Belmopan Taximan Murdered
The body of a very popular Belmopan taxi-man was found this afternoon in the Rivera area of Belmopan. Forty-five year old Leonel Gillett was last seen by family members at [...]
U.D.P. Ministers Meet With PM Barrow after Cabinet
On Tuesday’s newscast we told you about reports of a ruckus in Cabinet…reports later denied by all the Ministers with whom we came into contact. But while nobody will outrightly [...]
Patrick Faber Says He Doesn’t have a Problem with Women
The campaign for deputy leadership of the United Democratic Party was a spirited effort and both camps somehow managed to temper the mudslinging. While the issue of Faber’s professional relationship [...]
Faber Reaches Out to Woman Fired By Beverly Castillo
On Tuesday, avid U.D.P. supporter Ingrid Hernandez, a constituent of Belize Rural Central, stopped by our office to express her discontent with animosity taking place within the party after Sunday’s [...]
Will PM Barrow Groom Faber for the Top Spot
Patrick Faber will be confirmed as Deputy Prime Minister by next week Tuesday, and fully expects that in that position he will be groomed for eventual leadership of the United [...]
Post-Mortem Examination Indicates Julia Arana’s Death Unrelated to RTA
Julia Arana was hit on the Phillip Goldson Highway on April first. The Trial Farm resident was crossing the highway when a vehicle driven by area representative Jose Abelardo Mai [...]
Fin Sec Says G.O.B. Must Control Expenditures
The IMF’s Article Four consultation report came out last week, and as we reported then, it seems to be pretty much all bad news. It makes reference to a slowing [...]
Faber Blames P.U.P. for Country’s Economic Woes
The IMF states in its Article Four consultation that Belize is on shaky footing economically and measures will need to be put in place for recovery in the medium and [...]
P.U.P. Says We Told You So
The People’s United Party has also issued a statement on the IMF report and it is not taking the blame for the economic woes. According to the P.U.P., while the [...]
ACP Calls on Guatemala to Respect Belize’s Borders
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington attended the eight summit of the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Heads of State and Governments. The summit concluded today in Papua New Guinea with [...]
Patrick Faber Says Guatemalan Negotiators Cannot Be Trusted
On Friday News Five was stopped by Guatemalan military as we tried to enter the Sarstoon. They claimed that we were in their national waters. That claim is nothing new, [...]
Generals Jones and Perez to Meet Later this Week
While John Saldivar has been in the news of late mostly in reference to his bid for U.D.P. Deputy Leader, he is the Minister of National Security and border security [...]
Fin Sec Speaks on Arbitration Award
Earlier in our newscast Financial Secretary Joseph Waight explained that to deal with a deteriorating fiscal position GOB will have to tighten its belt and control expenditures. But there’s one [...]
Darion Hamilton Will Stand Trial for Blue House Bar Murder
A security guard will stand trial for the murder of forty-one year old Wilmer Cisneros which occurred at Blue House Bar on April twenty-fifth, 2015 in Ladyville. Cisneros lost his life in [...]
Book on the Adventures of Rowan Garel Released
Over the years, we have covered the adventures of young Rowan Garel, an amazing and extraordinary young man who has been blind since birth. His approach has not only been [...]
Mayor Bradley Says Government Should Pay for Dredging of Southern Foreshore
For months now the media has been following the silt situation at the Southern Foreshore. It’s gotten progressively worse, to the point where there is a real threat that the [...]
Belize Will Field a Delegate for Miss Universe Pageant
The Miss Universe pageant is the most prestigious in the world. Last year alone, the beauty pageant was viewed on television by more than eight million viewers. But of the [...]
Applications Being Accepted for Miss Belize Pageant
The 2016 Miss Belize winner will be chosen at a pageant on September tenth. Today a call was made for aspirants to become an ambassador of beauty for Belize. At [...]
What’s the Outlook for the Hurricane Season?
The 2016 Hurricane Season official starts today and the outlook on activity for this season points to an average to slightly above average number of systems for the Atlantic Ocean, [...]
Teachers Advised To Comply with Education Act
Back in 2012 the Ministry of Education signed a statutory instrument to enforce, discussed key policies and objectives in the education and training sector that could affect teachers with provisional teaching license across Belize.
The ministry requested that all teachers with provisional license, further their studies and apply for a full teacher’s license since the new implementation would not allow for renewal of any provisional licenses. Moreover a mandatory special permit was introduced for applications, this permit would only be issued if the applicant with a provisional license would continue or further in pedagogic studies.
Almost 4 years after the Ministry of Education is still trying to have qualified individuals with pedagogic background to abide by the educational act. According to Corozal District Centre Manager, Jahmor Lopez, teachers with provisional licenses may have a degree in a certain subject but lack the philosophy of child behavior and assessment.
Social Security Board Celebrates 35 Years Of Service
Today the staff and affiliates of the Social Security Board here in Belize observe the institutions 35th anniversary having officially opened its doors for operations on June 1st 1981under the umbrella of former Minister Joe Elijio Briceno who lately passed away. This year the company’s anniversary is being celebrated under the theme Social Security celebrating 35 years of Service and Striving towards Excellency in Service. Here in Orange Walk the occasion was marked with a customer appreciation day and information fair as employees of the SSB provided valuable information about the Boards schemes and benefits that are offered to members. Service Delivery Manager at the SSB, Thurnica Middleton, spoke to us about the celebration and about some of the information that was delivered to contributory members.
Advisory Issued For Hurricane Season
As we told you at the top of the newscast today marks the start of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season and despite predictions of an average hurricane season, Corozal residents are being told there could be more hurricane activity after the month of August since the El Nino phenomenon conditions will evolve.
Willard Levy - District Coordinator for NEMO Corozal:
“It is considered that this year it will be something like an average to above average hurricane season, everybody is looking forward for heavy rains due to the extensive heat that we have but it was forecasted that we are going to have in the northern part of the country some extreme drought and this is what we are experiencing right now but as far as what se ca see this is going on at least for the rest of this month we will be having this kind of weather, after the month of August we no longer have El Nino so we will be expecting much more activity any time after August for any possibilities of systems forming up more frequently than last year, last year we didn’t had any other than just rains.”
ACP Reiterates Support For Belize's Sovereignty
The 8th Summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Heads of State and Government which was held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea lasted for a period of two days under the theme “Repositioning the ACP Group to Respond to Challenges of the Sustainable Development’.
After the Summit concluded yesterday, the representatives agreed on a Declaration which was based on a variation of matters associated with the responsibilities and future of the ACP.
Paragraph 18 of the Declaration contained a strong proclamation of support in favor of our country, Belize, as it relates to the topic of the Guatemalan claim. It indicated that protocols must be established with regards to the adjacency zone for the benefit of both parties.
Fishermen Detained In Guatemala Back Home
Official information reaching our newsroom today is that the 8 Belizean fishermen who were detained by the Guatemalan Navy on Friday May 27th are back in Belize. The men were deported from Guatemala sometime last night and according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the group made their way back to Belize by road.
Sometime around noon last Friday, the eight Belizeans were detained by the Guatemalan Navy after they were found disembarking from their vessel at the Punta Manabique Beach, Dept. of Izabal, Guatemala.
Post Mortem Revealed That Julia Arana Died Of Respiratory Failure
Fifty four year old Julia Arana died as a result of respiratory failure, that’s according to the results of a post mortem examination conducted yesterday on the body. According to Orange Walk Police, based on the post mortem….Arana’s death is not related to her injuries sustained when she was knocked down on the night of April 1st 2016.
The vehicle that knocked down Arana as she was crossing the Philip Goldson Highway near the San Martin Gas Station in the Village of Trail Farm, was begin driven by Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai. So….what will happen with the politician? Officer Commanding the Orange Walk Police Formation Superintendent Selvin Tillett, told us that the file is being compiled and will be sent to the Department of Public Prosecution for further directives. Meaning that, so far Mai remains clear of any charges.
ACP Reiterates Support for Belize in Recent Summit
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Heads of State and Government convened for their 8th summit in New Guinea yesterday. The summit, held under the theme, “Repositioning the ACP Group to Respond to Challenges of the Sustainable Development” has representation from Belize through its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington and His Excellency Dylan Vernon, Belize’s […]
What Killed Lionel Gillett? Belmopan Police Investigates
A murder has been reported in Belmopan. Love News got the details from officer in charge of Belmopan Police, Senior Superintendent, Howell Gillett. HOWELL GILLETT “Sometime after 1pm today we received some information that there might have been a possible murder in the area of west Belmopan adjacent to the Riviera area and our officers […]
Closing Arguments Conclude in Calaney Flowers’ Trial
Closing arguments were heard today in the case against Calaney Flowers, accused of hitting the motorcycle of her ex boyfriend and his new girlfriend. The Defense represented by attorney Dickey Bradley, argued that the four witnesses presented by the prosecution were faulty and argued that their testimonies were not credible. Two of these are statements […]
Briceno Spoke Months Ago What IMF Stated in Recent Report
Last week we told you of the preliminary report coming out of the assessment team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in which it has stated that the country’s economic outlook has worsened. Yesterday we brought you the interview with Senator Godwin Hulse where he told Love News, quote, “this is not by far the […]
Village Council Elections to Begin June 5
Over the next five weeks, one hundred and ninety villages from around the country will be holding village council elections in all six districts. With the next general election not due until the year 2020, the Barrow administration remains in control and with that very few villages will be contested by the main opposition. Love […]
Rotary Club Gives Mother of Four a New Home
A 2-bedroom bungalow wooden home was handed over to Tanesha Plunkett, a mother of four this morning in the Port Loyola area of Belize City. The Rotary Club with support from fellow Rotarians in Canada were the ones who provided the funding of about twenty two thousand dollars to complete this undertaking. Tessa Usher is […]
Belizean Dies in Accident in the US
Last week Monday, Belizean American Kyler Jackson and his one year old daughter Kaylee Jackson were reported missing. Reports are that Jackson was heading to Sacramento, driving but never reached his destination. In the Area of Walnut Grove, officials began searches which lead to the discovery of Jackson’s vehicle in the Georgiana Slough.Jackson was found […]
Melchor Vendors Say Business Has Been Dismal
Over the weekend Love News headed to the border to investigate whether the Belize Guatemala conflict is affecting the businesses and their opinions on how their government is negotiating the conflict between the two countries. The day after we visited the ordering commercial town Guatemalan citizens held a demonstration to protest the death of the […]
Jefferies Is Leaving as CTO
Crispin Jefferies is the Chief Transport Officer and has had that position since 2011. However, his new replacement announced that Jefferies would be stepping down. At this time we are uncertain if Jefferies contract was not renewed but Tirso Galvez who is currently the Operations Officer of Transport made the announcement at City Hall. TIRSO […]
Camp Elevate Goes Into Its 10th Year this Summer
With the summer holidays quickly approaching organizers from various institutions arepreparing for the out of school programs. The Nancy Marin Foundation for the tenth year will be holding its Camp Elevate in the rural parts of the Cayo District. Love News spoke with Nancy Marin to get more details. NANCY MARIN ” The camp begins […]
Are tensions brewing in the red camp following Faber’s win?
It has been two days since the National UDP convention to choose that party’s Deputy Party Leader. The campaign process for internal party politics can be as heated as the campaigns for general elections and the Patrick Farber and John Saldivar camps spent a hefty load of money on advertisements and...
Rural police busy with shooting, stabbing
It was a busy Monday night for police in Eastern Division (Rural). We begin with a shooting in paradise – Western Paradise to be precise. A man and his common-law wife were shot several times last night in their own home. Eastern Division Rural Police are investigating the incident, but as we...
Police arrest incident caught on video
Two persons have been arrested in San Ignacio following an incident that was caught on camera on Burns Avenue on Friday May 27th. Some say the video shows a case of police brutality but the charges laid are against the dog owner. Here is a look at the video. The first man has been charged with obstr...
Arsonist Caught on Camera
There was another incident caught on camera; this time an act of arson. This video clearly shows a man walking up to a thatched seating area of a restaurant in the Cayo district. The time stamp on the video shows that it occurred on Monday May 30th. The man walks up to the thatched structure and wit...
Police fear retaliation for Michael Wallace murder
Yesterday we reported on this past weekend’s murder of South Side affiliate 22 year old Michael Wallace, which police believe may be linked to the April 16th murder of the reputed gang boss of George Street, Gerald ‘Shiny’ Tillett. Michael and his brother 29 year old Richard Wallace along with their...
Roberts Grove former director court ordered to pay millions to the company
Robert’s Grove Beach Resort has won a Supreme Court Case that Robert’s Grove, Ltd (RGL) filed in the Supreme Court of Belize against director Jean-Marc Tasse. That litigation was filed on September 16, 2014. Claim No. 513 2014 alleged that Jean-Marc Tasse had been using The Resort as his own pe...
Rabies vaccination for cattle strongly recommended
All Livestock farmers are being cautioned by the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Health and Belize Livestock Producers, to vaccinate their cattle against the ongoing Bovine Rabies outbreak. The disease is currently being detected in the ...
Breaking Belize News
Near normal hurricane season expected
With the hurricane season opening today, predictions for storm activity in our area were released and show that a near normal six months is being expected, with the season closing at the end of November. Predictions are that a high possibility for 10 to […]
Majil’s Mexican Products in Corozal robbed
Confirmed reports are that late this evening a sales representative of Majil’s Mexican Products was robbed and relieved of a significant amount of cash. BBN understands that the individual, a male, was walking back to the company’s warehouse in the Santa Rita Area in Corozal […]
Trio charged over burglary
Well-known Sandhill businessman and justice of the peace Oswald Blease and two brothers of the village are charged with handling stolen goods and burglary. 38 year old Deon Richards, an electrician of Sandhill, is accused of burglarizing Renco Cabinet Shop at Mile 19, Philip Goldson […]
Accused “con man” charged with theft
A driver for the Ministry of Health says he is out more than 3 thousand dollars after a man who purported to sell him a vehicle absconded with his money and later allegedly destroyed the vehicle. Sandhill village mechanic Reginald Coleman pleaded not guilty to […]
Transport Department changes hands; new man promises change
Crispin Jeffries is standing down as Chief Transport Officer at the end of this week. Today, his replacement, current operations officer for the Transport Department, Tirso Galvez made his public debut at this morning’s press conference at City Hall. Galvez inherits a Department beset with […]
Who will clean up Haulover Creek?
The siltation problem at the mouth of the Haulover Creek, especially near Southern Foreshore, is getting worse. Today reports were that a boat got stuck momentarily. When we last spoke to Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley about it, there was a dredge in place to […]
Doctor says Julie Arana’s death not directly related to traffic accident
The post-mortem conducted on Julie Arana has indicated that she died of respiratory failure. Orange Walk authorities told BBN this afternoon that according to the doctor, the cause of death is not directly related to the accident, where Arana was knocked down by Jose […]
ACP announces support for Belize
In a Declaration on the just concluded 8th Summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Heads of State in Papua New Guinea, the nations once more pledge support for Belize in the Belize-Guatemala territorial differendum. At paragraph 18, the declaration reads quote “Recalling the […]
City Emergency Management gets active for hurricane season
Today is the first day of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season and as is now traditional, the Belize City Council issued an update on its activities in preparation. According to Mayor Darrell Bradley, who also heads the City Emergency Management Organization, preparations began almost […]
Black Orchid Resort wins TripAdvisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence
TripAdvisor has awarded a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the Black Orchid Resort in the village of Burrell Boom, Belize. 2016 marks the seventh year in a row that the Black Orchid resort has been distinguished with this prestigious award that is bestowed based […]
Blackadore Caye, Belize: Restoration and Development, I Think I Finally Get It
Yesterday, I snagged my first invite to head over to Blackadore Caye with the Jim, who works in Environmental Protection & Restoration, Juan, a head biologist and a crew of Belizeans including a student in Biology at University of Belize to learn about Blackadore Caye.
The team is doing an amazing amount of research – from water and soil checks around the island to mammal studies to currents and tides… This will one of the best documented, well researched areas in Belize. Yes, they want to build a resort/complex but they also want to restore the island to a healthier state. They REALLY do. And the scrutiny they are under because a big name is associated with it is intense. Scrutiny, by locals who know the area is needed, wanted. But we are allowing crazy things to happen on OUR island…mangrove removal, dredging and hideous resort construction – way too close to the quickly receding shoreline. Maybe it’s all too common to over-scrutinize what’s happening on the other side of the fence as opposed to your own yard? Maybe.
Visit Punta Gorda On Your Belize Vacation
Punta Gorda Town, commonly referred to by locals as “PG” or “PGT”, is the capital and largest municipality in Belize’s southern Toledo District. Although the name of the town comes from Spanish (meaning “Fat Point”), the town is primarily home to speakers of English, Creole, East Indian languages and Mayan dialects.
Thanks to cool breezes from the Gulf of Honduras, visiting Punta Gorda during even the hotter months is pleasant. One of the most exciting attractions is the annual Chocolate Festival, held every May in Punta Gorda.
There is an airstrip just outside Punta Gorda with regular domestic connections to Belize City and other destinations in Belize. There are regular bus connections from PG to Dangriga, Belmopan and Belize City.
Water taxis connect PG to Puerto Barrios across the border in Guatemala. There are also regular bus routes connecting PG to points south in Guatemala.
“London Calling” San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Since moving to Ambergris Caye in May 2012 I never once had the slightest interest in returning to the UK for a visit. In fact before relocating here when saying our ‘goodbyes’ I actually said that the only way that my family and friends would see me again would be if they came to visit me here.
During the intervening time there wasn’t the merest inclination to waiver. There were no strong reasons to go back. And they , whoever ‘they’ ( these people of perceived wisdom ) are , they always say “you should never go back”.
Well that all changed last December when I received an email from a previous work colleague. He was organising a major event.
No it wasn’t an invitation from Rupert Murdoch to attend his upcoming wedding to Jerry Hall (still can’t understand why I wasn’t on the guest list!). It was better than that. It was from my best friend John Townley. He wanted me to join around another 130 family and friends to help him celebrate his 60th birthday. It was definitely a case of London calling!
Tropical system may form in eastern Gulf of Mexico next week
Areas from Central America to southeastern Mexico, western Cuba and southern Florida will be on alert into next week as a tropical system may form.
The window for tropical development will reopen about a week after the formation of Tropical Depression 2, which went on to become Tropical Storm Bonnie, near the Carolina coast over Memorial Day weekend.
"We are suspicious about the area near Central America because it is in a region where we often see tropical development during June," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
Belize in Need of an IARU Member Society
The Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC), which had been the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society for that South American county, no longer exists, according to the IARU. In 1993, the IARU Secretariat had published a Calendar announcing that BARC was no longer representing Amateur Radio operators in Belize, and no responses had been received by the International Secretariat to any communications sent to BARC.
“In fact, no communications have been received by the IARU International Secretariat or the IARU Region 2 Secretary from anyone associated with the BARC in the last 23 years,” an IARU news release said on May 31. “Based upon this lack of activity in representing the radio amateurs in Belize and the lack of any communication from anyone associated with BARC since 1993 and according to IARU policy, the Secretary of the IARU has determined that the Belize Amateur Radio Society no longer exists.”
The mystery and beauty of the Maya
DURING the final days of the Red Army’s fierce battle for Berlin, Yuri Valentinovich Knorosov, a Soviet artillery soldier, found boxes of books in front of the Prussian State Library. Clearly, the Germans hadn’t managed to remove and put them somewhere safer as they did with so many works of art before the advance of the Allied troops. Knorosov, who had begun studying ethnology in Moscow before war broke out, was hungry for books and rummaged through the boxes. Fortunately, they were still in good condition; neither vandalised, ruined by debris from bombs or scuffed amid the street-fighting.
He found a treasure: an edition of Diego de Landa’s “Relación de las cosas de Yucatán” (“Narrative of the things of Yucatán”). Though written in 1566, it is still seen as the authority on Mayan life, religion and culture. Ironically, de Landa was also responsible for the destruction of a large proportion of works in 1561 which contained the icons and hieroglyphs of the Mayan language. Those included the famous Mayan codices, folding books made of what the Maya called huun-paper. Apparently it was more durable and had a better writing surface than papyrus. But as a bishop, de Landa felt that “none of them was free of superstition and devilish illusion.” Yet in his own book he describes Mayan life and culture including their calendar, their architecture, the floral and the animal world using Roman letters for the phonemes he heard in the Mayan language. His work made it possible to decipher around one-third of the Mayan hieroglyphs.
Senior Caribbean environmentalist outlines use for GCF resources
A senior official of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), says the Green Climate Fund (GCF) resources should be used to help countries prepare an environment for robust mitigation efforts, such as energy transformation, policy and legislative reform.
CCCCC Deputy Director and Science Advisor, Dr Ulric Trotz, said that the resources should also be used to help countries in the Caribbean “prepare sound investment portfolios with full-fledged, costed and ready to implement proposals for the transformation of the energy sector.
“I imagine GCF resources being used to incentivize investment in these actions. The approach I have articulated will create an enabling landscape marked by a favourable investment climate, an incentivizing environment, and a preponderance of credible and ready to go transformational programmes,” he said in a position outlined in the inaugural edition of Caribbean Climate Podcast.
Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada
Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016. This year’s Exercise Tradewinds will be conducted in three phases: Phase I will include maritime and land operations, and will take place in Grenada through June 14; Phase II will include maritime and land operations, including US Marines, and will take place in Jamaica from June 20-28; Phase III, a key leader seminar, will be conducted July 20-22 in Miami for key stakeholders and decision makers from the region.
Military and security personnel from 13 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states -- Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago -- will join military personnel from the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for Phase I of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.
Belize Tubing & Ziplining 2016, 3min.
Hicatee Turtle Hatching in Belize, 1/2min.
Belize Edit, 4min. Take Me Back to Belize.
VLOG: BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, 16min. so to celebrate my mothers 50th we went on a west Caribbean cruise, which started in New Orleans. This Vlog is the 4th day at sea and we've arrived in Belize city, Belize
Belize Trip May 2016, 12min.
BSI ASR CROP REVIEW 2016 - WEEK 25, 3min.
LA VOZ KARAOKE 2016 - WEEK 7, 144min.
Taiwan Medical Delegation Visits Belize, 35min.
San Pedro Town kicks off Clean Up Campaign 2016 with a little Belizean Spirit., 1min.
Belize 2016, 3min. We took a trip to Belize for 11 days... here's a little video about how it was!
Island in Belize DJI Phantom 4 Test, 7min.
Island in Belize DJI Phantom 4 Test/Tour (15 min), 15min.
Shark Ray Alley. Ambergris Caye, Belize, 3min.
Belize Cerros, 3min.
Let's visit Belize, 33min. The boys venture out of the 'tourist' area and meet up with some of the locals.
Amazing Helicopter Tour in Belize, 4min.
Monkeys in the jungle on the way to Lamanai. Belize. Searious., 2min.