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#522954 - 04/12/17 06:33 AM Today's Belize News: April 12, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Meet the Miss San Pedro High School 2017-2018 candidates!
Saturday, May 6th, has been selected as the date for the 2017-2018 Miss San Pedro High School (SPHS) pageant. The annual event is set to take place at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, and will see the participation of five lovely delegates, who were officially presented at the Island Tackle Bar and Grill on Thursday, April 6th. This year’s contestants for the pageant are Maryurit Triminio, Arianie Novelo, Babee Lopez, Neijah Figueroa, and Kiriany Caal. The brief ceremony took place shortly after 7PM, with SPHS teacher Philip Ramsey, pageant organizer commending the contestants for taking up the challenge. “We have a month to prepare for the grand night of the pageant,” Ramsey told the contestants. “There is a lot of work to be done, and we will be here to guide you all and assist you in any possible way.”

BAHA and MOH Lift Temporary Suspension of Corned Beef from Brazil
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and Ministry of Health (MoH) have lifted the temporary suspension on the importation of corned beef from Brazil. The temporary suspension which took effect on March 23rd was prompted after reports from Brazilian authorities that several major meat processors had been processing tainted beef and poultry meat. The companies were also alleged to have paid hefty bribes to officials in exchange for sanitary licenses.

SIB’s February report showing negative economic growth: inflation is up, exports and imports down
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) released their figures for February 2017 on Wednesday, March 29th. The latest economic statistics shows that the country’s imports and exports earnings fell sharply. The ‘All-Items’ consumer price index also increased from 102.7 in February 2016 to 105.1 for February 2017. ‘Transport’, ‘Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages’ and ‘Housing, Water, Electricity Gas and other Fuels’ recorded the highest prices for February 2017. The ‘Transport’ category was the major contributing factor to the overall rise in consumer prices during February 2017, jumping by almost 20%. ‘Fuel’ prices for the month went up more than 16%, with the sizeable increase observed in the price of diesel fuel, which jumped by 43%, from $6.36 in February 2016 to $9.11 in February 2017. International airfares also saw a significant hike in the prices for some destinations, which further contributed to the overall increase in ‘Transport’ prices. Prices for the purchase of new motor vehicles were also up, recording a 7% increase during the month.

Island residents/visitors are reminded to stay dry during Good Friday
As the Easter holidays (Friday, April 14th to Monday, April 17th) draw near, the San Pedro Police Department (SPPD), San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and the San Pedro Liquor Licensing Board are urging residents/visitors to have a “dry” Good Friday. Since many residents observe the religious aspect of Easter, no stores, supermarkets, bars or restaurants are allowed to sell alcoholic beverages from midnight on Thursday, April 13th to midnight on Friday, April 14th. The SPPD also reminds the public that all liquor shops and bars must be closed. Hotels are permitted to sell alcoholic beverages to bona fide guests only. In addition, residents are not allowed to drink in any public area. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly limited to where it cannot be visible to the public. In addition, any restaurant caught selling alcoholic beverages will face serious criminal charges, including the confiscation of all liquor and beer inventory and a summons for charges.

Ambergris Today

Over $70,000 Raised In Cancer Awareness Ride By CEO Caucus
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.

Belize Tourism Arrivals Show Steady Increase In First Quarter 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.

Police Officers Charged For Evading Customs
Police Reports indicate that on Saturday, April 8, 2017, the Corozal Police received a video from Custom Officers from the Northern Border Station showing a police vehicle being pursued by Custom Officers.

Misc Belizean Sources

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BELIZE FISHING REPORT, Weeks of April 3 thru April 9, 2017
A nice week to host the Orvis Bonefish Bonanza and the Orvis fly fishing school. Everyone had fun catching numerous bonefish with some anglers catching as many as fifty bonefish for the week. Lots of great memories created with many happy anglers.

BAHA and MOH Lift Temporary Suspension of Corned Beef from Brazil
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and Ministry of Health (MoH) have lifted the temporary suspension on the importation of corned beef from Brazil. The temporary suspension which took effect on March 23rd was prompted after reports from Brazilian authorities that several major meat processors had been processing tainted beef and poultry meat. The companies were also alleged to have paid hefty bribes to officials in exchange for sanitary licenses. 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.

NEW NEMO OFFICE AND COORDINATOR FOR BELIZE RURAL SOUTH
As part of preparations for the upcoming Hurricane Season, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has relocated to a new office in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. The new office is located in a central area just opposite the San Pedro Airport, on the second floor of a building that houses Wings San Pedro Department and Furniture Store on Coconut Drive. Also, a new NEMO Coordinator - Ms. Vanessa Parham - has been assigned to Belize Rural South which includes Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Yesterday - Monday, April 10th - Minister of Transport and NEMO Hon. Edmond Castro was in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye for the opening of the new office. He was accompanied by Ms. Ruth Meighan, CEO in the Ministry; Mr. Al Westby, Regional Coordinator for Belize and Cayo Districts; and Ms. Shereen Reyes, NEMO Logistics Officer. Also present was Mr. Jorge Aldana, local San Pedro Town Council Operations Officer.

Launch of Beacon Magazine
The Energy 4 Life Youth Group is pleased to announce that the Beacon Magazine is to be launched on April 24th, 2017 at St. John’s Collage Junior College in Belize City. BEACON Youth Magazine is intended to be an inspiration for youth all over Belize. It has been created by team leaders in the Energy for Life Youth Group to highlight stories of young people who are at disadvantaged, at risk, or who have overcome tremendous obstacles in their lives. They have all overcome obstacles to achieve their goals and they have become successful youth in their communities and country. Some of these goals include youth forming their own businesses, obtaining scholarships, achieving an education, winning national and international awards, being actively involved in community based groups, forming their own community based group and ultimately giving back to their country through community service and/or leadership positions. The magazine also highlights some volunteer and training opportunities for youth in Belize. The magazine will be a beacon for youth all over the country. It exposes youth to resources and opportunities.

Lights! Camera! Action!
Hollywood came to Placencia last week! Placencia Humane Society's very own Board Member, Melanie L Wilcher, and real estate agent at CPC Real Estate Solutions Limited was the star for an upcoming HGTV program. Melanie shared the stage with PHS, with a visit to our building, and a romp on the Los Porticos Villas Placenia, Belize beach with our real celebrities, PHS' rescued and adopted dogs. Stay tuned for the grand TV viewing of this very special show, scheduled for November or December.

San Pedro Holy week religious activities
Holy Thursday April 13th, Eucharistic Procession, this will take place approximately 7:30pm and will affect traffic on Barrier Reef drive for a short time. Good Friday April 14th, 4:30pm Procession around town, watch out for street closures and diversions. Easter Sunday April 16th, Encuentro, from RC School to the RC Church at 7:00am. We are asking all drivers to please respect these activities and avoid the areas and to be patient. We are also requesting that parking on Barrier Reef Drive and Pescador Drive be avoided on Good Friday during the procession time.

Defending champion Kaya Cattouse dethroned by Alicia Thompson
CONGRATULATIONS to Alicia Thompson, 1st PLACE WINNER of the 29th Annual Women's Cross Country Cycling Classic.

BHA CONDUCTS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND OUTREACH IN SAN PEDRO, AMBERGRIS CAYE
On Saturday April 8 and Sunday April 9, the Belize Hotel Association conducted an active membership recruitment drive in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. This outreach included one-on-one meetings with potential Resorts, Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Operators and affiliated businesses. The interest received was extremely positive and we expect to have several new members joining the Association for the year 2017/2018. This allows us a greater number of properties and services to offer at the International Shows we attend on behalf of our members. See list of 2016/2017 trade shows that Belize Hotel Association attended for this membership year. The BHA would like to thank everyone who offered support of our efforts in San Pedro in particular the Sunbreeze Hotel that provided accommodations for staff. We would also like to thank all the persons of the San Pedro Business community who took time out of their busy schedules to meet with us.

Splashers
We are going to try something different this week. This is a photograph not a painting. I am going to walk you through how to paint something from a picture. I will bring a copy of the picture for everyone to have and will provide a stencil for the bird if you wish to use it but I will encourage everyone to try and sketch it out themselves!. Hey guys looking forward to seeing you Thursday. I would appreciate if you brought correct change as the bar is not impressed when we take all their change!

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San Pedro Easter Splash 2017
Who is ready for this Easter Weekend? Check out the line up of all the performers and DJ's that will be playing at Central Park.

Letter: Youth and the economic situation in Belize
Is Belize the new Colombia? Belize is the only Central American corridor open. Is there any wonder why Guatemala has annexed Sarstoon Island where Guatemala, Honduras and Belize are benefiting from drug transshipment. Is this the reason why Southern Command is here? Everything is interrelated; US visas of high officials are being revoked, Mr Middleton has visa phobia. The youth is learning by observation that they must survive by any means necessary. If any, past indication is a trend right now. Before Easter, crime will escalate, especially petty crime. Anything to get a few bucks right now. Prostitution will increase and buying power is going down so more cell phones will be stolen. Belize has a service driven, consumer driven economy rather than a productive economy. People will want to consume and will not care how they get it. There is going to be less opportunity to hire youth for jobs and, if they are hired, they will not work as much because employers are going to have to pay them more, assuming they have to pay income tax. Employers are not going to want to do that, they will rather work with the ones they currently have. The fix is a short-term fix (raising of taxes), but it is sure to have long-term misery.

Jennifer Gomez is missing
Kindly be on the lookout for 19 year old Jennifer Gomez. The Belize City resident was reported missing on Friday, 24th March, 2017 by her mother Angela Gomez. Jennifer left home on Thursday, 24th March, 2017 at about 8:00 p.m. and since then she has not been seen since. Jennifer is about five feet tall and weighs about one hundred and thirty pounds. She was last seen wearing a gray short sleeved blouse with a pink heart on it. She was also carrying a pink school bag. The police say Jennifer is an "adult child with Disabilities."

Jennifer Cowo is Missing
Gloria Hernandez reported that her daughter 14 year old Jennifer Cowo is missing. The Trial Farm Villager has been missing since 10th April, 2017 at 6:45am. Jennifer weighs about 120 pounds and she's about 5 feet tall. She left home wearing a pink, sleeveless blouse. If she is seen kindly contact the Orange Walk Police Station or the nearest Police Station as soon as possible.

Easter in Corozal
Main event easter Sunday greasy pig & greasy pole....Miami beach Corozal round house.bless

Easter with Thunderbolt!
It's Easter time again! Schedule: Corozal to Sarteneja and San Pedro 7am Prices $25 and $50 one way respectively and $50 and $90 round trip respectively. Sarteneja to San Pedro 7:30 am. $50 one way $90 round trip. San Pedro to Sarteneja and Corozal 3pm. Sarteneja to Corozal 4:30pm. All are advised to be extra early on Thursday morning (at least by 6:15am) to purchase tickets or change round trip tickets for boarding passes. Last year we were sold out for passages by 6:30am.

Public transportation for Easter Weekend.

Belize National Teacher's Union (BNTU) Convention
Will be held at the Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in San Roman Village, Corozal on Wednesday April 19th at 8:00 A.M. - Thursday, April 20th at 3:00 P.M.

BEL Submits Annual Tariff Review Application to PUC
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) submitted an application to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on April 1, 2017, under the Annual Tariff Review Proceeding (ARP) for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The Company, in line with its Mission “to provide reliable electricity at the lowest sustainable cost, stimulate national development and improve the quality of life in Belize”, is proposing to maintain the Mean Electricity Rate virtually unchanged at $0.3695 per kilowatt hour (kWh). No changes are proposed to other fees and charges to customers. In its submission, BEL is requesting a single “Industrial” classification for customers currently classified as “Industrial 1 and 2”. This will result in a gradual reduction in electricity costs for a wider range of manufacturers, agricultural and aquaculture producers. The Company is also seeking PUC’s clarification of the rental fee for attachments by other utilities on BEL poles.

Culinary arts exchange--bringing the United States and Belize even closer together!
The College of Coastal Georgia (CCGA) is located in the United States and is currently hosting three Belizean college lecturers who have a focus on hospitality management and tourism. Josephine Juan of Sacred Heart Junior College, Lyann Flowers from Independence Junior College and Tiresie Lino of Ecumenical Junior College are the three teachers who are currently taking part in discussions with chefs and several of their counterparts at the US College. Their visit to the CCGA comes through a culinary arts faculty exchange which gives them hands-on experience as well as full-service observations in the preparation of campus dining events which takes them from the classroom to field work.

Government of Belize delegation to Louisiana
This week, we are proud to partner with the Louisiana National Guard (LANG) to welcome a Government of Belize delegation to Louisiana. The trip, hosted by LANG, is focused on the LANG Youth Challenge Program, designed to intervene and reclaim lives of at-risk youth and to produce graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens. The delegation includes Foreign Minister Elrington, MOD CEO Enriquez, MHD CEO Alpuche, BDF General Jones, and BDF and BCG officers. The delegation was warmly welcomed by LANG's MG Curtis and had the opportunity to meet Governor Edwards. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Bland is accompanying the Belizean delegation.

Channel 7

Contraband Cops Caught On Camera In Corozal
Last night we told you about those alleged contraband cops from Corozal- who ran away from customs with a "bulto" full of clothes in the pan of the police patrol pickup. The thing is, customs caught it all on cell phone camera when it happened on Saturday, and then sent it to the officer commanding Corozal - which is why the Police Commissioner was forced to take immediate action. But customs didn't want to scandal the police department - with which they work closely - so the video was not sent to the media.

Holy Week Execution
A Holy Week execution has devastated a city family. Last night around 8:00, 39 year old Rafael Guerra was shot and killed near his Holy Emmanuel Street home. He had lent a friend his bicycle pump and was only waiting to get it back when two men emerged from a van and shot Guerra. It has all appearances of a well calculated attack, but Guerra's family and friends refuse to believe that. Courtney Weatherburne found out why. Voice of: Resident: "I was inside making tea at the time when I hear the gunshots them, instantly I went down on the ground with my baby, because it my 3 year old I had with me so I just grabbed him and went down on the ground, I say oh, get on the floor, get on the floor."

Goat gold Diggers Keep Coming In Chiquibul
Five more Guatemalan gold panners have been caught in Belizean territory. The four adults and one minor were caught yesterday 4 miles within Belize in the Ceibo Chico area of Southern Chiquibul. Signs of murky water flowing downstream told the police and FCD Rangers that there was activity in the creek. The lawmen found two men digging with a long iron bar in the creek, along with two other men and a minor. The minor carried a plastic vial with what looked to be a gold mineral under his arm. The men all said the vial belonged to them. There was also about 1 pound of pulverized minerals, including what appeared to be gold mixed with small pebbles wrapped in a t-shirt. And the patrol team found 4 live rounds of 12 gauge ammunition in the camp.

Who Would Burn Down The Principal's Office?
Investigators from the National Fire Service continue to investigate an unusual fire at the Our Lady of the Way RC School in Ladyville. But, tonight, those who work at the school have strong reasons to believe that someone intentionally set fire to the Principal's office. She's Denise Neal, and today, she told us what she found when she arrived on the school compound: Yesterday, when the Principal, Denise Neal, locked up her office, she thought that tomorrow would be just another day at work. That all changed last night when she got a call that her office was on fire.

A Calcutta Collission
A man is in a coma tonight after a massive accident in San Joaquin Village. Last night around 9:00 Edgar Wiltshire was driving his Chrysler van between miles 82 and 83 when a green Toyota pickup truck rammed into him. Justin Goff was driving the Toyota truck. Goff broke both his legs and his left arm while Wiltshire is in a coma at the KHMH.

One More Committed for Supreme Court Trial in Bou-Nahra Home Invasion
Paul Jex Jr. will stand trial in the June session of the Supreme Court. That was what came out today's preliminary inquiry in relation to the 2015 Sarkis Bou Nahra home invasion/rape case. As we had reported in July 2016 Paul Jex Jr. was charged for raping Sarkis Bou- Nahra's maid in front her husband and child during the raid. DNA results that were sent to Miami, directly connects Paul Jex Jr. to the rape. The supreme court session is set to begin on June 20th. So far, Brandon Baptist, Tyrone Meighan, and John and Sheldon Grinage have been committed to stand trial for aggravated burglary at the home of the diplomat.

GST Officer Complains About Unfair, Irregular Taxing Practices
Tonight, businesses are questioning whether they are being assessed fairly by the Department of General Sales Tax. This is after a letter emerged from a sales tax employee saying the department managers just want to charge businesses as much as possible, and will use any assessment formula to do so. GST Officer Elmer Reyes from Punta Gorda wrote the four page letter to the Solicitor General in December. He asks whether the Management of the Department should be allowed to influence the assessments made by the department's auditors.

Chamber Calls On Government to Investigate And Regularize GST Methodology
But the Chamber of Commerce has heard enough. A release issued today, called "Break the Corruption Chain" calls for the government to, quote, "immediately launch a thorough, complete and transparent investigation into the allegations made by the GST Officer, particularly due to the mandatory and onerous nature of penalties imposed by the Court for failure to pay GST assessments. Any methodology used by the Department of GST in auditing businesses and making assessments must be uniform and fair to the taxpayer as well as the Government." End quote. The Chamber calls for an impartial examination of procedures adopted by the GST Office, quote, "to restore stakeholders' trust and confidence in the GST department." The Chamber adds that to get its increased revenue, government must crack down on those businesses that do not pay GST - and they shouldn't unfairly burden the ones that do.

Chamber Calls On Customs To Tax Contraband Cops
And the Chamber also weighed in on those contraband cops that have been making news. The Chamber laments, what it calls, quote, "the apparent widespread facilitation by Police Officers in the transport of contraband of goods across the Belize/Mexico border." They complain that while the officers involved were charged for an "Act of Prejudice to Good Order and Discipline" and placed on interdiction, quote, "there is no mention that the statutorily prescribed fine of three times the value of the goods was levied against them. These officers were engaged in criminal activity and as such, we demand that they are subjected to the usual and full penalty that would be imposed against any other contrabandista. There can be no leniency when police officers are caught breaking the very laws they are sworn to uphold." END QUOTE.

When a Disaster Is a Learning Experience
Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City was the scene of quite a spectacle this morning. Two vehicles appeared to have been part of a major traffic accident. No, it wasn't real; it was only a test -a pop quiz, if you will. It was done so that emergency personnel from BERT could assess their ambulance crew's fitness and form in responding to a complex crisis. They're in the business where minutes could mean the difference between saving a person's life, or losing them to the serious injuries, so, management wanted to see them in action under the most adverse circumstances. 7News was there, and we spoke to the trainer about the performance of the staff:

Is BERT Getting Paid To Time By Ministry?
Today's mass casualty simulation gave us the perfect opportunity to speak with Andre Carrillo, the new National Coordinator for BERT. He took over from Yvette Burks in December, at a time when the Belize Emergency Response Team was trying to negotiate a new deal with the Ministry of Health. Last year, back in late August and early September, we told you about the rift between the Ministry of Health and BERT management. BERT felt that the monthly government subvention was not enough to cover their costs; while the Ministry of Health was saying that the Ministry's just couldn't afford the increase they were asking for. A temporary resolution was put in place while the two sides negotiated. 6 months have passed and today the press BERT's new boss asked how the negotiations are going.

Benign BEL Doesn't Ask For Rate Increase In Annual Review
It's time for BEL's annual tariff review - but instead of asking for a higher charge per kilowatttt hour, the company says it wants the same rate. The utility which has government as the majority shareholder - submitted its annual review to the PUC asking to leave the Mean Electricity Rate virtually unchanged at $0.3695 per kilowatt hour. It does not propose any changes to other fees and charges to customers. But it is asking for all Industrial Customers to be put in a single category; right now they are spread out across "Industrial 1 and 2".

Man Jailed for An Ounce
22 year-old Paul Smith is at the Belize Central Prison tonight where he will remain for an entire month, all because he had a little over one ounce of marijuana. Police say that they busted the Radisson employee with the weed this morning, when they went to his house on Antelope Street Extension. They were searching for gun and drugs, and when they asked him if he had anything to declare, he 'fessed up and told them that he had a small amount of cannabis. He asked them to give him a run, but instead, the officers arrested and charged him for it. He pleaded guilty to the charges figuring that he would have to pay a fine for the conviction, but the Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith, wasn't so accommodating.

Illegal Lobster and Conch Catches Have Fishermen Paying Heavy Fines
Today three men appeared in court for fishing related charges. Belize City residents, Leopold Young and Joe Lauriano were charged with possession of lobsters during the closed season. According to reports, both men were in possession of 294 lobsters last Saturday inside Harry Jones Lagoon. Lobster season closed in February so Young and Lauriano were arrested and charged. Young pled guilty to the charges, and was handed a noncustodial sentence. He was fined $250 for the offense, plus an additional $25 per lobster, bringing his final fine up to $7600. Young has until May 11th to pay the $250 plus a $5 court fee. He has until the end of July to pay the larger fine, or default and spend 6 months in prison.

A Tapir Tragedy
The Boom Road continues to be a hazard for Belize's national animal, the tapir. This was demonstrated last night when a light pickup truck knocked down a young male Tapir crossing the Boom Road. The driver - a policeman in his private vehicle - says the Tapir came running out of the bushes and he couldn't avoid a collision. As these pictures show, the front end of his pickup was substantially damaged. But while the pickup can be repaired, the young tapir cannot: the impact left him with a broken back and leg. A resident of the area had to do the humane thing and put him down. It's a sad scene, to see the carcass of the national animal being hauled across the pavement like that - and the Belize Zoo has been monitoring these accidents since 2008. The Zoo's Education Director Celso Poot says it's the second time this has happened in two weeks:

Sharing Southern Hideways
As the Easter holiday draws nearer, most Belizeans are finalizing their weekend travel plans. While most will head to the popular islands of San Pedro or Caye Caulker, of the Placentia peninsula while others go inland to Cayo, and overland to Chetumal, fewer will head South to enjoy some of the country's little known attractions. The villages of Monkey River and Punta Negra are two of those obscure getaways. They are located about half an hour away from Punta Gorda, and today our news team went down South to take a look at what these small villages have to offer. Here's a preview of what they learnt...

Belizean With Toy Gun On Mexican Bus
And finally tonight, there's a strange story that's making news in Mexico. It's about a drunk Belizean on a bus out of Merida. A site called Millennium News reports that a man named Mike Kenner Smith of Belize created a scare on the bus when he was spotted with a gun in his waist. The man had the ID of Nigel Arthur Myvett but he was allegedly drunk and asleep on the bus. That's when other passengers called the police who got unto the bus, and pounce don him while he was still sleeping. After they removed him from the bus, they found out the gun was fake. He allegedly told them he doesn't know how the gun got into his waist.

Channel 5

Who Wanted Rafael Guerra Dead?
There was murder in the City on Monday night, within days of the Easter holidays. Thirty-nine-year-old Rafael Mario Guerra, a Salvadoran national was walking on Holy Emmanuel Street when he [...]

On the Trail of Corozal Contrabandista Cops
Three cops remain on interdiction tonight following investigations into their alleged involvement in contraband activity up north; we say alleged because while amateur footage captured the officers in the act, [...]

Chamber Says Cops Should Be Fined for Uncustomed Goods
The recent saga of three cops and a special constable caught on video in separate incidents of contraband at the Northern Border in Orange Walk and Corozal respectively has caught [...]

Who Set Fire to Principal’s Office at Our Lady of the Way R.C.?
On Monday night, police responded to a report of a fire at Ladyville R.C School where the lower flat of a two-storey building was engulfed in flames. Quick action by [...]

Corned Beef Ban Lifted by BAHA, Health
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority and Ministry of Health have lifted the temporary ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil. BAHA says it has confirmed that the popular [...]

Investigate G.S.T. Department, Chamber Asks Government
News Five broke the story last Thursday of internal complaint in the General Sales Tax Department. A senior tax officer alleged influence by the Department’s management in the outcome of [...]

B.E.L. Says No Change to Electricity Rate
The General Sales Tax of twelve and a half percent imposed since the first of April affects bills greater than one hundred dollars, but the actual rate is not expected [...]

Testing Emergency Response with B.E.R.T.
There was a fatal traffic accident at the busy intersection of Princess Margaret Drive and Saint Joseph Street this morning, right next door to Social Security Board and the Karl [...]

Where Were K.H.M.H. Docs, Nurses?
And so while the emergency responders gave themselves good grades, what happened to the Karl Heusner Hospital itself? The hospital does have a mass casualty plan for situations like these, [...]

Paul Jex Jr. Sent to Supreme Court on Rape Charge
Paul Jex Junior is the last person to see his case go to preliminary inquiry in the home invasion that occurred back on December sixth, 2015 at the house of [...]

BERT Close to Agreement with Government on Service
Back in September, the Ministry of Health reached an accommodation with Belize Emergency Response Team to pay salaries for its emergency medical technicians and services beyond the annual government subvention.  [...]

BERT Plans to Take Over Ambulance Service Across Belize
Long-time national coordinator for the Belize Emergency Response Team, Yvette Burks, has handed over management of the organization to businessman Andre Carillo of Orange Walk. She continues to hold a [...]

TIDE Brings Tourism to Monkey River, Punta Negra
The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, TIDE, has been actively involved with residents in two coastal communities in northeastern Toledo District.  The villages of Monkey River and Punta Negra [...]

Preparing for 2017 Hurricane Season
June to November – that is the span of the Atlantic Basin’s hurricane season. But truth be told, preparation for “The Big One” is never far from the minds of [...]

U.B. Names New Vice President; Honors For New Prez from U.W.I.
The University of Belize has recruited another renowned Caribbean educator to lead the tertiary institution.  In a release issued today, UB announced that Doctor Mariot Simon will serve as Vice [...]

Ahmadiyya League Bring Home Youth Tournament Titles from Mexico
The Ahmadiyya Basketball League has been running for about three years in Belize City. This year, they were invited to play in the under-seventeen and under-nineteen categories in a basketball [...]


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Libertad Residents Up In Arms, Due To Unreliable Potable Water
Residents of Libertad Village are up in arms over the lack of reliable access to potable water in the community. They complain that the water shuts off in the morning and doesn’t return until late afternoon. Today they called our news reporter out to the community where they stood under the Water System and let their concerns be known. Eiden Romero: “Ahorita el problema es de que muchos aldeanos no estamos consiguiendo agua, cuando da las once que es la mera hora de que los niños están saliendo de la escuela, no hay agua, once, doce, una, el agua llega como las tres de la tarde y esos son horas de que los niños vienen de la escuela y hay familias como por ejemplo; acá estamos cerca del tanque si usted va más por Libertad hay familias que no consiguen agua y no están pagando agua...”

Where Is Fourteen Year Old Jennifer Cowo?
Tonight police officers attached to the Orange Walk Police Formation is asking for your assistance in locating a fourteen year old girl who went missing yesterday morning. According to reports, Gloria Hernandez, a resident of West San Martin Street located in the village of Trial Farm visited the police station where she told authorities that her daughter, Jennifer Cowo, had disappeared sometime before 7:00 yesterday morning and was last seen wearing a pink sleeveless blouse along with a long blue jeans pants and a pair of black footwear. Jennifer is of clear complexion, has long straight hair, and dark brown eyes. She weighs approximately one hundred twenty pounds and measures about five feet in height. Anyone with information surrounding the minor’s whereabouts is asked to kindly contact the nearest police station.

Three Injured In Traffic Accident, One Victim Goes Into Coma
Three men were injured in a head-on collision that occurred on Monday night at mile 79 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. We were at the scene shortly after the incident took place. We advise viewers that some of the images may be graphic for children. The images captured by amateur videographers show two badly damaged vehicles a few feet apart. On one side was a dark green in colour Toyota Tacoma pickup truck which was in the middle of the highway. Its front end was completely shattered and appeared compressed by heavy machinery. The other vehicle was a grey in colour Chrysler Town and Country Van which also had severe damages to the front.

GST Officer Accuses Tax Department Of Cooking The Book
Is the charging of General Sales Tax on businesses in Belize done on a fair and equitable basis, or is there manipulation, bias or even malice. While we can’t say if the last two exist, a strong-worded letter written by Elmer Reyes, the GST officer in Punta Gorda, to Solicitor General, who is the Government’s legal advisor, confirms that GST senior managers are guilty of manipulating the system to raise more revenue in particular cases. Reyes’ four-page letter has been leaked to the media. In it, he asks for a legal opinion to the question: “to what extent should Department of General Sales Tax Management be allowed to influence the outcome of Department of General Sales Tax Auditor’s Audit results/Auditor Report”?

BAHA Lifts Temporary suspension Of Corned Beef From Brazil
Last month on the 23rd of March 2017, a temporary suspension was placed on the importation of corned beef from Brazil as a result of reports which indicated that several major meat processors had been processing contaminated beef and poultry meat, and that the companies were allegedly making substantial payoffs to officials in order to obtain sanitary licenses.

LOVE FM

Belize Lifts Suspension on Corned Beef Importation
In late March, a ban was placed on the importation of corned beef from Brasil after reports surfaced that authorities in that country revealed that several major meat processors had been processing tainted beef and poultry meat. It was further alleged that the companies paid bribes to officials in exchange for sanitary licenses. It was […]

Arson at Catholic School in Rural Belize
Last night the principal’s office at Our Lady of the Way R.C School in Ladyville was set on fire. Fire fighters managed to extinguish the flames but the act of suspected arson caused thousands of dollars in damages. Hipolito Novelo has the story.

Free Zone Has New CEO
Six months ago, the Chief Executive Officer for the Corozal Free Zone, Raul Rosado, resigned after serving in that capacity for about eight years. At the time there were speculations that Evan Cowo who is the caretaker for the Corozal Southeast constituency would be his replacement. It turns out, however, that Rosado’s replacement came over […]

Murder Victim: Wrong Place Wrong Time
A man was shot to death last night in Belize City. The victim has been identified as thirty nine year old Rafael Guerra, who is from El Salvador but lived on Holy Emmanuel Street. He was walking home at around 8 o’clock last night with a friend when they came under fire. He was shot […]

Western Union Robbed in Southern Belize
Police in Dangriga are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Western Union office in Dangriga. Thieves reportedly made off with a metal safe which contained six thousand, nine hundred dollars in cash and nine blank cheques.

Public Accounts Committee Still Under Restructuring
The Area Representative for Cayo South, Julius Espat has been quite vocal on many national concerns; perhaps even more so than the People’s United Party. Of all the concerns expressed by Espat since his election to the House of Representatives the one he seems most passionate about is the Public Accounts Committee whose role is […]

Julius Says the Gov’t Has Been Lending to a Possible Disaster at the ICJ
In yesterday’s newscast you may have heard the Cayo South Area Representative, Julius Espat speaking on his personal perspective regarding the issues of the referendum and Belize going to the International Court of Justice to settle the dispute with Guatemala. Espat says that he fully supports a referendum taking place but he is wary of […]

Accident Leaves Man in Coma and Two Injured
49-year-old, Edgar Wiltshire is reportedly in a coma at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City following a traffic incident that occurred in San Joaquin Village, Corozal District last night just before nine o’clock. The incident brought traffic to a stop for over an hour until the scene was cleared. Reports are still sketchy […]

Former Banker Takes Over at BERT
Andre Carrillo is the new Manager/National Coordinator at the Belize Emergency Response Team, BERT. Carrillo, a former banker, joined the BERT family in December of 2016. He was present for today’s road traffic accident simulation and told the media where he would like to lead the organization. ANDRE CARRILLO ” BERT NEW MANAGER IN OUT

BERT and Government Keep at Negotiations
Negotiations are still ongoing between the Belize Emergency Response Team, BERT and the government for the continuation of emergency services by BERT. The relationship between both agencies fell through over the financial sustainability of BERT’s land ambulance services and after medical technicians at BERT left the organization to join the government payroll. BERT requested GOB […]

Shooter Targets Duo in Punta Gorda
The weekend went without any murders being recorded. Unfortunately, it does not mean that there were not instances of violence unleashed on the streets. There were multiple shooting incidents as well a stabbing and a chopping scenario. We take you back to Friday night at about seven thirty when two persons who were in a […]

Is Chester Being Punished by Superiors?
In recent weeks we have been telling you of the shuffling taking place in the Belize Police Department involving the high ranking officers. Like we told you previously, of note is the removal of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, who currently has command of the south side of Belize City and who has engaged […]

Fined for False Pretenses of a Police Officer
Twenty-seven year old car dealer Aaron Wilson, who was convicted of two counts of false pretense of a public officer last week, was fined two thousand dollars for each count today by Justice Adolph Lucas. Justice Lucas subtracted two hundred and fifty dollars from each fine and ordered that Wilson pay one thousand seven hundred […]

Another Record for Belize’s Tourism Arrivals
Tourism arrivals into the country continue on a small but steady increase reports the Belize Tourism Board in its first quarter report for 2017. BTB has recorded increases for overnight arrivals for the first three months amounting to an overall two point seven percent increase at the end of March 2017. The BTB usually records […]

BCC Ridding the City of Derelicts
The Belize City Council has partnered with the Belize Police Department, the National Fire Service, the National Emergency Management Organization and the Human Services Department to eliminate abandoned buildings from within the city. These agencies have identified several derelict buildings and have decided to carry out a derelict buildings demolition project. Councilor in charge of […]

Rivero Street Shooting Leaves Butler Injured
Despite the violence that erupts primarily on weekends in the city, there is something about a Sunday morning that brings with it some semblance of peace and quiet. That peace and quiet was disrupted this past weekend, however when multiple shots were fired on Rivero Street on the south side of Belize City. Just after […]

Brown’s House Still Stands
The Belize City Council and its partners had plans to demolish a building at the corner of Amara Avenue and Allenby Street. The demolition was originally scheduled for this morning but later postponed to this afternoon when the authorities spoke to the owner. The building is barely standing and the only thing that’s keeping it […]

$70K Plus For CEO Caucus Ride for Cancer
The CEO Caucus ride that took place over the weekend has raised over seventy thousand dollars, surpassing its goal of fifty thousand. The ride was held on Saturday and the organizers are still receiving pledges. CEO in the Ministries of Human Development and Agriculture Judith Alpuche and Jose Alpuche respectively, addressed the crowd. JUDITH ALPUCHE […]

Two of Three Robbers Caught for Circle R Hold Up
Two men have been charged in connection with a robbery that occurred in Belmopan last Friday. We hear more in this report from correspondent Fem Cruz. FEM CRUZ “The manager of Circle R products, located at mile 44 on the George Price Highway along with his secretary are very much shaken up after they were […]

Man Knows Who Set His Shop on Fire
At around 3:40 on Saturday morning Belize City police were called out to Maskall Street in Belize City. There they met 72 year old Robert Ramclam who told police he was asleep when he heard noises coming out of his shop which is a few feet away from his home. He decided to investigate and […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

14-year-old teenager missing in Orange Walk
Gloria Hernandez reported to police that her daughter, Jennifer Cowo, 14, of Trial Farm Village has been missing since yesterday morning. Jennifer is a clear skin, slim, long straight hair, dark brown eyes, weighs about 120 lbs, and measures about 5 feet in height. She left her home wearing a pink sleeveless blouse and a blue jeans long pants, and a black pair of slippers.

BAHA and MOH Lift Temporary Suspension of Corned Beef from Brazil
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) issued a press release today indicating that they have lifted the temporary suspension on the importation of corned beef from Brazil.

Almost $7,000 stolen from Western Union in Dangriga
The front line associate at the Western Union Office at # 15 St. Vincent Street in Dangriga reported that between the hours of 6:00 p.m. on April 9th and 8:00 a.m. on April 10th, 2017 the Western Union office was broken into.

Ladyville primary school set on fire
According to police reports, last night around 10:41, police responded to a report of a fire at Ladyville R.C School where they observed the lower flat of a two story building engulfed in flames. Fire personnel managed to extinguish the flames. The value of items and damages are unknown at this time.

Belize Chamber of Commerce says economy is failing due to corruption
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) issued a release today stating that it views with grave concern the recent revelations in the media regarding the alleged manipulation of General Sales Tax (GST) audit results by Management personnel at the Department of GST, as well as the apparent widespread facilitation by police officers in the transport of contraband of goods across the Belize/Mexico border.

Gungulung man gunned down in Belize City
Thirty nine year old, Rafael Mario Guerra, was gunned down last night on the south side of Belize City. According to reports, he was walking on Holy Immanuel Street in “Gungulung” when a white dollar van pulled up beside him.

Fake Cop Charged
After 7 years waiting on trial, last week a jury found Aaron Wilson guilty of 2 counts of false pretense of a public officer. However, sentencing was postponed until yesterday. The judge decided to impose two, $2,000 fines on the fake cop. Additionally, he was discounted $250 for the delays in his case. So in essence, he has to pay $3,500 dollars in fines of which half was required up front. The other half should be paid by June 9th, if not, Wilson will serve 9 months in prison for each count he was found guilty of.

San Pedro gets new NEMO office
As part of preparations for the upcoming hurricane season, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has relocated to a new office in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. The new office is located in a central area just opposite of the San Pedro Airstrip, on the second floor of a building that houses Wings San Pedro Department and Furniture Store on Coconut Drive.

Hendrix students travel to Belize to study corals
Two students from Hendrix College, a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, traveled to Belize last month for a marine biology project examining coral reefs. Brandon Cathey ’18 and Olivia Sims ’17 , traveled to Belize with biology professor Dr. Jenn Dearolf, as a part of the Hendrix Odyssey Program. The students stayed at Belize Marine Tropical Research Center in San Pedro, while investigating the environmental parameters that encourage the growth of elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn (A. cervicornis) coral on the reef.

Tourism arrivals show a steady increase in 1st quarter says BTB
The country has recorded an increase in overnight, cruise, and airport foreign arrivals between January and March, according to a report from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB). In January, 38, 531 tourists visited the country and stayed overnight while 39,221 tourists arrived in the month of February, and 44,400 arrived in March. According to the BTB, this is 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.

“Beyond the Horizon 2017” launched
The United States Southern Command and the U.S. Army South have partnered with Belize to launch a project entitled, “Beyond the Horizon 2017.” The partnership exercise will provide three medical events and five construction projects in communities across Belize. One of the project entails building a new clinic for the Ladyville Health Center. Army engineers with the 672nd Engineer Company Renegades from Missoula, Montana have already spent two weeks in Ladyville to commence the construction project.

NEMO Minister inspects potential hurricane shelter in Lemonal
While on a working tour in the Belize River Valley area, Edmond Castro, the Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management (NEMO) joined the regional coordinator for NEMO, Al Westby, and Lemonal Village Chairman, Kenroy Reynolds on an inspection of the old community centre in that village.

Blogs

Easter Weekend to be held in Placencia, Belize
Several hotels and bars in Placencia will be hosting various events over the Easter weekend, varying from a horse shoe competition and kayak race at the Sugar Reef Bar, to a volleyball marathon and several contests organised by the folks at the Tipsy Tuna. A percentage of the proceeds from bar sales at the Tipsy Tuna will be given to the Placencia Sidewalk Committee to rebuild the parts of the peninsula landmark or to donations around town. What sets Belize apart from other Central American nations when Easter rolls around? As a society that takes the season of Jesus’s resurrection very seriously, your visit will coincide with a four-day celebration that’s a non-stop ride through parties, events and religious rituals. The nation shuts down in deference to the pious nature of the season, but you won’t care if you visit because you are in Belize to slow down and relax, right? In, Placencia, you will see some of the main attraction from the Easter Weekend in Placencia – including Mr. Physique and Swimsuit contest, Coconut Husking contest, tips on planning for Easter 2017. A brief feature on the Maya Beach Hotel & Casa Placencia Garden Rooms.

Visiting Caye Caulker for Easter 2017?
A part from San Pedro's biggest event on Easter weekend, the small island of Caye Caulker is ram jam with locals and visitors. The area near the "Split" turns into a huge adult party over Easter weekend. Latter I will outline some of the things you should know about that, but now let's focus on south of the "Sportsbar". When you get south of that area Easter on Caye Caulker is completely different. Activities tend to be aimed at kids and innocent fun. Many of the companies on the island sponsor events like an Easter Egg hunt, water balloon fights and sack races. If you're coming to the island over Easter and bringing young kids this is the area you want to hang around. If you are going to come for Easter Weekend, consider booking a place on the south side of the island. Anything north of the Airport and south of the school would put you in an area that is pretty quiet at night but close enough that a five-minute bike ride gets you to the split.

"Keep Calm Easter is almost Here" It will be held at San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Every year in In the month of April the island is visited by millions of visitors on Easter Weekend. Easter weekend in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is definitely one of the busiest weekend of the year and one of the popular weekend celebrations on the island. Either it’s celebration through religious activities, beach parties or sports activities the island is packed with visitors.The San Pedro Town Council made preparation since March. Belizeans from all around the country travel to the island for this specific time of the year. Hotels and golf cart rentals have to be booked months in advance because it is impossible to find one during that period. Easter entertainment preparation for this year's event will take place on April 14,15 and 16, The San Pedro Town Council had already started to beautify the island in preparation of the masses to give them a warm welcome.

Things Happening around Corozal This Month
The Corozal Town Public Library is holding an Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza from 9am to 11am on Thursday, 13th April 2017. Cost is $5 per child. Ages 4-13. There is limited space, so register today! The Corozal Town Public Library is holding an Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza from 9am to 11am on Thursday, 13th April 2017. Cost is $5 per child. Ages 4-13. There is limited space, so register today! Corozal celebrates Good Friday, along with the rest of Belize. Besides banks and governmental offices, most businesses will also be closed, some even that may be open on Easter Sunday.Corozal celebrates the Easter Weekend, along with the rest of Belize. Besides banks and governmental offices, most businesses will also be closed. The Corozal Bay Sailing Club, Oceana, and others will be participating in the Sarteneja Easter Regatta on Sunday, 16th April, 2017. There will also be a canoe race from Corozal to Sarteneja, bikini dancing, swimming competition, greasy pig, fishing competition, greasy pole, and a volleyball tournament.

International Sourcesizz

Maya, Mayas, or Mayan? Clearing Up the Confusion
Many people misuse these three terms, assuming that “Maya” is a singular noun, “Mayas” a plural noun, and “Mayan” an adjective. We at Yucatan Today have been guilty of this mistake more than once over time; but now that we have learned the correct protocol we are changing our magazine and website wherever possible. The fact is, the word “Maya” should be used in all three of the above situations. Here are some specific examples showing correct usage: As a singular noun: He is (a) Maya. As a plural noun: They are Maya. As an adjective: Maya astronomy, Maya calendar, Maya civilization, Maya clothing, Maya culture, Maya folklore, Maya food, Maya glyphs, Maya hairstyle, Maya heritage, Maya hieroglyphs, Maya pyramids, Maya religion, Maya ritual, Maya warfare. The name of the spoken language: this is a little bit more complicated. “Mayan” refers to the family of 29 to 32 languages spoken by the Maya. However, there is one exception to this: according to The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology, “The use of these words suddenly gets complicated…There is one Mayan language whose proper name is “Maya”! The native speakers of Yucatec Maya call their language Maya. Maya is the correct proper name of the language that they speak.”

Hendrix Students Travel to Belize for Marine Biology Odyssey Project
Hendrix College students Brandon Cathey ’18 and Olivia Sims ’17 traveled to Belize last month with biology professor Dr. Jenn Dearolf to troubleshoot a research project for students in Dr. Dearolf’s marine biology course. Their trip was funded by the Hendrix Odyssey Program. The project is an investigation of the environmental parameters that encourage growth of elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn (A. cervicornis) coral on the reef. According to Dr. Dearolf, the students determined how to deploy and collect data from a flow meter to measure current at depth. Light levels were also measured at the top and bottom of elkhorn coral stands at snorkel sites where this type of coral was abundant and scarce. Finally, GPS coordinates of coral stands were identified in order for them to be found in subsequent years. This identification will allow for multiple years of data to be collected from the same coral stands. In addition, the students and Dr. Dearolf were also able to brainstorm with other investigators staying at Belize Marine Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) and identify other variables that could be measured at the coral stands.

Students find community in Belize
A group of TCU students went to Belize this spring break for something different than the beaches, resorts and good times. They went to form a community. Christ Chapel Bible Church has taken college students on a spring break mission trip to Belize for six years. Krupa Patel, a freshman biology major, said she went on the trip to find fellowship. “The biggest impact of this trip is that we all came home with 95 sweet friends who will encourage each other to pursue Jesus every day,” she said. “Being able to build relationships with other students and the kiddos in Belize was incredible.” Christ Chapel has had a college ministry for almost 20 years. Josh Storie, the college pastor at the church, said the involvement with TCU students started with a bible study in the basement of the church which continued for 10 years.

Moody's upgrades Belize's issuer rating to B3 from Caa2; stable outlook
Moody's- has also raised Belize's long-term foreign-currency bond ceiling to B1 from B2 * Moody's on Belize- stable outlook reflects the balanced risks to Belize's credit profile at the B3 rating level

Videos

  • The Girl Guide Association of Belize, 27min.

  • Craft Ideas for Children (Ethel Vargas Pre - School) (Easter Segment), 21min.

  • The Significance of Easter & Holy Week, 25min.

  • Beltraide - Public Sensitization of SBDC Belize's Workshop & Services, 28min.

  • YWCA - Water Safety Guide for Easter Holidays, 26min.

  • Photography Session, 24min.

  • Diving in Belize Part 1, Los Angeles to Belize travel day, 10min. I'm headed to Belize to get diving certified and spend a week on the beach on Ambergis Caye.

  • Caracol Belize, Caves and Big Rock, 2.5min. Caracol Mayan Ruins in Belize followed by some Caves then Big Rock.

  • C.y.T Latin Band Belize Band fest 2017, 17min.

  • Flavors of Belize - Easter Special, 1/2min. Easter Special - Whole Fried Fish

  • Ladyville community clean-up, 1min. Volunteers from Task Force Jaguar worked with the Belize Defense Force and local residents to clean up a local soccer pitch. The area is used as a community gathering spot and will serve as the location of the first free health care clinic, that is being put on as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017.

  • HIGH SPEED CHASE VIDEO OF POLICE OFFICIALS GOES VIRAL, 2.5min.

  • This is the historic interview with Foreign Minister of Belize, Sedi Elrington, 3hr. on WUB, Friday, April 7, 2017

  • Patty Outdoors - Belize Boys’ Trip: Lionfish Ceviche, 1.5min. I’ve always been fascinated watching our boat captain Michael and dive master Palma making lionfish Ceviche after the day’s dives are done. The process is quick and the ingredients are simple but the result is always awesome. Here they are, showing us how it's done.

  • Belize reel, 2min. Just a few clips from Belize.

  • Belize 2017, 8min. Maite and Cody go to Belize.

  • In BELIZE at my mom and dad's house - walk around enjoying the day, 5min. Great day in BELIZE - the weather is great.

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    Libertad Residents Up In Arms, Due To Unreliable Potable Water
    Residents of Libertad Village are up in arms over the lack of reliable access to potable water in the community. They complain that the water shuts off in the morning and doesn’t return until late afternoon. Today they called our news reporter out to the community where they stood under the Water System and let their concerns be known. Eiden Romero: “Ahorita el problema es de que muchos aldeanos no estamos consiguiendo agua, cuando da las once que es la mera hora de que los niños están saliendo de la escuela, no hay agua, once, doce, una, el agua llega como las tres de la tarde y esos son horas de que los niños vienen de la escuela y hay familias como por ejemplo; acá estamos cerca del tanque si usted va más por Libertad hay familias que no consiguen agua y no están pagando agua...”

    Where Is Fourteen Year Old Jennifer Cowo?
    Tonight police officers attached to the Orange Walk Police Formation is asking for your assistance in locating a fourteen year old girl who went missing yesterday morning. According to reports, Gloria Hernandez, a resident of West San Martin Street located in the village of Trial Farm visited the police station where she told authorities that her daughter, Jennifer Cowo, had disappeared sometime before 7:00 yesterday morning and was last seen wearing a pink sleeveless blouse along with a long blue jeans pants and a pair of black footwear. Jennifer is of clear complexion, has long straight hair, and dark brown eyes. She weighs approximately one hundred twenty pounds and measures about five feet in height. Anyone with information surrounding the minor’s whereabouts is asked to kindly contact the nearest police station.

    Three Injured In Traffic Accident, One Victim Goes Into Coma
    Three men were injured in a head-on collision that occurred on Monday night at mile 79 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. We were at the scene shortly after the incident took place. We advise viewers that some of the images may be graphic for children. The images captured by amateur videographers show two badly damaged vehicles a few feet apart. On one side was a dark green in colour Toyota Tacoma pickup truck which was in the middle of the highway. Its front end was completely shattered and appeared compressed by heavy machinery. The other vehicle was a grey in colour Chrysler Town and Country Van which also had severe damages to the front.

    GST Officer Accuses Tax Department Of Cooking The Book
    Is the charging of General Sales Tax on businesses in Belize done on a fair and equitable basis, or is there manipulation, bias or even malice. While we can’t say if the last two exist, a strong-worded letter written by Elmer Reyes, the GST officer in Punta Gorda, to Solicitor General, who is the Government’s legal advisor, confirms that GST senior managers are guilty of manipulating the system to raise more revenue in particular cases. Reyes’ four-page letter has been leaked to the media. In it, he asks for a legal opinion to the question: “to what extent should Department of General Sales Tax Management be allowed to influence the outcome of Department of General Sales Tax Auditor’s Audit results/Auditor Report”?

    BAHA Lifts Temporary suspension Of Corned Beef From Brazil
    Last month on the 23rd of March 2017, a temporary suspension was placed on the importation of corned beef from Brazil as a result of reports which indicated that several major meat processors had been processing contaminated beef and poultry meat, and that the companies were allegedly making substantial payoffs to officials in order to obtain sanitary licenses.

    LOVE FM

    Belize Lifts Suspension on Corned Beef Importation
    In late March, a ban was placed on the importation of corned beef from Brasil after reports surfaced that authorities in that country revealed that several major meat processors had been processing tainted beef and poultry meat. It was further alleged that the companies paid bribes to officials in exchange for sanitary licenses. It was […]

    Arson at Catholic School in Rural Belize
    Last night the principal’s office at Our Lady of the Way R.C School in Ladyville was set on fire. Fire fighters managed to extinguish the flames but the act of suspected arson caused thousands of dollars in damages. Hipolito Novelo has the story.

    Free Zone Has New CEO
    Six months ago, the Chief Executive Officer for the Corozal Free Zone, Raul Rosado, resigned after serving in that capacity for about eight years. At the time there were speculations that Evan Cowo who is the caretaker for the Corozal Southeast constituency would be his replacement. It turns out, however, that Rosado’s replacement came over […]

    Murder Victim: Wrong Place Wrong Time
    A man was shot to death last night in Belize City. The victim has been identified as thirty nine year old Rafael Guerra, who is from El Salvador but lived on Holy Emmanuel Street. He was walking home at around 8 o’clock last night with a friend when they came under fire. He was shot […]

    Western Union Robbed in Southern Belize
    Police in Dangriga are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Western Union office in Dangriga. Thieves reportedly made off with a metal safe which contained six thousand, nine hundred dollars in cash and nine blank cheques.

    Public Accounts Committee Still Under Restructuring
    The Area Representative for Cayo South, Julius Espat has been quite vocal on many national concerns; perhaps even more so than the People’s United Party. Of all the concerns expressed by Espat since his election to the House of Representatives the one he seems most passionate about is the Public Accounts Committee whose role is […]

    Julius Says the Gov’t Has Been Lending to a Possible Disaster at the ICJ
    In yesterday’s newscast you may have heard the Cayo South Area Representative, Julius Espat speaking on his personal perspective regarding the issues of the referendum and Belize going to the International Court of Justice to settle the dispute with Guatemala. Espat says that he fully supports a referendum taking place but he is wary of […]

    Accident Leaves Man in Coma and Two Injured
    49-year-old, Edgar Wiltshire is reportedly in a coma at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City following a traffic incident that occurred in San Joaquin Village, Corozal District last night just before nine o’clock. The incident brought traffic to a stop for over an hour until the scene was cleared. Reports are still sketchy […]

    Former Banker Takes Over at BERT
    Andre Carrillo is the new Manager/National Coordinator at the Belize Emergency Response Team, BERT. Carrillo, a former banker, joined the BERT family in December of 2016. He was present for today’s road traffic accident simulation and told the media where he would like to lead the organization. ANDRE CARRILLO ” BERT NEW MANAGER IN OUT

    BERT and Government Keep at Negotiations
    Negotiations are still ongoing between the Belize Emergency Response Team, BERT and the government for the continuation of emergency services by BERT. The relationship between both agencies fell through over the financial sustainability of BERT’s land ambulance services and after medical technicians at BERT left the organization to join the government payroll. BERT requested GOB […]

    Shooter Targets Duo in Punta Gorda
    The weekend went without any murders being recorded. Unfortunately, it does not mean that there were not instances of violence unleashed on the streets. There were multiple shooting incidents as well a stabbing and a chopping scenario. We take you back to Friday night at about seven thirty when two persons who were in a […]

    Is Chester Being Punished by Superiors?
    In recent weeks we have been telling you of the shuffling taking place in the Belize Police Department involving the high ranking officers. Like we told you previously, of note is the removal of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, who currently has command of the south side of Belize City and who has engaged […]

    Fined for False Pretenses of a Police Officer
    Twenty-seven year old car dealer Aaron Wilson, who was convicted of two counts of false pretense of a public officer last week, was fined two thousand dollars for each count today by Justice Adolph Lucas. Justice Lucas subtracted two hundred and fifty dollars from each fine and ordered that Wilson pay one thousand seven hundred […]

    Another Record for Belize’s Tourism Arrivals
    Tourism arrivals into the country continue on a small but steady increase reports the Belize Tourism Board in its first quarter report for 2017. BTB has recorded increases for overnight arrivals for the first three months amounting to an overall two point seven percent increase at the end of March 2017. The BTB usually records […]

    BCC Ridding the City of Derelicts
    The Belize City Council has partnered with the Belize Police Department, the National Fire Service, the National Emergency Management Organization and the Human Services Department to eliminate abandoned buildings from within the city. These agencies have identified several derelict buildings and have decided to carry out a derelict buildings demolition project. Councilor in charge of […]

    Rivero Street Shooting Leaves Butler Injured
    Despite the violence that erupts primarily on weekends in the city, there is something about a Sunday morning that brings with it some semblance of peace and quiet. That peace and quiet was disrupted this past weekend, however when multiple shots were fired on Rivero Street on the south side of Belize City. Just after […]

    Brown’s House Still Stands
    The Belize City Council and its partners had plans to demolish a building at the corner of Amara Avenue and Allenby Street. The demolition was originally scheduled for this morning but later postponed to this afternoon when the authorities spoke to the owner. The building is barely standing and the only thing that’s keeping it […]

    $70K Plus For CEO Caucus Ride for Cancer
    The CEO Caucus ride that took place over the weekend has raised over seventy thousand dollars, surpassing its goal of fifty thousand. The ride was held on Saturday and the organizers are still receiving pledges. CEO in the Ministries of Human Development and Agriculture Judith Alpuche and Jose Alpuche respectively, addressed the crowd. JUDITH ALPUCHE […]

    Two of Three Robbers Caught for Circle R Hold Up
    Two men have been charged in connection with a robbery that occurred in Belmopan last Friday. We hear more in this report from correspondent Fem Cruz. FEM CRUZ “The manager of Circle R products, located at mile 44 on the George Price Highway along with his secretary are very much shaken up after they were […]

    Man Knows Who Set His Shop on Fire
    At around 3:40 on Saturday morning Belize City police were called out to Maskall Street in Belize City. There they met 72 year old Robert Ramclam who told police he was asleep when he heard noises coming out of his shop which is a few feet away from his home. He decided to investigate and […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    14-year-old teenager missing in Orange Walk
    Gloria Hernandez reported to police that her daughter, Jennifer Cowo, 14, of Trial Farm Village has been missing since yesterday morning. Jennifer is a clear skin, slim, long straight hair, dark brown eyes, weighs about 120 lbs, and measures about 5 feet in height. She left her home wearing a pink sleeveless blouse and a blue jeans long pants, and a black pair of slippers.

    BAHA and MOH Lift Temporary Suspension of Corned Beef from Brazil
    The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) issued a press release today indicating that they have lifted the temporary suspension on the importation of corned beef from Brazil.

    Almost $7,000 stolen from Western Union in Dangriga
    The front line associate at the Western Union Office at # 15 St. Vincent Street in Dangriga reported that between the hours of 6:00 p.m. on April 9th and 8:00 a.m. on April 10th, 2017 the Western Union office was broken into.

    Ladyville primary school set on fire
    According to police reports, last night around 10:41, police responded to a report of a fire at Ladyville R.C School where they observed the lower flat of a two story building engulfed in flames. Fire personnel managed to extinguish the flames. The value of items and damages are unknown at this time.

    Belize Chamber of Commerce says economy is failing due to corruption
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) issued a release today stating that it views with grave concern the recent revelations in the media regarding the alleged manipulation of General Sales Tax (GST) audit results by Management personnel at the Department of GST, as well as the apparent widespread facilitation by police officers in the transport of contraband of goods across the Belize/Mexico border.

    Gungulung man gunned down in Belize City
    Thirty nine year old, Rafael Mario Guerra, was gunned down last night on the south side of Belize City. According to reports, he was walking on Holy Immanuel Street in “Gungulung” when a white dollar van pulled up beside him.

    Fake Cop Charged
    After 7 years waiting on trial, last week a jury found Aaron Wilson guilty of 2 counts of false pretense of a public officer. However, sentencing was postponed until yesterday. The judge decided to impose two, $2,000 fines on the fake cop. Additionally, he was discounted $250 for the delays in his case. So in essence, he has to pay $3,500 dollars in fines of which half was required up front. The other half should be paid by June 9th, if not, Wilson will serve 9 months in prison for each count he was found guilty of.

    San Pedro gets new NEMO office
    As part of preparations for the upcoming hurricane season, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has relocated to a new office in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. The new office is located in a central area just opposite of the San Pedro Airstrip, on the second floor of a building that houses Wings San Pedro Department and Furniture Store on Coconut Drive.

    Hendrix students travel to Belize to study corals
    Two students from Hendrix College, a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, traveled to Belize last month for a marine biology project examining coral reefs. Brandon Cathey ’18 and Olivia Sims ’17 , traveled to Belize with biology professor Dr. Jenn Dearolf, as a part of the Hendrix Odyssey Program. The students stayed at Belize Marine Tropical Research Center in San Pedro, while investigating the environmental parameters that encourage the growth of elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn (A. cervicornis) coral on the reef.

    Tourism arrivals show a steady increase in 1st quarter says BTB
    The country has recorded an increase in overnight, cruise, and airport foreign arrivals between January and March, according to a report from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB). In January, 38, 531 tourists visited the country and stayed overnight while 39,221 tourists arrived in the month of February, and 44,400 arrived in March. According to the BTB, this is 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.

    “Beyond the Horizon 2017” launched
    The United States Southern Command and the U.S. Army South have partnered with Belize to launch a project entitled, “Beyond the Horizon 2017.” The partnership exercise will provide three medical events and five construction projects in communities across Belize. One of the project entails building a new clinic for the Ladyville Health Center. Army engineers with the 672nd Engineer Company Renegades from Missoula, Montana have already spent two weeks in Ladyville to commence the construction project.

    NEMO Minister inspects potential hurricane shelter in Lemonal
    While on a working tour in the Belize River Valley area, Edmond Castro, the Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management (NEMO) joined the regional coordinator for NEMO, Al Westby, and Lemonal Village Chairman, Kenroy Reynolds on an inspection of the old community centre in that village.

    Blogs

    Easter Weekend to be held in Placencia, Belize
    Several hotels and bars in Placencia will be hosting various events over the Easter weekend, varying from a horse shoe competition and kayak race at the Sugar Reef Bar, to a volleyball marathon and several contests organised by the folks at the Tipsy Tuna. A percentage of the proceeds from bar sales at the Tipsy Tuna will be given to the Placencia Sidewalk Committee to rebuild the parts of the peninsula landmark or to donations around town. What sets Belize apart from other Central American nations when Easter rolls around? As a society that takes the season of Jesus’s resurrection very seriously, your visit will coincide with a four-day celebration that’s a non-stop ride through parties, events and religious rituals. The nation shuts down in deference to the pious nature of the season, but you won’t care if you visit because you are in Belize to slow down and relax, right? In, Placencia, you will see some of the main attraction from the Easter Weekend in Placencia – including Mr. Physique and Swimsuit contest, Coconut Husking contest, tips on planning for Easter 2017. A brief feature on the Maya Beach Hotel & Casa Placencia Garden Rooms.

    Visiting Caye Caulker for Easter 2017?
    A part from San Pedro's biggest event on Easter weekend, the small island of Caye Caulker is ram jam with locals and visitors. The area near the "Split" turns into a huge adult party over Easter weekend. Latter I will outline some of the things you should know about that, but now let's focus on south of the "Sportsbar". When you get south of that area Easter on Caye Caulker is completely different. Activities tend to be aimed at kids and innocent fun. Many of the companies on the island sponsor events like an Easter Egg hunt, water balloon fights and sack races. If you're coming to the island over Easter and bringing young kids this is the area you want to hang around. If you are going to come for Easter Weekend, consider booking a place on the south side of the island. Anything north of the Airport and south of the school would put you in an area that is pretty quiet at night but close enough that a five-minute bike ride gets you to the split.

    "Keep Calm Easter is almost Here" It will be held at San Pedro Ambergris Caye
    Every year in In the month of April the island is visited by millions of visitors on Easter Weekend. Easter weekend in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is definitely one of the busiest weekend of the year and one of the popular weekend celebrations on the island. Either it’s celebration through religious activities, beach parties or sports activities the island is packed with visitors.The San Pedro Town Council made preparation since March. Belizeans from all around the country travel to the island for this specific time of the year. Hotels and golf cart rentals have to be booked months in advance because it is impossible to find one during that period. Easter entertainment preparation for this year's event will take place on April 14,15 and 16, The San Pedro Town Council had already started to beautify the island in preparation of the masses to give them a warm welcome.

    Things Happening around Corozal This Month
    The Corozal Town Public Library is holding an Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza from 9am to 11am on Thursday, 13th April 2017. Cost is $5 per child. Ages 4-13. There is limited space, so register today! The Corozal Town Public Library is holding an Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza from 9am to 11am on Thursday, 13th April 2017. Cost is $5 per child. Ages 4-13. There is limited space, so register today! Corozal celebrates Good Friday, along with the rest of Belize. Besides banks and governmental offices, most businesses will also be closed, some even that may be open on Easter Sunday.Corozal celebrates the Easter Weekend, along with the rest of Belize. Besides banks and governmental offices, most businesses will also be closed. The Corozal Bay Sailing Club, Oceana, and others will be participating in the Sarteneja Easter Regatta on Sunday, 16th April, 2017. There will also be a canoe race from Corozal to Sarteneja, bikini dancing, swimming competition, greasy pig, fishing competition, greasy pole, and a volleyball tournament.

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    Maya, Mayas, or Mayan? Clearing Up the Confusion
    Many people misuse these three terms, assuming that “Maya” is a singular noun, “Mayas” a plural noun, and “Mayan” an adjective. We at Yucatan Today have been guilty of this mistake more than once over time; but now that we have learned the correct protocol we are changing our magazine and website wherever possible. The fact is, the word “Maya” should be used in all three of the above situations. Here are some specific examples showing correct usage: As a singular noun: He is (a) Maya. As a plural noun: They are Maya. As an adjective: Maya astronomy, Maya calendar, Maya civilization, Maya clothing, Maya culture, Maya folklore, Maya food, Maya glyphs, Maya hairstyle, Maya heritage, Maya hieroglyphs, Maya pyramids, Maya religion, Maya ritual, Maya warfare. The name of the spoken language: this is a little bit more complicated. “Mayan” refers to the family of 29 to 32 languages spoken by the Maya. However, there is one exception to this: according to The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology, “The use of these words suddenly gets complicated…There is one Mayan language whose proper name is “Maya”! The native speakers of Yucatec Maya call their language Maya. Maya is the correct proper name of the language that they speak.”

    Hendrix Students Travel to Belize for Marine Biology Odyssey Project
    Hendrix College students Brandon Cathey ’18 and Olivia Sims ’17 traveled to Belize last month with biology professor Dr. Jenn Dearolf to troubleshoot a research project for students in Dr. Dearolf’s marine biology course. Their trip was funded by the Hendrix Odyssey Program. The project is an investigation of the environmental parameters that encourage growth of elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn (A. cervicornis) coral on the reef. According to Dr. Dearolf, the students determined how to deploy and collect data from a flow meter to measure current at depth. Light levels were also measured at the top and bottom of elkhorn coral stands at snorkel sites where this type of coral was abundant and scarce. Finally, GPS coordinates of coral stands were identified in order for them to be found in subsequent years. This identification will allow for multiple years of data to be collected from the same coral stands. In addition, the students and Dr. Dearolf were also able to brainstorm with other investigators staying at Belize Marine Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) and identify other variables that could be measured at the coral stands.

    Students find community in Belize
    A group of TCU students went to Belize this spring break for something different than the beaches, resorts and good times. They went to form a community. Christ Chapel Bible Church has taken college students on a spring break mission trip to Belize for six years. Krupa Patel, a freshman biology major, said she went on the trip to find fellowship. “The biggest impact of this trip is that we all came home with 95 sweet friends who will encourage each other to pursue Jesus every day,” she said. “Being able to build relationships with other students and the kiddos in Belize was incredible.” Christ Chapel has had a college ministry for almost 20 years. Josh Storie, the college pastor at the church, said the involvement with TCU students started with a bible study in the basement of the church which continued for 10 years.

    Moody's upgrades Belize's issuer rating to B3 from Caa2; stable outlook
    Moody's- has also raised Belize's long-term foreign-currency bond ceiling to B1 from B2 * Moody's on Belize- stable outlook reflects the balanced risks to Belize's credit profile at the B3 rating level

    Videos

  • The Girl Guide Association of Belize, 27min.

  • Craft Ideas for Children (Ethel Vargas Pre - School) (Easter Segment), 21min.

  • The Significance of Easter & Holy Week, 25min.

  • Beltraide - Public Sensitization of SBDC Belize's Workshop & Services, 28min.

  • YWCA - Water Safety Guide for Easter Holidays, 26min.

  • Photography Session, 24min.

  • Diving in Belize Part 1, Los Angeles to Belize travel day, 10min. I'm headed to Belize to get diving certified and spend a week on the beach on Ambergis Caye.

  • Caracol Belize, Caves and Big Rock, 2.5min. Caracol Mayan Ruins in Belize followed by some Caves then Big Rock.

  • C.y.T Latin Band Belize Band fest 2017, 17min.

  • Flavors of Belize - Easter Special, 1/2min. Easter Special - Whole Fried Fish

  • Ladyville community clean-up, 1min. Volunteers from Task Force Jaguar worked with the Belize Defense Force and local residents to clean up a local soccer pitch. The area is used as a community gathering spot and will serve as the location of the first free health care clinic, that is being put on as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017.

  • HIGH SPEED CHASE VIDEO OF POLICE OFFICIALS GOES VIRAL, 2.5min.

  • This is the historic interview with Foreign Minister of Belize, Sedi Elrington, 3hr. on WUB, Friday, April 7, 2017

  • Patty Outdoors - Belize Boys’ Trip: Lionfish Ceviche, 1.5min. I’ve always been fascinated watching our boat captain Michael and dive master Palma making lionfish Ceviche after the day’s dives are done. The process is quick and the ingredients are simple but the result is always awesome. Here they are, showing us how it's done.

  • Belize reel, 2min. Just a few clips from Belize.

  • Belize 2017, 8min. Maite and Cody go to Belize.

  • In BELIZE at my mom and dad's house - walk around enjoying the day, 5min. Great day in BELIZE - the weather is great.


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