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Today's Belize News: April 28, 2017 #523248
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The San Pedro Sun

Wyndham Grand Resort to open in 2018 on Ambergris Caye
Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye, owned by Venezia del Caribe Limited (LTD), and developed by Sandy Point Developments LTD, will be the first resort in Belize to fly the Wyndham Grand flag. After unveiling the plans in March 2017, the developers stated that the 242-key hotel is scheduled to open in December 2018. The five-star oceanfront resort is noted as ‘Caribbean tranquility meets Venetian romance and charm’, and is expected to be the benchmark of the luxury market in Belize. As it’s just yards away from Belize’s Barrier Reef, the resort’s five towers will offer elegant housing in designs of one, two and three bedroom hotel and residential suites. Wyndham will offer a variety of amenities, including a signature spa, a fitness center, multiple restaurants, 7,000 square feet of meeting space, and an onsite excursion center. Wyndham will feature 11 cascading waterfalls that rise up from sparkling pools connected by bridges and canals, reminiscent of Venice, Italy. The various waterways will create the largest pool of its kind in the entire country, for guests and residents to enjoy. Developers indicate that the resort’s development will provide at least 250 jobs or more, while Wyndham is expected to employ approximately 350 people.

San Pedro volunteers rescue heron
On a mission to save a bird in distress, Chris Summers, crocodile conservationist from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, and Tamara Sniffin of The San Pedro Sun, rescued a heron that appeared to be injured on Monday, April 24th. Their rescue effort came after concerned resident, Lindsay Reeder, contacted the Belize Bird Rescue (BBR) on the previous day, reporting that she spotted the bird struggling to fly. The heron was rescued the following day in the San Pablo area around 11:30AM. Once the bird was successfully captured, it was transported to the Saga Humane Society, to be placed in a crate. It was then flown over to Belize City, complements of Tropic Air, where Gordon Kirkwood, a BBR friend, picked up the heron, and transported it to BBR in Roaring Creek, Cayo for further veterinary treatment. Nikki Buxton, Managing Director at BBR, was able to examine the bird. “The heron was very down, but it did not have any injuries or serious parasites, which is the usual reason for them being down. I think he’s a juvenile and he is a strange ‘morph’ (coloration) of the Great Blue heron, so it’s also possible he was rejected by his flock,” said Buxton. She indicated that the heron is doing much better, and is a lot stronger. He has gained 100 grams so far by eating small river fish, small sea-fish snappers, and mice, bringing his total weight to 1.6 kilograms.

Belize completes third Trade Policy Review
On Monday, April 24th to Wednesday, April 26th, Belize successfully completed its third Trade Policy Review (TPR) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The Belize delegation was led by His Excellency Ambassador Dylan Vernon, Embassy of Belize in Brussels, Andy Sutherland, Acting Director General for Foreign Trade, Richard Reid, Senior Trade Economist, and Terrence Simfukwe, National Trade Advisor. The TPR is a requirement under the WTO Agreement, which was signed in 1994 and enacted in 1995, through the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). This review seeks to analyze the trade policies and practices of WTO members and its impact on the functioning of the multilateral trading system. The TPRM is basically a periodic transparency exercise, where WTO evaluates member adherence to the multilateral rules of trade adopted under the WTO Agreement.

Isis Catzim Missing in Sarteneja
The community's assistance is needed to located 16-year-old Isis Catzim of Sarteneja Village, Corozal District. Isis went missing yesterday (Wednesday, April 16th). She was last seen at midday wearing her school uniform. Any information on the teens whereabouts is greatly appreciated. Contact the nearest police station (San Pedro Police Station: 206-2022).

San Pedro partners with FFB grow the sport of football on the cayes
San Pedro’s sport authorities are seeking assistance from the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) to standardize and develop the sport of football on the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. During a meeting held on Wednesday, April 26th at the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) conference room, officials discussed the future of sports, including the separation of the cayes from the Belize District football committee. While football is the main sport practiced in San Pedro, the island has not always been recognized by the FFB. According to Kuylen, San Pedro and Caye Caulker have often been overlooked by FFB in regard to competition, funding and recruitment, as the island falls under the larger Belize District. “It is time to start the process for San Pedro and Caye Caulker to become its own football district. It will take time, but we are here to assist – be it financial – to get these programs off the ground,” said Kuylen. The ultimate goal is for the cayes to become its own statutory body within the FBB.

Kent Gabourel wins Weekend Warriors’ Cross Country Cycling Classic
Kent “Bob” Gabourel of the Kulture Megabytes team won the Weekend Warriors’ annual Cross Country Cycling Classic from Mile 62 in Georgeville to the finish line by Leslie’s Imports on the George Price Highway in Belize City on Sunday morning, April 23rd. Derrick Smith of BFSC El Pescador team from San Pedro finished 7th in the A division. His teammates, Ingmar Perera and Lisa Berger, were also on the podium, winning 2nd and 3rd prize respectively in the C Division; while 16-year-old Siyah Swasey rounded out the top 10.

ACES calls for justice after crocodile’s brutal death
While the world was observing Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd, Chris Summers, crocodile conservationist from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) was responding to a call about a dead crocodile. Apparently tortured to death, the reptile was found on Friday night, April 21st, and Summers retrieved the corpse the following day in the San Mateo Area. Hoping for justice, Summers reported the incident to both the Belize Forest Department (BFD), and the San Pedro Police Department. “On Earth Day, a day usually reserved for cultures all over the world to come together in celebration and unity for protection of the environment and all She contains, I’m wiping sleep from my eyes. I had to drag myself down to San Mateo in search of a dead croc lying in the street,” said Summers in an emotional social media post. He indicated that it was another case of animal cruelty, as the crocodile was observed with a machete wound to its head and tail. However, he said that the crocodile had ultimately been stoned to death, making this the fourth crocodile death recorded this year due to animal cruelty. After the crocodile succumbed to the torture, Summers said its lifeless body was apparently dragged by a group of alcoholics for their personal amusement.

Ambergris Today

Missing American And Canadian Nationals Living In Corozal
Police Reports indicate that on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, about 11:43 p.m., American National Joseph Milholen reported that at 8:30 a.m., he went to pick up his friend 52-year-old Francesca Matus, Canadian National of Serenity Sands Consejo Road, Corozal District, to drop her at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. However, she could not be located. He then called her several times but to no avail. He also called her boyfriend, 36-year-old American National Drew Thomas De Voursey of Ranchito Village Corozal District but received no response. Drew’s cycle was parked on Francesca’s driveway and her white in color Isuzu Rodeo was missing. He stated that the last time that he saw Francesca was on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at a bar and grill located at 1st Avenue Corozal Town along with her boyfriend Drew.

When The Temperature Rises In Belize
American music and celebrity photographer Steven Taylor vacationed in Belize not so long ago and he shared a few images on his personal Instagram profile. He stayed at the luxury Royal Belize Resort situated on its own private 7.5-acre Caribbean island (Ragged Caye) nine miles off the coast of central Belize (Dangriga Town). Royal Belize is situated on its own private 7.5-acre Caribbean island nine miles off the coast of central Belize. It is the only luxury island in the country rented on an exclusive basis to one guest party at a time. The resort combines high-end accommodations and services with adventure opportunities to create a memorable travel experience on the second largest barrier reef in the world.

Climate Change Awareness Campaign In Belize
Following the execution of a Climate Change Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices survey, the National Climate Change Office (NCCO), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) and Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) launched a climate change awareness campaign in Belize on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The campaign was designed based on the results of a knowledge, attitudes and practices survey conducted by the J-CCCP last year, which was followed by the development of a National Climate Change Communications Strategy. The J-CCCP is also supporting Belize’s National Adaption Plan (NAP) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) development as well as the implement of a sustainable agriculture and water resources management pilot project in order to advance the process of inclusive low-emission climate-resilient development in Belize.

ViVa BELiZE Chefs Represent At Gastronomica Guatemagica Festival
On Tuesday, April 25th, Three Belizean Chefs under the VIVA BELIZE Hotel Group & Adventure Company represented Belize as judges at the 3rd Annual "Gastronomic Festival Guatemagica " in Retalhuleu, Guatemala. According to Chef Adan, "We are honored for such a great invitation and experience. Activities such as "Guatemagica" leave us in awe as this inspired us as young Belizean chefs to continue cooking using our local products of Belize. As this was our first Culinary Food Festival Event, we look forward in continuing to represent VIVA BELIZE and in extension our country Belize in many more Culinary Food Festivals within Central America bringing full exposure to what Belize has to offer as a unique destination inviting all to discover how to be!"

Misc Belizean Sources

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CDB launches Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment project in Belize
On Wednesday, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the Government of Belize launched the Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (Youth RISE) Project. The Project will expand social services for approximately 3,500 children, youth, and families in the communities of Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Belize. Youth in Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena face many socioeconomic challenges, including the low attainment of educational qualifications, and increasing crime and violence. The Youth RISE Project aims to expand access and coverage of existing social programmes, as well as introduce pilot programmes to tackle these challenges. Young people who live in these communities will benefit from training that will focus on basic literacy and numeracy and employability skills; adaptive life skills; along with community programmes which focus on social skills.

Media Advisory on Training on Internal Review Mechanism of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Attorney General’s Ministry (AGM), will hold a workshop in preparation for the country’s National UNCAC self-assessment, under the auspices of the Project, “Strengthening National Systems for Implementation of UNCAC in Belize. In this regard, please be advised that a two-day Training session on the Implementation Review Mechanism of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) will benefit from a Technical Expert from UNODC who will provide training on basic anti-corruption concepts, the implementation review mechanism and the UNCAC self-assessment mechanism.

Inauguration of the Belize Bureau of Standards Metrology Laboratory Building
Opens April 28, at Power Lane, Ministry of Works Compound in Belmopan.

Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Chamber Day in San Pedro Town
On Friday, April 28th, 2017, the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) will be hosting its Chamber Day at the San Pedro High School’s Auditorium, Seagull Street, San Pedro Town. The event will be open to the public from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m and entrance is free. Mr. John Greif III, President of Tropic Air, proud and long stand member of the Chamber, will be doing the Welcome Remarks at 10:00 a.m. at the Opening Ceremony of the Chamber Day. Businesses and the general public are invited to come out and learn more about the BCCI and the important role we play representing the private sector in Belize.

Roles & Functions of the CFZ CEO and the CFZ Corozal Southwest Minister's Micro Management
Hustling seems to be the order of the day for the newly appointed "CEO" of the Corozal Free Zone in the only two plus months he has been there. - Exportation: These two are demanding higher payments from Mexican Exporters which is slowly leading to the death of the CFL. Also last week they stopped Mexican Tourism bus because there were no $$$ arrangements made with them. - Money Exchange: They have also become peseros, where it has been confirmed that only to close family members and friends they have been exchanging these monies to. Substantial exchange of pesos has been made at exorbitant cost. Minister's brother-in-law from Omar's Ideal is one who has been benefiting the most off these exchanges.

The Official Launch of the Carnival Season 2017
Apr 30 at 2 PM to May 1 at 12 AM. ITVET Belize, Freetown Rd, Belize City. Main attractions: Costume on the runway! Juggling by: DJ Dalla, DJ Dixie, DJ Vintage and DJ Special

Pepsi NEBL dishes out 2017 season awards
As the regular season comes to a close, the Pepsi NEBL is honored to announce the winners of this year’s regular season awards.

Francesca Matus and Drew Devoursney Missing in Corozal
Couple missing in the Corozal area. If you have any information, please call the police.

Today is 6 Lamat in the Tzolk'in Calendar
The Maya word “lamat” is associated with abundance, ripeness, fertility and growth. The glyph itself is the Maya symbol for the planet Venus. The Maya linked the cycle of the planet Venus with death and rebirth (Venus appears as the Evening Star, disappears, then reappears as the Morning Star), and with the spirit of growth and vitality.

Ministry of Health Advisory on Heat Exhaustion

Development of a Web-based Information Management System (IMS) for the Department of the Environmentand the Forest Department
The Government of Belize with the assistance of the World Bank is implementing the project entitled “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize” (KBA with Grant funding from the Global Environment Facility “GEF” and has appointed the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MAFFESD) for the overall implementation of the Project with the fiduciary support provided by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT). The Government of Belize intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grantto payments under the contract for theConsultancy. The indicative period for the consultancy to be completed is twenty (20) months. KBA hereby invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.

Labor Day Weekend in Caye Caulker...
Special Live Drumming Straight Outta Grigadang.

The National Garifuna Council Invites you to a Lecture on CCJ Judgement in the Maya Leaders Alliance v. The Attorney General of Belize
Saturday, May 6, 12 noon at Father Ring Parish Hall, Main Street, Punta Gorda

Isis Catzim of Sarteneja found safe
In some good news, Isis Catzim of Sarteneja, Corozal has been found safe. The family would like to extend its warmest gratitude to everyone who postively supported them during this dire time. Thank you!

St. Francis Xavier Parish EXPO 2017
Saturday, April 29th at St. Francis Xavier School

Labour Day 2017
Monday, May 1st, 2017 will be recognized as Labour Day and will be a Public and Bank Holiday. Enjoy your long weekend and be safe!

Power interruption 8:00am to 12:00pm, Friday, April 28
Areas along Arenal Rd, from junction with George Price Blvd, including Lomas del Rodeo & Arenal. BEL to energize line extension in Benque Viejo Town.

Toyota Chiquibul Expedition
The Toyota Chiquibul Expedition will take place May 20th & 21st starting in Belize City. The tour will visit sites in the Chiquibul Rainforest and Caracol Maya Ruins. Interested persons can message us or email at expedition@belizediesel.com. *Participants subject to entrance fees and meal costs. Must have a 4x4 capable Toyota vehicle.

U.S. Citizen Town Hall Meeting in Santa Elena May 4
Hosted by U.S. Embassy Belize. Thursday, May 4 at 2 PM - 4 PM. The Aguada, #1 Aguada St., Santa Elena, Cayo. At the Meeting, we wil introduce staff from the Embassy who provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Belize, discuss the services the U.S. Embassyh provides, and answer questions you may have about our services. Topics include: security in Belize, hurricane preparedness, and information on renewing your passport via DHL. Limited consular public services will be offered (cash; exact change required): Adult U.S. passport renewal -BZ$220 or US$110 Please bring current U.S. passport, completed form DS-82, 2" x 2" passport photo, clear copy of passport biographic data page. Child U.S. passport renewal -BZ$210 or US$105 Please bring current U.S. passport, completed form DS-11, 2" x 2" passport photo, clear copy of passport biographic data page, birth certificate + 1 photocopy, each parent's ID + 1 photocopy. BOTH parents must be present if listed on birth certificate. Fee for first adult renewal after age 16 is BZ$270 or US$135. Notary services -BZ$100 or US$50 RSVP to: ACSBelize@state.gov

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
A Dog's Purpose, Fifty Shades Darker, Fences, Rings. ***Please Note we will NOT be letting Kids in to see Fifty Shades..(this is the unrated version)** For the kids, come to see A dogs purpose or wait for next weekend. Also, We are aware that Fences has been out forever now but we get so many requests for it weekely and there was nothing else available for this weekend.. FENCES IS PLAYING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY AT 7pm. The church will be occupying the Small room on Friday.

Channel 7

Teenager Murdered In Lord's Bank
There is the murder of a teenager to report tonight, but this one didn't happen in Belize City which is now on day 18 of its sustained state of peace. This killing happened in Lords Bank Village last night, sometime after 10 p.m. The victim, 17 year-old Brandon Bradley, was only a short distance away from home but, he never made it because he was ambushed and shot by an unknown assailant or assailants. His family found his lifeless body in the bushes, where he had run for cover from the gunfire. So, why was this hard-working student killed? That's the answer that our news team went looking for in Lords Bank: Daniel Ortiz reporting: 17 year-old Brandon Bradley's body was found here on the side of the main road into Lords Bank Village. He was only a stone's throw away from his house when he was gunned down. His mother heard the gunshots and instinctively knew that it was her child who had been shot.

Brazen Gas Station Robbery In Ladyville
Less than an hour before Brandon Bradley was murdered in Lords Bank, there was an armed robbery at the "24/7 Gas Station" right at the Lords Bank Junction. 7News has obtained surveillance video of the entire robbery caught on tape. Seen here, a female gas pump attendant was on her night shift, and the video shows her waiting to serve any customer who approaches to buy fuel. Here, at around 9:39 p.m., you clearly see a man dressed, in what looks to be work clothing and a safety vest, entering the frame. He approaches the female gas station employee appearing to be a customer wanting to buy fuel. He then quickly pulls out a handgun, points it at the female employee, and it appears that he either orders her to hand over the money bag, or he points to her indicating his intention. You clearly see where he struggles to remove it from around her neck, and just as he is about to run off, he grabs her 2 gold chains and yanks them off her neck.

Report: Cops Went To Barton's Home
Immigration middleman Barton Middleton has emerged as a kind of folk figure, like a post modern Anansi, with an endless bag of tricks so that he never gets caught. But, police may want to put an end to that. Reliable reports say they searched Middleton's home in Orange Walk Town early this morning. No arrests were made, but there are persistent reports that police found a questionable stamp which they are looking at. Yesterday, the chairman of the Senate Inquiry warned Middleton that any witness who lies under oath, committing perjury, or if they violate the National Assembly's Powers and Privileges Act, will be prosecuted.

Canadian Woman, American Man Missing In Corozal
A North American couple is missing in the Corozal District and their friends are very concerned about their safety. 52 year old Canadian Francesca Matus and 36 year old American Thomas De Voursey were last seen on Tuesday night leaving Scotty's Bar in Corozal Town in a White Isuzu Rodeo. They were headed for Francesca's home on the Consejo Road about 7 miles away. That's where a friend was supposed to pick up Francesca the next morning to take her to the airport - because she was scheduled to fly to Canada. But when that friend Joseph Milholen showed up to her house at 8:30 in the morning she wasn't there. He couldn't get any answer on her cell phone, and neither could he reach Drew De Voursey - whose motorbike was parked in her driveway. Since then friends have searched both their homes and found their passports and their suitcases - suggesting that they haven't gone anywhere. So where could they be? That's what CTV-3 asked Joseph Milholen today.

Free Zone Sick Out, Staffers Want CEO Out
The administrative staff at the Corozal Free Zone staged a sick out today and simply did not show up to work. Reports say they are protesting against their boss, the recently appointed CEO Valentino Blanco. Apparently, they want him gone - and they're not alone. The Corozal Free Zone Chamber of Commerce is also pushing for Blanco's ouster. As we understand it, the issue is the perception of malfeasance, and ineptitude. Blanco has only been in the job for two and half months, but it seems he hasn't made many friends. In fact the only major ally he has, tried to come to his rescue today. That's UDP Corozal Southwest Representative, Dr. Angel Campos, pulled into the zone this morning - and remained there for much of the day. It's notable because the Free Zone is not in his constituency and he is the Minister of State for Heath, with zero responsibility for free Zones. We're told however that Campos and Blanco are related by marriage.

Cops Claims False Culprit in Crash
Police said she knocked down two men, causing serious injury, but today 21 year old Rashawn Castillo proved that she's been falsely accused. The cops sent the media a release yesterday saying that Castillo was driving the SUV which hit a motorbike and a pedestrian on Mahogany Street on Tuesday evening. Well, Castillo was outraged to hear her name called as the culprit in an accident where she was only a witness. Today she told us what she saw:.. Rashawn Castillo, Wrongly accused of causing accident: "I saw an age able man wearing white - he was crossing the street at the same time, when a motorcycle driven by the young man Cuthkelvin was heading down Mahogany Street and while the young man was crossing the street."

Twelve Years For Brutal Rape
A man accused of a grisly rape and abduction will spend 12 years in jail. 36 year old Robert Taylor raped a 25 year old woman in Dangriga in January of 2015 and after a jury unanimously found him guilty of abduction and rape, Justice Denis Hanomansingh yesterday sentenced him to two 12 year prison terms - which are to run concurrently, which means he will only spend 12 years. In January of 2015, he tied up and raped a woman at knifepoint in the Dangriga Cemetery - after carjacking the vehicle she was in with a man. The man escaped, but she couldn't and she endured multiple rapes. After the rape, he drove off in the stolen vehicle and left his victim tied up.

Mexicans On A Mission
Today the Mexican Embassy along with trade and investment agency, ProMexico, held a commercial mission to Belize. Seven Mexican companies representing various industries set up displays and shared information, ideas and business opportunities with visitors. Sergio Riveroll, a representative of ProMexico, explained to us why events like this are important for trade in both countries... Sergio Riveroll, Quintana Roo Rep., - ProMexico: "It's a trust fund of the Mexican government. It is equivalent to the ministry of economy, but in a easy term, let's say that Mexico is the agency in charge of promoting international trade and investment. In this occasion we are here on a commercial mission. We are here with 7 Mexican companies who are selling products from different sectors; building materials, IT services, fashion sector and also wood and lumber."

The Peace Process Continues Heading Into Labour Day Weekend
You all remember that sigh of relief that you took after the long murder-free Easter weekend? Well, another long weekend is here: it's the Labor day weekend and we are sure you would want to hold on to that hope and peace of mind, especially for those of you heading out to the Agriculture and Trade Show. And to make sure it remains calm and civil among rival city gangs, there was another mediation session today. We have been following these breakthrough meetings for some time now and mediator Dianne Finnegan discussed how critical these sessions are to keeping the harmony and to helping these men heal. American intervention specialist Deshawn Morris also discussed how impactful his work has been since being here.

Senate, Wheel And Come Again
Yesterday, we brought you in-depth coverage of yesterday's Senate Hearings on Immigration. One of the witnesses who appeared before the Senate Select Committee was the retired immigration officer Therese Chavarria, who served 30 years at the Department. Now, viewers will remember that since these hearings started, and indeed after the release of the Auditor General's report, public confidence this department is at an all-time low. You've heard the department being described as the "belly of the beast" which has "an entrenched culture of corruption and hustling". The Audit report catalogues exploitation and abuse to the system where persons got visas, nationality certificates and passports that they should not have been given. In some instances, persons got their visas to visit Belize after they got nationality or permanent residency. In a matter of days, weeks or months, they were given passports that they didn't qualify for.

A GREAT Program For Salvador And Belize
Earlier this month police officers from El Salvador joined the Belize Police Department to participate in the Gang Resistance Education And Training, also known as the GREAT program. The officers underwent training to help them engage with their communities and teach them life skills that would help to keep them out of gang life. Today, after almost two weeks of training, this session's cohort graduated. We spoke to the officer in charge of community policing and the GREAT program in Belize, Inspector Elroy Carcamo, about the progress these officers have made... Belize is only country in the region that offers GREAT training in both English and Spanish, making it a prime contender for collaborative workshops with its neighbors.

Changing The News About Climate Change
Last night we told you about the Regional Climate Change workshop. The focus is to get media professionals to report more Climate Change stories. In turn, you the public will get a better understanding of how Climate Change affects our daily lives and as an extension of that - the economy. Now, last night, we listed a few tips you can follow that can help reduce strains on the environment. But Senior Project Development Specialist Keith Nichols admits that these environmentally friendly approaches won't stop Climate Change but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do anything. Nichols gave us more context on this point. Keith Nichols, Senior Project Development Specialist, CCCCC: "Normally when we speak about Climate Change we refer to things like sea level rise, ocean acidification, and global warming yeah, we are not going to see that change tomorrow or next year."

Gone With Money From Go Wireless
Two men on motorbike robbed GoWireless on East Collet Canal in Belize City today. Someone snapped this picture of the alleged suspects escaping on motorbike. Police haven't given much details only to say that undisclosed items were stolen.

Getting To Kids Earlier
UNICEF is leading a two week program for early childhood development trainers. The idea is that these trainers will then impart their knowledge to families with young children who don't have ready access to preschool. Facilitator Denise Robateau explained when we spoke to her at the Princess Ramada yesterday:.. It's a two week training program, and next week the group of 15 will expand to 30 as international and lead experts on early childhood development take over the facilitation.

Concepcion Confusion
There's an ongoing land dispute in Concepcion Village in the Corozal district - and it's getting ugly. Villagers say that they are being moved off parcels of land, to make way for those favored by the UDP area representative. Now, they don't dispute that they are squatting, but they insist that they are being treated unfairly. The fact is that the lands in question have been at the Lands Department awaiting the assignment of parcel numbers, but during that time someone illegally sold them to villagers - who went and used them as their own. They now feel that they have rights to those lands, and that puts them into a dispute with the Lands Department which maintains they have no rights at all to those lands. On Monday, Village Councillor Rodolfo Lainez and a few dozen other villagers gathered to demand answers from the Lands Department and their own Chairman. Emotions were very high:

Channel 5

Sudden Death for Ladyville Teen, Brandon Bradley
The Ladyville jurisdiction of the Belize Police Department recorded its third murder since the start of the year.  On Wednesday night, a seventeen-year-old student was gunned down on the Lord’s [...]

Caught on Camera – a Gas Attendant is Robbed at Gunpoint
Just minutes before the murder of Brandon Bradley, there was an armed robbery at the 24/7 Gas Station located at the junction of the Phillip Goldson Highway and the Lord’s [...]

Robbers Hit Go Wireless in Belize City
Police in Belize City are still busy fighting crime, even though the gang element has for now been removed as a major source of worry. Sometime this afternoon, the downtown [...]

New C.E.O. of Corozal Free Zone Runs into Trouble with Staff
The Corozal Commercial Free Zone has had its share of recent troubles with imports falling drastically and sales plummeting as well. Now comes word that with a new man at [...]

Your Labour Day Weekend Will Be Crime-Free, Thanks to Gang Truce
On the eve of the extended holiday weekend, opposing gangs met in the city to commit to a crime free weekend. The meeting was held at the Raccoon Police Station [...]

Reports of a Raid at Orange Walk House of Barton Middleton
On Wednesday, Orange Walk businessman Barton Middleton flatly told the senators in the Immigration inquiry that he had nothing more to say in regard to questions of his alleged involvement [...]

Cruel Fuel Hike Raises Cost of Living; Exports in Sugar and Banana Rebound
According to the latest statistics released by the Statistical Institute of Belize, though food prices are down slightly, Belizeans are feeling the pain of a higher cost of living due [...]

Was Elvin Penner ‘Consulting’ for Won Hong Kim?
Omar Phillips worked as a Data Entry Clerk for the Immigration Department from 2009 to 2013, when the Won Hong Kim scandal broke, and his role became known. He and [...]

Omar Phillips Says Verification was Limited for Applications
According to Phillips, Immigration officers, particularly at lower levels, receive only the most basic training in the various tasks to which they are assigned on a daily basis. For data [...]

Why the ‘Picture of a Picture’ Was Necessary in Special Cases
As we reported on Wednesday, retired Immigration Officer Therese Chavarria confirmed that in at least two or three cases, with permission from senior officials, she was able to fool the [...]

More Training & Monitoring Needed at Immigration Department
The Senate Special Select Committee has been soliciting most attendees of the public hearings for their ideas on how the Immigration Department can be improved. While it has become clear [...]

American Couple Missing in North
A Canadian woman and her boyfriend are reported missing in the north. On Wednesday midday American national Joseph Milholen reported that earlier that day he went to pick up his [...]

Man Convicted of Dangriga Rape
There is a rape conviction to report tonight. In January 2015, a Dangriga man met a woman walking on the road side heading into the town to pick up a [...]

Belize and El Salvador Officers Conclude GREAT Training
Police officers from El Salvador were in Belize to take part in the GREAT program. They joined up with local police officers for a two-week training program that concluded today [...]

Rural Eastern Division Works on Office Upgrades
Rural Eastern Division of the Police Department is making changes to their headquarters in Ladyville, Belize District to allow for greater space for officers to do their work. Both Government [...]

Gangs Getting Along on Jane Usher
On Wednesday, you heard South Side Commander ACP Chester Williams talk about the progress community policing has made on the south side. Last weekend his division held a family day [...]

Home Affairs C.E.O. Gets ‘Antsy’ on Chester’s Record
Earlier this week, we asked C.E.O. George Lovell of the Ministry of Home Affairs about the transfers of some of top cops in Belize District. One in particular is the [...]

Youth to RISE in Dangriga
Government has secured financing from the Caribbean Development Bank to expand the Youth and Community Transformation Project to at risk communities in Dangriga, San Ignacio and Santa Elena. These communities [...]

Mexicans Trade Mission in Belize
Today, the Embassy of Mexico and the Mexican trade and investment agency, ProMexico, organized a Commercial Mission to Belize where seven companies from Cancun and Merida brought products and services [...]

Murals – Communities Brought Together Through Art
Art is being used as a means to bring communities together. In the south side of Belize City, the Department of Youth Services has turned bare walls into colorful pieces [...]

Healthy Living and Child Care Development
For the first few years of a child’s life they are totally dependent on their parents and caretakers for all their basic needs. There have been successful strategies implemented in [...]

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Banana Belt Gets Help from European Union
The European Union has made a contribution in southern Belize that will benefit the banana industry. Harry Arzu has the details.

Taylor Gets 12 Years for Abduction and Rape
A man has been found guilty of abduction and rape. Harry Arzu has the story.

Foreigners Go Missing in Northern Belize
A foreign couple has been reported missing. Corozal police is asking for your help in locating 52 year old Canadian national Francesca Matus who was last seen on Tuesday, April 25. Her boyfriend, 36 year old American national Drew Thomas De Voursey can also not be located. According to police, Matus’s friend who is also […]

Climate Change: ‘Feel the Change’
The efforts at minimizing the effects of climate change in Belize are ongoing ranging from training programs to a survey and more recently, a public awareness campaign on Climate Change Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices. This campaign is being executed through the National Climate Change Office, the United Nations Development Programme and the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change […]

Robbery at 24/7 Service Station
A female gas pump attendant was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money last night. At around 9:40 pm, Ladyville police responded to a 911 call which led them to 24/7 Gas Station on the Phillip Goldson Highway. There police spoke to a Chinese businessman who reported that a gas pump attendant was approached by […]


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Non-Striking teachers receive their honorarium
Earlier this year, there was word that Minister Faber, on approval of the Prime Minister and the National Assembly, would pay out $1,000,000 in an honorarium to those teachers that worked during the days of strike. The strike was held for 11 consecutive days in October 2016. On Monday, April 24, Minister Faber expressed his dissatisfaction with the feedback he and his ministry have since received. According to Faber, the figures are a little more than half of a million: $600,000 to be more precise. Faber holds his belief that the teachers that worked 4 extra days in January deserve some form of compensation. They were also expected to work 3 days during their Easter break and will be expected to work 3 days during the summer. That is a total of 10 additional days, 10 days outside of the planned school year. Those teachers that did not turn up at work in January to make up for the strike days were sabotaged, says Faber, by the BNTU.

Fake cops arraigned after days in lock up
After five nights in custody at the Queen Street Police Station, two men alleged to have been impersonating cops were finally arraigned on Monday, April 24, 2017. The men, who were brought before Senior Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, have been identified as Dorian Blair and Barrington Slusher. They were each read a single charge of false pretence of an officer. Allegations are that on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the men were standing near the door of the Publics Supermarket on the Northern Highway fully dressed in what appeared to be police uniforms. They were met by actual police officers who noticed their belts. The belts were what told on them. Slusher wore a red belt and Blair wore a green one. To add to the unusual dress code, they were seen carrying a black bag with 10 plastic straps. Apparently, the men had gone into the supermarket to ask for the manager several times and to each they did not to receive a positive answer. It was believed that they may have been planning to rob the establishment.

Greater access to early childhood education in Corozal and Orange Walk
The European Union has donated over a million dollars for 3 new pre-schools to be built in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. It’s part of the EU’s assistance to the cane farming community in the north under the project called Accompanying Measures for Sugar, which is over a decade old. Those new facilities are now the Trial Farm Government Pre-School in Orange Walk, and in the Corozal District, the other two are the San Jose Pre-School, and the San Pedro Pre-School. These new schools will allow for more than 150 students to get access to early childhood education. That means basic literacy and social skills, which will be the foundation that they need to get a better education later on in their development. The experts say that early childhood education allows for children to progress faster in later parts of their time in school. They are more productive, and are less likely to drop out. Plus, early childhood education allows children the opportunity to make use of those formative years where they take in knowledge like a sponge.

Sugar industry moving towards mechanized harvesting
The sugar cane industry in Belize is at a crossroads. In October, 6 months from now, Belize and the other African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries will no longer get the benefit of preferential status at the world market place for sugar. That means that European beet sugar producers will be able to compete directly with Belizean sugar cane farmers. These European sugar beet producers are able to produce high quality sugar at a much higher rate of efficiency and lower cost. This makes their product a lot more viable and competitive on the world market, and it also makes the industry from which European Country these beet farmers come from more resilient to whatever dip the global price of sugar takes. That’s because their farming practices are very modernized, so that their industry’s cost effectiveness allows for better profit margins at any price point. Cane farmers in the north have been doing a lot over the recent years to improve their outputs. They’ve been working on improving cane quality, growing better crops, and reducing costs in different aspects of cultivation. There is even the Sugar Industry Management Information System (SIMIS), which carefully maps out all the cane fields in production.

Senate inquiry comes closer to determine how Citizen Kim’s passport was processed
The Senate hearings on Immigration resumed after a 3-week break, and on Wednesday, April 26, and the Senate Select Committee heard almost 4 and a half hours of testimony from 3 witnesses. They were Therese Chavarria, a retired Immigration Officer, Barton Middleton, a private citizen, and Omar Phillips, a former Immigration Data Entry Clerk who worked at the Immigration Department. The first witness of the day was Therese Chavarria, who retired last year after serving 30 years in the Department. She spent most of her time on the stand explaining internal procedures at the Department, but she made two very important disclosures. She explained that it is entirely possibly to get a picture of a passport applicant on the Department’s system without having to show up in person. She also discussed how, despite her best attempts to stop an applicant from trying to get a passport using fraudulent documents, an immigration agent went around her to get it done anyway.

Old Town Hall building in San Ignacio goes down
Demolition of a former centerpiece of San Ignacio’s landscape, the old Town Hall building, began on Sunday of last weekend. The prime land property at the corner of King Street and Hudson Street had been sold to Atlantic Bank LTD by the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council at a cost of $550,000.00 It is now the responsibility of the new and well grounded Bank owners to do the demolition of the old building. The destruction of the old Town Hall Building was considered necessary as it had been deemed un-safe for human occupancy as of 20 years ago. The building itself had inclined some eleven inches and there had been areas, where cracks had developed that were one inch wide. “When you put a ball on the floor, the ball will roll all the way down to the wall,” says Earl Trapp Junior, the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, who is now preparing to serve a full second term in office in 2018.

Ready for Agric
All roads will be leading to the Agricultural Show grounds near Roaring Creek Village in the Cayo District this coming Friday and weekend. Belize’s largest show is now in full preparatory stage and about to bring endless joy to many across the Country. The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development has once again announced the dates for the NATS 2017 as the 28th, 29th, and 30th of April. The event will be celebrated under the theme “Let’s Get Growing.” Chairman of the NATS Committee Gary Ramirez says that the show promises to attract large crowds and bring family and friends together. “When you come to the show grounds you will run into a few long lost friends,” he says.

Racism and Misogynism at Amandala
Belize is a small country of 8,867 square miles, equal to 22,976 square kilometers, with its cayes and islands; and a small population of 370,000.One of the main problems beside corruption is discrimination, this comes in various forms; racial, religious, political, intellectual, academic education, at home, and many other places that have created irrational situations by the behavior of the individuals. It is assumed that all of us must know that when a human being is born, it comes without distinguishing the difference of social classes, colors, and without any knowledge of what discrimination is. As they grow, the child begins to learn, to distinguish the differences that exist, added to that is the education imparted by the parents and the ‘licks’ that they receive form the society that surrounds them. What I am referring to is that in any group of the human race distinctions exist, as favoritism, and the privileges that the children enjoy, whether girl or boy, among their parents and other families members, as also in the same society they live in.

CACHE and Benque House of Culture Presents the 7th Annual International Festival of Culture
The Community of Artists for Cultural & Historical Endeavours (CACHE) and Benque House of Culture present the 7th Annual International Festival of Culture. This FREE festival will highlight artists from Belize and Central America. The festivities begin on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the launching of the publication “A Historical Walk through Benque” and continue on Friday with the official opening at 7:30 p.m. with the Ballet Folclórico “Orquidea Negra” and “Yo Creek Maya Naay.” The festival will be opened by H.E. Mr. Carlos Quesnel, Ambassador of Mexico to Belize. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., is dedicated to workshops including: Music and Dance with presenters from Belize and Honduras; Prose and Poetry with the participation of writers and poets from Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico; Writing – A Forum “The Writer as inspiration for national unity, self-confidence, and pride,” and Graffiti Mural Workshop with artists from Belize and Guatemala. Festivities continue Saturday night with Ballet performances from “Oro Verde” of Honduras and Trio “Avispones Huastecos” of Mexico, followed by Ascenthium Rock Band of Belize.

Uninformed Michel Chebat tries to Misinform Cayo residents
Once again, as has become the norm, ever since the PUP has been in opposition, there is another accusation coming from them. This time it is coming from the defeated PUP Candidate for Cayo North in the last General Election, Attorney at Law Michel Chebat. He is apparently trying to throw shade over the fact that the present San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Board has sold the former Town Hall property and has now embarked on building a new modern Municipal Building ,to house the headquarters and from which to transact its operations. He has taken to both Social and Main stream Media, to launch his attach on the Town Council. Chebat claims that he is very concerned that there has been no disclosure as to who purchased the property and how much it was sold for, because it was a PUBLIC PROPERTY and it was PUBLIC MONEY that came from it’s sale, so he thought the public had a right to see some accounting and disclosure of exactly what was being done with those funds and so forth.

National Cyber Security Symposium addresses cyber threats in Belize
Fitting seemingly well in current times and events in Belize, especially as it relates to social media, a symposium on the awareness of Cyber Secuirty and cyber bullying is being held on Monday, April 24, 2017 and will carry on until Friday, April 28. The event is being hosted at the Best Western Biltmore through the support of the Public Utilities Commission. The purpose of the forum is to interactively address the issues of cyber threats and security and to implement knowledge on those present while developing a framework by which to adhere. Day one of the event, April 24, carried a very general note to the attendees. Present was a wide range of professionals and government officials who all gave their view on how to tackle cyber security from a layman aspect to a more legal one.

NEMO on the ground as Freak Storm rips through Biscayne Village
Over the weekend, Minister of National Emergency Management and Area Representative for Belize Rural North Hon Edmond Castro led a NEMO response team in the village of Biscayne where a freak storm, which struck late Saturday afternoon April 22, 2017 around 5:00 PM, affected nine (9) families. Three (3) homes were destroyed beyond repair and six (6) others were significantly damaged, most of the families losing their roofs and much of their belongings. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or significant human injury resulting from the storm. Hon Castro and the NEMO team delivered immediate relief supplies to the families, including mattresses and food stuff. Meanwhile, the affected homes are being assessed to determine what kind of assistance is needed for rebuilding and repairs.

A new BNTU president elected and an attempt to increase fees to members
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) has elected a new leader after 9 years. Elena Smith, the current Senator for Labour and Civil Society, will take over from Luke Palacio as National President, since he has served 3 terms and cannot offer himself for the position. However, has there really been a change from the same old politicized leadership within BNTU that has emerged in recent years? The cause for speculation is that Palacio has been forced to move from the helm of the union, but he now serves as the BNTU’s first Vice President. That’s only going from the highest ranked official, to the second highest rank in the leadership. He is well within his right to influence any policy decisions of the union. Also, since he was at the apex for almost a decade, his colleagues will definitely defer to his experience. That could mean that there is no true shift in direction from the overly political stances that the BNTU has been taking in the recent part of its 47-year history.

Proof of political interference at BNTU election
In the weeks, leading up to last week’s BNTU Elections, the People’s United Party and their operatives inside the BNTU Executive accused the UDP and by extension the Government of interfering in that election. Their claim was that the government wanted to infiltrate the Executive of the BNTU in an effort to scuttle the union’s activities. Nothing could have been further from the truth. We had no horse in that race, because we did not see the election as a partisan matter where we had to field or support any candidate(s). Whomever the persons elected were and would form the next Executive of the BNTU, they would at times be at odds with the government, because that has and will always be the way things operate between management and the union representing staff. Unions are duty bound to look after the interest of the staff side, while on the other side management will be the ones who the union would, expect to satisfy the grievances of the staff side.

“Feel the Change” with the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership
A campaign and workshop was launched on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership and the United Nations Development Programme at the Belize Ramada Hotel. The J-CCCP is a partnership between 8 Caribbean countries and their goal is to develop climate resilience and technology adaptation in each member country. The workshop segment, which will last for two days, will incorporate participants of the 8 partner Caribbean countries. Belize became a member of the partnership in May 2016 and is now a part of the 2017 “Feel the Change” campaign. According to Yoko Ebisawa, UNDP J-CCCP Project Manager, climate change is “one of the most serious” regional challenges, and the effects in Belize are apparent and need to be tackled immediately. The Government of Belize is especially grateful to the Government of Japan for being incorporated in this timely campaign.

THE ‘X’ FACTOR
Not so long ago the publisher of behind the fence wrote an article and finished with the following: WHAT SAY YOU? • In a graph there is the Y axis and the X axis. The values on the Y axis move up and/or down; the factors on the X axis move ONLY to the left or to the right. On one plane only!! Hence, it is a FLAT [out] line factor! •In a hospital monitor, a flat line [on X axis] means death!! • For many years the X’es [big X, X-1, and now X-2] have nauseatingly repeated and repeated that there are no sport facilities [anywhere] for our youth. The drumming of this message to the masses has been incessant AND deafening. NOW there is a sport facility in nearly in all districts, so, …WHAT SAY YOU?

Jamaal Warrior ate weed in front of police
Jamaal Warrior, who was recently remanded for four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, has now been charged with obstructing a police officer. Warrior was accused of grabbing a container of food that was brought for him on Thursday, April 20, 2017. According to the officers, the food contained cannabis. On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Warrior was brought before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to answer to the charges. Allegations are that on Thursday, April 20, while at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court cell block area, Warrior obstructed WPC Shanice Bevans while executing her duties. Bevans was searching a food for Warrior when she found a bag of cannabis in the chicken. She went to report her findings to Warrior’s brother and her colleague, WPC Andrews. She took pictures of the findings with her cellular phone and Warrior’s brother was detained.

Karl Bradley - knocked down by police officers
A police mobile unit was involved in a minor traffic accident on Thursday, April 20 on Southside Belize City. According to reports, the driver began reversing down East Collect Canal because of a clean-up campaign which impeded the flow of traffic. While reversing, Karl Bradley was hit. Bradley is an elderly resident of West Collet Canal. After hitting Bradley, the police reportedly immediately exited the vehicle to offer assistance. Bradley was taken to the hospital with his son. X-rays determined that Bradley did not receive any severe injuries in the impact. According to the family, a Sergeant that was present offered to pay his hospital fees.

Brothers and firefighter cousin charged with drug trafficking
A trio was brought before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Friday, April 21 to answer to drug trafficking, a charge which could land them behind bars. Those men were 18-year-old Jonathan Young, his brother 26-year-old Jordan Young, and their cousin, firefighter 32-year-old Michael Bey, all of Belize City. In court Jordan Young decided to plea guilty for possession of the weed. He told the court that the marijuana was for his personal consumption. As a result of his plea he was imposed a non-custodial sentence where he was fined $600 plus the cost of court, and was ordered to pay by June 30, 2017 in default 1 year imprisonment. In a separate case, Jordan was arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza for a single charge of possession of 58 grams of a controlled drug.

Charged for robbing taxi man
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Ernesto Robinson was held up at knife point on the George Price Highway. The 57-year-old taxi driver reported to the police that he was stopped by a man who cut him on the neck and face. Upon responding to the incident, police found Robinson’s vehicle overturned and extensively damaged. The man police detained not too long after is 22-year- old Shawn Rodriguez. He has now been charged with robbery and use of deadly means of harm.

Construction worker busted with cannabis and firearm
Fenton Reyes, a 24-year-old worker and mechanic on the George Price Highway, was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Monday, April 24, 2017. Reyes, who was unrepresented in court, was charged with kept prohibited firearm and possession of a controlled drug. Reportedly, Reyes was found in possession of a.22 pen gun on Sunday, April 23 on Krooman Road, Belize City. He was also found to be in possession of 5.9 grams of cannabis.

San Juan to Cow Pen Road to be inaugurated
More than 3,000 villagers of Cow Pen and New San Juan will have access to a newly upgraded road infrastructure courtesy of funding by the European Union, and the Government of Belize. The road project will be officially inaugurated at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday April 27, 2017 at Cow Pen Village Main Road, in the Stann Creek District. Speakers at the event will include the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Belize, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, Minister of Agriculture, Honorable Godwin Hulse; Minister of Works, Honorable Rene Montero; representatives of the Banana Growers Association, as well as Community leaders of the Villages and other senior public officials.

Jamaal Warrior charged for having sex with a minor
Jamaal Warrior, who has been charged before with robbery and firearm offenses, is now being charged with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. Warrior, who was already in prison, was transferred to the court on a removal warrant. He was brought before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on April 20, 2017 where he was read his charges. Warrior, who was unrepresented in court, was read four charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. No plea was taken as the charges are being dealt with on indictment. Warrior was not offered bail and was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until June 20, 2017.

Prisoner escapes in Benque
Prisoner Henry Abel Calderon Garcia continues to enjoy his freedom after having escaped from Benque Police last Wednesday. The twenty three year old Guatemalan national was doing cleaning work at the Benque Police Station when he made good his escape. Police are asking members of the public to call 803-2022 should they discover his whereabouts. With several previous convictions, Henry Garcia had been imprisoned for the possession of controlled drugs and had been fined over $800.00.

Sonia Bainton, charged with damaging a cement column
Two friends of the Ladyville area found themselves in trouble with the law when an iPhone 6, valued at $1,200, was found in their possession. The incident occurred on Saturday, April 21, 2017 when police responded to a report of robbery on the Old Airport Road. The woman, Sonia Bainton, and her friend, Edward McKay were accused of robbing Neil McClenaghan, a British soldier. Bainton and McKay were both detained and taken to the Ladyville Police Station. Bainton is in more trouble as she managed to destroy a cement column, valued at $500, while in detention. In court, Bainton pleaded guilty to damage to property but not guilty to handling stolen goods. McKay, charged with two counts of handling stolen goods, pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Teenager says he picked up cannabis by mistake
An 18-year-old student of Gateway Center Belize City was brought in court on Friday, April 21 before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Lionel Lopez was reportedly found by police with 2.9 grams of weed in his palm. According to Lopez, he had just picked it up off the street. In court, Lopez pleaded guilty to the charge. He explained to Fraser that he was on his way to visit his brother and he picked up a bag off the street. He claims that he did not know what the contents of the bag were and shortly after, police officers in a mobile came around the lane and searched him.

Lots of weed found by police
On Friday, April 21, 2017, police managed to take a large amount of weed from Ladyville and Belize city during various operations. In Ladyville police found .930 kilograms of cannabis in a bucket. The bucket was found in the Marage Road area at around 11 a.m. Because no one was around the area at the time, the find was deposited as found property. In Belize City, also on Friday, several bags of cannabis were found throughout the city. On Iguana Street, a total of 1706.5 grams were found. On Armadillo Street, 252.2 grams were found in a plastic bag. There was also a find in a plastic bag containing 125 grams on Tigris Street.

Fatal Yo Creek accident left one dead and one wounded
At around 4:45 p.m. on the Yo Creek Road near Cuello’s Distillery, a Jeep Cherokee with license plate # OWC- 19546 was overturned. The driver, 59-year-old Miguel Vicente Solis, was heading toward August Pine Ridge Village. Upon approaching Yo Creek Road and the Belize Sugar Industry Road, Solis lost control of his vehicle which caused it to overturn. In the accident, Solis was trapped in the vehicle and he lost his life. Travelling with him was 46-year-old Gildardo Balam. Balam, who sustained head and body injuries, was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital where he is still admitted and has been classified as stable. Police investigations continue.

Chopping at Trio Village
On April 22, 2017, police responded to a scene at Trio Village at around 10:45 p.m. There they saw 22-year-old Santiago Garcia with a chop wound to the back of the head, right cheek, and right wrist and 29-year-old Arturo Choc with a large cut wound to the right side of the head. Leonardo Ba was also at the scene with a large cut wound to the right hand. Garcia succumbed to his injuries while being transported to the Independence polyclinic. Choc and Ba are presently at the KHMH. Initial investigations reveal that Garcia, Choc, and others were walking on a street in Trio Village when a group of persons attacked them with machetes.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks number one seed into Pepsi National Elite Basketball League playoffs
The Pepsi National Elite Basketball League 2017 regular season came to an end on Saturday 22nd April, with two games on the schedule. At the Stann Creek Ecumenical High School in Dangriga Town, the host team Dangriga Dream Ballers defeated the Orange Walk Running Rebels by the score of 75-70 to complete its season with an 8-4 record. The playoffs round will commence this coming Friday 28th April, with the Dangriga Dream Ballers (#2) will entertain the Belmopan Bandits (#3) at the Stann Creek Ecumenical College Auditorium in Dangriga Town commencing at 9:00 pm. On Saturday 29th April, at the San Pedro High School Auditorium in San Pedro Town commencing at 9:00 pm, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks (#1) will go up against the Cayo Western Ballaz (#4).

Verdes FC and Belmopan Bandits open Premier League of Belize Closing Season Football playoffs with a win
The Premier League of Belize 2016 – 2017 Closing Season Playoffs round commenced on Sunday 23rd April, with two games on the schedule. In the game played at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, the defending champions the Belmopan Bandits defeated the Belize Defence Force by the score of 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Jairo Rochez in the 89th minute of play to give his team the win. And at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the host team Verdes FC blanked the visiting Police United by the score of 2-0.

Hummingbird Elementary School girls and Holy Redeemer School boys won the Belize City volleyball championships
The 2016-2017 Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball championships came to an end on Monday 24th April, 2017, with the championship game being played in both the girls and boys competition. In the girls’ championship game, Hummingbird Elementary School defeated Belize Elementary School in three sets by the score of 19-25, 25-20 and 15-4 to capture the Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball championship. In the boys’ championship game, Holy Redeemer School defeated Belize Elementary School in two sets by the score of 25-8 and 25-10.

PNTU absurdity
The Council of Management had just met in emergency session to deal with the backdrop of accusations of political interference in the coming vote. On site in San Roman were alleged operatives for two powerful Ministers of Government. But Palacio stated that the Union was satisfied that none of the candidates were involved in underhanded dealings in a bid to one of the most powerful positions in all of unionism”. What kind of silliness are Palacio peddling even unto his last day as president of the PUP national teachers union (PNTU)? While the union’s executive never did mention the United Democratic Party by name- the inference to Ministers of government was clear-one can easily discern which political Party they are pointing at. Seriously, the public has been hearing of this silly interference issue ever since the text surfaced about support for Elena Smith coming attached with a free trip to Chetumal and easy entrance into the CFZ.

Words of Life
In 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, the Apostle Paul wrote, “But just as it is written, ‘Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.’ God has revealed these to us by his Holy Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” The Bible is God’s letter to us. It tells us Who He is, what He does, and what He wants from us. It shows us the general will of God, and what God gives us personally will fall within the promises in the word. The Bible is like the safety check, to make sure whatever we believe we are hearing is actually from God.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Go Wireless robbed in Belize City
According to reports from police, Go Wireless in Belize City was robbed a short while ago. The culprits stole an undisclosed amount of cash and made good their escape on a motorcycle. […]

Police finds gun and ammo on empty lot
Yesterday around 3:30 p.m., police searched an empty lot located at mile three (3) on the Phillip Goldson Highway which led to the discovery of a black and chrome .25 hand pistol with wooden pistol grip and a magazine containing(4) 6.35 live ammunition. No […]

Canadian and American missing in Corozal
Yesterday around 11:43 p.m., American national Joseph Milholen reported to police that at 8:30 a.m., he went to pick up his friend Francesca Matus, 52, a Canadian national of Serenity Sands, Consejo Road, Corozal District, to […]

Belmopan’s Lions Club donate to Police
The Lions Club of Belmopan today donated a wheelchair and $300 cash to the Belmopan Police Department. The wheelchair is for a citizen of the garden city that is in need of one . The cash is to continue to fund the police feeding […]

Human bones discovered in southern Belize; Police are investigating
Yesterday , the Alcalde of Santa Elena Village in the Toledo District reported to police that around 9 a.m., one of the villagers found human bones. The bones were discovered in a burnt plantation about 3 miles outside of the village. Police believe that […]

16 year old goes missing in Sarteneja, Corozal
The family of sixteen year old, Isis Catzim is seeking the public’s assistance in locating her. Catzim is a fourth form student at Corner Stone High School. Catzim is 5ft 6 inches tall and was last seen on Tuesday around 12:15 p.m. The public […]

17-year-old shot and killed in Lord’s Bank Village
A 17-year-old student was shot and killed in Lord’s Bank Village last night. According to police, the incident happened around 10: 31 p.m. and the victim has been identified as Brandon Randy Bradley. Bradley’s body was found in the Green Garden Estate area of […]

Thief robs gas station at gun point
On April 26th 2017 at around 9:40 p.m., police responded to a robbery at the 24/7 gas station located at the junction of the Phillip Goldson Highway and Lords Bank Road in Ladyville Village. According to police, they visited the scene and spoke to a […]

Caribbean journalists learn about climate change
Representatives from eight Caribbean countries are in Belize this week for a two day training workshop on how to report matters associated with climate change. The Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP) and the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) hosted the workshop at the […]

Belize concludes third trade policy review with WTO
During Belize’s third Trade Policy Review (TPR) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat this week, the United States declared Belize a valued trade partner, valuing trade between the countries at over $300 million. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Secretariat’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Christopher […]

Man fined $405 for weed grinder
On Saturday evening Caye Caulker police charged Suzanne Blease and her boyfriend Kevin Welch with the offence of “possession of a utensil.” A search at their residence in the Bahia Puesta Del Sol area of that island led to the discovery of a grinder, […]

Blogs

VIVA Belize Chefs represent Belize at 3rd Annual Gastronomica Guatemala Festival
On Tuesday, April 25th, 3 Belizean Chefs under the VIVA BELIZE Hotel Group & Adventure Company represented Belize as judges at the 3rd Annual “Gastronomic Festival Guatemagica” in Retalhuleu, Guatemala. Representing Belize for the very first time at this years’ event were Chef Oscar Adan Reyes, Chef Rahim Melendez and Chef Indeira Duran individually representing Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, Jaguar Reef Lodge, Almond Beach Resort and Villa Margarita. This high level culinary event brought together participants from all over Central America with very esteemed chefs carefully judging the competition. Participants were asked to expose their skills and creativity in presenting unique dishes made with local products such as: Güisquil, Suchile, Miel Organic, Jocote and Marañón.

Living the Island Dream and Drinking it Too
The Island Dream – a house on the beach, a golf cart to get around (heck even a bicycle works), lazy days on the beach, adventures at sea, glorious sunrises, fiery sunsets, cool trade winds, hammock siestas and the security of a close knit community. Oh! and tropical cocktails; can’t forget that. Speaking about cocktails, did you know that you can also drink the Island Dream!? Yup, it’s one of our favorite cocktails that are exclusive to the Yolo catamaran of Island Dream Tours. We can’t get enough of this tropical cocktail and always crazing some – it’s refreshing, super delicious and keeps the party going during the great tours on board the Yolo!

A Case for Major Hotel Chains in Belize
The advent of Trumpism has led to the rise of protectionism in the US. Put America first and ONLY support American businesses they say. In policy terms, I have seen this in Belize for quite a while. For many years, many of Bowen and Bowen’s products have had an exclusive monopoly in Belize. I remember when I was a kid, Novelo’s distributors, who had distributed Pepsi products for many years, had to close its distribution store because their license was revoked. This, of course, alluded to Sir Barry Bowen significant political clout – influence that has made Bowen and Bowen very successful. Belize’s tourism industry would not be where it is without the help of expats who have made Belize their home. Some examples include Marty Casado, who introduced the world to Belize when he created the first Belize travel website; Mick and Lucy Fleming, who pioneered ecotourism in Belize; Jerry McDermott, who brought scuba diving to Belize; and Leif and Denver, who ventured beyond where many Belizeans have and set up a sea kayaking outpost in Glovers Reef.

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Charity run next goal for survivor
Liz Whelan, former Miss Caye Caulker, is a brain cancer survivor. When trouble came knocking on the door of a Secret Harbour mother, she faced it head on and now, just over a year later, she is ready for her next challenge — the HBF Run for a Reason. Elizabeth Elliott was diagnosed with a brain tumour in March last year. After having it removed and undergoing rounds of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, she learnt how to walk again through intensive rehabilitation. With the ongoing support of her family, Mrs Elliott continues to defy the odds through physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and is determined to cross the 4km finish line in the 2017 HBF Run for a Reason. “The whole year was taken up by cancer really — I got diagnosed with a brain tumour and it all happened very fast,” she said.

Gang-related homicides drop during Belize City truce
But death risks associated with robbery and assault remain elevated. On 25 April, local media reported Belize City had gone over two weeks without a gang-related homicide, including over the typically violent Easter holiday (14-17 April). The news comes as Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams continues to lead truce talks between warring gang factions in the south of the city. Talks began 10 April when gang representatives from 20 Southside neighbourhoods loosely aligned between the 'Blood' and the 'Crip' organisations met at the Racoon Street Police Headquarters. Belize City has experienced extreme levels of violence in recent years with about half of the 30 homicides that took place in the first quarter of 2017 in the whole of Belize located on the Southside.

A Belizean Eco-Resort Thanks US Service Men and Women With New “Appreciation Vacations”
Military personnel from the United States and other nations have been quietly helping the people of Belize, and that’s something one Belizean eco-resort wants to see better recognised and appreciated. The Lodge at Chaa Creek, one of the tiny country’s most recognised jungle lodges and a highly awarded, family owned and operated eco-resort, recently issued an invitation to all armed forces members in Belize to enjoy a heavily discounted stay under a “Appreciation Vacation” initiative, according to owners Mick and Lucy Fleming. “Many people don’t realise the amount of good works that are being done in Belize every day by members of various armed services, and with a new U.S. humanitarian exercise now underway since March 2017, we felt it was high time to recognise and reward these unsung heroes. It’s a small token of our appreciation, but we hope it makes their stay in Belize more comfortable and memorable.

Acknowledging Tourism Growth Through the Creation of Eco-Friendly Self-Sustaining Destinations
Over the years, the continuous growth of tourism has been linked to progress and incorporating an increase in the number of new destinations. Developers create a serious impact on the environment and the need for eco-friendly self-sustaining destinations all over the globe. Sustainable development, or meeting the requirements of the present without compromising the necessities of the future generation, is now the trend which most developers are practicing to provide various accommodations with useful features without trading off the natural resources. The optimal utilization of natural resources for national development on an evenhanded and self-sustaining basis to provide a distinct visitor experience and an enhanced value of life is the main goal of a sustainable tourism. Environmental sustainability includes the optimal use natural resources, maintaining conservation processes and conserving the natural wealth biodiversity.

Roatan Online Reports on the Garifuna Festival in Punta Gorda, Roatan
Roatan Online is dedicated to promoting the culture of Roatan, online. And this year, our very own Garifuna's through a party in Punta Gorda. Few things give a culture pride as does heritage and few embody heritage as do the Garifuna people of Roatan. This year, Roatan Online went down to Punta Gorda, Roatan to record the annual festival. Our aim is to bring our viewership closer to the Garifuna's culture by providing them with images from the event along with a highlight video. The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Garifuna language, music, and dance a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity in Honduras, Belize, and in Nicaragua. The first Garifuna Summit was held in 2005 in Corn Islands, Nicaragua, with the participation of many Central American countries.

10 Caribbean Countries That Received The Most Remittances Recently
Remittance or money transfers to the Caribbean and Latin America continued to see the most rapid growth rate according to latest figures from 2015 data analyzed by the World Bank. Officially-recorded remittance flows to the Latin America and the Caribbean region increased by 4.8 percent to $66.6 billion in 2015. The news comes as Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers on April 21st, introduced a bill that would impose a 2 percent fee on all remittances headed to Latin America and the Caribbean. HR 1813, or the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017, is geared to jumpstart the funding of the much touted Donald Trump Border Wall. The bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations even as money transfer companies worry about the implications. So which Caribbean nations received the most remittances in 2015? Here are the top 10 according to a News Americas Now analysis. 7: Belize The Central American nation of Belize received USD 85 million in remittance inflows in 2015, according to the World Bank estimates, putting it at 7th on our top 10 list. There are an estimated 55,000 nationals from Belize living in the U.S.

Videos

  • ENTER NOW for a chance to be a part of the annual Eco -Kids Scholarship camp at Chaa Creek!, 1min. How to enter: Children Ages 9-12. Write a 300-word essay to answer "Why I want to be an Eco-Kid." Email essay to social@chaacreek.com. Include Full name, Parents Phone number and email, Town, and enrolled School. Entry Deadline: June 1st, 2017.

  • Cristina Coc questioning WB rep, 2.5min. Spokesperson of the Maya Leaders Alliance of Belize, Cristina Coc asks a pointed question and raises concerns to the WB rep in relation to a seeming impasse of the REDD+ programme in her country

  • Skydiving in Belize, 4min. That time I jumped out of an airplane in Belize.

  • Tropical Biology Belize 2017 (Providence College Department of Biology), 4min. Movie of the annual Providence College Department of Biology trip to Belize with Dr. Ewanchuk and Dr. DeGiorgis.

  • Diving Belize, 4min. San Pedro Reef.

  • The National Sports Council - Sports in Belize / Sports Policy, 30min.

  • Tide - 20th Anniversary Celebration, 35min.

  • Basics Of Mandarin, 30min.

  • Río Hondo Belize, 5min. The Río Hondo in northern Belize is the border with our neighbor Mexico. The river has its headwaters in Guatemala, where it is known as the Río Azul, or Blue Creek in Belize. The river runs 230 kilometres from its headwaters into the Bay of Chetumal, known in Belize as the Corozal Bay. Interestingly, Río Azul runs in a southerly direction from Guatemala into Belize, but then takes a determinedly sharp turn to the north at La Unión where it becomes the Río Hondo, making for Belize's characteristic natural border with Mexico. This video from Mileneo is in Spanish and gives an excellent tour of the river.

  • MY TRIP TO BELIZE IN 2016! AND SHARKS?!, 4min. I WENT TO BELIZE FOR A SUMMER VACATION THIS PAST MAY AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE! HERE ARE A FEW CLIPS I GOT WHILE I WAS THERE!!

  • Belize Trip 2017, 3.5min. Mercer University Study Abroad in Belize for Coral Reef Ecology 2017.

  • Belize: Turneffe Atoll, Blue Hole, and Lighthouse Reef, 10min. Second half of diving in Belize including Turneffe Atoll, the Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef. Great encounters with sharks, amazing walls and tons of great coral and structure. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize - Floating through natural tunnels, 4min. I take an excursion off the cruise ship to go cave tubing in Belize. This means we float on inflatable tubes through a series of natural caves in the beautiful Belize jungle. We encountered Tarantulas, tasted termites and strong ants.


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