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The San Pedro Sun

Ambergris Caye celebrates St. George’s Caye Day with Uniform Parade
In commemoration of the 218th anniversary of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye, islanders joined in the country’s festivities, celebrating with much pride and patriotism. The patriotic events started with the annual Fire Truck Parade at 7PM and the Tribute to the Baymen on Friday, September 9th. Before Thompson received her crown, Mayor Daniel Guerrero addressed the crowd. He took attendees back in history as he recounted the many events and confrontations the Baymen went through before the final encounter with the Spaniards on the 10th of September, 1798, when the superior Spanish Armada was defeated by the Baymen. Following Guerrero’s remarks, the Area Representative for Belize Rural South and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr, delivered a few words. He spoke of the significance of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye and how important it was for the liberation of what is now Belize. “We are supposed to be proud of our ancestors, who really freed us and gave us this beautiful country we all enjoy today,” said Heredia.

Safe Water for over 400 villagers of Aguacate, Toledo District
The completion of the water project also demonstrates government’s unwavering commitment to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as the Global Goals, building on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as it relates to water; which is to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water. The Scope of Works included the construction of a ferro-concrete pump house, installation of a submersible pump and chlorinator unit coupled with an additional pump, new transmission and distribution lines, and four polyethylene tanks with a security fence encompassing the area. In addition, the existing distribution main was repaired and expanded; and meters were installed in households to regulate the consumption of water.

Captive Parrot Permit Application Period to Close
It is illegal to keep wildlife captive in Belize, which is home to numerous indigenous species. In an effort to implement the law, the Belize Forest Department (BFD) hereby informs all current parrot owners that the application period to register their parrot will close on Monday, October 31st. Since the BFD introduced its Captive Parrot Permit program in 2014, the department received more than 2,000 applications and has registered over 300 parrots to date. Since the parrot registration program is coming to an end, the BFD also cautions the public that they have increased enforcement to capture individuals who continue to engage in these illegal practices. The San Pedro Sun has been made aware of several cases of residents on the island keeping wild animals as pets. The most common wildlife held captive are the quash (Coati), parrots, iguanas, raccoons and anteaters (Tamandua).

Ambergris Today

Flashbacks - Longing for Beach Properties and Sandy Beaches
Gone are the good old days when children living on the beach used to sit on the sand in their own yards and enjoy the cool of the afternoon under a coconut tree. Sometimes it was the entire family that would gather there go enjoy a relaxing afternoon while they waited for dad to return from a trolling trip with a catch of barracudas, king fish or wahoo. Today all the beach properties have been converted into hotels or business places. Gone are the good ole days when lobster fishermen would pile up their new lobster traps at one corner of their yards in preparation for the opening of the lobster season which ran June 15 to February 15. There were about 40 local lobster fishermen that worked with lobster pats and the other man were skin divers. Today there might be two or three men that still use the wood traps and the rest of men are tourist guides.

25 Years Ago - Antique Typewriters and Irons Were Once Modern Commodities
You know you are an Old Time San Pedro High Schooler if you remember learning to type with one of those huge and heavy manual typewriters. They had hundreds of moving parts, wheels, screws, springs, levers, reels of inked ribbons, nuts and bolts all designed to move the metal arms with the letters, numbers ,and symbols. Popular brands were Remington, Royal, Underwood, Smith Corona, and Olympia. You know you are an Old Time Sanpedrano girl if you have used an iron iron. Okay What is an ‘iron iron’? It an ironing iron made of iron; Yes, an iron used to iron clothes. LOL! This iron was placed over a hot plate which was heated over a fire or hot charcoal. When the iron was hot, one proceeded to iron the clothes and re-placed on the hot plate when it began to cool. Surprisingly it never got dirty with smoke or soot.

Belize Has New Miss Belize Universe After 10 years
It had been ten years since Belize had selected a representative for Miss Belize Universe, meaning that our country had not sent a representative to the Miss Universe Pageant in ten year. That long streak of absence will be broken as the new miss Belize 2016, Rebecca Rath, will represent Belize in the next Miss Universe Pageant on January 30, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Twenty-two-year-old Rath from Dangriga was crowned Miss Belize Universe on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at a sold out Bliss Center for Performing Arts in Belize City. Ten contestants vied for the prestige of wearing the crown in a pageant that included an opening dance presentation, cultural costume, swimsuit and evening gown competition. The question and answer segment was reserved for the top five contestants at the end of the pageant. Runners up: 1st Marcia Moody, San Ignacio (2nd place). 2nd Dianira Rivera, San Pedro (3rd place). 3rd Neidy Rodriguez, Belize City (4th place). 4th Misty Swazo, Libertad (5th place).

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Sperm whale in the area
The most incredible experience yesterday out at sea. Sperm Whale about 50ft very very close and he hung around, came right up to our boat and slapped his tail a couple of times!

BCCI letter to the Prime Minister
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has made public their letter to the Prime Minister of Belize concerning the chamber's position on the Joint Special Select Committee to investigate the Special Audit on Immigration and Nationality Department. We've included the letter in its entirety below, but perhaps most notable is the section which reads as follows: "The House of Representatives does not have the constitutional mandate to conduct an investigation in relation to the report of the Auditor General...."

The football team Pachuca of Mexico will be arriving at the Phillip Goldson International Airport at 4:30 p.m. today 12 September 2016. The Game against the Police United at the FFB Stadium is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m on 13 September.

Belize Raptor Center Takes Flight!
The Belize Raptor Center will be having a fundraiser on Saturday, October 8th, at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. The BRC has been spearheading Story Time at the SIPL over the Summer. The goal of their fundraisers, there will be a concurrent one in Salt Lake City, is to build an Avian Visitor Center and Bird Theater. "Come ready to enjoy live music, raffles, drinks, good food and great company! You won't want to miss out on the special silent auction featuring local artwork and other exciting items. Guests will also have the opportunity to get up close encounters with some of BRC's amazing Avian Ambassadors. Tickets are only $40 BZ which includes appetizers and a complimentary drink. Ticket locations to be posted soon. All proceeds will go toward the creation of a Visitor Center and Indoor Bird Theater at the Belize Raptor Center.

"Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed"
Belize history on the move! The exhibit "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" has been traveling around the United States--including Boston, Minnesota, San Diego and Denver. Now the collection of 150 artifacts is getting ready to move to the Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas!

Miss Belize 2016
We will be well represented at Miss Universe! Congratulations to Rebecca Rath and all the young women who competed to the crown. Belize has not participated in the Miss Universe Pageant for 10 years and now a new Queen is crowned.

NICH is seeking to fill three key positions in the organizatio
Deadline is Monday, September 12. Director, Museum of Belize (NICH) and Houses of Culture MORE: Administrator MORE: Finance Officer MORE:

Deadline for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program is Thursday
Reminder that the deadline for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program application is THIS Thursday, September 15, 2016. Last week the U.S. Embassy hosted a Q& A session to discuss more details about the program, the application requirements and procedures, and a few TIPS on completing the requirements. For questions or interested in applying please contact us by email: [email protected] or call 822-4011 ext 4370.

2016 River and Beach Clean Up
Show your patriotism this September by helping to rid our beautiful Belize of pollution and trash! The global 2016 River and Beach Clean Up is happening countrywide on Saturday September 24th! Be a part of Belize's solution, not pollution!

Belize to Make its Energy Sector More Climate Resilient
Belize will strengthen the climate resilience of its energy sector as a result of a US$8 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved today by the World Bank Board of Directors. “A major concern we often grapple with is extreme weather,” said Frank Mena, Belize’s Minister of State for Finance, Public Service, Energy & Public Utilities. “The impact of such events often leads to major set-backs to our development progress,” he added. Belize is often in the direct path of tropical storms and hurricanes, which are expected to intensify due to climate change. This has caused many human casualties and widespread damage, resulting in costly disruptions of vital public services. The impact of Hurricane Dean in 2007 resulted in US$80-100 million in damages, equivalent to 6-8 percent of GDP, and a near countrywide power blackout. Likewise, Hurricane Earl left another wave of disruptions last month.

by Hector Silva. This is a question, that many Belize City residents prefer not to be told. - But in fairness to all concerned, it would be negligent of me to take this UNTOLD story to my grave. This is a serious issue that should have been placed as a priority when those Millions were available. THIS ARE THE FACTS which are kept in some dusty shelf . In the 1960's, the then Self Government Cabinet under the Leader- ship of Premier Price,supported by an all Belizean Cabinet, reques- ted my Ministry of Public Works, to carry a FULL STUDY of the To- pography and Sub-soil of Belize City and its surroundings. WE made a request to the United Nations for the expert advice on this extensive project. - An Expert Engineer by name, Mr, Decourcy was sent and an office was established at the Ministry's Com- pound. - - Our local engineers Bob Mahler, , Dennis Gonguez and other personnel were assigned to complement this important study and a Jamaican Engineering Firm was contracted to do the SUB SOIL BORE TESTS. ( penetrating deep into the bowels of the area), - In some areas up to 70 feet deep, before they reached the rock plate. - Besides the Bore Tests,gauges were placed at various spots within the City Proper.

Channel 7

Another Teen Murdered in Martin's
The gang and gun violence in the St. Martin's area continued this weekend - and another city youth was slain - this one was just a teenager. It happened in the early morning hours of Saturday, on Croton Lane, in the heart of PIV territory. 17 year-old Deandre Nembhard was inside his Aunt and Uncle's yard. It's like his second home where he was just chilling with his family to bring in the tenth. And so it caught every one off guard when a gunman jumped out of a vehicle and opened fire on him. Daniel Ortiz visited his family today to find out why he was gunned down in such a ruthless fashion. Here's that story: 17 year-old Deandre Nembhard was socializing here in this yard on Croton Lane. He was hanging out with family members just after midnight on Friday. That's when he was mercilessly gunned down.

Brothers Chopped in Ladyville
So, while Belize City police are investigating murder of Deandre Nembhard, Ladyville police are looking into a chopping incident which has left 2 brothers injured. It happened on the Saturday, September 10th holiday at around 2:00 in the afternoon. Brothers Frank, 34 and Leroy Tejeda, 33 were chopped up allegedly by 21 year-old Ladyville resident Jessie Mejia. Police say that the brothers were at their mother's barbeque stall across from the Lord's Bank cutoff on the Philip Goldson highway. Mejia - who had an old beef with the brothers - got into a fight with both of them.

San Pedro Police: Kelly Killed Polonio
Meanwhile, San Pedro Police have arrested and charged the man for that stabbing murder we told you about last Thursday. The accused is 32 year-old Lyndon Kelly, a fisherman from the San Pedrito area of San Pedro. He was arraigned today before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on the single charge of murder. No plea was taken, and he was remanded into custody until January 16, 2017. It was a broad daylight killing in the center of town. 32 year-old Elton Polonio, allegedly, got into an altercation with the accused over an old beef. Police reports say that it happened inside a hardware store, but the San Pedro Sun Newspaper reports that two eyewitnesses have recounted a different version of the stabbing.

It's Official, Chamber dumps PM's Joint Bi-Cameral, Supports PUP
As we told you last week Friday, the Chamber of Commerce is now back to supporting a Senate Inquiry into the irregularities at the Immigration Department. The business group made it official today with a press release. The lengthy release does note that indeed, on Wednesday, August 31, their executive met with the Prime Minister and agreed to a Joint Special Select Committee. So, why is the Chamber withdrawing its support now? Well, they say that their lawyers looked at the Constitution and the Standing Orders, to come up with the terms of reference for PM Barrow's Joint Select Committee. That's when the legal advise said that going the Government's route may be unconstitutional, since only the Senate has the authority to do what this Joint Select Committee would be attempting.

BTV Testing Things in The Sarstoon
Yesterday, Wil Maheia and the Belize Territorial Volunteers went into the Sarstoon to prepare for their upcoming event, the first ever, Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge. It's the organization's effort to demystify the island as a place of intrigue and conflict with the Guatemalans, and to make it as commonplace as any other part of the country. The BTV members report that on their mission to the Sarstoon River mouth, there was no Guatemalan military to stop them, and no Guatemalans fishing illegally in Belizean waters….what rapper Ice Cube might call, a good day. The weekend team also went on a clean-up campaign of the Barranco Pier, since eco-challenge is for a canoe and kayaking race from Barranco around the island and back. Now, the this event is on the same day as the Carnival Road March, the biggest event in the September Celebrations. So, while the rest of the country will be focused on those colourful costumes winding through the City street, the military will have to keep an eye on things in the Sarstoon.

BDF Boat Unit Has To Contend With Riverine Border Safety
The section of the Military which will be directly affected if Maheia's Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge provokes the Guatemalans is BDF Special Boat Unit. A week ago, we got a very rare opportunity to meet their commanders for the first time. That's when BDF General David Jones lifted the press restrictions on the soldiers, so that the media could see the BDF undergoing their helicopter training. That unit comes under the BDF Airwing, and the Commanders, Major Jermaine Burns, and Captain Jasmin Elliott, discussed their activities of trying to keep the marine and river borders secured. Here's what they told us: Major Jermaine Burns, Commanding Officer - BDF Airwing: "The special boat unit is commanded by Captain J. Elliot. She falls under my command and she's in charge of the riverine boats. We are mandated with patrolling the river borders, all the rivers of Belize and also the coast and play a supporting role to the coast guard from time to time."

Taiwan Gives To Adjacency Effort
And keeping it on Belize/Guatemala relations, on the Saturday the 10th, Taiwanese Ambassador Benjamin Ho made a donation to Foreign Affairs CEO Lawrence Sylvestre. That donation - of an undisclosed amount - will go directly to the work of the OAS Adjacency Zone Office. The statements from the Government of Belize and the Taiwanese Embassy both omit how much money was donated, but they note that of the OAS Representative in Belize, Starret Greene, witnessed the handing over ceremony. The donation is a response to a joint request submitted by Foreign Affairs Ministers Carlos Raul Morales, and Wilfred Elrington to the Government of Taiwan. In a statement, The Taiwanese say quote, "The Republic of China (Taiwan) firmly believes that it will be greatly encouraging if more international partners actively participate in this great program to facilitate the peaceful process between Belize and Guatemala." End Quote.

A Conference With a Whole Lot Of Abbreviations
So, when we went to cover our next story today, we were hit with these abbreviations: UNFCCC RCC, followed by LECB, and then NAMAs, not to be outdone, of course by the J-CCCP. What does it all mean this alphabet soup of abbreviations? Well it's about making funding available for climate mitigation actions. WE found out more from Dr. Colin Young, the CEO in the Ministry of the Environment: Dr. Colin Young, CEO Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development: "Specifically today we're talking about the capacity building and the training that is necessary for the Belizean private sector to 00:44 take advantage of the opportunity that exists in terms of financing for climate change." Diane Wade, UNDP Environmental Analyst: "The project provides some funding in that regards to set what we consider the enabling environment for national action to take place."

Charges Dropped For Quarter Million Dollar Embezzlement
It made big news in April of this year when former Hofius employees, Koshia Gentle, and Lydia Selina Bennett, were charged for 49 counts of theft and embezzling over quarter million dollars from the long established hardware store. They were accused of stealing varying amounts of money between November 2, 2015, and December 31, 2015. But, 5 months later, the DPP has directed that the charges be withdrawn. Why? There's no evidence to prove theft says the DPP's directive. Last week, Gentle and Bennett appeared before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser when they learned of the DPP's memo which read, "Withdraw all charges due to no evidence to prove the charges."

First Miss Belize in 10 Years Is Ready For Miss Universe
After 10 years, Belize will be going to Miss Universe 2017 in the Phillipines and the new Ms. Belize Rebecca Rath says she is ready to represent. The 22 year old Dangrigan was chosen in the Miss Belize Universe pageant on Saturday night at the Bliss Center. As Rath bested 9 other contestants to claim the long inactive Crown. Today she stopped by our studio to talk about her experience in the pageant and what this means for her and for the country. Rebecca Rath, Miss Belize 2016: "I've looked back and I know that I love Belize very much and I am so proud to have represented Belize through sports and tourism, so this is just another way that I wanted to represent Belize. It's very different but it's another way I want to represent."

POPCAAN: An Unruly Inspiration?
Popcaan is in Belize and those of you who made it out to his concert on Saturday night got to hear his hits from "Only Man She Want" to the crowd favorite "Unruly Prayer " But he wasn't just here for the show; we met him today at Grace Primary School where he was visiting young students with an inspirational message. We stopped by this afternoon to find out what that message was. Popcaan also visited other city schools.

Pachuca in Belize For Champion's League Match
The reigning Mexican League champion Pachuca FC is in Belize tonight to play the return game of a Champion's League matchup with Belize's Police United. Police United got beat handily in the first game at altitude at Hidalgo Stadium in the city of Pachuca. But they did stop the home team from scoring for the first 52 minutes. And that's what had Pachuca a little concerned when they arrived in Belize today for the return match. We spoke to striker Omar Gonzalez:… Tomorrow's game kicks off at the FFB stadium at 6:00 pm.

Literacy For Women
World Literacy Day was observed last week Thursday. But a whole lot of other stuff was also happening, and the news was very full, so we didn't get to air a story on a literacy programme in Belize - one that's making a real difference in the lives of adult women who struggle with reading. Here's the story of Eglah's Training Center for Women:…

Channel 5

Dorian Pakeman’s Traffic Death Charges under Review; Will Drug Test Play a Role?
Missing cocaine certification and tainted blood; that’s what police are investigating in the case of the Director of Press Office Dorian Pakeman, who is now on unpaid leave. Dean Dawson, [...]

Tampering Suspected With Blood of Accident Victim
The missing information is one thing, but police also confirmed today that there was tampering with the blood sample for Dawson that was sent for testing at the National Forensic [...]

Deandre Nembhard Was In Wrong Place at Wrong Time – It Cost Him His Life
A minor was murdered in the wee hours of the Tenth of September. From all accounts, seventeen year old Deandre Nembhard was not the intended target, but happened to be [...]

“Old Beef” Leads to Chopping of 2 Brothers
Rural Eastern Division Police are also looking Jessie Mejia; he is wanted for the chopping of the Tejeda brothers over the weekend. According to police, Mejia and the siblings were [...]

St. Joseph School Mourns Death of Standard Six Basketballer
The student body, as well as the faculty and staff of St. Joseph School, is tonight mourning the sudden death of a promising young athlete.  On Friday evening, twelve-year-old Daemon [...]

Chamber of Commerce Changes Course; Supports Senate Inquiry
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry today confirmed that it has officially reversed its position and is now joining the social partners, as well the Opposition, in the call [...]

Channel Five was Correct; Chamber’s New Position Announced before Letter to P.M.
The letter from the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry is crystal clear. On Thursday, as we reported, a decision was taken by its executive that the private sector would [...]

Chamber to Work with Attorney General on Road to Signing Anti-Corruption Convention
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption is yet to be endorsed by the Government of Belize.  Despite the Barrow Administration not having signed on to the agreement, UNCAC, as it [...]

How Will Belize Treat Guatemala’s Response to Julio Alvarado Report?
The release of an O.A.S.-commissioned report, following a forensic investigation into the shooting death of fourteen-year-old Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano, has vindicated the Belize Defense Force and that has outraged [...]

P.M. Barrow Insists Senator Mark Lizarraga Will Not Chair Senate Inquiry Committee
In his press conference on September first, PM Barrow also went on record to dismiss the notion of the business senator as the chair for an investigation into the immigration [...]

Teachers’ Union Plans Further Meetings as P.M. Wonders About Industrial Action
The Council of Management of the Belize National Teachers’ Union met this past Saturday to receive reports from the ten branches concerning the emergency membership meetings held on Thursday. The [...]

Lyndon Kelly Charged for Murder on San Pedro
Four days after a stabbing death on the island of San Pedro, a fisherman has been charged with murder. Thirty-two year old Linden Kelly, originally from Dangriga, was arraigned in [...]

Kelly Street Resident Warns Of Live Wires on Ground, One Month after Hurricane Earl
Maria Alamilla, a resident of Kelly Street in Belize City, came to our studios today. Her worry is that children, specifically those going to the nearby primary school at Ephesus [...]

Celebrating the Battle of St. George’s Caye in Belize City
It was first actually celebrated only more than a century ago, but the Battle of St. George’s Caye has become one of the two pillars of the September Celebrations – [...]

Rebecca Rath is New Miss Belize Universe!
Rebecca Rath was crowned the newest Miss Belize and, after ten years, will represent the country in the Miss Universe Pageant to be held on January thirtieth in Manilo, Philippines. [...]

Police United Prepare for Crucial Match Vs Pachuca in Champions League
National football champions of Belize, Police United Football Club, have been off to a rough start in their maiden CONCACAF Champions League appearance. They lost four goals to nil to [...]

Corozal Free Zone Fires Security Caught Snorting “Narcotic”
Social media has been abuzz with numerous comments and shares over the past few days, following the posting of a video purportedly showing a security officer at the Corozal Free [...]

Belize Territorial Volunteers Host First Ever Eco-Challenge Race to Sarstoon Island
The Belize Territorial Volunteers have announced the first-ever Sarstoon Island Eco-Challenge event for Saturday, September seventeenth. The expedition leaves from Barranco village pier to race to Sarstoon Island and back. [...]

Taiwan Government Donates to Keep O.A.S. Office in Adjacency Zone Open
Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, Benjamin Ho, on Saturday delivered a donation from his government to Belize’s Lawrence Sylvestre, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of [...]


Prime Minister Barrow Open To Support Select Senate Committee
So now, with the call for a Senate Inquiry coming from virtually all corners, even from within the UDP, the Barrow Administration is under more pressure to give way to the Senate inquiry. The Opposition, we understand, is preparing to call for a Senate meeting in which it is expected that they will table a suspension of the Senate rules, in order to re-introduce the motion and allow another round of voting. For several weeks, the Prime Minister has been adamant that he will only allow a Joint Select Committee made up of five members of the Opposition and Social Partners and six of his Ministers. But on Friday, the PM showed the first sign of stepping back. He told the press that he doesn’t mind the Senate meeting anymore.

Churches On Their Own To Appeal Section 53
Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced last week that the Government will be filing an appeal to the Supreme Court-ruling on Section 53 of the Criminal Code which is in favour of the pro-LGBT appellants. The PM indicated that they would challenge Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s interpretation of the word “sex” which was declared as meaning “sexual orientation”. The appeal will allow the Catholic Church to join as an interested party and present their own case against the ruling. We know from a press briefing held last Friday that the Anglican, Methodist and Evangelical Churches will also join in the appeal. Sounds like UNITY right? Well, not fully. While the Catholic Church will be appealing the entire ruling, the Anglican and Methodist Churches are only interested on a limited appeal which the Government will pursue. That is not the only issue separating the Churches and where they stand, however. At the press briefing last Friday, the Church leaders declared which of them still have issues with the HFLE teachings and the Gender Policy.

Churches Will Not Receive Any financial Assistance For Section 53 Appeal
The Government should file the appeal before the deadline this week. Like any legal procedure, appealing a case is no inexpensive feat. It entails hours of legal preparation and then presentations by attorneys. The Catholic Church has been able to put up legal representation but the other Churches could face challenges with affording lawyers. So, will the Government offer any support? The Prime Minister made it clear that the Churches are, in a sense, on their own. Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: “They were represented in these meetings by two attorneys and they were represented in the court below where they were also an interested party by I believe a couple of attorney, so we imagined that they have no difficulty in finding the legal representation to argue their aspect of the appeal.”

218th Battle Of St. George's Caye Celebrated In The North
On Saturday Belizeans across the country celebrated the 218th Battle of Saint George’s Caye Day. While some stayed home and made much of the holiday others decided to take part in the celebration by viewing the parade or taking part in the ceremonies. Here in Orange Walk the festivities for the Battle of Saint Georges Caye kicked off with a block party on the 9th followed by a special ceremony on the 10th organized by the Orange walk Town Council to mark the historic Battle of St. George's Caye. We must note that since they took office back in 2012 the town council, under the stewardship of Mayor Kevin Bernard, has honored the patriotic day deemed as a UDP festivity by many. But for Mayor Bernard the day has nothing to do with it being a PUP or UDP holiday, it is about honoring what our four-fathers fought for. The ceremony held at the Central Park commenced with the inspection of the guard carried out by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Elodio Aragon Junior. Immediately after, Mayor Kevin Bernard delivered his speech in the presence of the Ambassador from the Republic of China in Taiwan, H.E Benjamin Ho, members of the Orange Walk Town Council and other invited guests.


Community Centre Rented to Chinese Businessman; Villagers Enraged
Last week, Love News received reports that the community center in the Village of Pomona had been rented by a Chinese businessman who had already begun setting up shop there. Villagers there have expressed their vexation and concerns on the matter to Love News saying that whoever gave permission for the renting and leasing […]

Canada Announces New Requirements for Travelers to Its Territory
A few weeks ago we told you of Belizean, Trevor Vernon who was denied access into Canada by immigration officials. We never got to speaking with Vernon as he had denied us an interview and so, we didn’t get to the root of that incident. Earlier this week, however, the Travel Report website, spoke of […]

Miss Belize, Rebecca Rath Destined for Miss Universe 2017 in the Philippines
With Rebecca Rath now wearing the crown, valued at over a thousand Belize dollars, Love News spoke with her this morning as she recounted the minutes and moments on and off stage on Saturday night that led to her life changing moment. Rath, who represented Dangriga, also spoke of her upbringing in the country’s culture

McAfee’s Documentary Speaks of How the Gringo Greased the Government in Belize
As if the recent reports from the Auditor General are not compelling enough to cast shadows and aspersions on the Barrow administration, there is a documentary looking to be released in about twelve days on John McAfee. For those who may not be familiar with the name, McAfee is the anti-virus inventor who led an […]

Feast of Sacrifice in Belize
The Muslim observance of Eid al-Adha officially began today and continues through Thursday. It’s also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or the Greater Eid. The tradition was carried out in Belize today and Hipolito Novelo has the story.

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Taiwan donates to keep OAS office open
Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, Benjamin Ho, on Saturday delivered a donation from his government to Belize’s Lawrence Sylvestre, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Starret Dickson Greene, Representative of the Organization of American States (OAS). […]

2016 Belizean patriots named including late Danny Conorquie
21 Belizeans are to be honored by Governor General Sir Colville Young at Thursday’s Tribute to Belizean Patriots in Belize City. Two Orders of Distinction – the third highest ranked award after National Hero and Order of Belize – will be given to Taiwanese […]

Chamber reverses position; now wants Senate inquiry for Immigration
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry is now joining the social partners, as well the Opposition, in the call for a Senate Select Committee to investigate the Special Audit of the Immigration and Nationality Department. The decision preceded a letter written to Prime […]

Mexican football team Pachuca arrive in Belize today
At 4:30 p.m. today, the Pachuca football team from Mexico will be arriving in the country for games tomorrow. They are scheduled to be at the Biltmore plaza at 5 p.m. and will be available for interviews. Tomorrow, Police United and Pachuca face off […]

Man found dead in Orange Walk
Reports reaching BBN is that a man from Orange Walk was found dead on Queen Victoria Avenue and St. Peter street in Orange walk. We will have more updates on this story as the information becomes available. […]

Guatemalans campaign against the recognition of Belize’s border
Ex-military personnel and attorneys from Guatemala visited the Sarstoon island near the Belize-Guatemala border on September 3, 2016. The group of about 10 Guatemalans, planted their flags on the island and declared that they would not tolerate any aggression from Belizean security forces. They […]

One dead in fatal traffic accident near Dangriga
One person is dead after a fatal road traffic accident that happened last night on the Stann Creek Valley Road near Dangriga. According to police reports, on Sunday, September 11 around 7:00 p.m., officers responded to a road traffic accident at mile 3 […]


Let’s Celebrate Belize’s Independence!
Without a doubt, Independence Day is the biggest celebration of the year in Belize, and with September 21st quickly approaching, Belizeans at home and abroad are overrun with feeling of patriotism. From the pomp and circumstance, to the 21-gun salute, and the massive carnival parades, there are so many ways to rejoice. This year’s celebrations are being held under the theme “Sovereign and Strong – Together as one”, as we observe 35 years of independence. We are a relatively young country that still faces many challenges, but Belizeans never give up, and “together as one” we are striving for a great Belize! After all, She has given us so many reason to celebrate her splendour:

Retire Close to Home in Low-Cost Central America
Central America is a popular choice for retirement for many North Americans. This is not surprising when you consider the great qualities the region has to offer. First off there are the practical aspects, such as its proximity to North America, and its similar range of time zones. Nowhere else in the world can North American expats enjoy their retirement overseas and still have the option of visiting their families within the space of two hours. This close proximity works both ways too, meaning that expats in Central America are regularly entertaining guests from back home. Expats are also drawn by the relaxed lifestyle that is inherent throughout Central America—a far cry from the hectic rat race that many expats experience in their working lives. On top of this, the region offers some of the most breathtaking natural beauty and scenery that the world has to offer—which is, of course, easier to enjoy when you combine it with the aforementioned relaxed lifestyle.

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In Search of Vegetarian Food in Belize
There are places you know you won’t find any good vegetarian food, and there are places you think you won’t find any. Belize is the latter. The Central American nation has a lot of coast for such a small country, so fish and seafood form a substantial part of the traditional diet. Ceviche, conch and lobster are the national dishes, and the idea that a vegetarian movement would be strong here didn’t seem too likely. But Belize is veggie-friendly — far more so than I anticipated. That the diet is varied shouldn’t really come as a surprise considering Belize’s cultural and ethnic diversity. The population is made up of Mayan, Mestizo, Creole, African, Chinese, Lebanese and Latin American people (to name just a few), and the food is an amalgamation of these diverse groups.


  • Rich The Turtle & The Shark, 1.5min. Belize May-2016

  • Big Rock Falls - Belize, 7min. Drone, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, one of the many majestic water falls.

  • Bound 2 Belize, 6min. Five days in Caye Caulker, Santa Elena, and San Ignacio.

  • Fishing Belize, 9min. Had an awesome week fishing off the coast of Belize. This should be on every anglers bucket list. I will definitely be back.

  • Exploring Belize, Tobago Cays area, 5min. Exploring Tobago Cays area, in Belize, with my friends Damien and Ed, on board of Zayann, a traditionnal Belizian sailing boat designed and owned by Ed. A life time experience!

  • Family trip to Belize 2014, 5min.

  • Scuba Diving in Belize! Half Moon&Aquarium Long Caye Wall, 6min. uceo en Belize. Zonas: Half Moon Caye Wall & The Aquarium at Long Caye Wall.

  • Pan Yaad 2016, 6min. Easily the highlight of the entire September celebrations

  • BELIZEAN LEGENDS SHINING STARS! QUEENLORNA & "DAT" BELIZEAN DANCE SPIN!, 23min. The rare and exclusive interview of the pulsating Belizean cultural dancer and instructor, Lorna Smith, of the legendary Belize-Caribbean dance troupe, Elegant Flair Dancers, is a must see and long awaiting feature for the Belizean Legends audience. Queenlorna as she is called will entertain us with her thrilling dance life and electrify us with some of the most eclectic moments in Belizean dance and cultural performances in the Los Angeles Belizean Community where she lived and performed for many years now. Still doing her thing in the Belizean diaspora, Sista Lorna as we refer to her here on Belizean Legends is the host of the popular Los Angeles Belizean based radio show called, AH WAKE OP LIKE DIS, on Belizean Wil Johnson's popular Radiobelizemix Internet Radio in the Los Angeles Belizean Community.

  • Belize Trip 2016, 4.5min.

  • Aguacate Water System, Toledo Belize, 4min.

  • Go Slow. Caye Caulker, Belize, 4min. "Go slow" lifestyle. Chill and laid back vibe. Friendliest locals. Fresh and cheap seafood. Stiff rum cocktails. Great company. Irreplaceable memories. Absolute blast!

  • Permit and Bonefish in Belize, 3min.

  • Belize Independence Celebration In Hollywood, 8min. Belize September Celebration have moved from Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood to The Avalon Hollywood in Hollywood California. Show is Sunday September 18, 2016

  • BEL Improving the Quality of Life - Belize City, 1min. More Belizeans are now safely and properly connected to electricity supply from BEL, through the Connecting Homes Improving Lives Program which provides assistance with getting a service entrance.

  • BEL Improving the Quality of Life - Belize City, 15min. Popcaan Saying He Beat The Dutty Funny Dread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carnival Makeup-Belize Carnival 2016, 10min. Hey guys, to celebrate my Belizean heritage in our biggest month September, I've decided to do a Belizean Celebration Series!