Bishop O.P. Martin Laid to Rest in Belmopan
Belize gave a fond farewell this afternoon to first Belizean-born Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Belize, the Most Reverend Osmond Peter Martin. The eighty-six-year-old Bishop Emeritus was memorialized [...]
Orange Walk Man Killed While Intervening in Domestic Dispute
A man in the north was stabbed and killed by his cousin over the weekend. Police are still looking for the killer and the family of the deceased believes that [...]
Minor Boy Shot at Home in Belize City
In the city…a minor is tonight recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from gunshot wounds to the feet following a shooting on Sunday night in Belize City. Around eleven [...]
Belize Bank/CIHL and G.O.B. Back in Court
The first stage of an application by the Belize Bank Limited, supported by Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited, to discharge an injunction granted by Justice Michelle Arana restraining the company from [...]
Both Sides Prepare for Further Court Battles
As previously reported, Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited has filed a Constitutional claim challenging the validity of the Central Bank (International Immunities) Act and the Crown Proceedings (Amendment) Act. Those matters [...]
6 Year-Old Girl Struck Down in Accident
Tragedy struck on Sunday night in Belize City when a six-year-old girl was knocked down and killed sometime before seven o’clock. Ashanti Pollard and her mother Dawn Swasey were walking [...]
New C.C.J. Judge Denys Barrow Says Dreams Do Come True
Senior Counsel Denys Barrow is a few months away from becoming Belize’s highest ranked appointed judge regionally. He will join the bench of the Caribbean Court of Justice in Port-of-Spain, [...]
Dale Trujeque Rises to Lead C.W.U.; Says Teachers are Example for Working Force
Veteran labour officer, human resources manager and labour and industrial relations expert Dale Trujeque now heads the Christian Workers’ Union. Elections took place at the annual general meeting over the [...]
Gales Point’s Artie Myers to be Retried for Child Sex Accusation
This afternoon at two o’clock, three judges of the Court of Appeal handed down a written judgment in favour of convicted prisoner, Artie Myers. The Gales Point Manatee resident was [...]
Police Seek Prison Escapee in Belmopan
Belmopan police are reporting the apparent escape of a prisoner from the Central Prison at Hattieville sometime over the weekend. The escapee has been identified as one Jonathan Trigeros Galan. [...]
Fire Razes House in Dangriga
A fire in Dangriga has completely destroyed a house and partially destroyed another. Sometime around one-thirty this afternoon, a two-storey wooden house and its contents were gutted by the blaze, [...]
Enjoying Art on the Streets of the Old Capital
The seventh edition of the anticipated Street Art Festival took place over the weekend in the downtown area of Belize City. The arts were in full display, from paintings to [...]
Will Stevedores Finally Get Their Collective Bargaining Agreement with Port of Belize?
The C.W.U.’s membership is at about nine hundred and stretches across the country from north to south and east to west: Belize City Council and Central Bank to Saint Martin’s [...]
Beach Footballers Return with Modest Success
The National Beach Soccer Team of Belize returned to the country today following its participation in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship 2017 held in the Bahamas. Team Belize won four [...]
Premier League Football and Elite League Basketball on Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Feature on weekend sporting highlights....]
Still NO Justice For Corozal Resident Victor Cituk
Last Friday made it exactly one month since we reported on the allegations by Corozal resident 36 year old Victor Cituk against the Corozal Police. Cituk told us that despite making a report to the authorities on the brutal incident in which he was knocked down and run over by an SUV, and despite pointing out who the driver was, the Police were dragging their feet on the case.
That the Police have taken their time with an investigation should be nothing out of the ordinary and actually commendable, but the incident occurred on January 1st and in this case authorities have now taken nearly two months to figure out what is a straight-forward case.
Today we interviewed a recovering Cituk, who told us that two months later, he is still not getting help.
S&P Says Belize is Close To Default
Seven days have passed since the February 20th deadline for the Government of Belize to make payment of $26m due to the Superbond debt. While the Government is now relying on a 30-day grace period to allow for time to strike a renegotiation deal, the economy keeps taking hits, giving the Belize’s negotiating team less room to make demands.
The latest news on the economy comes from credit rating service Standard and Poors, who on February 21st further downgraded Belize’s foreign currency sovereign credit rating from ‘CC’ to negative watch. This occurred the day after Belize faulted on its scheduled payment.
S&P has indicated that the reason for its downgrade is that there is at least a one-in-two likelihood that we will lower the rating on Belize to 'SD' within 90 days.
Bishop O. P. Martin Laid To Rest
Hundreds of Catholic parishioners and Belizean leaders today gathered in Belmopan City to bid farewell to Belize’s first local ordained as Bishop. The most Reverend Bishop Emeritus Osmond Peter Martin passed away on Thursday February 16th in his home town of Dangriga at the age of 86. Bishop O.P Martin had been struggling with the ailments of the aging process and died peacefully.
A state funeral was held for O.P Martin today at our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Belmopan where a host of government dignitaries and Catholic officials as well as family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of a pioneer in the Christian community. Official celebrants at today’s service in Belmopan included Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Clancy, Bishop Elect Lawrence Nicacio and outgoing Bishop Dorick Wright.
SC Courtenay Seeks Court Action to Move Forward on Arbitration Against Belize
An application to strike out the injunction filed by the Government of Belize against Belize Bank Limited and BCB Holdings Limited was heard today in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. The application will go to trial and seeks to lift the injunction that was granted by Justice Michelle Arana. The injunction halted the […]
Minor Gets Hit and Killed on Faber’s Road by Cab Driver
Six-year-old Ashanti Pollard was knocked down and killed on Sunday night. The six year old girl was along with her mother, 42-year-old Dawn Swasey on Faber’s Road when she was hit by a speeding car. Police say they were on mobile patrol when approaching the corner of Kroman Road and Fabers Road Extension, they saw […]
Guatemala Wants to Reopen Investigation into Death of Minor in the Chiquibul
Guatemalan authorities are hoping to hear from the Belize Government shortly on the request they made to have the investigation reopened into the death of 14-year-old, Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano which occurred in April 2016. The minor was with his father, Carlos Alvarado and his 11-year-old brother when an exchange of gunfire ensued between them […]
Christian Workers Union Has New Lead
Dale Trujeque was elected as the President of the Christian Workers Union on Saturday. The elections were held during the annual general meeting at the UWI Open Campus in Belize City. Trujeque, who succeeds Audrey Matura, will be joined on the new CWU Executive Board by Treasurer Ella Waight, Trustees Phillipa McDonald, Deon Pitter and […]
House Fire Under Investigation in Southern Belize
A fire just after midday destroyed a two storey wooden house in Dangriga. Correspondent Harry Arzu has the story. HARRY ARZU “
Arson Suspected in Destruction of Principal’s Office
The administration of the United Community Primary School in southern Belize is spending the day clearing debris from a fire that consumed the principal’s office in the wee hours of this morning. Anthony Zuniga is the school Principal; he spoke with us on what he found when he got to the school. ANTHONY ZUNIGA ” […]
UDP Chairman Says the Party Does Its Part on Anti-Corruption
The United Democratic Party has not been spared when it comes to irregular and questionable activities within the Government. The last few years have seen these questionable matters accumulating and giving the Barrow administration a black eye particularly since it was Prime Minister Dean Barrow who spoke of ridding the government of corruption back in […]
UDP Says They Are Ready for Re-registration
Last Wednesday during the meeting of the UDP’s Central Executive, the matter of re-registration was tabled as explained by the Party Chairman, Alberto August. ALBERTO AUGUST “Like I said we had a meeting on Wednesday and we discussed the issue of re registration and the redistricting exercise but the position remains the same. Government will […]
Convicted Drug Trafficker Escapes from Prison
A 27-year-old male prisoner broke out from the Belize Central Prison on Sunday after he was sent on an errand to the guard tower. Jonathan Galan was serving three years for drug trafficking with a fine of ten thousand dollars with an additional three years should he default on payment. A prison official told Love […]
Boy Gets Shot Whilst Watching TV at Home
A thirteen year old student was shot on Sunday night. Police say just after eleven o’clock last night they went to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw the teenager, a student of Antelope Street, suffering from gunshot wounds to both feet. The teenager was reportedly inside his home with his brother watching television […]
Man shot dead; child knocked down and killed
A man was stabbed to death in Orange Walk town on Saturday night.
Police say at around 8:30 that night, Marcelino Chan, 54, was socializing with a friend and the two got embroiled in an argument. Chan suffered three stab woumds – one to the left rib cage, one behind the left ear and one to the left side of chest. He was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he died. Police have detained one person pendimg investigations.
In other news, a six-year old girl was knocked down and killed on Sunday night on Faber’s Road in Belize City.
Bishop Martin to be laid to rest today
The Most Reverend Bishop Osmond Peter Martin, who died last week Thursday, will be laid to rest today following an official Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Belmopan.
The service starts at 3:00 p.m., and the
body will be received for viewing at 2:00 p.m. A Mass was held in Bishop Martin’s hometown, Dangriga on Sunday.
Bishop Martin passed away at his house in Dangriga after ailing for a while. He was 86 years old.
The bishop retired in December of 2007, at the age of 75.
Breaking Belize News
New Archives Advisory Board appointed
Last Friday, the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture launched the Belize Archives Advisory Board at a meeting held in the Conference Room of the Belize Archives and Records Service (BARS) in Belmopan.
The current members of the Advisory Board are: Marian McNab; Chairperson, Wilma Wright; Lawrence Vernon; Nigel Encalada; Rev. Lancelot Lewis; Rudy Aguilar and Derryck Satchwell.
The Director of the BARS, Dr. Herman Byrd is Secretary of the Board. Adele Catzim-Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Youth, Sports and Culture in the Ministry of Education, was deputized on behalf of Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education.
Barefoot Rentals and Services in Placencia Belize wins international prestigious award
Luxury Travel Guide Magazine, one of the word’s leading source sites for affluent travelers, has named Barefoot Rentals and Services in Placencia as Tour Operator of the Year in the Americas.
Located in beautiful Placencia, Belize, Barefoot Rentals and Services won the award beating out competitors from prominent tourist destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Hamilton Parish, Bermuda. Luxury Travel Guide emphasized that it had reviewed thousands of establishments, throughout Central and South America, before finally closing Barefoot for it’s commitment to world class customer service.
Police issues report on road traffic accident in Santa Cruz which claimed one life
According to police reports, on Friday, February 24 around 4:19 a.m., Intermediate Southern Formation received information of a road traffic accident in Santa Rosa Village, Stann Creek District.
When police went to the scene, they saw Maximo Ical, 21, of San Roman Village, Stann Creek lying on the road motionless and appeared dead with severe head injuries.
Mario Aguirre wanted for murder in Orange Walk
According to police reports, on Saturday, February 25 at 8:50 p.m., Orange Walk Police got information of a stabbing incident.
When they visited the Northern Regional Hospital, they saw Marcelino Chan, 54, of San Roman Village, Orange Walk District with cut wound to the left side of both ears and on the left side of his chest area.
Police investigation reveals that sometime around 8:30 p.m., he was socializing at a friend’s house and decided to leave.
Salvadoran National escapes from prison
Reports reaching our newsroom is that a prisoner escaped yesterday from Kolbe.
The picture was initially shared by officer commanding Belmopan Police, Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett.
Today, the name of the prisoner was released.
He is Jonathan Galan, 27, a Salvadoran national.
Marlon Meza wins Golden Boot Award at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas
Belize participated in the 9th edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup which was held in Nassau, Bahamas. The CONCACAF beach soccer tournament took place from February 20- 26, 2017 at the Malcolm Beach Soccer Facility.
The premier international beach soccer championship is contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA.
Drunk driver kills 7 year-old girl in road traffic accident
:Sometime before 7 last night, 6-year-old Ashanti Pollard was walking along with her mother 42-year-old, Dawn Swasey.
While approaching the intersection of Kroman Road and Fabers Road Extension in Belize City a car approached travelling at high speed which knocked down Ashanti.
She suffered head and body injuries and was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival at 8:20 p.m.
Fair weather to prevail
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly fair weather to continue with sunny skies today and partly cloudy skies tonight and some isolated showers.
The wind will blow from the east to southeast at 10-20 knots.
The sea state will be choppy.
High temperatures are expected as follows: In the coast, 86 degrees Fahrenheit; 90 degrees Fahrenheit inland and 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the hills.
13-year-old student shot in Belize City while watching TV
According to police reports, around 11:10 last night, police visited the K.H.M.H. where they saw a 13-year-old male student of an Antelope Street, Belize City address suffering from gunshot wounds to both feet.
Police investigations revealed that last night around 11, the child was inside his house along with his brother watching TV when they heard several gunshots and shortly thereafter, he realized that he was shot.
Sunday Morning Serenity: Yoga at Beautiful Ak’Bol Resort
Ak’Bol Yoga Retreat and Eco-Resort is located about 1 mile north of the bridge in a beautiful neighborhood called Tres Cocos, on a very pretty stretch of ocean.
I’ve sung the praises of their dock many times – the BEST swimming dock on Ambergris Caye. With a great, easy breezy beach bar and restaurant to make things that much better.
If they have the peanut butter chocolate pie – ORDER IT!
But…I have NEVER been to the daily yoga class (I am not counting the special meditation class I went to last year). Which is just about crazy because it is held on that most beautiful swimming dock.
And I love yoga…in theory and sometimes in practice. When I have been to other spots in the past, I am always the least flexible in the class, I am always sweating like I am power lifting but I do love the slow down and focus part of the practice. The get-into-a-comfortable-position-that-isn’t-laying-on-your-bed pose and stop thinking.
I also love the fun/funny stuff that many yoga teachers say.
“Just be present in your body” or “honor your heart center” or “you hear the garbage truck going by, honor it…and let it go” or “downward dog is a resting pose” – PFFFT!
Three Reasons To Visit This Jungle Lodge In Belize: Monkeys, Coffee, And Fly Fishing
If the journey is as important as the destination, then traveling to Belcampo Belize supports the maxim.
From the international airport in Belize City, I boarded domestic carrier Tropic Air, an airline comprised of a squadron of short-range Cessnas. Effectively functioning as a winged bus following the coastal route, the plane puddle jumped to several towns enroute to Punta Gorda. No ID checks before boarding. Five-minute turnarounds to land and depart. Warm greetings exchanged between pilots and regular passengers transporting mail, groceries, laundry, and sundries. Better than a bus, however, I had a view of the vast virgin rainforest below on my right and the Belizean Great Barrier Reef on my left.
Deplaning at the last stop, I found a Belcampo staffer waiting in a safari-ready Land Rover. The bumpy 20-minute transfer took us past Belcampo's organic gardens, green house, pastured chickens, lambs and pigs. We ascended a steep hill to reach the lodge where staff formed a welcoming semi-circle. As new arrivals receive a drink during check in at the open-air Rum Bar, the bartender slipped me a ginger mojito, made with ingredients freshly snipped from the “Cocktail Garden." Another staff member offered a damp fragrant towel. As an iguana scurried past my luggage, I thought “this place feels like hipster Brooklyn meets The Jungle Book.”
Mission Cry’s director reports on Belize trip
Sometimes, the best way to find out what someone needs is simply to ask.
Jason Woolford of Mission Cry, formerly Christian Resources International, did just that on his recent trip to Belize. “They’re not asking for food or clothes, but they’re saying, ‘Listen, we need discipleship, we need Bibles, we need Christian books,’” he said.
That’s where Mission Cry comes in. According to Woolford, their goal “is to reach the entire country of Belize with the Bible or a Christian book in every home in this country.”
John Foy, an on-the-ground partner in Belize, said the answers Woolford got are spot on. Most local believers “don’t really need any more evangelism. What they really need is more discipleship. They need Bibles so they can read it, eat it, and grow.”
Study concluded on cost of fishing in Caribbean states
A landmark study to look at the impacts of rising cost factors on fishing operations in the Caribbean has been concluded, and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in collaboration with FAO, will convene a validation workshop in Barbados on Monday and Tuesday to review the findings and chart the necessary course of action.
At the upcoming event, CRFM executive director, Milton Haughton, will present a general overview of the project and explain what the workshop is expected to achieve. The background, findings, conclusions and recommendations of the study will be presented by consultant, Claudia Stella Beltrán Turriago, economic consultant, for final refinement.
The study, carried out in select CRFM Member States, focused on factors such as capital, labor, maintenance and energy costs. At next week’s meeting, participants will review and finalize the formal report on the findings of the study, as well as propose workable policy options and strategies to improve efficiency, productivity and sustainability in the fisheries sector. The broader aim is to improve competitiveness and profitability at the local, regional and international levels.
The arrival of the body of Most Reverend O. P. Martin, Bishop Emeritus of Belize City and Belmopan, 4min.
Ranguana Caye- Private Island Belize, 1min. Arial views of the beautiful remote Ranguana Caye.
San Pedro Carnaval 2017 Foam Party!!, 1min.
Dona Flora Ancona Comparsas Dance Group in action at El Carnaval De San Pedro!, 2min. Day 2 is just getting better and better. Que viva la tradición!
Carnaval Livens up with Foam Party + MORE Dances & Painting, 22min.
Carnaval Dancing, 11min.
Carnival in Chetumal, 9min.
The Department of Youth Services in coordination with Go Belize and Mr. Brent Hamilton from the K9 Unit conducted sessions with first form students from Our Lady of Guadalupe High School in Belmopan, 1min.
The sessions focused on Team Building, Anger Management, Peer Pressure and Bullying. To conclude the activities, the students were taught the Stress Dance by Mr. Hamilton.
Belize Tourism Board - “North Islands”, 1min.
Belize Tourism Board - “Southeast Islands”, 1min.
Belize Tourism Board - “Western”, 1min.
Numinous Navigation - San Pedro, Belize, 2min. Highlights of our 5 day stay at the Caribbean Villas Hotel in San Pedro Belize to start our honeymoon.
Day 3 in Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ATM Cave, 6min. Our journey to the Mayan Underworld...Actun Tunichil Muknal aka ATM) Cave- this was the most incredible day....
Snorkeling Belize 2016 GoPro Full HD, 4.5min. Snorkeling in Caye Caulker, Belize. Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan marine reserve and seahorse reserve.
Belize Me Bella, 2min. Our golf cart ride from the water taxi terminal to our hostel, Juan in a Million, in Caye Caulker, Belize.
Belize 2017, 4min. ust a little video showing what I got up to on a field trip to Belize!
Ball game court in Belize, 15sec. Ullamaliztli is an Aztec ball game, also known as modern day Ulama that is still played in Sinaloa Mexico.
The Mayans played the game as well. This is a court in Belize at the Xunantunich ruins.