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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

Mexican construction suppliers seek Belize market
The San Pedro tourism industry is constantly growing and expanding with new hotels springing up everywhere, and this new expansion might well benefit from new technologies and materials offered by five construction suppliers from Chetumal, who participated in a trade mission to Belize on Tuesday, March 1. Breaking with the popular hispanic tradition of: “En martes no te cases, ni te embarques” (Never get married on a Tuesday, nor embark on a trip), some 15 representatives of five major construction companies from Chetumal met with over 30 Belizean construction contractors, engineers, architects and suppliers during a business forum organized and hosted by the Mexican Embassy at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City Tuesday morning. Mexican Ambassador H.E. Carlos Quesnel Melendez was on hand to welcome the delegation; which included “Aceros Lamasi”, the company which supplied the steel for the construction of the Institute of Mexico in Belize City. The company’s foreign sales and wholesale representative, Lic. Maria Del Caribe Rueda Lopez, led their delegation, offering the company’s line of construction steel materials, which included steel bars, beams, I-beams for columns, steel sheeting and other fastenings for the rapid construction of a modern building that can withstand the forces of nature. The company also supplies the “Sika” brand of sheetrock panels, adhesives, surface coatings and finishes to complete a state of the art building to international standards in matter of weeks, rather than months.

BTV Expedition greeted with a blockade from the Guatemala Armed Forces
Tensions at Sarstoon River remain high between Belize’s and Guatemala’s armed forces. Even with the ongoing construction of the joint Belize Coast Guard (BSG) and Belize Defense Force (BDF) Forward Operating Base (FOB) at the mouth of the river, Guatemalan armed forces still venture into Belizean water, imposing their territorial claim and driving away Belizeans who they deem to be ‘trespassing’. Most recently, Guatemalan forces blocked the Belize Territorial Volunteers’ (BTV) trip to Sarstoon River on Saturday, January 27th, which is an area within Belizean Territory. This is not the first time Guatemalan forces do such a thing, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is finally taking action. Maheia indicated that Guatemalan authorities do not respect Belizean territory or its people. “There were like five Guatemalan military boats. They didn’t only have one or two people on it; some of these boats had up to 15 people on it. So of course, its human being, human nature – it’s very intimidating what they did. They tried to push our boats towards our military outpost. But the minute we tried getting into it, they’ve blocked us clearly inside Belize waters again. So, I mean right now as a Belizean we cannot even access our own military base without having to check in with the Guatemalans. I just find that this is very disappointing. Clearly they are undermining us. But clearly we can’t give up. This is Belize and we have to fight for ever. So I think that we cannot give up,” said Maheia.

Community Observes Child Stimulation Month Once Again
It’s that time of year where crayons or anything imaginable can turn into real-life. It is Child Stimulation Month and nothing is better than commemorating the significance of education by kicking it off with a festive parade. The theme “Early Childhood Development: The Foundation to a Brighter Belize” has set the tone for this school year. All preschool institutions country wide dedicate the month of March to the enlightenment their students with many entertaining activities. According to Lea Miron, teacher at San Pedro Pre-School, “Our students have a month full of different activities, such as sports day, movie day, reading out loud and more. Like they say, all children are smart, but at their own pace.” Who says that education has to be dull and boring? “It is always important to make learning fun,” said Miron. From balloons, costumes, and even the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School’s drum corps have taken learning to another height.

Free Pattern Making Classes to be held in San Pedro
The long years of studying template creation in sewing and fashion design can now be a thing of the past. It may sound unreal but acclaimed Lutterloh system guarantees to eliminate the long hours of training. Those wanting to learn can enjoy a free Pattern -Making class on Saturday, March 5th, at the San Pedro House of Culture. Classes will be available at 5PM and 6PM, and according to the organizer, one hour will be more than enough to master the job. The classes are open for beginners and experts, and according organizer Frank Lutterloh, a lot can be learned. During the one day event on the island, participants will be able to learn how to make their own custom-fit patterns no matter what their measurements are. There will be demonstrations on how to make vests in minutes to fit volunteers at the classes.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Mildred Cannon's Potato Salad with Durkee Sauce
Made this yesterday.... yummmmm... I halved the total amount, tweaked the spicing, and seriously increased the amount of Durkee over the original recipe which can be found here ... A classic recipe complete with Ms. Mildred's secret ingredient...Durkee's Famous Sauce, a popular tangy sandwich spread has been around for over 100 years! It was even served in the Lincoln White House! Peel and dice the potatoes Bring salted water to a boil in a large stock pot. Toss the potatoes into the boiling water. Boil until tender, approximately 11-12 minutes. Chill in cold bath to stop the cooking. While the potatoes are boiling, bring a smaller sauce pan of water to a boil. Boil eggs. Once the eggs are done, take them out of the water and set them aside.

Incredibly sweet dog found, now at SAGA
Incredibly sweet young female dog followed a nearby guest home to Mata Grande area last night. No collar. Torn right ear. I tried to foster her for the night but she got out and went to another house ..... She is at Saga now.

The Placencia Breeze March 2016
Pg 3 BTIA news Pg 6 2016 Placencia Sidewalk Art Festival / Greta Leslie T-Shirt Logo Designer Pg 9 Rotary Club Annual Auction / Reef Week Events Pg 10 Placencia Sailing Club Pg 11 Point of View - Bitters / Chili Cook Off / St. John’s Thank You / IHS Student Lunch Pg 13 Placencia Humane Society / Rotary Club Scholarship Pg 14 Sidewalk Art Festival Pictures Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 21 Events & Calendar / Save the Date Pg 24 Beating Cancer through Music Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 Swan Villas’ Art Competition / Creature Feature - Monkey Shines Pg 30/31 Paid Listings

National Agriculture and Trade Show 2016
The National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development hereby announces the dates for the National Agriculture & Trade Show to be held April 29th, 30th and May 1, 2016. The Committee advises that reservation and sale of concession stands, food stalls, open spots and commercial booths will commence on March 4, 2016 at the office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development – Market Square old lands building in the City of Belmopan between the hours of 9:00 am to 4 pm. Previous holders of concession stands, food stalls, open spots, and commercial booths who participated at the 2015 National Agriculture & Trade Show are also advised that they must make arrangements for the renewal of their lease by April 15, 2016.

Hon. Dean Barrow Appointed as a Member of the Privy Council
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has announced that Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Dean Barrow has been appointed as a Member of the Privy Council. With this, the Prime Minister can now legitimately be referred to as the Right Honourable Dean Barrow. The announcement was published on the website of the Office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on March 1, 2016. This comes after the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow’s appointment to his third term as the Prime Minister of Belize. Rt. Hon. Barrow was first elected Prime Minister in 2008, followed by his consecutive wins in 2012 and 2015.

20,000 Strong Women's Rally
March 11th, 2016

2016 CCRIF Scholarships
Applications for the 2016 CCRIF Scholarships are hereby invited from individuals who are citizens of CARICOM member countries and/or CCRIF member countries in the Caribbean1. Eligible programmes include one-year Masters-level courses in the following areas which are available at eligible regional universities** or at universities in the United Kingdom/ United States/Canada: (Catastrophe) Risk Management, Property/Casualty Insurance, Meteorology, Other hazard/disaster related disciplines. Eligible programmes also include an MBA with a Major in risk management and/or insurance or a related field.

Miss Nils passes away
We are sad to report that Miss Nils, one of the legendary ladies of the Roots in the Sea documentary, has passed. Another Hicaquena called home. R.I.P. Miss Nils.

Corozal Town Council Employee sacked of day's Tax Deposit
Corozal Police have indicated to the media that earlier this week a Corozal Town Council employee was readily pillaged of his deposit bag while on his way to a routine deposit at the bank. The employee was robbed of an undisclosed amount of tax monies but Corozal Police assert that the amount could be anywhere between $7,000 to $15,000.

Spanish Lookout Commercial Expo 2016
From - Today, 9:33 AM The Spanish Lookout Business Expo was this weekend, and Rumors Resort was there to get some pictures. They got some great pictures from above. "If you’re the type who appreciates fantastic bargains on items for construction/ gardening, automotive, and foods, then the Spanish Lookout Commercial and Industrial Expo is certainly something you’d want to start marking down on your calendar for the next event."

Upcoming BTB tour guide courses
Please secure your spaces now for the upcoming tour guide courses for 2016 by contacting the institutions and persons listed below.

Car park by Sylvestre Sports Complex now open
We would like to inform the public that the car park located in front of the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex, is now open for long term parking free off charge. Please use this car park if you are going to park all day, this will free up parking in town for short term parking. San Pedro Traffic Department

CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Vice-Dean, Belizean Ms Tarun Butcher is urging optimum participation of young people in the activities of the Caribbean Community. Ms Tarun was addressing Regional Ministers of Youth and Culture, Ministry officials, representatives of regional and international organisations and CARICOM Youth Ambassadors at the opening of the 29th Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) in Guyana, Thursday.

Scholarship Opportunities!!! Take Note Corozal!
The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Human Development, Education and Employment (DHDEE) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), through the OAS Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), are offering scholarships to qualified candidates of the Americas to participate in masters degree programs below.

Having Fun with Rights Launch
Having Fun with Rights had its release party. Thanks, Special Envoy Belize! "Having Fun with Rights: A Children's Rights Activity Book was launched today at the Bliss! Photos coming soon!"

Clean-up campaign in Arenal
Arenal is one of the 19 communities targeted for a healthier Mopan River. Garbage continues being a trans-border issue. FCD’s educator led a community clean-up campaign in the village.

Channel 7

A Zinc Fence Between Leader Briceno and The Old Guard?
Tuesday March 7th, that's the date for first house meeting in John Briceno's second go as leader of the opposition. But this time, the often-accommodating Briceno looks like he's playing hardball with his party's old guard. He already turned down old guard favourite Lisa Shoman who wanted to stay on as a Senator - and on Tuesday in the house, he's putting what you might call a zinc fence between himself and the old Guard. And by zince fence, we mean Cordel Hyde. Reports to 7News say that the seating arrangements for the opposition bench have been finalized, and it's a shocker: the four term Lake I Representative - who is not on the PUP executive - is going to take the seat right beside Briceno - while Francis Fonseca and Said Musa will then be seated after Hyde. Now, that second seat right after the leader is usually reserved for a former leader or a deputy leader; it's a mark of respect and seniority. But, Briceno, who did say he would find a meaningful place for Cordel Hyde is putting him in the second seat - suggesting a sort of de-facto deputy. The actual deputies, four of them will be seated after Said Musa. Now, the arrangement of seating on the opposition bench in the house of representatives is mostly political trivia for deep insiders, but it does give a very clear indication of the balance of power, as to who's in play and who is not.

Why Did NICH Do The Deal With Bradley Paumen?
American Tour Operator Bradley Paumen - his name hasn't been in the news for a few weeks now - but for a while there in January and February, he dominated the headlines. After all, it's not everyday that one of the largest tour operators in the country gets accused of orchestrating an elaborate murder conspiracy and lands up in jail on remand for it! But, Paumen is out on bail and back to operating his business - and he does so in partnership with NICH - which gave him exclusive rights to use two caves which are part of an archaeological reserve. Of course getting to the caves involved the trespass on Michael Modiri's land - which is the cause of all the criminal confusion. But what is the NICH side of the story? Today, after weeks of trying to get a comment, we got a chance to ask the NICH President Diane Haylock and the Director of the Institute of Archaeology Dr. John Morris about it. We caught them at another event in Benque Viejo and here's how Morris explained the approach to the contract:..

Will Diane Be Moving On?
But, back now to Diane Haylock. Persistent rumours for the last 6 weeks or so say that her time as President of NICH could be coming to an end. There is a new minister who's been actively recruiting new members for the NICH Board - and reports suggest he might also be shopping for a new president. Today we asked Haylock squarely about those rumours:... Jules Vasquez: "Is it true that is rumored that there is a new minister of state in youth and culture and person may have intensions for another president? You've been president of NICH for 8 years. Are you moving on as president?" Diane Haylock, President - NICH: "I'm on my way for 8. Jules, I cannot answer that question. I really don't know." Jules Vasquez: "Might you be tipped for an ambassadorial post in maybe Taiwan?" Diane Haylock, President - NICH: "There is as of rumor floating around town?" Jules Vasquez: "What is your presence? We know that you are a favorite of the Prime Minister. So you can't be treated likely." Diane Haylock, President - NICH: "For me that's not an issue until there is something to talk about."

Meheia And Volunteers Will Protest At House
At the top of the news we told you about the opposition seating for the House of Representatives next week Tuesday, but while that's playing out inside, outside the house, Wil Maheia and the Belize Territorial Volunteers will be picketing the meeting. Maheia and the volunteers don't believe that the Government's response to the aggressive tactics of the Guatemalan Navy in the Sarstoon River is enough. So, they're calling all Belizeans who feel the same to join them on Independence Hill. But, he might not get the support of the 39 Mayan communities in the south. That's because they say he misspoke this weekend when he suggested that illegal Guatemalans have been welcomed freely into Mayan Communities, without the same level of strict scrutiny that non-Mayan Belizeans are subjected to. The Program Coordinator for the Maya Leaders Alliance told us via phone today that Maheia's suggestion that Guatemalans are allowed into Mayan communities is completely wrong:

Trio Charged For weed, Bailed
Last night we showed you the major weed bust that Orange Walk police made. They caught 16 pounds of weed coming down from the north. The marijuana was stuffed inside the panels of a Cadillac Escalade. Police believe the Escalade was being escorted by a Mercedes sedan. Today, the three men in two vehicles were taken to Orange Walk Magistrate's court to be arraigned for drug trafficking. They are: Alrick Smith, Keith Patrick Flowers and Michael Requena. They were taken to court this afternoon, where they were represented by attorney Dickie Bradley. They were bailed for twenty thousand dollars each. The marijuana is compressed and police believe that it originated in Mexico. They had intelligence that Smith and others would be bringing it down from the north.

PM Barrow Ascends To Privy Council
All members of the national assembly, 12 Senators and 31 Representatives carry the title "Honourable" before their names. But only two living Belizeans are called "Right Honourable": they are Manuel Esquivel and Said Musa. George Price was also "Right Honourable." All of them are multi-term Prime Ministers. Well, only one PM was left out of that club: Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and, now in his third term, he's "Right Honorable" too. The Government Press Office made it official today. A release says "Queen Elizabeth the Second has appointed Prime Minister Barrow as a member of the Privy Council." With this, he will now be called Right Honourable Dean Barrow - and that's even after he retires from politics. The appointment was announced on the website of the Office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom two days ago. Typically the designation "Right Honourable" is conferred after a prime minister has served two terms - usually ten years, but Barrow did his two terms in just 7 years - so, we imagine the old Queen is just catching up.

DPP Says Ravell Should Pay More, Court Agrees
In June 2008, Ravell Gonzalez, who was Orange Walk's Mayor at the time, knocked down and killed two people on the northern highway. He was arrested and charged with 2 counts of causing death by careless conduct for the deaths of Manuel Coto and his 2 year-old toddler Martita Lopez. He was tried and convicted last year in the Supreme Court, and Justice Troadio Gonzalez imposed fines to a total of $8,000, and compensation to the family of the 2 year-old toddler who was killed. Well, Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl Lynn Vidal didn't think that justice was served with that sentence, and so she appealed the case yesterday before the Court of Appeal. After making her case to the judges, the Appeal Court agreed. They set aside the Supreme Court sentence and ordered him to pay a new fine of $8,000 and $10,000 in compensation to the family of the victims. He must pay the fine and compensation over a period of 2 years. If he defaults on payment he will serve 9 months.

More Conch Caught
Yesterday, we told you how the Coast Guard and the Fisheries Department caught 3 men fishing illegally in an area near Glovers Reef. Well, Fisheries officers were back out on their patrols yesterday, and they came upon a boat which had just over a thousand undersized conch. Today, the Department's Conservation Compliance Unit's Supervisor told us what drew the officers' attention to this boat: Hampton Gamboa, Supervisor, Conservation Compliance Unit: "Yesterday morning at about 10:50 thereabout, fisheries officers conducting patrols from Belize City here to Emily, Caye Glory, Long Caye and farther south, came across a sailboat near Alligator Head Caye, south of Belize City and while searching the vessel, a sailboat, they observed a number of parcels of undersized or what appears to be undersized conch. So the officers on the patrol started to do a check of individuals by weighing them and with the first bag that they sorted out, the entire bag was undersized. Hence, officers continued with their inspection of the vessel and came across more parcels and they ended up detaining five fishermen for one thousand, forty individual conch."

Bradley Roe Gets Free
In January, it made news when the heir to the Roe Group of Companies, 25 year old Bradley Roe was busted allegedly with .02 grammes of cocaine. Well, today he was set free after the test on the substance came back negative for cocaine and heroin. That's right. Prosecutor, Sgt. Claude Pitts conceded to not having any evidence to prove the charge for possession of cocaine so he withdrew the charge and Magistrate Carlon Mendoza told him he was free to go. Roe was represented by Attorney, Liesje Barrow-Chung. Bradley Roe was supported by a number of family members today in court including his father, Adrian.

Contraband Clothing?
Two Belizeans were arrested in Mexico this morning for attempting to smuggle three large bundles of clothing. Mexican authorities say that around 3:30 this morning they noted two individuals inside a red Toyota van with Belize taxi plates acting suspiciously. The men are described in a Mexican newspaper report only as 36 year old Cristobal N, and 32 year old Cesar N, both residents of Corozal. The men were travelling on the main Highway in Chetumal when upon reaching the entrance to the community of Ucum which is near the Rio Hondo, the police pulled them over. When they were informed that a search would be conducted, police say that the men began acting nervous. That's when the federales came upon the three large plastic bags which contained an assortment of clothing. The men were asked for documentation to prove that they were transporting the goods legally but they could not provide any. As a result both Cristobal and Cesar were escorted to the customs Department in Subteniente Lopez to be prosecuted for the offence.

Cotton Pickin' Good!
In early February we told you about the grant from the Government of Japan to develop the Belize Sea Island Cotton Industry Limited. At that time, just like us, you were probably saying, "wait, which sea island cotton industry?" Well there is one and it is actually rated the best in the world. So how do Belizean cotton growers produce such high quality cotton? And what makes it so sought after? We traveled north today to find out. Courtney Weatherburne reports. Inoue told us that they plant the seeds in early July, harvest the cotton in November and then there is the full production in January. There are only about 20 workers at his factory and farm in the North.

Cash Flow Crisis in Citrus Industry
This afternoon, the Belize Citrus Growers Association released a public statement that the Citrus Products Belize Limited, the company which buys the oranges from the Farmers, owes farmers 2 outstanding pay cheques. Well, the Association is noting that CPBL has been working on a loan from the Heritage Bank to cover the payroll, but it's still being processed at this time. No one knows for sure when the loan, said to be a several million dollars, will be fully approved, but the CGA notes that its farmers need to be paid for their produce urgently. According to the CGA, the CPBL remains uncertain when it will get the money.

What Is The Weight On The Road?
You might not think of it, but Belize's narrow highways take quite a load with all the heavy trucks that traverse them. But how heavy is that load? That's what the Ministry of Works and Transport is trying to find out with an axle load survey. They were doing it today in front of the Community Center in Camalote village. They're trying to find out how much weight the highways carry daily and that data will be used to assist engineers in improving future highway designs, to improve routine performance and periodic maintenance. The survey began yesterday and will continue on until next week Thursday the 10th of March.

PUP Flip-Flop-Flip On The ICJ
Last year the Francis Fonseca Leadership of the PUP "did a 180" ICJ and told its supporters to say no to the ICJ. That was a little before the campaign season for the General Elections, and the position at the time was that the PUP was saying no to the ICJ if the Barrow Administration was the one managing the process. Well, now that John Briceno is now the leader of the Party once again, the PUP had done yet another 180% turn. It looks like a flip-flop, but yesterday, Briceno told the media that the party has returned to its position of going to the ICJ, a position which it held while it kind of originated while in Government: "We will certainly be revisiting that position. That is why we have asked some of the most talented people, some of the most experienced people when it comes to the Belize/Guatemala issue differendum, to advise us as a party and that is why we have appointed the 5 former foreign ministers that work under a PUP government - to form a team to be able to work with us and to advise us a way forward. So we are certainly going to be looking at that and so see what is the position that we are going to take as a party. But again, I want to reiterate that when it comes to the Belize/Guatemala issue, that should not be political, that we need to work together, we as the opposition with the government to be able to find a peaceful resolution."

Belize Times Tax Woes
And while Briceno has to clear up the confusion on the ICJ issue, it appears that he also has to figure out what to do with the Belize Times Newspaper. The paper has been operating in the red for years, and photographs we saw today suggest that the Belize Times owes the Government of Belize ten's of thousands of dollars in General Sales Tax. There is no date to say exactly when the arrears are owed, which, as seen here, are listed at over $39,800, and this one which says almost $4,000 is owed. This note says that the proprietors of the Belize Times received numerous notes, and this final notice says that the arrears have not been cleared. The personnel from the GST, as noted here, is recommending court action against the PUP managers of the Belize Times for failing to pay General Sales Tax.

Jackson Gun Was Stolen
In the past two nights we've told you all about the alleged armed robber Jamal Jackson who is accused of shooting a woman police constable in her head. He's been charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license and attempted murder but Ladyville police say that the gun he was caught with is also stolen from their village. It was reported stolen in September of 2015 and he has been charged for handling stolen goods. Police say that Jackson led them to the gun after they caught him.

Belize Law Enforcement Takes On Global Challenge
From Baker City in Oregon, USA to Las Vegas Nevada is 120 miles. That is about the same distance from Belmopan to Corozal through Boom. Now it's already a long and tedious stretch in a vehicle, so imagine how that it is on foot!! That's what the Baker to Vegas, B2V annual foot race is all about. It is one of the most prestigious law enforcement relays in the world that sees thousands of participants. This year Belize law enforcement was invited to participate. So for the past five months, personnel from police departments, BDF, Coast Guard, and Customs have been on some strict and brutal workout routines in preparation for this event - which is now only a couple weeks away. We stopped by at the Marion Jones stadium today as the team- dubbed the "Belize Protectors" held one of their daily training sessions. They are fund raising and another event is coming up this weekend. The committee will be selling Belize Protectors t-shirts at the annual La Ruta Maya challenge and the public is being invited to buy a t-shirt or two, in support of the team.

Agric' In April
The Agriculture and Trade Show is one of the biggest national events of the year. Thousands flock to the event ANNUALLY. The show won't happen for another two months, but for an event like this, organization is key. That is why the Ministry of Agriculture is already advising business owners to secure their spots for the event. Starting tomorrow, March 4th, the reservations and sale of concession stands, food stalls, open spots and commercial booths will commence at the office of the Ministry of Agriculture in Belmopan. This fair itself starts on Friday April 29th, and will conclude on Sunday May 1st.

A Cattle Caution
Vaccinate your cattle now! That's the strong advice to farmers coming from BAHA which sent out a public advisory today about the cattle diseases Rabies and Blackleg. It is particularly being recommended for cattle which have not been vaccinated for rabies in the last year and for cattle who have not been vaccinated for Blackleg in the last six months. Farmers are being advised to use the seven-way Blackleg vaccine which is available in all farm supply stores. If still in doubt farmers are also being encouraged to seek additional information with livestock or with registered veterinarians.

German Tailoring In Belize
A tailor from Germany traveled all the way from his home country to teach Belizeans how to sew patterns- with finesse. Frank Lutterloh is holding workshops at a fabric store on Albert Street, and, best part is, it's free! He told us more about this event and why, if you are a tailor or a seamstress, you wouldn't want to miss it. He's holding sessions all day tomorrow and on Saturday at Mikado.

The Beautiful Southerners
It's 2 weeks away but the Stann Creek Ecumenical High School is already making the media rounds to try to convince the residents of Dangriga and the surrounding communities to come out and support the 6 high school beauties who are participating in the Miss Ecumenical Pageant. It's the pageant's third year, and the teacher who's planning it brought the contestants all the way from Dangriga to Belize City just to get them on TV. She told us more today: The Pageant takes place on Thursday, March 17 on the High School's compound.

Channel 5

Alrick Smith and 2 Others Are Arraigned in Sugar City for Drug Trafficking
Three men arrested and charged by Orange Walk Police on Wednesday afternoon were today arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on charges of drug trafficking. They were found with a high grade [...]

Former Orange Walk Mayor Appears Before Appellate Court
In June 2008, then Mayor of Orange Walk Town Ravell Gonzalez knocked down and killed two persons near Rhaburn Ridge on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Manuel Coto was pushing a [...]

5 Fishermen Charged for Over One Thousand Undersized Conch
There’s another bust to report tonight and it involves conch. The Fisheries Department seized a large quantity of illegally harvested seafood, following a search conducted on a vessel south of [...]

Belizean Smugglers Busted in Chetumal
Two alleged smugglers from Belize were arrested in Chetumal after they were caught along the bank of the Rio Hondo with multiple packages of clothing, tightly compressed in black plastic [...]

What’s the Deal with Pensioners Not Receiving Monies from UK?
Imagine you’re a retired pensioner in Belize, collecting your monthly check. It’s your only income. That’s what you use to buy groceries, to pay your rent or mortgage, to pay [...]

…Heritage Bank’s Managing Director Explains
So what’s behind this crisis for pensioners early in the New Year? Well, there are only two things in banking that have changed significantly and recently – one is the [...]

Right Honorable Dean Barrow
Dean Barrow is the fourth Prime Minister of Belize to be named to the Privy Council. The announcement was made in London by Queen Elizabeth so it means that the [...]

A Cash Flow Problem Looms Over the Citrus Industry
There is brewing concern in the citrus industry tonight after growers were informed via a Citrus Growers Association release that payroll in the immediate future is uncertain. Here’s the situation [...]

Is Heritage Bank Impacted by De-risking?
The issue of the loss of correspondent banking has been affecting the way business is done in Belize and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Earlier today, Steve Duncan, the Managing Director [...]

Transition from FCIB to Heritage Bank is Relatively Smooth
One month ago, First Caribbean International Bank closed its doors for the last time in Belize. The operation and assets of that bank were taken over by Heritage Bank, previously [...]

BTV to Protest Sarstoon Incident at House Meeting
It’s been over a year since thirty-seven Belizeans on an expedition to the Sarstoon were escorted by Guatemalan military to Livingston, Guatemala. The first anniversary of that event was to [...]

A Minor is Raped by Her Brother-in-law in Toledo
Police report tonight another case of sexual assault of a minor from Bella Vista Village, Toledo. A young girl, who was allegedly violated at the age of fifteen, has only [...]

Outgoing Taiwanese President to Visit Belize in March
Taiwan’s Outgoing President Ma Ying Jeou is scheduled to visit the Jewel on March sixteenth and seventeenth, as part of a farewell tour of three countries, including the United States, [...]

Belize’s Relationship with Taiwan Discussed
Since his election as President of Taiwan in 2008, Belize has shared a cordial relationship with his administration, resulting in scholarship and economic opportunities, as well as cultural exchange programs.  [...]

Pediatric Mission Planned for Belize District
A group of twelve doctors from the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Virginia, U.S.A. is visiting Belize this weekend for a pediatric mission across Belize District. It’s the [...]

Baker to Las Vegas, Belize Prepares to Take on the Challenge
A team of law enforcement athletes from Belize will be making their first appearance at the Challenge Cup/Baker to Vegas Relay in the U.S.  They will be competing among eight [...]

Agric Show is Set for Late April
The agric show, which usually draws huge crowds to the showground in Belmopan, will be held on April twenty-ninth, thirtieth and May first this year. Preparations are in full swing [...]

Healthy Living: Sugar Tax for Healthier Living in Barbados
Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease and Cancer…these are all diseases that have become a mega priority worldwide. They’re classified as NCDs – non communicable diseases – or diseases that are not [...]


Former UDP Mayor Loses Traffic Accident Appeal
Last year former UDP Mayor of Orange Walk Town Ravell Gonzalez was convicted of 2 counts of causing death by careless conduct after he knocked down and killed Martina Lopez, a two-year-old, and Manuel Coto on June 15th, 2008, at mile 35 on the Phillip Goldson Highway near Rahbrun Ridge. Gonzalez was fined $4,000 for each count and he was ordered to pay $1,000 to the family of the victims. The decision was appealed by the by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Lyn Vidal and upheld today by the Belize Court of Appeal who set aside Gonzalez’s sentence and ordered him to pay a fine of $8,000 and $10,000 in compensation to the family of the victims. Gonzalez was ordered to pay the fine and compensation over a period of 2 years or in default he will serve 9 months in prison. Gonzalez was represented by attorney Tricia Pitts Anderson and the DPP was assisted by Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith.

PUP Officially Announces Appointment Of New Senators
In a press release issue this afternoon the People’s United Party official announced the appointment of their new senators. As mentioned by Party Leader John Briceno yesterday, Eamon Courtenay, Valerie Woods, and Paul Thompson will now represent the Opposition as senators. In the release the PUP took the opportunity to recognize and extend their gratitude for the sterling work of former Senators Lisa Shoman, Patrick Andrews and Anthony Sylvestre. The new Senators of the People’s United Party will be officially sworn in at the first occasion of a meeting of the Senate in the very near future says the PUP.

Accused Drug Traffickers Granted Bail
Yesterday we told you about the operation carried out by the Orange Walk Police Formation that yielded over 14 pounds of marijuana. Police received intelligence of a vehicle coming from Corozal, headed towards Orange Walk which was suspected to be transporting drugs from across the Mexican Border. Yesterday at around 3:30 police intercepted the vehicle believed to be transporting the drugs, a gold Cadillac Escalade being driven at the time by twenty four year old Michael Requena of a Ladyville address. Requena was ordered to stop by police as he approached the roundabout near Pucte Villas on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Also inside the vehicle was 24 year old Keith Patrick Flowers, who was just deported from the US after spending time in jail for the offence of kidnapping. Following about 100 yards behind the gold Cadillac Escalade was a black Mercedes Benz which was being driven at the time by 30 year old Alrick Smith, who is well known to Orange Walk Police after he was charged with drug trafficking back in December of last year. The vehicle was also believed to be transporting drugs.

Real Issues Needs To Be Battled At The House, Says Leader Of The Opposition
Leader of the Opposition John Briceno met yesterday with Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow in Belize City where a number of national issues were discussed including the current correspondent banking relationships faced by Belize and the long standing territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala which has escalated to Belizeans being blocked from entering the Sarstoon River by Guatemalan Authorities. The most recent case witnessed on Saturday last by the Belize Territorial Volunteers. Also at the top of the agenda was the behavior of parliamentarians in the House of Representatives. Now we all know that to date the level of discourse in the House is negative. In fact we can safely say that none of the national issues are dissected and Belizeans now prefer to just tune out instead of watching or listening to the back and forth. The next House of Representatives is expected to reconvene on Tuesday March 8th. Hopefully, after the discussion held with the P.M, Belizeans will witness a higher level of debate, says Briceno.

PUP Appoints A Number Of Committees
Earlier this week the People’s United Party announced the formation of the Belize/Guatemala Advisory Committee which former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay forms a part of. Apart from that committee the party also set up a team that will look at registration and redistricting and a legal team. Honorable John Briceno – Leader of the People’s United Party: “Re-registration is a must it has been twenty years since the last registration was carried out so I have asked the Honorable Kareem Musa to deal with that and he has graciously accepted and he is going to set up his team to look at that issue, w also setting up a group of legal team, we have a legal advisor which is Anthony Sylvester Jr. but we believe that there are many issues that we need to look at but for instance propose bills that the government that will present to us we want a team of lawyers to look at it, we want to look at clinics, we want to look at if there is going to be any challenges with the government on any issue so we want to get a group of lawyer that we can depend on.”

Two Corozaleno Detained Arrested In Chetumal Quintana Roo
Two Belizean men said to be from the Corozal District were arrested yesterday In Chetumal Quintana Roo in the community of UCUM by elements of the State Police after they were found in possession of several bales of clothing suspected to hail from the from the Corozal Commercial Free Zone. According to reports published by Diario Respuesta, authorities were on routine patrol when they noticed two individuals who were traveling aboard a red Toyota minivan, with licence plates CZL D-00524, behaving suspiciously. The individuals identified as 36 year old Christopher Cano from Concepcion Village in Corozal and 32 year old Cesar Campos Gonzalez of San Victor Village also of Corozal, were asked to stop the vehicle but instead of coming to a halt they tried to flee. Authorities however, managed to catch up with them and a search of the vehicle led them to three bales of clothing for which the individuals could not provide a receipt of purchase or any document to prove the legal entry of the clothing.


PM Dean Barrow Earns Title of ‘Right Honorable’
The title, Right Honorable has been bestowed upon Belize’s Prime Minister, Dean Barrow through an appointment to the Privy Council. The announcement came via a release from the Office of the British Prime Minister on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Prime Minister Dean Barrow was appointed by the Queen of England at the advice of the […]

Central Bank Delays Money for Citrus Growers
The citrus industry in Belize is one that employs hundreds of workers and thus contributes greatly to the government’s revenue. Tonight, we can tell you that there is trouble in the land of oranges and grapefruits and with an estimated forty to forty five thousand acres dedicated to the citrus trees, if immediate attention is […]

De-Risking?? … Cigarette Importers …. Corozal Free Zone
For some time now, we have been hearing about the effects of derisking and its implications on the Belizean economy. Love News learnt that it is affecting cigarette traders in the Corozal Free Zone. Executive Chairman Gregory Gibson spoke on the matter. GREGORY GIBSON “We have noted some slow down, I’m sure that has to […]

A Look at the Corozal Free Zone
Political observers, specifically from the People’s United Party, have voiced concerns in regards to the Corozal Free Zone. In our interview with Leader of the Opposition yesterday, John Briceno made reference to the Free Zone as he spoke on economic development. Briceno says there are concerns with the zone and if Government does not address […]

Economic Development Team for the PUP
John Briceno is thirty two days into his leadership of the People’s United Party and since then we have told you of the tour of the thirty one electoral divisions that he has embarked on. We have told you of the three new Senators to be nominated as well as the ongoing restructuring of the […]

Nat’l Territorial Volunteers Express Solidarity to the BTV
The Northern Territorial Volunteers have expressed their solidarity with the Belize Territorial Volunteers. In its release, the NTV expressed their disappointment with Government’s response to the actions of the Guatemalan military last Saturday on the Sarstoon. The NTV says quote “the incursion into Belizean Territory on February 27th by the Guatemalan armed forces is the […]

A Legal Team for the People’s United Party
Earlier we told you of the Economic Development Team that the People’s United Party is in the process of creating. There are several other teams and committees in the making including a legal team. Party Leader John Briceno spoke on the mandate of the party’s legal team. JOHN BRICENO “We are setting up a group […]

Punta Gorda Has New Police Commander
There is a new officer commanding the Toledo Police Station. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the details.

Injured on the Job at ESSO; Limited Help from Social Security or Former Employer
Forty five year old Sheldon Dennison was on our newscast last year. He told us the story of being a worker at the Esso, which is now known as Puma Energy, on Caesar Ridge road. He worked maintenances on oil tanks. He had to stop working at Esso in 1993 because he was injured on […]

Major Conch Bust Near Alligator Head Caye
There was a major conch bust that took place by the Fisheries Department yesterday in the area of Alligator Head Caye just south of Belize City. The members of the department were patrolling the area when they happened upon a sailboat containing undersized conch. Hampton Gamboa, Fisheries Officer spoke to the media on the incident. […]


Professionals address climate change in urban areas
A group of professional associations have partnered with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) to agree on and present solutions for building urban resilience to climate change. The Belize Association of Planners (BAP); the Association of Professional Engineers of Belize (APEB); and ...

COLA says Ashcroft rejected Port Loyola project; wants Stake Bank back on table
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) has been keenly following developments regarding the establishment of a cruise port docking facility for the Belize District. In January they called out the Government for seeming to change its stance from its days in Opposition on the Luke Espat-...

Police have new rules for treatment of witnesses
For more than 15 years police had been operating under the Judges’ Rules, a manual on conducting investigations and taking proper statements from witnesses. But many of these statements were not allowed into evidence as a result of alleged torture, coercion or other improper behaviour by police offi...

Cayo Resident lost weapon in rented vehicle
A Businessman of Esperanza village rented out a car to a customer without taking his 9mm pistol out of the glove compartment. 43-year-old Phillip Elvis Orellano, a businessman of Esperanza Village reported that on Tuesday the 1st of March, his wife rented out a red 2002 Mitsubishi Montero to a custo...

Southern Cable Network worker robbed at work
A cashier of Southern Cable Network in Dangriga was held up and robbed at work. On Monday the 29th of February, 19-year-old Dianie Munoz, a cashier for Southern Cable Network in Dangriga was at work alone and was robbed. Sometime around 12:50pm, a dark complexion male person with a handgun forced h...

One and a half pound of weed found in Salvapan
Four people were arrested on the 1st of March as a result of a drug bust. On Tuesday the 1st of March around 8:52 am, a search was conducted in the Salvapan area at the home of Lucilla Ramos. One and a half pounds of weed were found in the house. In the house at the time were Eric Garcia, Lillian Ra...

Quick Police Response leads to discovery of stolen items
Quick police response led to the discovery of a stolen 9mm pistol and ammunition. On Monday the 29th of February, A resident of roaring creek village reported that his licensed 9mm pistol with three magazines containing live rounds were stolen from his residence. Quick and decisive police action res...

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The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. The event will be hosted at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on the 12-13 March, 2016. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned to the BAA via email ( [email protected]) or from our Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association). Cost of registration is $10.00 per athlete. Events will include: 100m 200m 400m 800m 1500m 4x100m 4x400m Long Jump Triple Jump High Jump Javelin Shot put Discus

PUP leader sacks senators
While the Leader of the Opposition finds himself trying to clear the PUP out of a financial mess in which it was left by Francis Fonseca, Johnny is taking no time out and is doing a complete house cleaning. He started the task by appointing his surrogates to the top positions of his party a couple of weeks ago and he has been meticulous in his house cleaning. On Wednesday he announced that even the senators were not safe from his purging. He unceremoniously sacked Jason Andrews, Anthony Sylvester and even Lisa Shoman. He replaced them with Eamon Courtenay, Paul Thompson and Valerie Woods. The replacements were being rumored for a few days now and the removal of Andrews and Sylvester came as no surprise. These two are considered intellectual lightweights who had been kept as senators not for their contributions to the Senate discussions but for their allegiance to Francis Fonseca, the former PUP leader. The sacking is doubly hard for Sylvester who was the go to guy whenever there were frivolous and inconsequential matters which the PUP wanted to take the courts. We understand that he is most upset over his removal and he is telling anyone who cares to listen that he will resign from the PUP. He apparently believes that his contributions during these dark days of the PUP should have at least earned him the staying power in the Senate.

Johnny has to pay Francis Fonseca’s debts - Belize Times going to court for not paying GST
Johnny Briceno has just retaken the leadership of the PUP and once again he will have to take on financial burdens which made him not only complain in his last tenure but also made him resign. One of those bills which the New Old PUP Party leader will have to pay off is a mounting debt which is owed the government of Belize by way of GST. The Guardian is reliably informed that the Belize Times has been delinquent in paying its GST taxes from as far back as February of 2010. Between that period of time up to February 2011 the PUP party’s newspaper collected GST and did not pay it in to the department. When penalties and interest are added to the amounts owed it comes up to $3,908.72. But that is not the end of it for non-payment of GST as for the period of July 2014 to December 2015 the newspaper collected an additional $32,034.52. Add interest and penalties and the amount goes up to a staggering $39,881.74 for that period. All told the PUP party organ owed $43,790.46 to the GST department. What makes the debt disturbing is the fact that the monies were actually collected on behalf of the government but were never paid in.

58 thousand dollar fine for human trafficking - Special Envoy upset with freedom of convicted human trafficker
Belize, like all Central American countries, has been struggling to combat the lucrative business of human trafficking. International treaties have been signed, laws have been changed and policies adopted to strengthen the country’s anti-human trafficking strategy. Unfortunately, this has done little to slow down the illicit and inhumane trading of vulnerable people. This is why the case against Honduran national, Estella Gonzalez, was so important to human rights activists in Belize and this is why they were so frustrated when a Supreme Court Justice released her with a fine after she was convicted of forcing a 15-year-old immigrant to perform sexual services for money. Naturalized Belizean Estella Gonzalez, 64, was convicted of the trafficking of a minor on February 10, 2016. She employed a 15-year-old undocumented female at her establishment on the George Price Highway, Temptation Bar. The minor told authorities that Gonzalez housed her at a residence in the Mile 8 community on the George Price Highway for the purpose of exploiting her as a prostitute. The conviction carries a sentence of eight years.

Four Belizeans to travel to Japan for exchange program
Four Belizeans have been selected to participate in the Juntos Program, a Japanese Friendship Ties Program with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in March 2016. The participants, who were selected from among 60 applicants, comprise two (2) male and female candidates of diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. They are Ms. Cecy Castillo, Ms. Christa Hulse, Mr. Donghoon Choe and Mr. Raphael Martinez. The candidates will act as Belizean ambassadors during their two-week exchange in Japan where they will fulfill the two objectives of the program: (1) to promote further understanding of the Japanese society, history, culture, politics and foreign policy; and (2) to deepen the relations between Japan and the LAC. The participants met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington on Tuesday, March 1st, sharing their expectations for their upcoming trip.

Maheia taunting Guatemalans again
The “Border Activist” and failed politician, Wil Maheia, has gone to the Sarstoon River to once again overheat tensions at the Sarstoon River, all the for sake of what he maintains is nationalism. He led a small group of civilians, mostly consisting of journalists, on another expedition to the mouth of the Sarstoon. There, they encountered resistance from the Guatemalan Military who had vessels positioned as if to block their path. It happened on Saturday, February 27, about an hour or so after Maheia and the small group left from Punta Gorda Town on a quest to visit the Gracias A Dios border marker. That would have taken them on a trip through the Sarstoon River, but as soon as they arrived at the mouth of the River, they encountered a sort of blockade. 5 Guatemalan military vessels were moored there, and they refused to move to allow Maheia and his 2 civilian vessels to travel past. Most fortunately, the captains of the Belizean boats counseled Maheia that it is not prudent to force a confrontation between themselves at the Guatemalan military, and he eventually listened to wiser judgment than his.

BELTRAIDE developing incubators to support new businesses
Many great business ideas fail shortly after take off because they did not get the chance to have enough air under the wings. Business experts around the world will tell you that the most vulnerable time for a business is the infancy stage - the period of time in which the business is susceptible to numerous terminal conditions. Some businesses crash in the infancy stage because of unexpected and unbudgeted expenses. Others fail because they could not stay above water long enough for the business to start seeing a profit. There are several factors that can cause a business to fail in the early stages and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is hoping to provide protection for young entrepreneurs by introducing a business incubator. From Monday, February 29, to Thursday, March 3, BELTRAIDE is hosting a workshop in collaboration with InfoDev, a World Bank Group, “to chart a way to foster an innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem in Belize”. During the workshop, managers, entrepreneurs, students, government officials, donors and investors will take part in Business Incubation Management (BIM) Training. A business incubator is a company that helps new and startup companies to develop by providing services such as management training, market information, office space, etc.

Seventh Annual Kids Cups held in Belmopan
Sporting activities in Belmopan are being revitalized thanks to the local governing bodies. The Belmopan City Council in collaboration with the Belmopan Football Association held its 7th Annual Kids Cups opening ceremony on Saturday 27th February 2016 at the Mae Gordon Park. All participating teams, which include 10 U-13, 10 U-15 and 4 female teams were at the opening. Belmopan’s Deputy Mayor Jacklyn Burns addressed the gathering along with Councillor Angel Pastrana, who is in charge of Sports. Also joining in the opening celebrations was Mr. Marlon Tillett, who is the Chairman of the Belmopan Football Association. Mr, Shane Orio, who is the goalkeeper of the Belmopan Bandits football team, was also in attendance to give support to our younger players. After the ceremony a parade ensued to the Devon Beaton Football Field, where a kick off was held at 12:45 p.m. The Belmopan City Council takes this opportunity to thank all the dedicated coaches who give of their time to the Simeon Lopez Kid-Youth-Female Cups 2016.

Carmelita Sporting Facilities get Facelift
The Honorable Elodio Aragon Jr. keeps demonstrating that he is indeed “the man for the job” as he continues to expend energy and resources to improve the quality of life of Belizeans, especially his constituents in Orange walk East. This past Sunday February 28, Hon. Aragon placed yet another stud in the developmental fabric of Orange Walk East. Residents of Carmelita Village came out to witness the inauguration of two new bathroom facilities and new bleachers for the football field. The upgrade in Carmelita also included the complete refurbishment of the Bill Jones Sporting Complex and the painting of the Basketball Court which was also retrofitted with new backboards and rims. This improvement, in a village that is very active in sports, was greatly anticipated by its residents. In the past the village of Carmelita had no true representation and was in effect neglected in all aspects. This came to an end when Honorable Elodio Aragon Jr. was elected to represent them and he has been adamant in ensuring that the needs of the people of Orange East are met.

Telethon officially launched in Benque Viejo del Carmen
A telethon under a Sustainable Child Friendly Initiative was launched on Monday of this week at the Cancha Marshalleck in Benque Viejo del Carmen. The telethon is part of a unique Child Friendly Initiative that is now being developed in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program UNDP, the Mayor’s Association, the Government of Belize and the Ministry of Local Government, which intends to improve the lives of the children in Benque Viejo as well as the other Municipalities around the Country. In attendance for the telethon were students from the Howard Smith Nazarene, the Mount Carmel and the Seventh Day Adventist Primary Schools. Sitting at the head table on Monday morning were members from the Child Advisory Board, composed of representatives from the various primary and secondary high schools in Benque Viejo. This Child Advisory Board is headed by Amy Wade and is facilitated by the Technical Steering Committee. So far the Child Advisory Board in Benque has met for five times to voice their opinions on what are the needs of children from that area.

Trouble where art thou?
For the better part of the last 3 years, Wil Mehia and a dwindling small group of rabble rousers have been making trips to the Sarstoon, for what appears to be the sole reason of stirring up trouble with the Guatemalan military that illegally patrols the river in what is clearly Belize' s territorial waters. Now Guatemala is our neighbor from the west and south and they have been claiming a part of our country for years and as a people we have always said we will try to settle the claim through diplomacy and not through war. For the obvious reason being that they have military might over us. It would be foolhardy for us to ask our young men and women to take up arms and fight a war where they would be slaughtered by the much more powerful, better prepared and equipped Guatemalan military. In effect what Wil and his group have been doing is like putting their hands in a jaguar's mouth just because the Jaguar is in their yard. One of these day the Jaguar is going to bite them. Something we have noticed with these trips Wil and his group take is that PUP presence is always in Toledo whenever these trips occur and this time it was no different. On Saturday the Leader of the PUP just happened to be on the ground in the Toledo district, just like last year when the then leader was in Big Falls Toledo for a failed People's Assembly. As to whether one thing has anything to do with the other, you the Belizeans will have to decide that. What we do know is that there was no advance notice that the PUP leader would be in Toledo last weekend. It appears as if though it was not a planned visit but was only organized last week after the PUP Thursday meeting. Johnny it seems, is facing strong opposition in his party already and he needs to drum up support and he is starting in the south, in the backyard of two persons who did not support him in his leadership bid. What better way to do so than with the ANTI-GUATEMALAN song and dance.

Yhony Rosado fails to pay Social Security contributions
One cannot be allowed to act as if they are above the law and claim victimization when the law clamps down on them. This seems to be the modus operandi of regular news contributor, Yhony Rosado. He has been in trouble for fighting in the tourist zone, operating a business without a trade license, and now failure to pay Social Security contributions for employees of his tire shop, Econo Tires. Each time he is faced with accusations, he claims that he is being victimized for speaking out against the Government. This kind of act must not be allowed to continue. Many people in society like Rosado. Some say he is a very nice person who is not afraid to express his opinion. Other than his competitors in the tourism industry, it is hard to find someone willing to speak ill of Rosado as a person. However, they will tell you that Yhony is someone who likes to have his cake and eat it too. He does things his way, even when his way is the wrong way. Some gravitate to that type of behaviour but even those who like the character can admit that unlawfulness cannot be tolerated.

MCC gets a new parking facility
As a result of a memorandum of understanding signed between the National Sports Council and the Princess Casino, the MCC grounds will have a new parking facility. The new parking lot will have 83 spaces for vehicles to park in and comes after discussions were held between the management of the Casino and the National Sports Council. Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Hon. Elodio Aragon, who toured the works which started last week, explained to the Guardian that the parking lot is an initiative that will benefit both the casino as well as the MCC grounds. He explained that a memorandum of understanding was signed between the two where the casino will invest up front, 60 thousand dollars into the MCC grounds which will see a parking area built on the ground. In exchange, the casino will be allowed to use the facility but they will pay the National Sports Council a monthly rental of $2,000. The agreement really has it that the casino is to pay $2,500 dollars a month but for 5 years that figure will see the Sports Council using $500 a month to pay back for half of the $60,000 being invested.

Couple charged for 0.9 grams of Crack Cocaine
Kimberly Marin, 34, took the rap for 0.9 grams of crack cocaine after police arrested and charged her along with her common-law-husband, Alexander Moir, for the substance which was found inside their home. Police reported that at around 8:20 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, officers conducted a search at the couple’s home in Grant’s Alley when they found crack cocaine on the ground at the entrance of their bathroom. Marin and Moir were at home during the time of the search; therefore, they were both arrested and charged with drug possession. The couple appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on Thursday and Marin pleaded guilty to the charge, while Moir pleaded not guilty. In court, Moir wanted to speak on behalf of his wife when Magistrate Mendoza asked her what she was doing at home with the crack cocaine. She chose not to answer the question and Moir could not speak on her behalf since he had already pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Chief Magistrate exercises leniency
Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith has a reputation in both Belize and Jamaica of being an extremely tough judge. There are rare occasions; however, when she exercises extreme leniency for non-violent offenses. In other words, Chief Magistrate Smith does have a heart. The most recent beneficiary of that rare exercise of leniency is American visitor, Stacey Ann Sanzobrin, 46. According to police, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, officers at the Phillip Goldson International Airport were notified that a couple passing through the screening machine had a strong smell of marijuana. The officers approached Stacey Ann Sanzobrin and her husband, Stephen Leonard, in the departure area of the airport and informed them that a search would be conducted. During the search, an officer found stick of weed inside a Marlboro cigarette pack that was tucked in Sanzobrin’s pink carry on bag. As a result, the Waterford Michigan resident was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug, 0.7 grams of marijuana.

Big weed bust in Corozal and Orange walk
A joint forces patrol consisting members of the Coast Guard, Customs, and BDF soldiers has led to the detention of a Cuban, and the seizure of just over 8 kilograms of marijuana. The patrol was on the move last night at the Santa Elena Border when they saw three suspicious men behind the Corozal Free Zone. They set chase, and the men fled the scene, abandoning several strange packages. The security forces were only able to catch one man who was in the area at the time of the chase, 42 year-old Cuban National Waldo Eugenio Bernal Pol. When police cut open the packages, they discovered that they all contained marijuana, with a combined weight of 18 1/4 pounds. Waldo Eugenio Bernal Pol has been handed over to the Immigration Department, because the police aren’t sure that he’s one of the men who abandoned weed and fled. Meanwhile Orange Walk police have managed to seize 16 more pounds of Marijuana after detaining 2 vehicles traveling from Corozal to Orange Walk town.

Joel Vanegas won 35th Annual Belmopan Cycling Classic
The Cycling Federation of Belize in collobration with the City Council of the City of Belmopan sponsored the 35th Annual Belmopan Cycling Classic on Sunday 28th February, 2016. The event started in the City of Belize travelled the George Price Highway into Belize City around the Round-about- at the Belcan Bridge junction back out to the George Price Highway to the City of Belmopan for the conclusion. At the end of 3:53:03 teammates Joel Vanegas and Giovanni Lovell crossed the finish line finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. They were then followed by David Henderson of Benny’s Megabytes Elite who took 3rd place and he was followed by Nissan Arana of Westrac Alliance who finished 4th and he was followed by Richard Santiago of Digicell 4G Elite Cycling Team who finished 5th. The other top finishers in the Elite category included Ron Vasquez of Western Spirit Cycling Team, Tarique Flowers of Benny’s Megabytes Elite, Robert Liam Stewart of Western Spirit Cycling Team, Erwin Middleton of Digicell 4G Elite Cycling Team and Angel Tzib of BECOL Uprising Cycling Team respectively.

Belmopan Bandits traps the Smart Belize Hurricanes in their track
The National Elite Basketball League competition continued over the weekend with four games played across the country. On Friday 26 February, 2016, at the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium, the visiting Belmopan Bandits pulled off the biggest upset of the 2016 campaign when it upended the previously unbeaten Smart Belize Hurricanes by the score of 85-83 to hand it they first defeat of the season. The Belmopan Bandits were led by Nick Brown who scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out an assist and had 3 steals; he was promptly assisted by Jarrel Velasquez with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal and Kurt Burgess who scored 15 points along with 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in leading the Belmopan Bandits to the victory.

Belmopan Bandits new leaders of the Closing Season competition
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season Tournament continued over the weekend with a three games on the schedule. However, only two games were played as the game that was scheduled for the MCC Grounds was postponed because of the weather. On Sunday 28th February, 2016, at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the previously unbeaten and national defending champions Police United was halted by the most likely team in the competition, the Belmopan Bandits, by the score of 2-0. The Belmopan Bandits was able to get onto the scoreboard when Amilton Filho scored his team’s 1st goal of the game in the 38th minute of play to give the Belmopan Bandits a 1-0 lead.

Have you ever had to ask for mercy? Maybe rent day came, and the money was not there, or you borrowed money and you could not pay it back on the due date. Some may have been in court for traffic offences, and had to ask the magistrate for mercy. Jesus told a story in Matthew chapter 18, from verse 23: "Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought before him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt." The servant asked for mercy saying, "Be patient with me, and I will pay back everything." The king took pity on him, cancelled the debt, and let him go.

Year of The Monkey Celebration Fundraiser
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), in collaboration with the Belize Zoo and Travellers Liquors Ltd, is pleased to invite the general public to attend the “Year of the Monkey Celebration” Fundraiser on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at 3:00PM - 6:00PM at Travellers Heritage Museum, 2 ½ Mls. Philip Goldson Highway, Belize City. The Embassy is pleased to partake in such a worthy cause. In countries all over the world, zoos play an important part in education and conservation. They are used not only to protect endangered animals but as well to rehabilitate or increase populations of species that are on the decline. Secondly, zoos are a main tourist attraction and provide the safe environment for tourists to see animals in their natural habitat. Last but not least, zoos play an important role in education especially for children. The year 2016 is the Year of Monkey, which is a time for new inventions and new endeavors that are destined to succeed under the Monkey’s influence. The Monkey is a smart, wily and vigilant animal and symbolizes energy and versatility. On the individual level, the Monkey increases communication, humor and wit, helping us get through stressful times with grace and ease. For businesses, it can bring luck and prosperity, as business flourishes and risk tend to pan out. Daring to be different can lead to success.

‘Griga kicks off 2016 child stimulation month
Teaching is a demanding job that requires comprehensive knowledge of subject content, age-specific education, and many varied skills such as patience, leadership, and creativity, just to name a few. Preschool children learn mainly through play and interactive activities. Preschool teachers capitalize on children’s play to further language and vocabulary development using storytelling, rhyming games, and acting games. To improve social skills teachers have the task of getting the children to work together on various projects and introduce scientific and mathematical concepts, such as showing the children how to balance and count blocks or how to mix colors when painting. Contrary to popular belief, teachers dowork! There are some of us who ascribe to this myth that teachers are babysitters. Teachers for the most part are partially responsible for educating our future leaders – the children. Because after all, in the words of the old African proverb, it takes a village to raise a child. That was more evident today as hundreds of pre-school aged children,kindergarteners, parents and teachers took to the streets in a parade for the start of Child Stimulation Month 2016.

Coconut nurseries in Belize to receive a boost
A training exercise was held on Thursday of last week at the Pesticide Control Board in Central Farm for 40 farmers as part of a Regional Project to boost coconut production. Farmers were able to learn about the pre-nursery and nursery procedures for growing coconuts as well as the multi-uses of this traditional product. This latest information exchange makes Belizean farmers the beneficiaries of a European Union financed project, “Coconut Industry Development for the Caribbean” through the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC). The project is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of small-scale coconut farmers by identifying market opportunities, creating synergies between national and regional programs and improving access to advisory services for improved coconut production. The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) had been contracted by the ITC to implement the project activities in nine CARIFORUM member countries. These benefiting countries are Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. In Belize CARDI will be spending an estimated Bz. $40,000.00 on coconut nurseries as well as training farmers in integrated pest management.

Quota set for Sea Cucumbers and Conch
In accordance with the Fisheries (Amendment) Regulations under Statutory Instrument number 54 of 2012 (Regulation 24A.1) the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development hereby informs fishermen and the general public of the following: 1. The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) / Catch limit for the Conch season 2015/2016 has been set at 800,000 pounds. 2. The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) / Catch limit for the Sea Cucumber has been set at 300,000 pounds.

Seed Capital for women who were once victims
The Government of Belize, through the Women’s Department, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Central American Integration System (SICA), is pleased to celebrate the achievement of 240 women recipients of seed capital grants, totaling USD340,000, as a part of the BA1 project, “Prevention of Violence against women in Central America”. The project has taken place in seven countries in which over 3, 500 women who were victims or at risk of violence, femicide and trafficking in persons, have been awarded seed capital grants to either start or enhance their small businesses. In Belize, 319 women received micro-enterprise development and life skills training through the Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize) and the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC).

Downtown transforms for Street Art Festival
The Belize City Street Art Festival is an event now marked on the calendars of students and masters of various art forms. According to Karen Vernon of the Institute of Creative Arts, the festival was created to build a national forum for artists to enable them to showcase their talent and products on a national arena. The sixth annual Street Art Festival was held on Albert Street in Belize City on Saturday, February 27. Judging from various reviews, it was another huge success. A steady flow of Belizeans and foreigners made their way out to enjoy the entertainment and view the art pieces on display. Albert Street was blocked off from the Belize Bank to the Bank of Nova Scotia. Tents were set up across the stretch featuring the works of various artists. There were a wide range of art works including: jewelry, painting, sculptures, fashion, tattoos and a food court. The Child Advisory Board of the Belize City Council, made up of young students, provided over a thousand kites for kids. The children were also able to get their faces painted and participated in games throughout the afternoon.

Married BDF corporals free of Illegal weapon charges
BDF corporals Gerald and Lloida August, husband and wife, are free tonight after Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore upheld the couple’s appeal of illegal weapons convictions. Gerald and Lloida were convicted of keeping illegal firearm and ammunition in February of 2015. The couple was being accused of being in possession of guns and ammunitions that were stolen from the BDF Price Barracks compound on December 23, 2011. They were sentenced to Banner argued before Justice Moore that the accused did not get a fair trial since there was no attorney present for them during the trial. Even though they had sought representation, no attorney was present on the day of the trial. Magistrate Morgan still proceeded with the matter and Banner argued that the Magistrate did not assist them during the trial. The final submission by Banner is that Magistrate Morgan did not give a reason for her judgment; therefore, the court cannot say how she concluded that his clients were guilty.

Police Officer convicted of murder is free after appeal
Police Constable Alpheus Parham, who was convicted of killing a detainee at the Caye Caulker Police in May of 2010, is now a free man after the Court of Appeals overturned his conviction and decided not to order a retrial. The incident occurred on May 9, 2010. At about 5:20 p.m. that Sunday, Alex Gough was detained and escorted to the Caye Caulker Police Station for disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer. It all started at Lazy Lizard bar where Gough was drinking and later got into an altercation. Police were called to defuse the situation. However, eyewitnesses say that when police arrived on the scene one of them roughed up Gough and punched him in the face. A friend of his explained that an officer said, “Watch what will happen to you when you reach the station.” Reports are that when Gough arrived at the station he continued to make noise and act disorderly. Parham went to the cell block area and confronted him. PC Federico Tush, who was the diarist at the time, reported that he heard a loud bang. Shortly after, Parham exited the cell block, handed over his weapon and left the station. When Tush checked the cell he saw Gough in a sitting position bleeding from a single gunshot wound to the forehead. Parham was arrested and charged on Monday, May 10, 2010.

Woman police constable shot in the head
Twenty seven year old Woman Police Constable 1845 Sheneah Caliz who is attached to the Traffic Support of Precinct Three in Belize City was hospitalized on Monday February 29th after she was shot. Police report that they responded to shots being fired sometime around 7:54 p.m. on that night on Albert Street in front of Scotiabank. Investigations revealed that Caliz was inside a police mobile travelling on Albert Street when reaching the intersection of Bishop and Albert Street a man of dark complexion wearing a rag over his face was seen searching another man who was on the pavement in front of Scotia Bank while another man stood behind them. Upon seeing the police, the man who was standing up fired several shots at the patrol vehicle shattering the windshield and injuring Caliz who suffered gunshot wounds to the head and left palm.

Charged for fishing in the Great Blue Hole
Marvin Patt, 23, and his cousin Edison Patt, 21, are free after being fined $1,500 each for fishing in the Blue Hole Natural Monument. The cousins from Chunox Village were caught fishing illegally in a natural monument for the second time over the weekend. The men were convicted in 2010 for fishing inside the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. The duo appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on Thursday, February 25, where they were jointly charged with one count of illegal entry into a natural monument, and one count of fishing inside a natural monument, the Blue Hole. They wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charges. Magistrate Mendoza explained to the men that the penalty for these offenses carries a fine as high as $20,000. However, since they saved the court time, he fined them $500 for illegal fishing and $1,000 for illegal entry into the monument. They must pay the fine by April 23, 2016 or serve five months imprisonment.

Woman claims physical and sexual assault by Ex
Maskall resident, Albert Solis, 34, is behind bars after his ex-girlfriend, 30, reported to police that he beat her up, forced her into a room at a bar and sexually assaulted her on Sunday, February 28, 2016. The incident occurred in the village of Maskall. The woman reported that she visited a bar in the village, which is run by her ex-father-in-law, and while she was there socializing her ex-boyfriend arrived. The woman told police that he forced her into a room upstairs of the bar and put a beating on her. The woman claims that he punched and kicked her numerous times to the body. After he was through, he inserted his penis into her private parts. The woman was examined by a doctor who observed her with cut wounds to her neck and abrasions to her private parts. He classified her injury as wounding.

Chief Magistrate exercises leniency
Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith has a reputation in both Belize and Jamaica of being an extremely tough judge. There are rare occasions; however, when she exercises extreme leniency for non-violent offenses. In other words, Chief Magistrate Smith does have a heart. The most recent beneficiary of that rare exercise of leniency is American visitor, Stacey Ann Sanzobrin, 46. According to police, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, officers at the Phillip Goldson International Airport were notified that a couple passing through the screening machine had a strong smell of marijuana. The officers approached Stacey Ann Sanzobrin and her husband, Stephen Leonard, in the departure area of the airport and informed them that a search would be conducted. During the search, an officer found stick of weed inside a Marlboro cigarette pack that was tucked in Sanzobrin’s pink carry on bag. As a result, the Waterford Michigan resident was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug, 0.7 grams of marijuana.

Wesley College females maintains lead in high schools softball competition
The Central Region Secondary Schools Softball competition continues at the Rogers Stadium. On Tuesday 1st March 2016, in the male competition game played, Edward P. Yorke High School defeated Sadie Vernon Technical High School by the score of 26-10. The winning pitcher was Devon Jones and the losing pitcher was Derrick Menzies. On Monday 29th February, in the female competition, Ladyville Technical High School won over St. Catherine Academy by the score of 5-0 via the forfeiture route. The winning pitcher was Elma Wade and the losing pitcher was Kendice Armstrong. On Saturday 27th February, in the female competition, Ladyville Technical won over Gwen Lizarraga High School via the default route. Meanwhile, in the male competition, Gwen Lizarraga High School defeated Sadie Vernon Technical High School by the score of 10-0. The winning pitcher was Devonte Middleton and the losing pitcher was Derrick Menzies.

St. Martin De Porres girls and boys won the national primary schools basketball championship
The National Primary Schools Basketball Championship was played over the weekend of February 26 and 27 at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town. On Saturday 27th February, 2016, in the girls championship game played, St. Martin De Porres School from Belize City defeated St. Francis Xavier from the Corozal District to capture the National Primary Schools Basketball Championship. In the third place game, Holy Family RC School from Hopkins Village in the Stann Creek District defeated Louisiana Government School by the score of 11-4. Meanwhile, earlier in the morning in the semi-final round, St. Martin De Porres School won over Holy Family Roman Catholic School by the score of 15-8 to earn the first spot in the championship round. In the second semi-final game, St. Francis Xavier from the Corozal District defeated Louisiana Government School by the score of 11-6 to earn the second and final spot in the championship round.

Belize City Primary Schools Softball competition begins
The 2015-2016 Belize City Primary Schools Softball Competition commenced on Monday 29th February, 2016, with two games on the schedule. This school year competition will see the participation of 7 schools in the girls’ competition and 9 schools in the boys’ competition. The schools that are participating in the girls’ competition are Wesley Upper School, St. Luke Methodist School, St. John Vianney School, Buttonwood Bay Nazarene School, Central Christian School, Muslim Community School and St. John’s Primary School. Meanwhile, the schools that are participating in the boys’ competition are St. Mary’s Primary School, Holy Redeemer School, Salvation Army School, Calvary Temple School, Wesley Upper School, St. John’s Primary School, Buttonwood Bay Nazarene School, Central Christian School and St. Luke Methodist School. In the girls’ game played, St. Luke Methodist School defeated Buttonwood Bay Nazarene School by the score of 14-1. The winning pitcher was T Ann Downs and the losing pitcher was Varinia Wilson.

Belize Athletics Association to hold National Track & Field championships
The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. The event will be hosted at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on the 12-13 March, 2016. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned to the BAA via email ( [email protected]) or from our Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association). Cost of registration is $10.00 per athlete. Events will include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m, 4x400m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin, Shot put, Discus.

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BAHA advises cattle producers to vaccine animals in wake of disease crisis
An advisory issued by the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA) “strongly recommends” cattle producers to vaccinate their animals for Rabies and Blackleg as the industry faces a “disease crisis” nationwide. Farmers are asked to immediately vaccinate their cattle against Rabies if they have […]

Shooting reported in Belize City
Around five o’clock Wednesday afternoon, there was a shooting on Central American Boulevard. Two gunmen attempted to rob a salesman from Vega’s Distributors of Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo. The salesman was exiting his vehicle on Central American Boulevard when two would-be robbers approached […]

People’s United Party reshuffles Senate members
Senators Lisa Shoman, Patrick Andrews and Anthony Sylvestre are stepping aside after several years representing the People’s United Party in the upper chamber. The party confirmed by press release today the appointments, as soon as the Senate next meets, of Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay; […]

CPBL delays payment to growers pending approval of loan facility
Today citrus producer company Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL) announced it will not be able to pay this week’s payroll to growers, pending the Central Bank of Belize approving an application made to Heritage Bank in December for 10 million Belize dollars in […]

Businessman denies trafficking weed stash in groceries
Was a Cayo businessman taken in by a friend who wanted him to transport groceries to his female partner, among which marijuana was hidden? That is the explanation of 28 year old Jeffrey Navarrete, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith this morning. Police […]

Belizeans detained in Mexico for contraband
Mexican authorities have detained two Belizeans who are being accused of contraband. Linea de Fuego Chetumal, a news outlet based in that city reports on their Facebook page that the men, 36 year old Cristobal Cano and 32 year old Cesar Campos Gonzalez were […]

Bradley Roe beats drugs charge
Police say they found .02 grams of alleged cocaine on the person of 25 year old Bradley Roe, son and heir to the Roe Group of Companies in January. But whatever substance was in fact found, the forensics laboratory in Ladyville has confirmed it was […]

Ex- O.W. Mayor loses appeal on traffic case
Ravell Gonzalez, the former Mayor of Orange Walk Town, lost the appeal of his conviction by a jury of two counts of causing death by careless conduct upon a 2 year old child, identified as Martita Lopez, and a family friend, Manuel Coto. The aspiring attorney is […]

Belize Barrier Reef gets visionary integrated management plan
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has lauded the adaptation of the first Integrated Coastal Zone management plan—a blueprint for sustainable use of the rich marine resources of the Barrier Reef. UNESCO calls it a second major step forward in getting […]

Right Honorable Dean Barrow now a member of the Privy Council
The Prime Minister (PM) of Belize can now be referred to as Right Honorable Dean Barrow after Queen Elizabeth the second appointed him a member of the Privy Council as stated in a press release issued earlier today. This announcement has been published on […]

Man busted with weed in passenger bus
San Ignacio resident, 28-year-old Jeffery Navarette was charged by police for “drug trafficking” yesterday morning after being found with more than a pound of weed. Navarette was inside a passenger bus when officers searched it at a checkpoint in front of the Sandhill Police […]

Belize City Police find weed on Kraal Road
Belize City Police’s Strike Team South, K-9 Unit and Special Branch searched an open lot on Kraal Road yesterday morning, which yielded almost 400 grams of weed. Around 8:15 a.m., the team discovered a small black plastic bag in the lot, containing 396 grams […]

Toledo man impregnates underage sister-in-law
A 15-year-old female resident of Bella Vista Village in the Toledo District, in the company of her father, reported to police that in August of last year, she had sexual intercourse with her brother-in-law on two occasions. The minor, originally from San Jose Village […]

Michael Salazar signed to Major League Soccer
Belizean football player and member of the country’s team that represented Belize in the 2013 Gold Cup, 23-year-old Michael Salazar, will be playing his first game in the Major League Soccer (MLS) this Saturday when his new team, Impact Montreal, will take on the […]

Orange Walk Police net 16 pounds of weed in stake out
Orange Walk Police have charged three men for drug trafficking following a successful operation held around 3:20 yesterday afternoon in the outskirts of Orange Walk Town. The men, Ladyville residents: Alex Smith, Michael Requena and Keith Flowers of Belize City were caught with 16 pounds of marijuana […]

A relatively moist northeasterly airflow will dominate our weather the next couple of days
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting sunny skies with a few cloudy spells today and partly cloudy skies tonight. A few showers will occur mostly along Southern coastal areas this morning and tonight, then over inland areas this afternoon. Winds will be […]


9 English Words that mean something different in Belize!
Have you ever walked in on a conversation, the type that doesnt pause when you arrive, and find that you can almost understand what they’re saying. It’s not the accent, nor is it that the words are unfamiliar, but the context of it all is lost upon you. Chances are that if you’ve been to Belize then it’s happened once or twice, so for those of you who always wondered what that belizean guy jested at the other, heres 9 common words that mean something different in Belize: “Tea”: Example sentence: “Yuh sick? Drink some tea man.” (So its technically the same thing, but revered here) English: “You’re sick? Have some tea.” “Ting”: Example sentence: “Pass mi di ting from ova soh!” (You’re expected to understand exactly what “ting” they’re referring to and where it is.) English: “Hand me that thing from over there” “Tree”: Example sentence: “Bring tree.” (Not to be confused with bringing an entire tree.) English: “Bring three” “Teef”: Example sentence: “how yuh suh teef!” (A rhetorical question which under no circumstances should be answered!) English: “Why do you like to steal so much?” “Lick”: Example sentence: “Yuh want a lick or wat?” or “He tek wa licking!” (Also, in the even worse pluralized context, “Come here, I wa lick up yuh.”) English: “Do you want me to hit you?” or “He took a beating”

Colombian-Style Fried Chicken (Pollo Frito Apanado)
In a small bowl, combine salt, black pepper, cumin, mustard and paprika. Rub the mixture onto the chicken. Place in a large baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight. In a 6-quart deep sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil to 375 F on a deep-frying thermometer. Preheat an oven to 200°F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. o make the batter: In a bowl, combine the flour, milk, salt, paprika, cumin, black pepper and eggs and mix well. Dip the chicken into the batter. Place the bread crumbs on a plate. Dredge the chicken in the bread crumbs, shaking off the excess and set on a plate.

Nothing beats Carnaval in San Pedro, but this is a fair second place
And no burning of Don Juan Carnaval, that fiery finale and act of atonement before that chastened trudge to Ash Wednesday and weeks of denial leading up to Easter’s resurrection and the renewal of our souls. For all its religious roots, Carnaval is one hell of a party. My reason for missing it all is pretty pedestrian — recovering from surgery. Carnaval is one of my favorite island celebrations, especially watching the kids, armed with squirt bottles of paint (and sometimes eggs, despite the ban) chasing each other up and down Front Street and through Central Park. So carefree and innocent and messy! That is why I was delighted when my friend Dion from the San Pedro Sun invited me to the premiere of a little movie on Carnaval in Belize at the Paradise Theater on Wednesday. The film is only the second in a series from the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) which focuses on Belize celebrations. The first looked at the Garifuna people’s Settlement Day celebration. The film was made by the Institute of Social & Cultural Research, a branch of NICH, over the course of three years visiting Carnaval here in San Pedro and the more pageantry-oriented Carnaval celebrated in parts of Corozal, specifically the village of Caledonia.

Mornings like these answer the question: ‘Why Belize?’
It could only be one of two things: She was either simultaneously brushing her teeth and talking or doing the 20-minute coconut oil swirl (which yields shiny white teeth and healthy gums). Either way, aware that Rose is a well-bred lady who never talks with her mouth full, this seemed kind of important. Like little Timmy following Lassie to the well, I ran behind Rose to the balcony. It was the sunrise. Simply majestic. The big canvas was doing it again: How often do you get a horizon so huge that it holds two, three and four different cloud formations at once? Seriously? Kind of often. For sunsets, too.

Scarlet Macaws, humpback whale sightings, new yoga classes, and what else to do in Placencia this week!!
It has been a thrilling week in Placencia!! We had a once in a blue moon sighting in Placencia this past week....this poor humpback whale got a bit off course and ended up inside the reef wall! Maybe he decided that it was time for some warmer waters....thanks to Annelise for taking pictures and doing her part to inform the right people to get the whale back on course! Many people got to experience as long as a half hour of boating next to the whale!! High season is in full swing and it has not disappointed!!! Here are some recent photos I found....if you want to get excited for your trip, do yourself a favor and type #placencia into google. You will hit on all the photos that tourists and locals have recently are some of my favorites from Instagram!

Best Belize Travel Photos of February 2016
A picture is worth a thousand words; this is especially true for anyone who loves to document their trip through photos. Thanks to the advancement of smartphones with superb photo-taking capabilities, and the popular photo-sharing app, Instagram, you can share your adventures with the world easily. There are thousands of travel photos taken in Belize alone, and we’ve decided to search Instagram for some of the best snaps taken in the country. Here’s our list of the "Best Belize Travel Photos" for the month:

Cut Your Expenses in Half and Live Well in Sunny Belize
“I never, ever want to go through another cold, Canadian winter again,” says Sue. Sue, 49, and her husband, Steve, 54, left Toronto, Canada, for Ambergris Caye, Belize in September 2012. “We love the weather in Belize, with sun and the warm temperatures all year round,” says Sue. “We certainly don’t miss the rat race of our past life in Toronto, and the crazy pressure to always follow the latest trends, and spend all our time working just to buy more ‘stuff.’ We may not make the money we did back in Canada, but we happily get by with less.” Sue and Steve estimate that their cost of living has dropped 50% in Belize. And they also have a wonderful recreational life. “We love being out on the water,” says Sue. “The aquamarine color of the Caribbean is my absolute favorite, and the island looks most beautiful when seen from just offshore. We’re lucky enough to have a couple of friends with boats, so we get out to the reef, to snorkel, or around Ambergris Caye on a regular basis.

The February 28, 2016 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

    Orange Walk police are reporting that they have caught an alleged conman who was scamming people out of their money in Sugar City, Orange Walk. He is Santa Elena resident Windell Neal. An office administrator reported to police that on Sunday, January 17, she was at the People's Stadium when she received a text message from a cell phone number she didn’t recognize. The person impersonated her boss and asked her to pay for some seafood. Believing that this person was indeed her boss, this employee texted the conman and told him to show up at the Stadium where she was. Shortly after that, a dark-skinned man showed up, and collected $330 from her, by pretending to be the man that her boss had supposedly sent to pick up the money. When she verified with her actual boss, she realized that the text message conman had deceived her.
  • GSU Officers Shoot Paslow Falls Family:
    An entire family from the Paslow Falls area of Bullet Tree Road is traumatized after a run in with officers of the Gang Suppression Unit on Wednesday, February 24. Ana Rivera, 24, of Paslow Falls area, reported to police that just after 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday she was traveling towards Belize City with her husband, Roberto Chan, 28, and their children. The family was in their white Toyota 4 Runner vehicle travelling on the Santa Rosa Road and just as they were approaching an area known as La Linea, she heard two gunshots. Rivera immediately turned to check on her children. fortunately they were unharmed. However, when she looked at her husband, she saw blood running down from his right shoulder.
  • Editorial: Back In Love Again!:
    Being away from the hustle and bustle of Belize City for almost 15 years somehow changed my perspective on a city where I was born and raised, a city I once loved. On the occasions I managed to drop in, it would be for a couple hours at a time, during which I went about my shopping being very guarded and somewhat scared. Purse clutched tight against my chest, chain tucked into my clothing, heart racing constantly, always expecting to be jacked, and mauled, harassed, anything bad period. Daily news reports would always give the impression that the city is one of the worst places to grow up, to walk the streets, to hang out, to simply exist, especially the South Side! For years I allowed those reports to mar my judgement. I didn’t want to be in the city longer than necessary, worse of all I stayed completely clear of South Side Belize City. I didn’t want my children attending any functions, I worried about family members left behind, I simply feared Belize City.
  • Gas Price Goes Down Despite Increase in Duty:
    Motorist who visited the gas station on Thursday, February 25, were happy to find out that gas prices had gone down for Premium and Regular Gasoline. On Thursday Premium gasoline went to eight dollars and ninety-nine cents, down thirty-one cents from the previous price of nine dollars and thirty. Regular gasoline now stands at seven dollars and ninety-eight cents, down thirty-two cents from eight dollars and thirty cents. Therefore, it was a joyful day at the pumps across the country. However, that joy was accompanied with a sense of disappointment when they learnt that the price could have been even lower. On Tuesday, February 23, the Ministry of Finance apprised the Cabinet of the continued, significant decrease in domestic crude oil production and the slump in tax revenues and royalties. The Ministry made recommendations for immediate compensatory adjustments to the duties levied upon imported fuel products.
  • Consumer Prices Increase Marginally In January:
    The prices of goods and services purchased by Belizean households increased marginally, by an average of 0.4 percent, during the month of January 2016. The Statistical Institute of Belize’s latest statistics on consumer prices show that the All Items Consumer Price Index stood at 103.2, up from 102.7 in January 2015. Prices within the “Transport” category dropped by 3.3 percent despite an increase in the sub-category of Fuel. The average price of premium gasoline was up by 15.4 percent when compared to same month last year, while that of regular was 7.7 percent higher. Only diesel saw a decrease in its average price per gallon, declining by 9 percent during the period. The decline in diesel prices, combined with a 39 percent decrease in international airfares, served to offset the increases observed in the other types of fuel during the month.
  • Police Remove Drugs And Firearm Off Santa Elena Streets:
    In recent weeks, Cayo police have increased searches of hot spots in the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena to take illicit materials off the streets. At about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, police conducted a search in an open lot in the Hot Point area, St. Lucia Street in Santa Elena Town. The search was based on information received. This led to the discovery of a black .38 Special Revolver Taurus brand pistol with brown wooden pistol grip and serial number VG961440. The pistol contained four live rounds of .38 ammunition and one .38 expended shell. It was concealed between some old zinc. No one was in the immediate vicinity; therefore, the firearm and ammunition were labeled and deposited as found property. However, several persons have been detained pending investigations.
  • NEBL Reaches Mid-Way Point Of Regular Season:
    Friday saw the return of Kurt “Chengo” Burgess to his old home town, San Ignacio, as Cayo Western Ballaz hosted Belmopan Bandits at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium. Belmopan Bandits jumped out to an early 21 - 12 lead at the end of the first quarter, which they extended to 21 points in the second quarter, to take a 15 point lead into the locker room, 40 -25. However, in the third quarter the home team made a huge run to cut that deficit to only 3 points, going into the fourth quarter. Cayo Western Ballaz defense and free throw shooting sealed the 67 - 60 victory, in a huge game for both teams.
  • Youths Election For Cayo District:
    A group of young people from the Cayo District will be electing a group of their peers to represent their voice on national issues on Monday, February 29. The District Youth Councils will be elected across the country on Monday. For Cayo, the polling station is at the Department of Youth Services office at #28 Peter August Street in Santa Elena Town. This is upstairs of the Post Office. Young men and women in the 18 to 26 age group are vying for posts of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Public Relations Officer of their respective District Councils. Voters are selected by youth groups registered with the Department of Youth Services. Each registered youth group was allowed to select two members as delegates for the district elections. The names had to be submitted by February 12 to allow candidates to have a two week window to make their pitch directly to voters. As mentioned earlier, most of the campaigning is being done on social media platforms. However, the Department of Youth Services is organizing youth rallies countrywide to give candidates an opportunity to address delegates in person.
  • Belizeans Stuck in Chetumal Due To Riot:
    Belizeans travel to Chetumal daily for business, shopping and leisure activities. Rarely do they encounter difficulties because the municipality is now primarily a “tourism town” and Belizeans spend millions of dollars there each year. Wednesday, February 24, 2016 was one of those rare days when Belizeans experienced difficulties in Chetumal, inderectly. As Belizeans were making their way home, they were blocked by protestors staging a demonstration against law enforcement authorities. Unconfirmed reports are that residents of the Subteniente Lopez community have been complaining for weeks about unreasonable checkpoints set up in the area that result in extremely long lines for motorists trying to get home after a long days work. Reports are that it sometimes take up to an hour and a half to get pass a one mile stretch due to traffic backed up by an “unnecessary and unwanted” checkpoint. Residents started a petition that was signed by thousands of supporters. That petition was presented to local authorities but no response was given. By Wednesday, residents had taken all they could and an adhoc protest was launched.
  • Johnson & Johnson Hit With $72m Damages In Talc Cancer Case:
    A jury in the US state of Missouri has ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $72m (£51m) to the family of a woman who claimed her death was linked to use of the company's Baby Powder talc. Jackie Fox from Birmingham, Alabama died of ovarian cancer last year, aged 62, having used the talc for decades. Her family argued that the firm knew of talc risks and failed to warn users. J&J denied the claim and is said to be considering an appeal. Researchers say links with ovarian cancer are unproven. A company spokeswoman said: "We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial.”
  • 12-Year-Old Sexually Assaulted By Uncle:
    Police have arrested and charged 48-year-old Feliciano Merejildo Sutherland of Church Street, Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town for the crime of Sexual Assault upon a 12-year-old female minor. The student accompanied by her mother reported that sometime around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 19, she was at home with her sisters, father and uncle in the living room area watching television. Her mother was at work, her older sister went to the store and her father later went out. She was left at home with her uncle and 3-year-old sister. At this time, her uncle threatened her and then forcibly performed oral sex on her against her will. Police investigation led to the arrest of Sutherland.
  • Launch of Having Fun with Rights: A Children’s Activity Book:
    The Special Envoy for Women and Children with support from UNICEF Belize launched the publication, “Having Fun with Rights: A Children’s Rights Activity Book”, at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts this morning. The book targets children aged 8-11 years old and is designed to make the teaching of children’s rights more interactive and enjoyable. Activities based on situations that may occur within homes, at school or in social settings are used to make the material relatable while encouraging the children to think, rather than simply memorizing information.
  • Ministry Warns Heavy Transport Vehicles of Delays in Benque:
    The Ministry of Works and Transport issued a release to inform the general public that an axle weight survey for heavy construction and heavy transport vehicles is taking place in Benque Viejo del Carmen Town in front of the Cancha Marshalleck. The main purpose of this survey is to gather preliminary information regarding the range of heavy axle loads borne by Belize’s main highways that will be used to assist engineers in improving future highway design, improve the performance of routine and periodic maintenance and to expand its database of vehicular axle weights.
  • Nigeria Team Rewarded After 30-Year Wait:
    The Nigeria squad that won the first Fifa Under-16 World championship have been rewarded after a 30-year wait. New Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has made good on a promise to reward the players after the 1985 tournament when he was the military head of state. Nduka Ugbade, captain of the team who beat West Germany 2-0 in the final in Beijing, told BBC Sport: "I have finally received my money. "I am extremely delighted that our president has fulfilled his promise." Buhari had promised the players a house, stock in the central bank and a scholarship and other incentives after their success but soon after he was ousted by another military regime and the country's government never fulfilled his pledges.
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From Crooked Tree to duPlooy's Jungle Lodge
We returned home from Belize this past Saturday, and feel very grateful for the opportunity we had to travel and bird there In my column last week, I mentioned birding at Bird's Eye View Lodge at Crooked Tree Lagoon. One day we walked from the lodge to an oak-pine savannah habitat. One of the species of trees growing in this unique habitat is the Caribbean pine, which is very similar in appearance to the ponderosa pine trees we have here in the Central Highlands of Arizona. It was so interesting to observe how, as we transitioned from a tropical habitat to the oak-pine habitat, the variety of birds changed dramatically. It was fascinating to see bird species in this habitat that are the same species we observe in the ponderosa pine forests around Prescott. One of the bird species we saw was the acorn woodpecker, with its characteristic 'clown' face, and its unique behavior of creating granaries to store acorns. We also saw Grace's warblers, chipping sparrows and dusky-capped flycatchers in this area-just as we do here in Arizona. Needless-to-say, I was totally fascinated by this experience. I was in a very different part of the world, with a similar habitat, and I was seeing the exact same bird species. This experience was repeated throughout the day as we visited other areas within walking distance of the lodge.

Making A Difference: Woodland Family Dental
It was a humanitarian mission that's making a difference for the children of Belize. Doctor Dan Larscheid and his co-workers were back at work this week in Duluth caring for a steady stream of patients. Last week the Doctor and his staff were also hard at work thousands of miles away in Belize. "I've always wanted to do some sort of humanitarian give back," said Dr. Dan Larsheid of Woodland Family Dental. The San Pedro Smile Center was founded by a friend of Dr. Larsheid. The average Belizean makes just fifteen dollars a day, leaving dental care beyond the reach of many families. "San Mateo is actually below sea people there build their home on stilts and they have no yards...for landfill they use--sadly enough refuse and garbage to fill in their yards," said Dr. Larsheid. Determined to make a difference, a retired dentist from Minnesota built the smile center. Dr. Mark Johnson recruits friends and volunteers to help provide regular dental care to the children who attend one of San Mateo's catholic schools.

Central American Megaflyover to Measure Impacts of Humans & Cows in Largest Remaining Rainforests
With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have embarked on an ambitious plane-based survey to gauge the influence of humans and their livestock on the largest remaining forests in Central America. Dubbed the “Central American Megaflyover,” the project is gathering detailed images of the largest five remaining forest blocks in Mesoamerica in flights across six countries (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama). The findings will inform, guide, and inspire conservation action on the ground to protect these natural treasures. The 5,000-kilometer (3100 miles) flight started on February 26th and will continue into the middle of March. An additional 3,000 kilometers (1900 miles) will be traveled overland. “What was once an unbroken corridor of biological wonders has become threatened by rapid deforestation and fragmentation– especially due to uncontrolled cattle ranching,” said Dr. Jeremy Radachowsky, Director for WCS’s Mesoamerica and Western Caribbean Program and a participant in the flyover. “However, each of Mesoamerica’s five largest forests are still larger than several U.S. states. We hope to gather vital data on the region’s last wild places and gain insights on how to conserve these remaining landscapes, the irreplaceable wildlife they contain, and the services they provide to local people and all of humanity.”

A Caribbean banking agency in the US?
Caribbean governments, indigenous banks and offshore banks located in the Caribbean are extremely concerned about the withdrawal of correspondent relations from Caribbean banks by banks in the United States (US). Caribbean Heads of Government at a meeting in Belize in February made their concern very clear. The Caribbean Association of Banks have done so in separate statements. Their sense of alarm arises from the fact that, if all correspondent banking relations are withdrawn, the region will be isolated from the rest of the world and will be unable to carry out the most basic of bank transactions. In many Caribbean countries there has been a steady decline in such correspondent banking relations, and there is no sign of an early abatement.

The issue of the loss of correspondent banking has been affecting the way business is done in Belize and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Earlier today, Steve Duncan, the Managing Director of Heritage Bank spoke to News Five about the impacts being caused by the severing of relations by U.S. banks. The Government has led a high-level delegation to the US to speak with federal regulatory agencies, but in terms of establishing ties with new, large and stable international banks there is little to report. In fact, government is now looking at smaller banks. It’s a crisis so large that it occupied a major part of the discussion at the recent CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in Placencia. Duncan told us that they’re doing what they can, but there’s no easy or quick fix. Steve Duncan, Managing Director, Heritage Bank: “It certainly has impacted the services. I think the banks recognizing the potential, the implications and the impact it could have on how we do business have been working on this assiduously for quite some time. We’ve made some adjustments, some alternative arrangements so that the impact to the society is not as great. However there is some impact and it continues to play out. We’re certainly in no way back to normal, but the banks have been able to find ways to get things done to make sure that transfers can still take place and that type of thing. So we’re working on it. I think the public expects us as bankers to get it done. We can’t expect the public out there to go and do this. That’s not what they do. So we have no choice as bankers to keep pushing at it, to try and sort it out because they expect us to do it. I think we’ve come a long way in kee…

Honduras indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres killed
Award-winning Honduran indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres has been killed in the western town of La Esperanza. Two men entered Ms Caceres' home on Thursday and shot her dead, Hugo Maldonado, of the Honduran Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, said. Her mother said Ms Caceres had been killed "because of her struggle" for indigenous and environmental rights. Ms Caceres had told police she had received death threats. A member of the Lenca indigenous group, she was one of the founders in 1993 of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). The United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said she had heard the news of Ms Caceres's "dastardly" killing with "deep sorrow". "It is highly probable that her assassination is linked with her work in protecting the human rights of the Lenca indigenous peoples to their lands and territories," Ms Tauli Corpuz said. Ms Caceres's brother Gustavo said she had always confronted things "head on" but that she had never carried a weapon because "her voice was her weapon". He asked Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to investigate her murder and punish those responsible.


  • Belize Progressive Party Press Conference March 1, 2016, 64min.

  • Black Bird resort . Turneffe Atoll. Belize, 6min.

  • Belize Sunrise Timelapse, 12sec. 3/3/2016 Ambergris Caye, Belize sunrise.

  • Benque Archaeological Reserve Grand Opening, 1/2min. We are here at the Benque Archaeological Reserve gearing up for the site's grand opening. Check out the Benque Marimba Youth Academy as they provide entertainment for the launch!!!

  • Spotted: On the Road, 1min. How to stop locals from speeding down your street. Maybe we should try some of these, then drivers might respect the speed limits.

  • American Way - Road Warrior - Belize, 3min.

  • Maya route 2012 (Mexico - Guatemala - Honduras - Belize), 33min.

  • On the way at the Maya-route, Mexico, Guatemala Honduras and Belize, 17min. In this videopresentation you are seeing pictures that not could be used in the other presentations about the roundtrip of the Mayaroute. So you will see: Merida, along the Gulf of Mexico to the south, Copán Ruinas, Livingston, Flores Playa del Carmen and other themes like flowers and children etc..

  • Opportunities, Risks, and Victories: Women carving their own images on Belize's canvas, 6.5min. Opportunities, Risks, and Victories: Women carving their own images on Belize's canvas. Project B.A.1.

  • Belize Diving, 4min. Scuba diving the Belize Barrier Reef near San Pedro!

  • Honeymoon in Belize - Hopkins Village, 22min. We stayed right outside a small village called Hopkins Village on the coast of Belize. During our stay at the Jaguar Reef we visited the Mayan ruins of Cahal Pech and Xunatunich, went kayaking on the Sitee River (and later on a bioluminescence tour - though it doesn't turn out on camera!) and finally ended with a snorkeling trip in the ocean. It is a beautiful, peaceful country with very friendly people and wonderful vistas - but bring your bug spray!

  • Supa G Maria, 6.5min. Much Love To All My Belizean Girls, My Girls From Dangriga, Cayo, Independence, Punta Gorda, Sugar City, Belmopan, Belize City, Hopkins, Corozal, Benque, .

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