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San Pedro Rotary Club sponsors book drive
Do you have books that are collecting dust? Why not help out the San Pedro Public Library (SPPL) by donating your unwanted or unused books? As the Rotary Club’s mission is to improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world, the recently formed Ambergris Caye (RCAC) chapter has launched a book drive and will continue until the end of May.
The club encourages the community to donate new and/or gently used books, and magazines to support the San Pedro Public Library. Drop boxes are currently placed at the following businesses around San Pedro: Casa Pan Dulce North, Sandbar, Coconut Carts, A&R, Crazy Canucks, Social Security Board, Stella’s Smile, Banyan Bay, and Victoria House.
SPTC says Bowen and Bowen not abiding by delivery regulations
In an effort to alleviate the traffic congestion on the island, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) launched an experimental project that would regulate delivery trucks’ hours of operation. The pilot project applied to all large- delivery vehicles within San Pedro downtown and the regulation mandated all deliveries be done between the hours of 2AM and 7AM. Despite some opposition, the project officially began on Monday, April 11th, and one of the sole supporters was the multi-national Bowen and Bowen distributor. However, a few days after, the company abruptly defied the regulation, and is back to its normal delivery schedule.
Five-a-side football tournament keeps kicking!
Only two more rounds of football action remain in the Five-a-Side Football Tournament, then it’s on to second round. The San Pedro High School (SPHS) and Island Citizen Sporting Club (ICSC) continue delighting fans with heated games as the first round finale draws near.
The different matches played on Sunday, May 1st saw players once again competing in four exciting categories. The football action continues this weekend with games set for Sunday, May 8th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium starting at 11AM.
GOB’s restriction on Sarstoon River met with disapproval
In an effort to prevent further confrontations between Belize and Guatemala armed forces and civilians, the Government of Belize (GOB) has implemented a temporary restriction on movement in Belize’s portion of the Sarstoon River. The restriction was announced on Friday, April 29th and is to last for one month. While GOB claims the restriction is being done to safeguard the Belizean populace, many are not happy about it. Among those protesting the restriction are the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) who were stopped from conducting an expedition to Sarstoon Island this past weekend. According to GOB, after consulting with the Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow, His Excellency the Governor General of Belize made the regulation under Section 2 of the Public Safety Act, Chapter 142 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, RE 2011. “The regulations prohibit persons and vessels, without lawful authority, from entering into Belize’s portion of the Sarstoon River.
8-Ball Pool Tournament goes to semi-finals!
After last weekend’s tight games played at One Barrel Bar, the semi-finals for the Pre-Season 8-Ball Pool Tournament are finally happening this weekend. Four teams will be competing for the chance to advance to the finals and walk away with the top prize. They are Team Amigos, AJ Snipers, Hitman Recruits and Solid. Pool fans are encouraged to come out and support their favorite teams during these very important matches.18 Pool tournament
According to the scores from the games this past weekend, these are the scores for each team and again Team Amigos continues in the lead with 136 points. The semi-finals will take place on the beach at Cholo’s Bar. Games start on Sunday at 2PM.
Belize Headline Sponsor 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards
Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has cemented its commitment to responsible tourism with its sponsorship of the World Responsible Tourism Awards. In a statement announcing the partnership, the BTB highlighted the importance of a joined up approach to sustainability to ensure that the local economy is stimulated and benefits from tourism, and natural resources are protected.
The comment comes as part of the announcement that Belize will be the headline sponsor of the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London, and is an extension of Belize’s national Sustainable Tourism Masterplan, which stipulates how to grow tourism in a sustainable manner. The winners of the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards will all be organizations which have been recognized for their leadership and for the replicability worldwide of their projects and initiatives.
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Assist the people of Belize who are up against Guatemala's aggressive military border encroachment and intimidation.
We need more signatures especially by USA citizens on this petition please pretty please! The Belizean–Guatemalan territorial dispute is an unresolved binational territorial dispute between the states of Belize and Guatemala, neighbours in Central America.
The territory of Belize has been claimed in whole or in part by Guatemala since 1940. Recently Guatemala has taken a very aggressive military approach to the claim and has repeatedly encroached into Belize Waters in the Sarstoon River; arresting and confining civilians in Belize waters and threatening Belize Military Forces in the Sarstoon area. Recently they responded to CARICOM (Caribbean Community) that they have taken control of part of Belize's territory. We are asking that the Obama Administration be vigilant of the growing tensions and condemn Guatemala's actions.
“THE BIG DEAL” CEO CAUCUS CHALLENGE RIDE
The CEO Caucus of the Government of Belize takes this opportunity to inform the general public of “The Big Deal” CEO Caucus Challenge 2016: Cancer Awareness Ride” which takes place on Saturday 7th May 2016.
The Ride will start at Mile 24 on the George Price Highway and concludes at the Showgrounds in the City of Belmopan.
Those who have not registered as yet but would like to participate can do so on the morning of the Ride. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. sharp at Mile 24 and the ride commences at 6:30 a.m.
If you have not received your T-Shirt before the ride, it can be picked up at the showgrounds after the ride.
Participants from Belize City are advised that a bus will be at the Western Avenue Bus Stop from 4:45 a.m. to load its passengers and will depart sharply at 5:00 a.m. enroute to the starting point for the ride.
Statement by the Honorable Dean Barrow on meetings at OAS Headquarters in Washington and the planned trip to the Sarstoon by the PUP
We greatly appreciate the OAS Secretary-General's statement last night, following his meeting with Belize and Guatemala, which makes clear that both nations are to "adopt a cooperation mechanism as soon as possible to normalize the situation in the Sarstoon River". In other words, the two countries are to agree an operational protocol regarding the Sarstoon, and the statement commends their willingness to do this. As the SG put it, he "welcomed the readiness of both parties to advance in the negotiations of the cooperation mechanism" for the Sarstoon.
GOB regards the results of the Washington meeting as something of a breakthrough. Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome to the Sarstoon negotiations that have now been mandated between Belize and Guatemala. And we cannot rest content until those negotiations have been finally concluded and there is a formal agreement in writing.
U.S. Embassy Belize PHOTO CONTEST!!!
World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.This year the U.S. Embassy is accepting submissions for a photo contest in honor of World Oceans Day 2016 and The State Department's Our Ocean Conference next September.
Please send us digital photos of groups or individuals standing/jumping/swimming with a sign(s) saying “Our Ocean, One Future” or writing it on the sand at the beach in Belize.
First place winner's photo will be featured on the Embassy's website and our Facebook page and the winner will receive an inflatable sea kayak for two as a prize.
Second place winner's photo will also be featured on the Embassy's Facebook page and the winner will receive a deluxe reclining beach chair.
U.S. Embassy Belize - Diversity Visa Lottery
Use your confirmation number now to check if you were selected to interview for the Diversity Visa Lottery!
Remember, we will NOT send you an email. If you get an email saying that you won, it is a fraud!!!
NICH Music Week 2016!
This year Music Week 2016 will include music industry development seminars, peer-to-peer sessions, and performances. May 16-21. Save the date!
11th Annual Northern Belize Reef Week 2016
May 16-22 in San Pedro
The Cabinet Subcommittee on Investment visits with BNE!
The Cabinet Subcommittee on Investments (CSCI) visited Belize Natural Energy (BNE) along with the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in exploring energy investment opportunities on May 6th, 2016. In attendance included the Chair of the Subcommittee, Hon. Tracy Taegar Panton, Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce along with Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Hon. Vanessa Retreage, Attorney General at the Attorney General’s Ministry. The BNE team provided the delegation with a very insightful tour of the facilities including the components on oil and gas.
FCD meets with Asociacion Balam
FCD met with Asociacion Balam team of Peten, Guatemala today at the FCD office to forge forward added steps of collaboration across borders. The joint effort continues.
GSU Accused of Southside Beatdowns, But No Arrests
All this week we've been reporting on the spike in southside crime - where we saw three murders in one week. Southside Commander Chester Williams is quick to point out that the murder figure for the southside is still 8 fewer than it was at this time last year, but he also acknowledges that police have to curb the gang activity that's spurring the violence. And so last night just as news was starting, it seems some kind of operation was launched. We know this because our phones here at 7News started ringing off the hook from the Yabra and East Canal areas where residents say the GSU descended on those neighborhoods with great fury. Daniel Ortiz has the story:...
Chaos was unleashed when the GSU descended on the Yabra Area last night. While a few officers stood guard, others mercilessly beat down as many as 6 men.
But what's strange is no one was arrested, no one detained: the police truck rolled off and left its victims on the ground.
GSU Also Punished Yabra Residents
And while those men were from the Waxhouse area on East Canal - before the GSU got there, they descended on the Barracks at the Corner of Ceasar Ridge and Faber's Roads in the Yabra area.
The M.O. was the same in that neighborhood: 6 officers swooped in, they beat up a handful of men, and leave them there to tend to their wounds. We spoke to an area resident by phone - and have footage from that area last night:
Voice of: Eye Witness:
"They came in 3 trucks and just started to swing. My brother was one of the young men. He does not give any trouble; he is a business man. My brother was knocked out/passed out on the ground. These things are not right because they have ways in dealing with things. They have to realize that there are children out here. They have families and all they do is frustrate men and bring out more anger in them. We as women, we are hardworking, we abide by the rules but the way how they come and treat people, this isn't right. They don't say why, when we try to come in they push my mom and I away. They just came and started to swing and kick; those things are not right. They are in pain; they can't even move when they were done. Those things aren't right, I think those guys have families, how will you be beating up a man like that? Taking men and throwing them in mud and water like that, those things are not right."
Gold Out Of Stone: Guatemalan Gold Rush Is Denuding Chiquibul
Last night we told you about the travel advisory against Belize that the Guatemalan Congress approved. It warns Guatemalan citizens not to travel to Belize because their human rights are likely to be violated by the BDF. Well, minus the BDF nonsense, the Friends For Conservation and Development who co-manage the Chiquibul National Park probably wish that information would get to those communities adjoining the Chiquibul, Guatemalan villages like La Rejoya and Monte Los Olivos.
That's because residents of those villages keep pushing over into Belize to illegally extract resources from the Chiquibul Forest. And according to the FCD, right now it's worse than ever with the gold panning. Guatemalan gold panners have dug these trenches to get to the gold. In the past, they would pan gold from the streams, but now they dig trenches, take out the stones, and then crush those stones to get out the gold which may be embedded within the stones. They can get 250 Quetzales or 74 Belize dollars for a gram of gold - which might not seem like much but for Guatemalan peasants, it's a windfall.
PUP Met With Foreign Minister
Yesterday at his press conference, the Prime Minister implored the PUP not to go down to the Sarstoon, and asked them to re-engage for a bi-partisan effort on the Belize-Guatemala issue.
He said as much to the leader of the opposition John Briceno in a phone call earlier in the day. And the PUP agreed only to listen. That process started this morning when PUP Leader John Briceno and the party's Belize Guatemala Representative Eamon Courtenay went to Coney Drive to meet with Foreign Minsetr Wilfred Elrington and Belize's Ambassador to Guatemala Alexis Rosado. That meeting lasted about an hour and a half and Briceno would not comment when he came down.
Tomorrow, Briceno and Courtenay will report on that meeting to the PUP National Party Council. From there the Party Council will decide if they will re-engage on a bi partisan effort. They will take some convincing, since many in the PUP are bent out of shape about the Sarstoon S.I. and hell-bent on having it rescinded.
Getting The Story Straight: FM and PM
As we told you in our last segment, the PUP will meet tomorrow to decide on whether to re-engage in a bi-lateral effort on the Belize - Guatemala issue.
But, the truth is that the PUP National Party Council won't have much to work with. And that's because the "cautious optimism" that government speaks about seems to have more to do with the spirit surrounding the talks - than the actual substance of those talks. We're told the Guatemalan Foreign Minister doesn't have much authority to negotiate.
And that absence of real substance at this point, did create an unusual discontinuity in the positions that Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington took when they answered questions from the press. The message appeared somewhat like double speak, with the Prime Minister saying that he doesn't have enough information to get into the details of the Washington Bilateral meetings, and Elrington saying that he did. Here's what moment from the Press conference yesterday:
Room Dis-Service Hotel UCUM
About a month ago, we told you about a businessman and his family who became the victims of a terrifying extortion attempt in Chetumal. Well tonight, another Belizean is coming forward with her own bad experience.
She claims that over the Labour Day weekend she went to Chetumal, and she stayed at the popular Hotel Ucum. She says that she and her daughter went to enjoy themselves, after properly securing their room. When they came back, they found that the hotel staff hadn't only cleaned the room, they cleaned them out completely! That's right, they stole all their personal belongings.
She immediately reported it to the Mexican Police who investigated and came to the conclusion that it was not forced entry into their hotel room. Someone with a key, most likely a hotel staffer, went in, and stole their belongings.
An event called Leader Cast is one of the largest one-day leadership events in the world. And if you follow the blurbs on the brochure, it's held every year to "unite citizen leaders around the world and inspire them to make a change in areas of business and family." This year's seminar was held in Atlanta Georgia today but it was broadcast live in several other locations including Belize.
Dionne Chamberlain Miranda, Director and manager of Chamberlain Consulting led the initiative in Belize. She tells us why she brought LAEADERCAST to Belize.
"Belize really is having a leadership vacuum at this point. However, there are a lot of people who believe that being a leader means to hold a certain position. Leadership is about people, leadership is about influence and leadership is about making a change and all of us have to make a change the world and making things matter to leave a legacy behind for ourselves and our children. so this session invites a whole group of Belizeans to come in and lets listen, learn and see what we can do for Belize following the session today."
Fire Training For Southern Farmers
In urban areas such as Belize City, fire is AWLAYS a bad thing, but in rural farming communities, fire is a major part of the harvesting cycle. But, you know what they say about playing with fire, and in the past three years, many of those agricultural fires have escaped and accidentally burned 6,300 acres of forests and also led to the destruction of crops and private property. So the Ya'axché Conservation Trust is teaching farmers how to use fire more effectively. It's called controlling agricultural burns, and on Thursday, Ya'axché partnered with its sister organization, Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), to hold a one-day fire management training in Golden Stream village. 12 farmers participated and here's what they learned:
At the top of the news, we told you about how the GSU went to Wax House on East Canal and the Yabra area where they allegedly handed a group of men from both turfs a beatdown.
Well, one George Street resident called us today to complain that on Tuesday, the GSU came to her brother's house. He's Eustace Lewis, known as "Duck", and she says that he has been living with constant police harassment. She says that the GSU took it up a notch when they destroyed his home after a raid on Tuesday. Here's how she explained it to us this evening:
Voice of Family Member:
"I got out of my bed, changed my clothes and came around. When I came out of my yard I saw 2 jeeps with GSU coming up the street so I just continued walking because I didn't want them to come harass my house. When I continued walking and arrived on Plues Street, a next 3-4 trucks with K9 units are out there, so I continued to walk on George Street to go check on my sister-in-law. When I arrived, I saw the gate broken down, door stomped in, back door broken up and the house well dug up. I told her 'this is a lot of craziness; the babies are sleeping'. They act like my brother is the number one criminal on their criminal list. My brother gives trouble yes, but you don't have to be acting like that. If you had any PR, you would have approached better than that. Then the next thing is they still have the tendency to beat my brother, stomp him in his side, got him on the ground, walking up on his back like he's an animal. Those things aren't right. You can't be acting like that, if you want the people and the so-called gang members respect, you have to respect them the same way as well. Not because you classify them as gang members you have to treat them like that."
How To Win a New RAV 4
Plenty of shoppers have been saving up their GST receipts recently, and that's because a receipt for $50 dollars or more gets you a ticket to win a brand new 2016 Toyota RAV 4. Drawing date is July 1st. So if you haven't been collecting those GST receipts well you better start now, because the vehicle is here and it is a beauty. Today we stopped by the GST office and spoke to Supervisor Cecelia Thompson.
"The Department of General Sales Tax will be completing 10 years so we are celebrating its anniversary. We thought that it's a good idea, because other countries have done it, to try and get compliance from registered tax payers in the matter of issuing tax receipts. That has been a challenge for the Department, in that a lot of calls come in where consumers are saying that they go to the store and they don't want to give them their receipt. A receipt is very important if you are a consumer, you will find that something you will have to return some goods. Sometimes you reach home and you find that this item is not on your receipt, you'll have to go back to the store and your only proof is the receipt.
7 Samples Later, ZIKA Still Not Confirmed In Belize
6 samples have returned negative for Zika. The Ministry of Health had sent 7 samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency last month, so only one sample remains, but health officials are hopeful that the final sample will be negative as well. In yesterday's health release it reiterates, quote, "The Ministry of Health is still not able to confirm the presence of Zika in Belize but we remain vigilant as we continue to thoroughly investigate any potential case." The samples also tested negative for Dengue and Chikungunya.
A Life For A Life, For "Life"
Dionicio "Life" Salazaar, in 2010, he was charged for the murder of Marlon Rivera and the attempted murder of Dean Dougal. Well, tonight we can report that the man called "Life" will serve life in prison. Salazaar was reportedly convicted in a trial without jury before Justice Antionette Moore. His attorney waived the time for mitigation, and he was sentenced to life in prison.
Teenager For Troy Cole Shooting
A 17 year old minor has been charged for the murder of Troy Cole, known as "Biggs". We can't show his picture, but we can tell you that he will turn 18 tomorrow. Still, he had to appear before the family court, because he is still a minor. But, he will be turned over to the Belize Central Prison by Monday since he will be 18 within the next few hours. In fact, he was taken over to Magistrate's court this afternoon, but as he entered the court, he said he was a minor and he was whisked off back into the police mobile and taken to the Belize Family Court. At 3:30, he appeared before a magistrate there and was read a single charge of murder of Troy Cole. Cole was killed on Wednesday, on Curassow Street.
Guatemalan Cop Car Jacker Got Caught, Convicted
5 weeks ago, we told you about how Cayo Police got back the truck stolen from Assistant Superintendent Selvin Tillett. As you will remember, that's the 2014 Mazda pickup, which ended up in Guatemala after armed thieves held up the senior officer at gunpoint and stole the vehicle.
Well, Benque Police are reporting tonight that they've charged 21 year-old Guatemalan Gryan Geovanny Corado. He's a tour guide from Barrio Fallabon, Melchor, and he has been arraigned in Belmopan Magistrate's Court for the crime of robbery.
He's now on remand after pleading guilty.
Creole and Cajun, Just Like Belize
Tonight we have the last installment from the New Orleans Feature Series. We have taken you to all the big stages, and shown you the cultural displays beneath the Belize Pavilion Tent, but we have one more element which is the foundation of the entire New Orleans experience: and that's exploring the unique heritage and cultures in New Orleans. Here is that final story.
Valerie Gulliet, Cultural Exchange Pavilion Coordinator:
"This is the largest event in New Orleans after Mardi Gras, after carnival, so it really presents the culture of New Orleans and Louisiana to the world."
Courtney Weatherburne reporting:
A large part of that culture is Louisiana Cajun music. All that south western Louisiana flavor was found on the Fai Do DO stage.
Now it might just sound like a regular country western song but that is just one example of the musical diversity in New Orleans.
Valerie Gulliet, Cultural Exchange Pavilion Coordinator:
"Something very unique to New Orleans is the Brass bands that come from the streets, very strong rhythm, definitely influenced by Africa and the Mardi Gras Indians, those are unique to New Orleans."
SUPA G Played Jazzfest and Back Home With New Album
We didn't get to see him perform on the festival's second weekend, but "Supa" hasn't missed a beat since returning - and he's gone from Jazz Fesitval to album launch. He stopped by our studio today to talk about his brand new album called "Undeniable."
You can find the album at outlets in Cayo and in online sources like Itunes for $20.
Kache With Griga Roots Makes The NFL
If you know anything about Belizean Sports in the last 20 years, then you'll know who Milton Palacio is. The Belizean son of Dangriga-born parents Clifford and Rita Palacio played in the NBA and European Leagues, and most importantly won gold for Belize in the 1998 CARICOM Games. Well, now, there's a new Palacio who's making his name as a pro athlete, and it's Milton's nephew, Kache Palacio. Kache, who was born in Los Angeles and went to Washington State University where he was a standout linebacker. And though he went undrafted, the news tonight is that he;s been signed by the LA Rams as an undrafted free agent. His father Emile, who went to LA when he was 10 is also his son's personal trainer and he told us that Kache has a promising future in the NFL:..
Man For Step-Son's Murder
43 year-old Security Guard Patrick Castillo, who is accused of viciously chopping his step-son, 21 year-old Jose Maderos to death, will have to stand trial in the Supreme Court.
A preliminary Inquiry hearing was held today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer where the prosecution submitted 21 statements from witnesses they intend to call to testify against him. Also a part of the Prosecution's case is the machete which they believe that he committed the crime with, as well articles of clothing picked up at the scene of the murder.
Viewers will remember that bloody scene where the stepfather and stepson got into an altercation before the other younger children. A few of the siblings tried to stop the fight, and they got injured in the chopping.
Indian Creek Hybrid Water System
The villages of Indian Church and San Carlos in Orange Walk are the receiptns of a Hybrid Solar Water System. It's one of the first in the region. Here's more.
About 500 residents will benefit.
The hybrid project was funded by the Government of Belize at a cost of $867,000 dolalrs through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank.
12 teams, 6 male and 6 female, went head to head in an all-day softball event at the Marion Jones Stadium. It was the national primary school softball competitions. Every year, each district brings out their best to compete at this national level and boy was the competition intense. We stopped by the Marion jones complex this morning as the games go under way.
At the end of the tournament these were the top three winners in the female category. In first place it was the Crooked Tree Government School who defended their title. Second place was won by Aguacate RC of Toledo District, and third place was won by Independence of Stann Creek District.
Immigrants Line Up for G.O.B.’s New Refugee Program
Tonight, there are many questions surrounding a very vibrant and current refugee program in Belize, and somehow answers seem very scarce. Every week, hundreds of undocumented immigrants flock to the [...]
Belize Will Possibly Shelter Refugees Heading to the U.S.
So why the sudden urgency for a massive refugee program, or amnesty program of sorts? Is it the result of pressure from the U.S.? It’s possible because it is joined [...]
SATIIM Did Ask for Permission to Go Into the Sarstoon
On Thursday, we told you about a SATIIM trip cut unexpectedly short after rangers were denied entry to the Sarstoon by the Belize Defense Force. The boat carrying rangers was [...]
Party Council Meets to Discuss the Sarstoon and Related Issues
At a press conference on Thursday, the Prime Minister appealed to the People’s United Party to stand down from a visit to the Sarstoon. He asked them to return to [...]
Teenager Charged for Murder of Troy Cole
Late this afternoon, a teenager of Antelope Street Extension was arraigned in the Belize City Family Court for Wednesday’s broad daylight murder of Troy Cole. Cole was riding his bicycle [...]
N.T.U.C.B. Criticizes Sarstoon Law
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has also come out swinging against the recently enacted Sarstoon Law. This afternoon, the N.T.U.C.B. issued a release decrying the piece of legislation, [...]
Union Has Issues With What Law Represents & How It Was Enacted
The N.T.U.C.B. has taken a singular position chiding government for its outwardly impulsive decision to effect the Sarstoon Law. Its executives, however, were not all sold on the idea that [...]
Still No Charges in Camalote Double Murder
Akeem Thimbriel and Shawn Lopez were laid to rest today in Camalote, after they were gunned down last Sunday as they walked together in the village. The young men were [...]
Ryan Alvarez to Stand Trial for Murder
Almost a month ago, Devon Sankey was freed of the murder of Edward Albert Robinson and the attempted murder of notorious street figure Jamil Betancourt which occurred in October 2015 [...]
The People Speak on the Sarstoon
Earlier you heard the N.T.U.C.B. President come out against the amended regulations under Section Two of the Public Safety Act, which prohibits Belizeans from traveling to the Sarstoon River without [...]
Belize & Guatemalan Ombudsmen Discuss Chiquibul Incident
There are still few details on a meeting in Washington between the Foreign Ministers of Belize, Guatemala and the O.A.S. Secretary General. All we know is that there was a [...]
Arzu Says Chiquibul Incident Should Be Handled in Isolation
Now, Guatemala has been on an aggressive campaign, passing itself off as a victim and Belize as an aggressor. It has been telling the world that ten Guatemalans have been [...]
Ombudsmen Will Continue Discussions on Critical Issues
Ombudsman Arzu says that it is necessary to keep tabs on what his Guatemalan counterparts are up to and to keep the lines of communication open. Lionel Arzu, Ombudsman [...]
Cleyon Needs a Bone Marrow Transplant
Twelve-year old Cleyon Marage continues to struggle to stay alive. So far he has undergone several surgeries in Merida to fight cancer and it appeared that his health condition was [...]
Family Raising Funds for Expensive Procedure
Now, the bone marrow transplant to save Cleyon’s life costs one hundred thousand dollars – money that the family does not have. So next week Saturday, May fourteenth, the Matura [...]
Kareem Clarke Food Drive Set for Saturday
The Kareem Clarke Memorial Fund will be holding its second scheduled food drive on Saturday in Belize City. The group was formed to celebrate the life of slain journalist Kareem [...]
Belize Zoo Celebrates National Tapir Day
National Tapir Day is the biggest event of the Belize Zoo’s calendar year; it is recognized every year on April twenty-seventh. But the day was commemorated this past Thursday with [...]
Where is 13 Year Old Shinique Perez?
Thirteen-year-old Shinique Perez has been reported missing by her mother for the past nine days. The teenager has reportedly run away from home and was last seen in the Saint [...]
Belize Simulcasts Leadercast 2016
Representatives from a number of organizations participated in the annual simulcast of Leadercast 2016. The event was hosted by Chamberlain Consulting from Belize City. The simulcast brought live from Atlanta in the United States. The theme for this year is “Architects of tomorrow.” Teresita Perez Martinez, Chief Implementation Consultant of Chamberlain Consulting spoke to Love […]
Vox Pop: Residents Weigh in on Belize/Guatemala Issue
The Belize Guatemala issue has been in the headlines for the last few weeks. The latest we heard from officials was yesterday when Prime Minister Dean Barrow updated the nation on the recent talks held in Washington. Today Love News took to the streets to hear what people think about the issue. At yesterday’s press […]
Vox Pop – Do You Feel Safe in City Streets?
The last week has seen a spike in crime in the Belize and Cayo Districts. Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told the media yesterday that the Police is making every effort to make residents feel safe within Belize City. Today Love News took to the streets of busy Belize City to ask residents if […]
Fuel Prices Goes Up at Midnight
April 19 marks the last report we brought to you surrounding the fuel prices. Tonight at midnight, however, you can expect some changes at the pumps. Regular is going up to nine dollars and twelve cents; that is an increase of twenty five cents per gallon. For premium, that increase is for twenty five cents […]
CRFM Hosts Meeting to Establish New Study on Fisheries
Belize is taking part in a series of meetings that began yesterday in Bridgetown, Barbados hosted by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). The meeting seeks to chart the course for a new study that will look at the impacts of rising cost factors of fishing operations. Those factors include labor, fuel, fishing gear, repair […]
Health Sector Prepares to Celebrate Nurses’ Week 2016
Next week will be celebrated as Nurses week, set aside to recognize the contributions that nurses make to the community. This morning on the Morning Show, Michelle Hoare, Director of Nursing Services at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital spoke about some of the activities that have been planned. Today, Love News visited the KHMH […]
Food Drive for Kareem Clarke Fund
Kareem Clarke is a news reporter who was gunned down on July 6, 2015 in Belize City. His brutal murder left the media circles incomplete. With a longing to never forget Kareem, the various media houses met and came up with the Kareem Clarke Fund. It is an initiative that seeks to provide for feeding […]
Four Found Guilty of Burglarizing Philip Garbutt’s Home
Four persons charged with a burglary in which over thirty seven thousand dollars worth of items and money were stolen, were found guilty of the charge today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. They are Lloyd Parchue, Malik Ovado, Cilo Cherrington and Kareem Yorke. Parchue and Yorke were each sentenced to five years imprisonment while Cherrington […]
Fined for Selfie at Chetumal Border
Ordinarily, an incident like this would not make the local news but considering how close to home the Subteniente Lopez border is to Belize, we thought we would report on it for both the occasional and frequent traveler. According to a newspaper out of Quintana Roo , Mexico a family was returning from the Corozal […]
Three Rural Schools Top Softball Championship
The national Primary School Softball Championships began today in Belize City. Over a hundred students gathered at the Marion Jones Stadium from across the country to compete. Attending the event was Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Elodio Aragon. He spoke to Love news on the event. Aragon spoke on […]
No Zika, Says Ministry of Health
There is no ZIKA in Belize says that the Ministry of Health. Today, the Ministry of Health received results from Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on an initial case that was of significant interest in the ongoing investigation to determine the existence of indigenous transmission of the Zika ...
Belmopan Squatters told to leave
The Belmopan City Council has been fighting the increase in squatting in the City, particularly in the San Martin, Maya Mopan, and Las Flores areas. Some six months ago, another set of squatters were identified in the SalvaPan area and told to get off the land within a six month period. During that...
PM says cautiously optimistic about meeting with OAS and Guatemala FM
A press conference was called once again today to update the nation on meetings between Belize and Guatemala. Prime Minister Barrow began by reading a prepared statement. He called the meeting with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, and Guatemala’s Foreign Mi...
Belize Health Care Partners says Assistant Compol statement endangers them
The Belize Health Care partners issued a press release today saying that it denies allegations made by Assistant Comissioner of Polcie to the press that the Belize Integral Health Center denied treatment to Troy Cole who was shot and killed on May 4, 2016. The Belize Health Care partners relsease sa...
Update on Refugee influx
Last Friday, Plus News, visited the Belmopan offices of Help For Progress, an NGO which claims to be dedicated to rural community development but also doubles as a refugee clearing house for UNHCR; United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Last week, our journalists observed lines of Hispanic men...
24 firefighters join national service
Today was graduation day for 24 trainees who are now firefighters for the National Fire Service.This is the first course graduation ceremony for 2016. The training the all-male group received included understanding the origin and development of fire and the specific techniques used to contain it. Ho...
Improved access to potable water in Indian Church/San Carlos
Approximately 500 residents of Indian Church/San Carlos villages in the Orange Walk district will now have easier access to potable water . That’s because of the installation of a hybrid solar water project which was funded by the Government of Belize at a cost of $867,333.29 through a loan from t...