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Today's Belize News: April 8, 2017 #522888
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The San Pedro Sun

Victoria House showcases spa amenities during Open House
The management and staff of Victoria House Resort welcomed members of the hospitality industry to their new spa facilities during an Open House on Wednesday, March 8th. From 3:30PM to 6PM, the doors of the recently constructed Victoria House Spa were open to invited guest for a hands-on experience. Guests enjoyed a tour of the facility, as well as refreshing cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Complementary massages and hand scrubs demonstrated some of the many services offered by the trained spa staff. Guest even entered a raffle in hopes of winning a free spa treatment. The Victoria House Spa offers visitors gym services and spa treatments, including massages, facials, scrubs, and manicures and pedicures, all under one roof. 3,500 square feet of space consist of both indoor treatment facilities, the gym and an outdoor courtyard for fabulous yoga sessions.

Canadian Researchers visit Belize’s World Heritage Sites
Phillip and April Vannini are two researchers from the Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia Canada, who along with their young daughter Autumn are on a five -year journey to visit 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of course, Belize was part of their quest. They explored many sites around the country, including Laughing Bird Caye and Glovers Reef in Southern Belize, The Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Natural Monument and the marine reserves around Ambergris Caye. Belize is the seventh stop within their research project ‘In the Name of Wild,’ which is funded by the Federal Government of Canada through a grant program. The project focuses on understanding how wilderness can mean many different things to different people living among these heritage sites. They plan to visit 24 World Heritage Sites; ten in Canada, and the remaining 14 around the world. Belize is their fifth international stop on their itinerary outside of Canada.

After construction delays, Ambergris Stadium’s official inauguration draws nearer
After four months of delays, the state-of-the-art Ambergris Stadium is finally approaching its official inauguration. Initially, a soft-opening ceremony was scheduled in November 2016, in honor of San Pedro’s 32nd Township Anniversary, but the ceremony was postponed due to inclement weather. As a result, the $2.3 million project, coordinated by Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) in collaboration with the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), and executed by AM Construction Company from the Orange Walk District, was delayed. However, the stadium is in its final stage of completion, and is now undergoing finishing touches for the official inauguration. General Manager Christy Mastry has confirmed to The San Pedro Sun that the stadium should be completed by the end of April. “We plan to be done no later than the end of the month [April 2017]. Then, BIL will be coordinating inauguration plans with Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the Area Representative of Belize Rural South, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. We will also discuss the handing over of the management once the project is delivered,” said Mastry. As the stadium is expected to transform sports professionalism on the island, some of its highlights include: a synthetic turf, stage lighting, bleachers, concession stands, lockers and bathroom facilities. According to Mastry, the exterior components of the project has been completed. However, some civil work is currently being done to insert interior cabinetry for the locker rooms and install final electrical work on the second floor, which will be for the VIP area/media booth, and the sidewalk and parking lot area is being casted. Mastry explained what caused the delay of the project. “We had a couple of issues with the contractors slowing down and not having as much staff out there. So BIL got involved, along with myself, and we made sure that we put the project on hold until we had the proper crew that were qualified to do what we wanted back on site. However, nothing has changed in the design. We just had a few delays that pushed us back. We’re moving forward, and expect it to be fully completed soon,” said Mastry. However, BIL did not explain if the additional crew requirement falls within the indicated budget, or if it resulted in additional construction costs.

German birthday party ended up in BEPRA: Belize Educational Project in Rural Areas
30 years ago German consultant and journalist Ingwer Seelhoff travelled for the first time to Belize. “Since then the Central American country and its people have given me and my family on many, many trips a kind of a second home,” the 61 years old says who runs his company in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck at the Baltic Sea. After travelling all over Belize and with his professional experience in many projects Seelhoff knows how important education is. So he decided for his birthday party in Germany: no presents, but some money for an educational project. “It was quite clear that this little support should go to the youth in Belize – and I wanted the Belize dollars to move something in rural areas. Because rural areas and villages are very often having a hard time – all over the world.”

ACES celebrates diversity during Autism Awareness Month
Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) observed its special education program’s fifth anniversary on Monday, April 3rd. In light of Autism Awareness month, ACES hosted a poster competition, where many students from Infant One and Two submitted posters highlighting the diversity in learning disabilities. With a total of 116 students, over 20 special needs students are currently enrolled at ACES. Presently, ACES has four students with Autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as a condition that impairs social and communication development, social skills and is marked by repetitive behaviors. At four-years-old, Cody had no verbal communication, and was enrolled at ACES as the first child diagnosed with Autism. Cody, along with the other autistic children, are all integrated into the classrooms. However, they each have specialized schedules to work on speech therapy, social, and life skills daily. In Cody’s case, he goes to school for half a day, and with the individual help of Special Education Teacher Ana Barilla, he has grown academically, one step at a time.

The Federal Republic of Germany makes Generous Donation to the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center
A short ceremony was held at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center on April 3, 2017, where the Federal Republic of Germany handed over grant of $21,604 USD to the residential institution. The presentation of the funds was conducted by His Excellency Mr. Harald Klein, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guatemala and Belize, to Mrs. Dorothy Menzies, Chair of the Board of Governors for the Center. The funds were mobilized through the initiative of the Board of Governors and will be used to assist with the current upgrading of the Center, which is being implemented by the Government of Belize. Upgrades include the replacement of furniture, completion of the fence, re-wiring of the electrical system, installation of a surveillance system in an effort to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.

The University of Belize and Belmopan City Council Strengthen Partnership for National Development
His Worship Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan, made a courtesy call on the new President of the University of Belize, Professor Clement Sankat on Wednesday, 5th April at the University’s Main Campus in Belmopan. This was a familiarization meeting allowing the two leaders to discuss how best the Belmopan City Council and the University can work collaboratively together in such a way to simultaneously contribute to the Development of the Municipality, the University and the nation of Belize as a whole. In a show of good will, Mayor Belisle has committed to assisting the University to upgrade a portion of road way and adjacent parking lot on the university grounds and Professor Sankat has committed to assist the Belmopan City with access to research/academic data suitable for special projects the Mayor may want to pursue. One of these projects will be the Mount Pleasant Creek Development including an Ecological Assessment and recommendations for upgrading and recreational use.

Islanders say No to Cayo Rosario Development
Island residents strongly rejected the idea of a proposed tourism development at Cayo Rosario during the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) presentation on Wednesday, April 5th at the San Pedro’s Lions Den. Cayo Rosario, a 10-acre privately owned island, densely packed with mangroves on the leeward coast of northern Ambergris Caye, is part of the finalized expansion of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Investors intend to develop a project that will include over-the-water structures and will accommodate up to 600 guests.

New tax hikes with the new 2017/2018 budget
As of Saturday, April 1st, prices for soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and other products of general consumption went up dramatically. The new increase derives from the implementation of an array of tax measures being introduced by the Government of Belize, as it aims to raise an additional $80 million in revenue to help finance the national budget that is now in effect. The 2017/2018 budget was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, March 24th and by the Senate on Monday, March 27th. One of the goals of the budget is to collect a billion dollars in tax revenue. Most of the tax hike will be in the form of ‘sin’ taxes, and as a result it will drive up prices for liquor, beer and cigarettes, particularly at the Free Zone in Northern Belize.

SPTC Softball Tournament heads to the finals
After the past weekend’s semi-final games, The San Pedro Town Council Softball Tournament will crown its first champion on Sunday, April 9th. Four teams: San Pedro High School (SPHS), Quality Reef, Seastar and Extreme- competed on Sunday, April 2nd at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex where softball fanatics came out to support their favourites. The last games of the season will be held on Sunday, April 9th, starting at 9AM with the third place match between Extreme and Quality Reef. The championship game has been set between SPHS and Seastar. The champion of the tournament will be decided in a best of three series.

Hol Chan hopes for an improved turtle nesting season
Residents/visitors are advised to: safeguard nesting females and their hatchlings for the duration of the season; properly dispose of the debris abandoned on the beach; refrain from making sand castles or leaving behind any objects that may hinder the turtle’s access to and from the ocean; and to not illuminate areas near the beach. Artificial light from beachfront homes, streetlights and even flashlights can attract the hatchlings away from the safety of the water and lead them to their deaths. The recreational use of areas such as Robles on the weekends has also become a concern to Hol Chan. “Nesting on the beach does not mean that the beach cannot be used. It just means that people need to be more aware, and adjust their use of the area during the nesting season, and pick up their garbage. Nesting sites are critical to the survival of the sea turtles. These charismatic creatures not only fill important ecological roles, but also they are an essential part of Belize’s tourism identity,” said Forman Castillo. ACMTP will continue to monitor the beaches, and look at ways to address threats to ensure Ambergris Caye continues to be used as nesting sites. As for the 2017 nesting season, Hol Chan stated that it is difficult to predict what it will be like. A single female will only return to nest every two to three years, and lay multiple clutches (nests) per season, which can cause natural fluctuations in the total number of nestslaid each year.

Ambergris Today

Despidida/ Passing Of Amelio Kumul Sr.
Aquellos que creen en Cristo y vivieron en El no le temen a la muerte porque saben que al muerte es el comienzo de una vida nueva y eterna con Dios en el cielo. Es con profundo pesar que se anuncia la muerte de don Amelio Kumul Padre quien nació, creció y vivió toda su vida en San Pedro como trabajador del la industria del coco y la pesca. Hoy despiden a este buen San Pedrano sus hijos Carmita, Socorro, Binita, Lily y Pablo Kumul y muchos nietos, sobrinos(as). La comunidad de San Pedro despide a este humilde y respetable hombre que fue un buen ejemplos su familia y todo el pueblo en general.

San Pedro Residents Outraged By Cayo Rosario Development
Emotions ran high, tempers flared and words were thrown as residents of Ambergris Caye sent the message to the Belize Department of Environment and investors/developers of Cayo Rosario that they object to the proposed resort development on the tiny island. Island residents are not happy and they made that clear at the Cayo Rosario Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultation held at the San Pedro Lions Den on, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. “It’s a Blackadore Caye scenario all over again,” commented one angry resident. “But the community of Ambergris Caye is tired of being taken advantage of by the government, greedy investors and people who just don’t take our natural environment into consideration. We are tired of it and are ready to stand up for ourselves.”

First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow Condemns Police Brutality And Misconduct In San Pedro Town
In a public statement released on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, stated the she is deeply disturbed by news of police brutality and misconduct that took place over the weekend in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. This incident brings into sharp focus the need for an immediate, objective and comprehensive review of th Belize Police Department's protocols and practices on the use of force and managing difficult cases and situations. Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow says she sympathizes with the victims of this incident and strongly condemns unwarranted acts of violence, especially against women and children.

Generous Donation To Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center
A short ceremony was held at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center on April 3, 2017, where the Federal Republic of Germany handed over grant of $21,604 USD to the residential institution. The funds were mobilized through the initiative of the Board of Governors and will be used to assist with the current upgrading of the Center, which is being implemented by the Government of Belize. Upgrades include the replacement of furniture, completion of the fence, re-wiring of the electrical system, installation of a surveillance system in an effort to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.

Misc Belizean Sources


This summer will see the Caribbean Tourism Organization release the new edition of "Your Caribbean Weddings and Honeymoons" guide and the publishers have launched a photographic competition to select the winning, stunning romantic shots to grace the cover.

CEO Caucus Cancer Ride 2017: “We’re With You”
The annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride will take place this Saturday, April 8th, 2017. The Ride’s route is from Mile 25 on the George Price Highway to the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan. Participants are asked to arrive at the staging area at the Sanitary Landfill junction at 6:00 a.m., where registration and Opening Ceremony activities will take place. The Ride will commence at 6:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to be on time. The Coast Guard and Belize City Council will each be providing a bus to transport riders from Belize City to Mile 25. The Coast Guard will also be providing a truck to transport bicycles from Belize City to the starting point. The buses and truck will leave Western Avenue Bus Stop at 5:00 a.m. sharp. The buses and truck will depart the Show Grounds to Belize City at 1:00 p.m. There will be two (2) designated rest stops along the way: Cheers Restaurant and St. Matthews Government School. All riders are required to adhere to the traffic officers instructions, rest at these designated stops, and await clearance from the Traffic and Police Departments. These designated stops will also facilitate the free flow of traffic. Upon arrival at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds, cyclists will enter the premises through Gate 3 and vehicular traffic will enter the premises through Gate 2. All participants are invited to attend the Closing Ceremony and the Health Fair at the conclusion of the Ride. We look forward to having a safe and successful Ride, in support of this worthy cause.

Mrs. Marie Espat is the Honorary Consul of Mexico to Belize
She was designated as Honorary Consul in June 1997. In 2012 she was recognized with the Aguila Azteca Condecoration, which is the most important award given by the Mexican Government to foreign nationals. Mrs. Espat is well known for her outstanding support and assistance in the border communities, which has helped to bring the people of Mexico and Belize even closer" - Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, Carlos Quesnel Congratulations Mrs. Marie, indeed a well deserved condecoration for a most outstanding, dedicated and hardworking Corozaleňa who is always ready to help those in need of border issues. As someone said, "Always with a pleasant smile and her heart in her hand".

Corozal Junior College Sports Day will be this Friday, April 7th, 2017
It promises to be a day of fun for everyone involved before going off on Easter vacations.

Ambassador Shyne Barrow held is his popular Open Mic Night in the Cayo District last Thursday March 30th and it was one of the best yet. Shyne told ABP that "Open Mic is a platform for musicians and other creatives to show case their talent and express themselves." Darnique Reneau was the grand winner of the $1000 cash prize with Shanz coming in second winning a Samsung 5 courtesy of digicel and Don Doe winning the third place prize of $250. The Ambassador told us he ultimately "plans to bring Open Mic Night to all the districts as its important to support all Belizean artists wherever they are."

The Placencia Breeze APRIL 2017
Pg 3 From the Fire Hearth - Easter / Hot Cross Bun Recipe Pg 5 BTIA news / New Board Members / Lobsterfest Logo Contest Pg 7 Placencia Players Theater / Croc Corner / Seine Bight Beach Cleanup Pg 9 Miss Belize Visits Placencia / Reef Week Pg 11 "In the Name of Wild" Pg 13 Where in the World is the Breeze? / Chili Champ / Closed Hunting Season Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA Members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 19 Easter Egg Hunt Pg 20/21 Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 22 PHS Pg 23 BTIA Membership Spotlight - Barefoot Rentals & Services / SEA Events / Fragment of Hope new Sign Pg 24 Fitness Information Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 Licensed Tour Operators in Placencia / Licensed Tour Guides in Placencia Pg 28 BTIA Membership Spotlight - GoPrass / Shrimp Industry Update Pg 29 San Pedro Scoop Visits Placencia Village Pg 30 Placencia Peninsula Happenings Pg 31 Calender of Events

Mexican Embassy Issues Travel Advisory for Belizeans Visiting for the Easter holidays!
The embassy says that for immigration purposes, border cards are valid for travel within the State of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas only and are good for only for three days, including the day of arrival. Visitors should ensure that they travel with a valid passport when crossing the border; and are advised to keep a copy of their passport, driver’s licence, social security card, and voters I.D. in an accessible digital media such as an e-mail. Visitors travelling privately should also ensure that their vehicles are in good condition, and that they have a valid driver`s licence, and that all their vehicle documents are in order. Vehicles with Belizean licence plates can only traverse within the state of Quintana Roo, which includes Chetumal, Cancun and Playa del Carmen, without a temporary import licence. Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 metric tons cannot travel further than Chetumal. Permits are not granted for this.

Passport Services Resume
The Department of Immigration and Nationality Services hereby informs the public that it will resume normal processing of applications for renewal and issuance of new passports on Monday, 10th April 2017. Persons wishing to apply for expedited passport services may now submit applications to the office in Belmopan. Applications for normal passport services continue to be accepted at all district offices except Orange Walk and Dangriga. Please contact the department at 822-3860 or 822-0284 if there are questions. The Department of Immigration and Nationality Services regrets any inconvenience caused during this period.

A big Congratulations going out to Kathian Juan and Sacred Heart College!
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture visited Sacred Heart College yesterday where Kathian Juan was awarded her cash prize and certificate for submitting the winning theme for the 2017 Education Showcase. Her prize was $500 cash prize sponsored by St. Anthony Trading Co.

Forums for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. As a part of the efforts to commemorate the occasion, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has been conducting forums at educational institutions throughout the country of Belize. The forums present an excellent opportunity to inform tertiary-level and vocational-based tourism students on the importance of sustainability to Belize’s tourism sector and to raise awareness on the contributions of sustainable tourism to development. In their presentations, the Ministry’s team has highlighted tourism’s role in promoting key development areas under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030:

Don't miss out the finals of the San Pedro Town Council's Co-Ed Softball Tournament, this Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex. First game begins at 9:00 a.m. and the other games begin 10 minutes after the preceding game. Check out the line-up on the picture.

Caye Caulker farmers market
The Grape will be closed tonight but farmers market tomorrow 10:00am -2:00pm and the sandwich guy is back!!! Lou Bob starts music at 5:00 pm

SBDCBelize facilitates entrepreneurship development training in Belize City
BELTRAIDE through its Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize), is facilitating a series of Entrepreneurship Development Training in the Saint Martins De Porres and Port Loyola Area in Belize City. The training are in partnership with the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation, through its BOOST+ Program. The Boost+ Program aims to equip the residence job readiness skills along with a focus of entrepreneurship as another source of revenue. Below are some photos from the Saint Martin De Porres Cohort held on April 5th, 2017.

EXPORTBelize & The Nature Conservancy holds “Meet & Greet”
EXPORTBelize in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) held a “Meet and Greet” session with the different fishermen association and the Development Finance Corporation. The session included a presentation by EXPORTBelize to provide an insight on the Memorandum of Cooperation between EXPORTBelize and The Nature Conservancy.

Advance Oral History training
Yesterday the Belize City House of Cutlure and Downtown Rejuvenation Project conducted its Advance Oral History training at the House of Culture in Belize City. One of the objectives of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project is to establish a new National Museum at the Belize City House of Cutlure; however, to do that, we will need to collect stories from the community on which to build our new museum.

In Memoriam. Dianne Bulman, to the Creator, Designer and Developer of Chabil Mar. Rest in Peace
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Dianne Bulman. Heartfelt condolences to the staff of Chabil Mar. Gone too soon. May you rest in eternal peace and rise in glory. She will forever live in our memories. Belize will certainly miss you Dianne.

BEL donates $4,000 to Belize Cancer Society and participates in 2nd CEO Caucus Cancer Ride

BEL congratulates the winners of the 18th Annual BEL Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic!

Kathian Juan Wins Education Theme Award
A big Congratulations going out to Kathian Juan and Sacred Heart College! The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture visited Sacred Heart College yesterday where Kathian Juan was awarded her cash prize and certificate for submitting the winning theme for the 2017 Education Showcase. Her prize was $500 cash prize sponsored by St. Anthony Trading Co. Look out later on for her inspiration behind the theme!

Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize
Today, the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Belize, in coordination with U.S. Army South, launched the Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize (BTH) collaborative humanitarian exercise. The opening ceremony took place at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan. Valued at USD $11.5 million, BTH furthers the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to the Government and people of Belize. BTH enhances health and education infrastructure and provides free medical services across Belize. The exercise consists of five construction projects and three events offering free general medical and dental services across Belize. The first medical event starts on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Ladyville. All medical service events are open to the public and do not require an appointment.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Sleepless, Split, Founder, Prevenge. See ya at the movies!

Easter is here, take care!
Easter is upon us again, and this time of year the island gets really busy with people coming to the jewel. We at the Traffic Dept want everyone to have a great time and to be safe. Please, do not drink alcohol and drive, keep your speed slow, follow street closure signs for various religious events taking place, be extra cautious when driving due to the increase number of pedestians in town. If you travel North of the bridge the speed limit is 15 mph. Be sensible when driving and have a great time. We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter.

Mexican Photographer, Mara Sanchez Renero in town
Mexican Photographer, Mara Sanchez Renero was visiting at the Museum of Belize yesterday. She will be back today & next week to provide tours of her photographic collection "El Cimarron y su Fandango".

Live music with the Caribbean Kings! Easter Dance Party in San Pedro
More Easter fun scheduled at the Lions Den!

Channel 7

Quick! Contraband Cops Charged
Two nights ago, 7News broke the news of the contraband cops caught on camera on the Belize side of the Rio Hondo, smuggling in contraband from Botes, Mexico. The commissioner told us that he hadn't seen the video - so we sent it to him. Well, action has been surprisingly swift and decisive. The second in charge in Orange Walk gave CTV-3 an update today: Insp. Jose Mendez, OW Police - 2nd I.C.: "In respect to that video footage that was aired I believe Wednesday, prior to that we have heard rumors in respect to some video footage being circulated. We made efforts to try and locate or someone to come forward to assist us with that video footage, however it was fruitless. Not until Wednesday when the issue surfaced. In respect to that footage, we immediately commence an investigation into the matter. Up to yesterday evening we were able to identify the two individuals in the vehicle. A witness statement was recorded and the officer involved in that behind the steering wheel was brought in and interviewed, which led us to file a disciplinary charge against him for an act of prejudice to good order and discipline."

More Guat Gold Panners In Belize
Last night, we told you of the information coming out of the Chiquibul that more Guatemalan gold panners were caught in Belizean territory. Well, tonight, we have the full picture of the operation that was busted. The Friends for Conservation and Development report that at around 10:30 a.m. yesterday, a group of FCD Park rangers were patrolling to monitor illicit activities. They were about five miles inside Belizean territory, near to the Ceibo Chico Conservation Post, when they discovered a camp. It was occupied by 4 Guatemalans panning for gold. They were later identified as 39 year-old Roberto Chub Tec, 17 year-old Waldemar Maas Ac, 33 year-old Jose Arturo Pop Caal, and 38 year-old Elam Hose Sam, all of them from the Guatemalan village of Monte Los Olivos. A 5th man escaped.

Victim of Police Lawlessness Speaks
In our headline, we told you about the cops who were charged for contrabanding in the Orange Walk District. But, before that story of lawless police behaviour, there was the incident from San Pedro, early last Saturday morning. You'll know it well as the confrontation between the police and San Pedro residents that was caught on camera. That footage showed how police officers assaulted a woman and then recklessly fired police issued handguns, injuring persons who were present at the time.

Another Lawless Arson In Stann Creek
On Monday we showed you an arson in Dangriga Town, and yesterday there was another in the Stann Creek District. The target this time was a small wooden bungalow a farm about four miles from Cowpen Village. 74-year-old Salvadoran farmer Victoriano Chacon said that at 8:00 in the morning, three masked men - one of them carrying a shotgun - pulled up, demanding to see the homeowner Javier Orellana. He wasn't there and they stuffed Chacon inside a cement culvert - while they set the house on fire and left. The 49-year-old homeowner Orellana is also Salvadoran.

Hope On The Horizon For Western Regional
Today is World Health Day and there were a number of events to commemorate the observance. One was held in Belmopan at the Western Regional Hospital where the project "Beyond the Horizon 2017" was launched. It is an initiative by the US and Belize governments which began in 2008. Since then, a number of schools have been constructed around Belize and critical health care services have been provided for free. But this year's project is one of the biggest and most significant. Courtney Weatherburne explains why. You would normally have a military presence like this at the BDF camp or at a border security event. But today's ceremony focused on a different form of citizen security, and that is healthcare and education. The US Army Southern Command, along with the Belize Defense Force and the Ministries of Health and Education inaugurated "Beyond the Horizon 2017". This is an initiative by the US and Belize Governments. Adrienne Galanek, Charge d' Affaires: "Every day tourists, families, business investors, students and youth from Belize and the United States are working together and learning from one another. Beyond the Horizon is a shining example of bonds of friendships and partnerships."

What's Beyond The Horizon for WRH?
Still on the topic of the health, "Beyond the Horizon 2017" isn't the only project lined up. After an EU funded project fell through, the Ministry of Health has been trying to get assistance from the US government to build a polyclinic in Belmopan. Health CEO Dr. Ramon Figueroa discussed how important this polyclinic would be. Dr. Ramon Figueroa, CEO. Ministry of Health: "We had in our plans the expansion of the hospital itself with a 50 bed wing through the European Union, that is something that seems now we have, might not happen, let me put it that way not too happy with it but that is the way it goes in terms of when external agencies, it is their decision."

A Shortage of Meds?
We also asked Dr. Figueroa about the availability of certain prescription drugs. There has been a scarcity recently and Figueroa admits that is has something to do with the new standards for the importation of pharmaceuticals. But he assures the public, they are working on getting their usual supply and more. Courtney Weatherburne, 7News: "In terms of medication, we have been getting countless reports of a lack of medication, the availability of medication specifically I believe diabetes medication among others as well. Could you please speak to us about that, is that connected to this new regulation in terms of the importation of medicine in the country?"

Mental Health Is Focus Of World Health Day
Today was observed as World Health Day, and the topic on everybody's mind was mental health, and more specifically, depression. Now, if you're tempted to flip the channel because you don't think you suffer from that illness, you might want rethink that and look at our next story. Depression is real problem all around the world, and experts think that there are many Belizeans walking around with the illness, and they're not getting the proper treatment. Daniel Ortiz has examining this complex issue closely, and here's his story: Depression, like many other mental health disorders, is an ailment that Belizeans ignore as a minor annoyance, but there are millions of people who struggle with it every day. Eleanor Bennett - Psychiatric Nurse: "It's a problem all over the world. According to the World Health Organization, about 300 million people all over the world suffer with depression."

Trial Farm Resident On Trial
On Wednesday, Trial Farm resident Sergio Loria appeared in the Orange Walk Magistrate's Court where he was charged for unlawful sexual intercourse and remanded into custody. According to reports, a 13 year old girl and her mother went to Orange Walk Police the day before and reported that Loria had sex with the minor. Today, Loria was released on $7500 dollar Supreme Court bail under the condition that he appear at the Orange Walk Magistrate's Court on May 4 and any date he is called after that. He must also report to the Orange Walk Police Station every Friday starting April 14, and he must not interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses.

Jerome Gill - Cops Say He Was Drunk With His Licensed Gun, His Lawyer says Where's The Test?
Having a licensed for a firearm is one thing, but a license holder can't be drunk with his weapon. That's what Belmopan police alleged when they charged 28 year old Architect Jerome Gill last week Friday. He was remanded on charges of possession of a weapon whilst under the influence of alcohol and disorderly conduct. The police alleged that on May 30th in Belmopan, Gill was drinking he had his licensed firearm. Today in a Supreme Court bail hearing, his attorney Dickie Bradley said that neither a blood nor urine sample were taken, which are requirements to prove the charge of possession of firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

City Council Coordinates More Relief For The Alley
Today the victims of the Pink's Alley Fire received more donations from the business community. The Belize City Council facilitated the handing over of several pieces of furniture, school supplies, canned foods and gift certificates for Bottom Dalla from BTL and the Radisson. We spoke to representatives from both companies about donations... A total of fourteen tables and fifty-six chairs were handed over to the families along with school supplies and food items.

Passport Systems Back On Stream
On March first, the passport office reported that their passport printing equipment had broken down, and only temporary passports could be issued. Well, today the Department announced that it will resume normal processing of applications for renewal and issuance of new passports on Monday. Those applying for expedited passport services may submit applications to the office in Belmopan, and this wanting normal passport services can just go to their district offices, except Orange Walk and Dangriga.

Chorus of Condemnation For Faber Continues
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has joined the chorus of condemnation for Education Minister, Patrick Faber. The minister has decided to pay an honorarium to those teachers who didn't strike, and who did show up for the make up days as instructed. Well, the NTUCB issued an angry release today saying that is is issuing, quote, "a very somber, serious and emphatic warning to the Government of Belize as it relates to...a very poorly conceived decision to pay an "honorarium" to a select few.."

Kids Marched Against Bullying In Belmopan
Last night we told you about the University of Belize's Cyber bullying forum. Well, today students from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Primary School in Belmopan marched around the ring road for the same cause. Now the focus of this march wasn't cyber bullying per se, but bullying in schools. Today's march was only one event of a week of activities at the school. There was also an award ceremony for kids who stand up against bullying. The theme for their anti-bullying week was "Be a Buddy, Not Bully".

Art With A Heart For Mental Health
And bullying is also a mental wellness issue which fits right into the theme of this year's World Health Day, which we told you about earlier. But there's also another way to confront mental health issues, and that's through art. The Image Factory today staged an art experience put together by Katie Usher. Usher, who suffers from anxiety, created an artistic space to allow viewers to step into her world and understand the struggles of someone with her mental illness. We spoke to Usher this morning about what she calls The Panic Project:... The instillation also included poems and other art pieces meant to simulate a sense of panic.

Aurelio, Andy, Paul Nabor, 1999
And from panic…to Paranda, we close tonight we one of the seminal sessions to revive this Garifuna musical tradition. It's a 1999 rehearsal at the House of Culture in Belize City. The old government house had never sounded so rowdy as when Paul Nabor, Andy Palacio and Aurelio Martinez crashed there with the first version of the Garifuna All Star Band. We leave you with that tonight, the same night when Aurelio Martinez brings the Paranda experience full circle, 18 years later at the Bliss center tonight. We'll have highlites of his show on Monday;s newscast Enjoy, and join us back here on Monday.

Seawell Gets Free After 10 Years
The 10 year-saga of the Seawell brothers and their fight against extradition to the US is over. And tonight, Mark Seawell joins his brother, Gary on the outside after a prolonged imprisonment for drug importation charges. The Chief Justice has discharged him of all extradition proceedings, based on the same premise of a faulty committal warrant which has poisoned his extradition. That's the decision that was handed down this morning, 6 days after his attorneys introduced this new argument in the case. Seawell's legal team of Anthony Sylvestre, Bryan Neal, and British Barrister Ben Cooper were given the opportunity to make the case against the committal warrant, which didn't follow certain rules of procedure. They told the Chief Justice that the examining Chief Magistrate, Margaret McKenzie, made mistakes with the procedures for his committal to Prison.

Cops Take No Immediate Action On Botes Babylon
Last night on 7News we showed you those contraband cops loading up stuff from Botes, Mexico. They were in Santa Cruz village on the Belize side of the border in the Orange Walk District. That's across the river from Botes, and the cops were there in plain sight using a police pickup to get their contraband products, mostly beer it seems. When we asked the Commissioner about it yesterday he said that he had heard about the video, but hadn't seen it. Well we sent it to him yesterday - just as he asked us to, but there's been no swift action. The police press office would only say that the Commissioner has directed the professional standards branch to investigate the matter. Well, according to our information they already had the video, from weeks ago - and nothing was being done about it. We'll keep following the story, but already there are credible reports which say that other police pickups - even the fancy news ones - are seen in that same area doing the same thing: stocking up on contraband.

Cunil, Alleged Killer
As we told you at the end of the news last night, Gabriel Cunil has been charged for the murder of pastor Florencio Bardalez. A post mortem shows that the 35 year old allegedly beat the 79 year to death with a blunt instrument. It happened in Esperanza village which is the same place that - our records show - Cunil allegedly perpetrated an armed robbery with a knife back in 2004. Now, he faces murder charges and has been remanded.

Cops Collect Complaint
In a follow up to the story we ran on Monday about those lawless police officers on San Pedro, the police have collected a complaint from the woman who was at the center of it. She's the one who's handcuffed on the ground while the officers are seen beating her, and one of them even kick her. She had been in a bar brawl, and when police started manhandling her - that's when a crowd gathered. The cops responded by firing at least 10 live rounds at the ground, injuring four people. The woman - with the last name Bardalez - asked that her first name not be used - gave police her statement on Tuesday. Police say that as they collect statements other charges may be brought. Constable Norman Coye was charged with 2 counts of wounding, while Constable Darnell Madrill has been charged with 1 count.

CWU and Port Standoff Showing Signs of Relaxation
Yesterday we told you about the Christian Worker's Union's letter to the Port of Belize announcing a 21 day notice of intended strike action. According to the CWU, they met with the Port 9 days ago, and gave them one week to schedule a date for them to resume negotiations. And, after no date was decided upon when that period elapsed, the CWU gave notice, and the Port Management quickly set a date for a meeting. The executives from both parties met today to hash out a plan going forward. We spoke to Port President, Tux Vasquez, this evening about the negotiations so far... Arturo Vasquez, President - Port of Belize: "After we got that letter yesterday, we had since yesterday we also notified the CWU of a start date for us to resume negotiations and I believe that is all they needed to pull the 21-day notice letter. But when that 21-day notice letter goes out, because you know that the stevedores are an essential service, it's something that they are required to do."

A Hot Refrigerator At Public's
Last night after 9:00, news spread fast across the Southside that popular budget supermarket Public's was on fire. Tonight we can confirm that there was a small refrigerator fire at the Public's on Central American Boulevard. Turns out that the compressor caught on fire - and it wasn't a failure of the electrical system. Only the wall was damaged and the refrigerator which had to be thrown away. Public's was opened as usual today.

Six Years Later, Jeffrey Flowers Didn't Want Justice for Joseph
35 year-old Jason Joseph, the man who was charged with the near fatal shooting of Jeffrey Flowers, was freed of all criminal charges yesterday. That's when the man he is accused of shooting, refused to show up and testify against him. You may remember the incident from over 6 years ago on July 29, 2011. Jeffrey Flowers, who was once a known street figure was injured in the back, and the damage was so severe that he was left paralyzed and wheelchair bound. The shooting happened in broad daylight when Flowers was walking near Housing Minister Michael Finnegan's Amara Street office. That's when a man rode up on bike and opened fire on Flowers, injuring him in the abdomen, the right side of his chest, the right arm, and the left leg. It was the injury to the back which paralyzed him.

UB Takes a Stand on Cyber-Bullying
Today the University of Belize held a forum to educate students about the dangers of cyberbullying. Representatives from the Belmopan City Council, Police Department and University faculty addressed the students about what to look out for, and where they can get help. Alex Courtenay has the story... And carrying on the fight against cyber - bullying, Our Lady Of Guadeloupe RC Primary School, will be holding an anti-bullying march tomorrow in Belmopan.

City Brings Back Traffic Lights
For months, drivers in Belize City have been complaining about the madhouse intersection at Cinderella Plaza. It used to be regulated by traffic lights - but when those started giving too much maintenance problems, the city just gave up and stopped fixing them. That's turned this busy four way intersection into a dangerous free for all - where nobody seems to know who has the right of way. In February, an exasperated mayor told the media why he thinks traffic lights are a waste of time:... Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "Man I've said this before "stop investing in stop lights," that's a stupid idea. Because build a round-about. I know the problems with maintenance in Belize City. I can't fix them. I am telling you that. So you will talk to the next mayor about another traffic light - stop spending money on stupid things."

More Gold Panners Caught
Last week Friday, we told you about four Guatemalan gold panners who had been caught in the Chiquibul national park. They were found with two Vilas of what appeared to be gold. Well, tonight the news is that another four have been caught. We don't have the details yet as they are still being extracted from the Chiquibul to be charged at the san Ignacio police station. We hope to have more tomorrow. Gold panning is a persistent problem in the Ceibo Chico area.

Aurelio, A Homecoming
We've been covering Aurelio Martinez on this newscast since the late 90's. He's one of the most entertaining performers of Garifuna music, but more than just a song and dance man, he's got soul - and he is known to leave it all on the stage - especially when he performed at the Bliss Center. Aurelio and his Garifuna Collective have a special show planned for tomorrow at the Bliss and we found out about the concert and the album they are promoting: Back on the Bliss stage today for a rehearsal, Aurelio Martinez remembers 13 years ago when he first touched this stage and Belize became his spiritual home. Aurelio Martinez - Celebrating 30 Years in Music: "I have to be here, don't have to be another place, you know about the reason why." The reason is what happened on that night. Aurelio was joined by an All Star cast including Andy Palacio and Paul Nabor - and he remembers it with a mixture of sadness and joy:

Jamaica Says OK to Brazilian Corned Beef
It looks like the canned corned beef crisis may be over for Jamaica. According to reports, the Jamaican government has lifted the ban on the importation and sale of corned beef from Brazil. The ban was imposed after reports came out about the Brazilian corned beef factories exporting rotten meat. Representatives from Jamaica's Ministries of Health and Industry visited two of the plants in Brazil and confirmed that their products were not contaminated. We reached out to BAHA for an update about Belize's corned beef situation, but they were unable to give us a statement. So, BAHA'S Temporary suspension of the issuance of import permits for Corned Beef remains in effect.

PUP Cayo Poliiticans Plan Vigil
If you've been following the news lately, you'll know that there has been a spike in murders, the most recent violent killing happening on Monday. That was the 79 year-old retired pastor Florencio Bardalez, who was killed on his Esperanza farm, and so, the 3 PUP politicians from Cayo District, Orlando Habet, Dan Silva, and Michel Chebat, have decided to plan a candle light vigil in San Ignacio tomorrow night. They're hoping that the concerned Cayo residents will come out and sympathize with the grieving families. IN an interview this afternoon, Michel Chebat told us why he hopes that the vigil will get strong support from the people of San Ignacio and Santa Elena:

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Cop disciplinary Charged for Botes Contraband; Special Constable Suspended
Moments ago, the Police Department issued notice that a cop from Orange Walk and a volunteer special constable will face disciplinary measures from the department in relation to a video [...]

Foreign Affairs Minister Amends Comments on “Squatters”
The latest pronouncement by Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington on the definition of Belize’s territory and borders is predictably causing uproar. A few weeks ago he surprised reporters during [...]

Why Joel Nagel Was Tossed Out of Austria by Government
Joel Nagel continues tonight as Ambassador of Belize to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and the International Atomic Energy Agency.  The U.S. attorney was accredited to Austria and several [...]

Foreign Affairs Minister Shrugs Off Action as “Arrogance”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs contended that business continues as usual for Nagel, and he has already brought results, including a closer relationship with the I.A.E.A., who has sent teams [...]

Victim of San Pedro Police Brutality Retells Horrible Encounter
The San Pedro, Ambergris Caye woman at the center of the brutality that led to police confronting civilians on the island early on Saturday morning has come forward to the [...]

Woman Says She Was Not Hiding from Police, Wants 1 Other Officer Charged
In the immediate aftermath of the gunfire, the woman says she was forgotten for the moment. But after things cleared up, she was taken home by other cops and did [...]

Trade Union Congress Slams Bonus for Non-Striking Teachers
“Not now…not ever!”….the civil society has come out strong against the Government after the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Patrick Faber announced on Monday that non-striking teachers will [...]

Minister Elrington Says Teachers Should Be Respected; Not Sure About Payment
There can be no dispute that teachers have a thankless job, and under most circumstances, the work that they do is appreciated and lauded. That is perhaps why it rankled [...]

Public Education Campaign Ramps Up; Guatemala Steps Back
Guatemala and the resolution of the unfounded claim to Belizean territory, as well as ascendant issues, have been at the top of the agenda of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [...]

Investigation Concludes Into Incident Involving B.D.F. recruit
In early March, News Five aired the disturbing video of a training program involving a Belize Defense Force recruit.  The video that went viral may have captured multiple breaches in [...]

Home Affairs Minister Will Not Second-Guess Transfers of Chester, Broaster, Vidal
While Elodio Aragon Junior, a former senior cop, is in charge of the day to day aspects of the Police Department headed by Commissioner Allen Whylie, the substantive Minister of [...]

Arson Attack at Farm in Cowpen
An elderly farmer is lucky to have escaped what had to have been a traumatic experience on Thursday, during which a trio of armed men visited his place of employment [...]

Gold Panners Caught Again in Chiquibul
Gold panning within the depths of the Chiquibul Forest remains an illicit activity, one that is continuously being carried out by Guatemalan extractors who cross over into Belizean territory in [...]

Teen Couple Expelled from Catholic School over Pregnancy
A pair of classmates has been expelled from Bishop Martin High School in Orange Walk, following the discovery that the fourteen-year-old female student is several weeks pregnant.  It is believed [...]

Donations Continue to Pour in for Majestic Alley Fire Victims
It has been two weeks since a fire tore through four homes in the Majestic Alley and displaced fifty-one persons.  The families have been living in temporary housing and have [...]

Official Opening of U.S. Army South’s “Beyond the Horizon”
Last week the U.S. Army South held a meeting with local partners to conclude their final plans for Beyond the Horizon 2017.  The project will see investments of over ten [...]

Talking Depression on World Health Day
Across the world today, a growing health concern took center stage to drum up action against it. Depression affects a staggering number of persons and while it is an illness [...]

Artist Debuts “Panic Poems”
As you heard earlier, depression comes in many forms and affects persons in many ways. To bring further awareness to the topic, artist Katie Usher, expressed the condition through Panic. [...]

Mark Seawell Free after 10 Years, Dodges Extradition
A second Seawell sibling was set free today after an extradition request fell apart.  Gary Seawell was released last November, and this morning after spending over a decade in prison, [...]

Esperanza Villager Charged with Pastor Florencio Bardalez’ Murder
Seventy-nine-year-old pastor Florencio Guillermo Bardalez of the San Ignacio Baptist Church was brutally murdered on his farm in Esperanza Village on Monday night. Tonight, thirty-five-year-old Gabriel Cunil, a resident of [...]

Small Fire at Public’s on Boulevard Contained
A fire at the popular Publics Supermarket on Central American Boulevard in the City was quickly contained on Wednesday night. The fire started from a freezer loaded with sodas and [...]

Chamber of Commerce Condemns ‘Bonus’ for Non-Striking Teachers
Monday’s announcement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Patrick Faber that Government is using a million dollars to hand out special bonuses for Easter has sent shockwaves through [...]

Video Exposes Police Picking Up Contraband, Investigation Underway
Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie has directed a formal investigation by Professional Standards Branch into a video which first surfaced six weeks ago. The footage obtained by News Five shows [...]

Aurelio Martinez is Back! Live Album and Concert in Works
World famous Parandero, Aurelio Martinez, is back in Belize to celebrate thirty years of Garifuna music with the launch of a new album.  Darandi, or thirty in Garifuna, is a [...]

G.S.T. Scheme Exposed? Senior Auditor Claims Management Interfered with Assessments
Is the Department of General Sales Tax playing fair with taxpayers’ money? That is the question tonight after News Five obtained a letter written to the office of the Solicitor [...]

Chamber Says Tax Regime Must be Fair and Firm
The tax system remains a concern for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, whose members often pay more than their fair share of taxes. They have long complained that the [...]

What Happened Aboard B.S.I.’s Sugar Barge Involving Raymond Rivers?
The Port of Belize Limited has been informed that stevedores are asking for a resumption of negotiations on their Collective Bargaining Agreement in advance of a potential strike at the [...]

Port Says Stevedores Refuse to Talk About Previous Payments
While a full document has not been reached and agreed to, various aspects of what will become a Collective Bargaining Agreement have been agreed to between the Christian Workers’ Union [...]

Son of Senior Cop Charged with Drug Trafficking
Ladyville resident, thirty-one-year-old Noel Leal Junior, who was found with three hundred grams of cannabis, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on a single charge of possession of [...]

Mighty “Luke” is Gone; 3 Including Senator Smith to Vie for B.N.T.U. Presidency
A new president will emerge from within the ranks of the Belize National Teachers Union later this month when a convention will be held to elect a new executive.  Outgoing [...]

Special Envoy Wants Police to Fix Procedure Following San Pedro Woman’s Humiliation
The early morning fracas turned shooting incident on San Pedro Town on Saturday continues to make waves. Video surfaced which showed that it started when Police officers working at a [...]

San Ignacio Plans Crime Vigil
There has been an upsurge in heinous crimes in the San Ignacio, Santa Elena area. Many are living in fear following the brutal death of a woman, whose dismembered and [...]

New Tour to Introduce Twin Towns to Tourists
Even as the fight against crime is on, the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena are set on keeping the title of “number one inland tourist destination” right [...]

Cinderella Traffic Lights are Back!
There is good news tonight for drivers in Belize City. The famous traffic lights at the busy intersection of Douglas Jones Street and Freetown Road, near Cinderella Plaza, are back [...]

Tips for a Safe and Happy Easter
Belizeans across the country are gearing up for the annual Easter vacation and final preparations are being made for travel to various destinations on land and at sea.  To ensure [...]

Watch Out for Fires and Hot Conditions
Fire safety is of equal concern this holiday season.  Fire Chief Ted Smith provides useful tips for home and property owners during the Easter break, as well as the dry [...]

Healthy Living Talks Depression
The World Health Organization estimates that three hundred million people worldwide live with this disease. In Belize, there are an estimated fifteen thousand cases – that have been reported. Yet, [...]


Cops Involved In San Pedro Shooting Placed In Interdiction
Over the weekend social media was in turmoil following the release of an amateur video taken in San Pedro which shows local authorities manhandling a handcuffed woman, pinning her down and then hitting her several times. The event transpired in the wee hours of Saturday April 1st and since then Belizeans have been taking to social media to condemn the actions taken by law enforcement officers. Today two of those officers, 27-year-old police officer Norman Coye and 22-year-old police officer Darnell Madrill were hauled to the San Pedro Magistrate Court where they were charged for two counts of wounding and one count of wounding respectively.

PUP Says One Million Rewards To Teachers Spell Supplementary Allocation
The fact that GOB wants to reward teachers who did not take part in the October 2016 and January 2017 strike has given much to talk about over social media. Given the crisis the economy is currently facing Belizeans are already chastising government for its move. And today the Opposition also weighed in on the issue sighting that the move made by Minister of Education Patrick Faber Is the sign of quote “A stubborn, immature and downright dangerous man who refuses to accept that he went up against the teachers and lost.” End of quote.


Sedi Calls Out PUP Leader on Party’s Stance on the ICJ
The Barrow administration has made it clear that they are in favor of Belize going to the International Court of Justice in order to end the territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala. While they have made their position clear on the matter, the Government has agreed to hold a referendum to get the people to […]

Belize, Guat and OAS Running Out of Time and Money
The last we reported on the referendum slated to take place in both Belize and Guatemala was that Guatemala would be holding its referendum in September 2017. Belize’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington says that there has been no official announcement from Guatemala and until then, they will carry on with our referendum process as […]

Case Management Held on Sharon Pitts and the $400K
The Government has yet to recover four hundred thousand dollars from Sharon Pitts and Andre Vega. The matter is now before the courts and it has to do with a recent land scandal in which both Pitts and Vega collected four hundred thousand dollars each. Documents show that Vega and Pitts had acquired parcels of […]

Senator Courtenay Votes on Bill; Senior Counsel Courtenay Contests Bill in Court
In January the Government of Belize passed the Central Bank of Belize International Immunities Bill 2017.The “Anti Aschroft” Bill, seeks to protect foreign reserves held by the Central Bank of Belize in other countries. The passing of this bill is a direct reaction to the arbitration awards granted to Belize Social Development Ltd and BCB […]

PG Woman Says Police Has Ignored Her Complaint
A woman from Punta Gorda Town is disturbed at the police officers stationed in that municipality after a complaint she reportedly made about two weeks ago has been ignored. The woman who resides on New Road told Love News today that she personally witnessed a man causing damage to her home but since she made […]

Minister Says Budget Cut is Minimal for Police Department
Minister of State responsible for Home Affairs Elodio Aragon Jr. told the media yesterday that the Belize Police Department is an unarmed department. Aragon Jr. was speaking in regards to officers not being well equipped to carry out their duties and responsibilities. With the start of the 2017 fiscal year, will the department’s biggest hurdle […]

GSU Officers to Form Investigative Unit
Yesterday Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie confirmed that twelve officers are being transferred out of the Gang Suppression Unit to form a new task force. Minister of State responsible for Home Affairs Elodio Aragon Jr. says the task force will be in charge of investigation. ELODIO ARAGON JR ” More than one hundred officers are […]

Government Educates Students on ICJ
While the opposition is yet to give their stance on the issue of going to the International Court of Justice, the Government of Belize continues to make its rounds to various secondary and tertiary institutions to educate the student population on the history of the territorial matter as well as the logic behind their position […]

It is Not No-Man’s Land at Champon
On March 17, a Belizean, Carlos Manzanero was killed in the area between the borders of Benque Viejo del Carmen and Melchor de Mencos, Peten, Guatemala. Sixteen days later, Guatemalan national, Bryan Geovanny Corado was murdered in the same area. In the first instance, the Organization of American States had become involved in the investigation […]

Aaliyah Returns Safe and Sound
On Tuesday, April 4 Love News spoke with a concerned mother whose daughter had gone missing on March 31, 2017. As an update to that case, we have been told by the mother, Dorita Bardalez that Aaliyah Martinez has returned home safely. She was escorted to her home in La Democracia Village last night by […]

Inclusion of Belize into Guat Map Is Fake News, Says Elrington
In recent weeks, there has been the story of Guatemala looking to incorporate a portion of Belize in their maps upon the recommendation of a consultation. That report surfaced following the circulation of a document supposedly coming from a consultant, Edmundo Rene Urrutia Garcia that was contracted for one year, according to the document. At […]

Inclusion of Belize into Guat Map Is Fake News, Says Elrington
In recent weeks, there has been the story of Guatemala looking to incorporate a portion of Belize in their maps upon the recommendation of a consultation. That report surfaced following the circulation of a document supposedly coming from a consultant, Edmundo Rene Urrutia Garcia that was contracted for one year, according to the document. At […]

The Guardian

Luke tells non-striking teachers ‘refuse the money’
On Tuesday it was like a two ring door chime, as soon as Luke Palacio and the BNTU issued a release complaining that the government was union busting because it has decided to give the teachers who did not strike an honorarium, it was closely followed by a release by the PUP with the same message. Both releases seemed to have been hammered out on the same computer and we wonder if it was not sent out of the same office. These days you cannot tell the difference between the BNTU and the PUP. And while the line is very unclear between the two, what is clear is that Luke is now trying to appeal to the teachers who did not go on strike to somehow refuse the money. “We are saying based on principles, if you believed in the movement, you did not strike for any reason you were paid then the dignified thing to do was to say look, maybe I did not strike for a number of reasons; we got varied reasons why individuals did not go on strike, we are saying to them reject that money.”

Belize’s shrimp industry rebounding
Belize’s economy is at this point in time experiencing some severe shocks as a result of a number of factors, not least among them is the effect that diseases have been having on our exports, chief among them are diseases in the citrus and shrimp industries. But while diseases ravage these industries, there are great efforts being made in order to combat and rebound from the effects now being felt. One industry where great strides have already been made and which is already being felt with increased earnings is shrimp production. First, a bit of history- In 2014 shrimp export earnings netted Belize over BZ $90 million dollars in foreign exchange or some 14.8% of all of Belize’s export earnings. At the time it was projected that this industry could have been one of the greatest earners for Belize. But from a projected path of growth, the industry was hit by an disease called Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) which is caused by a strain of bacteria called Vibrio parahaemolyticus. As a result of the disease shrimp farms across the country began feeling the effect in March of 2015.

Fake cop, Aaron Wilson found guilty of impersonating a police officer
On Monday, April 3, 2017, Aaron Wilson was brought before a jury and judge Adolph Lucas. Wilson was accused by Shannon Martinez of impersonating a police officer. Wilson was initially indicted on 5 counts but on Monday, Lucas told the jury that they were to focus on 2 of the 5. The other 3 have been withdrawn due to insufficient evidence. According to prosecutor Janelle Tillett, on July 6th and 16th, 2010, Wilson pretended to be a Police Constable. Tillett called 11 witnesses including the then Assistant Commissioner of Police, David Henderson, Scenes of crime police, Audrey Cleland, and the then Superintendent of Police, Linden Flowers.

1 Million dollars to be paid to teachers who did not strike
In October of last year, the teachers of the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) had staged 11 days of protest in their demand for the Government of Belize to adopt a list of good governance policies. As a result, the Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, had insisted that the teachers that failed to go to school get their salaries docked. The matter ended up in the Supreme Court as a case between the BNTU and the Ministry of Education after the salaries were deducted. That however was never made to bear as the BNTU challenged the decision and having the court place and injunction on the deduction and teachers got their full salary. By February of this year as a result of mediation before the court case, the minister abandoned his position; the strikers still received their full pay despite being out of the classroom.

A basketball court renewed on Faber’s Road extension
Monday, April 3, marked the opening of the newly renovated basketball court in the Faber’s road extension area. Present were the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture Hon. Patrick Faber, ACP Chester Williams, Director of The National Sports Council Charlie Slusher, along with a host of community police officers, and community residents. The occasion was described as a historic effort to promote safety and suitability to the residents of the community (Collet) and surrounding areas, such as Port Loyola. The role of the court’s renovation is to reach out to children and youth as a social environment made with them in mind.

National Agriculture and Trade Show Farmers of the Year
Belmopan. April 4, 2017. The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration announces the 2017 Farmers of the Year: 1. Male Farmer of the Year - Mr. Gary Canto (Cayo District) 2. Female Farmer of the Year - Ms. Mirva Flowers (Toledo District) 3. Junior Farmer of the Year - Mr. Santiago Gutierrez (Cayo District) A heartfelt gratitude is also extended to the judges: • Mr. Martin Lindo –Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) • Mr. Andrew Mejia – Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration. • Mr. Nonato Canto –Pesticide Control Board • Mr. Martin Castillo – National 4H Youth Development Center (Videographer)

Annual Lecture held in Benque
An Annual Memorial Lecture series and the 7th International Festival of Culture program was launched on Thursday night of last week at the Benque House of Culture. At the occasion, a forum discussion was presented for the first time by students from John Paul ll Junior Collage on “The UNCAC-Benefits & Challenges.” Belize signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption in December of last year, becoming the 184th Country to do so. Ricky Cunil coordinator of this year’s 7th International Festival of Culture also announced on Thursday that the events are scheduled to take place from May 5 – 7, at Centennial Park in the beautiful Town of Benque Viejo del Carmen.

We are the Champions!
The Guardian Bombers are the best softball team in the city. The Guardians defeated the favoured Belize Electricity Limited interoffice team on Saturday, April 1, to claim its first interoffice championship. The teams went head to head a week earlier and BEL destroyed the Bombers 16 to 9 by mercy rule in 5 innings. This was the 1 vs 2 matchup in the page format playoffs. This was also the first game played by both teams in over 8 months. The season was interrupted by Hurricane Earl and delayed for an extended period of time. The rust clearly showed as the usually defensively sound Bombers was extremely sloppy in the field. The loss sent them into a do or die match against the number 3 seed National Sports Council on Saturday, March 25. The defense continued to struggle with that game finishing 15 to 14 in favour of the Bombers, thanks to back to back late homeruns by Shane Williams and Bryan Grant. This set up a championship rematch.

Embassy of Belize in Brussels promotes Belize’s Cacao Industry in the ‘Chocolate Capital of the World’
On March 28, 2017, the Embassy of Belize in Brussels hosted a promotional event aimed at generating interest in importing Belize’s high-quality cacao beans and encouraging investments in the expansion of cacao production and processing in Belize. H.E. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to Belgium and the European Union, made a presentation on the industry’s history, capacity, and potential to important players in Belgium’s chocolate industry, including some of Belgium’s prominent chocolatiers.

BTL Phonebook Launch - Our Heritage: the Reef
On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Belize Telemedia Limited, Yello Belize, and World Wildlife Fund Belize launched the distribution of the 2017 telephone directory. The cover of the directory, taken by photographer Tony Rath, depicted our Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world. The world heritage site has received special attention from the WWF as well as other organizations in the business of preserving our natural elements. At the launch, a video presentation showcased one very proactive girl. Madisson Pearl, who is 11 years old, works with her family to preserve the reef. She believes in the importance of the reef and strives to keep it intact and sustainable. Pearl and her family visit the reef and surrounding areas in an effort to remove waste that may be harmful to animals and other marine life. Her love of the water resounds as a love for her country and its inhabitants, from the fish in the sea to the people that live in the country.

Call me anything
Two customers visited my little place on Sunday 2 April to cool off the heat with a couple of beers. One was a gentleman of over seventy, the other, his son in his early thirties. I know the older gentleman from the time I was a kid. His family lived on the street behind the cane farmers association building here in OW. They, like mine, are brown –skinned Belizeans. I remember this family in particular since they tended to communicate mostly in Spanish in their homes. They also are easily angered and prefer their children to pair off with spouses who have “Brillo” instead of “steel wool” on their head top. His family was prominent in carrying the flag in front of the late Hon. George Price’s entourage when he would visit OW. So I knew the man was Blue to the bone. From way back.

Belize City Council introduces new services: vehicle inspections can now be done on site
On Wednesday, April 5, the Belize City Council held a press briefing where a number of topics were addressed. Mayor Bradley opened the briefing by welcoming his fellow councillors, the Deputy Mayor Bernard Pitts, and all present including the taxi associations. The conference had the purpose of tackling issues on transportation and business protocols. Bradley commented that the taxi associations were willing to cooperate and he said that the council was “teeming with economic and social opportunities” for city residents.

Fire victims assisted financially by the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council
A sum of $1000.00 was handed on Monday by Earl Trapp Junior, the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena to victims of a recent fire in Santa Elena Town. The Mayor is extending a heartfelt thanks to all who came out to support a Bar-B-Q fundraiser which was held for the fire victims on Saturday. Mayor Trapp is especially thanking all staff members who assisted, such as Mrs. Claudette Trapp, Councilor Bernadette Fernandez and the Deputy Mayor.

Belize’s Gregory Moguel selected as one of the Top Young Professionals in the construction industry
Parents Gregory Sr. and Sheila Moguel are proud to announce that their son, Gregory Jr., has earned top honors in Engineering. Gregory G. Moguel, PE, ENV SP, NACE CIP II (Virginia Beach, Va.) had been selected as one of the Top Young Professionals by Engineering News-Record MidAtlantic. The Top Young Professionals competition was formerly known as Top 20 Under 40. The competition honors professionals in the construction industry. These professionals display outstanding assests, such as leadership in their respective fields of construction and design.

Minister of Education hopeful of better PSE results
On Monday April 3, 7,271 students sat the first half of the Primary School Examination papers in English and Science. Speaking on this year’s expectations, Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber stated that he recalls the sentiments of some parents, proud that their child has accomplished this milestone thus far. He feels that because the exam is a concise collection of all that the students should have learnt in primary school, there needs to be a review of all their studies, not just what was learnt in Standard 6. The examination represents eight years of studying, learning, and achieving.

PUP playing with numbers
For a long time we have been hearing members of the PUP refer to the government being elected by a minority of the electorate. As they put it, a minority percentage of the electorate voted for the UDP. They have done their calculations using the total amount of votes the UDP got against the total amount of voters on the voters roll rather than against the actual turnout of voters. They are using that sort of PUP numbers fixing to create an illusion to present to their followers and in an attempt to try and save face. The PUP claimed that the UDP polled 36.34 % rather than the actual 50.001% it polled or rounded off to 50%. They seem to not understand that the only time the TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTERS is used in any sort of calculation for statistical purposes is to calculate the total turnout. For example if there are 10 voters and only 3 persons voted the number 10 does not have anything to do with who wins. If the winner were to receive 2 out of the 3 votes then that person wins with 66.66% of the votes casted. Not 20% as the PUP would try and portray.

GOB supporting Shrimp industry
While the ministry representatives did their tour, they got the opportunity to hear from the farmers directly and plan a path for the recovery of the industry. Over the space of two years the industry has been severely hit by a disease which kills shrimp at a very early stage of development. So severe has the industry been hit that in 2014 it was responsible for BZ 90 million dollars in export earnings which in 2016 dwindled to a mere BZ 10 million dollars. Responding to the immediate needs of the farmers the ministry is helping them with recapitalization of their farms through EPZ extensions depending on their plans for recovery. Following Monday's meeting the ministry will also liaise with other governmental agencies and departments to secure an enabling environment for production efficiencies as well as to look for new opportunities for greater market access.

Shyne kick starts Trinity Methodist’s music program
Belize’s Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, on Tuesday April 4 contributed musical equipment to start a music program at Trinity Methodist School. Barrow who has been on a campaign to increase the access of music to primary schools told the Guardian that a request came to his office from a former student of Trinity Methodist School for a Snare and Bass drum. It did not take long for the request to be considered and on Tuesday afternoon it was delivered.

Improving statistics gathering in Belize
On, Tuesday April 4, 2017 at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza the National Statistical System (NSS) and the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS) held a Monitoring and Evaluation workshop. The workshop was made possible by the Government of Belize (GOB), the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The two-day event has the purpose of conveying information on the strategies used to implement the M & E program as well as proper use of statistical information.

BTL has new CEO
The Board of Directors of Belize Telemedia Ltd (BTL) is pleased to advise that it has appointed Mr. Rochus Schreiber as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BTL with effect Wednesday, April 5th 2017. Mr. Schreiber takes over the day to day executive management of the company, filling the role that was last substantively held by Mr. Anwar Barrow, who vacated the role in February of this year. In the interim, Mr. Ivan Tesucum, BTL Chief Financial Officer, had been acting as company CEO. Mr. Barrow remains on the Board of Directors of BTL.

More charges expected against wild San Pedro cops
Police Minister Elodio Aragon has publicly assured that his Ministry and the High Command of the Police Department are not sitting on their hands when dealing with that embarrassing video of police misbehavior on San Pedro. The two police officers, 27 year-old Norman Coye and 22 year-old Darnell Madrill, who have brought the department into disrepute are now facing criminal and disciplinary charges for acting irresponsibly. By now, readers know the incident very well, since cellphone video footage went viral on social media, and on national television. Sometime after 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, club goers were leaving the Daddy Rock Night Club in the heart of San Pedro Town. Unfortunately, two women became involved in some sort of fight, and on-duty police officers intervened to get the situation under control. It is unclear why Constables Norman Coye and Darnell Madrill got involved, because all indications from eyewitnesses are that they were off-duty, and they had been drinking.

New president says UB is a Baby
Professor Clement Sankat arrived in Belize as the 7th President of University of Belize and on the 15th of February assumed the role. Sankat was born in Guyana and is a trained professional engineer. His teaching experience stems from teaching Engineering Graphics, Design and the Management of Innovation. He is also an expert in researches in engineering applications for Food and Agriculture: post-harvest technology and the utilization, processing and preservation of tropical agricultural commodities especially through refrigeration, drying and dehydration. This week we had the opportunity to have a sit down with him.

Gian Lino is the 18th Junior Cross Country champion
The Cycling Federation of Belize in partnership with the Belize Electricity Ltd sponsored the 18th Annual Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic on Sunday 2nd April, 2017. The 74 miles event which started from the Succotz Ferry in Succotz Village in the Cayo District wind its way down the George Price Highway to Mile 3, where it made a left turn onto the Chetumal Street Boulevard, and then a right turn onto the Philip Goldson Highway, where the race concluded in front of the Belize Electricity Ltd Corporate Headquarters. The event attracted some 39 riders in the junior and youth categories. At the end of 3:57:39, it was Gian Lino of Cabral/Marin Cycling Team that rode into Belize City for the finish line all by himself for the victory.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks and the Belmopan Bandits clinch a spot in the Pepsi basketball playoffs
The Pepsi National Elite Basketball League Basketball regular season continued over the weekend with a number of games on the schedule. On Saturday 1st April 2017, at the San Pedro High School Auditorium in San Pedro Town, the league’s leading San Pedro Tiger Sharks clinch a spot into the playoffs when it defeated the Belize City No Limit Team by the score of 70-65. The top scorers for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks were George Williams with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal; Jamal Kelly with 14 points, 1 assist and 1 steal and Ashton Edwards who also scored 14 points to go along with his 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals. Meanwhile, the top scorers for the Belize City No Limit team were, Kenny Brown with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal and Kyle Young who contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in a losing effort.

Police United wins in game against Wagiya
The Premier League of Belize 2016-2017 Closing Season competition continued on Sunday 2nd April, 2017, with four games on the schedule. At the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga Town, the visiting Police United won handily over the host team Wagiya by the score of 4-1. The Police United FC squad were the first to made it onto the scoreboard when Jalen Myers scored the 1st goal of the game in the 10th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, Wagiya was able to tie the score at 1-1 when Latrell Middleton scored the equalising goal in the 20th minute of play for his team. Police United FC untied the score when Daniel Jimenez scored his team’s go-ahead goal in the 37th minute of play to give his team a 2-1 lead. That lead was further extended when Harrison Rochez scored his team’s 3rd goal of the game in the 40th minute of play for a 3-1 lead. The Police United FC Team took the 3-1 lead into the half time of the game.

Belize District U-15 and McLean Insurance Broker U-17 Tournament
The Belize District Football Association U-15 and McLean Insurance Broker U-17 Tournament continued at the MCC Grounds on Saturday 1st April, 2017. In the Belize District Football U -15 game played, where Matus Bomberz won over Hattieville River Side Boys by the score of 2-0. The goals for Matus Bomberz were scored by Justin Menzies and Eshack King. In the McLean Insurance Broker U-17 game played, San Pedro won over Hattieville River Side Boys by the score of 2-1. The goals for the San Pedro team were scored by Ian Pou and Wilbert Vagurano. Meanwhile, the only goal of the game for Hattieville River Side Boys was scored by Jadon McGregor.

World Baseball/Softball Confederation – Softball Division Chief Umpire in Belize to conduct Training
The World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division, Chief Umpire and Chief Rules Interpreter, Mr. Robert Stanton arrived in Belize on Tuesday 4th April, 2017, to conduct an Umpires’ Training for umpires of the Belize Softball Federation. The Umpires’ Training which involves both theory and practical started on Wednesday 5th April, 2017, at Rogers Stadium. This is the first time that an Umpires’ Training Course is being conducted in Belize under the auspices of the World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division and with the Chief Umpire and Chief Rules Interpreter in attendance.

Hummingbird Elementary School girls and boys lead in primary schools volleyball competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball Competition continued on Tuesday 4th April, 2017, with two more games on the schedule at Stars Gymnasium in Belize City. In the girls competition game played, Belize Elementary School won over All Saints Anglican School by the score of 25-9 and 25-11. In the boys’ game played, Belize Elementary School also won over All Saints Anglican School in two sets by the score of 25-22 and 25-20.

Three men shot and wounded on Monday night
April 3, would prove a very hard time for the family of Jeffery Martinez. Martinez, a Honduran-Belizean, was visiting Belize from Honduras with the intention of getting together his citizenship papers. The 28-year-old was sitting in front of his yard on Jane Usher Boulevard when a gunman opened fire on him. According to Martinez’s grandmother, he likes to go near the BTL tower to get internet access. She often asked him not to be outside for long but he would tell her he wouldn’t be too late. Unfortunately, that is where the gunman rode up to him and fired several shots, about 6 of which caught Martinez.

Guatemalan National shot on Sunday night near the Western Border
A Guatemalan National, recently released from the Kolbe Foundation, was shot and killed in the Champon area at the Western Border in Benque. Reports are that Brian Corado was at a bar in the area when he was shot and killed at about at about 10:45 on Sunday night. Brian Corado had just been released from prison on March 30 after being remanded for hijacking Superintendent of Police Selvin Tillet and stealing his pickup truck in February of last year. Champon is frequented by many Belizeans for a late night out and cheap alcoholic beverages.

Man appears in Magistrate Court for possessions of weapon whilst drinking
A man in Belmopan has been given due notice for imbibing intoxicating liquor and being armed at the same time. Jerome Gill Junior, 28 years, was taken before the Belmopan Magistrate for the possession of a weapon whilst under the influence of alcohol. The incident occurred at Double O’s Bar. Bail was granted to Gill and the case was adjourned to May 26, 2017. The public is hereby advised that it is a criminal offence to possess a weapon whilst drinking alcoholic beverages.

Man charged for murder one year and a day later
On April 2, 2016, Edgar Aldana’s lifeless body was found by police in Selena Village, Cayo. Edgar Alfonso Perdomo Aldana, a 63 year old, Guatemalan Laborer of Selena Village was found with multiple stab wounds which occurred after a drunken altercation. His body was found behind the Iguana Creek Government School. Investigations followed the incident but no one was charged. On Monday, April 3 of this year, the Selena Village police have finally charged the person they believe is responsible for the murder. Marlon Padilla, a 23 year old man from the same village, was charged. According to police reports, Aldana was at his home drinking with a friend of his when two men came, Padilla and another man. One of the men pulled a machete on Aldana and his friend and they were both severely injuried, with Aldana succumbing to his injuries and bleeding out on the spot.

Three fishermen fined for possession of parrot fish and fillet fish without a skin patch
On Friday, March 31, Francisco Moralez, Mike Espat, and Rogel Sanchez were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. The men are of the San Pedrito area in San Pedro. They were charged and fined for being in possession of fillet fish without a skin patch. They were found with the fish on March 24, at West Sand Caye located in the Light House Reef. Hapton Gamboa, fisheries officer, also found them in possession of parrot fish. They were charged with one count of possession of parrot fish. In court, the men were unrepresented and pleaded guilty to all charges.

Police charge two in stabbing death of Adiel Mojica
Orange Walk police have arrested two men following the death of a 21 year old man who was stabbed during a fight at a bar. Police report that at around 10:15 on the night of Saturday April 1, Adiel Mojica was drinking at a bar in San Felipe village when he got involved in a fight with 47 year old Juan Antonio Orellana and 40 year old Saul Reyes. During the fight Mojica received a stab wound on the arm and was stabbed twice in the chest. He was rushed to the hospital but died at 3:00a.m. on Monday April 3.

WORDS OF LIFE with Barry Fraser
In the First book of Samuel, chapter 16 verse 23, we read: So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him. Daily life and decisions can be very draining. And there are several times when we feel empty and discouraged because the pressure of everything expected of us becomes overwhelming. But it is important that during such times we recognize that it is temporary and there is a quick way out.

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Barrow and Faber’s 1-million Easter bunny!
Amidst a recession, the Cabinet of Prime Minister Dean Barrow will spend one million dollars of taxpayers’ monies to reward teachers who did not participate in strike action against the Government of Belize (GoB) last October. These teachers who did not participate in the eleven-day strike showed up for classes as per normal, but they were unable to complete any lesson plans because their students were also absent. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, earlier this week told the media that this million-dollar “gift” would be divided among those teachers before the Easter break.

Boy, 14, impregnates classmate, 14
A 14-year-old second form student of a high school in Orange Walk Town is completing the first trimester of her pregnancy. Her former boyfriend and classmate, 14, of the same form, is believed to have impregnated her. When the discovery was made last month, it was alleged that the school did not allow them to return to the institution, but did not officially expel them. According to our sources, the father of the female child visited the school, where he learned that his daughter was not allowed to return with her pregnancy.

Mark Seawell, free after 10 years
Belize Chief Justice, Hon. Kenneth Benjamin, issued his ruling this morning in a habeas corpus application brought by claimant Mark Anthony Seawell,47, against the Superintendent of the Belize Central Prison and the Attorney General of Belize. Chief Justice Benjamin had allowed attorneys for Seawell to reopen his habeas corpus application which was initially argued in 2013, to allow for new evidence to be submitted. The evidence that British attorney Ben Cooper, working along with Belizean attorneys Anthony Sylvestre and Bryan Neal, submitted in written skeleton argument and later in oral submission before Chief Justice Benjamin is that the committal warrant on which Mark Seawell was being held is defective, because it failed to fulfill the requirement of the Extradition Treaty between Belize and the United States as set out in the 1870 Extradition Act, which forms the extradition laws of Belize.

NEBL “In the Paint”
After winning back-to-back games over defending champs Smart Hurricanes and Cayo Western Ballaz on the weekend of March 25, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks this past weekend continued their late season charge by recording their league-best eighth win of the season; this time it was over Belize City No Limit, by the final score of 70-65, thereby putting the rest of the league on notice that this year’s championship will have to go through them. Four Tiger Sharks scored in double figures, led by George Williams 17 points 5 rebounds 1 assist, Jamal Kelly 14 pts 1 asst, Ashton Edwards 14 pts 2 rebs 3 asst, and Raul Roches 11 pts 4 rebs 1 asst. As a team, the Sharks shot a remarkable 47% from the field, hitting on 29 of 61 shots, obviously aided by the fact that a substantial percentage of their attempts were high percentage shots coming from inside the paint (36 points). They rebounded the ball well, and capitalized on their opponents’ 20 turnovers, converting those turnovers into 19 points.

OWFA Futsal Week 4 Night 2 results
The Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) Futsal Inter-Office and Open Division Tournament continued with Week #4 Night #2 games on Thursday, March 30, at People’s Stadium. In game 1, (Inter-Office) BSI dropped La Popular, 10-3. BSI got goals from Otoniel Sandoval (3), Orlando Trejo (2), Yamil Williams (3), Farred Carlos and Fidel Barela; while La Popular’s goals were by Zamir Uh (2) and Josue Tut. In game 2, (Inter-Office) it was San Isidrio with the 5-4 win over Belikin Spartans. Scoring for San Isidrio were Adrian Toledano, Gracilian Chan, Gildardo Cervantes and Eduardo Marin (2); while Emory Jacobs (2) and Leo Corado (2) shared the scoring for Spartans.

Cricket Corner – A gentleman’s game; play it as gentlemen.
Hello, cricket players, fans and supporters! Before getting into specifics of the game, I send my sincere condolences to the Kerr family, Brilliant Cricket Club and the villagers of Crooked Tree, on the sad passing of their loved one, Hulbert Kerr. May his soul, find peaceful rest. Now, with cricket. Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the Harrison Parks 2017 Competition continues this weekend. Thanks to our kind sponsor, Bowen and Bowen. The following games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday:

3 regular season weeks left in PLB Closing Season
With a Week 2 back-match completed last night in Dangriga, where FC Belize and Wagiya played to a 1-1 draw, the updated standings picture at Week 11 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2016-2017 Closing Season looks real interesting. Only 3 weeks of games remain in regular season, and 4 teams are within striking distance of 3 available spots in the playoffs. Belmopan Bandits SC has already secured their spot in the Top 4 playoffs.

Editorial: Real, ready, rapid, rigid response ….
Usually one does not see the correlation between events as quickly as the following correlation jumped out at us this week. The Government of Belize is moving Senior Superintendent of Police, Chester Williams, to a desk job in Belmopan: they are replacing him with Marco Vidal, who made his name as the first commander of the brutal Gang Suppression Unit (GSU). This is happening at the same time as the Christian Workers Union (CWU), under pressure from waterfront firebrand Raymond Rivers, is officially giving the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) the required 21-day notice of intended industrial action. At first glance, one will see the complete philosophical turnaround in Southside policing from Chester to Vidal as intended to bring more direct pressure on the Southside gangs in order to appease the old capital business powerhouses such as Bowen & Bowen, Brodies, San Cas, the banks, the Chinese, the Indians, and so on.

Big time visit home by Richard Ramirez
Dear Editor, I have been blessed by the visit of two brothers and a sister over the past few weeks. Now more than ever I fully appreciate what is family! Second only to our Lord Saviour, we who have family are blessed. The last visit by my brother Richard, as usual, brought out great memories. We always have so much to re-live. My brother rode his first horse race at the age of nine at Hone Park, known now as the Marion Jones Stadium. Our father, Jose J. Ramirez, better known as Boss Joe, had been training Richard personally for months before the race. I remember our mom Lydia was a nervous wreck at the races. Then when Richard became too heavy to be a jockey, he became a trainer in the 60’s and 70’s. He trained horses like Misty (Lindo) Baby Carrie (Brown OW) Lady Rafia (Chick Castillo) and his greatest legacy, The Godfather (Robby Eyles).

Stake Bank: a Belizean travesty!
Sir, The Stake Bank cruise development project has been stalled by the Barrow administration on what appears to be purely political grounds. The stifling of development, particularly by elected officials, is bad enough, but when partisan venom is the motivation for such actions it should concern every right thinking Belizean. If the demise of the Stake Bank project was as a result of partisan bad mindedness, as the optics suggests, then this surely must qualify as a true Belizean travesty. Mr Mike Feinstein, the Developer, is a born Belizean with an impeccable record of investments in his country. Few of the “nouveau riche” of the Barrow era have made such investments in Belize: they prefer instead to hide their money in offshore accounts. Belizeans who believe in Belize invest in Belize; they don’t take their money to foreign lands. We must learn to celebrate Belizeans who undertake activities that create jobs; we should not vilify them. Creators of jobs are the real economic heroes, not politicians who come bearing gifts.

Chaa Creek’s Lucy Fleming takes GOB to task
Dear Editor, I am writing to add another voice to concerns raised by tourism industry professionals throughout Belize regarding government’s amendment to increase the airport departure tax. The Governor General signed the PACT (Amendment) Act into law on March 31sr after it was previously voted down by the senate. This amendment to the PACT Act introduces an additional fee – a “development fee” of $32.50BZ which is to be levied and collected from every non-Belizean person departing from any air border point. The whopping new departure fee of $118.50BZ now results in the second highest departure tax in Central America. Since 1981 Chaa Creek has grown alongside Belize’s tourism industry and now directly employs 160 Belizeans while providing revenue for a host of other businesses and workers throughout the country. Like many of our tourism partners, we continually monitor the global travel industry, participate in international seminars and workshops, and have developed a highly visible marketing presence.

Who will it be in 2017, 28th Women Cross Country Classic?
It has become the sporting rivalry that fuels the interest and excitement in women’s cycling in Belize over the past couple years, since 5-time Women Cross Country (WCC) Champion, Shalini Zabaneh retired from the sport after 2014. It used to be Kaya vs Shalini that cycling fans looked forward to; but now it is Kaya vs Alicia that headlines the sport of women cycling. Their names have become synonymous with championship women cycling in Belize, as in most races either one or the other is expected to take the top prize. Alicia was the 2015 Women Cross Country Champion; Kaya is the reigning 2016 Women Cross Country Champion.

Charles X: Mea culpa, “’89 memories”
First and foremost, let it be known, it was never my intention in any way to discredit or in any way disparage the enormous contributions of my favorite Saturday morning host, the one and only, the Honorable Tony Wright, our beloved “Mr. T.,” as some fans prefer to call him. Indeed, I would be among the first to say, with no apology, that Mr. T. is without a doubt deserving of the title of “Honorable,” more so than many who occupy the lofty seats in our House of Representatives. Tony’s dedication to Belize and Belizean culture, especially music and sports, is unquestionable and laudable. And I am among his greatest fans. My Saturday mornings are not complete without Mr. T. and the Krem Saturday Morning Show, assisted and often co-hosted with the one and only J.C. Arzu, another Belizean music and culture icon of mammoth proportions. It is indeed a joy and a treat to have both these unsung heroes sharing our airwaves with Belizeans at home and abroad.

Cops smauggling beer in police vehicle
Almost two and a half months ago, rumors had been circulated that several police officers were seen smuggling contraband goods in a police mobile unit at the Orange Walk border with Mexico, in an area known as “Botes.” Today, Thursday, our colleagues at 7News shared video footage with Amandala, which seems to confirm those rumors of police contrabandistas. In the footage, men in plain clothing, believed to be cops, are seen carrying bundles of suspected contraband beers from the Mexican side of the border. Once on the Belize side of the border, the men could be seen handing the bags to a man in the back of the police truck, who then carefully arranged them.

Belize Bank arbitral award for UHS doubles to $70 million with interest
With seemingly unending litigation wars sparked from a series of agreements which the Musa administration signed with private entities, it is hard to keep track of the numbers, and while the award figures are often quoted in lawsuits emanating from attempts to have the awards enforced in the USA, the amount of interest accrued and legal fees are not usually included in the reported figures. When we reported on Friday on Belize’s loss in the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, we reported on the original award figure handed down by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) in 2013. At the time, the award was said to be BZ$36,895,509.46 in favor of Belize Bank, which had loaned $33.5 million to Universal Health Services (UHS), a private hospital which had received a government guarantee back in 2004.

Belize Police Department shakeup in the works
In July 2015, the Belize Police Department conducted its last major shakeup of the department’s senior command. At that time, the Eastern Division was broken down into three divisions which saw recently trained attorney and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chester Williams elevated as the Officer Commanding Eastern Division South. ACP Edward Broaster had also been elevated to the Officer Commanding Easter Division Rural, while ACP Dezerie Phillips, who was previously the sole Commander of the entire Eastern Division, was left only with responsibility for the northside. According to leaked documents, after almost two years, the Police Department is backpedaling to the previous structure in the Eastern Division, and the shakeup for all units will reportedly take place on the same date, July 1.

The Reporter

Mexican embassy issues travel advisory for Belizeans visiting for Easter
The Mexican embassy has issued a travel advisory for Belizeans visiting Mexico for the Easter holidays. The embassy says that for immigration purposes, border cards are valid for travel within the State of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas only and are good for only […]

Chamber disapproves of million $$ teacher bonanza
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is strongly condemning a Government of Belize’s decision to give a million unbudgeted dollars to teachers who did not go on strike, in the face of the 2017/18 austerity budget. The BCCI pointed out that the national […]

Germany pays for climate change workshop
Representatives from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), met in Jamaica this week for a three-day climate change conference in what they called an Impact Regional Inception Workshop. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), hosted the workshop, at the Knutsford […]

New cookbook launched to help youths
Belizean businesswoman, Nefretery Nancy Marin has published a new cookbook to fund a youth foundation which deals with youth issues. The Nancy Marin Youth Foundation is based in Georgeville village, Cayo, and conducts a number of activities throughout the year for youths who want […]

Be aware of Gastric Cancer
Many people may have gastric cancer and don’t even know it, a new study suggests. reported this week that symptoms are sometimes not seen until the cancer has already spread to another part of your body. Signs and symptoms, include: tiredness, feeling bloated […]

Village men charged with murder
Two men have been charged with murder for stabbing a 21 year-old man in a bar brawl on Saturday night in San Felipe, Orange Walk District. Forty year-old Saul Reyes and 47 year-old Juan Orellana, are reporter to have turned on their drinking companion, 21 […]

Police suspect arson in pre-dawn blaze in Dangriga
Errol Gomez of Dangriga escaped with just the clothes on his back from his burning house just before daybreak on Monday, April 3. Based on discoveries after the fire, officials believe the blaze was intentionally set! Sometime around 4:00 on Monday, April 3, Gomez […]

Alleged Guatemalan car thief shot dead in Adjacency Zone
A man who is accused of being a trans-border car thief operating between Melchor de Mencos in Peten, Guatemala and Belize was killed while he was socializing at a bar in the Belize/Guatemala Adjacency Zone over the weekend. On Sunday night, April 2nd, a gunman […]

Pre-dawn disturbance in San Pedro: Abusive cops lie save face!
Two police officers stationed in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye have been charged with wounding after they discharged their service weapons in public, wounding five persons. Twenty seven year-old police officer Norman Coye and 22-year old police officer Darnell Madrill have been interdicted and charged for […]

SIB and GOB strengthen national statistical system
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce (MEDP), held a workshop this week, in an effort to strengthen the National Statistical System (NSS). The SIB and GOB facilitated the workshop at the Best Western Belize […]

Big things on the horizon for CitCo
The Belize City Council unveiled several new fundraising initiatives and services this week, including a new mobile application and customizable license plates. At a conference held at City Hall on Wednesday, Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, flanked by other councillors, unveiled the Belize City […]

Government of Germany donates to Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center
This week, the Federal Republic of Germany invested thousands of dollars in the lives of Belizean youths, when it donated to the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center. Mr. Harald Klein, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guatemala and Belize, handed over the grant […]

Everyone who watched that viral video of the police actions in San Pedro last Saturday night came away with the same impression : – that our policemen are poorly trained and have a morbid propensity for hurting civilians. Once the police have a prisoner in handcuffs,that prisoner is already sufficiently […]

Mark Sewell beats US extradition after an epic six-year struggle with the law
Mark Sewell, one of three brothers charged by US authorities for drug trafficking, arrived at the Supreme Court shackled hand and foot, but he left the court a free man after an epic struggle to avoid deportation to the States. Sewell has been languishing […]

Fuel prices way up
At midnight on April 1, the prices of fuel went up by significant margins, and this time, it was not because of the acquisition costs, but to meet a budget gap that the government is seeking to close. *Premium gasolene went up by 35 cents. […]

Madame X emerges; Vows to sue SP cops
The mysterious woman who was handcuffed and pummelled on the ground by San Pedro police on the night of April 1 has surfaced, vowing to sue the police for unecessary cruelty. Madame X has been in touch with the Reporter. She still does not want to give her name, but […]

Two teenagers killed; 10 others hurt
Two teenagers, a girl and a boy – were killed when a Ford Ranger pick-up truck in which they were were travelling ran off the Placencia Road last Sunday afternoon and flipped over several times. Warisi Flores, 14, and Deshawn Taylor, 18, both from Dangriga, […]

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NTUCB lashes out at GOB for union busting
tr The Belize National Teachers Union, the Christian Workers Union and the Chamber of Commerce and industry have publicly denounced the decision made by government and the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber to set aside $1 million to compensate teachers who remained in school […]

Early morning stabbing in Caye Caulker
According to police reports, this morning around 2, while police were on patrol on Louisiano Reyes Street in Caye Caulker, they got information of a fight in front of the police barracks. Police responded and met Megan Holland, 20, “making a lot of noise”. […]

Mexico issues travel advisory for travelers visiting for Easter
Yesterday the Mexican Embassy in Belize issued a travel advisory for Belizeans visiting for Easter. The Embassy says that border cards are valid for travel within the State of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas only, and only for 3 days – including the […]

Passport system is working again
The Department of Immigration and Nationality Services issued a press release yesterday informing the public that it will resume normal processing of applications for renewal and issuance of new passports on Monday, April 10th, 2017. According to the release, persons wishing to apply for expedited […]

Police officer and special constable charged for contraband activity in Orange Walk
An official report was issued today in which the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie thanked Jules Vasquez of channel 7 for providing him a copy of the video of contraband activity by members of the Belize Police Department in the Botes area of Orange […]

Aurelio Martinez and Garifuna Collective delivers lively performance at Bliss
Aurelio Martinez and the Garifuna Collective are currently delivering a lively performance to a packed crowd at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts. A collection of 30 songs are being played to celebrate 30 years for him at ‘the heart of the Garifuna culture’. […]

Road traffic accident on Southern Highway
A white wingle travelling from Independence Village collided shortly after 1pm today. The accident occurred after crossing the Big Falls bridge. The driver of the vehicle lost control and crashed into an electric post. Bystanders helped the driver and passenger out of the vehicle. […]

Mark Seawell free at last
After 10 years of being in jail awaiting extradition to the United States, Mark Seawell joins his brother Gary Seawell in freedom. Chief Justice of Belize, Kenneth Benjamin, granted a writ of habeas corpus dismissing the extradition proceedings against Seawell. Apart from granting his […]

Legendary Garifuna artist performing in Belize tonight
Music veteran, Aurelio Martinez, is scheduled to perform tonight at the Bliss Institute for Performing Arts promoting his latest album “Darandi”. Martinez told the media that the concert which starts at 8 p.m. is important him because his most memorable moment in music was […]

BTV launches “Sing for Sarstoon” competition
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) and the PG News network have launched a song competition entitled “Sing for Sarstoon”. Both Guatemala and Belize have a long standing territorial dispute and there have been constant confrontations with Guatemalan authorities and Belizeans wanting to set foot […]

Missing student found safe
According to police reports, Aliyah Martinez, the 14 year-old-student who went missing this week has been found. Martinez was reported missing by her mom on Monday, April 3, 2017. Police say Martinez is safe and was found in good health. © 2017, This […]

Candlelight vigil to be held in San Ignacio on Friday
A candlelight vigil will be held on Friday, April 6, 2017 in San Ignacio Town. The vigil is being organized for residents to take a stand against the high level of crime in their communities. Within the last two months, five people have been […]

Freezer caught fire at Public’s Supermarket in Belize City
Reports quickly circulated last night that the Public’s Supermarket on Central American Boulevard in Belize City was burning down. However, when we arrived on the scene we noted that only the freezer inside the establishment was on fire. Fire officials were quick on the […]

San Pedro Mayor says the media could hurt Easter tourism
San Pedro Mayor, Daniel Gurrero is concerned that news and social media reports of crimes on the island will negatively affect the visitor turnout this Easter. In an interview with 7 News this week, Gurrero said that Easter is getting close, and while he […]

A police vehicle caught on video contrabanding beers in northern Belize
With an increase in the costs of local beer, men and women of the police department have turned to the Mexican border for a cheaper “contraband high.” We have obtained copies of a 35 second video footage of persons believed to be police officers, […]

CEO Caucus Cancer Ride 2017: “We’re With You”
On Saturday, April 8th 2017, the annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride will take place. The ride’s route will run from Mile 25 on the George Price Highway to the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan. According to a government of Belize […]

Gabriel Cunil charged for murder of Pastor Florencio Bardalez
Yesterday, Gabriel Cunil was formally charged for the murder of Pastor Florencio Bardalez. Bardalez was brutally beaten to death by Cunil and was found dead at his farm on Monday night. The post mortem conducted on Bardalez determined that he died from asphyxiation by […]


Escuela Mexico high school celebrates 34th Anniversary: Open House 2017
The Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico school, located in San Roman in Corozal, which opened its doors in 1983 with 68 students and 5 teachers, celebrated its 34th anniversary on Thursday April 6th,, 2017. It commenced at 9am with a short ceremony to open the Business fair that was held inside the school compound. Agriculture Business students did a training on how to create products from honey. Some products are cough medicine, sun block, facial creams and soaps just to name a few. They will all be available for the CEMJC OPEN DAY ON APRIL 6, 2017. If you missed this year's event here's a blog about the school. Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College is a tertiary level institution located in San Roman Village in the Corozal District of Belize. It was funded by the Mexican government in the year 2007. This junior college functions mainly as a vocational institution. The programs of study include Tourism, Agriculture, Information Technology, Mathematics, Biology Natural Resource Management and Architecture. Every year the school held their annual open day where every program display different skills and apply the knowledge they gain in theory. This they put it into practice and students, teachers, parents, siblings and organizations from different districts go to see the different activities and projects Centro's students have to display. This vocational technical college not only teaches their students the theory part of the courses that they take, but also the practical part where they engage in fun and exciting activities.

Aurelio Martinez & the Garifuna Collective ... beyond awesome
Last night’s Aurelio Martinez and the Garifuna Collective presentation at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts was indubitably one of the best shows I’ve ever witnessed and participated in. I could not revel in its entirety, and had to leave somewhere after the 15th song of a promised 30 song playlist. In my emaciated and enervated condition, just sitting up beyond an hour and half, had become beyond my physical means. The music is so powerfully evocative on one’s atavistic level that you do not have to understand the language of the words. You only have to listen, to hear, to participate and experience Aurelio, Mohobub, Desiree, Lloyd, Sam Harris, Al Obando, the 4 drum Garifuna percussion line, “Guayo”, (a Honduras guitarist from La Cieba who is super bad), and others, and my friends Ivan Duran and James Sanker.

Rio Blanco National Park (Santa Cruz) Belize
Rio Blanco Falls is a very scenic series of waterfalls located inside the 500-acre Rio Blanco Falls Park in the southern part of the country. The park was founded in 1994 and is currently being managed by the Rio Blanco Mayan Association. The waterfalls run in a series of cascades at a gentle angle, allowing visitors to swim in the plunge pool at the bottom. The pristine natural beauty of the area is popular for bird watching, enjoying a picnic meal, or simply soaking up the quiet ambiance. More adventurous visitors can climb to the top of the waterfalls and use a stone ledge to jump directly into the plunge pool at the base. To reach the falls, visitors need to hike for about Belize is a wonderful country full of exciting things to explore and see. At the end of your vacation in Belize, you’ll probably be looking for some interesting things to take back to remind you of all the fun you had and to share with your friends and family. Here is a list of 10 really cool Belize souvenirs: a mile up a narrow trail and then climb a series of steps cut out of the stone. At the entrance to the park, there is a visitor center where travelers can learn about the park as well as browse through traditional Maya handicrafts that are for sale. The falls are located inside the Rio Blanco Waterfall Park approximately six miles south of the village of San Antonio and 30 miles north of Punta Gorda in Belize’s southern Toledo District. The entrance to the park is just a short walk from the village of Santa Cruz. From the entrance, you’ll need to travel approximately one mile into the park to reach the well-marked stairs that lead to the falls.

Top Souvenirs to Buy in Belize
Belize is a wonderful country full of exciting things to explore and see. At the end of your vacation in Belize, you’ll probably be looking for some interesting things to take back to remind you of all the fun you had and to share with your friends and family. Here is a list of 10 really cool Belize souvenirs:

At Cayo Rosario development hearing, plans for ‘gringo rings’ rile San Pedro
What triggered his quiet wrath was the conclusion — drawn from two whole days of intense observation — that “the waters around Cayo Rosario are not very ecologically productive or biologically diverse.” A conclusion so inane that even the construction workers who were paid to fill seats until 8 p.m. joined in the laughter. Mr. Gomez schooled the visiting report-writers: “Cayo Rosario is not only Cayo Rosario. It is part of a much larger flats system that is growing smaller with each development like this one.” The Cayo Rosario proposal is the most curious to pop up in ages. The developers are trying to turn a tiny 2.5-acre donut of an island — surrounded by the Ho Chan Ecological Preserve — into a 604-person occupancy resort. How do they propose achieving such a thing? With “wings.”

Do I need experience to volunteer at Wildtracks?
How to sum up my time at Wildtracks is an easy one… AMAZING! This is something I would never have thought I’d have the delight to be able to do, as I have no wildlife conservation / rehab experience at all, in fact, I have no animal experience whatsoever. However, this is not a problem for volunteering at Wildtracks, as long as you are committed and reliable, then training and working / interacting with the animals won’t be an issue, as you are shown the ropes, plus there is always someone at hand to ask if ever unsure. When I arrived at Wildtracks I was placed with the spider monkeys, and from the first time I saw them, I felt the connection between man and monkey. I loved working with the spider monkeys as, like humans, every single one has its own personality. Over my 6 week period here, I got to see and learn each of their personalities and what they liked and didn’t like. At first, the spiders took a few days to get used to me, but as the time went on and as the monkeys got used to me and I them, our relationship grew, and now I get warm greetings from Frisky, and get a warm hand squeeze from the charming Charlie, and trust me, the best type of greeting is definitely one from a monkey.

Original Chaguaramas Treaty
Original Treaty Establishing the Caribbean Community and Common Market signed at Chaguaramas, 4th July 1973 (This is the Official Text of the Treaty, the Final Act and the Agreement establishing the Common External Tariff) PREAMBLE: The Governments of the contracting States, Determined to consolidate and strengthen the bonds which have historically existed among their peoples; Sharing a common determination to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of their peoples for full employment and improved standards of work and living; Conscious that these objectives can most rapidly be attained by the optimum utilisation of available human and natural resources of the Region; by accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development, particularly through the exercise of permanent sovereignty over their natural resources; by the efficient operation of common services and functional cooperation in the social, cultural, educational and technological fields; and by a common front in relation to the external world;

Belize 1st National Cybersecurity Symposium
Securing Our Digital Future 24 – 27 April 2017, Belize City, Belize. Gain insight on the fundamentals of cybersecurity Learn strategies for protecting your organization Receive updates on government and regulatory plans Network and share ideas with peers and experts Participate in shaping a national cybersecurity framework Hosted by the Belize Public Utilities Commission on behalf of the Government of Belize Message from PUC Chairman Mr. John Avery: The world is more connected than ever before. Today, our connectivity to the global network is critical to the productivity and functionality of our local society. As Chairman of the Belize Public Utilities Commission, I am proud to role the PUC has played in facilitating development and growth of the telecommunications which underpins Belize’s local and global Internet connectivity.

Belize 2017 Crime & Safety Report
As posted at The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Overall Crime and Safety Situation. U.S. Embassy Belmopan does not assume responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms appearing in this report. The ACS Unit cannot recommend a particular individual or location and assumes no responsibility for the quality of service provided. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAS ASSESSED BELMOPAN AS BEING A HIGH-THREAT LOCATION FOR CRIME DIRECTED AT OR AFFECTING OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT INTERESTS. Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, is the only English speaking country in Central America and is located south of Mexico and east/north of Guatemala on the Caribbean Sea. Approximately 25-30% of the population lives in Belize City, and nearly 50% are located in rural communities. Tourism is a major part of the economy, with high season running November-April. Over 1.8 million tourists visited Belize in 2016. Favorite destinations include the cayes (islands) off the eastern coast, including Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, and the coastal areas of Placencia and Hopkins in the south.

Enjoy the pride of Belize at the National Agriculture & Trade Show
Located far in the west of the country, Belmopan often gets overlooked by more popular destinations such as San Ignacio, Placencia, and Ambergris Caye. But one of Belize's most popular and exciting activities takes place in Belmopan every year, the National Agriculture and Trade Show. Similar to the state fairs that Americans know and love, the Belize National Agriculture and Trade Show is a combination of livestock displays, agricultural products, live music, mechanical bull rides, delicious food, and exciting activities like a beauty pageant, motorcross show, and canoe race. This year, the National Agriculture and Trade Show will feature a special presentation for Farmer of the Year in three categories, best male farmer, best female farmer, and best junior farmer. Held every year since 1970, the National Agriculture and Trade Show is a chance for Belizeans to celebrate their country's rich agricultural heritage and local manufacturers. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's fair that will take place from April 28-30, 2017, at the national fairgrounds just outside of Belmopan in Belize's western Cayo District. The theme for the 2017 National Agriculture and Trade Show is "Let's Get Growing."

Wine-Tasting, Open-Air Markets, and Dinner Parties in Western Belize
“I really like the people of Belize,” says Ginny Ophof, who started visiting Belize after her mother moved to the Cayo District in 1977. “They have innate wisdom and empathy. They are tolerant and calm. Americans are better educated. But there’s a lot they can learn from Belizeans.” In 2007, Ginny moved to the Cayo, determined to spend quality time with her aging mom, who had just turned 85. Ten years later and her mother, Connie, is still going strong and sharp as a tack. In fact, Ginny laughs when asked about her mom’s health. Both she and her mother have seen the direct results of healthy living in the Cayo. Many expats move to the Cayo to spend time on the rivers, in the jungle, delving into the Maya culture, or exploring caves. Ginny enjoyed those more adventurous activities years ago. But now that she’s in her 60s, she spends her free time taking advantage of the Cayo’s many social options.

What to Expect from Easter on Ambergris Caye, Belize: 2017
This weekend is sacred. But since there are so many vacation days strung together it is also (and more importantly to many) a HUGE PARTY WEEKEND!!!! The solemn processions of Palm Sunday and Good Friday… …are contrasted with people all over Belize and Central America packing the planes, water taxis and roads and FLOCKING to the beach for the HUGE parties over Easter Weekend. Lower priced hotel rooms that sleep 2 now sleep 15 and it seems like the entire country heads to the beach. Placencia, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are all full. Every golf cart in town will be rented out and you can expect some serious traffic along with some serious police check points this weekend. If you do not enjoy crowds or loud music or just people watching, I’d steer clear of town.

Caribbean and Mexican Cuisine is…Caliente!
For the last several years Caliente, located on the beach at the Spindrift Hotel in the heart of San Pedro Town, has been one of my “go to” places. From the days when the original owners ran it, to when Melly Sanchez took over management in 2008 and eventually purchased it a few years ago, the dining experience has always been one of the best. For Melly, owning and running Caliente with her family is a dream come true, and you can taste the spicy dash of love they have added to their Mexican and Caribbean dishes. Although the food is the star at Caliente, the location is priceless. With two beachfront patios, you can indulge in a picture-perfect view of the Caribbean while watching island life walk, boat or sail by. It truly is one of the best spots to chillax while indulging in great food and cool refreshing cocktails.

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2017 Atlantic, Caribbean & Gulf Of Mexico Hurricane Season Forecast
The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely to be less active than the 2016 Hurricane season, however, the number of named storms this year is expected to be near or slightly less than average. A big reason for this is due to fact that a weak to moderate El Niño is expected to develop either this summer or autumn. Should this happen, then it would mean not only a lower than average number of named storms, but also the potential for an early end to the hurricane season. With that said, the forecast for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season is a difficult one due to the fact that it is uncertain whether we will see a full-blown El Nino form or whether there may be a delay of the onset of El Nino. If the forecasts for El Nino are incorrect and there is a delay in the formation of El Nino, then we could see a much more active hurricane season than what we are forecasting right now.


  • Mark Seawell free from extradition to the United States, 1/2min. The man who spent more than ten years behind bars waiting on an extradition ruling, Mark Seawell, was set free today. Seawell's habeas corpus application was heard on 2013. Last month, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin reopened the case allowing attorneys Bryan Neal and Anthony Sylvestre to make additional submissions. These submissions were based on the outcome of the habeas corpus application filed by Gary Seawell, Mark's brother. Both men were arrested after the US Government requested the Seawell brothers be extradited so they can answer to drug related crimes. Today, the Chief Justice handed down his judgment and as a result Mark Seawell is now a free man.

  • Miss Teen Belize Video Shoot 2017, 2.5min.

  • Herbalist Heriberto Cocom, 28min. Heriberto Cocom descends from a long line of Maya healers. In the spirit of their ancient practices, Heriberto procured for himself knowledge of medicinal cures. His father was a snakebite healer whose best friend, Don Elijio Panti, was a renowned Maya medicinal and spiritual healer. At the age of 14, Don Beto, as he was known, crafted his first marimba and guitar. Fearing travel to Belize City, the only place where a secondary level school was located, he intentionally failed the exam that would allow him to progress in his studies. In doing so, he was able to tailor his education to his own interests. He proceeded to learn many trades such as carpentry, gardening, farming, and chicle harvesting.

  • BETEX 2017 Video, 1.5min. BETEX 2017 is May 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and they've made a short video showcasing what Belize is all about. What do you know: Cayo has the most screen time(like it should, of course). Well worth a watch. Sound like Miss Belize, Rebecca Rath, is narrating the video...and she's in it in a couple of scenes. "Savor Your Belize Experience"

  • Presbyterian Day School Belize, 6min.

  • We challenge Belize Cave Waterfalls, 2min. Climbing Underground Belize Cave Waterfalls. Entering at the base of a 400 foot tall limestone cliff, we find a deep cave system and heavy water flow from the exiting river. Like spawning salmon, we forge up river to explore and climb waterfalls for several hours. ....then retrace our steps, jumping off these cliffs into the pools below. hard core! - Ian Andersons Caves Branch resort

  • Seascapes, 44min. The ocean is my sanctuary, my first love, and my office. My work and life adventures have taken me to some amazing places. This video is an excerpt from these adventures, that hopefully provides you with an escape to the sea, as it does for me. Footage is from the waters and beaches of the islands of: Abaco in the Bahamas, South Water Caye, Belize, and the Florida Keys.

  • 2017 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge Day 4 Highlights, 45min. From Burrell Boom to Belize City. Watch the final days interviews and see what happened to the one second lead going into the last day. SHOW MORE

  • , 8min. Drone video of the beautiful Blue Hole in Belize and Half Moon Caye. Courtesy of Amigos Del Mar

  • Permit Fishing Belize, 4.5min. Cindys first trip out for permit at El Pescador lodge Belize March 28th 2017.

  • TALK AH DI TOWN APRIL 6, 2017, 34min.

  • Kyron Davis Ministry - "Give me this Mountain" Life Conference 2012, 16min.

  • Ministry of Health Day Focuses on Depression, 37min.

  • GOB & IDB - The National Statistical System (NSS) & Growth & Sustainable Development Strategy, 42min.

  • 2017 Open Day held at the Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College, 9min.

  • Darandi - Celebrating 30 years at the Heart of the Garifuna Music Aurelio Martinez, 74min.

  • Grace & You, 18min.

  • CEO Caucus Cancer Ride 2017, 2.5min.

  • Belize NOW Episode 16 - Friday, April 7th, 2017, 28min. Rejuvenation Project to Breathe New Life into Downtown Belize City, World Health Day focuses on depression, and the CEO Caucus gears up for the big ride! These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize NOW! Thanks for joining us on this Friday, April 7, 2017!

  • Western Ballaz vs Running Rebels from San Ignacio, Sacred Heart Auditorium, 2hr33min.

  • Patty Outdoors - Belize Boys’ Trip: At the Dock, 2min. On vacation in Belize, it seems like the dock is the place where everything happens. When we discovered lionfish under the dock, we went hunting them there too!

  • The Inter-American Development Bank’s mission in Belize, 3.5min. Cassandra Rogers, Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank in Belize, describes the Bank’s work in the country.

  • Diving the Blue Hole in Belize, 10min.

  • Spring Break 2K17: San Pedro, Belize, 4.5min.

  • Caves Branch Belize, 3min. arrival, cave tubing, and horses.

  • LAMANAI MAYAN RUINS, Belize, 3min. Climbing to the top of one of the pyramids at Lamanai Mayan Ruins, Belize.

  • Tour of Cahal Pech in Belize, 1min. A 360 degree panoramic view within the ruins of Cahal Pech, an ancient Mayan site located near San Ignacio in western Belize.

  • Rock Sliding in Cockscomb Jaguar Basin, Belize, 1min. A long hike through the jungle in central Belize where we finally reached Stann Creek, then rock sliding down the river in the nice, cool water. Then a nice relaxing float under the waterfall!


  • Belize 2017 Teaching at Roman Catholic School in San Pedro, Belize, 5min. This video is for Bridgewater State University International Student Teaching course credit. I had to record myself teaching on multiple occasions here in Belize, and submit it to my professor.

  • Skydiving into the Great Blue Hole in Belize, 6.5min. Our 5-way skydive into the Great Blue Hole in Belize. A once in a lifetime scenic jump into this reef 65 miles off the coast of San Pedro Belize. We landed inside the hole, got into a scuba boat and then explored underneath the depths of the great blue hole! What an amazing experience of which no more than about 100 people have experienced in their lives! We were the first group to skydive this since 2011!

  • Drone Video of Xunantunich Maya Site in Belize, 2min. This is a video of Xunatunich just outside of San Ignacio Town.

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