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Today's Belize News: November 3, 2016 #518690
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

Westjet lands in Belize
Canada’s second largest airline, Westjet Airlines, inaugurated its direct service from Toronto to Belize on Saturday morning, October 30. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr and his wife, along with Belize Tourism Board (BTB) director Karen Bevans were the first passengers to disembark from Westjet’s aboard the Boeing 737-700 after it had landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport. Westjet’s representative Linda Dawe, who is also the regional manager for International Airports Caribbean, said the airline was proud to add Belize to its list of destinations and that Westjet would be flying into Belize twice a week from Pearson Airport in Toronto. She said the new service meant that passengers could depart Canada in the morning and be checking into their hotel in Belize by lunchtime, and enjoying warm Belizean sunshine on the beach by early afternoon. She said she was happy that Westjet would be bringing more visitors to Belize, to enjoy our hotels and fine food in our restaurants, and their business would be providing more jobs for Belizeans.

Halloween Movie Night at San Pedro Town Library
While adults were gearing up to attend the biggest Halloween bash of the year, the San Pedro Town Public Library was hosting a Halloween-themed Movie Night on Saturday, October 29th. At 6:30PM, more than 30 children, accompanied by their parents flocked to the library to watch Monster House. Besides watching the Halloween movie, Library Assistant Marlene Coral hosted a mini Halloween Costume Contest. The contest judged three categories of: Most Creative, Scariest, and Cutest. According to Coral, choosing a winner was the hardest part. “Many children came dressed up this year, and there were so many creative costumes to choose from. My team and I had to make hard decisions. Almost everyone who came with a costume left with a prize,” said Coral. While adults were gearing up to attend the biggest Halloween bash of the year, the San Pedro Town Public Library was hosting a Halloween-themed Movie Night on Saturday, October 29th. At 6:30PM, more than 30 children, accompanied by their parents flocked to the library to watch Monster House.

GOB is vindicated for the takeover of IBC and IMMARBE
In a court ruling made on Friday, October 28th by the Supreme Court, the Government of Belize (GOB) was vindicated in the takeover of the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE) and International Business Companies (IBC). The court’s verdict declared illegal the secret contract made by the People’s United Party (PUP), which gave control of the said companies to the Ashcroft Alliance for 25 years. As a result, the court ruling rejected the Ashcroft Alliance’s claim for $90 million for GOB’s take back of the registries. This recent vindication in favour of Belize puts the current administration in a good position and marks a significant triumph for the rule of law and constitution of the country. The country first took control over those registries on June 11, 2013. At that time they were estimated to net the Government $11 million in revenues towards the fiscal budget. When the contract was inspected, it revealed the involvement of a major financial player in Belize – British billionaire Michael Ashcroft. Further inspection into the document stated that the agreement linked back to a company called Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd.

Pets shine at Saga’s Spooktacular Halloween Party
For a little over a decade, the Saga Humane Society in San Pedro Town has been bringing the spirit of Halloween via island pets. The 13th Halloween Spooktacular Party was held at Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar on Sunday, October 30th, where pet lovers dressed their furry friends in creative costumes for an afternoon of fun and fabulous prizes. There were lots of giveaways, great food, drinks and even a piñata for the children to have fun with. Patrons who attended had a great time while supporting a worthy cause. The event began shortly after 2PM and saw attendees with their pets in their best costumes ready for the competition. Owners dressed their pooches as butterflies, princesses, vampires and even as a poop factory. Other activities taking place included a silent auction, raffles, and face painting. Children also had the chance to break open a piñata full of candy. Information was also handed out to continue raising awareness of the services the organization has to offer to the public.

Ambergris Today

Ambassador of Cuba Presents Credentials to Belize
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Belize Her Excellency Lissette Perez Perez presented her credentials to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan on November 1, 2016. Ambassador Perez expressed her pleasure in being in Belize and conveyed her country’s commitment to continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Belize, as well as with the Caribbean Community. The Governor General accepted her credentials, welcomed her to Belize and expressed his gratitude to the Republic of Cuba’s commitment to Belize.

Belize to Honor Stellar Performances in CXC Examinations
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture and the CXC National Committee of Belize congratulate all students who sat the 2016 CXC examinations, especially those that displayed stellar performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). The Twenty-second annual CXC National Awards Ceremony to recognize the outstanding students is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the St. Catherine Academy Auditorium in Belize City. At the Awards Ceremony the CXC National Committee of Belize will present several categories of awards to outstanding students in the 2016 CSEC Examinations. Three hundred sixty-six (366) students will receive CSEC Certificates of Excellence, two (2) will receive Subject Group Awards and thirty-four (34) Individual Subject Awards. The CXC National Committee of Belize will also recognize students who excelled in the 2016 CAPE Examinations. Five (5) student will receive CAPE Certificates of Excellence and three (3) students will receive Certificates of Recognition. Certificates will also be presented to the top performers in thirty (30) CAPE units.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Climate Prediction Center’s Central America Hazards Outlook November 3 – 9
Suppressed rain observed over the interior of Central America during the past week. Poor second season rainfall performance observed over many areas of Central America. An inconsistent rainfall distribution since the beginning of August has resulted in moderate to large seasonal deficits across Central America. While some areas received average to below-average rain during August and September, many regions accumulated well below-average rain during October.

Inauguration Ceremony for August Pine Ridge to Blue Creek and Yo Creek to San Antonio Roads
The General Public and in particular, the media houses are hereby informed of the inauguration ceremonies of the AMS 2010 Feeder Road Rehabilitation Projects – Phase 3 Lot “B” (August Pine Ridge to Blue Creek) and Phase 3 Lot “B2” (Yo Creek to San Antonio), on the 3rd November 2016 at 3:15 p.m. The rehabilitation of the August Pine Ridge to Blue Creek Road (for a length of 13 miles or 20.8 km), and Yo Creek to San Antonio Road (for a length of 3.7 or 5.92 km) at total cost of Euro 9.5 million or BZD$ 21 million was financed by the European Union and the Government of Belize through funds from the Accompanying Measure for Sugar 2010. The August Pine Ridge to Blue Creek Road and Yo Creek to San Antonio Road are of major importance for the agricultural, tourism and social development of Northern Belize. These roads posed additional transportation cost and hardship to farmers because of their deteriorated conditions. The rehabilitation consists of the supply, construction, installation, and completion of the following: Site clearance; culvert and drain construction; provision, transportation, placement and compaction of fill and surface dress (pavement standard) with double and single chip seal.

Ministry of Health Addresses Queries on Public Health Violations at a Belmopan Restaurant
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health through various social media platforms that an eating establishment in the City of Belmopan has been called out for their unsanitary conditions and rodent infestation supported through personal testimony and photographs. The reported conditions of this establishment were investigated by the Public Health Department in Belmopan with support from the Belmopan City Council over a two-day period on October 4th and 5th, 2016. The restaurant was found to be in violation of several public health infractions, namely unsanitary conditions and rodent infestation. Immediately a closure was effected on the establishment ordering it to conduct thorough cleaning and sanitization of the restaurant and control of rodents. After several checks over the course of the two days, the establishment had complied with the recommendations of Public Health and was reopened. The owner was notified that follow-up monitoring would continue to ensure the problem was resolved.

Port Area of Belize City experiencing Flooding Wednesday

Burrell Boom residents need the road to be fixed
A resident of Burrell Boom wrote to say " I live in burrell boom by the horse track area for 4 years and I was asking for some help an no help come to us about our road. The problem is that students, parents and adults have to walk in dirty water to go to school an jobs. And upon returning home they have to do it a second time for the day, everyday. We really need help. There are two big holes on the road so it is so difficult for small cars to pass. Perhaps if you post the pictures on your page someone in authority will be shamed into helping the residents of my area."

Belize Fishing Report, Weeks of October 23rd – October 29th, 2016
The first annual Jim Klug photography school was a great success with anglers having a mix of fishing and expeditions combined with classroom study with Jim, Jess, and Bryan. Jim is the founder of Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures as well as a well-published photographer. The tarpon were around but not quite as ready to eat as last week. (which goes flies against the small moon is better theory) Jimmy got a few, Steve landed 2 in a day, Lisa added 2 more to last week’s fish total, Pete had a big one on for all the hard part but the 50-pound fish came unbuttoned on a late jump.

BHA Accommodation Guide 2017
The Belize Hotel Association has released their 2017 Hotel Accommodation Guide online. It looks professional, and Cayo starts on page 27.

BTIA Belmopan Expo
Please come and join us at the BTIA Belmopan Expo at the Blue Moon on Saturday. We will be raffling a gorgeous BBR Gift Pack, plus we have our usual education display and information on our organisations' work and on Rock Farm Guest House, which is now supporting BBR. It should be a great fun day out for the whole family!

SBDCBelize in collaboration with the department of General Sales Tax (GST) is facilitating a workshop called "BASICS OF GST". The workshop will be conducted by two members of the GST Department who have expertise in the field. Presented by: Mr. Jason Emmanuel and Ms. Genevie Jones. Post/Teaching Description: GST Officer and Supervisor Tax Payer Service. Location: BTEC Building, ITVET Compound, Free Town Road, Belize City. Workshop Date: November 10th, 2016. Time: 9am to 12noon. FREE OF COST! Includes refreshments.

Institute for Social and Cultural Research Visits Galen University
Today, our Research and Educ. Officers were invited by Galen University, Belize to give a presentation on Finados in Belize. The presentation highlighted the tradition's history, associated rituals, and factors that have affected its continuity in Belize.

Cayo Cancer Walk 2016
There was a huge turnout for the Cayo Cancer Walk. Picture album 1 and album 2.

Artisan Fair
In front of the US Embassy front gate. Tuesday, November 15, 10am til 2pm

San Pedro House of Culture's Dia de los Finado postponed
Kindly note that due to inclement weather forecast for the rest of this week, the San Pedro House of Culture's Dia de los Finados scheduled for today November 2nd, 2016 has been postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Kindly share with family and friends.

Riverside Tavern Halloween Monster Bash 2016

Channel 7

Cop Detained For Murder Of City Man
Tonight, a police officer is detained for questioning in the murder of 25 year old Belize City resident Jeon Peebles. Peebles family claims that he was last seen with two police officers who took him the night before he was found executed – quite a distance from home - on the Boom-Hattieville road. Today Southside Commander Chester Williams confirmed that one officer is being investigated:… ACP Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division South: "Yes we have one officer in custody who we believe was one of the officers who picked him up. That information though is yet to be confirmed and the allegation that you're saying that information is that two officers did pick him we have received that as well and that is the basis on which the officer has been detained and Mr. Cowo as I said who is assisting the rural with investigation has been busy interviewing that officer and other officers who were working that night to be able to ascertain if in fact the officer or any other officer is involved in the detention and subsequent death of Mr. Peebles."

"Chicken Dread" Drops Complaint Against "Douggie"
For the past two days – we've been telling you about the dispute between PUP driver Paul Ferguson, and Douglas Grant – who is John Saldivar's right hand man. Ferguson made a complaint alleging that Grant had pulled a gun on him on Sunday morning in front of Sit and Sip nightclub. At the time, Ferguson insisted that regardless of the complaint, police would not bring charges because Grant is a well-connected UDP:… Jules Vasquez, 7News: "Have you made a complaint to say that this person pulled a firearm?" Paul "Chicken Dread" Ferguson, Alleged Victim of Aggravated Assault: "Of course I did." Jules Vasquez, 7News: "And has any action been taken?" Paul "Chicken Dread" Ferguson, Alleged Victim of Aggravated Assault: "Well you and I know that nothing ain't going to happen."

Chester Says Cops Could Continue With Prosecution
But attorney Chester Williams said that police still could try and push the matter for the very public display of what might be called "gondolero" behaviour: ACP Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division South: "The truth is the person who is the victim of as crime do have the right to decide whether or not they want to pursue that charge or charges before the court of law and if the victim in the matter decide that they do not want to pursue the police has one of two options. One the police can still proceed with charges and have the complainant go to court and withdraw the matter or the police can get a further statement from the complainant, attach it to the case file, send it to the DPP and let her decide whether or not they will still continue with charges against the individual." A significant number of cases are dropped on a regular basis for the want of a complainant.

A Rat In The Restaurant? Or Was Chen's Chanced?
How safe and sanitary is your neighbourhood restaurant? It's probably something that's lurking in the back of your head, but you'd rather not think too much about it, since there's only so much you can do, and, really, it's the job of the Public Health Department. Well, one concerned citizen just wasn't going to take things for granted, and she reported the Belmopan fast-food spot, Chen's Restaurant, to the Ministry of Health. In early October, she posted some pictures of rats, which she says were seen inside the Restaurant's kitchen area. The concern it generated on Facebook, prompted the Public Health Officials and the Belmopan City Council to act, and the Belmopan Public Health Department inspected the business place. They inspected the Restaurant, and they did find unsanitary conditions, and a rodent infestation. They forced the Restaurant owner to close for 2 days, while she took steps to deal with the sanitary infractions. Even though it happened almost a month ago, it's a rare occurrence and when we learned of it today we asked Principal Public Health Inspector, John Bodden about what they found:

Modiri Versus Paumen, Round Two
In the past few months, the Bradley Paumen Saga has gone sort of dormant while the criminal prosecution wends its way through the court system. in January of this year, the American tour operator, who owns the Dark Night Tour Company, was accused of hatching a plan to murder his neighbour, Iranian-American Businessman Michael Modiri, and 3 of associates, including his bodyguard and his attorney. But, while Paumen faces a number of criminal charges, for which Modiri is the main complainant, these two are locked in a private war, waged in the civil court and at ground zero in Franks Eddy Village. The problem is and has been that as landowners, they can't get access to their properties without stepping on each other's toes. Modiri sued Paumen in the Supreme Court and won when the court determined that Paumen was trespassing on his land to run his million-dollar tour guide operation. Modiri was awarded 300 thousand dollars in damages and compensation for that dispute, which Paumen has to pay. Also, the Gaspar Vega-led Ministry of Natural Resources got a slapdown judgment when the court ruled that they improperly acquired Modiri's land for a public purpose. As we reported, because the Government acquired Modiri's land, it allowed Paumen to build an access road, which he uses to ferry his cruise guests from the cruise ship to his Dark Night operation.

Swift Says She Got Swindled Out Of Her Retirement Dream By Con-Man Contractor
Gloria Swift is a Belizean American, who planned to spend her retirement in Belize. She saved her money and invested it into a house in Bermudian Landing. That's hundreds of thousands of dollars, left in the hands of a local contractor who she instructed to buy and build quality. But, she ended up with a white elephant – and says the contractor conned her. Today Alex Courtenay visited her to get the story: Gloria Swift has had plans to move back to her hometown of Bermudian Landing from the US for over a year now. During that time, Swift hired contractors to build her a home, some guest houses and a learning and enrichment centre for the children in her community. Swift, a lifelong educator, told us why this was so important to her...

Contractor Says Swift Was Too Hasty
Of course, there are two sides to every story – and we spoke to the Contractor Ben Betancourt this evening. He says it's not a matter of quality or conning anyone, it's about time, which Swift didn't give him enough of:… Benigo Betancourt - Contractor: "She gave me one project, it was one house and her sister in law gave me one so it was two houses. That project contract was signed for the 7th of June in 2016; from 2015 to 2016. In that period of time she added a huge amount of project I think she added about four different project with the one thing and she demanded me to finish the entire compound with the same 4th of June. If she really read the contract; the thing is I'm glad because if she really read the contract once you give somebody a contract to build a house and if you even add on an extra step you need to give that person a week.."

No Eyewitness Statements For "Jaro" Murder
Police may be forced to release three suspects in the murder of 37 year old George "Jaro" Young. Young was killed on Saturday on South Creek when he was in the barber's chair. The Southside commander says they are having a hard time collecting statements from witnesses… ACP Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division South: "Yes we had detained about three persons in respect to that murder but again we always encounter that stumbling block where people are reluctant to give statements to the police as to what they have witnessed when a crime is committed and so we are at the hurdle right now that we are trying to cross and we have not been able to."

Police Use Carrot and Stick: Mediation And Raids
But, in this case policing isn't just about making arrests; it's about making sure there's no further retaliation. The rivalry between South Creek/North Creek and Antelope Streets has been simmering and today police intervened and acted decisively to quell the violence: ACP Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division South: "We were engaged in mediation today and the mediation had to do with the space of shooting we have been in the Antelope Street, South Creek, North Creek area and again yes we get with the different groups with a view to assist them to come to some amicable solution to the problem. Both sides made commitments that they will do their best to ensure that the shooting stop but not withstanding that I will say that our police presence in the area will continue. This morning we went in the area and we brought in elements from the SPU and elements from the MIT along with our strike team and we did operations in the area which was geared at targeting those persons who we believe are involved as well as to conduct searches for firearm and drugs in the area because we have come to understand that the reason behind the shooting is a war over a turf to sell drugs. So we want to see how we can assist in trying to eliminate that issue."

Police: Conch Shell Fire Tragedy Was Not Arson
A two year old perished in a house fire six days ago, and tonight police are denying reports that it was arson. Kaylee Alvarez was trapped inside the house in Conch Shell Bay, and the fire enveloped her room before anyone could get to her. It is a tragedy made much worse by speculation that someone set the fire. Today, Commander Williams addressed that report:… ACP Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division South: "I will say at this time we have no evidence to suggest that it was an arson; from all indications it is a fire, we are still trying to determine how it was started and the fire department is working closely on that to be able to ascertain what is the cause of the fire and where on the building is the point where the fire had started but the video you all were told about of a person running away from the fire scene, that video has been examined, it did in fact exists but that video has been countered with other videos to reflect that the person in that video was not present on that fire scene when the fire started."

Mentally Ill Man Run Over In Corozal
A mentally ill man was knocked run over by a bus in Corozal Town last night. 22 year old Javier Luis Chan allegedly ripped off someone's license plate right in downtown Corozal and was running off with it when two men set chase. Police saw the commotion and joined in. Chan was trying to escape and ran directly in front of an oncoming 47 seater Morales bus. He survived the massive impact, but the head and body injuries were too much, and he died shortly after at the Corozal Town Community Hospital. Police have served the bus driver with a notice of intended prosecution and have impounded the bus. They await the instructions of the DPP on whether they will bring charges.

Aunt Accidentally Runs Over And Kills Young Nephew In Span. Lookout
A 4-year-old boy was run over and killed by his aunt at their home. Yesterday evening around 5:00, 23 year old Elnora Kornelsen turned unto the driveway at their Spanish Lookout house when she crushed her little nephew, Kyson Braun. Kornelsen didn’t see the boy. Police say that there is a slope on the driveway and that maybe the boy was hidden behind it. Kornelsen has been served with a notice of intended prosecution. The family does not want to press charges but police say they will be sending the file to the DPP’s office.

Court For Copycat Customs Officer
Miguel Angel Manzanilla from Corozal Town may have wanted to dress up as a Customs Officer for Halloween, but instead he is facing criminal charges. As we told you on Monday, Manzanilla was caught wearing a customs uniform – which it turns out he had stolen from a neighbor’s clothesline. Manzanilla was stopped at a checkpoint in Ladyville where he told police he is a customs officer – but they sensed something amiss (maybe the shorts?) – and took him in for questioning. That’s where his ruse was revealed, and he has now been charged for committing a mischievous act.

Courtney And The Canine Cops
We regularly report on the countless GSU and Strike Team drug and gun busts on the news. But there is one other police unit that has its own unique way of sweeping the streets. And that is the K-9 Unit, a team of highly trained dogs who use their noses and their instincts to do what human cops could never do. Courtney Weatherburne put them to the test: Amigo is a German Shepard. He is 4 years old. He might look like just a beautiful guard dog, but he is far from ordinary, he is a K-9 officer. The Unit has 7 police dogs that are all highly trained to detect drugs, guns and explosives. And like any other officer, they work along with a partner.

Cops Take A Walk On The Southside
In Belize City’s southside, the top dog is Commander Chester Williams. Today he took his meet and greet tour to Albert street, and the surrounding areas, which is the country’s commercial hub. And while that sounds grand, the truth is, there are a lot of small businesses in the downtown areas, each with its won very specific security concerns. Williams told us more:…

Southside Will Train On Northside, Sometimes
But will southside police be staying in their zone when it comes to the brand new training unit opened up yesterday on the northside? We had to ask that same question yesterday when the commanders of northside and rural showed up at the opening while the soutshide commander was conspicuously absent. We asked Williams if there’s some kind of boycott…

Minister's Daughter Unharmed In Major Highway Collision
An accident on the western highway this evening had commuters backed up for miles, and for hours. It happened near mile 21 before Rockville when a large SUV hit the back wheel of the bus. The SUV was driven by Boots Martinez’s daughter Stacey Martinez – who was unhurt. There were no fatalities, and but traffic was stuck for over two hours. The accident happened at about a quarter to five, and traffic just started moving at 7:15. We’ll have more details tomorrow.

Swampland City Flooded Fast
We saw schoolchildren and dogs struggling on Dean Street, and just getting into the city on the Western Highway was not an easy feat for small cars. And on Waight Street, this Camry left a wide Wake to the street which was opened like a river mouth. The rain fell from before dawn to until around 9:00 am – but it reached its height around 8:00 am, and by 10:00, the water had mostly run off.

The US Presidential race is running red-hot in the states right now, and most of us can only stand by and watch as bemused bystanders. But, Belize’s name got pulled into the campaign in a most unexpected way today. That’s after a newspaper called the Crusader endorsed Donald Trump. It’s described as the official newspaper of the racist organization known as the Klu Klux Kan, or KKK. And what does that have to do with Belize? Well, the paper says it is online at “kkk – dot – bz,” meaning they are registered using the Belize domain name. We contacted a principal of the private company who sells the domain and he told us the “KKK” is registered in many other domains all over the world. He says it is not the job of the registry to screen what is objectionable and what isn’t. And while the tech types can always be morally ambiguous, the only good part of this whole deal is that the site isn’t working – so the address leads nowhere.

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Channel 5

Chicken Dread and Dougie Bury the Hatchet…
A politically charged fracas that ensued outside of a popular Belize City nightclub on Sunday morning between two political opponents has been settled.  Footage of the disturbance outside of Sit [...]

…But, Will Douglas Grant Still be Charged for Firearm Offense?
The complaint by Ferguson was withdrawn on Tuesday evening after he agreed with Grant not to proceed with the criminal matter. This afternoon, ACP Chester Williams explained the possible scenarios. [...]

What is the Fate Press Office Director Dorian Pakeman?
There is another case involving another political operative. It involves Dorian Pakeman, the Director of the Government’s Press Office. Pakeman hit and killed Gardenia resident, Dean Dawson.  Pakeman was driving [...]

A Cop is Detained in Jeon Peebles’ Murder
A cop is tonight in custody of his colleagues in connection with the execution style murder of Belize City resident Jeon Peebles. The twenty-five year old father of one was [...]

Police Won’t Confirm Arson in Tragic Death of Kaylee Alvarez
Police are no closer to determining the cause of the fire that claimed the life of two year old Kaylee Alvarez last Thursday in the Conch Shell Bay Area. As [...]

Belize City Motorist Succumbs to Fatal Traffic Accident One Week Later
The family of thirty-eight-year-old Rafael Marin is tonight mourning his untimely death following a traffic accident last Thursday night. The father of two was knocked down by a motorcycle in [...]

Javier Chan Perishes in RTA in Corozal Town
There is another traffic fatality. Police are investigating a traffic accident on Tuesday night in Corozal Town that claimed the life of twenty-two year old Javier Luis Chan. According to [...]

OCEANA Hosts Seismic Consultations in Belize City
There does not appear to be much of a debate on the issue of seismic testing in Belize’s offshore waters – at least, not if you ask the environmentalists, who [...]

OCEANA VP Says Legislation for Moratorium is a Firmer Option
As we reported, the Cabinet met last week to consider the plans for legislating the moratorium on activities related to offshore exploration for petroleum and conditions for lifting that moratorium. [...]

TGS and Its Relationship with G.O.B. Goes Back Years
For many, the company conducting the testing, TGS, came out of nowhere. But OCEANA’s Janelle Chanona reported that its relationship with the Government has been long-standing and it is clear [...]

Bradley Paumen and Michael Modiri: Unresolved Land Dispute
Businessman Michael Modiri and tourism stakeholder Bradley Paumen share a history of enmity over access to private lands in Franks Eddy Village.  Earlier this year, Paumen, along with several others, [...]

Public Health Department Cracks Down on Rodent Infested Belmopan Restaurant
The Ministry of Health has responded to concerns raised on social media about Chen’s Restaurant, an establishment in the Water Reservoir Area of Belmopan. Patrons and residents of the area [...]

Justin Hyde to Stand Trial for Attempted Murder
Twenty-one-year-old Justin Hyde, the man accused of shooting up his neighbour’s house in Belize City, will have to stand trial at the Supreme Court for two counts of attempted murder. [...]

Phillip Willoughby Opens Up About Beef with Raymond Rivers
Last Wednesday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams openly invited Raymond Rivers to a sit-down at the Raccoon Street Police Station, following a series of inflammatory social media posts made [...]

Hurricane Victims Receive NEMO Assistance Following Overnight Downpour
Hurricane Earl struck Belize on August third causing substantive damages to properties in the city and elsewhere. And despite all efforts to bring relief to families affected, many are still [...]

NEMO Hurricane Assistance Program Broken Down
Since embarking upon its Hurricane Earl relief initiative, NEMO has been criticized by residents who have been affected by the natural disaster and have not been visited by ministry personnel.  [...]

Chester Explains His Absence from Eastern Division North Activities
On Tuesday night, we showed you the opening of a training facility at the Eastern Division North. And noticeably absent was top cop Chester Williams. At today’s weekly meet and [...]

Meet and Greet on Albert Street
As we said, we caught up with Commander of the Eastern Division South Chester Williams and his officers on their weekly meet and greet in Precinct One in the downtown [...]

Belize City Police Mediate with Rival Gangs
In recent weeks, there has been a spate of shootings and murders across the city. It is believed that these have resulted from turf wars on the south side, namely [...]

Louisiana National Guard and B.D.F. Celebrate 20 Years of Partnership
On Tuesday, the Belize Defence Force and the Louisiana National Guard reached a milestone in their state partnership program. It has been twenty years since Louisiana and Belize have been [...]

GISCAD in Belize; Hosts Geospatial Conference
Advantage, Trimble, Digital Globe, AutoDesk, SCI are geospatial engineering companies that provide top of the line tracking hardware and software to public and private sector companies for cross-effective solutions. Through [...]


Corozal Resident Crushed By Morales Bus
A young Corozal Town resident was crushed by a bus yesterday evening. The incident took place on 1st Street, almost in front of the Corozal Police Station. Twenty two year old Javier Luis Chan ran onto the street and in front of an incoming Morales bus. The bus, driven at the time by Alberto Luis Cowo, could not halt in time, and hit Chan and ran over him. The Police are investigating and have impounded the Morales bus for the time being. According to their preliminary investigations, Chan ran onto the streets because he was being chased by two male persons from the direction of 7th Avenue. The two men were attempting to apprehend Chan because he had reportedly broken someone’s windshield.

Taxistas To Pay Taxes
At a meeting held on October 21st, the Corozal Town Council informed taxi drivers that they would have to pay a new trade license fee in order to operate in town. The rule would even apply to taxi drivers from the rural areas who come to town to operate. Following the meeting we tried to confirm the news with Mayor Hilberto Campos, but he did not make that possible. Today, we finally got an interview with the Traffic Manager, Richard Quan, who confirmed the introduction of the new fee. Richard Quan - Traffic Manager, Corozal Town Council: “The trade license is actually the taxis in the town, the coop or the Union they will be paying one hundred dollars per year to do their service in town and the freelancers outside they will be paying one hundred and fifty dollars to do their service in town.”

Minor Traffic Accident In Center Of Corozal
There was a minor traffic accident downtown Corozal Town at the corner of 2nd Street and 5th Avenue. A Blue in colour Toyota Prado with Belmopan license plates collided into a white in colour Nissan Rogue with Belize City plates. The driver of the Prado was visibly furious following the collision and accused the other driver of not stopping at the stop sign. Traffic officials and the Police were at the scene carrying out their investigations and will determine whether to charge anyone for any infractions committed.

Belize Progressive Party Stays Without Treasurer
Serious internal problems in the Belize Progressive Party has resulted in the resignation of two senior members of the most recently formed political party. Bobby Lopez confirmed reports today that he had resigned as Treasurer for the BPP with a press release indicating that the Party was not moving in a direction that he agreed with. Lopez, who was once a member and candidate for the Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) had switched to BPP when it formed in October 2015. The BPP had shown promise when in April of this year, Dr. Louis Zabaneh came onboard as their Sustainable Human Development advisor. Well, it appears the relationship was not sustainable since there are reports that Dr. Zabaneh has opted out of the BPP also.

Traffic Manager Freelancers To Join Unions and Cooperatives
Earlier we told you about the Corozal Town Council’s imposition of a new trade license fee for taxi drivers. The Council also held a meeting today but it wasn’t to discuss that fee – that’s a done deal. Today’s gathering was for the taxi operators to bring up concerns to the Council’s attention. Traffic Manager Richard Quan told us more about the meeting and how the Council plans to address the issues raised. Richard Quan, Traffic Manager, Corozal Town Council: “Well the Unions and taxis are very courteous and everybody conducted themselves nicely and the concern was let us work together the taxi drivers and Unions work together because when you stop in one taxi area you are messing up all the other taxi brothers so what we are trying to do is that every month to have a meeting with them to keep the communication with them and we go a longer way and we are asking each one of them to all the freelancer to either join a cooperative or Union so that we can be more organize and more control of the freelancers or control of them it is not mandatory to join but it will control them and they will have more respect and to abide by the rules and the regulations when they are in Unions.”


Faber Says Time’s Up; Deductions to Be Made From Teachers’ Salaries in November
Each month the management of pre, primary and secondary schools who are either fully funded or subsidized by the Ministry of Education are required to submit their paysheets for their teachers by the first Wednesday so as to have them processed in time. As you would recall, the Ministry of Education had announced last month […]

Stalemate Persists with Education Minister and BNTU President
As we mentioned earlier, the BNTU and the Education Minister were to meet to discuss the ministry’s proposal to have the teachers’ strike fund used to pay the teachers who went on strike as well as the possibilities of having teachers make up the time lost in the classroom. BNTU’s President, Luke Palacio refused to […]

Consultations Begin on Making Up For Lost School Days
This morning the Association of General Managers for the pre and primary schools met with officials from the Ministry of Education. When we spoke with the association’s President, Deborah Domingo, she told us this is the first part of a consultation process. DEBORAH DOMINGO “We did get in to discussing ways to assist students in […]

CXC Registrar Says Results Show Increased Competitiveness
Belize has been having stellar performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) recently with students getting more competitive every year in the number of CXCs they are sitting. Yesterday we spoke with the 2016 most outstanding performer for Belize, Rhiki Alegria who spoke about his tactics for good performance. Today we spoke with CXC […]

Government Seeks to Up Penalties for Public Health Infractions
The Ministry of Health is looking to review its public health laws with an aim at strengthening the penalties for non-compliance. The notice of the revision came via a press release that sought to clarify a current discussion on social media. Reports are that in early October, a food establishment in Belmopan was closed down […]

Still No Answers in the Kaylee Alvarez Death by Fire Tragedy
Last week a fire at the Conch Shell Bay area in Belize City took the life of two year old Kaylee Alvarez. The investigation on what may have caused the fire is still ongoing amidst allegations of arson. Today information from the Fire Department stated that they have narrowed down the start of the fire […]

No Progress in Peebles and Jaro Murder Investigations
24-year-old, Jeon Peebles was violently murdered last week. His body was found on October 31, 2016 on a feeder road in Hattieville Village, Belize District. Rural Eastern Division police are still investigating the murder. Today Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams commented on the investigation as information surfaced linking the southside police to Peebles. CHESTER […]

Grant Escapes Remand Following Confrontation with Ferguson
Yesterday we told you of the aggravated assault charge that the Commander of Police’s Eastern Division North, ACP Dezerie Phillips told the media would be levied against Douglas Grant Jr. of Belmopan following an altercation on Sunday morning with Paul Ferguson. Up to news time, that charge had not been levied against Grant and it […]

Woman Raped Inside Her Home
A woman was raped as she was asleep at her home on Saturday night. The 24-year-old woman of Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District reported to police that while she was sleeping, she was awoken by the feel of someone on top of her. Upon waking up she realized that a man was over her and […]

Family Loses Assets to Fire on Military Base
A family living on the BDF Price Barracks lost everything when a fire gutted their house. It happened on Monday and fortunately no one was hurt. Commander of the B.D.F., Brigadier General David Jones told us more. DAVID JONES “Yes we had a fire on the camp; one of our families’ sustained complete damage of […]

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Traffic accident on the George Price Highway
An SUV belonging to Minister Boots Martinez and a Westline Passenger Bus were involved in a collision this evening between Mile 20 and 21 on the George Price Highway. While both vehicles recorded major damages, no fatality occurred and no serious injuries have been […]

Gun and ammunition found in Placencia
Last night around 8:45, police Officers from the Placencia Sub-Formation conducted a search in the Placencia Village Park where officers found a Sentinel DELUXE brand .22 revolver with a brown plastic handle and black metal barrel. The revolver contained three live rounds and four […]

Weed found in San Ignacio
Yesterday morning around 8:30, police conducted a search in a bushy lot, situated on Tech Street, San Ignacio Town, where officers discovered a black plastic bag, hidden under dry leaves, which contained Cannabis. No one was in the area at the time. The drugs […]

Young woman raped by cousin in Dangriga
A 24-year-old woman visited the Hopkins police station on Saturday morning and reported that while she was at her home in Hopkins Village, she was sleeping in her bedroom when she was awakened by someone who was covering her mouth. She further stated that […]

Traffic accident in Corozal claims one life
Last night around 7:30 while Sgt. Everon Teck Sr. was walking on 1st Street North heading towards the Police Station he saw two men chasing a man from the direction of 7th Avenue to the direction of 5th Avenue. The man that was being […]

Two new roads in northern Belize to be inaugurated
Two needs roads, August Pine Ridge to Blue Creek and Yo Creek to San Antonio, will be inaugurated tomorrow. The $21 million project was financed by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Belize. The project saw the rehabilitation of the August Pine […]

Ministry of Health addresses reports of unsanitary Belmopan restaurant
The Ministry of Health, this morning, issued a press release informing that through social media platforms, it has become aware of a restaurant in Belmopan that has been called out for unsanitary conditions and rodent infestation supported through personal testimony and photographs. The Public […]


Top Travel Photos and Videos of Belize for October 2016
October has come and gone and while it may not have been as festive as September, it was a spectacular month for adventurous travelers. Visitors and locals alike made their way to various destinations within the country of Belize, to explore the Mayan Temples, dive among the inhabitants of the Caribbean Sea, and simply enjoy the beautiful beaches that the country has to offer. With so many travel related posts on Instagram featuring Belize this past month, it was definitely no easy task choosing our favorites. Thousands of travel photos and videos were taken, that highlighted the beauty of Belize during the month of October and here's our list of the Top Travel Photos and Videos of Belize for October 2016:

Belize Age of Consent
The Age of Consent in Belize is 16 years old. The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger in Belize are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape or the equivalent local law. Belize statutory rape law is violated when an individual has consensual sexual intercourse with a person under age 16. Belize does not have a close-in-age exemption. Close in age exemptions, commonly known as “Romeo and Juliet laws” in the United States, are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent. Because there is no close-in-age exemption in Belize, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare. Similarly, no protections are reserved for sexual relations in which one participant is a 15 year old and the second is a 16 or 17 year old.

Food Fantasy at Casa Picasso Restaurant
Still going strong since the Friday before Halloween and bringing you Party number 6. Without a doubt Casa Picasso has the top 2 key ingredients of a great party locked down for their annual season kick off event. Absolute heaven each and every one – several times over. We also had the best spot in the house – entrance area bar. It was nice and cool, we got to say hi to everyone coming and going. Most importantly it was a prime stop on the wait staff route. Drinks were also part of the mix and they had the usual extended bar in the back room. This years signature cocktail for the party was the “Endless Summer.” Being a beach boys fan I totally would have gone for a virgin version. Unfortunately star bartender Jason said it would not translate. He knows my beverage style and immediately hit the mark suggesting a lime spritzer and told his crew to hook me up.

Cayo Rosario On the Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye: Development that Should Not Happen
There is a small island on the gorgeous, practically untouched leeward side of Ambergris Caye. leeward-side-of-the-island A few acre caye that has long been a well known rookery for all types of native and migrating birds – from cormorants to gorgeous bright pink roseate spoonbills. It has always been locally knowns as one of the “Bird Cayes” and was thought, for years, to be protected land or “Crown Reserve”. This caye is Cayo Rosario – just behind Ambergris Caye on the leeward side. One of the cayes part of the chain of spectacular pink sandbars, one of the cayes crucial to the flyfishing guides and flyfishermen that spend millions on Ambergris Caye each year. Just last week, a development plan was announced for this caye. Sure they are only drafts…but 90 over the water structures in a marine reserve? Cayo Rosario is an environmental gem, how it quite suspiciously switched from public lands to private hands, how the proposed development plan within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is absolutely OUTRAGEOUS and how the developers of this plan have a track record that we need to consider before the GOB allows them to develop anything in this country.

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A Family Beach Vacation That Puts Love to the Test
A multigenerational trip to an island in Belize tries to do the impossible: Make everyone happy. After Australia, Belize offers the second-best diving in the world. The barrier reef is so close to San Pedro’s beach that we could see it from our resort, and at some properties on the northern part of the island, you can swim right up to the reef from the hotel. None of us could scuba, but the snorkeling, which you can arrange to do through two dozen different outfits in San Pedro, was fabulous enough for anybody. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a half-hour boat ride from the shore—a short trip for an immense experience: Angelfish and parrotfish and spotted eagle rays drift over brain coral, while lobsters and moray eels tuck themselves into the rocks. The beauty of diving off Ambergris Caye is that you’ll find hundreds of spots nearly as good as Hol Chan. They are all short boat rides away, with most comfortably protected from the ocean swell, and so appropriate for all levels of swimmers. Everyone, of every generation, I imagine, would love swimming with sea turtles. We had to take a much more drawn-out journey to reach the ruins of Lamanai, in the center of Belize—a long boat ride then a protracted bus ride then another lengthy boat ride. The ruins at Lamanai are extensive and gorgeous, and provide that strange sense of futility that only abandoned cities overgrown with jungle provide. Belize was inhabited by a million and half people before the collapse of Mayan high culture in the 10th century. Now, as we walked around the ruins, howler monkeys overlooked streets once ruled by kings, a boa constrictor curled up at the base of a tree growing in the middle of a street, and a red tarantula, as big as a fist, wandered the clearing in front of the main temple.

'It felt like something was gnawing at me': Man describes seeing flesh-eating parasite ravaging his own skin
A man has described seeing a flesh-eating parasite ravaging his own skin. Mark Ward, a retired firefighter from Prescott, Arizona, was in Belize with his wife Janina when he started to notice small pin-sized spots all over his body. Assuming them to be bug bites, he ignored them. But within days he was exhausted, losing weight rapidly, and the dots had transformed into huge lesions, bursting open. He had been infected by a flesh-eating parasite which was reproducing in his body and eating his cells. The infection - called cutaneous leishmaniasis - can be fatal if left untreated. However, bewildered doctors in Belize then in Arizona took more than a week to realize that Mark had more than a contact skin infection. Doctors in Arizona managed to diagnose, control and cure the infection before it was too late. Now Mark is sharing his story with the Animal Planet's show Monsters Inside Me to warn others about the dangers of parasites, which are becoming increasingly common in the United States.

Miss Divali Nagar Queen Pageant
It's always inspiring to see our youth shine on an international stage: Congratulations to Asia Gilharry, a finalist in the Miss Divali Nagar Queen Pageant hosted by the National Council of Indian Culture of Trinidad and Tobago (NCIC TT) Miss Gilharry, of Corozal, placed 4th and won "Best Sari!" Photos courtesy of Sylvia Perez.

Unraveling the Mystery of a Newly Discovered Migratory Species, Hook-billed Kite, in Belize, Central America
Apex predators are critical for healthy ecosystems, yet basic information on most Neotropical raptors is limited. In 2013, we began to document novel scientific information on the biology of the Hook-billed Kite, an enigmatic Neotropical raptor. In 2014, we documented over 5,000 Hook-billed Kites on a south-bound autumn migration. Attaching satellite transmitters to individuals will unravel this mysterious migration of this never-studied species. In 2013, Belize Raptor Research Institute (BRRI) launched the Hook-billed Kite Project and the Belize Raptor Watch as long-term research and conservation projects. These projects aim to unravel the mysteries of the enigmatic Hook-billed Kite, a highly specialized Neotropical raptor species, which ranges from the southern extreme of Texas to northern Argentina. Currently, minimal information exists about the ecology, breeding biology, habitat usage, prey ecology, foraging, and migratory movements of Hook-billed Kites (Bildstein et al. 1998 ). This species warrants high study priority in order to gain a better understanding of population status and threats, since it is thought to have a decreasing population trend (BirdLife International 2012).

Calling all history teachers and students
The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project will be conducting a series of Oral History Workshop during the month of November (15th and 29th) and December. The Workshop will be conducted in Belmopan at the National Library. The Workshop is free and Lunch will be provided. Please message this page if interested for more information and we will send to you an application form.

Like many other Cubs fans’ right now, my dad’s stress level this past week has been dictated by Chicago’s performance in this year’s World Series. My dad grew up a Cubs fan, which is interesting since he’s not from Chicago. Instead of hailing from the Windy City, my dad comes from Belize City, the largest city in the tropical country of Belize, which is an English speaking paradise nested in between Guatemala, the Yucatan Peninsula and the Caribbean Sea. My dad has never downed a Chicago style dog on Clark and Addison, but I would bet he’s piled on numerous meat pies while strolling around Swing Bridge. So how did my dad, who lived nearly 2,800 miles away from Chicago, fall for the Lovable Losers. Well, as Washington Post writer William Branigin put it in 1989, “through a quirk of geography and satellite technology, Belize has more Cubs fans per capita than any place outside greater Chicago.”

Mexico strengthens agricultural ties with Caribbean
The Ministers of Agriculture of Mexico and the Caribbean recently met to discuss the need to improve regional collaboration for the benefit of rural development in their countries, and highlighted the technical cooperation provided by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to enhance agrifood development in the region. During the First Meeting of Ministers and Secretaries of Agriculture of Mexico and the Caribbean, José Calzada Rovirosa, head of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), highlighted Mexico’s partnership with Caribbean countries in matters related to the agrifood sector, and expressed his commitment to increase collaboration with that region.

Global and Regional Challenges to Caribbean Economic Development - 2016 High Level Caribbean Forum on Shifting Tides: Challenges and Opportunities
Honorable Prime Ministers, Ministers, Central Bank Governors, friends and colleagues, good morning. On behalf of the International Monetary Fund, I am honored and pleased to welcome you to the 2016 High Level Caribbean Forum. Before I begin, please allow me to express my heartfelt condolences to the victims of Hurricane Matthew, particularly in Haiti, where so many people have lost their lives and damage has been extensive. I would also like to express my gratitude to Prime Minister Rowley and the government of Trinidad and Tobago for your warm hospitality and for co-hosting this forum. This forum and the four previous ones have now become an annual tradition. This is a testament of the Fund’s commitment to working with you in addressing the challenges that stand in the way of securing strong, inclusive and sustainable growth in the Caribbean.

OPINION: What a Trump victory would mean for Mexico
The U.S. presidential election, pitting Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, is November 8th. In Mexico, Donald Trump has been excoriated in the media and among the political class since he announced his candidacy in June of 2015. The candidate has been likened to Hitler; he’s been slammed by politicians, journalists and entertainment personalities. The Mexican government has attempted to influence the U.S. election through its vast consular network north of the border, by helping Mexicans in the U.S. acquire U.S. citizenship so they can vote against Trump. Recently, Silvano Aureoles, Governor of the Mexican state of Michoacan, was visiting California and made his wishes known.

Why do U.S. expats become involved in worthy causes?
The U.S. shared first place in the World Giving Index 2014, according to the Charities Aid Foundation. It is the only country to be ranked in the top 10 for all three charitable behaviors covered by the organization’s index. Given this, it is not surprising that expat Americans would get involved in charitable and volunteering activities when living overseas. What is surprising, based on interviews with 500 expats for the website, Best Places In The World To Retire, and included in the study Expats: Expectations & Reality, is how central these charitable activities have become for expats. It is also surprising how significant the impact many of them are having. Many of these expats became involved in worthy causes after seeing that they could have more of an impact than in their native lands. For example, Americans are often touched by their experiences with people who need help in their adopted countries. Kelly German, who lives in Ambergris Caye, Belize, explained that there is also a social aspect to volunteering. As expats move to a new home, they look for organizations to belong to as a way to meet others. But she said that they are also looking to help provide resources that local government is not large enough to offer — resources that are taken for granted in the U.S. “From my experience, expats generally congregate around good works,” German said.


  • Belize International Film Festival 2016 PROMO, 2min. The BIFF has released a promo video highlighting some of the movies that will be screened. The 2 Belizean films highlighted are Yochi, and Pillaging of the Chiquibul. It starts on Thursday, November 10th. "Catch a glimpse of some of the awesome films screening in Belize at this years 11th edition of BIFF."

  • Renewable Energy in Belize, 1min. from CARICOM Energy

  • On the way to Laughing Bird key in Belize, 2.5min. SLO mo shot of our diving instructor on the way to Laughing Bird Key in Belize

  • Happy in Belize 2016, 3.5min.

  • Couple vacationing in Belize contract flesh eating parasite, 2.5min.

  • Glover's Atoll provides important developmental habitat for juvenile Hawksbill turtles, 1min. A paper published in the latest issue of Endangered Species Research (Strindberg et al. 2016, Vol. 31:211-225) details in-water assessments of sea turtles conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society at Glover's Atoll. This work, 2007 - 2013, is the first study known to use either mark-resight or distance sampling methods during snorkel surveys for sea turtles and provides critical information on the recovery of sea turtles in Belize. The paper is available online as an open access document. We congratulate the authors and the many individuals who assisted with data collections.

  • ACCESSION TO UNCAC, 41min. on Open Your Eyes...

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  • CELEBRATING RHE DAY OF THE DEAD, 22min. on Open Your Eyes...

  • From Yes To I Do (Season 4, Episode 2) HD, 36min.

  • Video from Belize Night at EXPOFER in Chetumel this weekend! , 6min.

  • Shark Ray Alley, Belize 10.30.2016, 3min. Snorkeling with April Hester at Shark Ray Alley, Belize


  • Exploring Underwater Mysterious and Enigmatic Great Blue Hole of Belize, 5min.


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