Custom Officer Shoots His Attacker
A suspected robber is currently recuperating at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital tonight after a custom officer shot him inside his yard here in Orange Walk sometime after 8:00 last night. According to reports, the custom officer parked his vehicle inside his yard and while walking towards the main gate of his property, he encountered two male persons standing inside his yard, one who was in possession of a firearm and pointing it towards him. Inspector Jose Mendez – Orange Walk Branch Commanding Officer: “Yesterday evening, police responded to a call on a shooting incident in the Belize/Corozal road where 43 year old Custom Officer, Jose Luis Acevedo reported to the police that a male individual while he was at his residence in his yard a male individual approached his gate and noticed that the male person had a firearm and aiming to attempt upon seeing his actions ran into his yard tumbled down and manage to grab his 9mm licensed firearm and fired one single shot after the individual which caught him in his leg.”
Godwin Hulse Says Unnecessary Action For BNTU To Demonstrate
The Barrow Administration has been facing yet another tough political week. Last week it was the Opposition who took to the streets in the old capital in the thousands to demand immediate reform or that the Barrow Government resigns. It was undoubtedly a factor in the Government’s sudden decision to switch support from the Bi-Cameral Joint Committee to the Senate Select Committee.
Today, it is the Belize National Teacher’s Union who is making demands on the Government. The Union has announced plans to march on the streets of the city of Belmopan to show that they are serious.
In response, the Prime Minister has called the BNTU to the discussion and negotiating table. Meanwhile, senior Ministers in the Barrow Administration have gone on a public campaign against the BNTU. Yesterday it was Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber and Minister of Housing Hon. Michael Finnegan, and today it was Senator/Minister Godwin Hulse who took on the BNTU, for what he said was an unnecessary action.
BNTU President Defends Teachers
While senior UDP Ministers have been clearly attempting to convince the teachers not to follow their Union leadership, all indications are that the Union decision to march on Monday is final. Memos have been sent to all branches and schools, calling on the teachers to stand up.
Yesterday when BNTU National President Luke Palacio met with Orange Walk teachers, he defended their actions saying it isn’t political and that the teachers are being called to be true patriots.
Luke Palacio, BNTU National President:
“Our teachers go beyond the call of duty, our teachers are at school early in the morning because their parents would go to work and they need to drop off their children at school and our teachers are there, our teachers stay back at school after parents who are employed and knock off at five o’clock and six o’clock because their children are still at school...”
Godwin Hulse Says Senate Regulations Calls For A Government Majority
The debate whether there should be an investigation into the findings of the Auditor General’s special audit on immigration led by a Bi-Cameral Joint Select Committee or a Senate Select Committee is over. The Church, Chamber of Commerce, Unions and even the Government are supportive of the Opposition’s proposal. But, it’s not all game. There is now controversy over the make-up of the investigative body. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet prefer 3 Government Ministers along with 3 Social Partners reps and 1 Opposition. The Opposition does not agree and has called for there to be one representative from the Government and Opposition, and three from the social partners. Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse commented on the matter, saying all Senate regulations call for a Government majority.
Master's Of The Road, A Huge Success
The annual Masters of the Road competition hosted by Muffles Junior College kicked off earlier this evening in the centre of town and saw the participation of almost half of the student body. The race officially commenced at 3:45 p.m. where approximately one hundred eighty five students, each representing their respective sporting teams took off from the starting line with one aim…to become the 2016 Masters of the Road Champs.
Arturo Acosta – Organizer, MJC:
“This year the competition was intense we have some very fit students as you can see they did the race like in half an hour so the competition was very fair this year. Muffles is known to develop the full person and the physical aspect of the person is important so we give them a chance to express their talent as you see we have some very good talented students here when it comes to physical activity and during the September celebration everybody is in a festive mood so this is how we celebrate we do something healthy and so we give them the chance to do that. This year we had the biggest turn out that we’ve ever had, we had about 185 athletes competing and that is about half of our school and that was excellent and we like the participation and that is how we celebrate.”
Bus Owners Discusses Affecting Issues With Authorities
The Minister of state in the Ministry of Transport met today with Northern Bus Owners to discuss and address issues affecting the Public Transportation industry in this area. The meeting was held in Belmopan and was attended by Minster Edmund Castro and Chief Transport Officer Tirsio Galvez along with several Northern Bus owner.
The meeting held this morning is part of a nationwide review and restructuring of the transport industry, including the rationalization and regularization of rates, as well as the improvement of the quality of service provided to the public.
Several changes and adjustments were proposed in today’s meeting which will be taken to Cabinet and the transport Board for finalization and implementation.
OWTC To Recognize Members Of The Community
In keeping with the September celebration spirit, the Orange Walk Town Council will be hosting its fourth award ceremony under the management and office of Mayor Kevin Bernard in which prominent and hard-working individuals from the community will be recognized. This year the awards were divided into two categories including the Patriotic Servants Award and the Mayor’s Award.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place tomorrow at the town hall commencing at 2:00 in the afternoon where all recipients will be formally acknowledged in the presence of the organizers as well as invited guests.
Kevin Bernard – Mayor, Orange Walk Town:
“Every year ever since I become Mayor of this town we have decided to award Citizens with the patriotic servants award and we also identified individuals that they believe have contributed to the community or assisted the council in one way or the other and I give them the Mayors’ Award....”
Its Official, BNTU Will Demonstrate On Monday
The Belize National Teacher’s Union made it official today – they WILL be holding a demonstration in the city of Belmopan on Monday September 19th – just two days before the 35th anniversary of Independence celebrations.
The BNTU and the Barrow Administration have been at loggerheads over the payment of a 3% salary increase to their members. The third payment was due July, but Government missed that due date and in August, they sent signals that they won’t be able to pay it when the Prime Minister proposed to push it back until next year. But Monday’s demonstration has nothing to do with Government’s proposed delay for that salary adjustment and the Union’s demand for the payment to be made. Today the President of the Belize National Teacher’s Union Luke Palacio came to town to address the members and discuss their new campaign for an end to corruption and reform and why it may just take the efforts of the teachers to clean up things. Palacio then held a press briefing and told us more.
Application for Appeal of Section 53 Filed by Churches
Paperwork to appeal the controversial Section 53 ruling has been filed at the registry of the Supreme Court of Belize. The Office of the Attorney General of Belize has filed an application to partially appeal Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s ruling on Section 53. The Government’s application to appeal solely deals with the word “Sex” and […]
Freak Accident Leads to a Welder’s Demise
A number of Corozal residents were left in shock last night when a man lost his life is what has been described as a freak accident. Residents had gathered at the Corozal Town Central Park for what was called “College Night” but before the festivities got underway, a freak accident claimed the life of forty […]
Soca Moca HQ Collapses on Carnival Eve
This afternoon, a house on Dolphin Street, Belize City, fell due to heavy damages sustained during Hurricane Earl. The house was the base used for the Carnival Group, Soca Moca. Seven people lived in the house, five adults and two children. Five of them were inside and sustained injuries when the house fell. The house […]
A Fearless BNTU Will Abandon Classes to Demonstrate
The teachers will take to the streets of Belmopan on Monday and the Ministry of Education is doing all it can to keep classes open. The Ministry blasted off a release late yesterday evening in which it reminded teachers, especially those who will demonstrate on Monday, that they might not get paid for that day. […]
Teachers Want Int’l Experts to Investigate the Lucas Homicide
In its letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the BNTU made eight requests one of which was to conduct an international investigation into the Danny Mason case including the beheading of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas. The BNTU believes that the Government Ministers and some public officers have apparent connection and involvement in this scandalous matter. But […]
Love Foundation and MIRAB Provide Reprieve to Victims of Earl
Today Mirab partnered with Love Foundation to donate much needed furniture to five families affected by Hurricane Earl. Spokesperson for Mirab, Carla Ayres Musa told us that the initiative is part of a larger campaign called “We are one”. Through this campaign, Mirab plans to donate furniture to more hurricane affected families. Ayres Musa tells […]
Children Rally at the Parish Hall
Several schools were represented this morning at the annual Children’s Rally that makes up a part of the September celebrations calendar. The rally had just under two hours of entertainment and speeches conducted for the primary school students who came out from Wesley, Grace Primary, All Saints, St Luke’s, Holy Redeemer, among others. Minister of […]
Belize Carnival Not Suitable for Children?
A thought provoking post was placed on social media yesterday as it pertains to Carnival and its consumption by children. The post reads, in part, quote, “Carnival is not for children. It glorifies alcohol consumption; it degrades women (with their own participation); it approves sexual harassment and even assault; it promotes inappropriate sexual behaviour. I […]
Song for The People with Frankie Reneau
This weekend will be the busiest one since the September festivities began. There will be celebrations in numerous locations as Belizeans get ready to celebrate in the name of independence. One event that will not require much energy but rather just an appreciative ear for music is the concert, Song for the People, taking place […]
PM Barrow’s niece shot in “weed peddler’s paradise”
Candace Anderson, age not given, the niece of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, was shot while socializing in a yard that the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), in a report on Tuesday, September 14, alleged to be a “weed peddler’s paradise.”
At around 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, two men on a motorbike pulled up to the residence of Arthur Higgs, Sr., on 7th Street in Kings Park. One of the men got off the motorbike and proceeded to the back of the yard where a crowd had gathered.
The unidentified man, of Creole descent, then drew a 9mm pistol and fired three shots, one of which hit Anderson in her right leg.
Anderson, who works in the Financial Supervision Sector Department (FSSD) at the Central Bank of Belize, was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) for treatment by police who arrived on the scene, and has since been listed in a stable condition.
BNTU calls troops to battle in Belmopan
Teachers are not backing down from their plans to hold a massive march on the nation’s capital, Belmopan, on Monday, September 19, in what the militant Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), which has over 3,000 members, says is a national demonstration “to send a message that we are serious about the changes that we are demanding” in a lobby which the union contends is intended to bring “good governance” to Belize.
This evening, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports fired off a 3-page press release taking a firm stance against the closure of schools Monday for the demonstration, which it calls a “strike.” The Ministry contends that there is no labor dispute and as such teachers who do not show up to work without cause can have their salary docked, and principals who suspend classes without proper authorization can face disciplinary action.
School buses will operate as normal on Monday and parents are urged to send their children to school as schools will be open for classes, the Ministry said.
Cayo South monies iced
Cayo South area representative and member of the Opposition People’s United Party, Hon. Julius Espat, has received notification of a decision to freeze his monthly salary of $3,600 which he receives for sitting in the House of Representatives, as well as his allowances of $2,300 for his constituency office and $4,000 as community vote, to support his constituents—a decision which he is threatening to challenge in court along with what he says was an unlawful suspension from Parliament on Friday, August 26.
“I have instructed my attorneys to take the case to Supreme Court so that our case can be heard and so that we know where we stand,” said Espat.
Amandala has confirmed that the Clerk of the National Assembly, Eddie Webster, has sent a letter today indicating that Espat, who was suspended at the last sitting of the House, should not expect his salary at the end of September or the constituency funds usually disbursed at the start of each month.
Teachers issue ultimatum to PM Barrow
Teachers met at an emergency meeting last Thursday to consider what actions should be taken to press the Barrow administration on key demands they have put on the table, including their insistence that the Government should not defer their 3% salary adjustment until next April and their push for a Senate inquiry into the recently unveiled Immigration audits.
Although no official statement has been released by the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), Amandala is reliably informed that a letter is being dispatched to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and if the demands that the teachers have put on the table are not met by Friday, the teachers are likely to stage a demonstration early next week. Last Friday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the press, “I can’t for the life of me fathom how it is the BNTU could be talking about industrial action! There is no dispute!”
Shot in the waist after ambushing Customs officer
A Galen University student, allegedly attempting to shoot and rob a Customs officer, reportedly was shot in the waist after his gun jammed.
According to police reports, today, Thursday, the Orange Walk Customs officer was attempting to make his way into his home at around 8 p.m., Wednesday, when Belmopan resident Nigel Galvez, 21, and another unidentified man ambushed him.
Reports further reveal that Galvez purportedly pointed a firearm at the Customs officer but when he pulled the trigger, the gun jammed.
Thereafter the Customs officer drew his licensed .9mm pistol and shot Galvez once near the waist. Galvez’s alleged accomplice fled the scene.
Outstanding Belizeans honored at Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremonies
The Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts was full to capacity tonight as the pre-Independence anniversary celebrations continued with the annual Tribute to Belizean Patriots.
His Excellency, Governor General, Sir Colville Young, the Head of State, presided over tonight’s ceremony, at which 21 outstanding, sterling individuals were honored, some posthumously, who have contributed to Belize’s national development in various fields.
The Governor General was assisted by members of the Belize Defence Force and the Director of Immigration, Diana Locke. The emcee for the occasion was Police Press Officer, Raphael Martinez.
Among the 19 persons who were awarded with Belize’s Meritorious Service Award was Daniel “Danny” Conorquie, who was honored posthumously.
Jean Glennis Conorquie, Danny’s mother, received the award in his honor.
Belize Volleyball Association presents Team Belize
At a press conference yesterday afternoon at Radisson Fort George Hotel lobby, Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) President, Allan Sharp presented the National Male Volleyball Team that will represent the Jewel in the upcoming FIVB Men’s World Championship Qualification Tournament, being hosted in Belize at the newly completed St. Catherine Academy (SCA) Multipurpose Centre.
Participating teams in the tournament are: Belize, Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. They will compete in a round-robin tournament – 3 matches per day for 7 days, with the top 2 teams qualifying to the Continental Round, from which the top 5 teams go on to the World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria.
Matches are at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. Belize plays the final match at 7:30 p.m. each day, except on Thursday, September 29.
Reality check or blunder in Belize; Pachuca 11-0 Police United
We’re still trying to come to terms with the 11-0 blowout of Police United on Tuesday night at the FFB Stadium, at the hands of Mexican champions Pachuca, who had only managed to win 3-0 at altitude in their home game on August 23 in Pachuca, Mexico. The goals came at the 23rd, 27th, 30th, 35th, 44th, 51st, 69th, 73rd, 79th, 85th and 89th minutes. What went wrong? Is the level of our football in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) so far below that in the rest of CONCACAF, or is there some other explanation? Normally in professional sports, and certainly in the Mexican league, a record setting debacle like what transpired on Tuesday would be seeing some immediate changes in team personnel at the top level.
The statistics (from concacaf.com) show that Pachuca was almost as dominant in Tuesday’s 11-0 shellacking as they were in the 3-0 game a couple weeks ago; but the major difference was in the final score. In Mexico, they took 29 shots to Police United’s 3, and they had 74 per cent possession to Police’s 26 per cent. On Tuesday in Belize, they took 23 shots to Police United’s 5, while they maintained 67 per cent ball possession to Police’s 33 per cent.
As far as we know, the Belizean people showed little concern about the weak performance of those athletes Belize sent to the 2016 Olympic Games last month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A few weeks before the games, this newspaper had tried to motivate the public to investigate and condemn the injustice perpetrated upon our best athlete, the sprinter Kaina Martinez, by the local sports power structure. Disgrace in regional and international sports events weakens our morale and national dignity as a young nation-state. That is why sports matters have always concerned us at this newspaper.
Many years ago, when Belize was still the colony of British Honduras, during the time when we began to think of self-rule and agitate for same, there was a Belizean who fought with great honor in Madison Square Garden in New York City. This was during the mid-1950s, even before we achieved self-government in 1964. But Ludwig Lightburn’s exploits in the United States, even as those of Hankin Barrow and Roy “Slim Terror” Cadle in Panama a few years earlier, gave roots Belizeans pride and confidence in our Belizean selves.
Especially for you, Miss Belize
Especially for you, Miss Belize
With pretty bright eyes, beauty and style, wearing that lovely dress
and beautiful crown, she graciously walks round and around,
Lovely Miss Belize.
As we sit here and see how enchanting she looks, makes us proud
to be Belizeans. Miss Belize — she is the symbol of our heritage,
Miss Belize — she is the symbol of our togetherness, peace and love.
Miss Belize. she is the one that brings pride and joy to all of us
as she represents us abroad.
Miss Belize will reign for years to come, for she is here to stay.
She is in our hearts and in our minds. Lovely Miss Belize.
God has blessed us with this land of the free and Miss Belize.
With pretty bright eyes, beauty and style, wearing that lovely
dress and beautiful crown she graciously walks round and around,
As we sit here and see how enchanting she looks, making us proud
to be Belizeans.
With our own heritage, togetherness, peace and love, God has
blessed us with this land of the free and Miss Belize.
I must say, though, in reference to comments made about Price’s campaign for ‘Christian Democracy’, that back then it was soon figured out to be a farce. For that reason the Public Service Union joined forces with the British Honduras Unions of Teachers (BHUT) to form the TUC or Trade Union Congress which allied itself with the non-Catholic independent unions that supported Phillip Goldson. Pollard’s NFCTU was crumbling and it finally did after the Pauling strike in 1969. It is still historically difficult to understand how Price won the 1969 general elections. But before I stray away, the point I wish to make is that the BNTU was already a powerful force to reckon with in 1966.
I personally feel that the Unions are very skeptical about religion; most of the followers are not pro-Catholic anymore, even though the majority may still be from the Roman Catholic schools. There are today many Government schools and those teachers are more militant than the Catholics….me think so.
OUTLINE – UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION AGAINST CORRUPTION (UNCAC)
According to a summary produced by the group, Transparency International, the United Nations Convention against Corruption’s (UNCAC) main focus is aimed at promoting the prevention, detection, sanctioning and criminalization of corruption. The convention, which was adopted in 2003 by 111 nations, has increased since then to now 177 of the 196 nation states in the world. Belize would be the number 178th nation if the convention is ratified.
While the UNCAC contains eight chapters, generally speaking, it has four core pillars, with emphasis on prevention, criminalization, and more importantly international cooperation, and asset recovery.
Stapled to the convention, is the fundamental principle of accountability and transparency; of citizens and civil society, holding governments, public officials and officers accountable by internationally agreed standards, as it pertains to anti-corruption performance at both the public and private sector level.
Tony Wright’s Belize Musicians past and present launched today
Tony Wright is the author of a book that will forever immortalize Belizean artists and musicians who emerged between the early 1950s and present day.
The book, entitled, Belize Musicians Past and Present, was launched at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, at the Image Factory on North Front Street.
The audience at the event, mostly consisting of celebrated Belizean icons such as Lord Rhaburn, Radiance Thompson and the Super Furia band, among others, today witnessed the launch of a book that is aimed at preserving and promoting Belizean arts and culture.
Yasser Musa, whom Wright credited for providing instrumental support in this endeavor, described Tony Wright as a legendary culture warrior doing everything to preserve a culture that is bombarded by strong external influences.
Welder crushed to death by flagpole
The preparations for this year’s September celebrations will not go without fatality as a welder lost his life while working for one of the ceremonies Thursday night. Juan Carlos Meskita, 40, of Consejo Road, Corozal was installing a metal flag pole at the Corozal Town […]
Several carnival revelers injured when house collapses
Several people were rushed by a number of ambulances to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after a house collapsed where they were making final preparations for tomorrow’s Carnival road march. The incident happened on Dolphin Street in Belize City where the Soca Mocha Mas Band […]
Hulse refuses to be removed as Police Minister; has PM’s blessing
Minister of Police/Senator Godwin Hulse, on Thursday morning, said despite calls from the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) for his removal as police minister, he isn’t going anywhere. “Not because a minister is named in the report means he is guilty man. Give the process […]
Julius Espat loses funds for constituency . Stipend also!
Julius Espat, the People’s United Party (PUP) Area Representative for Cayo South who was unceremoniously removed from the last House Meeting by police, has now been stripped of the funds to run his constituency office and his stipend.. He has also lost his Assemblyman’s stipend. […]
Liberty Children’s home recieves $600 cheque from Tropic Air
Tropic Air, as part of its #TropicGivesBack charitable fundraising campaign, raised over $600 and donated it to the Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville. At a handing over ceremony held on Wednesday, Agatha Valentine represented the Liberty Children’s Home and received the cheque, which was presented by Tropic’s […]
Oceana steps up anti-gillnet campaign
Oceana Belize, as part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of gillnet fishing and promote more sustainable fishing gear, launched a social media component to its “ARE WE DROWNING OUR FUTURE?” campaign entitled “#stopthenets”. The social media component features photographs of Belizean social […]
CDEMA and IDEA International Awarded Silver Medals for Management program
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency ( CDEMA) and the Institute for Development in Economics and Administration (IDEA International), were recently awarded silver medals for their collaborative work in Management for Development Results (MfDR). The award was sponsored by the International Development Bank (IDB) and was presented […]
Russian hackers accuse star US Olympic athlete, Simone Biles of using banned drug
Russian hackers have leaked confidential medical files of star US Olympic athletes, including Simone Biles, the 2016 US Olympic star gymnast who has Belizean roots. A group calling itself “Fancy Bears” has claimed responsibility for the hack of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database. The […]
Cabinet caves- endorses Senate Inquiry
The Government of Belize, after weeks of mounting public pressure, has decided to endorse a Senate-led inquiry into the findings of the Auditor-General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department. In a brief statement issued on Monday, GOB said that it is prepared to support […]
Energy savings to pay for Climate Change adaptation
Savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars in reduced costs which can add up to more profits on the balance sheet, were identified when government and business representatives planned out the financing for measures to help Belize adapt to and to mitigate or buffer the […]
BBR appeals for financial assistance
The Belize Bird Rescue (BBR) Sanctuary is appealing to the public for help so it can continue carrying on the work it does to rescue, rehabilitate and release birds that can survive on their own in the wild. Aside from this, the sanctuary also needs […]
Father arrested for raping 15-year-old daughter
Belmopan police have arrested and charged a man for allegedly raping his 15-year-old daughter! The girl, accompanied by a social worker along with her mother, reported to police that she was raped by her father. The incident allegedly took place sometime in the month of […]
Police charge recruit with unlawful carnal knowledge
A 21-year-old police recruit Constable has been arrested and charged with ‘unlawful carnal knowledge’ upon a 15-year-old girl of Roaring Creek Village. The girl went to Belmopan police in the company of her mother and told investigators that the incident happened on June 3rd. She […]
Traffic accident claims life of family man
Guillermo Molineros Jr., a self-employed man of Pomona Village, Stann Creek district, became the latest victim of a traffic accident on Sunday night. Molineros, originally of Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala, spent most of his life in Belize, where he was educated and later became employed […]
Bus conductor shot dead near home
Raul Medina, 29, a bus conductor was shot to the head, neck, chest and and abdomen at around 9:30 Tuesday night as he was heading to his house on Jabiru Street in the Port Loyola area of Belize City. The incident happened at the corner […]
Now that it has been decided to have a Senate hearing into irregularities at the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality, the stage is set for the most explosive investigation of senior government officers in the history of Belizean politics. The Senate when it begins its hearings will have authority to […]
Strike! BNTU headed to Belmopan
Two weeks after the official opening of the school year, the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) is headed to Belmopan for industrial action against the Government of Belize, despite calls from GOB to not do so. The BNTU announced this week, that teachers are planning […]
PM’s niece shot in leg. Cops say others were intended target
By Marion Ali Assistant Editor Candice Anderson Barrow, the niece of Prime Minister Dean Barrow and daughter of Denise “Sister B” Barrow, is in a stable condition after she was shot in the right thigh shortly after 1:00 Thursday afternoon in Belize City. Anderson, an employee of the Central Bank […]
Bus fares going up in most areas! Down in others
Bus fares will be adjusted countrywide, if not by October first, then in the days to come after discussions involving Minister of Transport, Edmund Castro; officials of the Transport Board; and bus operators from the northern, western and southern routes. Castro told the Reporter on […]
Breaking Belize News
One woman dead after house collapses
A woman who underwent surgery after sustaining severe injuries from being inside a house that collapsed this afternoon on Dolphin street has passed away. The house was hub to the Soca Moca carnival crew. The crew were preparing for their participation in this years […]
P.M. wants meeting with BNTU after demonstration but issues warning
Ahead of this afternoon’s meeting with the Joint Union Negotiating Team and Monday’s planned demonstration in Belmopan the continued education of our children cannot be compromised or halted beyond normal controls. He asked […]
Shooting of P.M.’s niece will not deter crime fight
On Thursday we brought you the early developments in the shooting of Candice Anderson, the 31 year old daughter of Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s sister, chief campaigner and surrogate in the Queen’s Square Division, Denise “Sista B” Barrow. Police today announced that Candice Anderson […]
PM Meets with Utilities and Public Sector Unions
Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow was a busy man today, scheduling back to back meetings with the three unions representing workers from the utility companies this morning and meeting with representatives of the Joint Negotiating Team of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), […]
The PUP needs cooking lessons
The current United Democratic Party (UDP) government is a ship trying to navigate its way through rough and murky waters at this point and unfortunately for them, it seems as if the seas are only going to become increasingly violent as waves of scandals […]
4 kids missing in Belize City; police need your help in finding them
Four children were reported missing00 p.m. that day when classes were over at the Buttonwood bay primary school, the four children did not come home. The children’s names are Keniesha […]
3 detained in connection to shooting of PM Barrow’s niece
Yesterday around 1:30 p.m., police visited the Belize Medical Associates where they saw Candace Anderson, 31, suffering from gunshot wounds to the left leg and abdomen. According to police reports, Candace was inside a yard on 7th Street, Belize City socializing with several persons […]
Cloudy skies on the horizon
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy skies with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms mostly over the South and coastal areas this morning moving inland this afternoon and over the South tonight. Winds will be blowing to the East from 5-15 […]
The teachers need the people and the people need the teachers
The Belize National Teachers Union is demanding action in areas of national interest….going over and beyond their narrow special interest….they have come to realize that pay raise in the context of an increasingly corrupt environment is for naught…the raise is rapidly taken back through […]
Vision Inspired by the People supports BNTU’s national demonstration
The Vision Insired by the People (VIP) issued a release expressing its full support for the Belize National teachers Union (BNTU) national demonstration to protest government’s proposal for the deferral of agreed upon salary increases and also to make demands on burning national issues. […]
The many faces of Belize!
As a traveler, you most probably have had the joy of ticking off a box wherein you try to define what ethnicity you are. I am not going to get into the deep, underlying issues within those definitions, but I can tell you that in Belize, we’d have at least 7 boxes to tick off.
Belize has the Mestizo, Maya, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonites, and Chinese ethnic groups. Although, if our forays into the local schools’ cultural presentations are any indication, we may soon include the North American and Lebanese ethnicities as part of our cultural landscape!
Throw in multiple races/ethnicities, and it’s one big party, or, as we grew up calling it, a MELTING POT! All these fabulous faces make up one incredible population of 350,000 across 8,867 square miles of Belize.
The Heartland of Belize: Blue Creek, Orange Walk and My Visit with Reinland Meats
Just on the border of Mexico and Belize, lies that village of Blue Creek. A town founded by Mennonite settlers over 50 years ago (who had left Chihuahua, Mexico to find land even more remote). The Mennonites have a long history of moving, looking for open land and governments that will leave them to their own way of life.
Once through the gate, the road is beautiful, there is no litter at all…green pastures. Much of that has to do with Quirk #2: Blue Creek Village is all private land. The roads are all built by the community and maintained by the community. Speed limits and traffic regulations of Belize don’t apply here – they set their own.
I headed over to Reinland Meats which is under new ownership for the past four years. Albert Reimer, the owner, is a man passionate about the beef and this land.
I really enjoyed spending time with him…seeing his huge operation and asking about 1000 questions.
I first went through the processing plant. I am from suburban NJ and NYC…my knowledge of animal husbandry and meat production was pretty close to zero.
Belize Climate Resilience Gets a Boost
Belize will strengthen the climate resilience of its energy sector with the help of an $8 million grant from the Global Environment Facility .
The World Bank Board of Directors approved the grant this week.
“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 setbacks to our development progress.”
Belize is located in the direct path of many tropical storms and hurricanes, resulting in many human casualties and widespread infrastructural damage.
The impact of Hurricane Dean in 2007 resulted in $80-100 million in damages, equivalent to 6-8 percent of GDP, and a nearly nationwide power blackout.
Fishermen: Our Best Hope for Abundant Oceans That Feed the World
What is the future for billions of people around the world who depend on seafood for nutrition? Many experts will tell you that wild fisheries collapse is on the rise, and that fishermen are trying to get more from the oceans today, leaving a lot less for the future. If nothing changes more than 80% of fisheries will be in need of recovery by 2030. But this dismal scenario doesn’t need to be our future, and in fact, fishermen and women are our best hope for healthy, abundant oceans that can feed a lot more people.
Secure fishing rights are showing promise on other shores too. In two communities in Belize, illegal fishing dramatically declined, coral reef health improved, and communities saw a better future ahead. Word quickly spread and fishermen demanded more. The government began implementing fishing rights nationwide in June, showing the world that there can be a better tomorrow for fishermen and fish in small-scale, developing world fisheries too. Similar stories of hope are beginning to unfold around the world.
Monday, September 19th, Minister of Education Honorable Patrick Faber has announced that school will go on as normal, 1min. Here in San Pedro Town parents of school children from all institutions are being informed that Monday, September 19th will be a normal school day and the school will be opened as advised by management and the Ministry of Education. While the majority of teachers will not be at the schools due to the protest, there will be personnel present to ensure the students safety.
Miss Belize 2016 Swim Suit Competition, 1.5min.
SUMMER IN BELIZE, 3min.
Aaron Duncan In Belize At More FM Studios, 2.5min.
Go Fish Belize, 2min. Fishing mangroves, and bays on Ambergris Caye in Belize with Steve Lessard, and Capt. Abbie Marin.
Punta Gorda, Belize, 1min. If you like clear water and watching the moon set mingling with the oceans waves, you'll love PG!!
Video from National Geographic that opened the 2016 OurOcean Conference, 6min. This beautiful video from National Geographic opened the 2016 OurOcean conference this morning.
Life on Earth depends on the ocean. A healthy ocean is central to human well being. The ocean feeds billions of people, employs millions of workers, and generates trillions of dollars in the world economy.
EnviroConnect Belize Competition (Season 1, Episode 3), 51min. Green Economy: Alternative Energy Production
Belize 2016, 3min.
Why Belize? Kanantik, 3.5min.
Belize 188.8.131.52., 3.5min.
PRIMARY AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PAY TRIBUTE TO BELIZE, 8min. Students from across the country got a jumpstart on Independence Day festivities, with displays of patriotism and pride in full effect with the annual school Parade. Here in Orange Walk the streets of town were invaded by a sea of red, white and blue as hundreds of students geared up to celebrate the jewel’s birthday.
Spotted Eagle Ray's "Six Pack"- Turneffe Atoll Belize, 2min. Sept 16, 2016 Diving Turneffe Atoll Belize. One minute into the dive to look over the wall and be greeted by the six pack of Spotted Eagle Rays. Great way to start the morning. Dive Site- Jack Barrow
Ambergris Caye, Belize 2016, 4min. Get away to San Pedro, Belize with some road trip friends from Tulsa, OK. The small town of San Pedro is on the island of Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize.