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#522790 - 04/04/17 06:51 AM Today's Belize News: April 4, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Presentation of Credentials
Five ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. The ambassadors were: H.E. Harald Peter Klein, Ambassador of Germany; H.E. Georg Andrén, Ambassador of Sweden; H.E. Eduardo Jose A. De Vega, Ambassador of the Philippines; H.E. Mohammad Taghi Hosseini, Ambassador of Iran; and H.E. Ahmed Hatem Barghash Almenhali, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates. The Ambassadors each expressed, on behalf of their respective countries, the desire to maintain a strong friendship with Belize, as well as interest in pursuing areas for further development of diplomatic ties.

Two San Pedro Police officers charged for Central Park shooting
A shooting incident that took place in the early hours of Saturday, April 1st has caused much friction between the island community and the San Pedro Police Department. The latest police report on the incident which occurred at Central Park and involved local police officers, states that two officers were arrested and charged on Sunday, April 2nd. 27-year-old Norman Coye was reportedly charged with two counts of wounding, while 22-year old Darnell Madrill was charged for one count of wounding. However, the island community believes these charges are not enough, as the officers’ actions threatened not only the lives of those present, but the peace of the community.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Heads Delegation to Sixteenth Summit of Tuxtla Mechanism in Costa Rica
A delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Wilfred Elrington, participated in the XVI Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Cooperation held on March 29th, 2017 in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Political Declaration adopted by the Heads of Government and their representatives reaffirmed the importance of this regional space for dialogue and cooperation between the countries of Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico. An important part of the Tuxtla Mechanism of Dialogue and Cooperation is the Mesoamerica Project, through which member countries work to foster cooperation efforts and leverage international resources that contribute to promoting sustainable development for the benefit of the 226 million inhabitants of member countries.

U.S. Embassy Recognizes Outstanding Belizean Women
On March 29, 2017, Chargé d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek presented awards to two outstanding women during the 12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony hosted the Special Envoy for Women and Children Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow and the Women’s Department. The Embassy was proud to participate in this year’s ceremony and applauds the Special Envoy and the Women’s Department for organizing and hosting the event, which brought together and recognized Belize’s outstanding women. Chargé d’Affaires Galanek recognized Captain Derricia Castillo–Salazar as the U.S. Department of State’s International Women of Courage Award nominee for Belize and Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher as the Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2017.

Ambergris Today

Two San Pedro Police Officers Arrested After Weekend Shooting
Police reports today indicate that on Sunday April 2, 2017, police arrested and charged 27-year-old police officer Norman Coye, with two counts of Wounding and 22-year-old police officer Darnell Madrill, for one count of wounding as investigation continue into the shooting incident that took place at Central Park.

San Pedro Prepares for Easter Weekend Activities
Easter weekend in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is definitely one of the busiest of the year and one of the biggest celebrations on the island. Whether it’s celebration through religious activities, beach parties or sports activities the island is packed with visitors. Belizeans from all around the country travel to the island for this specific time of the year. Hotels and golf cart rentals have to be booked months in advance because it is impossible to find one during that period. In preparation for the Easter activities that will take place on April 14,15 and 16, The San Pedro Town Council has already started to beautify the island in preparation of the masses to give them a warm welcome.

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Help keep Belize Bird Rescue up and running
Exciting news from Global Giving ALL THIS WEEK! Donations of $50 or less will be matched at 50% and have your donated $$s work harder than ever! Funds from this project will feed the 170 former-captive parrots in our long-term release programme, rehabilitate the 250+ birds we receive annually, and help with running costs. As the only avian rescue and rehabilitation centre in Belize, our facility provides the mechanism for the Belizean Government's Forest Department to effectively enforce the wildlife laws that govern the illegal pet trade, and rehabilitates for release any orphaned, injured or sick birds.

12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony
These awards represent part of a much larger effort by the U.S. Government to promote gender equality and empower women and girls in America and around the world. In his proclamation on Women’s History Month, President Trump emphasized that America honors the celebrated women pioneers and leaders in our history, as well as those unsung women heroes of our daily lives. President Trump and his administration are committed to expanding opportunities for women and girls domestically and across the globe. On February 13, President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau launched the United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. On February 28th, President Trump signed two bills into law – first, the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers and Innovators and Explorers Act; and second, the Promoting Women and Entrepreneurship Act, both of which encourage women to pursue careers in engineering, science, and mathematics, and to provide support for women’s entrepreneurial programs through the National Science Foundation.

The Institute of Archaeology at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel High School
The Institute of Archaeology always enjoy doing educational outreach, in all parts of the country that want us there. On March the 30th we were at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel High School in Benque Viejo talking to the students about careers in archaeology, after which we headed south to Placencia to be a apart of Peninsula International Academy's earth day celebrations!

Senior Shakeup In Police Department
Commissioner Allen Whylie yesterday informed commanders of sweeping changes in the senior ranks of the department. Multiple sources indicates that Southside Commander ACP Chester Williams is out of the city and assigned to the Prosecution Branch in Belmopan. Belize District (Eastern Division) will now return to a single commander, ACP Dezeree Phillips - with three sub commanders for Belize Rural (Sr. Supt Alden Dawson), Northside (Sr. Supt Ralph Moody), and Southside (Sr. Supt Vidal.) Her former Northside Deputy, Sr. Supt Alford Grinage will now be the Southern commander. Former Rural Commander ACP Edward Broaster will now be Commander Operations in Belmopan - effectively making him third in command.

Breaking political news coming out of Belize is not good for UDP
By Wellington C. Ramos. If it is true that factional problems are occurring among the UDPs in Dangriga between the mayor and the area representative, then it will only give the PUPs an opportunity to regain those seats in the next upcoming municipal and general elections whenever they are called. UDPs in Dangriga have a history of fighting among themselves whenever they are elected into office. Especially, when the mayor is UDP and the area representative is also UDP. In most cases the area representative always becomes insecure and starts believing that the mayor is trying to dethrone him or her from remaining as the area representative. The people in Dangriga did not elect their representatives to be fighting among themselves. They elected their representatives to solve the problems they are facing in their communities daily, such as the Commerce Bight Pier, land, housing, farming, unemployment, etc. If those problems are not solved by the end of their terms, the same Dangriga people who voted for you all to become their representatives will vote you all out of office.

No fooling: April First Friday Tres Cocos Trash Pick Up!
Friday is the first one in April already and that means that YOU -- our loyal band of neatniks -- comes together in front of the ironically named Paradise Theater to make Tres Cocos neighborhood a beautiful paradise once again! Yes! We will clean the road and beach all the way up to Marbucks! From the north, Grand Caribe resort will be doing the same! Look for your reward at Marbucks -- iced coffee, fresh-baked and delicious cookies and comfortble chairs! Thank you, Mar! We will have gloves, bags and trash sticks to hand out to volunteers. Please join us. March was an especially trashy month and many hands make light work and a clean road! Thank you.

New GOB Controlled Fuel Prices
Effective: 01st April 2017

New Stamp Duty Tax
Please note to all Western Union Customers

General Administration of the Free Zone of Belize increased the cost per income by 50 percent. Now it costs 15 pesos
The citizens were unhappy because now they have to pay more to go to generate dividends to the merchants and entrepreneurs of the place. Consequently, a decrease in the number of visitors is anticipated. Until last Friday, the admission by vehicle to the Free Zone cost 10 pesos, but by arrangement of the General Board of Directors increased to 15. A survey showed the claim to the above because it represents an unjustified abuse of visitors and buyers. Jose Tun Rosas considered such a situation inconceivable because now Mexicans have to pay more to go to spend in the Free Zone of Belize.

Sustainable Tourism Awards Logo
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International Travel Exhibition
BIT, the International Travel Exhibition, is a show with worldwide appeal that brings together those who work in the tourism industry from all over the world as well as a large number of visitors, travellers, and press. BIT has been held every year in Milan since 1980. For more than 30 years, BIT has brought together decision makers, industry experts and carefully selected targeted buyers from various geographical areas and product sector. With more than 1.500 Hosted Buyers from Italy and abroad, more than 2.000 participating companies and more than 60.000 professional visitors expected, the 2017 edition will be one of the most innovative shows that BIT has ever organized, introducing important novelties.

12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony
On March 29, 2017, during the 12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony hosted by the Special Envoy Belize Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow and the Women’s Department, Chargé d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek presented awards to two outstanding women: Captain Derricia Castillo–Salazar, the U.S. Department of State’s International Women of Courage Award nominee for Belize, and Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher, the Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2017. Today, we would like to highlight Captain Derricia Castillo-Salazar. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored over 100 women from more than 60 different countries. In 2016, Debra Baptist-Estrada of the Belize Immigration Department was the first Belizean to have ever received this prestigious award. This year, the Embassy nominated Captain Castillo-Salazar for her dedication to the active inclusion of the LGBT community in Belize and her impactful work on HIV/AIDS prevention, policy, and response within the Belize Defence Force.

Channel 7

Two Dangriga Teenagers Die In Traffic Accident
Tonight all of Dangriga is shocked and grieving after two teenaged residents lost their life and a dozen others were injured in a terrible accident that happened yesterday. It's one of the worst accidents we've seen and that's because 14 people, including 7 teenagers and an 8 year old were crammed into a tiny pickup. Jules Vasquez has the story from the Placencia Road: This is the sweeping curve at mile 4 on the Placencia Road where Sandra Martinez's Ford Ranger careened off the highway and flipped down the embankment. Problem is the 24-year-old driver had 13 passengers, more than capacity for this two-door Ford Ranger. Reports say that she was speeding around the corner and simply lost control. As many as 10 of the passengers may have been in the bed of the pickup, and they were flung all across the shoulder of the highway.

Cops gone Wild: Indiscriminate Shooting By Lawless Lawmen Caught on Camera
The entire country is trying to understand how two police officers could do what they did on San Pedro on Saturday morning. The videos went viral on every kind of social media over the weekend; they show police abusing a woman and menacing residents with loaded weapons in a way that's just never been captured before. Daniel Ortiz has compiled the lawless and monstrous behaviour captured on the cell phones of fearless bystanders: The Professional Standards Branch of the Police Department, which specifically investigates officers for allegations of misconduct, has already gone to the island to do their own investigation into the incident.

Victims of Police Lawlessness Speak
So, what happened to the residents who you saw in that video of the police misconduct? Well, we've been following the story since the weekend, and multiple sources told us that at least 4 people were injured by those gunshots that the Police Constable fired at the ground. One of them is San Pedro resident Alfredo Cowo, who we got a chance to speak to at the Belize Healthcare Partners Hospital. He and his brother were injured by those gunshots which bounced off the pavement and hit them in the leg. He told us that at around 4 o'clock that Saturday morning, he came out of the club and saw 3 officers he recognized, and they were dragging two women. He began recording the incident on his cellphone, and to document the police excess. He says that PC Darnell Madrill approached him, demanding that he hand over the device. He said that he refused, and that's when Madrill punched him in the nose. He said that the officers were trying to detain his brothers, George and Jose, and caused a confrontation, in which he was hit over the eye with a gun. He says that Madrill was the one who hit him, and he had a shot gun in his hand.

Cops Bullet Hit Him In the Eye
The other victim of that wild shooting who we got to meet today is 54 year-old Enfield Henry. One of the bullets ricocheted off the ground and hit him in the eye. He's at the KHMH getting medical treatment, and that bullet is lodged behind the eyeball. Today, at the KHMH, he told us that he was an innocent bystander, who wasn't involved in that confrontation with the police, but he got injured in that reckless shooting: Enfield Henry, Injured in Police Confrontation: "I was in the night club with my son and the off-duty police officers were in the night club too and when it closes, everybody came out from the club. Right there 2 Spanish guys wanted to fight with the police officers who was on duty."

Cops Cautious In Make Judgment Statements
So, what is the Professional Standards Branch saying about this incident? The video makes it clear what happened, but today the lead officer, Assistant Police Commissioner Keith Lino, told us that it's not so simple. In a press briefing today, he told us what the officers involved are reporting to his investigating team: ACP Keith Lino, OC - Professional Standards Branch: "We had conducted an investigation that have shown the police and the public had a confrontation. The confrontation had apparently had occurred because the police were dealing with a female who allegedly was under the influence. The police reported that they had handcuffed this female and they were trying to put her under control to be escorted to the police station." "While they were doing that, it was then that the crowd believe that they (the police) had abused the female and they commence in aggressing the police. The police then reported to us that they attempted to protect themselves and it was then that the crowd continued to aggressed them. The police then took out their service revolvers and to try and deter the crowd from attacking them. So they use their firearms to shoot in the air as well as on the ground to avoid the people from attacking them."

21 Year Old Killed In OW Bar Brawl
A man from San Felipe Village in Orange Walk has died after he was stabbed in a bar brawl. On Saturday night at 10:15 p.m., 21-year-old Adiel Mojica was drinking at a village bar when he got into a fight with two other men. They gave him a huge gash in the arm and stabbed him twice in the chest. He was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in Critical Condition until this morning at 3:00 when he passed away. Mojica lived a little more than 24 hours with his injuries and now police have detained the two men he was fighting with. They are held pending charges - and we'll have an update tomorrow.

Another Murder In No-Man's-Land; This Time It's a Guat
The weekends other murder happened last night in the no - man's - land at the Benque border. That is the area known as "Champon" - which was a murder scene 17 days ago on March 17th. That's when Belizean bus driver Carlos Manzanero was killed. Well last night at 10:00 the murder victim was a Guatemalan with a criminal history in Belize. He is 21-year-old Bryan Geovanny Corado, a Guatemalan from Melchor. Belize police would only say that he was shot and killed and that Guatemalan Police are investigating. Now, Corado has a colorful criminal history in Belize. In February of 2016 he allegedly car jacked Police Superintendent Selvin Tillett and his son-in-law. The vehicle was later recovered in Guatemala and returned to Belize. He was charged for Robbery andand remanded to Prison.

Man's Home Burnt Down; 7News Find The Accelerant
There was a fire in Dangriga early this morning. Now, often, whenever there is a fire - arson is suspected since there is a disturbing trend to use arson as a form of retaliation. In this case, the victim concedes that he has many enemies, plus we found a bottle of accelerant right in his yard! Here's more:... This home in the Benguche area of Dangriga burnt down this morning: Michael Flores- Neighbor: "So here we are, house buya, gone." Asia Norales- Neighbor: "Well like after 4 my ma wake up we, so she seh: uno come peep through the window, so when we look through the window da just inside a dih house mih dih spark up. So my ma seh: get uno documents and thing but I fraid fu fire- I fraid fu deh kinda thing so I just run outside, I da dih first person weh run outside, and I dih wake up the whole neighborhood."

Brother Burned Siste's Home In OW
There is another apparent case of arson - this one in Carmelita Village, Orange Walk. Police say that on Thursday March 30th at about 10:00am the neighbor and brother of the homeowner snuck into the house through a window and lit fire inside - which was immediately extinguished by one of his sisters. Later that day at about 1:00 p.m., this same sibling ROBERTO GARMA again snuck into the house and about 5 minutes later it was seen engulfed in flames. The house is made of Pimenta sticks, board material with zinc roofing and measured about 20 feet by 30 feet. Police have since arrested and charged ROBERTO GARMA for arson.

Thousands Of Students Take Day One Of PSE
Today over six thousand Standard 6 students from around the country sat the first part of the PSE. The exam, which tests the students' academic progress throughout primary school, has seen a downward trend in results with about half of the students who participated last year earning a D in the English section. We spoke to the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, about it his expectations for this year's exam... Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education: "Well it is always a very exciting day. I look as people posted on facebook all the happiness that their children are at this point and it's quite a milestone if you've gone through all the stages of primary school and you are at this point now. A lot of preparation as gone in. We try to remind people that it's not only preparation that comes in standard 6. In fact this is the culmination of the primary school journey and so what they do in these exams should be a reflection of what they learnt over the entire 8 or 9 years that they spent in primary school."

Teachers Who Reported For Makeup Days Will Be Compensated
And while the Minister hopes to see positive results from this year's PSE, many are still concerned. That's because of last year's strike, where teachers countrywide protested for reform measures and went on strike for 11 days. Well not every teacher participated in that strike, and compensation is coming for those teachers that did not participate. Faber told us about the government's compensation plan... Alex Courtenay, 7News: "Speaking about the teachers who are on strike, we've heard that there's been about 1 million dollars designated to paying back those teachers who stayed back during their Christmas holidays to make up for the days that were lost. Can you discuss that?" Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education: "Well as I've always said to those who advocated for us to simply pay the teachers that were on strike, it is not as easy as doing that. There were those teachers who diligently went to work throughout the 11 days of the strike and then there were those who of course went in January when the ministry along with the managing authorities of schools agreed on those days - the 6 days if you remember that were makeup days. The 3rd, 4th,5th, 6th of January were to be the first 4 of the 6 days and of course you know the history of that."

Deputy Was The For Dangriga Duking It Out
And while those were matters Faber spoke of in his official capacity as education minister - we also spoke to him about his role as Deputy Leader of the UDP. Last week he was there in Dangriga when a UDP meeting erupted into a brawl between rival groups within the party. According to reports, tensions ran high in the meeting, so high that one of area representative, Frank "Papa" Mena's sidemen threw a chair at a member of the other faction. We spoke to Faber about this ugly rift, and whether it would effect their performance in next year's municipal elections...

Senior Shakeup In Police Department
There's a senior shakeup rumored in the Police Department. According to multiple reliable reports, on Friday, Commissioner Allen Whylie informed commanders of sweeping changes in the senior ranks of the department. Unofficial reports from multiple sources tell 7News that Belize City will see the most changes. The plan is to reverse the split between north and Southside formations which was implemented in July of 2015. The plan is for the city to return to a single commander, ACP Dezeree Phillips - with three sub commanders for Belize Rural, Sr. Supt Alden Dawson, Northside, Sr. Supt Ralph Moody, and Southside, Sr. Supt Marco Vidal. ACP Chester Williams would be the odd man out and he will reportedly be assigned to the Prosecution Branch in Belmopan.

The Best Juniour Cyclist
This weekend Belize's up and coming cyclist's competed in the 18TH Belize Electricity Limited junior Cross Country ClassicJunior Cross Country Classic. On Sunday morning, Forty-five cyclists rode from Soccutz in the Cayo district to Belize City, with Cabral-Marin Cycling Team's Gian Lino, coming in first at the end of 74 miles. We spoke to Lino about his victory and his strategy during the race... Second and third place went to Wilhem Coye from Big Shep Cycling Team and Nashen Ysaguirre from Cabral-Marin respectively.

Sports And Youth Come Together For Area Rep
Today Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber officially inaugurated a new basketball court in his Collet constituency. The project was funded in a joint effort between Faber, the Police Department and several other businesses and community members. Faber - who is also minister of sports and youth - told us more about the importance of engaging the youth with sports in order to steer them away from violence...

A Community That Embraces the Police
Faber wasn't the only one using sports to keep the youth's off the streets. This weekend the residents of Faber's Road rallied together for community sports day built around that same court. The event was held to encourage the youths in the community to use sports as a means to stay out of violence. The event's organizer, Candice Ferguson, told us more... There were basketball and football tournaments was well as games like sack races and lime and spoon.

Alleged Cop Impersonator Awaits Verdict
Right now at the Supreme Court, a jury is deliberating the fate of alleged cop impersonator, 27 year old Aaron Wilson. He is on trial for 2 counts of making a false pretense to being a police officer. Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett, has alleged that on July 6, 2010 and on July 16, 2010, Wilson, a car dealer, pretended to be a special constable. The Crown called 11 witnesses, among them Shannon Martinez, who testified that Wilson picked her up in his vehicle on July 6,2010 and introduced himself to her as a police officer. Wilson testified and said that he was, in fact, a police officer. He called 2 witnesses to corroborate his testimony. One of the witnesses was former special constable Jose Haylock. The second witness was police constable Albert Coc. Wilson is being represented by attorney Christelle Wilson.


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Channel 5

Brawl Escalates to Police-Involved Shooting in San Pedro
The police say they are carrying out a thorough investigation of an early morning shooting in San Pedro.  Since Saturday morning, two videos have been circulating on social media.  In [...]

Ambergris Shaken; Mayor Calls Police’s Actions “Brutality”
The blasts of up to fourteen shots could be heard in the video, but authorities say only ten expended shells were recovered from the scene in the prime tourism destination.  [...]

Police Tell P.S.B. They Were Only Protecting Themselves but 5 Injured
Suffering from a black eye in the wake of the shooting, the police called a press conference this morning.  While two of five officers have been charged for their roles [...]

Charges Laid Criminally and Disciplinarily for Involved Officers
The officers in question clearly acted outside of the rules of engagement when they began firing their weapons during the disturbance.  Both have been charged for wounding as many as [...]

What Happened to Woman at Center of Melee?
At the heart of the chaos was the failed detention of an unidentified woman, whom officers assigned to work duties at the establishment, were attempting to subdue.  That woman was [...]

Accused Guatemalan Carjacker Killed in ‘No Man’s Land’
A Guatemalan national identified as twenty-one-year-old Bryan Geovanny Corado was murdered on Sunday night in an area on the Belize side of the O.A.S. Adjacency Zone known as El Champon.  [...]

Massive Accident Claims 2 Lives in Placencia
Three persons perished in traffic accidents over the weekend. An accident in the south has left two teenagers dead and several others injured. More than a dozen persons were traveling [...]

B.T.L. Has New C.E.O. – Rochus Schreiber
A new Chief Executive Officer will take up the reins at Belize Telemedia Limited on Wednesday, succeeding former C.E.O. Anwar Barrow who demitted office in February.  Rochus Schreiber will assume [...]

Detailing New Prices for Vices
New prices are in effect for beer and stout; soft drinks; rum; cigarettes; fuel and cement following the coming into force of the 2017-2018 Budget. The Government of Belize legislated [...]

Chester, Broaster Gone to Belmopan; Dezerie Philips Tops Eastern Division in July
Nearly two years ago there was a massive shake-up in the Eastern Division of the Belize Police Department, with three senior officers – Assistant Commissioners of Police Chester Williams, Dezerie [...]

Fire Hits Benguche Area of Dangriga
A fire early this morning completely wiped out a wooden home in the Benguche Area of Dangriga. Sometime after four thirty, Errol Gomez was inside his one bedroom house when [...]

G.O.B. Rewards Loyal Teachers with Easter ‘Come-Up’
The Ministry of Education effectively conceded in its arbitration wrangle with the Belize National Teachers’ Union that it could not arbitrarily set the dates for making up of class time [...]

Deputy P.M. Says Dangriga U.D.P. not Fractured Despite Fight
Dangriga area representative Frank “Papa” Mena appears to have internal turmoil in his camp. A meeting last week descended into reported chaos following charges by the Minister of State of [...]

Day 1 of the P.S.E. – Kids Say They Were Ready
Though some attempt to downplay it, there is no denying the importance of the Primary School Examination in the lives of Belize’s primary school students, seventeen years after it took [...]

Might Strike Hurt P.S.E. Results?
While this year’s results are due around the beginning of June, a month after the second half of the exam has been completed; Primary School Examination results have not been [...]

Faber’s Road Basketball Court Redone for Community
The Fabers’ Road Extension basketball court had been in a state of disrepair for some time. Area representative for the Collet Division where it is located, Patrick Faber, and Officer [...]

Adjacent Football Field Will Also be Upgraded
Adjacent to the basketball court is a football field which is also planned for renovations. The project is dear to Minister and area representative Patrick Faber as it is planned [...]

The Weekend in Sports with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities….]

CTV3

New Tax Measures Comes Into Effect
The new tax measures introduced by the Government as part of the budget presentation a couple of weeks ago, are now in effect affecting a list of goods and services including fuel, cement, soft drinks, beer and stout. By raising the taxes on these goods and services GOB’s aim is to raise a total of $28 million out of the $80 million in additional taxes needed for this fiscal year which commenced on April 1st. We’ll tell you in a few how much more you will have to pay for a bottle of soft drink and beer and even a sack of cement. But first let’s talk about the hike in fuel prices which came into effect on Friday at midnight.

Two COPS Charged For Shooting Incident In San Pedro
Belize’s number 1 tourist destination is Ambergris Caye, San Pedro. But a brutal incident which played out in the wee hours of Saturday morning on la Isla Bonita is threatening to drive tourists away by the droves, while further infuriating Belizeans about the Police officers’ treatment of civilians. A video which was posted on social media on Saturday exploded as it showed Police officers in casual clothing, shooting in public. This after several men tried to intervene in their arrest of an unidentified woman who is seen in the footage being viciously assaulted by Police officers, who drag her on the ground, stomp her with their feet and beat her violently.

Shift In The Police Department
Tonight reports suggest that a major shake-up has been planned for the top ranks of the Belize Police Department taking effect sometime at the beginning of July this year. The Commissioner of Police has not issued any public notice but reports are that the most notable change will see ACP Chester Williams removed as top cop on the Southside to now oversee either the Prosecution Branch or the Professional Standards Branch in Belmopan. Belize City’s northside and southside will now be under the command of ACP Dezerie Phillips who will have three sub commanders…..Sr. Superintendent Alden Dawson for the Belize Rural Divison; Sr. Superintendent Ralph Moody for the Northside and Sr. Superintendent Marco Vidal for the Southside.

Vehicle goes Up In Flames In Corozal
Disaster was averted this afternoon when a car caught fire very near popular baker “Y-Not Bakery” located between 4th and 5th Street North in Corozal Town. When we arrived on the scene, Fire Officials had contained the fire which had spread to two cars in a yard beside the bakery. Fortunately, the fire did not spread further in the residential neighbourhood. We’ll have more details in tomorrow’s newscast.

BTL Has A New CEO
Late last year word got out of Anwar Barrow’s decision to leave the post of Chief Executive Officer at the state-owned Belize Telemedia Ltd after holding the top position for over three years. Since that announcement was made BTL has been in pursuit of a suitable successor to the post. A release issued today by the company announced the appointment of Mr. Rochus Schreiber as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BTL with effect Wednesday, April 5th 2017. According to the release Schreiber takes over from Ivan Tesucum, BTL’s Chief Financial Officer, who had been acting as company CEO following Barrow’s resignation.

Were Police Officers Out Of Order?
This morning the police department also called a press briefing for Lino to field questions from the media. According to Lino, while the incident is being taken seriously and investigated, he says there is enough evidence that the Police officers involved were out of order. Keith Lino, head, Professional Standards Branch: “First and foremost we discourage our officers to use firearm in regards to being attack as they alleged we would prefer for them to use their baton because each police officer is issued with a baton and hence the reason why we have stablished that there are some challenges an hence the reason we also had charged the police officers to have caused the wounds to the complainant right we charged them because we believe that what they did, the action that they have committed was against the Protocols of the Police Department and the discipline of the police department hence the reason why am saying that they will be charged disciplinary likewise.”

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

80 year old Baptist Pastor murdered in Cayo
Confirmed reports reaching our newsroom is that a well known Pastor of a Baptist Church in San Ignacio, Cayo was found dead at his farm in Esperanza village a short while ago. A reliable source indicated to BBN that the Pastor was allegedly beaten to death.

Belize commemorates Women’s month
Every year, March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s day. The month of March is also celebrated as Women’s Month. Women’s contributions to society stems from social, economic, cultural and political platforms. Women across Belize were celebrated throughout the month by the Women’s Department.

US Embassy advocates against cyber violence
The United States Embassy in Belize has launched a campaign advocating against cyber violence. The use of social media is now a common practice among Belizeans young and old. The Embassy ‘s campaign is headed with the title “Be bold for change and show cyber respect!”

BTL gets new CEO
The Board of Directors of Belize Telemedia Ltd. (BTL) announced today via a press release that it has appointed Rochus Schreiber as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. Schreiber’s new post is effective Wednesday, April 5th 2017. “Schreiber takes over the day to day executive management of the company, filling the role that was last substantively held by Anwar Barrow, who vacated the role in February of this year,” the release states.

Belize hands over Chairmanship of Permanent Council of the OAS
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today informed that Belize has officially handed over the Chairmanship of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS). H.E. Patrick Andrews, Belize’s Ambassador to the United States of America, chaired the Permanent Council for a period of one year.

2 persons dead and several injured in Placencia road traffic accident
Yesterday police received information of a fatal road traffic accident between miles 4 and 5 on the Placencia Road near Bal Shrimp Farm. Upon arrival, police saw a black two door Ford Ranger Pickup with extensive damage to the front portion and the windshield broken. Police also saw two females and two males lying on the right hand side of the road at varied distance from each other suffering from injuries.

5 Ambassadors present credentials to Belize’s Governor General
The Ambassadors each expressed, on behalf of their respective countries, the desire to maintain a strong friendship with Belize, as well as interest in pursuing areas for further development of diplomatic ties. The Governor General received the Ambassadors’ credentials and welcomed them to Belize.

Thousands Of Students Sit PSE!
Standard six students across the country today lined up at various education centers to sit this year’s Primary School Examinations (PSE). Today’s examinations are only for English and Science while in May students will sit examinations for Mathematics and Social Studies. Our newsroom wishes […]

Police officers charged for excessive use of force in San Pedro
A video showing three police officers assaulting two women in San Pedro went viral on social media over the weekend. According to official police reports, Alfredo Gaspar Cowo Mancia, told cops that at about 4:00 a.m. on Saturday while at theCentral Park, […]

Guatemalan national shot and killed in Champon
According to police reports, last night around 10, a murder occurred at the Champon area at the western border, Cayo District where Bryan Geovanny Corado,21, a Guatemalan national of Melchor de Mencos was shot and killed. Guatemalan Police (PNC) are currently investigating the murder. […]

The price of beer and soft drink has already gone up
Effective today, the cost of a small glass bottled soft drink is $1.50 without pint. If you purchase with your pint it will only be $1.25. The cost of a large glass bottled soft drink is now $1.75 and if you purchase with a pint […]

Businesswoman car jacked in Cayo; vehicle found destroyed a day later
On Saturday, a businesswoman of Cristo Rey Road, Santa Elena, Cayo reported that on March 31st 2017 about 9:20 p.m. while driving her Silver 4-door GMC 2011 Terrain SUV on the Cristo Rey Road, her vehicle broke down. She reportedly secured it and left […]

Police Say Orange Walk house fire was arson
On March 30th, 2017, police responded to a house fire in Carmelita Village, Orange Walk District. According to police, the house was partially destroyed by fire as well as some household items. According to initial investigations, the house was lit on fire by Roberto […]

Belize named as top 5 summer cruise destination
Belize has captured fifth place in the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) “Top 5 summer cruise destinations.” The CLIA released its top five picks this week, which placed Belize right behind Africa, as a “must visit” destination for 2017. The top three picks included […]

Two men detained for Orange Walk stabbing incident
Police have detained two men for stabbing a man on Saturday night. According to reports, on Saturday around 10:15 p.m., police received information about a stabbing incident at San Felipe Village, Orange Walk District. Police then visited the hospital where they saw Abdiel Mojica, […]

7 persons arrested in Cayo for keeping ammo without gun license
Yesterday morning around 12:15, San Ignacio Police were patrolling Santa Familia Village in Cayo District when they stopped at a residence due to loud music. At the residence, police met (7) male persons who were then searched. This resulted in the discovery of a […]

Man murdered at bar in Melchor, Guatemala
Reports reaching to our newsroom are that a Guatemalan national was shot and killed at a bar in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala last night. The bar is a popular hangout spot for Belizeans. The victim has been identified as Bryan Corado.

More sunny and hot weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly warm and dry weather to continue with sunny skies today and partly cloudy skies tonight. The wind will blow from the east to southeast at 10-20 knots with occasional higher gusts. The sea state will be moderate to rough.

Humane Society provides free service to Mesop residents
On Saturday the Belize Humane Society conducted its first spay and neutering surgery clinic for this year at the St. Ignatius Primary School in Belize City. More than 60 animals from the Mesopotamia area benefited from these free surgeries.

Blogs

Wild for sea turtles
Not only are sea turtles gorgeous to see as they graze on the seabed or effortlessly glide through the water, their beauty is more than shell deep. When sharing the sea with a turtle I can’t help but marvel at the fact that I’m swimming with a true survivor. Against all odds, this creature first hatched on a sandy beach and flippered into the sea (if something didn’t eat him first), then survived the perils of the oceanic food chain and man’s mess of garbage and obstacles. What makes seeing these creatures even more incredible is knowing that all three varieties of sea turtles that nest in Belize are Red-Listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). How often can you hang out with an endangered species in their wild habitat?

Skydiving Over The Great Blue Hole Of Belize
The Blue Hole jump off the coast of Belize is an EXTREMELY rare jump and from what I can understand very few people (less than 150?) have ever done so and we were the first group to do so in roughly six years. Not only did we skydive from 12,000ft and splash down in the blue hole, we then got on a boat and did a scuba dive down to 130ft in the hole then went on to scuba dive 2 of the top 5 best dives on the planet… Needless to say, Matt Jaskol and his group of skydiving adventure junkies had an amazing time in Belize as they accomplished their mission to conquer the Great Blue Hole of Belize.

The Most Charming Boutique Hotel in Placencia, Belize: Caribbean Beach Cabanas
I was pretty thrilled when I was down in Placencia Village to spend my last night at Caribbean Beach Cabanas (known to locals as CBC). The owners, a young couple from Ohio, bought this GORGEOUS property a few years ago and turned it from a nice spot in a fabulous location to one of the most popular in Placencia. For very good reason. They’ve got skills! A Fixer Upper right here in Belize. They kept the spot small and intimate – each unit is it’s very own cabana with unique features inside and out – but modernized CBC and made her completely beautiful. Chip and JoJo would be very proud. At the north end of the sidewalk, right in the village…

Sittee River Village in Southern Belize
The Sittee River is the name of both a river in central Belize as well as a village that is located on its banks. The watershed of the Sittee River begins in the Maya Mountains and the river empties into the Caribbean near the village of Hopkins in southeastern Belize. The Sittee River is famous for having the tallest mangrove trees anywhere in the country. The village of Sittee River is quite small but it does have a cafe, one or two hotels, and small shops. The banks of the river near the village are especially popular with anglers as both freshwater and saltwater species can be fished in this area. Other popular options include renting kayaks or canoes from the village to explore the river as it is one of the country’s largest waterways and easy to navigate.

The Girl that Snorkeled the Belize Barrier Reef
That’s me! I snorkeled the Belize Barrier Reef from North to South! The reef is huge and even after a week I didn’t get to see everything in our unique marine environment. The reason I went on this adventure was, because I want to be able to defend the reef from oil exploration. To defend something we have to learn about it first, so that’s what this was all about. I didn’t just snorkel, I had the best boat captain who also gave me marine biology classes on our sailboat. Now I know how so many things work under the sea and I won’t stop learning every chance I get. My biggest mission is to teach people how important the Belize Barrier Reef is not only to Belize but the world. We snorkeled in front of San Pedro first and found over 21 species of marine life in under an hour! On the second day we snorkeled in front of Caye Caulker and Caye Chapel; I loved it so much that we were a little late making it to Saint Georges Caye. It was too rough to stay on the boat that night so our brave Captain MJ had to kayak each of us in the dark for a mile to shore at night! We met a sweet old man who gave us a place to stay and in the morning we found the Saint Georges Caye Hotel and had breakfast.

A guide about Belize Before vacationing the Beautiful country
According to the Belize Estimate population, their's about proximate 301'000 to 304, 000 in the (2008 Estimate). Belmopan has a population of (population 5'0000) in the main capital. Airport: Belize has an international Airport called Belize-City Philip S.W. Goldson International which is close to Belize City. Belize City has its own Municipal airport. And, if you're not familiar of the place here's a link to the website of Phillip Goldson's: www.pgiabelize.com/ Best Travel Time One of the slow season in Belize is From October till January. From Januaty until May is the busiest months in Belize.

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  • Skydiving Over The Great Blue Hole Of Belize, 3min.

  • Freedom Fighters FC vs BDF FC from Punta Gorda, 2hr12min.

  • TODAY APRIL 3RD STANDARD SIX STUDENTS COUNTRY WIDE SAT FOR THE FIRST PART OF PSE, 4.5min.

  • Holy Redeemer Band Camp 2017, 4.5min. Band Fest 2017 is happening this weekend in Orange Walk Peoples Stadium.

  • Cave Tubing Belize 2016, 8min. Cave Tubing Adventure in Belize! Lots of nature scenes, not very many caves.

  • Bezkresne, dzikie głębiny (4) Wybrzeże Belize, 66min. Scuba diving

  • Christmas Ease in Belize, 4.5min. Christmas Eve, 2016, on the beautiful Caye Caulker in Belize.

  • Plongées au Belize 2017, 8min.


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