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Today's Belize News: April 20, 2017 #523096
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The San Pedro Sun

SPTC organizes Easter beach volleyball tournament
During the long Easter weekend, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) organized a two-day beach volleyball tournament in front of the Central Park. Held on Saturday, April 15th and Sunday, April 16th, the tournament had eight male teams, and two female teams. Cash, gifts and trophies were awarded to the top teams in each category at the end of the tournament. Games started on Saturday between the male teams only. Each team was composed of two players and each game consisted of three sets. A game was won by the team that first scored 21 points, with a lead of two points. Four male teams were eliminated on the first day, and four advanced to the semi-finals on Sunday.

Erica Bodden crowned San Pedro Lions Queen
The San Pedro Lions hosted an Easter dance on Saturday, April 15th, and took the opportunity to crown 18-year-old Erica Bodden as their new San Pedro Lions Queen 2017-2018. Held at the Lions Den, the coronation ceremony took place first, as San Pedro Lions Queen 2016-2017, Solani Graniel, and Miss Teen Petite Earth 2016-2017, Vivian Noralez, had the honors of sashing and crowning Bodden. While guests congratulated Bodden on her accomplishment, the rest of the night saw live music from the Caribbean Kings, and a special performance from Ismael Antonio Chacon, known as “El Buki”. Guests enjoyed themselves, dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

Fun for everyone, Ambergris Caye’s Easter celebration
This year’s Easter festivities on Ambergris Caye did not disappoint, as it was a perfect weekend filled with fun and lively beach parties. Several events drew hundreds of visitors and residents to celebrate while enjoying the refreshing waters, and breeze under a hot San Pedro sun. From sporting activities to picnics, barbeques, and even a foam party with international Deejays, there was something for everyone. The fun-filled weekend started on Friday April 14th, after a 24-hour observation of ‘Dry Friday.’ Jaguar’s Temple Nightclub and Rehab Lounge hosted their third Easter Glow Madness, featuring DJ Fyah Statah and DJ Smallz. Party revellers danced the night away with great music and drinks.

Ambergris Today

Plans Underway For A Morgue On Ambergris Caye
Today, April 19, 2017, the San Pedro Town Council met with the U.S. Embassy, Public Health Inspector and the San Pedro Police Department to discuss a temporary, and eventually permanent construction of a morgue for the island of Ambergris Caye. The Officer in Charge (OC) of San Pedro, Henry Jemmott, stated that the permanent morgue is scheduled to hold the least eight bodies. The site for the island morgue is already available but certain modifications need to be made before construction begins. However, since construction is expected to take place within several months, the U.S. Embassy has proposed to donate a 3 x 8 feet long Mortuary Refrigerator to be used at the San Pedro Poly Clinic in the time being. This refrigerator is scheduled to be installed within the next three months.

Misc Belizean Sources

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SBDC Workshop: COSTING AND PRICING
April 27th, 2017, 9am to 12noon. Presented by: Ms. Monique Usher, Business Advisor, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. The workshop aims to equip participants with knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary to determine all costs related to the production of their goods or services. As a result, participants will be able to apply an adequate price that encompasses all the costs and allows them to make a profit at a affordable price. The objectives of the workshop are to enable participants to better understand the importance of costing and pricing, acquire information about techniques used to calculate costs, acquire information on how to adequately price a product or service, participate in exercises that allows them to engage in costing and pricing.

Beyond the Horizon: Free Medical Services
The U.S. Embassy and the Government of Belize, in coordination with U.S. Army South, launched the Beyond the Horizon 2017 (BTH) collaborative humanitarian exercise on April 7, 2017. As part of the BTH partnership exercise, there will be free medical service events to the public offering general medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, OB/GYN, and optometry (including eyeglasses) in the following locations: • April 17-21, 2017: Ladyville Community Center/Hurricane Shelter, Ladyville, Belize District. • May 8-17, 2017: Macal River Park, San Ignacio, Cayo District. • May 22-June 2, 2017: D Company Barracks, Dangriga, Stann Creek District. Please feel free to take advantage of these great opportunities. Schools have also coordinated with the Beyond the Horizon team and brought in school children as well for screenings. It is not limited to the geographic communities. Anyone who travels to the sites are eligible to receive care as long as they are there in time before the end of the day (info on times is posted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BTH2017Belize ). Please bring plenty of water as wait times can be long.

Carnegie Airborne Observatory maps Lighthouse Reef
CAO aircrew finishes full mapping of Lighthouse Reef Atoll in Belize, for scientific discovery and conservation.

"Calabazo y Chumina" in Corozal
Another Laugh Out Loud weekend at the Princess Casino Free Zone, Corozal. This Friday and Saturday featuring a double whammy comedy show with "Calabazo y Chumina". Friday April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 P.M. Free Admission!

Art in the Park this Saturday in Corozal
It is another edition of Art in the Park this Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at the Corozal Central Park. Art work provided by Eduardo "Papo" Alamilla.

Clash of the West
The Ballaz face the Bandits tonight at the UB gym. Go Ballaz! "When you return from your Easter Vaca, Bandits Basketball will be back at the UB Gym for the Clash of the West.... Mark the date!"

Screen on the Green Belmopan
Reminder to come out tonight with the entire family and enjoy the movie Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Southern Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch Potluck
Hi Neighbors! We hope you are planning on joining us at the Potluck lunch at Caribe Island this Sunday at 1:00pm. If you did not sign up at the General Meeting on April 12th, please let us know if you will be joining us, how many will be coming and what you are planning to bring. Right now we are experiencing some difficulties with the online sign up sheet, and we need to get an idea of how many will be there.

ATTENTION CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS: IDB OPEN CALL FOR CREATIVE STARTUP
The Inter-American Development Bank and Miami Dade College seek the most innovative startups in the creative and cultural industries in the following categories: DESIGN WITH SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Urban, interior and industrial design. Graphic arts, illustration and toys. Wearable technology, Accessibility and cultural identity expression. Co-creation between craftsmen and designers. SUSTAINABLE FASHION: intelligent clothes, organic clothes, accessories.

Central Bank to liquidate some credit unions
The Central Bank of Belize has issued a notice of the "intent to liquidate Police Credit Union Limited, Mount Carmel Credit Union Limited, Civil Service Credit Union Limited, and Citrus Growers & Workers Credit Union Limited."

Channel 7

Cabbie Cut Up and Carjacked
Last night in Belize City, a 57 year old taxi man was held up at knife-point, injured and robbed of his vehicle. At 8:20, Ernesto Robinson was driving his taxi on Western Avenue when he was stopped by a man on the corner of Ordonez Avenue. The man cut him several times and drove off. Police set chase down the western highway where they found the vehicle overturned on the side of the road just before Mile 14. It was heavily damaged with multiple blown out tires. Commander of the Southside Police, ACP Chester Williams has more details...

Gang Truce Update: Lasting Peace Not That Simple
Of course, it is only the second major violent crime in the City since last week's peace march by the gangs. It's all because of Eastern Division South's push toward a gang truce, and we told you last night there was a follow-up mediation session yesterday. That ended with the police and the gang members sharing a meal last night. Today, we asked Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams, who is leading the effort, to discuss the continuation of this cooling off period, and possibly even a truce between all the city's gangs. He told us that it is a work in progress with some tricky aspects that they need to navigate around:

Cop Caught On Camera With Hands In Cookie Jar
Another police officer has been brought up on charges for an act of dishonesty - but this time the woman constable has been charged criminally, as well. She was allegedly caught on camera with her fingers in the cookie jar, so to speak. It happened on Good Friday in Santa Elena, Cayo. Seems like police had gone to crack down on a store that didn't have a valid liquor license. The female proprietor of "Little Red Shop" says that police arrived to search for liquor - and ended up seizing several assorted bottles. They seized her liquor stock even though she didn't have it on sale. And while the police may end up having to return her stock - what one officer didn't plan on returning are four 50 dollar notes she allegedly pinched out of the store's cash pan. Constable #1241 Ann Marie Anthony was allegedly caught on security camera lifting four fifty dollar notes. Police received the complaint, and the Cayo District Commander Andrew Ramirez was tasked to investigate. With the video providing compelling evidence, he didn't waste time and she has since been arrested and criminally charged for the crime of "THEFT" and placed on interdiction. Additionally, she will be charged disciplinary for "Prejudice to good order and Discipline."

Accident Outside Port of Belize
Today multiple people were injured outside the Port of Belize as a driver lost control of a pickup truck and crashed into several barricades and at least one other vehicle. According to reports, the driver of the vehicle was sickly, and may have blacked out while driving, causing the vehicle to swerve into the side of the road. We spoke to Emmett Richardson, who barely managed to get out of the way before the truck hit his vehicle... Emmett Richardson - Food Vendor: "At the time I was selling a woman a food and the lady name Martha right from one of the port security. My back turn to the barriers and fi she back turn, so when I the sell she the food I ask ah if she want juice, so she said alright she want the juice but by the time I say the juice I see the barriers the move but I no the look because I say maybe da somebody just the move the barrier but when I hear the barrier slip then I look."

Police On The Killing of "Princess" Thompson
Last night, our headline story was about the murder of 36 year-old Indira Thompson, better known as "Princess". She was stabbed to death on Good Friday. Police suspect that she was killed by the Hispanic man she was last seen with, after she refused to have sex with him. So do police have a suspect? Today, the Commander of Eastern Division Southside told us that they are still trying to track down the main suspect: ACP Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division South: "We are still looking for one individual. We have not been able to catch up with him but we are hoping that pretty soon we will and when we do we'll see how that investigation will progress from there."

Killing Emphasizes Dangers of Derelict Buildings
While the investigation into Thompson's murder is central, there is another aspect to this tragic story, one the City Council has been trying to address and it has to do with the location of the brutal killing. It happened inside a shack tucked behind the abandoned Bellevue building. Now as we have reported, the city council along with NEMO and human services want to get rid of all these run-down buildings and structures around the city. Apart from being unsightly, they can serve as hide out spots for criminals and in this case, it was where Princess Thompson was murdered. Councillor Phillip Willoughby discussed the importance of demolishing these dilapidated buildings.

Pair of Fake Cops Spotted At Public's
Tonight, two men are being held pending charges after they were caught today at Public's Supermarket allegedly pretending to be police officers. The real Police from precinct four spotted the pair this afternoon right near the door at Public's looking like they were on some official security detail. They wore khaki shirts with silver buttons and blue pants, similar to police officers. They are detained this evening, and are being questioned about what exactly they were doing at Public's. One of the men, Dorian Blair was charged for impersonating a police officer in April of 2016. We'll have more on this tomorrow.

Guat Congress Says No To Map Including Belize
3 weeks ago, we told you about the leaked document from the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It's a report from a consultant in which 3 recommendations were being made. Those were to include Belize in the Guatemalan official map; to consider a referendum on offshore oil exploration in Belize, and to map out the Sarstoon area. Well, press reports out of that country are that the Guatemalan congress rejected approval of a resolution to instruct government entities to include Belize in the official Guatemala map. On yesterday's issue, The Prensa Libre Newspaper reported that Congressman Luis Fernando Montenegro, from the political party, "Together for Guatemala", was the one who made by the proposal, and it was voted down by 84 votes against to 26 votes in favour.

Tires For Tides
Before the Easter break we told you about the two southern communities that are trying to break into the tourism industry: Punta Negra and Monkey River. While these villages have pretty much established their unique tourist packages, they have challenges and setbacks. Monkey River certainly has its fair share of problems with coastline erosion. Well the City Council along with the Department of Environment want to help. They plan on collecting as many used tires as they can to build a barrier along Monkey River's coastline. Now this isn't the first time a project like this has been done in Monkey River but city councillor Phillip Willoughby says they plan on doing a better and more effective job this time.

Yabra Canal Coming Along
Now while the city council is helping out Monkey River residents, they certainly haven't forgotten about the residents in the Yabra area. Those in the community especially the fishermen are struggling to get by with all that silt that has clogged up the canal, and the recent rain isn't helping the situation one bit. Phillip Willoubhy says the council is working on the best plan to deal with this problem. Phillip Willoughby - City Councillor: "The project is still fluid, it's still ongoing. Unfortunately the rains came, we never before has nature been unkind to us in this manner so early in approaching June. I can't recall whenever we had the rains but we hope that we can clear up that matter and then proceed forward because we still have the silt built up in the canals. Unfortunately the rains came but we have to deal with that and that won't stop the project from going forward. We still have to clean the canals with the silt build up..."

El Salvador And Belize Police Link Up For GREAT
Today officers from the Belize Police Department and the San Salvador Police Department gathered to take part in the GREAT - that is the Gang Resistance Education and Training program. As the name suggests, the training program gives officers the tools to fight gang violence by by involving the community in their policing efforts. We spoke to Inspector Edward Carcamo, the officer in charge of community policing for the Eastern Division about the workshop... Insp. Edward Carcamo - OIC, Community Policing, Eastern Division: "What is happening today or for the rest of this week and next week is that we have officers that are participating in the GREAT training, the gang resistance education and training program. In Belize we have the program started out from within 2009 when we started the first set of training and it was done in Central America in San Salvador and over the years up to now we have 180 police officers that have been trained within the program here in Belize."

Calling All Leaders
Last year in the beginning of May, Dr. Dionne Miranda and her team at Chamberlain consulting hosted the first Leadercast forum in Belize. Now, you may not know, but Leadercast is a big deal worldwide. It's event where some of the biggest leaders, and motivational speakers, such as the comedy superstar and filmmaker Tyler Perry, come to give talks on what it takes to be a leader. They are looking for participation from leaders in all walks of life, from parliament, community activism, the school system, religious leaders, and even the business community. If you are a leader, or you aspiring to be, and you want to elevate your game, Chamberlain Consulting says the Leadercast is for you. Yesterday, one of the Leadercast spokespersons from Barbados stopped by our office to tell us why you should sign up for an event that's been running for 17 years now outside of Belize:

Family of Drowned US Student Suing
In February of last year, 14-year-old American Tourist, 14 year-old Tomari Jackson drowned in the Belize District. He was part of a group of 33 US students between the ages of 14 and 15, and they were all in Belize with their chaperons from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. Well, the story is back in the American press after his mother, Adell Forbes has sued the Cobb County School System, the trip's chaperones, and the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Her case is being bolstered by a video footage of the teenager's last moments. He was wearing a body camera at the time of his drowning, and his family and their lawyer are asserting that the footage shows his death was preventable. The attorney is quoted in a press conference from last week Friday, saying, "It chronicles his last breath... There's evidence from the video cam [that] there were chaperones…not paying full attention to what was going on."

Ms. Belize Rebecca Rath's Dad Accuses Opal
Ms. Belize Rebecca Rath continues to be celebrated since her return to Belize, and, she's been dutifully playing her role, but her father has radically departed from the "happily ever after" script. Well-known photographer Tony Rath has published a five part series on the internet about his daughter's difficult experiences throughout the pageant experience, and specifically, with the Miss Belize Universe Pageant Organizer, Opal Enriquez. The picture he paints in the series of articles, called, "The Rocky Road to Miss Universe" seems more like Ultimate Fighting in the Octagon, than vying for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines.

Tanker Does A Roundabout Run Off
Early this morning a tanker truck filled with fuel ran into the drain in front of the Guanacaste park in Belmopan. It could have been a volatile situation but fortunately the truck was table, and another tanker was brought over and the fuel was carefully transferred. There was no report of anyone being injured.

Conch Shell Bay, From War Zone To Community Cradle
Earlier in our newscast, we showed you parts of our interview with Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams. That opportunity presented itself today when he and his officers were out in the Conch Shell Bay area of the city for their weekly meet and greet sessions. Now, viewers will remember that in late December and all the way to the end of January, that part of the city was becoming a hotbed of violence resulting in numerous shootings and murders. But in the weeks that followed, tensions have cooled drastically. Today, Williams told us that he and his team were conducting a follow up session. He added that Eastern Division South intends to hold a family day in that community: 77

Flurry of Football Fighting
Elections are coming up again for the Football Federation of Belize, and in advance of the tenth Ordinary Congress being held in late June, a flurry of what appears to be infighting has begun with a pair of high profile dismissals. First, on April fourth, the Toledo Football Association Executive members made a move to overthrow their president Cecil Tillett. They say he uplifted a sanction while drunk, and that he undid an association directive without approval. Tillett yesterday wrote to President Marlon Kuylen making a lengthy appeal. And, also yesterday, the FFB suspended Frank Sutherland, the Chairman of the Corozal Football Association. They say he misused federation money by forging receipts for rent he never paid. He can appeal the decision.


Re: Today's Belize News: April 20, 2017 [Re: Marty] #523097
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Channel 5

Lady constable charged for theft from Cayo store
The Belize Police Department is reeling from yet another black eye tonight, following the arrest and arraignment of one of its own, who has been charged for theft. An operation [...]

Cab driver hurt in jacking; police quickly catch suspect
A Belize City cab driver is lucky to have escaped grave injury during a carjacking on Tuesday night not far from the Lord Ridge Cemetery. Sometime around eight-thirty, taxi man [...]

Outgoing President issues warning on interference as B.N.T.U. opens convention
The Belize National Teachers’ Union Annual Convention began today at Escuela Mexico in San Roman. But on Thursday, stakes are high with the election of a majority of its National [...]

Attempts to influence election are “threat to democracy,” says Luke Palacio
In his statement at the Convention, national president of the B.N.T.U. Luke Palacio made reference to the “stories” he, his Executive and teachers generally have heard in the past few [...]

B.N.T.U. will keep close eye on Thursday’s proceedings
Nominations were officially tendered for the election as of a month ago but were officially submitted this afternoon to the chair of the Election Committee, Kathleen Flowers. Flowers is B.N.T.U.’s [...]

Did some teachers get their honorarium for Easter?
Officially, according to the Ministry of Education, the million-dollar honorarium for non-striking teachers has not been issued as planned for before the Easter break because it has not gotten the [...]

Reviewing efforts at community policing to solve gang problem
Peace is holding in the streets since last week’s committal to a gang truce among the string of opposing gangs in the city. There are still hurdles to cross, but [...]

Chester Williams says gangs inching closer to truce
This evening, A.C.P. Williams gave an update on the ongoing peace talks and said that while detractors may criticize the effort, the gang leaders have honored their word so far. [...]

Calming of Conch Shell Bay continues
Back in late January, the Conch Shell Bay neighborhood was wracked by a spate of fatal shootings which prompted the police department to establish a permanent presence in the area.  [...]

Fishermen brace CitCo on access gate at Commercial Center
The Commercial Center gate in downtown Belize City was sealed off today and it didn’t sit well with fishermen who use the gate to access their boats that are moored [...]

Belmopan police report David Cruz has been re-captured
In an update to our story aired Tuesday night on persons wanted by INTERPOL, Belmopan police have informed that David Cruz, accused in connection with the Income Tax Belmopan robbery [...]

San Pedro man to be tried for chef’s slaying
A San Pedro resident met his untimely death allegedly at the hands of a chef under what appeared to have been a love triangle on La Isla Bonita. The fatal [...]

Teaching the GREAT program to police from Belize, Salvador
The Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT) Program is a violence prevention program. The program is being used to fight delinquency, youth violence, and gang involvement through school-based, law enforcement [...]

CitCo reaches out to Monkey River in erosion fight
The residents of Monkey River in the Toledo District have been facing an eroding shoreline for the past few years. The climate change caused problem is not only impacting the [...]

Police back in Conch Shell Bay for Meet and Greet
A family day for residents of the embattled Conch Shell Bay community is being organized by the Belize Police Department. The event is set to take place this Sunday in [...]

CTV3

BNTU Prepares To Elect New President
Tomorrow the Belize National Teacher’s Union will hold a convention at the Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico auditorium in San Roman Village to fill two key seats in their council of management. The first is the National President position currently held by Luke Palacio and the second is the Executive Secretary post currently held by Keisha Young. Vying for the presidency so far are three candidates including Corozal Rural Branch President Mario Mesh, Stann Creek Executive member Troy Coleman, and Belize City executive member and well-known Trade Union Senator Elena Smith.

Another Scandal For The Police Department, PC Charged For Theft
Over the past few weeks, the Belize Police Department has given the Belizean public much to talk about, but not in a good way. Instead they have been receiving numerous negative reviews due to exposure of wrong doing. Viewers may recall that the first public embarrassment came from a video which showed police officers in San Pedro manhandling a woman and firing shots in the crowd. The second came from Orange Walk police officers who were caught red-handed unloading stocks of contraband goods. And then Corozal Cops being charged for evading Custom Officers at the Northern Border and also being involved in the illegal act of contraband.

Fuel Cheaper At The Corozal Free Zone
A report in the Mexican press is indicating that prices in the Free Zone have been tumbling down as a result of a weakening U.S. dollar. The report cites specifically that the price of fuel has been matching those prices in Mexican municipalities, which is a rarity and evidence of a less competitive position for the free zone in Belize. The report cites that Premium gas in the tax-free export zone sells at 15.84 pesos per litre while in Chetumal it is only 65 cents more. Regular sells at 16.92 which puts it at one cent less than in Chetumal and Diesel is selling at 14.76 which is two pesos less at the Free Zone.

Guatemala Congress Rejects Proposal To Include Belize In Their Map
Some weeks ago, a leaked Guatemalan progress report circulated through Belizean media which showed that a consultant in Guatemala was pushing the idea to officially include Belize as part of Guatemala in their map. According to that progress report, which was done by a consultant who was contracted to perform certain activities for one year, Guatemala has been contemplating oil exploration, and a poll on the topic had been carried out back in January. In the report the consultant also claimed that he had met with different agencies, including the Guatemalan Foreign Minister about that matter.

LOVE FM

PUC: Attacking Cyber Crime on All Angles
Next Monday will see the opening of the first National Cyber Security Symposium to be conducted in Belize with an aim to address the various social, legal and criminal aspects of how the internet is being used. At the head of this event is the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) which has included multiple agencies to […]

Attacker Nabbed Following Brief Police Chase
Ernesto Robinson, a fifty-seven year old taxi driver escaped death after he was attacked and his vehicle hijacked last night. His assailant, who police did not name today, has been detained pending charges. That individual stopped Robinson at the corner of Western and Ordonez Avenue around 8:20 last night, police say. He entered the vehicle […]

Princess’s Boyfriend Remains a Suspect in Homicide Investigation
Belize City Police continue to investigate the murder of thirty-five year old Indira “Princess” Thompson. She was stabbed multiple times and left to die in an abandoned building once known as the Bellevue Hotel on Southern Foreshore in Belize City. The stabbing took place on Good Friday, April 14 and today ACP Chester Williams says […]

Easter Peace May Be Attributed to Gang Truce
The Easter weekend was rather peaceful as it relates to gunfire and gang related crimes. The Belize police department ensured that crime was kept at a low, increasing their presence throughout the Easter break across the country and especially within the city. ACP Chester Williams says that this long forgotten peace during a long weekend […]

Looking Back at Violence over Easter Holidays Past
Easter 2017 went fairly quiet when it came to crime and violence around the country. For the four day weekend holiday, there was only one murder which occurred in the early hours of Good Friday, claiming the life of 35-year-old, Indira Thompson. Crime has always been a hot button issue particularly when discussed by politicians. […]

City Council Blocks Fishermen From Their Boats
Fishermen who have been using the old commercial center building to access their boats which they have docked in the Haulover Creek are not happy with the Belize City Council tonight. That’s because the front gates leading to the back of the building was sealed off this afternoon. Hipolito Novelo has the story. HIPOLITO NOVELO […]

Belizean Man Laid to Rest with Military Honors in Ladyville
A Belizean man who had migrated to the United States and became a part of the US Military passed away on March 19, 2017 in Ladyville Village, Belize District where he was living following retirement. Master Sergeant David Pandy Junior had an unexpected burial at the Ladyville Cemetery where he was laid to rest on […]

Fisherman Off to Trial for Polonio’s Murder
Thirty-three year old Lyndon Kelly, a fisherman of San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town charged with the murder of 32 year old Elton Polonio, was today committed for trial in the June session of the Supreme Court by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Kelly’s trial is set to start on June 20. Kelly’s […]

Sub-Tropical Depression Forms Outside Hurricane Season
Today we are exactly six weeks away from the start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Having a depression formed outside the season, however, is not unheard of and 2017 is yet another example of the happening. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, USA, the first sub-tropical depression has formed. Currently, there […]

Behind the Scenes of Miss Universe
Miss Belize, Rebecca Rath, represented the country in the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant earlier this year. It was one the rarest periods whereby the entire country was behind “Bex”. Rath, unfortunately, did not place in the top 13 and she returned home on February 10, greeted by hundreds of Belizeans. But what we saw on […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Woman police charged for jacking from Chinese shop
According to police reports, yesterday a 58-year-old Chinese businesswoman of Bishop Martin Street, Santa Elena, Cayo, reported that on Friday, April 14, around 9:27 a.m. she was at her business place “Little Red Shop” when several police officers arrived to conduct a search for liquor. Police searched the shop and seized several assorted liquors. The businesswoman said that later she noticed that $200 (four $50) notes were missing.

6th Police officer to be charged for illegal activity in span of weeks
Today, San Ignacio police charged one of their own. Reports to BBN is that a woman police officer attached to the San Ignacio police station was charged today for the crime of theft. Confirmed reports is that on Friday, the officer stole an undisclosed amount of money from a popular Chinese store in Santa Elena town, Cayo.

Lisa Shoman speaks about Caribbean sex myths and the recent murder of ‘Princess’
It is 2017. It is past time that Jewelizeans stop thinking about women as providers of sex, and men as consumers. It isn’t for men to demand/ask and for women to submit/give. Having sex is an eminently consensual act between two consenting adults. Consent must be prior, informed and explicit. Anything less is sexual abuse. What will it take for media houses – and our larger society to understand this?

Taxi man held up at knife point
Last night around 8:20, a 57-year-old taxi man was held up at knife point on the George Price Highway. Ernesto Robinson reported to police that he was stopped by a man and then held up and cut to the neck and face.

Sudden death in Independence village
Yesterday, Deon Baltazar, a resident of Independence village, reported to police that his friend Jason Usher, 32, died suddenly. Usher was staying with Baltazar in Independence, as he went there looking for work.

Police seek public assistance to recover stolen guns
Four .38 revolvers stolen from KBH Security in Independence Village last Wednesday and are now believed to be in the hands of criminals. However, after interviewing eight persons, including ...

Teachers spar for BNTU presidency
The Presidency of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) is currently up for grabs as several teachers are vying to take control of the country’s most powerful union. Current BNTU president, Luke Palacio, is making his exit, leaving three teachers to spar for his post.

Blogs

Beautiful Sawdust carpets allow us to express our faith and culture
Belize is home to some very colourful traditions, and each festive holiday, Belizeans take the opportunity to express their culture in creative fashion. One tradition that is truly a work of art is the Easter sawdust carpets. Those who are familiar with Spanish culture or the Roman Catholic faith have probably seen or been part of this long standing Easter tradition. Colored sawdust is used to create decorative images on the grounds or streets near a church. These sawdust carpets are created to greet the religious procession that takes place on Good Friday. This tradition is mostly practiced in Spanish-speaking countries in North, Central and South America. Some municipalities in Belize have faithfully held on to this religious practice as well.

A Brief Stroll on A Brief Street: Back a Back Street in San Pedro, Belize
BUT if you want to go from beach front to the lagoon in town – it’s an extremely thin strip of the caye – there is one more street BEHIND Back Street. One that was changed a great deal by the 2013-2014 mega-project that as supposed to rejuvenate the back side of San Pedro town and make a huge green area for all to enjoy AND a boardwalk promenade. There is no green back there…but there all lots of changes to the “old football field area” – and the small street that lines the lagoon where many tour guides, fishermen and boat owners park their boats is called “Back a Back Street” – in back of back street – by most. The official name is Nurse Shark Street. And yesterday…I took a walk along the boulevard. I started at the south end, where you turn off of Back Street towards the International Water Taxi terminal. It’s a HUGE set of buildings over some very expensive piers that host one boat a day. I’ll be there in a minute. There is a beautiful blue home on the corner with a large lovely yard. I love these kind of “urban” oases.

The Top 15 Honeymoon Resorts in Belize
Picture yourself as a child, standing in front of a bakery display case after being told to choose just one treat. Perusing honeymoon resort destinations online can render you just as helpless, which is why we have narrowed down your choices to Belize’s top 15. See which strikes a romantic chord with you and your honey.

A Laidback, Low-Overhead Income for Food Lovers
When Tracy Ginger first visited Belize on vacation in 2015, she knew that she’d found her new home. She had grown tired of the seemingly never-ending Canadian winters and the hectic pace of city life. The laidback island vibe of Ambergris Caye—the largest of the islands off the coast of mainland Belize—was the perfect remedy. Ten days later, she had purchased a villa and was heading back to Canada to make a permanent exit plan. “I love to cook and had a side business back in Canada where I would prepare fresh juices and small-portion meals for my clients,” says Tracy. When her mom came to visit that summer, the two of them spent their idle time in the kitchen, whipping up their favorite dishes. “My mom is half Ukrainian, half Polish,” says Tracy. “I grew up eating pierogis and other traditional dishes.” Together, they made so many pierogis that summer that they shared them with all their neighbors, Belizean locals and expats alike. “Everyone went nuts for them. They asked for more so we kept cooking and experimenting with ingredients.”

San Ignacio, Cayo’s Best Food Spots (2017)
San Ignacio town, or as it’s colloquially known “Cayo“, is the ideal place to go in Belize if you are seeking adventure. This small and quaint town acts a hub for travelers in search of jungle expeditions, tours to ancient Maya cities, caves, and countless other eco-activities that get you up close to nature. What I love about San Ignacio is that you are treated to a glimpse of how diverse Belizean culture is. A great way to experience this is by strolling down Burns Avenue (the main street) and seeing how locals interact with each other, visiting the farmers’ market on Saturdays, and eating at the local restaurants and bars. Yes, food is the best way to learn a culture, and fortunately, this post is a guide to the eight best restaurants in San Ignacio, Cayo.

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Planning a trip? Here's why you should be headed to Belize
Not many people have heard of Belize, a tiny country on the eastern coast of Central America; tucked between Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea. The nation is a blend of Maya, Creole, Garifuna, Belize, and Mestizo cultures. This place is brimming with a rich variety of experiences that are waiting to be explored. Belize is bordered with colourful reefs off its eastern coast, while the country’s interior is dotted with Mayan ruins hidden away in lush green jungles. Belize offers stays of all kinds, right from budget hotels, beachside accommodations, hostels, resorts, eco-lodges, villas, Bed and Breakfasts, condominiums, campsites, apartments and guesthouses; with per-night hotel tariffs that range from Rs 1,000 for budget hotels, to Rs 5,00,000 for private island villas. You can gather picture-perfect moments with your family at one of the many exotic locations this place has to offer.

Engineers strengthen partnerships in Belize one block at a time during Beyond the Horizon 2017
U.S. Servicemembers and their Belizean counterparts are working on several different construction projects throughout the country of Belize as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017, which runs from March 25 until June 17. U.S. Southern Command, in cooperation with the Government of Belize, has coordinated the completion of five construction projects that include a new emergency room and incinerator at Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan, medical clinics in Ladyville and Double Head Cabbage, and a new school building in St. Matthews. Reservists on two-week rotations will complete the majority of the work at the construction sites. For continuity, full-time project managers will supervise until the completion of the jobs. Soldiers from the 808th Engineer Company based in Houston, Texas, are currently building the new health clinic at Double Head Cabbage.

Elderly suspect in double murder on the high seas may be too sick to stand trial
Silas Duane Boston, a former Sacramento man charged with killing two British tourists in the Caribbean nearly four decades ago, has been rehospitalized and may be gravely ill and unable to face trial, his lawyers told a federal judge Wednesday. The defense filed a “declaration of doubt” that Boston was competent to face trial and Negin suggested in court that his health is fast deteriorating, impairing him both physically and mentally. “The law requires him to be mentally present” during court proceedings, Mendez responded. “If he is in and out” of awareness “in terms of his medication, he may be physically present but mentally he is not there.” Mendez said he is prepared to consider a defense motion to order a medical competency evaluation for Boston. But the challenge is that the defendant may have to be airlifted to a medical facility in the federal prison system as far away as Illinois or North Carolina for an appropriate evaluation.

Videos

  • LeaderCast Belize 2017 - Powered by Purpose, 39min.

  • Seascapes, 40min.The ocean is my sanctuary, my first love, and my office. My work and life adventures have taken me to some amazing places. This video is an excerpt from these adventures, that hopefully provides you with an escape to the sea, as it does for me. Footage is from the waters and beaches of the islands of: Abaco in the Bahamas, South Water Caye, Belize, and the Florida Keys.

  • Alien Encounters in Mesoamerica: Legends of Alien Abduction in Belize, 98min. Dr. Ardy Sixkiller Clarke discusses untold stories of alien encounters in Mesoamerica. Toward the beginning Dr. Clarke focused on her time in Belize City, and ..

  • Jaguar Experience at Belize Zoo, 7min. Our Jaguar Experience at the Belize Zoo with Junior Buddy, the Jaguar.

  • Belize Travel Diary - 2017, 4min.

  • You might have heard of Sahou and tried the porridge before. But have you tried Pulali?, 1.5min.

  • POK A TOK TEAM FROM YO CREEK BRINGS THE GOLD HOME, 9.5min.

  • Bandits Sports Organization - Celebrity Basketball Showcase, 19min.

  • BTL Updates, 16min.

  • Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development at the Sarteneja Easter Regatta, 2min. Hi everyone, here is a summary of our Easter Booth this year at the Sarteneja Easter Regatta. It was a very sunny day but overall full of fun. A warm thank you to all those persons that showed interest and visited our booth. It was a pleasure to share our knowledge with you guys.

  • Belize 2017, 3min.

  • belize trip in 1990 with friends, 2hr.

  • PUPUSERIA SALVADOREŃO, BELIZE, 2min. When visiting San Pedro, Belize this restaurant is a must visit.

  • Belize - Carnival Jungle Buggy Safari at Jaguar Paw & Lunch, 4min. Carnival Breeze Carnival Jungle Buggy Safari at Jaguar Paw & Lunch.

  • 2017 Mayflower Mural - Belize City, 2min. Mayflower Community Revitalization Project a DYS/Love Foundation Partnership Location: Corner of Vernon Street and Mayflower Street, Belize City


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