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#522926 - 04/11/17 05:53 AM Today's Belize News: April 11, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Mahogany Bay Village employees encouraged to ‘think differently’ about their future
On Thursday, April 6th, the team of Mahogany Bay Village (MBV) and Caribbean Homes and Exports were treated to a surprise inspirational talk by finance author and investor Robert Kiyosaki. Members of the construction team through office staff gathered at the MBV conference room to listen to the “rags to riches” business specialist. The talk centred on the concept that everyone has a choice in deciding their future and no one method is similar for the same person. “As long as you keep working hard you will get ahead,” said Kiyosaki. “School will never teach you about money, so you have to decide what to put in your head. Work for more than just money. You have to think smart. It’s up to you to change your thinking. Each person has the potential to be a rich person, but it’s really hard and requires hard work.”

CEO Caucus Cancer Awareness Ride Exceeds Fundraising Goal Again
The CEO Caucus of the Government of Belize takes this opportunity to express its sincerest gratitude to the public, partners, donors and members of the cycling community who participated in “The CEO Caucus Cancer Treatment Ride 2017: We’re with You” which took place on Saturday 8th April 2017. The CEO Caucus announces that to date the 2017 Ride raised over $70,000. The final amount will be announced later as the initiative is still receiving pledges. Proceeds are for the Belize Cancer Treatment Center Dangriga.

Faber promises compensation to teachers who did not strike
Minister of Education, Honorable Patrick Faber made an announcement on Monday, April 3rd stating that the Ministry of Education (MOE) had $1 million dollars to distribute to teachers who did not participate in the Belize National Teachers Union’s (BNTU) 11-day strike in October 2016. BNTU President Luke Palacio issued a press release in response, accusing both the MOE and the Government of Belize (GOB) of Union Busting. Faber said that $1 million was allocated to honor the “loyal” teachers. “So while it is we cannot fully compensate those teachers who attended school on those days, we thought that it would be important for us to give some kind of honorarium to those teachers and so in consultation with the Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and we have agreed to set aside $1 million dollars that will be divided among those teachers. We are hoping that this can be done before the Easter break comes,” said Faber.

Ambergris Today

Sun And Moon Festival Hits San Pedro To Kick Off Easter Festivities
As part of fundraising efforts towards the San Pedro Children’s Home Hope Haven, Raise Me Up held a Sun and Moon Festival that took place this past weekend from Thursday, April 6, to Sunday, April 9, 2017, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. After a recent visit to Belize, DJ Trimmer reunited with Britney O’Daniel, an old friend whom he knew back in Dallas. Since he had come to Belize to celebrate his birthday with his friend and some Dj buddies, they did a mini club, yacht and beachside tour. When Britney saw that this event went over well she came up with the idea to do a festival on the island to help raise money for the children’s home. DJ Trimmer is known for throwing parties and to him it was a perfect idea; a party for a purpose. The Opening Moon Party took place at Luna Loca on Thursday from 8p.m. to 12a.m. The Sun Party, VIP boat party took place the following day Friday from 2p.m to 8p.m.

Easter Travel Advisory Issued For Belizeans Going To Mexico
The Embassy of Belize in Mexico issued a travel advisory for Belizeans visiting Mexico for Easter. · Ensure your vehicle is in good condition, that you have a valid driver`s licence, and that all vehicle documents are in order. · Vehicles with Belizean licence plates may only circulate within the state of Quintana Roo (which includes Cancun and Playa del Carmen) without a temporary import licence. Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 metric tons cannot travel further into Mexico apart from Chetumal and no permit is granted.

Belize Immigration Resumes Passport Services
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 Today, Monday, April 10th 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.

Misc Belizean Sources

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>Power interruption 7:30am to 9:30am, Wednesday, April 12: entire Caye Caulker
BEL to conduct urgent repairs of hotspots at the Caye Caulker Substation.

Nesting season of the American Crocodile, and shortly after the Morelet's Crocodile
We have seen a lot of activity in Placencia with females looking for good nesting habitat. We are now into nesting season for the American Crocodile here in Belize, and this means there will be a bit more croc activity. If you find a nest please do not disturb it as the eggs are extremely fragile, and mom will be nearby. If you have any information on nesting crocs please email us at program.coordinator@crcbelize.org.

Green Dollar Symposium
You're invited to the first ever Green Dollar Symposium. The GDS is organized by the National Protected Areas System Secretariat. This unique and inspiring symposium is designed for the private sector and focuses on the socio - economic benefits happening now in Belize's Protected Areas, as a result of ground breaking environmental protection measures pioneered by different sectors of our economy.

CEO Caucus Cancer Awareness Ride Exceeds Fundraising Goal Again
The CEO Caucus of the Government of Belize takes this opportunity to express its sincerest gratitude to the public, partners, donors and members of the cycling community who participated in “The CEO Caucus Cancer Treatment Ride 2017: We’re with You” which took place on Saturday 8th April 2017. The CEO Caucus announces that to date the 2017 Ride raised over $70,000. The final amount will be announced later as the initiative is still receiving pledges. Proceeds are for the Belize Cancer Treatment Center Dangriga.

Beyond the Horizon 2017
Be sure to take advantage of the Beyond the Horizon 2017 medical services events available to communities across Belize. The medical services events are free to the public and will offer family medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, optometry, and dentistry. Beyond the Horizon is a a partnership exercise between U.S. Southern Command and the Government of Belize that will provide three medical services events and five construction projects to communities across Belize. The medical services event are free to the public and will offer family medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, optometry, and dentistry.

CHETUMAL WILL RECEIVE 30 THOUSAND BELIZEANS IN THE HOLY WEEK 2017
Seventeen thousand Belizeans will travel to Quintana Roo, according to Belize's council in Mexico, Jorge Valencia Gómez, who said that the vast majority of these visitors will remain in the lodging centers of Chetumal. For the weekend bridge and commercial in the neighboring country of Belize will have a break from this Thursday, and their workers will enjoy the long weekend, announced the council in Mexico Jorge Valencia Gomez. This will bring economic benefits to Quintana Roo, particularly to the south, as approximately 30,000 Belizean citizens traveled to Majahual and Chetumal to enjoy the holiday period.

National Agriculture and Trade Show Dance
Saturday April 29th, 9pm-3am, $30

Sarteneja United Drum Corp
Sarteneja United Drum Corp is an amalgamation of the Nazarene Marching Band and the Sarteneja Marching Band. Under the leadership of Band Director Antonino Rivero, 55 member strong band has ranked 2nd twice in the Drum Corp category. They are known for their unique colors and this year's coral colored outfits with delicately done embroidery were tribute to the Maya Mestizo culture. Their theme included Lionfish props in order to encourage fans to eat the Lionfish which is a predator not welcomed by fishing villages such as Sarteneja.

Power interruption 9:00am to 11:00am, Tuesday, April 11
North San Pedro from Journey’s End Resort to Tranquillity Bay Resort. Two 5 min power interruptions from 9:00am to 9:05am and 10:55am to 11:00am will also affect entire North San Pedro. BEL to urgently replace regulator on power distribution system in area.

Belize Band Fest 2017
Lots of great photos!

South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch April, 2017 General Meeting
Wed, April 12, 7pm, Lone Start Grill and Cantina

Butterflies of Belize
From the US Embassy

Blue Hole Flight with Tsunami Adventures
Such a great tour, fly over the Blue Hole and the Turneffe Atolls.

TOURISM ARRIVALS SHOW A STEADY INCREASE IN 1ST QUARTER OF 2017
Even following such unprecedented growth in 2016, the latest statistics for the first quarter of 2017 indicate that tourism arrivals in Belize continue to register a small but steady increase. This underscores the hard work and dedication of our tourism stakeholders and the fact that Belize continues to attract travelers, as a growing and popular world tourism destination.

CARICOM week celebration
Join the CARICOM week celebration and Sign-up to participate in the Art Competition today!

PHOTOS: The journey from Mile 25 George Price Highway to Belmopan
CEO Caucus Cancer Ride

PHOTOS: Starting Line at Mile 25 George Price Highway
CEO Caucus Cancer Ride

Co-Ed Softball Tournament 2017
The San Pedro Town Council's Co-Ed Softball Tournament 2017 closed with a bang! After weeks of hitting the bases, on Sunday, April 9, 2017, the Hon. Louis Sylvestre was the host of the Championship games. Playing for the big win were Quality Reef vs. Extreme who battled it out for the 3rd place prize followed by San Pedro High School vs. Sea Star Dive Shop for the 1st Place prize! After a few hits and misses, Quality Reef came out victorious against Extreme and took the 3rd place prize.

Belize Crime & Safety Report 2017
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. There is no indication that foreigners are broadly targeted, although tourists can be easy targets when not displaying situational awareness. Over the past several years, there has been a shift in major crimes from being concentrated mostly in the population center in Belize City to districts in the north, west and south of Belize. Murder, sexual assault, and robberies have occurred in tourist areas in recent years and visitors should remain vigilant. Criminal acts, including extremely violent acts, can and do happen in all areas of Belize, to include Belize City and the tourist destinations (San Pedro, Caye Caulker). It is generally preferable that you comply with a robber’s instructions. Break-ins and vandalism of automobiles do occur.

Corozal Easter Bus Schedule

Valentino Blanco has been appointed as the new CEO - Chief Executive Officer of the Corozal Free Zone
He succeeds former CEO Raul Rosado Sr. who last year, had tendered his resignation.

Belizean Exodus to Mexico for the Holy Week Easter Weekend!
Between 30,000 to 35,000 Belizeans are expected to travel to Quintana Roo,Mexico according to Belize's consul in Mexico, Jorge Valencia Gómez, who said that the vast majority of these visitors will remain in the hotels and lodging centers around Chetumal (in an interview with the Mexico Press). As a result of the holy week easter holiday, which unofficially commences on Holy Thursday, April 13th for some businesses and their employees in Belize, many vacationers will be able to enjoy the long upcoming holiday weekend, explained Belize's Consul in Mexico, Jorge Valencia Gómez. This will bring economic benefits to the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico particularly to the southern Yucatan area, because approximately 30,000 Belizean citizens will travel to Majahual and Chetumal to enjoy the holiday period.

Channel 7

More Contraband Cops - This Time With Clothing In Corozal
Tonight, a new set of a contraband cops are making news. This time they were caught smuggling a bag of contraband clothing - and they ran from Customs like common criminals - except these criminals were in a police pickup. On Saturday at around 2:00, Corporal Abner Marroquin was commander of the Isuzu D-Max #42-03 assigned to the Corozal police station when Customs tried to stop them at the Santa Elena border checkpoint to examine a large black bag they had in the pan of the pickup. The police drove through the regular checkpoint and accelerated out of the compound. So Customs had to set chase - and the police truck actively evaded them - all of this was caught on a customs officer cell phone camera. But the cops had an advantage because customs were in a car, so the pickup cut down a sugar road in Chan Chen village, and threw the bag in the bushes - just like what criminals do when the cops are chasing them. The D-MAX made a clean escape - and customs recovered the bag - which is similar to one of the "Bultos" - often seen being smuggled into Mexico.

Alleged Shooter Who Was Shot In The Back Goes To Court in Wheelchair
He was shot in his back - but that didn't stop police from wheeling 30 year old Leroy Goff into court this evening to face charges for shooting a 14 year old. Goff was shot on on March 23 on San Pedro. The 14 year old boy told police that that he was lying in bed when he heard a loud bang. When he opened his window and looked outside he saw his brother, Delson Paguado holding his chest. There as another loud bang, and that's when his brother began to run. He also told police that the gunman - allegedly Leroy Goff - pointed the gun at him and he ran. Goff was then shot and subdued by neighbors who kept him in custody until the police arrived.

Gangs Trying For Truce
Today, gang figures from all different Southside neighborhoods crowded into the conference room at the Raccoon Street police station to talk out their issues. The meeting went for hours and ended at around 5:15 when various participants told us that they are working on a truce. They told us that they are hoping to have a peace march on Wednesday. Southside Commander Chester Williams has been working steadily to try and mediate the issues between rival gangs. He is set to be transferred form the Southside at the end of June.

Fake Cop Sentenced, Judge Lenient
Last week a jury found fake cop Aaron Wilson guilty of 2 counts of false pretense of a public officer. As you saw on 7News, Wilson emphatically rejected the jury's decision; he said they got it wrong - since he never impersonated a police officer, he was acting as a special constable. But, he had to tell that to the judge at sentencing today. Instead, though, his attorney Christelle Wilson took a different tack. She explained to us today that he could have been facing prison time - so she had to ask the judge to consider the 7 hard years he waited for trial:.. Christelle Wilson, Attorney for Aaron Wilson: "The sentence was that he could have been sent to prison for 2 years, but the judge after hearing the arguments and also being made aware or reminded that the court has an inherent power, a discretionary power whereby they can impose a fine as opposed to a custodial sentence where the court sees it fit to do so and what we argued today was that there was a very long delay, from 2010 to 2017 when this matter came before the court and Mr. Wilson has suffered throughout those 7 years and the judge said nobody endured any loss as a result of what he was charged and convicted of."

Capital Cops Nab Robbers, Quick
Belmopan Police were quick to strike back at criminals this weekend after an armed robbery. It happened on Friday afternoon at "Circle R" Rice at mile 44 on the Western highway. Two men with a revolver showed up at the depot and demanded money. The officer commanding Belmopan told the media more via telephone:.. Voice of: Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, OC - Belmopan Police: "We received information of a robbery at Circle R products, located just outside of Belmopan and near to Cotton Tree Village. Our officers immediately proceeded to the area where the manager Mr. Vargas reported to us that he and another staff member was at the work site when they were approached by 3 men who were in a black car approached the establishment and demanded money."

21 Year Old Recovering After Shooting
Tonight, 21 year-old Earlin Butler Jr., a resident of Rivero Street in Belize City, continues to receive treatment at the KHMH after he was shot by a gunman early yesterday morning. We know very little about the incident because his family has declined to comment, and police have not released any details other than to confirm that the incident happened. We do know that Butler was at his home and sometime at around 7 a.m.. That's when someone approached and opened fire, hitting him in the chest and abdomen. There is no known motive and those we have spoken to say that it comes as a surprise to them. That's because Earlin Butler Jr. is a clerk at the Vital Statistics Unit, and all indications are that he is law abiding youth who keeps out of trouble.

84 Year Old Woman and Son Grazed By Stray Bullets
So, while Earlin Butler Jr. remains hospitalized for that shooting on Sunday morning, about 14 hours later, there was another shooting. This one was on Antelope Street, and in the spray of gunfire, 84-year-old woman Ignacia Alpuche was grazed by a bullet, while her son, Miguel Alpuche, was injured in the right foot. Alpuche spoke with us today and said that he and his mother were injured by the gunshots which penetrated their upstairs home, but which were fired from down the street. He told us that he and his family were sitting in their living room last night. They were having a small memorial at the house for his father who had passed away. He said that their door was open, and they heard the sound of gunshots outside on one the street.

Father In Law Chopped Wife's Allegedly Abusive Husband
38 year old Gabriel Zelaya was chopped on Friday night in the Halls Layout area of Corozal - and police say it's his own father in law who did it. 59 year old Armando Cob told police he did it because Zelaya has been continually abusing his wife - who is Cob's daughter. Zelaya was taken to the KHMH where he is listed in a stable condition

Woman Says She Was Stabbed By Cousin
And there's another report of a blade used in a dispute between relatives, this time it's cousins. It happened early on Saturday Morning on Caye Caulker where around 2 a.m., police were on patrol, and saw 20 year-old Megan Marie Holland in distress, right in front of the police barracks. Holland reported that she had a misunderstanding with one of her cousins. The officers encouraged her to make a formal complaint, but she refused and went home. She appeared to be fine when the cops spoke with her, but about 5 minutes later, they received information that she had collapsed inside her house.

A Pair of Persons Shot In PG
So far we've told you about three people shot in the city. Well, two more were shot in Punta Gorda. On Saturday night at about 7:00 29 year old Jordy Flores was shot to the right arm and 21 year old Renita Jackson was shot to the right upper leg. Both of them were in a car on at the junction of Orange and Cayo streets when a lone gunman on bicycle rode up and fired several shots at the car.

Cayo Man Shoot To Head
And In Cayo, a man was shot in the head. On Saturday morning at 1:10, police found 27 year old Deon Gongora was on Bishop Martin St. in Santa Elena. He had been shot to the head and mouth. He is in critical but stable condition at the western Regional Hospital.

Citco Demolition Stalled
Today the Belize City Council along with the Police Department, National Fire Service, NEMO and Human Services Department met to launch a new project. The agencies have joined together in an effort to get rid of the City's derelict buildings, or the structures that pose risks to public safety, health and natural disaster relief efforts. We spoke to the man spearheading the project, City Councillor Phillip Willoughby, for more... Phillip Willoughby - Belize City Councillor: "All of us at the table have discussed 3 important issues that are of high importance where it concerns: 1) abandoned and derelict buildings, derelict vehicles and overgrown lots. The residence and the community has also spurred the talks for us to be more proactive for the city to lead the charge in relation to the said undertaking. So on my part along with NEMO, it is how well and best we prepare the city as the we mitigate against these derelict buildings that may be deemed dangerous in times of disaster and we have to mitigate better to protect life and preserve property, maybe not the owner property that is or the owner of the structure that is deemed abandoned or derelict but to secure persons within the vicinity or the proximity where these structures are."

Examining the Impact of Child Labour In Sugar Industry
It's not a popular subject - but it is a real one: Child labour is a part of Belize's sugar industry. But just how much a part? Today, the government and the European Union embarked on a partnership to find that out. It's a consultancy aimed at collecting statistics about child labor in Belize's Sugar industry. The new information will be used to ensure that Belize is operating within Fair Trade International's policy's regarding child labor. One of the project's stakeholders, Diana Shaw from the Child Development Fund, told us more... Diana Shaw, Child Development Foundation: "This project is a consultancy to research on the incidents of child labor in the sugarcane producing areas of Belize in Orange Walk and Corozal, so that we can document for the purposes of establishing the record for Belize for Fair Trade International. The European Union and the other partners that Belize needs to be able to report on the progress that it's making and the steps that are being taken to eliminate child labour in Belize."

Ban On Corned Beef Lifted
After a few weeks, Belize's temporary ban on corned beef from Brazil has been lifted. BAHA sent out a release today saying, quote, "In order to verify the safety and wholesomeness of corn beef already in country, samples were collected from importers' warehouses, retail shops and supermarkets. Microbiological testing conducted at BAHA's Food Safety Laboratory did not detect any pathogens." The release adds, quote, "Belizean consumers can be assured that the corned beef imported from Brazil is safe for human consumption. Therefore, BAHA and MoH are releasing all corned beef at warehouses that were placed under quarantine." End quote.

10 Year Old Driving Horse and Buggy Dies In Accident
There was a fatal accident in the Orange Walk District on Saturday where a 6-year-old child died after a vehicle hit a horse and buggy that he was travelling in. That child is Johan Thiesen of Ship Yard Village, and he was along with his 4 other brothers, 10 year-old Jacobo Thiesen, 1 year-old Gerado Thiesen, 7 year-old Pedro Thiesen, and 4 year-old Heinrich Thiesen. The eldest, 10 year-old Jacobo, was the one in control of the horse and buggy, and they were traveling on the Ship Yard and Indian Creek Village Roady at around noon on Saturday. That's when a Dodge Ram Pickup, driven by 27 year-old Felipe Cuellar, hit the horse and buggy, causing it to violently flip. All 5 boys suffered varying degrees of injury, but Johan was the one who took the worst of it. Those injuries claimed his life while he was on the way to the Northern Regional Hospital. The other 4 boys were treated and released from the hospital.

Another Arson In City
There was a fire in Belize City early on Saturday, and police believe that it was arson. 71 year-old Robert Ramclam, a resident of Maskall Street, Belize City, woke up at 3:30 AM to find flames engulfing his shop. When he sprang out of bed he saw a man he recognized, who walking away from the shop. The shop was partially damaged, and the shop and its contents are not insured. Police say that they are investigating.

The Best Women Raced In
Yesterday, 11 elite female cyclists went out on the George Price Highway to find out who was the best in the 29th Annual Women's Cross Country Cycling Classic. It's a 70-mile ride from Cayo to Belize, and the female athletes battled back and forth for almost 4 hours. At the very end it came down to a 4-way sprint between defending Champion Kaya Cattouse, past champion Alicia Thompson, Patricia Chavarria, and American Gina Kavesh. To hear it told from Kaya's perspective, she had to work hard for the entire race to ensure that none of her competitors to made a solo run to victory. Here's that photo finish where the 3 top cyclists crossed the line with inching each other out with more or less the same time:

CEO's Ride For Charity
So, while Belize's elite women cyclists were battling on the road to see who the best was. The CEO's within the Government of Belize were taking it at a more leisurely pace on the road for the 2nd Annual CEO Caucus Ride. Their ride is to raise funds for cancer treatment, and the Government is reporting that over 200 riders from all across the public service, especially the CEO's, came out to ride from Mile 25 on the George Price Highway to the Agricultural Showgrounds in Belmopan. At the end, the event raised over $70,000 which will go the Belize Cancer Treatment Center in Dangriga. That's a success from the perspective of the organizers, and here's what a few of the presenters had to say after riding over 20 miles:

BTB says Tourism Arrival Up In Overnight And Cruise
Tourism arrivals - particularly in the overnight sector - continue to grow. Now, it's not the kind of runaway growth witnessed in 2016, but the numbers are still increasing - ever so slightly. For overnight tourism there were increases in each of the first three months of the year, less than a percent in January, 4.2% in February, and 3.3% in March. March - which records the most tourists every year - set a new record with over 44,400 tourists coming in the highest number of arrivals ever recorded in a single month.

Aurelio, En Vivo!
On Friday night, Aurelio Martinez was back on the Bliss Stage - 13 years after he first claimed it for Paranda Music. In the intervening years, he's turned Garifuna Soul into a Garifuna Jazz, and on Friday night a 15 piece band had the Bliss rocking with transcendent tunes. Tonight, we leave you with highlites from the two and a half hour show - and a clip of each of the almost 30 songs that were performed. Enjoy, and join me back here tomorrow.


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Channel 5

No Vacation Yet But Did Kids Show Up to “Make-Up” School?
Instead of enjoying vacation time going into the Easter holidays, students at most public schools as well as teachers, were present in the classrooms across the country. And that’s how [...]

Teacher Doesn’t Mind Sharing “Honorarium” with Fellow Staff
Up to news time today, Ministry of Education officials confirmed to News Five that the one-million dollar honorarium to non-striking teachers had not been issued and that data was still [...]

More Cops Charged for Contraband in Corozal; This Time Customs is Behind the Camera
On Friday, police made a belated announcement of disciplinary proceedings against a police constable and a special constable based in Orange Walk, who were accused of illegally contrabanding items at [...]

Domestic Dispute Leads to Chopping in Corozal
A Corozal family is grappling with an explosion of violence at their home over the weekend that has landed a husband and wife in hospital and her father in possible [...]

Family’s Mourning Interrupted by Gunshots on Antelope Street
A family deep in prayer was caught by stray bullets on Sunday night at their Antelope Street house in Belize City. Miguel Alpuche Junior and his mother, Ignacia, were offering [...]

Earlin Butler Jr. Shot in the City
Just after seven on Sunday morning, shots rang out on Rivero Street, near Kraal Road on south side Belize City. Reports are that as twenty-one-year-old Earlin Butler Junior stood outside [...]

Multiple Shootings Reported Countrywide
Several other persons remain critically injured at medical facilities across the country following separate shooting incidents on Saturday in the west and south. The first shooting took place near the [...]

“Fake Cop” Aaron Wilson Fined; Told by Judge to Keep Quiet
Convicted fake cop, Aaron Wilson has been given a stern warning by Justice Adolph Lucas for mouthing off in the media last Tuesday, after being found guilty on two counts [...]

Wilson Must Find Real Money to Pay Off Fine
Wilson was fined a total of four thousand dollars for both counts, but the penalty was reduced by two hundred and fifty dollars each due of the length of time [...]

Belmopan Cops Collar Robbers at Circle R
Two Belize City men will spend the next five and a half years in jail and Belmopan police are looking for a third after solving a robbery reported last Friday [...]

Man Charged for Going After Minor in San Pedro
A San Pedro resident accused of a shooting incident that sent a minor to the hospital was arraigned this morning at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before the Chief Magistrate. [...]

CitCo et al. to Tackle Abandoned Buildings in Old Capital
Abandoned and infested buildings are a common across the City – they are hot beds for substance abusers and criminal elements. These are just some of the issues that the [...]

Overgrown Lots and Abandoned Vehicles Will Also be Cleared
As a part of the multi-agency approach to clean up the city and make it safer, additional works will be undertaken outside of the demolition of derelict buildings. These efforts [...]

B.P.P.’s Maheia Says Faber Has Been Wasteful; Must Resign
Separate press releases from the Belize Territorial Volunteers and Belize Progressive Party this evening condemned the Government’s decision to spend a million dollars of taxpayers’ monies as an Easter “reward” [...]

Teen Arsonist Sought for Burning Home and Shop in City
An early morning fire over the weekend was put out by quick action of the property owners and the Fire Department.  In the early hours of Saturday morning, seventy-two-year-old Robert [...]

Tourist Arrivals Up
The Belize Tourism Board is reporting another record for tourist arrivals to the Jewel.  In releasing the statistics for the first quarter of 2017, there have been two point seven [...]

Not Expelled, Bishop Martin Students in Pregnancy Case Stay Out of School
Two teenagers, a male and a female second form student attending Bishop Martin High School in Orange Walk Town, remain out of school tonight on their own will, following the [...]

Sports Monday Covers Football, Basketball and More
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.     [Highlights of weekend sporting activities….]

CTV3

Six Year Old Dies In Traffic Accident
A road traffic accident that occurred over the weekend here in the Orange Walk District has left one minor dead and four others injured. Sometime after midday on Saturday six year old Johan Thiesen, a resident of the Ship Yard Mennonite Community was traveling along the Ship Yard and Indian Creek Village Road in a horse and buggy accompanied by four of his siblings (all minors) when it came in collision with a Dodge Ram pick-up driven at the time by twenty seven year old Jose Felipe Cuellar of August Pine Ridge Village.

Father-in-law Chops Son-in-law
A domestic dispute involving an alleged abuse victim and an avenging father in Corozal landed a man in a critical state in the hospital on Friday night. Thirty eight year old Gabriel Zelaya was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital over the weekend for chop wounds he sustained at the hands of his common-law wife’s father. Neither of families were willing to speak to the media today, but according to the Police’s report, Zelaya was chopped by 59 year old Armando Cob. The incident occurred at Cob’s residence, and followed an incident at Zelaya’s home where it is believed an altercation took place between him and his wife, allegedly leading to domestic abuse.

Allege Land Grab In Corozal
A cane farmer from the community of Estrella, located 2 miles south of Libertad Village in the Corozal District, is appealing for fairness and justice after his leasehold land on which he has been planting and harvesting sugarcane for decades, seems to have been stripped away from him by the Lands Department in Corozal District. Fifty eight year old Porfirio Amaya says that he found out that the land has been taken away from him when he received a phone call from an anonymous person advising him to be vigilant about the property. Like tales from a misfortune teller, Amaya said he realised something was up when he went to check the land to pay his taxes but was turned back for a number of reasons. This culminated last week when he received another call, reportedly from the person who is be the land beneficiary. He told us more.

Tourism Continues To Bloom In Belize
The Belize Tourism Board today released the first quarter statistics for the months of January through March of this year 2017 and is reporting an increase in overnight, cruise and airport visitors when compared to the same period last year which had seen an unprecedented growth. According to the release, in January, a total of 38, 531 tourists visited the country and stayed overnight while 39,221 tourists arrived in the month of February resulting in an overall increase of 2.7% compared to last year’s record numbers. This marks the second year in a row that the total amount of overnight arrivals to Belize has surpassed 70,000 visits within the first two months of a specific year.

BTV Calls On Government To Distract Disbursement Of One Million Dollars To Teachers
Also speaking against GOB’ honorarium to teachers who did not strike is the Belize Territorial Volunteers who shared their discontent via a press release issued earlier this evening. The release states that despite the fact that the 2017 budget was underfunded due to a lack of financing, the PM along with the Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber have agreed to spend $1 million of taxpayers’ monies to reward teachers who did not go out to protest. The BTV indicated that, quote “Even though few teachers chose to stay in the classroom they were unable to teach as students did not show up so what is Minister Faber paying one million dollars for? Upon careful analysis of this blatant pilfering of money, one can only point to one reason for that: it is called UNION BUSTING. Minister Faber is definitely rewarding those teachers who did not participate in the strike action and punishing those who did”. End of quote.

Contraband COPS On The Loose
The Belize Police Department is tonight once again at the center of controversy, this time its two officers attached to the Corozal Police Formation who are being accused of wrongdoings. Police Corporal Abner Marroquin and Police Constable Elston Rojas are tonight in interdiction after being charged with Prejudice to Good Order and Discipline after the two men attempted to evade customs officers. Reports are that Corozal Police received a video from Custom Officers from the Northern Border Station showing a police vehicle being pursued by the officers. According to the customs officials, on Saturday 8th April 2017 at around 2:00 p.m., a police vehicle with two police officers inside were seen transporting a black bag in the pan of the pickup, the men are said to have refused to stop at the checkpoint and were subsequently pursued by Custom Officers. The vehicle though, was able to evade the officers as its driver diverted into a feeder road.

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LOW-DOWN, DIRTY SHAME! – $1 MILLION HANDOUT FOR EASTER CHEER
It is the most incredible thing heard in recent times where the UDP has mastered the incredible, unbelievable and unacceptable. Patrick Faber, the Minister of Education, Deputy Prime Minister and boy who wants to play dress-up as Prime Minister, announced that he plans to take ONE MILLION DOLLARS of taxpayer monies to pay teachers who did not participate in the October 2016 strike, for whatever reason. Faber, known for his pibil pork tacos and rum fest using Petrocaribe monies which we will have to pay back, is up to his old tricks, playing a political Easter Bunny this time. If it were his money filling those red Easter baskets, it wouldn’t be a problem. But Faber proposes to use OUR money to reward those teachers he believes are supportive of his government.

BANNED IN THE USA?
While we have not received official confirmation from the US Embassy just yet, the Belize Times has received unconfirmed reports that there are two separate lists of those whose US Visas have been cancelled. One of those lists, we are told, has 17 names. Four of those are of UDP Ministers, four of high-level Police Officers and the rest are CEOs and government officials. All are allegedly under investigation by the US for Immigration and other infractions. It is no real news that there has been mass cancellation of Visas, as those reports have been circulating for some time. According to those unconfirmed but credible reports, the Ministers who are currently unable to travel to the US include Minister of Defence John Saldivar, former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, Minister of Social Development Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez and an unnamed 4th ...

Confused & Clueless
In the wake of the scandalous, disturbing and dangerous display by Police officers in San Pedro over the weekend, Police Commissioner Allen Whylie and his political boss Elodio Aragon Jr. seem unable or unwilling to comprehend and act on what happened. In a press briefing today on the steps of the Raccoon Street Police Station, both men seem to feel that in charging two officers with the relatively minor offence of Harm, they have done enough and we should all just move on. While footage from various phone cameras provide clear evidence of Police excess, and that is an understatement, as his UDP colleague San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero did, Elodio Aragon seems to blame the crowd for provoking the Police and accept the dangerous Police behaviour as justified.

Police Gone Wild on La Isla Bonita
The Police Department is once again battling shame and disgrace after two of its Police Constables, 27 year-old Norman Coye and 22 year-old Darnell Madrill, officers attached to the San Pedro Police Station, were caught on cell phone cameras brutalizing a woman, aggressing a crowd of enraged citizens, and carelessly firing dangerous weapons near a group of civilians. That wild police shooting left 3 confirmed injured, and 2 more are reported to have suffered gunshot wounds. Despite all that, they are only facing several counts of harm. The controversial incident happened between 4 o’clock and 4:30 on Saturday morning, April 1. Patrons of the Daddy Rock Night Club were leaving to go home when there was some sort of altercation between 2 women. It is believed that they were under the influence of alcohol. There were on-duty police officers working at the night club and it was their responsibility to keep the peace, but the disturbance somehow caught the attention of Coye and Madrill.

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Two police officers charged for evading customs
On Saturday, April 8, Corozal Police received a video from custom officers from the northern border station showing a police vehicle being pursued00 p.m., a police vehicle with two police officers inside were transporting a […]

Belizean Metal Band to represent Central America in Germany
According to NacionMetal.net, Verge of Umbra, a Belizean Metal Group won the Central American metal competition on Saturday night in Guatemala City. Verge of Umbra competed with bands from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama. The band will now represent Central America […]

CitCo demolition project starts in conflict
The Belize City Council (CitCo) began a project today to demolish structures around the city that may pose a hazard but the first demolition ended in conflict with the proprietor of the building because of a court order. Councilor Phillip Willoughby, explained that the […]

Over $70,000 raised for Cancer Treatment from CEO ride
On Saturday, the CEO Caucus of the Government of Belize rode to raise funds for the Belize Cancer Treatment Center of Dangriga. This year’s theme was titled, “We’re with You”. In a statement released by the CEO Caucus, it thanks the public, partners, donors […]

Shatta Youth and Tariq drop new song
Two young artists from Punta Gorda Town have release a new song entitled “Be Strong”. Thirty year old Eddie Sanchez better known as“Shatta Youth” features Tariq Avilez “Big Riq” in the new single. The link to this latest song can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/starbwoy1/shatta-youth-ft-riqo-be-strong-2017 […]

The winners of Bandfest 2017
This year’s band fest was held at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town and saw the participation of 13 bands. In first place for the drum corps category was the Southern Sound Drum corps from Dangriga. In second place was Holy Redeemer Marching Band […]

Alvarine Burgess locked down by Belmopan Cops
Alvarine Burgess, known as the passport whistle blower, was locked down by Belmopan police on Saturday night. However, she was released at around 9 a.m. on Sunday without any charges. According to Burgess, she was reportedly at a football game in Belmopan where the […]

Mother worries about missing son
Police are requesting your assistance in location a Roaring Creek man who reportedly went missing on Saturday.According to police reports, Orlando Sedacey, 27, left his mother’s house on Saturday on a bicycle. However, he has not returned since or communicated with her. He is of […]

Thieves steal over $10,000 worth of items from American Merchants
Last week Thursday, around 8:30 a.m., the owner of American Merchants reported that between the hours of 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5th 2017 and 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 person (s) broke into his establishment on Magazine Road and stole an […]

Cops arrest thieves just hours after robbery
After robbing $800 and a cell phone from a business establishment outside of Belmopan, two men have found themselves in police custody. According to police, on Friday they visited Circle R Product establishment located at Mile 44 on the George Price Highway, Cayo District […]

Man Shot in the Face in Santa Elena, Cayo
According to police reports, yesterday around 1:10 a.m., police visited a restaurant located on Bishop Martin Street, Santa Elena Town where they saw Deon Gongora 24, of Hillview area, Santa Elena Town suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his face. […]

Fire intentionally set in Belize City grocery store
On Saturday morning around 3:40, police visited Maskall Street in Belize City where Robert Ramclam, 71, reported that he was at home sleeping and at 3:30 a.m., he heard noises coming from his shop located about 6 feet away from his house. When he […]

Orange Walk accident leaves 1 dead several injured
There was a fatal road traffic accident in Orange Walk on Saturday. Acting on information, police visited the Northern Regional Hospital where they saw the body of 6-year-old Johan H. Thiesen of Camp #40, Ship Yard Village, Orange Walk District. He was reportedly on-board […]

Corozal Free Zone has new CEO
The Corozal Free Zone has a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Valentino Blanco, who was once employed at the Department of Environment. Blanco replaces former CEO Raul Rosado Sr. who resigned last year in October. Our colleagues at CTV3 News reported that Blanco is […]

Alicia Thompson wins 2017 female cross country classic
The winner of the 28th annual women’s cross country cycling classic is Alicia Thompson of the Belize Bank Swoosh Cycling. In second place was Patricia Chavarria of Chavarria Team and in third place was Kaya Cattouse of Smart/C-Ray. In fourth place was Gina Kavesh of […]

Belize District BNTU President speaks out
The Government of Belize (GoB) has agreed to gift $1 million to teachers that didn’t strike last October. The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) has strongly criticized that move. Here is what the Belize District BNTU President, Kathleen Flowers had to say about it […]

GOB continues mismanaging the country says BPP
bpp The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) issued a release this morning condemning the announcement by the government of Belize (GOB) to provide “an honourarium” to teachers who did not take part in the October 2016 industrial action. “Apart from the Barrow Administration’s blatant attempt […]

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10 Top Reasons To Have a Belize Family Summer Vacation
Affordable family vacations can be a tricky business these days. The usual busy family has so many different interests and expectations, how do you keep everyone engaged, entertained and enthused while spending quality time together? Our answer has been family vacation packages to – Belize, that little tropical jewel nestled in the heart of the Caribbean basin. Since our family first discovered Belize we have returned three times, and friends we have recommended the place to came back with glowing reports and thanked us profusely. What is so magical about this tiny, English-speaking Caribbean paradise, and what makes it the ultimate affordable family vacation spot? After being asked many times why I love Belize so much, I put together my top 10 reasons:

Market Day at Mahogany Bay Village, so much more than produce!
Mahogany Bay Village has rapidly developed into a charming, true village-style community. With several new businesses on board and providing unique services to guests and locals alike, MBV has even extended to a bi-monthly market day. But this isn’t your average produce-picking, grab some groceries type of market. Nope; MBV Market Day is a chance to grab farm-fresh and locally sourced produce and fresh breads, while eating delicious treats and drinking refreshing beverages all while live music plays. It’s a fun few hours to mingle, get to know the vendors at the village, and even nab some souvenir items to take back home, if you’re a visitor! One of our visits even introduced us to a delightful sake ice cream, courtesy of Chef Toshiya of the soon-to-be-opened Jyoto Japanese/Sushi restaurant. Besides the made-on-the-spot sushi rolls available for sale, his booth offered the ice cream and sake for sale.

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The 10 Best Places To Live Overseas In 2017
Where are the best places in the world for you to live better, reinvent your life, and have a grand adventure in 2017? Here’s how we answer that question… If you want to leave the troubles and the worries of our age behind, little Santa Familia village in Cayo, Belize, is calling your name. Life in Cayo is back to basics, simple, and sweet. You know your neighbors, they know you, and you all look out for each other. Belize’s Cayo is a region of wide-open spaces, fresh air, warm sun, and fertile land, making it our pick for the world’s best place to disconnect and unplug.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers complete phase one of BTH – Belize Exercise
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers battle the heat and humidity in Belize while enhancing their readiness during Beyond the Horizon (BTH) 2017, a campaign of three medical exercises and construction projects over a four month period in Belize. From engineering to water purification and laundry and bath, Army Reserve Soldiers are testing their capabilities during this exercise by providing focused humanitarian services to areas in Ladyville, St. Matthews and Cayo. During BTH, active duty, National Guard, U.S. Air Force Reserve, U.S. Marine Reserve, and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers will rotate in and out of Belize after reaching their particular milestone within their three week period.

Belize shrimp industry rebounding after EMS
Belize's shrimp industry is rebounding after its was rocked by diseases. In 2014 shrimp export earnings netted Belize over BZD90 million dollars ($45 million) in foreign exchange, or about 14.8% of all of Belize’s export earnings. At the time it was projected that this industry would be one of the greatest earners for Belize. But the industry was hit by Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS). Three months into the disease, most farms had been affected plummeting production to less than half of what it was in 2014. Last year, exports were just over BZD10m.

Beyond the Horizon 2017 provides free medical services event in Ladyville
U.S. Soldiers and Marines worked together to open a free medical clinic April 9, 2017, as a part of Beyond the Horizon 2017. BTH 2017 is a partnership exercise between the Government of Belize and U.S. Southern Command that will provide three free medical service events and five construction projects throughout the country of Belize from March 25 until June 17. Members of the Utah National Guard‘s Medical Command were on site to provide several different basic medical procedures and health care services to the local Belizean population. “We are providing dental services, vision exams, general medicine, a women’s health clinic, and a pediatric clinic,” said Lt. Col. Erin Merryweather, Deputy Commander of Clinical Services with the Utah MEDCOM.

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