackpot - as so many Belizeans do - you'll know that "68" was yesterday's first prize. And for most who buy their Boledo regularly, it's sufficient to know what number played. But, there's a whole other level to this numbers game - and it goes so deep into the study of numerology that's it's almost a science unto itself. And those scientists know, for example, that "68" hasn't played on a Sunday since 2004 - 12 whole years. That's the kind of deep knowledge and study of this numbers game that fascinates Courtney Weatherburne - and for the past month she's been understudying with the experts. Tonight we have part one of her two part series on this game of chance, that's woven into the very fabric of everyday Belizean life:

Man Stabbed In the Head; Didn't Want A Court Case
23 year-old Jerson Grinage, a resident of Mahogany Heights Village, had to be rushed to the KHMH this weekend after he was stabbed in the face in front of a Chinese Shop. He's one of the men who police have charged for that brazen home invasion of Diplomat Sarkis Abou-Nehra estate, just outside of Burrell Boom. He's gotten enough attention from the police, because of that case, which may be the reason why he didn't want any court action against the man who stabbed him. The cops from Rural Eastern Division told us more about it: "It happened near Annie's Shop, a Chinese establishment. It appears that the guys met at the area there and a feud ensued causing such injuries to occur."

Police Will Charge Adolphus For The Shooting Of Concerned Citizen
While the press had the opportunity, the Rural commanders were asked about the main suspect in the shooting of 52 year-old Jorge Lopez. You'll remember him as the good samaritan who stopped on a dirt road off the George Price Highway between miles 28 and 29. He thought he was helping out, but little did he know that the men were stopping him to rob him of his vehicle. That's after they'd just held up 2 tourists staying at the Belize Zoo's sister facility, known as the Tropical Education Center. These men shot him, and tried to kill him, but he fought them off, and chopped his attacker. The man believed to be the gunman he injured is 21 year-old Adolphus Palacio Jr., who is on remand at the Belize Central Prison on a slew of charges including armed robbery. Today, the Commander of Hattieville Police told us that he is expected to be charged for attempted murder for the attack on Jorge Lopez:

Terrible Indecent Assault In Benque
Police in Benque Viejo hope to lay charges to the uncle of a female minor who alleges that he forcibly performed oral sex on her last week. Investigators say that around 8:30 pm on Friday February 20th a 12 year old female student was watching television with her sisters in the living room while her father and uncle socialized in the same room area. Her mother was reportedly at work and her older sister went to the store, leaving only her, her father, her uncle and her 3 year old sister in the house. The minor told authorities that her father eventually went out. That is when her uncle reportedly threatened her and forcibly performed oral sex on her against her own will. Benque police are investigating and hope to lay charges soon.

Coast Guard Rescued A Boat Full Of People
Members of the Belize Coast Guard conducted a successful search and rescue operation over the weekend and brought to safety a group of 10 persons after their boat experienced mechanical problems. The distress call was made to the Coast Guard headquarters at about 1:45 on Sunday afternoon. The report was that a family was heading to one of the Cayes for a day of recreation when upon reaching an area between swallow caye and stakebank, East of Belize City, the vessel experienced steering failure and began to drift. As a result the Coast Guard was called out to assist. In no time the team of three coast guard officers located the distress vessel and towed the boat along with its 10 passengers safely back to harbor. Lieutenant Soberanis, The First Fleet Commander of the Belize Coast Guard told us that the three officers: Petty Officer Class 3 Anthony Sankey, Seaman Jessie Vellos and Seaman Grey are all going to be commended for their good work at pulling off a successful search and rescue operation.

NICH Talks Artifact Preservation
There are many different types of collectors: collectors of historical pieces, collectors of books, collectors of paintings, and many others. The list is wide and varied. However if there is one thing these collectors have in common is that they all must fight against the weathering of time to keep the pieces in their collection looking their best for as long as they can. Today the National institute of Culture and History under the auspices of the Museum of Belize hosted the start of a three day workshop that focused on just that- Risk Assessment in Collection Management. Or in other words, finding or creating the best conditions for pieces to stand the test of time. The workshop is a follow up initiative to the workshop held last year on the basics of conservation techniques and object handling. Rebecca Newberry, Conservation expert of the Science Museum of Minnesota led the workshop. Sherilyne Jones, the Director of the Museum of Belize and the Houses of Culture spoke to us about workshop and its relevance to Belize.

Hon. Vega Will Look Into The Belize Harbor Phenomenon
Two weeks ago, we told you about the strange phenomenon at Southern Foreshore in Belize City. The sea bottom has completely silted up - and what used to be sea bottom is now a filthy silt beach, pushing up against the sea wall. It's persisted for weeks - and residents of the area tell us they've never seen it like that. What's behind it? And what can be done to fix it? Today, while we had the opportunity we asked Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega about it, and he said he's going to look into it: Daniel Ortiz "We want to know the situation and is there any plan to deal with it because that's a major waterway." Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture "I'm not aware of it. But since you mentioned it, I'll look into it." We'll keep following up to find out what measures the authorities will take to fix this problem in this major waterway.

Keeping The La Ruta Maya Accident/Violence Free
The Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is about 2 weeks away, but the police from Rural Eastern Division have already starting making plans to ensure that the event is free of violence or traffic accidents. There are favorite spots that residents in the River Valley choose to view the progress of the canoe race as it comes passing by, and the cops have decided that they will have to manage the access that they can give to the public. Here's what the Rural cops are planning to do when the 3 day race passes by their jurisdiction: If the plan changes, we'll tell you so that you don't miss your favor canoe teams as they come speeding down the Belize River past your area.

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Channel 5

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 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...

Spelling Bee
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...

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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.

International Sourcesizz

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.

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