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Today's Belize News: March 28, 2017 #522614
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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro’s little ones shine at annual Festival of Arts
Under the theme ‘Born Talented, Born to Shine,’ the various San Pedro Town pre-schools convened at the San Pedro Lions Den on Thursday, March 23rd to showcase their creativity at the 2017 Festival of Arts. As part of Child Stimulation Month, the annual event saw 14 presentations filled with culture, nationalism, and much talent. A packed Den saw the participation of students from Little Angels, Ambergris Caye Elementary, San Pedro, ABC, San Pedro’s Shining Stars, Isla Bonita, and Brighter Tomorrow Pre-Schools.

Volunteers join SPTC in repainting Central Park benches
Volunteers from the non-governmental organization Projects Abroad joined members of The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) on Thursday, March 23rd to repaint the benches at Central Park. Most of the area around the park had been smudged with paint during the town’s festivities of ‘El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro’, and a touch-up was in order.

Wolfe’s Woofer: Counting
“All right,” I said. “What’s going on here?” “It looks like a traffic checkpoint,” Sherry answered. “There are two lines of cars but whichever one you get in looks like a long wait.” We were barely over the border going from Belize into Mexico and already at our first traffic stop. I pulled over, rolled down the window and settled down for a long wait. In the lane next to us a carload of tourists were arguing with the Mexican policeman. “Señor, this car is not legal,” the policeman was saying.

Remembering Cormac (Corry) Thomas McDermott
On December 11, 1982, Corry married Janet Knips. In 1985, they moved to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, and spent the majority of the next 35 years in Real Estate development. They were very active in the local community with philanthropic work, and especially dear to both of them was their work helping the less fortunate and the orphaned children of Belize. When not residing on the island, they also enjoyed living in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and Houston, Texas.

Ambergris Today

Caribeña Fuel Reopens Service Station After Hurricane Damage
On August 2016, Hurricane Earl caused great damage to many businesses on Ambergris Caye, especially to piers and structures along the beach side. Caribeña Fuels was one of the many that was completely washed away. It may have taken sometime but they are now back and ready for business. The new Pier and service station was officially inaugurated for business on Monday, March 13, 2017. It's great to see most of the businesses on the island bounce back after harmful storms.

Remembering Mr. Eiden Salazar Sr. May He Rest In Peace
Mr Eiden Salazar arrived at San Pedro from Mexico and as a child he roamed bare footed around San Pedro, fishing, swimming, collecting firewood for his mom's cooking, and attended the R.C. School of the island. As a teen Eiden was a fisherman and later married Neydy Alamilla, a union that brought forth four children, Emely Marisa, Jenny, and Eiden Salazar Jr. Eiden then became a businessman and operated Jenny's Store, a movie place and restaurant. Along with his son, Eiden Jr. he also made possible the first radio station on the Island, Reef Radio. A humble man with a wide smile and a good sense of humor, Eiden enjoyed a good life and was a positive role model to his family and community.

2017 Science Fair At San Pedro High School
San Pedro High School held its annual science fair with the theme "Knowledge is Power" on Friday, March 24th, 2017 at the R. Angel Nunez Auditorium. Students got the chance to portray what they have learnt using simple products such as fruits, water and other household items to create them into something amazing. Those who attended where surprised by the amount of knowledge and dedication students put into their project. Others couldnt resist noticing that some of these ideas are really good and would benefit San Pedro if they were to be implemented by the town council. Good Job SPHS!!!

San Pedro Expands Blood Drives To Caye Caulker
The Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch was pleased to facilitate training for the first blood drive (that they know of) on Caye Caulker. Belize Blood Services Nurse Doreen Madrill and Juan Rocha, Lab Tech, both confirmed in the 13 and 14 years that they have been working for Belize Blood Services that they have never done a blood drive there. The monumental event was carried out March 4th with the help of Noelle Gray, Nurse Chris Diego, island residents and the support of local San Pedro and Caye Caulker businesses. The blood drive was a huge success. A strong show of community support made it clear that Caye Caulker Islanders are huge advocates for blood collection. They came out steadily all day long and donated a total of 21 pints by 3:00 pm.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Shop at Saga Stella & Dot Trunk Show
Shopping with Stella & Dot is not only fun, but until April 15, 2017, proceeds from this exclusive Saga Trunk Show will benefit the dogs and cats that call Saga Humane Society home. Can't find that perfect gift for your best friend? Need something great for Mother's Day? Graduation is just around the corner. Why not find that perfect something right now and save a life. The shelter is full and the cattery is overcrowded, but we take them all, heal them and now must find them forever homes. Your purchase will help us do just that.

SBDC Workshop: Importance of Planning for the Future
Presented by: Ms. Monique Usher, Post/Teaching Description: Business Advisor SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: Beltraide Conference Room, 14 Orchid Garden Street, , Belize City Workshop Date: March 30th, 2017. Time: 9am to 12noon. Through this workshop you will understand how to develop your strategic plan You will also learn tips in how to sustain your strategic plan, avoid running strategic meetings and maintain energy in your planning process (and life). Cost: $30.00. Includes snacks and refreshments.

Energy Information Management and Belizean Energy Information Workshop
The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities (MPSEPU) in partnership with the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) will be hosting an Energy Information Management and Belizean Energy Information System workshop on March 28th – 31st, 2017. This event will be hosted at the Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City, commencing on Tuesday, March 28th at 8:30 a.m. The objective of the Energy Information Management system is to provide data to support the evidence basis to advance the Ministry’s strategy to expand renewable sources of energy and reduce the country’s dependence on imported refined fossil fuels.

Beach Volleyball Tournament April 15 & 16
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Watercolour paintings are currently on display as part of the Arte con Voz de Mujer Exhibit
Showcasing the works of 11 female artists from Corozal. Visit the Corozal House of Culture to view more.

Caye Caulker Lionfish Derby Results!

Hon. Edmond Castro and Hon. Godwin Hulse Main Speakers at Maskall Village Fair
Main speakers at the first ever Agriculture and Trade Fair in the village of Maskall yesterday, March 26th, were Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management Hon. Edmond Castro, who is also Area Representative for Belize Rural North; and Minister of Agriculture Hon Godwin Hulse. In his address at the opening ceremony, Minister of Agriculture Hon. Godwin Hulse remarked that the event was timely, and he said their newly adopted motto at the Ministry of Agriculture, “LET’S GET GROWING”, fits well with Belize Rural North Area Representative Hon. Edmond Castro’s mission which is, “CLEAR THE LAND”. Put them together, he explained, and you have a full plan of action: “CLEAR THE LAND and LET’S GET GROWING.”

Attorney General Participates in ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly at the European Parliament in Brussels
Senator and Attorney General of Belize, the Honourable Michael Peyrefitte, represented Belize at the 45th Session of the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) Parliamentary Assembly and the Inter-sessional meetings of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) held from the 21st to 24th March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium at the European Parliament. The Honourable Senator also represented Belize at the Caucus of CARIFORUM parliamentarians and Brussels-based Ambassadors held on 24th March, and hosted by the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Guyana, the Honourable Carl B. Greenidge.

The National Sports Council Contributes to Citizen Security through Sports Development
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture through the National Sports Council (NSC), the Eastern Police Division (South) and the Collet Community teamed up to enhance the safety of youth who wish to participate in sporting and recreational activities. Through a cleanup and lighting project, the residents of Faber’s Road Extension are now enjoying their basketball court and football field. The National Sports Council assisted in installing lights on the fields to promote healthy evening and night recreational activities. Additionally, the NSC embarked on an extensive cutting and cleanup of the football field, the basketball court and surrounding areas. The basketball court will be resurfaced over the next few weeks.

PACT Annual Investment Award Ceremony
Today PACT held it's Annual Investment Award Ceremony with this year's recipients being awarded under two new categories of investment funding - 'Single' and 'Multiple'. A total of BZ 1.1 million dollars was awarded through 5 grants. Recipients included the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development - Belize, Southern Environmental Association, PROGRAMME FOR BELIZE, the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations - APAMO and Ya'axché Conservation Trust, alongside the Belize Audubon Society and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE). Congratulations to all grantees! The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) extends its warmest wishes to all the investment award recipients and wishes them every success in the execution of their projects!

UTSA President's Distinguished Achievement Award
Congratulations to Dr. Jason Yaeger, MVAP project director, for receiving the UTSA President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization! This award recognizes one faculty member per year who has significantly expanded UTSA’s involvement in the global arena.

SACD’s Executive Director featured on MAR Leadership Programme
Congratulations to SACD’s Executive Director for being featured on last week’s MAR Leadership programme. Mr.Verde, has had an everlasting dedication to ensure that his fellow community people recognize that it is only through sustainable practices that there can be hope towards a better future. His passion for conservation and his community, are his drive to one day inspire enough people to join his belief. SACD, is proud to have him as it’s Executive Director.

APRIL FOOL's COMEDY SHOW IN SAN PEDRO
It's time to laugh once again. It has been a year since our last comedy show, so this year we're stepping it up with an even bigger lineup of local performers! That's right! A bunch of bozos you know and hopefully love will be performing for you this Saturday, including: Date: Saturday April 1st, 2017 Time: 7:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Place: Sandbar Location: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye BRAD REEDER (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing) BEN POPIK ROB BURROWS JOE CHUNG MICHAEL TAYLOR JAKE FROM STATE FARM It's going to be a great show for a great cause! Tickets are $25bz, and all ticket proceeds go to benefit the Hope Haven Childrens Home. Tickets will be available starting Wednesday at Sandbar, The Truck Stop, and Crazy Canucks. Tickets will likely sell out, so get yours as soon as you can! See you Saturday!

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program
Being smart is cool! On Friday, we had our second STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program at the Embassy. We were delighted to host 12 female students from Belmopan Comprehensive School. Charge d’Affairs Adrienne Galanek welcomed the group and inspired them to study STEAM subjects and to consider careers in STEAM. Megan, the Embassy's Facility Manager, and Heidi, our Electrical Engineer, encouraged students to embrace various fields of STEAM and took them on a tour of the Embassy, explaining the science and technology behind our air conditioning and water treatment systems, xeriscaping, and our new solar panels! An Embassy representative also spoke to the students about cyber violence and the importance of being vigilant on social media. Remember, once you post or share a picture online, it will be there FOREVER! Be smart, be safe, be STEAM!

Honouring Tomasa Novelo de Paz
In celebration of Woman's month, we invite you to celebrate the life of Tomasa Novelo de Paz. An outstanding woman who opted to share her gift and skills to benefit her community. Friday, March 31 at 7 PM - 11 PM. San Pedro House of Culture.

Channel 7

One of the Most Violent 72 Hours in History
The past 72 hours have been one of the most violent and traumatic periods in Belize's history. There were 8 murders, 5 of them in the city, and one of them right at the second biggest police station in the country. More than that, three persons lost their lives in traffic fatalities. Indeed, it's a dizzying panorama of violence, and tonight the community, the police and the media are still grappling with it. The victims range from a 16 year old in Cristo Rey, Cayo, to a 59 year old in Belize City, and, so far, only one arrest has been reported, and that is of the man who stabbed a police officer to death right in front of a whole police station - full of cops who didn't have guns, so they had to knock him out with a cement block. Indeed, it leaves your head spinning - and the unprecedented rash of violence forced the Commissioner of Police and his senior commanders in the city to hold a press briefing. The main thing the media wanted to know was if the police have a plan to ensure greater public safety. Here's how the Commissioner described the current situation and the police response:

Weekend of Violence Begins with Double Murder for Double-Riders
And we start our coverage of all these murders with the first two that occurred in the city. It happened early on Saturday morning when two men - one 34 and the other 59, were double riding on a bicycle on Kelly Street. Near to Chon Saan Restaurant, a white car pulled up and opened fire with two guns. Both men were shot twice in the head, and they both died on the spot - strewn across the street with a bicycle between them. It's a very unusual double murder and Daniel Ortiz went looking for answers today:... Daniel Ortiz reporting: Pain, loss, and disbelief...these were but some of the complex emotions that the families of 34-year-old Byron Marshall and 59-year-old Nelson Noralez were struggling with today when we got a chance to speak with them. They were still trying to understand what prompted their double murder on Saturday night.

12 Hours Later, Another Murder
About 13 hours later, Belize City police had to return to that very same city block to take control of another murder scene, and this one was in a yard right down the street from where the double murder happened. That's where they found 30 year-old Randy Green, who lives nearby, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The police tried to rush him to the KHMH to get medical treatment, but he died while in transit. Today, the police told us what they've been able to find out so far about Green's fatal shooting: ACP Dezerie Phillips - OC, Eastern Division North: "The second incident occurred on Saturday March 25th around 3:45pm, where one, Randy Green was fatally shot whilst inside a carpentry shop on Freetown Road. Investigations reveal that Green was inside this compound along with other persons when a gun man walk into the compound and fire shots fatally wounding him."

Senate Debates But Cannot Delay Budget, Because GOB Has Church Support
So far we've told you about three of the weekend's eight murders. We'll tell you about the other five shortly, but first we'll cut to the senate. Today the upper house met with 13 senators for the first time. They had a very full day of business, and at this hour the meeting is still ongoing. But the center price was the budget debate, and here are a few clips from that back and forth:... At this time, the budget debate is winding up. The Senate still has 11 bills to discuss after that, so the meeting will be going for a while. But, the big question is will the Senate be able to use its non government majority to delay the budget? It would be a first, but as you saw the church senator supports the budget giving the government six, one more to make it 7 in support - so it will pass.

Still Fighting Over Superbond, Even In Senate
And the Senate also had a robust debate on the Superbond. Parliament has to approve the Amendment to the terms and conditions off the bonds - and here ar multiple sides of that argument:…

AG Says He Did It For Free, Not For Fees
And while they differ on the bond: the PUP and the UDP seem to agree on one thing: the fees related to the negotiating the bond is a prickly issue. The Attorney General bristled at just the mention of it:..

Nagle-Gazing
And one more interesting bit is the information that came out of today's sitting about Belize's Ambassador to Vienna, Joel Nagle. PUP Shadow minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Courtenay says it is an international embarrassment:…

Two Killings In A Small Stann Creek Village
We report now on the two weekend murders which happened in the Stann Creek Village of Santa Cruz. The first one is believed to have happened sometime between late Friday and early Saturday morning. That's when the police found 55 year-old Guatemalan Roberto De Leon, who appeared to have been robbed, and beaten to death. This morning, the officer in charge of the National Crimes Investigation Branch gave us an update on what the investigators know so far: ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB: "Roberto De Leon, 55 years old farmer was found motionless outside his vehicle on an unnamed street just behind the football field. Initial police investigation revealed that Mr. De Leon had left his home sometime around 4pm enroute to the orange factory to deliver oranges in Pomona."

Santa Cruz Stabbing
Police also had to return to that village early this morning when they found the body of Belizean Austin Zavala, who had been stabbed to death. Assistance Police Commissioner Myvette also discussed that one: ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB: "The third murder was that of Austin Zavala, 23 years old, Belizean of Santa Cruz Village, Stann Creek District. Sometime around 2am this morning, police responded to a bar in the village of Santa Cruz where the lifeless body of Austin Zavala was seen with one single stab wound to the left side of his chest."

Cristo Rey Teenager Killed, Possibly By Relative
The violent weekend's youngest victim is a 16 year old Guatemalan. At 6:30 on Saturday in Cristo Rey Village, Rosendo Pop had a dispute with 18 year old Victor Galleano, both boys are said to be related. Reports are that the dispute was over a girl. But police could not confirm that at this point. Galleano reportedly stabbed Pop to the chest. He died on the spot. Police have since detained Galleano pending charges. Here is what police had to say on this case. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB: "Sometime around 6:30pm on Saturday 25 March, police responded to an incident in Cristo Rey Village, where one Rosendo Pop 16 years old, Guatemalan unemployed, was seen with one single stab wound to the left side of his chest." "Initial police investigation revealed that the deceased along with a group of persons were engaged in an altercation with one Victor Galeano. As a consequence the deceased is allege to have punch Galeano and Galeano responded by stabbing the deceased. Galeano is in police custody pending investigation."

Cop Killed By Civilian In Country’s Biggest Police Station
As we told you at the top of the news, it's been the most murderous weekend in memory. But perhaps the most incredible murder is 43 year old PC Nervin Locke, known as Marvin. He was killed right at the Raccoon Street police station, right in front of a whole station full of officers. Julie Arias, Mother: "From he is growing up he always says to me, mom I want to be a policeman so I said well son you have to work into it, it's not just saying you are going to be a police man you have to work to be a policeman." Courtney Weatherburne reporting: And he did work at it. PC Nervin Locke realized his goal of becoming a police officer. He served for over 15 years and like his colleagues, he got his fair share of working at various check points and patrolling regularly. But yesterday afternoon around 3:00, as he was coming off his shift, PC Locke was murdered right in front of the Raccoon Street police station. A civillian, Marcial Toledo came looking for PC Locke at the station while he was out on patrol. Toledo waited at the station until Locke returned. But it wasn't any friendly visit.

Cop Killer Speechless In Court
And this afternoon, 47 year old Marcial Toledo, a Honduran national was arraigned for the murder of Marvin Locke. When Toledo arrived at court, the two CIB officers escorting him had to physically take him out of the police vehicle because he refused to move. Due to his head and facial injuries as seen in this footage, he appeared barely able to walk. The labourer of Holy Emmanuel Street was taken before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith and read a single charge of murder. Inside the court room, he didn't say a word. Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith took note of his unresponsive behaviour, so she asked him several questions.

Man Killed At The same Place His Brother Was Murdered
A 43 year old Selvin Bahadur was gunned down and killed in front of his house on Jones Street, 1 year after his younger brother Micheal Lopez was killed in that same spot. It is very raw and wounding for the family as another loved ones'd blood is shed right at their front steps. It happened last night after 10:00 and Bahadur's mother and sister told us what they know. Merleen King, Mother: "I was in my bed last night when my common-law-husband told me that he heard a gunshot." Courtney Weatherburne, 7News: "What time was this?" Merleen King, Mother: "About 10:05pm and he said that it sounded close to the house and I told him to hurry get up and let us see who it is. When we open the door, we saw a police vehicle out there and my neighbor called to me and told me that it's your son out there on the ground. I said "oh my God, my next son by the same spot." I didn't believe it and so I ran out. I was on there on the street, then the police came around and my friends came to assist me. I never believe my son again they took away from me."

Pinks Alley, In The Aftermath Of a Fire Disaster
When we left you on Friday night, the news was about the massive, raging fire in Pink's Alley which left so many homeless. Well, this weekend it became an emergency response effort with so many families and persons homeless. Alex Courtenay documented the efforts to shelter and house these persons:...

Caye Caulker Village Center Was In Flames
And Pink's Alley wasn't the only fire on Friday. At almost the same time the fire started in the Alley, the Caye Caulker Fire Department responded to a house ablaze near the police station. Here's what the fire department's operation officer, Benesford Matura, told us about the investigation so far... Benisford Matura, Ops., Ofc - Fire Dept.: "While we were out at that fire, the officer in charge of Caye Caulker call me at approximately 4:45, which was like 15 minutes into the Pink's Alley fire, there was a fire in Caye Caulker a little ways across from the police station. It's a two story structure, wooden first floor and the ground floor in concrete. It was an apartment building." "The wooden section of the building got gutted and so a part of the cement structure was safe."

Zericote Building Ablaze
There was one more fire in the Belize District this weekend. This time a wooden structure on Zericote Street was engulfed in flames. Matura also told us about the Department's quick response to that fire...

Fire Department Calls For A More Vigilant Public
And after so much loss to fire, Matura made an appeal to the public, asking that all citizens do their best to ensure that they do not contribute to easily preventable fires...

Police and Media Make Nice, For A Day
On tonight's newscast, you've seen a lot on the police press conference that Commissioner Allen Whylie hosted. It was the first one in months by any senior officer. That's after Whylie changed the way that his commanding officers countrywide are allowed to interface with the media. When he first became the commissioner he was the first top cop to authorize the officers in charge of the different formations to give informed briefings on different criminal matters, and what the police are doing to keep things under control. Then, early this year, he decided to go in the completely opposite direction, when he ordered that all information be filtered through the Police Press Office. Two weeks ago, the forced the media to boycott the department, since the free flow of information has been cut off. Today, the press asked him for a comment on the rift, and here's what he had to say:

Cops Still Piecing Together Body Parts Case
At today's press briefing, police also gave an update on those dismembered body parts found in the Iguana Creek last week. As we told you on one day, police found arms and legs which had been cut in half and stuffed in a sack, and on the second day, they found a torso. Here's what the cops said today:.. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB: "In reference to the human body parts that was found earlier last week near the Iguana Creek Bridge, the police investigation still continues into this matter. Post mortem done on the remains of what were found was determine to be that of a female hispanic of stocky built and the post mortem also revealed that she died from 7 stab wounds."

Woman Constable, Mother Of Three Killed In Accident
A female police officer was killed in a traffic accident on Friday night. It happened just outside Punta Gorda town where WPC Jennifer Hibberd was driving an SUV. Between miles 97 and 98 on the Southern Highway, in the village of Cattle Landing she collided head on into a Dodge Intrepid. Police found Hibberd on the road dead. The other driver, Liston Armstrong had also been thrown from his vehicle.

Motorbike Rider Is Killed In Ranchito
And form far south to far north, there was one other fatal road accident this weekend. On Saturday Margarito Matus was driving from Orange Walk to Corozal, and upon reaching Ranchito Village between miles 83 and 84 he collided head on with Edwardo Sanker, who was travelling in the opposite direction on a motorcycle. According to police reports, Sanker died upon impact. Matus was later served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution.

Hit And Run Victim Still Unknown
Police responded to another road traffic accident on Sunday, this time in Stann Creek. Police found an injured man, the victim of a hit and run, near the ITVET compound in Hope Creek. Police quickly took the man to the Southern Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police have yet to identify the victim.

Senate History?
And in one more bit of news tonight, history may have been made in the senate 10 minutes ago. The PACT Bill was voted down, 7 against, 6 in favor. We'll have more on this tomorrow.

Forget Me Not Festival
And after all that heavy news tonight, we leave you with some highlites of the weekend's pree school festival of the arts. Enjoy and join us back here tomorrow.


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Channel 5

8 Murders in Wild Weekend; Cop Stabbed to Death at Police Headquarters in Belize City
A series of murders over the weekend has shocked a nation long since used to hearing about wanton, senseless violence. The past weekend was grim with bloodshed in the Belize, [...]

A Double Murder on Kelly Street
The senseless string of murders in the city, however, started early on Saturday morning in an area heavily-trafficked.  Just after two o’clock, an elderly resident accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old were [...]

Randy Green, Formerly Accused of Joshua Abraham Murder, is Shot Dead
Kelly Street is located off a busy intersection in the city; it was the venue of yet another murder in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon.  Randy Green, who was recently [...]

Selvin Bahadur Gunned Down on Jones Street
As the weekend came to a close, the fifth murder for the Old Capital occurred on Jones Street where a forty-year-old was gunned down in front of his gate. Selvin [...]

3 Murders in Santa Cruz, Stann Creek & Cristo Rey, Cayo
Aside from the five murders in Belize City, there were two others in Santa Cruz, Stann Creek and one in Cristo Rey, Cayo District. In the south, Guatemalan farmer Roberto [...]

Counting the Cost of “Worst” Majestic Alley Fire
On Friday evening, a fire destroyed four buildings in the congested Majestic Alley including the signature “long barracks,” which has eight units and houses as many as thirty people.  When [...]

Fire Service Has No Answers
So, what caused the fire that wiped out the Barracks and left more than fifty people without a roof over their heads?  There is plenty speculation as to what caused [...]

Opposition Charges Fire Department’s Budget Should Not Have Been Cut
Two weeks ago, the PM tabled the 2017/2018 Budget. And while debate has been fast and furious on many issues, one that perhaps was lost in the marathon debate was [...]

Opposition Leader Makes Bipartisan Call for Help
Today, Fort George Area Representative Said Musa was joined by Leader of the Opposition John Briceño in appealing for assistance for fire victims.  Briceño made a special call on Government [...]

Fire, Fire Everywhere! Zericote Street Home Targeted
There were three other fires over the weekend. On Sunday night, a fire took out a small business on Zericote Street in the city. Sometime after seven-thirty p.m., smoke and [...]

Apartment Goes Down in Flames in Caye Caulker
As Majestic Alley was ablaze, a fire also erupted on Caye Caulker. A wooden and concrete structure went up in flames just after four-thirty p.m.  The fire department was assisted [...]

Trash Fire Takes out Ladyville Home
A small wooden home in Ladyville was also wiped out after a fire spread from burning trash across the street. The embers of that small fire lit near some bushes [...]

Police Stuck on Stabbed, Dismembered Blackman Eddy Torso
The dismembered body of a woman found in a crocus sack last week near the Iguana Creek Bridge in Black Man Eddy Village remains unidentified.  The gruesome discovery of the [...]

Police Mourn Toledo Woman Officer’s Tragic Traffic Death
There were three fatal road traffic accidents reported over the weekend, including one in the Toledo District which claimed the life of a Woman Police Constable.  Thirty-two-year-old Jennifer Hibberd was [...]

At Senate, Lizarraga Questions Government Spending for Budget
Just before seven-fifteen this evening, a division was called in the Senate on the 2017-2018 General Revenue and Appropriation Bill. The Bill, also known as the Budget, passed by a [...]

Eamon Courtenay: Budget has Belize “Bouncing Backwards”
As a Senior Counsel, Eamon Courtenay has faced his share of scary situations. So what would cause the Opposition’s top Senator to “faint away,” as he claimed during this morning’s [...]

No Alternative Facts: Courtenay Says G.O.B. Raised Taxes
Close to eighty million dollars has been claimed by the Government in additional tax measures under the new Budget, affecting everything from electricity to fuel to the environment. And while [...]

Aldo Salazar Says Belize is Better Off Compared to Caribbean Neighbours
Responding for the Government, Senator Aldo Salazar made the point that Belize is in the same boat as the rest of the region, where Jamaica passed massive tax increases and [...]

Business Senator Asks Belizeans to Reflect on “Urban Terrorism”
The first matter discussed in the Senate this morning was not the Budget or even the Superbond – those came later. Business Senator Mark Lizarraga opened the sitting with a [...]

ComPol Plans Media Meeting – Standoff over Access Persists
The impasse between the media and the Belize Police Department persists, despite a press briefing being called this morning in the wake of an exceptionally bloody weekend.  While the media [...]

Prime Minister Hails Standard and Poor’s Taking Belize Out of Default
After a marathon two days of discussion and recrimination, Prime Minister Dean Barrow wrapped up the House of Representatives’ debate on the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill just before eleven [...]

P.M. Barrow Talks Record after 10 Years in Government
Belize is hardly alone regionally in economic malaise; many nations in the Caribbean region, whose governments are presently submitting budgets for consideration similar to others, have had similar sluggish economic [...]

Sports Monday Takes Stock of Sporting Weekend
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities....]

CTV3

Another Fatality On The Philip Goldson Highway
Xaibe resident Eduardo Sanker was killed instantly when the Suzuki motorcycle he travelled on slammed into an incoming Toyota 4Runner along mile 81 on the Phillip Goldson Highway on Saturday, March 25th in Ranchito Village in Corozal. Sanker was travelling in the direction of San Joaquin Village, when he reportedly lost control of his motorbike, causing it to careen towards the incoming SUV. The impact was severe. The motorbike was smashed on impact and Sanker’s body lay motionless and lifeless on the road.

Vehicle Flips Over At The Entrance Of Town
And this afternoon, in an area not too far away on the Phillip Goldson Highway, there was another traffic mishap. Fortunately, this one was not fatal and the driver escaped with as much as a scare. It involved this Chevrolet Malibu car which slipped off the road along a dangerous curve entering Corozal Town and flipped over, landing upside down near the sea coast. The Chevy vehicle with Belmopan license plate C07588 suffered damages to the body. Following the accident, the driver, an unidentified person of Chinese nationality, crawled out to safety.

PM Closes Budget Debate
The second day of the 2017-2018 Budget Debate before the 31-member House of Representatives went until almost 11:30 on Friday night. Prime Minister Dean Barrow was only present for an hour and arrived at 8, then left, and arrived once more at 10:13pm when Cayo South representative Julius Espat was ending his presentation. The PM then closed the day’s proceedings with a 36 minute statement in which he focused his complaints on the Opposition leader Hon. John Briceno. As expected, the PM could not help himself on going into the gutter.

Senate Debates Budget, Senator Salas Votes Against The Financial Plan
On Thursday and Friday of last week, members of the House of Representatives, took turns to debate the national budget and today, it was the turn of the 13 senators to do so. While Church Senator Ashley Rocke supported the budget alongside the UDP senators, the 13th Senator, Osmany Salas did not stating that the NGO community cannot support a budget that is not well prepared. And as expected, the opposition did not support the budget either.

More Gifts For Concepcion RC School
All indications are that the Rotary was in a gift-giving mood on Saturday. In addition to initiating the project on the compound, Rotary member Fred Orio handed over a new laptop and printer to the school Principal. School teacher Adriano Ramirez said that now that they have Centaur Express Internet, the laptop will be of great benefit to the students.

Concepcion RC Goes Green
The idea of bathroom facilities that use minimal amounts of water may be a worthy one for communities that find access to water a serious challenge. Here in the north a number of communities have limited water access, and there are those such as Copper Bank that are facing water shortage. Rotary Club’s Ron Zurlinden suggested that those schools could consider projects like the one in Concepcion to maximise the use of their resources.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Is Corruption Costing Lives On Our Highways?
By Charles Leslie Jr. I believe that the sale of drivers licenses (corruption) to incompetent drivers, is a major contributing factor to the ever increasing road traffic injuries and deaths on Belize’s highways. On March 26th, 1934 the United Kingdom established its first driving test to test drivers for competence. UK residents had to take this test in order to obtain a full Great Britain or Northern Ireland (car) driving license or to add additional full entitlements to an existing one.

Senator Salas votes against 2017/2018 budget; Says both PUP and UDP must take blame for country’s economic woes
Both major political parties must take the blame for the economic situation that Belize is in,” Osmany Salas, Senator for the NGO’s told the Senate today. Salas expressed his disappointment in the preparation of the budget and said that government must team up with the opposition to find a solution to the economic problems that Belize faces.

Santa Cruz resident is weekend’s eight murder victim
Family members confirmed to BBN a short while ago that their loved one died at the Southern Regional Hospital. BBN had earlier reported that Sabala was socializing at Los Amigos Restaurant and Bar in Santa Cruz village in the Stann Creek district. He exited the bar just around midnight on Sunday to do an errand and while returning to the bar, he was stabbed by an assailant.

Murder, now stabbing in Santa Cruz village
Following Friday night’s murder of 55 year old Roberto Deleon, the quiet village of Santa Cruz in the Stann Creek district is the scene of another major crime. BBN has confirmed that a 23 year old man was socializing at Los Amigos restaurant and bar in Santa Cruz village.

Police brutality a major human right issue in Belize, U.S. State Department says
Police brutality is Belize’s most pressing human rights issue, according to the US Department of State’s (USDS) Country Report on Human Rights practices 2016. “The most important human rights abuses included the use of excessive force by security forces (especially the police),” the USDS said. “The government occasionally ignored reports of police abuse, delayed action, failed to take disciplinary action, or transferred accused officers to other areas within their department”

It is now time to call it urban terrorism.
I’m not given (much) to hyperbole, except in praising the beauty of our Jewel…but when it comes to her dirty, nasty underbelly, I try to keep a clear-eyed perspective. For weeks I have been fearing that some thug, criminal or gangbanging baby shatta would have an attempt at one of the many bored and frustrated police officers who are forced to sit under makeshift and tattered tents behind crude “Police Check Point” signs propped up with old planks and cement blocks.

Police confirm details of Saturday morning double murder
On Saturday morning around 2:30, police responded to a shooting incident at the corner of Matron Roberts and Kelly Street where cops saw Byron Marshall, 54, of a Lovely Lane address and Nelson Noralez, 24, from Pomona, Stann Creek suffering from multiple gunshot wounds […]

Police confirm fatal PG accident
newsOn Friday, at about 11:16 p.m. police responded to a road traffic accident in Cattle Landing village, Toledo on the Southern highway between miles 97 and 98 where cops saw a black Dodge Intrepid car in the middle of the highway with extensive damages […]

Business senator bashes budget
In his presentation today, Senator for the Business sector, Mark Lizarraga said the bill that will be passed today allows government to borrow more money, further increasing Belize’s national debt. In the draft budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018, $100 million will be financed (borrowed) […]

Peyrefitte deflects criticism in the Senate
Today at the Senate sitting, Senator Valerie Woods questioned the money paid to local advisors for costs of restructuring the Superbond. In response, Senator Michael Peyreffite, stated that Woods was referring to him and that he did not collect any money from restructuring the […]

Ministry of Home Affairs extends deepest sympathies to family of PC Marvin Locke
The Minister of State, Elodio Aragon Jr. and the Ministry of Home Affairs extends deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Police Constable Marvin Locke Sr. who was senselessly killed in the line of duty yesterday afternoon in Belize City. May he rest […]

Honduran national kills police officer in Belize City
Yesterday afternoon around 3:25, acting upon information received of a stabbing incident, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) where they saw Police Constable #844 Marvin Locke of Belize City suffering from multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen area. Investigation reveals […]

FCD says OAS SecGeneral Chiquibul fly-over wasn’t enough
On March 16, 2017, BBN reported that OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro along with Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Carlos Raul Morales visited the “ Adjacency Zone” between Guatemala and Belize. During his trip, Almagro visited the Guatemalan communities that are along the Adjacency Zone between […]

Guatemalans continue to exploit the Chiquibul National Park
This morning, on Channel 5 ‘Open your eyes’ programme, Raphael Manzanero, Executive Director for Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) stated that the Chiquibul National Park continues to be exploited by Guatemalans. “For many years, Guatemalan poachers have been entering into Belize’s protected areas and […]

Belize, Between a Rocke and a Hard Place
The Senate is now a 13-member part of the Parliament of Belize thanks to the agitation of the Belize National Teachers Union, who forced the government; through industrial action; to enact legislation to increase its number from 12 late last year, adding one seat […]

One detained in connection with stabbing in Cristo Rey Village, Cayo District
On Saturday night around 6:30, police visited Cristo Rey Village in the Cayo District where they saw 16-year-old Guatemalan Rosendo Pop with a stab to the chest area. Pop was taken to the San Ignacio Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police […]

Blogs

Fish Balls – The El Fogon way!
One delicious treat that I enjoy (aside from their Belikin Beer Battered Fried Chicken which are only available on Tuesday’s), are the delicious fish balls. Yes…fish balls! These tasty treats are deep fried to a golden brown, and each bite is full of flavor. When I asked Olive to kindly share her recipe, in case I have a hankering for it and can’t get to the restaurant, she was more than happy to share. See what I mean about love? So, to our friends near and far, who may be missing a little bit of delicious El Fogon, you can try this at home. It won’t have the same smoky, fogon touch, but it is close enough till it’s time to sit at the picnic tables and enjoy a few in person, with a side of sweet lime juice, or an ice cold Belikin, of course!

Back in the day (1986) Atlantis was on Ambergris Caye
One Friday evening as we prepared to stroll off for dinner, Alberto was nowhere to be found. We searched and waited a bit and finally left for dinner. We went to the “new” Chinese restaurant, where we had never eaten before. (I can still taste their delicious lobster dish)! About 5 minutes after we ordered, here comes Alberto walking into the restaurant and slides into the booth next to me. Our mouths dropped as we had no idea how he found us. We’d never eaten there before, let alone taken him there. We proceeded to eat our lovely meal and finished our night. The next day as the three of us were walking down Front Street, Alberto proudly riding high on Franc’s shoulders, he pointed down to the sand street and said “mira, Franc”. We looked and there, sure enough, was Franc’s tire tread sandal print forever etched into the street until the next rain. We looked at each other and both said…”that’s how he found us last night…he tracked us!”.

Why should you visit Caye Caulker on your next bucket list vacation
Caye Caulker is a small Caribbean island off the coast of Belize. It’s divided by a narrow channel called the Split, where there’s a bar and a sandy beach. To the south is the island’s only settlement, known as Caye Caulker Village. The north of the island is home to dense mangrove forest and diverse birdlife, protected by a forest reserve. The Caye Caulker Marine Reserve has dive sites on the Belize Barrier Reef. Caye Caulker is a tranquil paradise in Belize that is quickly making a name for itself as one of the top island destinations for budget travel in the Caribbean. The vibe on this rustic island is completely laid back and relaxed in true “island life” fashion. There are very few major structures on Caye Caulker, and almost no motorized vehicles, other than those used for official business. Visitors spend their days lounging around, taking in the golden sun and the azure waters.

Ranguana Caye
In a country with hundreds of offshore islands, few can compare in beauty and tranquility than Ranguana Caye. Measuring just two acres in size, Ranguana Caye has just three wood cabanas raised on stilts for overnight visitors. Guests of Ranguana Caye can enjoy snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking in the waters around the island or sit back and relax in a hammock that sways to a gentle tropical breeze. Guests can eat and drink their fill, work on their tan, and enjoy fun beach games and barbecues while staying on this beautiful island getaway. Perhaps the most popular spot on the island is Bully’s Beach Bar, the closest thing to a pirate den that you’re likely to ever see. Ranguana Caye is located about 18 miles or a one-hour boat journey from the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize.

International Sourcesizz

Belizean Court Sinks Belize Bank’s $37M Arbitration Appeal
A Belizean appeals court on Friday rejected Belize Bank Ltd.’s bid to collect a $37 million arbitration award against the country stemming from unpaid government debt, agreeing with a trial judge that granting the request would harm public policy given the unusual circumstances under which the guarantees were made. In a decision handed down Friday, a divided panel of the Court of Appeal of Belize affirmed a decision denying a petition from the country’s largest commercial bank, which is owned by wealthy British political figure Lord...

Johnny Depp will play John McAfee in an upcoming biopic
The movie will centre on McAfee's notorious time in Belize Hollywood icon Johnny Depp is set to play tech industry legend John McAfee in an upcoming biopic based on his time hiding out in Belize, reports indicate. According to Deadline, the Pirates Of The Caribbean Star will play McAfee "as he takes a... magazine writer on a darkly comic Apocalypse Now-like tour at his Belize compound, a trip filled with paranoia, machine guns, sex and murder". Details are sketchy at present, but the film - that allegedly has the working title 'King Of The Jungle' - will apparently be based on the notorious episode in which the tech mogul and one-time presidential candidate went on the run from Belizean police in an unbelievable incident involving meth labs, alleged police frame-ups and the murder of McAfee's neighbour.

Videos

  • Today's Special Meeting of the Senate, 1hr+.

  • Tamale making Contest, 1min. Check these ladies doing thier thing..d best won..

  • Whale shark encounter in Belize 2014, 3min. at Gladden Spit

  • Belize // Belice // Family trip, 2.5min. Our family trip to beautiful Belize! Places we visited:Caye Caulker and Belice City.

  • Big Rock Falls - Belize - January 2017, 2min.

  • CHILD STIMULATION MONTH EXPO HELD IN ORANGE WALK, 8min.

  • CONCEPCION R C SCHOOL GOES ECO FRIENDLY THANKS TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF COROZAL, 6min.

  • Chris Sims: Archaeologist, 3min. Chris Sims shares what he does as an archaeologist, and tells a story from his early days in the field.

  • Belize Trip, 30min.

  • Altun Ha and Belize, 17min.

  • Sea Kayaking in Belize Highlight Vid!, 4min. Enjoy watching Shizz grinding chocolate twice haha...

  • 2017 Belize Moray Eel Loving YouTube, 2.5min. Two Moray Eels engaging in what appears to be a mating or courtship ritual. Scuba diving on Lighthouse Reef in Belize in March, 2017 with the Aggressor Liveaboard Fleet.

  • Culture and Identity in Belize, 8min. The second collaboration of the American NGO Cultures in Harmony (CiH) and the National Institute of Culture and History of Belize in February 2017 focused on workshops for young musicians, interviews about issues of culture and identity, and the first major symphony orchestra performance of traditional brukdong music. Thank you to NICH for their sponsorship and to the Brukdong Project and the National Youth Orchestra of Belize for their collaboration!

  • I’m an Archaeologist, 2min. Chris Sims, of the Go Dig a Hole podcast, auditions to be a TV series host. Check out friend and fellow archaeologist Christopher Sims in this hilarious video! He would make an awesome host.


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