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Happy Holiday Weekend. Monday March 6th, 2017 will be a Public and Bank Holiday (in lieu of Thursday, March 9th, 2017) to commemorate the occassion of National Heroes and Benefactors Day (Baron Bliss Day). Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!


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The San Pedro Sun

Garbage being used as landfill for San Pedrito street? Mayor says not so
We don't have any intentions to use garbage to build the road in that area. However, we need to find a proper way to dispose of that garbage," said Guerrero. "We are going to clean up that area so it does not continue to be an eyesore." He also mentioned that to the east of the road, there are lots who are owned by some residents of the island. "Some residents that own land next to the road might have dumped garbage on their property for the purpose of using it as landfill. We cannot clean those areas since is private property, but the areas that are not we will clean them all," said Guerrero. According to him, at the moment there is no way to stop anyone from doing works on their properties including using waste as landfill. Contrary to the Mayor's statement, the Department of Environment told The San Pedro Sun that this type of disposing garbage is considered dumping. They added that the local authorities do have the power to deter such practice, which can become a public health issue.

Belizean fashion Designer Char Tolentino Launches Swimsuit Line in Miami
Belizean fashion designer Char Tolentino debut her 2017 line of CharLoves bold and sexy swimsuits at a launch party held in Miami on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The invitation-only event took place at District 900, 990 Biscayne Boulevard. The name CharLoves comes from her name and the passion she has for what she does. She loves designing; she loves swimsuits and loves what she is doing. Made in the USA, CharLoves' swimsuits are produced in Miami, and Char personally chooses all of the materials, overseeing every step of the process. They are available for purchase online at or can be found in Miami at Julian Chang Store. Her fashion line CharLoves is also being showcased in the Beach Chanel, by CBS and in Miami Magazine. Other stores will soon have it available, including other states including New York and countries Turks and Caicos. Needless to say, because of her bold, fashionable and beautiful designs, the launch of CharLoves in the U.S. was a huge success.

Team SPHS continues leading in island's Softball Competition
The San Pedro Town Council's Softball Tournament ended is fifth weekend of softball action on Sunday, February 26th at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. San Pedro High School (SPHS), Sea Star, Quality Reef, Rusties, Extreme, Atlantic Bank and Tuff E Nuff delivered another weekend of fierce sportsmanship, as the tournament nears the semi-finals. The next set of games will be on Sunday, March 5th beginning at 9:30AM.

"Tax increase very likely"; social partners meet with Financial Secretary
The rumours that the Government of Belize (GOB) intends to raise taxes for the upcoming fiscal year were finally acknowledged by representatives of the Ministry of Finance. Early in February, consultations took place between the Government, trade unions and civil society on the General Revenue and Budget for this year. At the end of the consultations, GOB finally admitted the need to increase taxes. The budget consultations were held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, where Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary, spoke about the concerns being raised by social partners and the majority of Belizeans. During the meeting, it was suggested that the country's current economic crisis can be attributed to the reckless spending by past administrations. "There is very likely to be a tax increase," said Waight. "It is inevitable that there will be increases in some taxes and we are trying to see what items can least impact the economy, but at the same time, generate the resources needed." Waight explained that his government is looking at some aspects in the expenditure profile. "We are looking at what expenses we can compress. Wages, transfers, interest payments and pensions are very hard to compress," said Waight.

Belize Beach Football Team excels at CONCACAF Beach Soccer Tournament in Bahamas
Following their excellent performance at the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship 2017, the National Beach Soccer Team of Belize returned to the country on Monday, February 27th. The competition held in the Bahamas from Monday, February 20th to the 26th saw the Belizean team winning four out of six games, placing fourth in the tournament for having the most goals scored. The Belize team did not advance to the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup scheduled to take place in the Bahamas from April 27th to the 7th of May. However, its 'goleador' (top scorer) Marlon Mesa brought home the 'Golden Boot Award,' after scoring 12 goals throughout the tournament. "It was a great tournament, and I did my best," said Mesa. "I feel very happy for being recognized as El Goleador of the tournament." The San Pedro Sun joins the entire country in congratulating the Belize Team for such an extraordinary performance at the tournament in the Bahamas. Special recognition goes out to our three island players Thomas Baptist, Ethnie Figueroa, and Rugerri Trejo, for representing the island and country very well.

Misc Belizean Sources


Placencia Breeze March 2017
Pg 3 SAY NO TO OIL Pg 5 BTIA news / BTIA Application Form Pg 7 From the Fire Hearth - Seaweed Pg 9 Rotary News / Remembering Leela Vernon Pg 11 BTIA Membership Spotlight - Citrus Sensations / Croc Corner Pg 13 Classic Belizean Rice and Beans Recipe Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA Members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 20/21 Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 22 Seine Bight Village News / Volunteer with SEA Pg 23 Seine Bight Village News Pg 24 Victoria Peak Trail Opens / Fitness Information Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 Licensed Tour Operators in Placencia / Licensed Tour Guides in Placencia Pg 28 Placencia Humane Society News Pg 29 Placencia Sidewalk Art Festival Photos Pg 30 Placencia Peninsula Happenings Pg 31 Calender of EventsSee Less

Cancer Ride 2017
Help the CEO Caucus reach its goal of $50,000 to support the Belize Cancer Center Dangriga in its efforts to combat Cancer in Belize!


There of Belize's best body builders compete today in the 2017 Arnold Classic to be held at Columbus, Ohio. Five time Mr. Belize, Rigo Vellos who will be competing in the heavyweight category in the 2017 Arnold Classic. Aurel Lewis who is Belize's 2016 Physique Champ will compete in the physique category. Oyinkro "African" Akpobodor the 2015 Light Heavyweight Champ will also participate in this year's Classic! Good luck on behalf of All Belizeans to these Belizean Body builders.

Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge 2017
The race was founded by Roberto Harrison and his cousin Richard Harrison. As the race grew, other members of the Harrison Family have taken over the running of the race. It was managed by Dr. Aline Harrison and her brother Roberto Harrison in 2013. She continues to manage it with Roberto as she teaches in New Mexico. The Belize Brewing Company entered the race as corporate partners in 2013 eighteen days before the race in order to assist the Harrisons with the ground logistics. Belikin continues to manage the ground logistics and the Harrisons manage the race on the water. It's a very good partnership that assures the race of growing each year and being a very fun event for both the paddlers and the spectators. The race brings commerce to the Belize River Valley as it travels down the river and builds a celebratory event at its stops. The Village Councils are instrumental in planning events at the race stops and making sure the camp grounds are ready for the paddlers.

Museum of Belize representing at Street Art Festival 2017!Lots of great photos!

Museum of Belize 15th Anniversary Celebration 2017
The Museum of Belize (NICH) would like extend a big thank you to all the students, teachers and staff who made the Museum's 15th Anniversary a memorable event!

Meet and Greet Joyjah
My supporters under 18 years old! This is specially for you. I'll be at Sit and Sip Belize City tomorrow from 2:00 to 4:00pm signing and gifting ALL of you my favourite outtake from #LOVEME17 none of this would have been possible without your genuine love and support. So this is one way I wanted to show my appreciation. Y'all excited or what??!!! I cah wait fi meet unu. G yuh best fiend, sista, cousin mek Deh know! Hurry goh ask unu Mommy, daddy, Aunty, granny mek Deh ker or send yuh!

Festival of the Sun & Moon
HEADLINERS: Andy Caldwell DJ Dan Hatiras OTHER ARTISTS: Andy Austin (Dallas, TX, USA) D!rty Jok3s (Belize City, Belize) DJ Dilly (San Francisco, CA, USA) DJ Karizma (San Pedro, Belize) Girlbot (Dallas, TX, USA) Gracierock (San Pedro, Belize) Jumbu (Fort Worth, TX, USA)

Belize Participates in UN Regional Steering Committee Meeting
The UN Resident Coordinators of the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (UN-MSDF) Regional Steering Committee met in Placencia, Belize on March 1st, 2017 at their annual meeting. The current Chair of the Committee, Mr. Christian Salazar, Resident Coordinator of the UNDP graciously invited the Government of Belize to share Belize's experience in ensuring policy coherence with the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS) to the Sustainable Development goals and objectives of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. CEO Yvonne Hyde of the Ministry of Economic Development informed on the governance structure in place for the GSDS and the progress made with its implementation.

Statistical Institute of Belize to Receive New IT Equipment
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development will be handing over to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) 25 computer systems at a brief ceremony to be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan. The contribution is being made through the Ministry's Capacity Building for Strategic Planning and Management of Natural Resources in Belize project (CD 2), financed the by Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This donation, valued at over $60,000 dollars, is in line with one of many actions outlined in the country's sustainable development framework.

NFL players Ray Crockett, Henry Melton, and Terrell McClain visit the San Pedro High School students before heading home to the U.S.A. The players were staying at the chic resort Mahogany Bay Village and decided to visit the high school to offer a few words of advice. Present at the impromptu event were members of Mahogany Bay Village, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Councilor Hector Alamilla, Councilor Gabriel Nu�ez and Town Sports Coordinator, Kent Gabourel. Mayor Daniel Guerrero welcomed the players to the island and thanked them for taking the time to speak to the future of San Pedro Town from their busy schedules. Ray Crockett (2-time NFL Superbowl Champion for the Denver, Broncos) spoke about the many challenges in life and how he over came them. He spoke to the students about failures and never giving up - to learn from them and to keep working hard for their dreams.


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Jamaal Crawford Crawford needs help with medical care
Hey everyone we are asking for your assistance in helping us raise money to help Jamaal Crawford Crawford to go out of the country for medical treatment. We would really appreciate your help. You can donate to 650-02-2-267160 or 650-2-2-308940 Belize Bank,

St. Francis Xavier Credit Union held an initiative to support potato farmers in the northern Belize
SFXCU held a potato sale day in front of their office on 5th Avenue in Corozal Town, with the proceeds going to towards the potato farmers. The institution also reached out to its partners including the schools in the district. Through them alone, over 5,000 pounds of potato were sold this morning.

More assistance to our potato farmers
Corozal is the best - We work hard! - "On behalf of the St. Francis Credit Union, we give our special thanks to the entire faculty, staff, students of Corozal Community College (CCC), Corozal Junior College (CJC), Mary Hill, Church of Christ School, Calcutta Government School, Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College, Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico, Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association (CSCPA) and the general membership for the overwhelming support to our local potato farmers!"

BEL crews dispatched to locate unknown cause of power interruption affecting portion Belize District since 6:22am, Saturday, March 4
Affected: all areas Mile 6 - 35 along Philip Goldson Hwy and villages along Old Northern Hwy. BEL apologizes for the inconvenience while our team works to restore power as soon as possible.

Channel 7

Man Dies From Injuries, Family Says He was Beat Down, Cops Say He Fell Down
A Belize City family is searching for answers in the death or what they believe is the possible murder of their loved one. 51 year old Lawrence Young had been in a coma for 2 weeks and died yesterday afternoon, but his family says they don't know for sure what happened to him. Young left his home on a Friday evening and never returned. The next morning, his family found out that he was at the hospital in a coma. Based on his relatives' information, they are saying that 2 men attacked Young on Partridge Street and clubbed him in the head. This afternoon, Young's mother told us that all she wants is justice. Ruth Young, Mother: "About 2 weeks ago he never came home, so we were wondering what happened. Somebody called me and told me to go and check about my son at the hospital, because they understood that he got hit by some boys and police took him to the hospital." "His son went and found out and they told him that he is a coma."

Man Shot In Broad Daylight
A man was shot in broad daylight near a busy intersection in Belize City today. At 2:15, Brandon Bennett was on the northern approach to the Belcan Bridge when he was shot in the abdomen by an unknown person. Bennett was taken to the KHMH where he is being treated. Bennett is well known to police and the 24 year old has been in the news twice before for attempted murder charges. He was not convicted. Police are now seeking a suspect for attempting to murder him.

Teenager Killed In Camelot
Another teenager was killed but this time it's in Teakettle. 17 year old Ernesto Wiltshire's decomposed body was found this afternoon near the reservoir area in Teakettle. He had 2 chop wounds to the back of the head. Right now the family is waiting for police to conduct an autopsy. Now as to the details of this murder case: Wiltshire went missing on Tuesday afternoon. His aunt told us that WILTSHIRE LEFT with a friend on Tuesday afternoon to go to the roaring creek river but he never returned. His family formed a search party and finally this afternoon his uncle found his body. The family believes it's his own friends who might have killed him. We will keep following this story.

Coming to A Compromise With Creditors, GOB Amends Superbond Renegotiation Offer
There's breakthrough news on the Superbond negotiations tonight. As we had alluded to earlier this week, government is revising the terms of its offer to make it more attractive to bondholders. And we are told the creditor committee supports the new terms. And via a press release posted on the Central Bank website a short time ago, here they are. (i) The interest rate on the 2038 Bonds is being set at 4.9375% commencing February 20, 2017 (rather than the 4.0% rate proposed in the January 12, 2017 Statement). (ii) The revised principal amortization schedule now calls for five equal annual installments commencing on February 20, 2030 and ending on February 20, 2034 (rather than three equal annual installments commencing on February 20, 2036 and ending on February 20, 2038, as proposed in the January 12, 2017 Statement).

Still Searching For Clues In Case Of Two Burnt In Truck
Independence police reportedly have one person detained in connection with the pickup that either caught on fire, or was set on fire with two persons inside. Their charred remains were found in a burnt F-350 pickup that apparently crashed into a lamp-post between miles 2 and 3 on the Peninsula road at 5:00 am on Wednesday. The license plates had been removed from the truck. Police say they still don't know the identities of the couple, but multiple reports tell us they are suspected to be a pair of Eastern Europeans who have a home on the peninsula. Police have been trying to confirm who owned the pickup - and sources say they are also looking for the pickup which appears to have been moved from the scene by unknown persons after the forensic examiner finished with it.

Who Moved Fudgy's Grave?
At the beginning of the year, Kenneth "Fudgy" Dobson was gunned down while playing dominoes with his friends. His birthday is coming up this weekend, and his family planned to have a reunion at his grave site. However, when one of his family members went to check up on his tomb earlier today, she was surprised to see that it was missing. Actually, it had been dug up, and his coffin was moved to another location. We spoke to his family today, and they told us of their grave situation... Voice of - Relative: "I'm concern because, every day I pass through the burial ground, I pass and greet my brother and everything, but this morning now when I passed I don't see the grave, I don't see anything. Everything is dug up and he just died not even 3 months yet."

Court Rules On Union Trustee Case
Over 600 retired public servants have sued 2 of the biggest labour unions and won a judgement over who should control over 9 million dollars in backpay. These 640 retirees were represented by claimants Sheila Genitty, Darrel Gardiner, and Ruth White. They make up an ad hoc committee, set up to express their complete disagreement with the way the Public Sector Workers Trust is handling the money. This dispute dates back to a period between 1995 to 1997, when the Esquivel Administration froze the salary increases and increments for all teachers and public servants of that time. To compromise with the teachers and public officers, Prime Minister Esquivel gave them 450,000 shares in BTL. These shares were issued INSTEAD of the frozen increments. The dividends from the shares were supposed to be used to compensate the public officers for their losses in the wage freeze.

Alleged Child Killer Pleads Guilty To Robbery
The man accused of killing 7 year old Tyler Savery was back in court today, for another criminal offence. 20 year old Jayear Flores was sentenced to one year in prison for theft. In August 2015, Flores was arrested for stealing over $2000 dollars from then 77 year old St. Joseph Parish Church employee, Eric Gilbert Neal. According to Neal, he was leaving the church compound with deposit money, when Flores approached him and tried to take a laptop bag containing $13 hundred and 23 dollars ($1,323) in cash and $865 dollars in cheques from him. Neal fought back and called out for help. One of the Church's office assistants, Michael Caceres heard his call and ran over to help, but Flores still ran off with the bag. Caceres set chase him and caught him, and held him on the ground until police arrived and arrested him.

Junior College Students Debate
Independence Junior College is advancing to the semi-finals in the Social Security Board's National Debate Competition. 8 schools are competing in this year's series and the preliminary rounds began today at the George Price Center in Belmopan. First up was Independence Junior College versus San Pedro Junior College. The topic was "Be it resolved that the signing of the UNCAC will benefit Belize's economic, political, financial and social position." Here are the opening statements from each team and we also spoke to the SSB's communication officer about this initiative. Arnold Gomez - Independence Junior College, Affirmative: "Be it resolve that the signing of the United Nations Convention against Corruption or the UNCAC will benefit Belize's economic, political, financial and social position. In today's debate we will show you how Belize can benefit you significantly from the signing the UNCAC."

Ruta Maya Rolling Down The River
The Ruta Maya rolled off this morning with 48 paddling teams setting off on the Macal River in San Ignacio for the 175 mile trek. Tonight, the teams are resting up in Banana Bank and the leader is the NICH Team - which is three seconds ahead of the second place team, defending champions, Koop Sheet Metal, which, in turn, is four seconds ahead of third place D & A Smart Warriors. So basically, with 7 seconds separating first and third places, it's a dead heat. Tomorrow, that lineup may change on the longest leg of the race, the 68 mile stretch between Banana Bank and Double Head Cabbage. Channel 7 will have live coverage tomorrow and Sunday and Monday, so make sure to tune in.

US Human Rights Report Looks At Police Abuses, Corruption
The US State Department issued its annual report on human rights around the world today, and the country report on Belize makes a few interesting observations. The report concludes, quote, "The most important human rights abuses included the use of excessive force by security forces (especially the police), lengthy pretrial detention, and harassment and threats based on sexual orientation or gender identity." It adds, quote, "Other human rights problems included corruption by government agents, lack of protection of refugees, domestic violence, discrimination against women, sexual abuse of children, trafficking in persons, and child labor." And then it goes unto say, quote, "In some cases the government took steps to prosecute public officials who committed abuses�(but) While some lower ranking officials faced disciplinary action and/or criminal charges, higher-ranking officials were less likely to face punishment, resulting in a perception of impunity."

Kudos To Kendis
We've featured Belizean American television news reporter Kendis Gibson many times on this newscast. In fact we first interviewed him back in 2002, when he was working at CNN Headline news. Well, since then he's been steadily moving up the media ladder, and, now, he's hit one of the highest rungs as the co-anchor of a major network morning talk show. A memo form ABC news says that Gibson has been named co-anchor of America This Morning and World News Now. Kendis left Belize when he was eleven years old and has worked as a local reporter in Washington DC after assignments at CBS News, the FOX affiliate in San Diego and CNN in Atlanta. He joined ABC News in December 2014, and has covered many high profile stories.

The Cell Phone Solution
Last year the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at hosted a cellphone repair workshop. Now, you might think this is trivial - but doesn't everyone have at least one broken cell phone that needs fixing? Indeed, there's a growing demand for this type of expertise, and so they're offering the course again. It is headed by an expert from Canada who teaches participants how to fix smart phones and tablets. Local President, Naveed Mangla told us how you can participate... At the end of the course, those who attend are awarded with an accredited certificate.

Hooping For Allah
And while the cellphone repair workshop won't happen for another week, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at will be busy running their community basketball league. Mangla gave us some more information about the league and how you and your kids can join... The league is made up of players 19 years old and younger, and who come from all parts of the country.

Friend Glenn Wins Again
The Government of Belize has lost another court case in the US Courts, and this time, the country is liable to pay 22 million US Dollars to Glenn Godfrey. The US Court of Appeal has denied a motion filed by the Government to dismiss the award. This costly dispute dates back to December 18, 2002. That's when Godfrey signed an agreement with Ralph Fonseca, who was the then Minister of Budget Management, Investment and Home Affairs. That was the Master Lease Agreement for International Telecommunications Limited, better known as Intelco. Both Government Administrations honored the terms of that Fonseca agreement up until 2012, when the Barrow Administration and Godfrey got into a dispute over rent. Godfrey formed a company Glenn D Acquisitions, LLC, and he sued them in the US Courts for 10.3 million dollars in unpaid rent, for telecommunications equipment belonging to Intelco. That tab on the rental has been growing each month dating back to 2012.

A Last Goodbye For Leela
As we told you last night, folk singer and creole revivalist Lila Vernon's official funeral was held yesterday in Punta Gorda town. Here's more on what the event looked and sounded like:...

Channel 5

G.O.B. Heavily Revises Terms of Superbond Negotiation in Major Concession to Bondholders
We begin with breaking news. Just before news time, the Central Bank of Belize released a statement confirming major and extensive revisions to the Government of Belize's proposal to restructure [...]

Teakettle Youth Murdered Over "Jealousy"
A Teakettle, Cayo District family have had to come to sudden grips with the death of a loved one, found fatally chopped in some bushes behind the village early this [...]

Brandon Bennett Shot in Belcan in Broad Daylight
Shortly before two-thirty this afternoon a Belize City man was shot in the City. According to police, around two-seventeen, Brandon Bennett was shot to the abdomen while he was on [...]

Handling of Former Recruit Captured on Video Was Not Part of Training
There are still more questions than answers in the manhandling of a B.D.F. recruit videoed on cell phone during a training program on January eighth.� The images of recruit Michael [...]

Investigation Shows Officers in Training Contradicting Top Command
Following the airing of our story on Thursday night, News Five obtained copies of interviews conducted over the past three days with officers of the Bravo and Alpha Platoons involved [...]

Might Victims of Car Fire in Placencia Have Succumbed to Foul Play
Were the occupants of a vehicle that caught on fire on the Placencia Road on Wednesday morning the victim of foul play?� The Belize Police Department has launched an investigation [...]

More Woes for G.O.B., Glenn D. Holds Them Off in Intelco Appeal
Aside from superbond payments, government is facing another multimillion dollar payment.� Glenn D. Godfrey's GDG Acquisitions LLC has had a judgment of ten million dollars plus in its favour against [...]

Ruta Maya Kicks Off from San Ignacio
The annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge kicked off bright and early this morning in the west. The waters of the Macal River provided the perfect setting for the start [...]

Court Limits Beneficiaries of Public Sector Workers Trust
Representatives of the Public Sector Workers Trust appeared in the Supreme Court earlier today before Justice Courtenay Abel, to settle a decades-old matter involving the organization.� The claim arose out [...]

B.N.T.U.'s Palacio Says There is More to be Clarified
According to B.N.T.U. National President Luke Palacio, the court has pointed out that there is confusion in the language used in the trust document, particularly in a release issued by [...]

Accused Double Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty to Robbery of Church Worker
Double murder suspect, twenty-year-old Jayear Flores, who is on remand for two murders in the city, one including a seven-year old school boy and an adult today began to serve [...]

Journalist Jose Sanchez Accused of Knocking Down Hattieville Bicyclist
There was a near-fatal road traffic accident this evening in Hattieville involving a male cyclist who was riding along the George Price Highway.� Sometime before six o'clock, a young man [...]

Belmopan Mayor May Go for Re-Election; Says Party's Troubles Will Not Affect Him
On Thursday, Mayor Khalid Belisle launched the Belmopan City Council's municipal bond for six point five million dollars - a venture he hopes will help to cement his place in [...]

S.S.B. Opens Debate by Tertiary-Level Students on UNCAC
The first round of the National Tertiary Debate sponsored by the Social Security Board kicked off this morning in Belmopan at the George Price Center. In the morning session, Independence [...]

Belize's Littlest Tell Their Stories at the Bliss
The National Pre-School storytelling competition got underway at the Bliss today in Belize City. The event, which has been taking place for more than ten years, saw the participation of [...]

Horizon Academy Displays World Cultures at Open Day
Horizon Academy went global today - right on their school grounds. Students transformed themselves and their spaces into countries as far as Egypt, Japan and India. Today's efforts are a [...]

Getting to the Bottom of the Visa Foils Saga
Are you scratching your head about the many twists and turns in the Senate Special Select Committee's public hearings over the last month or so with regard to eight visa [...]

Ahmadiyya Muslims Host Cell-Phone Repair Course
If you are interested in cell-phone repairs and want to learn how to do it, Ahmadiyya Jama'at Belize is inviting you to their free two-week course that will be taking [...]

Playing Ball with Ahmadiyyas and CitCo
Ahmadiyya Jama'at Belize teamed up with the City Council for an ongoing basketball league and they want your support. Ten teams and a hundred young people are participating in league [...]


Statutory Boards To Cough Up 10% Of Their Revenues
A leaked document from Tuesday's Cabinet meeting confirms that the Government is looking at various ways of increasing revenue. The document is a report presented to Cabinet in which one of the suggestions is a proposal for the Government to collect 10% of the revenue generated by Statutory Boards in Belize. Statutory Boards are those organisations run by a mixture of Government and Civil Society such as Belize Tourism Board, Protected Areas Conservation Trust, the Social Security Board, Belize Agriculture Health Authority, BELTRAIDE and the Coastal Zone Management Authority.

Did Officer In Charge, Edgar Cano Abandon His Duties?
Yesterday, we showed you the testimony by former Immigration Officer Supervisor Mark Tench who had discovered that 8 visa foils went missing from the Western Border in December 2012. In his testimony, Tench explained how he was able to do an investigation which led to persons in Belize City, Orange Walk and Corozal and then pointed fingers back to the Immigration Department. In the afternoon, another witness, former Immigration Supervisor Vernon Leslie, also sat before the Committee. Leslie has been at the Department for 30 years and is near retirement and he explained that although it was expected that he takes command of the situation, he believes the Commanding Officer Edgar Cano should have put his vacation on hold to deal with the matter.


Teenager Found Dead Out West
The body of a teenager who had been reported missing was discovered earlier today.

Fatal Traffic Incident on the Southern Road
A villager of Georgetown in the Stann Creek District lost his life in a road traffic accident this afternoon. Correspondent Harry Arzu reports.

Day 1 - La Ruta Maya River Challenge 2017
The 20th Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge got underway this morning. Love News spoke with one of the organizers, Julia Carillo who shared the details of the much anticipated event. The Belmopan Active Youths captured the prize in the intramural category in 2016 and they are taking part again this year. They are [�]

PUP Parliamentarians Excluded from Nat'l Executive
Criticisms have been heard regarding the lack of strength in the main opposition party and their silence and calm regarding national issues. Cayo South Area Representative, Julius Espat speaks of the PUP in a recent interview with our colleagues at Plus TV in Belmopan. Espat went on to speak of the hard work and sacrifices [�]

Julius Espat Speaks of An Obsession with the Lord Ashcroft
Area Representative, Julius Espat has been known to be very vocal on matters even if it means that he would make remarks against his party, the PUP. In a recent local talk show Espat expressed his views on the saga of the Government vs Lord Michael Ashcroft. In this interview he called out both the [�]

US Embassy Campaigns Against Cyber Bullying
The US Embassy in Belize is formulating a campaign against cyber-bullying. It is an issue that has seen an increase in recent months and has lent to various disruptions for persons at work and at home. As part of their campaign, Belmopan's Mayor, Khalid Belisle is the Government's voice in the anti-bullying message. Love News [�]

Parent Remanded for Hitting School Teacher
A 32 year old woman who punched a school teacher and insulted her in front of her students, was found guilty of harm and using insulting words today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. She is Maribel Perez, a gas attendant of Ladyville. Because Perez has a history of violence and she was bonded [�]

Belmopan Mayor Speaks of Recently Built Roads
Yesterday we told you of the municipal bond launched for the Belmopan City Council with the aim of undertaking infrastructure projects. One of the questions posed to Mayor Khalid Belisle was on the quality of the street works being carried out as there have been cases where some areas have seen deteriorating shortly after completion. [�]

Exploring the World via Cultures at Horizon
Horizon Academy in Belize City is holding its annual Culture Day. The event fits pleasantly as this month is being celebrated as Child Stimulation Month. Students at Horizon Academy were given the task to depict a culture from around the world and educate visitors about that culture. Principal Dian Mahiea spoke to Love News. Horizon [�]

Child Stimulation: Reading for the Preschoolers
The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City was packed with parents, teachers and preschoolers for the National Preschool Story Telling Competition. The competition has been held for the past ten years. For the competition, pre-school teachers were tasked to dramatize one of their usual stories. Nadira Ross the Acting Manager for the [�]

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The Guardian

Julius Espat says PUP executive are Bench players
Word reaching the Guardian Newspaper indicates that there will be an emergency meeting of the PUP's Central Executive following comments made on Tuesday of this week by one of their deputy party leaders. It is no secret that Julius Espat has no regard for Johnny Briceno or his leadership style and that became painfully obvious on Tuesday during an appearance by Espat on Louis Wade's Plus TV morning show. During the entire time he was on Espat minced no words in attacking Briceno's leadership. Oftentimes Espat was blunt and outright disrespectful to Briceno. In one instance he said that Luke Espat was doing the work of the PUP and he would prefer to have him in the national assembly. He went on to say that the executives of the PUP is made up of bench players. That is persons who were not elected are making decision for the party.

"Dirty Cop" sentenced to 3 months in jail
Interdicted police officer Jamil Scott, 32, has gained a reputation in public as a sticky hand cop and now the Chief Magistrate has been convinced. On Friday, February 24, Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith found Scott guilty of stealing a Kenwood handheld radio valued at $650 from the Belize Police Department. Scott was initially charged with two counts of theft, one for the hand held radio and a second for a watch and bracelet allegedly stolen from the home of Shannon Davis during a search on September 20, 2014. Since Davis did not wish to proceed with the matter, that charge was withdrawn. Prosecutor in the case was Trienna Young and Scott was represented by attorney Leeroy Banner. Allegations made against Scott is that on September 20, 2014, he was working police duties at the Raccoon Street Police Station when he stole a handheld radio that was left inside a pick-up truck by Woman Police Corporal Sherika Vasquez. Vasquez testified in the trial and placed Scott at the station the day the radio went missing, though she could not say she saw him take the radio.

Two persons burnt to death on Placencia Road accident
It was a scene that resembles one of Jim Wong's "Final Destination" sequence on the Placencia Road early Wednesday morning, March 1, when the driver of a pickup truck suddenly lost control of his machine, crashed into a lamp post and burst into flames shortly after. Police have still not issued an official report up to print time but reliable reports suggest that there were as many as two fatalities. According to unconfirmed reports, the occupants of the vehicle were trapped inside during the blaze and burnt beyond recognition. It has not been determined as yet if they were trapped because of blockage or if they were not able to escape because of being unconscious from the impact of the crash. Cause of death has not been confirmed as yet either and the identities of the victims will not be released since police have not confirmed reports and given assurance that relatives have been notified by print time.

Chief Justice to decide if Mark Seawell should be set free after 10 years on remand
Mark Seawell is the only Seawell brother still fighting for his freedom from being extradited to the US for narcotics importation. He's been at the Belize Central Prison for 10 years now, and his attorneys are trying to get the extradition lifted using the same grounds on which his younger brother, Gary Seawell, struck gold in the Court of Appeal. The Extradition request from the US Government to the Belize Government asserts that the American law enforcement agencies believe they can prove a narcotics trafficking case against Mark Seawell. They want him to stand trial for allegedly smuggling cocaine into the US through Mexico, and for the sale of marijuana in Texas. The Americans say that Mark and his brothers, Gary and Dwayne, were part of a drug smuggling operation from December 1994 to August 1997, and that they are responsible for 1 million dollars in drug proceeds sent to Texas, Florida, and Belize.

UDP secures village council victories in Arenal
On October 30th of last year, Arenal Chairman, Alfredo Orlando Sanchez passed away leaving a vacancy for that position in that village. As a result, councilor for the UDP Lucio Ruiz expressed interest and campaigned for that position. With his interest it also meant that a seat for councilor was also vacated leading to Yanira Sanchez expressing interest to fill that seat for the UDP as well. Both had their opportunity to fill those positions and on Sunday, Feburary 26, despite being faced with opposition from the likes of no other than the PUP's Party Leader, Johnny Briceno and Deputy Party Leader, Julius Espat and others like Michel Chebat, Collet Montejo and other players like Vaughn Gill, the two emerged victorious. It was a testy day in Arenal but Ruiz and Sanchez were not alone. They were supported by Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber; Area Representative for Cayo West, Hon. Erwin Contreras; Area Representative for Cayo Central, Hon. Rene Montero; UDP Party Chairman Alberto August and other leaders in the UDP.

A.G. takes a new look at the Alcalde system in Belize
The Alcalde System in Belize has been an age old form of administration of justice in rural areas of the Toledo district. While for many years it has been operating without hindrance, of late there have been complaints that Alcaldes have been operating outside of what they are legally allowed. There are many complaints that Alcaldes have been hearing matters which they ought not to be hearing land matters for example. Speaking to the Guardian Newspaper, Attorney General, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte explained that concerns over the way Alcaldes operate have come to his attention and he is now moving to address these concerns. "Some of them are operating outside of their jurisdiction I have heard that there are many irregularities in the administration of justice and they need to be clear on what they are allowed to hear, what they are allowed to determine and what they must advise people to do in terms of reporting it to the proper authorities. They are not lords over their villages. They fall under a legal system and that they must follow and respect and are subject to that system," said Peyrefitte.

Hon. Aragon to Orange Walk Mayor� - Do your job!
Around three weeks ago Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr. who represents the Orange Walk East constituency embarked on a project to upgrade the streets of the Louisiana Area of Orange Walk Town. This was done in tandem with the fixing of the sugar roads of the said constituency. The people of Orange Walk East have been clamoring for better streets for some time now but their pleas fell on deaf municipal ears. The more than able and caring area representative, Hon. Elodio Aragon who is also a resident of the area, stepped in to do the Mayor's job. This is not the first time this has happened. Every time upgrades are done to streets in Orange Walk East it is Mr. Aragon who has done them. On February 2, when the works started in earnest, a shower fell and caused some of the recently scraped streets to become mucky. This was unfortunate as the streets were just being prepared for eventual upgrading.

Belize Archives Advisory Board launched
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture launched the Belize Archives Advisory Board on Friday, February 24, at a meeting held in the Conference Room of the Belize Archives and Records Service (BARS) in Belmopan. The members of the Advisory Board are Chairperson Marian McNab, Dr. Wilma Wright, Lawrence Vernon, Nigel Encalada, Rev. Lancelot Lewis, Rudy Aguilar and Derryck Satchwell. The Director of BARS, Dr. Herman Byrd is Secretary of the Board. Mrs. Adele Catzim-Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Youth, Sports and Culture, said, "The Belize Archives and Records Service is at a critical juncture in its development. The work of BARS remains at the core of nation building. The work is not only about the collection, preservation and dissemination of information; it is about showing and telling us who we are as a people. Key historical documents, photographs, letters, reports, and newspaper articles represent moments in time that bring meaning to the experiences we share today."

CEO Caucus Cancer Awareness Ride 2017: "We're with You"
The second annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride is slated for Saturday, April 8, 2017, under the theme "We're with You". The route is the same as last year, starting at 6:30 a.m. at mile 25 on the George Price Highway to the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan. The fundraising target is $50,000 and the proceeds will go exclusively to the Belize Cancer Treatment Center in Dangriga Town, in an effort to augment the capabilities of their increasingly accessed services. The CEO Caucus launched its Cancer Awareness Initiative on May 7, 2016 with a fundraising target of $50,000. In its inaugural year, the Caucus raised over $80,000 and the ride garnered the support of more than 200 participants, which included numerous partners and volunteers, local and internal donors and supporters, public officers, and friends.

Illegal to eat Gibnut and Iguana this time of year
The Belize Forest Department has issued a press release in which it is advising the public that it is illegal to be consuming Gibnut and Iguana meat at this time of the year. The release comes just in time for the Ruta Maya River Challenge during which many persons in the rural areas of Belize choose to cook and sell game meat. The Forest department advises that under the Wildlife Protection Act (CAP 220), a license is required to hunt or sell any game species (or bush meat). The department states that temporary Dealer's Licenses can be obtained for a fee of $100. While the license will allow for the hunting of game meat, only those that are in season will be allowed. Among meats that are out of season are armadillo, gibnut and iguana which are game meats of choice during this time of year, the iguana particularly because of the eggs.

Restriction on use of drones for Ruta Maya
The Department of Civil Aviation has sent out an advisory to the general public that the operation of drones within a five-mile radius of any public or private airport without the explicit written consent from the Director of Civil Aviation is strictly prohibited. In a release by the department it states that the advisory is specific to the using of drones for filming the Ruta Maya River Challenge. There are specific restrictions for the operation of drones in the areas from Young Bank Village to the Banana Bank Lodge since there is a the nearby Hector Silva airstrip in Belmopan and from Burrell Boom Village to the Haulover Bridge because of the International Airport.

Julius lashes out against PUP leadership
On Tuesday of this week , PUP parliamenterian Julius Espat lashed out at the leadership of his party. His extended diatribe took place live and in living color on Plus TV. Julius who is the PUP representative from Cayo South accused his party of being led by a bunch of bench players. He effectively chastised the PUP for allowing itself to be led by unelected persons some of whom were failures at the polls. According to Julius, the PUP is using bench players right now to make decisions for the party. He suggested that the People's United Party is either ashamed, or don't remember their elders or does not want to use them, or they have put them out to pasture or they have them on the sideline and have put bench players in to take the lead. He said what the PUP is doing is like a Football team having bench players playing for them in the final game of the World Cup!

National Tribute and State Funeral for Cultural Icon
Since the announcement of Leela Vernon's passing on Sunday, February 19, the community of expressive artists has united to say farewell in a manner fit for a cultural icon. An Official Funeral and Mass of Thanksgiving for the Queen of Brukdung will be held on Thursday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at the St. Peter Claver Church on Main Street, Punta Gorda Town but until then the plan is to celebrate her life and legacy. This celebration was in full gear at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts on Monday night, February 27, in Belize City. The event was open to the public free of cost and started with the singing of the National Anthem in Creole by Ernestine Carballo. Reverend David Goff blessed the ceremony before the pouring of libation by Winsom Winsom. Mayor Darell Bradley, Bredda David and Myrna Manzanares shared fund memories of Leela Vernon during interludes of performances by a star studded cast; including, Lord Rhaburn, Omolewa Osain, Pocono Bwoy, Ernestine Carballo, Mr. Peters Boom and Chime Band and Love Vibration.

Simeon Lopez Cup gets underway in Belmopan
The Belmopan City Council, with the assistance of the Belmopan Football Association, held a Parade and official opening ceremonies on Saturday of this past weekend to open their eight annual Simeon Lopez kids-youth female cups. This type of tournament, which is already being done in other parts of the country, focuses on exposing the football talents of children at an early age and provide the opportunity for family entertainment. The Simeon Lopez tournament is fully sponsored by the Belmopan City Council. Councilor Angel Pastrana has continued to be at the forefront of the organizing committee along with Mr. Amilcar Umana, Mr. Marlon Tillett, Mr. Peter Alvarez, Mr. Francisco Cuellar, Ms. Tricia Pelayo, Ms. Maria Banner and Ms. Abigail Reyes.

Mother in Santa Elena, struggles to care for her children
A young single mother is under considerable stress at this time in having to take care of her two boys. Ana B. Guerra has been lovingly taking care of her son Jason Guerra, a 13 year old, since his disorder became apparent some five years ago. Guerra has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy; a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In muscular dystrophy, abnormal genes (mutations) interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle. Fortunately; Jason Guerra continues to have an alert mind and loves to play games on digital media. However; due to his condition, this past student of both Bishop Martin and Eden Primary School now has limited mobility.

Final farewell to Bishop Emeritus Osmond Peter Martin held in Belmopan
Official funeral and mass of thanksgiving for the late Bishop Emeritus Osmond Peter Martin was held on Monday evening at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral in Belmopan. A full escort of Belize Defense Force soldiers marched with the casket at a steady pace towards the Cathedral on Monday in full respect to Belize's first native bishop, to then be received by a large gathering of teachers, students and government officials. Tents had to be set outside the cathedral to make space for the huge crowds who had gathered to bid their last farewell. Similar church services were held for the 86 year old Bishop Emeritus in Dangriga on Sunday morning and in Belize City on Monday morning. Osmond Peter Martin was appointed by Pope John Paul II in 1982, where he faithfully served as the Bishop of Belize and Belmopan from 1984 to his retirement in 2007. During his service to the Catholic Faith, Bishop Martin tended to a multicultural flock, listening attentively, freely giving advice and with a great sense of humor.

Fitting farewell to Bishop O.P. Martin
One of the most anticipated events on the calendar of Saint John's College students for almost two decades was the Mass of the Holy Spirit which was led by Bishop Osmond Peter Martin. This mass was lively, celebrated diversity of culture, ethnicity and denominations and usually ended with an announcement that afternoon classes were cancelled. We all loved Bishop Martin dearly, not just because we could count on his half-day announcements, but because he had a unique ability to speak the language of young people and relate in a way that most religious leaders can't. He was one of the few individuals who could meet someone for the first time and make them feel as comfortable as a life long friend. The country lost a true hero on February 16 and shared a moment of national unity in celebrating his life and legacy on Monday, February 27.

Happy birthday PM
Please join us at this newspaper, The Guardian, in wishing the BEST PRIME MINISTER , this country has ever had a Happy Birthday. Today we pay tribute to the Right Honorable Dean Oliver Barrow on his Sixty-sixth birthday. Not only is this man the only three term Prime Minister this country has ever seen, but he has been undefeated in EIGHT CONSECUTIVE ELECTIONS in the Queen's Square Division, since that division was established in 1984. In fact the UDP has received more votes than any of our political opponents be it a Municipal or General Election in Queen's Square since he became our Standard Bearer there in time for the 1983 City Council Election. He was already the selected UDP candidate in what was then the Collet Constituency. Most of the constituency that became Queen's Square after there was a redivisioning prior to the 1984 election was a part of the old Collet Constituency.

New Police Intake deferred
Minister of State with responsibility for the Police Department announced on Wednesday March 1, during his appearance on Wave Radio's Morning show that a police recruit intake which was to have taken place within the coming weeks has been deferred. Minister Aragon explained that the intake will still take place however it has been deferred to late into this year or early next year. Finances are simply not available to take on the number of recruits which there were plans for. Hon. Aragon explained that it takes between 7 to 9 million dollars to take on some 160 recruits for 6 months of training. At this time those finances are not available, however there are enough to instead train officers who are currently in the police department for them to become better policemen and women.

New toilet facility for school in Benque
The Mt. Carmel RC Primary School in Benque Viejo received the keys to their new toilet building provided by an International Rotary project last Thursday at a joyful handing over ceremony. The Rotary Club of Greater Bend, Oregon and the Rotary Club of San Ignacio, along with the Rotary Foundation and Rotary Districts funded this project, along with a focus on basic health and hygiene education. Mt. Carmel's project was funded for $78,000 BZ ($36,000 US) and serves the Standard 4 to 6 (upper division) student population of about 300. The previous building was 54 years old, built when the school was first started in 1963 and was in great need of replacing. New toilet facilities like this have been built through Rotary Club's efforts in 11 other schools in Cayo.

WORDS OF LIFE with Barry Fraser
Whatever is in our thoughts determine our actions. When faced with a problem that needs a decision, we react according to what is on our mind and in our thoughts. One reason that wrong decisions are made is that we act too soon. We make wrong decisions because we act according to our emotions rather than reason! The Missionary Paul gave some great advice to the believers in Philippi, which are still good for us today. In his letter to the Philippians, chapter 4 verses 7 and 8, we read: "The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."

Eugene Bailey gets 7 more years behind bars!
In November of 2016, two burglars were caught red handed by police inside Lucky Star Supermarket on Central American Boulevard with over $2,000 cash and an assortment of grocery items. They were later identified as Raymond Montes, 43, and Eugene Bailey, 39 and were arraigned in the Belize City Magistrates Court on December 1 for the offense of burglary. Both pleaded not guilty to the charge. Since that arraignment, Bailey had been convicted of a firearm offense and was sentenced to five years imprisonment. The duo was brought back to court on Friday, February 24, for the burglary trial.

Wardsworth Clark charged for burglary
Wardsworth Clark, 22, of #322 John Smith Street in Belama Phase 2 is being accused of burglarizing the home of his neighbour and stealing a cellular phone and a deodorant. Wardsworth pled not guilty to a single charge of burglary when he appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on Monday, February 27. He was unrepresented in court but there was no objection to bail. Magistrate Mendoza granted bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount.

Genevia Estrada remanded for Valentine killing of Eric Kent Moses
Genevia Christine Estrada, 33, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison for killing her common-law-husband Eric Kent Moses, 46, who died as a result of serious head trauma he suffered during a domestic dispute at their home on Victoria Street on Valentines Day. Police have not released much details on the incident but when they visited the scene on February 14, Moses had to be rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and Estrada was arrested for dangerous harm. She was remanded to prison after being arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on Friday, February 17, but that was only the beginning of her troubles.

PUP instigator in prison for death threat
Henry Gillett of a Majestic Alley address is on remand at the Belize Central Prison for allegedly threatening to kill Jahleel Goodger on Sunday, February 27. Readers may know Gillett better by the alias "Pulu", top street captain of the Said and Karim Musa campaigns. Pulu attends House Meetings at the pleasure of the Musas and hurls venomous insults at the government representatives and Speaker of the House during the proceedings. He has been thrown out of the National Assembly numerous times but because his antics are thought of more as comical than threatening he is allowed to return at the next sitting without objections. Unfortunately for Pulu, Goodger does not find his antics funny and decided to make a police report after being told "ah wah kill yuh".

Ex-cop unable to meet bail for killing 6 year old girl
Forty three year-old Albert Martinez, a resident of Western Pines Community, has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison for knocking down and killing 6 year-old Ashanti Pollard. Her mother, Dawn Swasey, could only look on helplessly, after they were both hit. The incident happened on Sunday, February 26, at around 6 p.m. in the Fabers Road Extension area. Ashanti's grandmother, Joan Wade, told the press that she and her mother, Dawn Swasey, had only just hopped off a bus from Hattieville that evening, and they were walking home to their house off Fabers Road. They were only a few yards away from their front gate when they were hit from behind by a silver Toyota Corolla car. The impact injured Swasey's left leg and hip, but the car carried little Ashanti's body a short distance down the road. She suffered massive injury from being run over, and she died right on the scene.

Cayo Western Ballaz clip the wings of the high flying Belmopan Bandits
The National Elite Basketball League competition continued over the weekend with a number of games on the schedule. On Friday 24th February, 2017, at the Sacred heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town the host team, the Cayo Western Ballaz, defeated the Belmopan Bandits by the score of 81-74. The top scorers for the Cayo Western Ballaz were Richard Troyer with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and an assist; Daniel Nolberto with 18 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals and Darwin Leslie with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. Meanwhile, the top scorers for the Belmopan Bandits were Farron Louriano with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists; Stephen Williams with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 7 steals and Edgar Mitchell with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals.

Male Softball Open Invitational Tournament this weekend at Rogers Stadium
The Belize Softball Federation will be holding an Open Senior Male Invitational Tournament on March 4-5 and 11-12, 2017 respectively at Rogers Stadium. The Open Senior Male Invitational Tournament will serve as the selection process for the pool of 36 players from which the final seventeen players will be selected to represent Belize at the X Pan American Male Softball Championship scheduled for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from September 14-25, 2017. The X Pan American Male Softball Championship will serve as the qualifying tournament for the XVIII Pan American Games scheduled for Lima, Peru in 2019 and the XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquillas, Colombia, in 2018.

Verdes and BDF play to a draw in Premier League action
The Premier League of Belize 2016-2017 Closing Season competition continued on Sunday 26th February, 2017, with four games on the schedule. At the MCC Grounds, the host team FC Belize won over Police United FC by the score of 1-0. The only goal of the game was an own goal that was scored by Devon Makin in the 89th minute of play that gave the win to the FC Belize team. Out at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the host team Verdes FC and the visiting Belize Defence Force FC played to a 1-1 draw. The host team Verdes FC made it onto the scoreboard first when Ricardo Jimenez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 38th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The defence of the Verdes FC took this lead well into the second half game before the BDF was able to score. The BDF finally made it onto the scoreboard when Brian Martinez scored the equalising goal in the 83rd minute of play to tie the score at 1-1.

National Elite Basketball League to hold All Star Night and All Star Game
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be hosting its third annual All-Star Night on Saturday, March 11 at St. Catherine Auditorium in Belize City. The activities will commence at 8 p.m. with the Three Point Shootout, followed by the Slam Dunk Contest at 8:30 p.m. In the nightcap, the All Star game, with a new twist will be played. The All Star Game will see the Imports team up with the Belizean Americans to form one team to challenge our local All Stars. The players for the local All Star team will be selected via fan votes and votes from team managers. The starting five will be selected by popular fan vote, via Facebook likes. Fans are to go to the NEBL Face Book page and vote for their favorite players that they would like to see represent the local squad for the All Star Game. Voting is done by positions. The remaining seven reserves will then be selected by team managers and the media. Below is the list of players who will be selected to make the 12 man roster. The top 2 guards and top 3 big men from FB votes, will decide the starters. Voting will take place from Sunday, February 26 - Saturday, March 4. The coach with the best record going into the All Star weekend will coach the local team, and the coach with the second best winning record will coach the Imports/Belizean American team.

Belize Elementary and St. John Vianney girls lead in the Belize City Primary Schools Football Competition
The 2016-2017 Belize City Primary Schools Football Competition regular season came to an end on Monday 27th February, 2017, with games in the boys' competition. In the first of two games played in the boys' competition, St. Ignatius School blanked All Saints Anglican School by the score of 6-0. The goals for St. Ignatius School were scored by Adrian Armstrong (4) and Curtis August. In the second game of the day, Wesley Upper School and St. John's Primary School played to a 1-1 draw. The goal for Wesley Upper School was scored by Devin Thurton while the goal for St. John's Primary School was scored by Rasheed Lord. On Friday 24th February, three more games in the boys' competition were played. In the first game of the afternoon, St. John's Primary School won over St. Luke Methodist School by the score of 3-0. The goals for St. John's Primary School were scored by Rasheed Lord (2) and Ervin Rhamdas.

Manic eyes
Sometime in 2005 during the previous PUP administration under the stewardship of Mr. Musa Sr., the prime minister's term was in trouble from within and without. H Musa bravely dug his heels behind his partner in crime bellowing the now infamous words at a PUP rally that "no-one will get between the love I have for R. Fonseca". We see the same scenario being repeated with Brice�o and Courtney. When I last saw Courtney giving an interview, his eyes shocked me more than his words which I will get to later. Some people commented that his eyes were penetrating, but I personally would more prefer the adjective "manic". Less generous critics would describe them as being wild or possessed. This man is loco for his client and despises his country because a UDP government is in office.

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GOB loses US$22 mil to Glenn Godfrey
The Government of Belize has lost yet another court case in the US-this time it has been denied a motion it filed in January in US Court of Appeal in the Eleventh Circuit, with jurisdiction in Georgia, Florida and Alabama, USA, to dismiss the US$22 million award handed down in favor of Glenn D. Godfrey, a Belizean attorney and former People's United Party (PUP) Cabinet Minister. The Government of Belize had contended that Ralph Fonseca, as then Budget Minister, did not have the constitutional authority to cut the deal he did with Godfrey, and it held the position that as a consequence the Master Lease Agreement (MLA) which the Government had with Intelco-signed, sealed and delivered in the USA back in 2002-is void. However, the US court found in a decision handed down on Tuesday that, "The long and short of it is, that the Government ratified Fonseca's actions through its repeated payments of large sums of money over many years and by its retention of the telecommunications equipment. It thereby ratified the waiver of sovereign immunity contained in the same agreement."

Everald Augustine, 17, fatally shot 6 times on Aloe Vera Street
Everald Augustine, 17, was shot dead on Aloe Vera Street sometime around 10 p.m. last night, Wednesday. He had just left his home when nine gunshots rang out. His mother, Ruth Castillo, heard the shots but never imagined that those bullets had hit the 7th of her eight children. Augustine's mother recalled that he left on his bicycle wearing a red shirt and promised to return shortly, but he never did. Augustine was shot six times - three times in the chest and three times in the back. He reportedly died on the scene. His mother, Ruth Castillo, said that she doesn't know why anybody would want him dead. "I don't know about any issue that he had with anybody," she told our newspaper.

So, who stole 8 visa stickers from the Immigration Department?
The Senate Select Committee continued its hearing today, Wednesday, into the Auditor General's Special Report which claimed that an elected United Democratic Party (UDP) official, former Belize City Council Deputy Mayor Eric Chang, as well as the Council's financial controller Patrick Tillett, were both involved in the purchasing of visa stickers stolen from the Immigration Department's Western border. Mark Tench, an Immigration officer of eighteen years who was stationed at the Western Border during the period when the stickers were stolen, appeared in front of the Senate Select Committee today and recalled what transpired. Tench recounted, "On the 26th of December, which was Boxing Day, I was the supervisor on shift, 6 a.m. shift. I came to work with two other officers, Reque�a and Crawford�Upon entering the door, 6 o'clock� we shift over from the night person � there is one night person that works there�

Double murder in Placencia
On Wednesday morning, rumor quickly circulated that four persons had died in a fatal traffic mishap at around 5 a.m. on the Placencia road between Miles 2 and 3. However, an official police report revealed that only two persons had died, but were burnt beyond recognition. Police reported that the victims were in a Ford F150 pickup which veered off the highway, crashed into a lamppost, and burst into flames. According to police reports, "A post-mortem examination was conducted on the two charred human remains that verified that they were those of a male in the back, and female in the front [seat] and cause of death was certified to be due to 'thermal injuries'." According to our source in the Police Department, however, this was not an accident - it was a case of double murder.

Homeless man pleads guilty to trespassing and threatening words
A homeless man who has been in the habit of sleeping behind the Ex-Services League building and who allegedly has developed the habit of uttering threats to the office manager, pleaded guilty to the use of threatening words and trespassing when the two charges were read to him in the Magistrate's Court on Monday. Anthony Neal, 65, appeared before Magistrate Norman Rodriguez, who accepted his guilty plea and fined him $100 each for the two offences, plus $5 cost of court. Magistrate Rodriguez ordered Neal to pay the two fines by April 30 and May 31 respectively. If he defaults on payment of any of the two fines, he will have to serve 1 month in jail for each offense. That was not the end of Neal's legal difficulties. Court records revealed that he has an outstanding court fine of $205 for a possession of controlled drug conviction. Neal, an unemployed deportee, was unable to present the $205 that he owes the court, so he was taken to prison to begin serving his two-month sentence.

The plight of "Belize's fastest woman:" Kaina Martinez
Google "Belize's fastest sprinter" and the name that will pop up on your screen is none other than the Seine Bight sprinter, Kaina Martinez, the woman who proudly says that she has carried Belize "on her back and on her chest" at several international events, including the 2012 Olympics held in London, UK-yet she has never been given the accolades she deserves. There are still several Belizeans who are enraged by the fact that Kaina was not picked to run for Belize at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and the only defense Belize's Olympic Committee could offer was that the well-known athlete did not submit the requisite document by the deadline. Kaina said that that is "a story they created" about her. She believes that she was "dissed" in favor of Katy Sealy, the British woman with a Belizean father who has at times competed for Belize as well; but Sealy is no Martinez and if they were both put up to a challenge at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, the odds are that Martinez, and indeed a few other Belizean sports starts, would outsprint her.

NEBL "In the Paint"
Belize City No Limit is home tonight at the Belize Elementary Auditorium to take on the visiting Western Ballaz, and will be looking to avenge their Week Five 63-56 road loss, which saw them blow a 9-point 4th quarter lead, eventually succumbing to the Western Ballaz surge. In the first meeting, No Limit dominated the boards, outrebounding the Ballaz, 54 to 38, as the quartet of Marcus Lewis, Kenny Brown, Kyle and Matthew Young accounted for 37 of those 54 rebounds. No Limit is led by Marcus Lewis, who is leading the team in scoring at 16 ppg, while Kenny Brown leads in rebounds at 7.6 rpg. As a team, they are 5th in scoring at 71.6 ppg, and last in defense, giving up 82.5 ppg. No Limit has lost 5 of 6 games played so far, with their only win coming at home against the defending champs, Hurricanes. Needless to say, they are essentially the cellar dwellers of the NEBL. As the midway point of the season inches closer, No Limit must begin to play with a greater sense of urgency, or risk not making it to the post season. That alone should give them added motivation, going into this game, and playing at home should be favored, despite losing the first matchup.

Game results from Chetumal in basketball exchange
The basketball exchange between Eagles U-20 Basketball Club of Santa Elena Town, Cayo District and Comida Asiatica of Chetumal saw four games played on Saturday, February 25, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nu Arch Basketball Stadium in Chetumal, Quintana Roo. In the first game, Fenix Female Team defeated Eagles U-20 Females, 34-9; and in the second game, Aubrey Eagles U-15 Male Team of Belmopan defeated Huracana of Chetumal, 45-34. In the third game, Itch of Chetumal defeated Venus Hotel Eagles U-20 Male Team, 39-32. And in the final game of the night, Atla Eagles U-23 Male Team defeated Comida Asiatica of Chetumal by the score of 55-35. Top scorer for Atla Eagles U-23 was Justi Ford with 39 points; and for Asiatica, Rose Hide with 23 points.

Gambis' first loss, Manu's first win in PLB coaching debut
When struggling FC Belize was assisted by their opponent's 89th minute own-goal for a 1-nil win over formidable Police United FC at the MCC Grounds yesterday, it was more than just an upset of sorts. True, FC Belize is having a rocky start this Closing Season, and are celebrating their first victory after a string of three losses, while Police United suffered their first loss. But the win is important to FC Belize for other reasons; it is also the first victory for the new head coach, former Premier League star, David "Manu" McCaulay, on whose shoulders the embattled Belize City team has laid its burden after losing their Brazilian coach half-way through the Opening Season, and with no financial backing, to secure a big name, experienced coach to lead the charge.

Western Eagles stopped three-time champs�
Hello, readers, players, supporters and fans! Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the 2017 Harrison Parks Competition continues. Thanks to the sponsors of this year's cricket season, Bowen and Bowen. Before getting into the games, our heartfelt condolences go out to the Lanza family and Uprising Cricket Team of Isabella on the passing of their loved one, Mr. Joseph "Joe" Lanza. May his soul rest in peace. Again, this weekend, followers of cricket saw some very excellent matches. One was too close for comfort; one saw the first century scored; and one is yet to be decided.

Editorial: The new Belize
In the United States, thinking Americans are beginning to understand what happened in the 2016 presidential campaign and election. The Republican Party, which has stood for the interests of the wealthy class in modern American politics, was hijacked by a super-rich element with an extremist agenda. Donald Trump is the face and voice of that agenda, but there are controllers behind the scenes who are not interested in personal publicity and shun the limelight. Those who financed and control Donald Trump consider themselves "libertarians." They believe that the only real purpose of government is to protect the individual's right to property. They believe the smaller the federal government is, the better. The ideal, as far as the libertarians are concerned, is for all the social welfare programs which originated in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon Baines Johnson's Great Society (Roosevelt in the 1930s and 1940s and Johnson in the 1960s were both Democratic Party presidents) for the protection and benefit of America's poor and middle classes, should be dismantled. The libertarians believe in an imperial, aggressive America with a Darwinian mentality, which is to say, only the strong survive.

From The Publisher
A close relative of mine, quite sincere, was saying to me two or three weeks ago that one does a disservice to the Creole people, now a dwindling minority in the territory of Belize, when one questions the Battle of St. George's Caye narrative. That narrative, as officially structured, is supposed to fill us Creoles with pride and self-esteem. Now let me say this. The only purpose the "Creole" designation can serve for me is to distinguish one African tribe here from the other, the other African tribe being the Garinagu. The purpose the "Creole" designation serves for white supremacy, on the other hand, is to encourage us to deny the fact that our ancestors came from Africa, that we were kidnapped from Africa, that we were originally enslaved in Africa. And, by the way, there are many African-descendant heroes in Belize who fill me with pride and self-esteem - Ludwig, Harmie Brackett, Margaret Usher, Glenda Ellis � The list is long. Me personally, I don't need St. George's Caye.

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeatism
Dear Editor, Given President Trump's campaign rhetoric, his conservative agenda, his majority control over both Congress and the Senate, and his penchant for antagonizing even his friends and supporters, it is not surprising that there is a seismic shift in his relations with the world as he takes the reins of power; these range from undermining the current USA-Cuba rapprochement, to downsizing the USA military presence in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, to renegotiating international trade agreements, to reneging on commitments to climate change accords, to acrimonious disputes with Mexico over the "Wall," to beginning the process of deporting those over 11 million "illegal, criminal aliens." These developments, to the extent they are implemented will, of course, generate their own set of reactions, some positive, some negative, from the rest of the world. Cuba, for instance, is already mobilizing its forces, Mexico is beginning to "talk back" (although the government of that country does not appear to be in sync with its people,) the EU is weighing its options, Japan and the Far East are watching and waiting, and our little countries are waiting for the "b�h lick" to come crashing on our backs.

Eulogy for Leela Vernon
Presented at her official funeral and mass of thanksgiving held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the St. Peter Claver Church, Punta Gorda. If I was half as brave as Leela, I would have sung that! I was honored to have been asked to read the eulogy for this wonderful, strong and brilliant lady, Leela Vernon. Leela and I have a shared passion for our country that was reinforced by our many chats together. During our many times together, Leela would always call me Wil as we joked and told stories. But as soon as the topic was Guatemala and their unfounded claim to Belize, I would become Mr. Maheia, to her! She would say "Mr. Maheia, I like wat yu di do with that Sarstoon thing; but be careful, yu hear, an noh stap tell them politicians bout dem self! This country dah fu we and we noh need no ICJ fuh tell we that." Leela Vernon, MBE, was born to Mr. Alfredo Martinez and Mrs. Gladis Genus on October 21st, 1950. Leela spent her childhood days in many small villages in southern Belize with her parents but by the age of five she was living with her grandparents and with her other siblings, Mr. Denroy Genus, Mr. Junior Tillett, Mrs. Morna Tillett Johnson, Mrs. Ida Genus, Mrs. Sonia Tillett Morrison, Mr. Henry 'Pleck' Genus, Mr. Dean Martinez, and Miss Consuelo Aguilar.

Rise in gang-related incidents a concern, even as major crimes fall
Although preliminary crime data for the first two months of 2017 indicate that major crimes, including incidences of murder, are down, there is a troubling rise in gang-related crimes and particularly gang-related murders which tend to spark retaliatory action in the streets. Our review of the cases revealed that more than half of the victims are under the age of 34, and at least three-fourths of them are of Afro-descent. The most recent murder occurred this weekend when Marcelino Chan, 54, was stabbed to death in San Roman, Orange Walk. In its crime analysis for the month of January 2017, the BCO noted that there had been 17 gang-related major crimes, including 7 murders in the Belize District and primarily in the Belize City area. For January 2016, it reported 3 gang-related murders in the Belize City area.

The Reporter

Man injured in daytime shooting
Police are investigating a blatant daytime shooting, which has left a man injured. Police say that at around 2:17 this afternoon Brandon Bennett was on the northern side of the BelCan Bridge when he was shot once to the abdomen. Bennett was transported to the [�]

La Ruta Maya Belize River challenge kicks off
Today, Over 90 teams set out for the first leg of one of the largest events on Belize's calendar, the annual La Ruta Maya endurance canoe race. The 18th installment of the La Ruta Maya challenge kicked off this morning, just under the Hawksworth Bridge in [�]

Senior officer exposes cover-up at Immigration
Senior Immigration Officer, Mark Tench, took the stand before the Senate Committee this week, highlighting even more high-level corruption in the Immigration and Nationality Department. Tench, the first of three witnesses, gave a detailed explanation of the investigation which he led, after he discovered that […]

NAC and Hand in Hand holds charity concert for children with HIV
To assist children in Belize who are living with HIV, the National AIDS Commission teamed up with Hand in Hand Ministries to hold a charity concert last Friday. The concert, hosted on the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) compound in Belize City, featured steel band music, courtesy […]

Immigration Department rolls out temporary passport solution
The Passport Office in the Immigration and Nationality Department has rolled out a short term solution to address the halt in the production of machine readable passports, due to equipment failure. The Immigration Department announced this week that is has begun providing temporary passports, in emergency cases, […]

Placencia company named Tour Operator of the Year
Due to its outstanding record in customer satisfaction, Luxury Travel Guide Magazine, a leading source of information for affluent travelers, has named Barefoot Rentals and Services in Placencia, as Tour Operator of the Year in the Americas. The magazine said that, after reviewing thousands of establishments throughout […]

Life after Earl: Agric' CEO talks recovery efforts
Seven months after Hurricane Earl caused millions of dollars in losses to the agricultural industry, the Government of Belize is starting to see the fruits of its recovery efforts. Chief Executive Officer for Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture, Sustainable Development, and Immigration, Jose Alpuche, […]

The Belizean Cheaters saga continues
An unknown Facebook user, over the weekend, spreading a false report that a minor had commited suicide because of malicious allegations made against her on the Belizean Cheaters page, however, police have shot down the report. The user began circulating an image of a female minor, with […]

Unauthorized drone use for La Ruta Maya prohibited
The unauthorized use of drones to film the upcoming La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge will be prohibited, the Ministry of Civil Aviation warned in an advisory issued this week. According to the Department of Civil Aviation, any person wishing to use a drone to film the […]

Leela Vernon's last hurrah
"The heart of a country is its culture" saidpopular brukdong singer/songwriterLeelaGenus Vernon, and her hit song; "Ah wahn know who seh Kriol no gat no kulcha"became an anthem for the Kriol Council and all those seeking to preserve the Creole language and culture. After Leela […]

Street Arts Festival delights
Belizean artists from all over the country thronged Belize City's downtown, when the City Council cordoned off Albert Street, where the National Institute of Culture and History hosted the annual Street Arts Festival on Saturday, February 25. It was difficult to know where to look […]

Charred human remains yet to be identified in Placencia road accident
At daybreak on Wednesday, a devastating accident between miles 2 and 3 on the Placencia road claimed the lives of two people, yet to be identified. The bodies were burnt beyond recognition. Around 5:00 a.m., that morning, a speeding F-150 double cab pick-up truck was […]

3 cops to face trial for manslaughter
Three policemen charged with causing the death of San Pedro bartender, 28year-old Edwin Ixpatac, are to face trial for manslaughter next month. A preliminary trial concluded on Wednesday and the Court decided to reduce the charge from murder to manslaughter on the recommendation of the […]

Two shot over the weekend
A 24-year-old man and a minor, both of whom suffered gunshot wounds in seperate incidents in Belize City over the weekend, are recovering from their injuries as police investigations are underway. Last Saturday around 11:24 a.m., police received information of several shots fired on Unity Street. Upon […]

Decomposed body of former BDF soldier discovered in river
The decomposed body of a former Belize Defence Force soldier was fished out of the Rio Hondo river on Tuesday after he is presumed to have drowned. Police say that around 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to information of a decomposed body floating some 20 feet […]

Convicted drug trafficker escapes from Belize Central Prison
An inmate of the Belize Central Prison is currently on the run from authorities after he escaped from prison officials on Sunday, February 26. Twenty-seven-year-old Jonathan Galan, a Salvadorian national and convicted drug trafficker, escaped from prison officials around 11:30 a.m. Galan was a trustee of the […]

Teen boy killed by friend
A 17-year-old boy, Everald Augustine, was shot and killed on Aloe Vera Street Wednesday night, and most surprisingly, police say the killer was a friend of his. Augustine, of a North Park Street address, was shot six times to his chest and back around 10:00 […]

BNE mops up oil leakage
By Marion Ali Assistant Editor An oil leak at the Michael Usher Number 1 oil well on the Belize Natural Energy's (BNE) compound in Spanish Lookout on Wednesday did not cause any major environmental damage, but seeped into a small stream before it was contained. BNE shared with the Reporter […]

Another multi-million dollar lawsuit for GOB
The Government of Belize's litigation worries increased this week, after a United States Circuit Court dismissed its request to have Glenn Godfrey's US $22 million claim thrown out. The US Circuit Court ruled that GOB acted as if it intended to abide by the contract […]

American tourist drowns off S.Pedro
A 29-year-old American woman from Texas, vacationing in Belize, died on Tuesday after she reportedly fell from a jet ski into the waters off the coast of Ambergris Caye and drowned. Rickilee Michelle Mercer and her friend Marvin Hazim Yono, 39, were riding jet skis […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Shooting in Belize City
Reports reaching our newsroom is that a man was shot a short while ago on Belcan bridge in Belize City. The person was reportedly rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Police are on the scene. BBN will have more details as the information is [�]

Road traffic accident in Santa Cruz, Southern Belize
BBN has received reports about a road traffic accident that happened a short while ago in Santa Cruz Village, Stann Creek District. According to reports, the accident involved a taxi driver and a truck and it happened near the Placencia junction. Details are still [�]

UDP wins Arenal by-elections
On Sunday, February 27, a by-election was held in the village of Arenal in the Cayo district. Arenal is a small village located near the borderline with Belize and Guatemala. The by-election was held to elect a chairman since the previous one passed away. [�]

Belize establishes agriculture outreach station on border
The Belize government is quietly establishing its presence at the Jalacte/Santa Cruz border crossing. Jalacte is on Belize's side of the border and Santa Cruz is on the Guatemalan side.\ Villagers can be seen traversing the area freely but we understand the Belize has put [�]

Burnt vehicle and victims, RTA or Murder?
Yesterday an official police report was issued stating that between miles 2 and 3, Stann Creek District, officers saw a Ford F-150 double cab pickup truck completely destroyed by fire. The report also made mention that the pickup truck collided into an electrical wooden lamp post. Inside the vehicle were suspected charred human remains that have not yet been identified.

International Sourcesizz

Ham radio shown to Belize Scouts
The Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) successfully completed an ´Introduction to Amateur Radio´ for the Scout Association of Belize on Sunday, February 26, 2017 The demonstration, held at the Scouts National Training Grounds, near Burrell Boom, was divided into four parts: BARC´s Goals for Amateur Radio in Belize, Educational Video, Hands-On Demonstration of Radio Equipment and a Question and Answer Session. Boys and girls of the Scouts Association from across Belize were participants in this first of its kind demonstration that represents a first step of cooperation between BARC and ScoutsBelize. This cooperation, both organizations agree, will provide beneficial results and acquired skills for everyone, especially the participating youth.

Waterfalls, reefs and a desert island. It's Belize - the director's cut
Francis Ford Coppola has opened a private island hideaway, which makes a great addition to a tour of the country's rainforest and Mayan ruins. I am eight miles out to sea on a strip of sand 111 paces long and 40 paces wide. Dolphin fins break the surface of the turquoise ocean, crabs scurry and the dark shadow of the reef bellows in the depths below. There is nothing else. The wickedness of the world, those lists and worries, are somewhere beyond the edge of the sea. To be cast away on a desert island is the ultimate travel therapy. Of course, the reality isn't always rosy. Robinson Crusoe was attacked by cannibals and Tom Hanks was forced to make friends with a volleyball. Yet there's no danger of hardship here. This is Coral Caye, the Apocalypse Now director Francis Ford Coppola's new private island hide- away in the�

Ready-to-drink coconut water is gaining traction
A year and half ago, NuCoco was established. "We offer pure coconut water from water coconuts," says Michael Brown, co-owner and CEO of NuCoco. "It's a very fresh product that does not involve any processing. After the coconut is picked, the husk is taken off, the product is wrapped and a straw is added." NuCoco is the only supplier of fresh water coconuts sold in North America that open in seconds with its 4-step process using a straw; no machete, no butcher knife, no icepick required. See 'how to' video below. The company partners with growers and co-packers in Southern Mexico and Belize. As soon as the product has been finished, it is trucked into Texas from Southern Mexico. Coconuts from Belize arrive into Miami by sea. "What is unique about our product is that our coconut water is the freshest and purest, unprocessed coconut water sold in America. The product reaches the stores within 10-11 days after harvest. In addition to being a delicious health drink, the nut can be cracked open afterwards to enjoy nutritious and tender coconut pulp. "You get a drink and snack in the same pack," said Brown. NuCoco water and pulp can be used in smoothies, cocktails, salads, soups and desserts.

Has Caribbean sugar a future?
Unless the sugar industry in Caricom can develop in the coming months a co-ordinated and concerted plan of action, it is quite possible that in a few years' time there will be little left of an industry which, for evil and good, has played a central role in the making of the Caribbean. This is because this year will see two tsunami-like events occur, both of which threaten the survival of the industry in its present form. The first relates to the changes that will take place this October in the European Union's sugar regime. Then, as a long planned domestic measure, the EU will abolish national sugar production quotas in Europe. This will have the effect of reducing the price paid for sugar from the African Caribbean Pacific group of nations (ACP), while also causing the overall volume of EU sugar imports to fall as Europe becomes self-sufficient. For high-cost Caribbean producers - Guyana, Barbados, Belize and Jamaica - and almost all smaller cane producers in the ACP, this potentially spells the end of the EU market, as previously quota-restrained EU beet farmers expand production, taking advantage of much improved yields and industry consolidation, to sell without restriction across Europe and to export.


  • Remembering Leela in P.G., 6min.

  • Bex Kill Shots, 1min. A compilation of Bex hitting kill shots during a local volleyball competition

  • Belize Missionary Trip 2016, 4.5min.

  • Bats in Belize, 1min. Caye Caulker.

  • Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge 2017 Begins!, 1min. At the end of the first leg of the Ruta Maya, team NICH crossed the line, narrowly edging out Koop Sheet Metal. It was an awesome first day of racing for these hard paddling gentlemen.

  • Start to La Ruta Maya, 5min.



  • Fun Fridays (Marlyn Vansen, Bruk It Down Jenny, Flourgon), 68min.

  • Public Utilities Commission - 1st Cyber Security Symposium, 40min.

  • CHOCOLATE AND SPICE FARM TOUR, 1min. The history of Chocolate is a delicious tale of discovery, invention and exploration!

  • Belize NOW - Episode 12, 31min. The CEO Caucus gears up for its second annual Cancer Awareness Ride, the Ministry of Tourism discusses plans for 2017, and we found out more about the Youth and Community Transformation Program. These stories and more on this week's edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, March 3rd, 2017,

  • Rigo Vellos at the Arnold Classic, 9min.

  • Snorkel Belize, 4min.

  • Belize 2016, 20min.

  • Belize- February 2017, 7min. EF College Break to Belize Central America.

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