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The San Pedro Sun

WWF says wildlife crime is threatening World Heritage Sites
Within World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) newly released 52-page report, the conservation organization states that almost half of the World Heritage sites are threatened by illegal wildlife trade. Also protected under the Convention on the International Trades in Endangered Species (CITES), some species mainly targeted within these sites include: snow leopards, rhinoceros, eastern swamp deer, white-lipped peccary, jaguar, pangolins and elephants. Marco Lambertini, Director General at WWF International, explained that between 1970 and 2012, global wildlife populations have declined by almost 60% on average. “World Heritage sites are among the most recognized natural sites for their universal value. However, due to many of the sites being threatened by destructive industrial activities, unique animals and plants are also being affected by over-exploitation and trafficking,” said Lambertini.

SPPD says crime on La Isla Bonita remains under control
The San Pedro Police Department has released the crime statistics for the month of March. Once again, there was a steady decrease in major crimes, but burglary remains the leading crime in the third month of 2017. The report also indicates that most of the major crime cases ended in arrest. Other crimes, including wounding, harassing, harm, and damage to property, also experienced a decrease during March. No murders were registered, but a theft of a motor vehicle valued above $5,000 was reported. No arrests were made, but police continue investigating.

Police Report: Illegal entry
On Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30AM, based on Special Branch information, a joint team of San Pedro Special Branch and Quick Response Team personnel conducted a search of an apartment occupied by Salvadorian Carlos Eduardo Mazariego Bolanos in the San Marcos Area. Bolanos was observed to have a tattoo of the number ‘18’ on his chest. When asked for travel documents by police, Bolanos did not have them and as such was charged by the Immigration Department for failure to comply with a visitor’s permit. Bolanos was fined $1,000 and sentenced to one month imprisonment.

GOB to establish National Cyber Security Framework and Action Plan
Belizeans conducting financial transactions over the Internet may be comforted to know that the Government of Belize (GOB) has drafted its first National Cyber Security Framework and Action Plan to protect the nation’s digital data against hackers and other cyber-criminals. Internet specialists, attorneys from the Solicitor General’s office and the Judiciary, along with members of the Police Department, joined businessmen from the private sector and other members of the general public at the first ever National Internet Governance Forum. The symposium was held at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City from Monday to Friday, April 24-28.

“Differences—not Disabilities”, says ACES
As Autism Awareness Month comes to an end, Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) pledges to continue raising awareness of all learning disabilities. Through the slogan, “Differences—not Disabilities”, ACES students are learning various methods of how to accept all students, regardless of their individual differences. From an Autism Awareness poster contest, to a ‘Sister Brother’ mentoring program, ACES Principal Amanda Burgos says raising awareness of learning disabilities is important. “I always say we have different abilities and all students are to be given an opportunity to become successful. We not only raise awareness of a child’s deficiency, but also promote people with the same characteristics that have become successful. This way, students/ parents accept not only cultural diversity, but diversity as a whole,” she said.

Ambergris Today

Belize Chamber Of Commerce Holds Educational Fair
Today, April 28, 2017, with the goals to build networks with educational institutions and to develop a strong culture of private sector advocacy by interacting frequently with the future business leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) hosted a Chamber Day at the San Pedro High School Auditorium. The Chamber Day is an educational fair promoting the role and services of the Chamber and other key organizations and bodies that contribute to making business happen, from the start of opening a business to the regular operations and the continued existence of the business. Students were thrilled at the fair, with plenty of questions and eagerness to answer questions in return; BCCI couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Chamber Day has also been hosted in Orange Walk, San Ignacio, and Dangriga. They hope to continue growing this relationship with future leaders and entrepreneurs of Belize.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Power interruption 6:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday, May 7: entire San Pedro Town
BEL to conduct critical maintenance, testing and replacement of equipment at the San Pedro Substation.

PUPPETRY AND DRAMA TRAINING: RAQUEL ROBELES PACHECO 2017
2013 Maestra Raquel Robles Pacheco has been visiting Belize via the Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) Expressive Arts Education Program (EAE). She has conducted training workshops in puppet-making, puppet theatre, drama and corn-husk doll-making. Prior trainings include artisan groups in collaboration with the Banquitas House of Culture, The San Ignacio/Santa Elena House of Culture, The YCT Project and ICA’s own Summer Arts Institute (SAI) which included children enrolled through Restore Belize. Under the YCT Project she has helped Samuel Haynes Institute develop a Community Puppetry Program that has trained 7 adults in puppetry-making and over a dozen youths in the art of puppetry and stage. In 2017 a few of these youths made a presentation at Street Art Festival. Additionally, under the YCT Project she has conducted training for children at Yabra’s Community Policing Center. She and her partner Jesus Cosio Rivas have also performed at Costa Maya Festival. In 2016, “Raquelin”, as she is affectionately known, increased the scope of the training work in Belize by conducting two training workshops for roving social workers.

Today is 7 Muluk in the Maya Tzolk'in calendar
Muluk is associated with water, and represented by both jade and a fish, aspects of the water deities. The Maya devised many ingenious systems to collect and store water - including reservoirs, cisterns, and canals.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Border Crossings
Pursuant To Section 24(1) and 33(1) of the Immigration Act Chap. 156 of the Laws of Belize RE 2002 “No Person Shall Enter Belize Elsewhere than at an Approved Port or Place of Entry” “No Person Shall Leave Belize Elsewhere than Through an Approved Port or Place of Departure” The public is hereby advised that the Immigration & Nationality Services Department shall enforce strict compliance with these laws and shall prosecute any person(s) acting in violation of the above laws, in respect to crossings at Botes, La Union and any other crossings which are not approved as such.

Captain Shark's 7th Annual Dorado Rodeo
Caribbean Villas, Saturday June 17th, 2017. Get yourselves ready!!!

Change in GST Threshold for Electricity Bills
Effective April 1, 2017

Power interruption 8:00am to 1:00pm, Sunday, April 30, portion Belize City
Mahogany St, Croton Ln, Tibruce St, Western Ave, Electric Ave, Complex Ave, Police St, Lacroix Blvd and Holy Emmanuel St. BEL to replace distribution poles in area.

Los Avispones Huastecos, 7th International Festival of Culture
The Embassy of Mexico to Belize in collaboration with CACHE & Benque House of Culture has the pleasure to invite you to the musical performance of: LOS AVISPONES HUASTECOS at the 7th International Festival of Culture. Saturday, May 6th / Sunday May 7th 2017 at the Centennial Park-Benque Viejo del Carmen , Cayo, belize.

The G.R.E.A.T. Program
Yesterday, 39 new Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) instructors, 24 from Belize and 15 from El Salvador, completed their nine-day training in Belize City. Supported by the U.S Embassy, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the training was taught by three trainers from the G.R.E.A.T. National Program in the United States, and four certified trainers from the Belize Police Department. The overall goal of the G.R.E.A.T. program is to improve citizen security, combat gang-related crime and violence, and prevent vulnerable youth from falling victim to gangs or engaging in gang activities. Since 2008, the U.S. Embassy has committed over USD $45 million for citizen security enhancing initiatives in Belize through the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). Of this amount, USD $7.5 million is dedicated to grants to various NGOs from Belize and abroad to support at-risk youth.

GERALD STAINE: BELIZE'S UNDERGROUND ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE!
In this feature on the "Belize Art Shop" we here at Belizean Legends want to resurrect an old post we did about a year ago on Belize's artistic phenom, Gerald Staine. Staine is one of Belize's most innovative artist today and is what the art world would call "Underground". He doesn't really fit in with the status quo type of artists like George Gabb and Philip Lewis, but he takes risk in his work, and put a spin on paint, string, paper, and anything he sees an image and produce something from it. He is the forgotten type, the one that we can't pin down, since he flows from a different space and time in terms of how he sees Belize as his place of origin and his place of beauty. Staine who calls his style, "Vision of The Third Eye", lived off and on in Belize doing his art work in the 1990's, painting, doing string art, and works with paper and wood, and selling them on the streets in Belize City. In Los Angeles he has made a mark for himself, doing pieces for Belizean restaurants like Traceys Belizean Restaurant on Western Boulevard in the heart of the Belizean community. Visitors can see his work of art whenever they visit that Belizean establishment.

RUDY MIGUEL & NOEL "MUSCLES" GORDON!
WHEN BELIZEAN CYCLING POWER DOMINATED IN CENTRAL AMERICAN & THE CARIBBEAN IN THE 1960S & 70S! Belizean cycling athletes and legends, Rudy Miguel and Noel "Muscles" Gordon won more than once Mexico's cycling classics that were held annually by the Mexican government in the late 1960s and continued in the 1970s. They were revered as outstanding cycling athletes, and loved by fans in Mexico for the passion and skill they exemplified in the sport. This classic photograph came to Belizean Legends through the courtesy of Belize's cycling legend, Rudy Miguel, the 1969 and 1970 Belize Cross Country champion. Rudy Miguel is seen to the left of the photo and Noel Gordon to the right. They are seen here posing at one of Mexico's cycling classics that the duo kept winning several years from 1969 to 1971.

Channel 7

City's First Gun Murder Victim in 18 Days Is A Cabbie
Tonight, we have the city's first gun murder in 18 days to report - and it is another taxi-man - the second city cabbie to be killed in six weeks. This time, the victim is 48 year old Santiago Rodriguez who was found dead in his vehicle on Unity Street this afternoon. According to reports, residents in the area a heard a single gunshot at around 10:00 this morning. But - at the time - nobody checked to see what happened until around 2 in the afternoon, when somebody noticed his lifeless body slumped over in the driver's seat, and a bullet-hole through the windshield. Superintendent Alejandro Cowo spoke to us at the scene told us the findings of the preliminary investigations...

Accusation Against Admiral Debunked
A week ago, we told you about the coast guardsman who made a criminal complaint against his boss, Admiral John Borland. Well, police have examined the specifics of this report, and they say that there is no merit to it, and so, the Admiral is free and clear of any criminal charges. As we told you, the Petty officer accused the Admiral of verbal abuse, and more seriously, of threatening words. He says that the Admiral called him into an office on last Thursday afternoon, and they discussed a Facebook post. He alleged that Admiral Borland verbally abused, and threatened him with the loss of job and life. As you are aware, he was not accusing just another officer, he was accusing the commander of the Belize Coast Guard, and so Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams handled the investigation into the complaint personally. Today, he gave a press briefing to say that there is no evidence to back up the officer's accusations. Here's how he explained why:

Social Security Staffers' Shirt Protest
If you went to any of the offices of the Social Security Board country wide today, you might have noticed that not all the employees were wearing their uniforms. That's because they were making a statement to management that they are in protest of how the negotiations for the collective bargaining agreement has been going between their union and the management of SSB. The Christian Workers Union, which is their bargaining agent, say that there are 2 very important points in the negotiations for which there is an impasse. The first relates to vacation grants, and the reduction in the amount of vacation days that employees are to be entitled to. The management wants to eliminate vacation grants for new hires in the future, and they want to reduce the number of vacation days. This proposed change doesn't affect the current employees, who will continue to get their vacation benefits, but the union is sees that as union busting.

SSB Says It Was Blindsided
This evening, we got a chance to speak with Doug Singh, the Chairman of the SSB Board of Directors, and he told us that the management was taken aback by this protest action, because nobody from the union communicated to them that there was an impasse. He told us that these changes are not "union busting" as the CWU President describes it, and that the management believes that it is acting in the best interest of the workers who contribute to the Social Security Fund. Here's how he put it: Doug Singh, Chairman - SSB Board of Directors: "He is saying that the critical issues for the employees are money issues. Those money issues in particular and he mention this being the elimination of the vacation grant and the reduction in the number of vacation days. I find his comments quite interesting because none of the employees, the union members or any employees at Social Security will be affected by the proposal of the board and management."

Treasury Not Happy About Being Pushed Out Of Central Bank
And while social security board employees defiantly wore their union shirts today, Treasury Department employees also engaged in industrial action by staging a sickout this afternoon. They're doing it because the Department is being pushed out of the Central Bank building, reportedly to be relocated to a cramped office space on Regent Street. The employees are concerned that the space is inadequate, insecure, and there's no parking. The sick out was staged after a meeting this morning with the Financial Secretary who - reports say - told the Department heads is a done deal. And it's not just a sickout on a slow Friday evening, our reports suggest that some government payments which were supposed to go through this week were stalled by the industrial action.

Man Convicted Of Jailhouse Murder
Lorenzo Smith Jr. was today convicted of a jailhouse murder. It happened in a trial before jury before Justice John Gonzalez. Eck, a resident of Ranchito Village who was serving a sentence of 5 years for attempt robbery, was found dead in his cell at the Hattieville Prison. Smith was his only cell mate and on the night of October 9, 2009, the prison officer found Eck on the toilet in a stooping position with a blanket around his neck. Smith had one hand on Eck's neck and the other hand on his chest. At first, it was thought to be a suicide, and in a statement from the dock, Smith alluded to that, saying he woke up and saw Eck hanging from the wall. But Dr. Mario Estradabran testified Eck died from manual strangulation and that he did not commit suicide. Additionally, he had an injury to his head caused by a sharp instrument.

The Botes Ban, The Union Ouster
Last Friday we told you about the concerns that the Immigration and Customs Departments had about the border crossings at Botes and La Union. These are not official border crossings, but in hard times, they have become popular with shoppers looking for cheaper products across the river. Recently, they had been attracting large excursions - as many as busloads coming from as far as Dangriga and Punta Gorda, to cross the river in dories so that they can buy cheap stuff and hopefully dodge customs. Well, no more says the Immigration Department. They put out a strong release today, quoting the law, which says, "No Person Shall Enter Belize Elsewhere than at an Approved Port or Place of Entry" It goes on to add, quote, "The public is hereby advised that the Immigration & Nationality Services Department shall enforce strict compliance with these laws and shall prosecute any person(s) acting in violation of the above laws, in respect to crossings at Botes, La Union and any other crossings which are not approved as such."

New Metrology Lab Is First In Region
Over the years, we've criticized the Belize Bureau of Standards many times on this newscast. But, now they have seriously stepped up their game. Two years after ground was broken, the Bureau today opened a Metrology Lab that is the envy of the entire Caribbean region. I went for the opening today to find out what makes it so singular:... Courtney Weatherburne reporting: Most shoppers don't usually make a big fuss about checking if they are actually getting the amount of product they are paying for. Consumers just expect that they will be getting 10 or 5 pounds of flour, the precise amount of soap powder. And the 400 grams marked on the packaging of their favorite chocolate drinks.

Eldon Out Of Jail On Bail
Earlier this month we told you about the alleged rape of a 17-year-old American tourist by 39 year old Eldon Williams in San Pedro. According to reports, Williams, who was a family friend, spent the day with the teenager and her mother. They allowed Williams to stay overnight with them in their downtown hotel. At around midnight Williams snuck into the living room where the victim was sleeping on the couch and allegedly raped her. He was apprehended by a security guard as he was allegedly attempting to flee.

UB Research Digging Deeper
Today the students and staff of the University of Belize attended The Faculty of Management and Social Sciences' 7th Annual Research Conference. Recent graduates as well as professors presented the findings of the year long research they conducted to support their final theses. We spoke to the President of UB, Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, and the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Science, Dr. Bernard Watler, about the event... The University also announced the upcoming introduction of their Bachelor's and Master's in Business Administration programs.

Did Independence Village Child Die Due To Bad Prescription From Private Clinic?
The Ministry of Health has completed an investigation into the death of a 5 month old in Independence Village. On March 4th, police rushed infant Ricardo Quintero to the Independence Polyclinic but he was already dead. A post mortem showed that he died of acute respiratory failure. Eugenie Gabourel, the Administrator Independence Polyclinic told us a little more via phone today: Eugenie Gabourel, Administrator - Independence Polyclinic: "That baby was brought to our clinic by the police officer already dead. A full investigation was done by the public health nurse." Jules Vasquez, 7News: "This private clinic in Independence, is it still open"

North American Couple Still Missing
Two norther Americans last seen in Corozal are still missing tonight. Canadian Francesca Matus and American Drew Devoursney were last seen on Tuesday night at 11:00 leaving a bar in Corozal Town in a White Isuzu Rodeo. Since then, both of them and the vehicle disappeared. Their passports and suitcases are still at their homes. They both own property in Belize and spend a part of the year here. Matus was supposed to have gone back to Canada on Wednesday.. Anyone with information is asked to call 627-5177 or 660-9692.

PM Says Farewell To Chamber
Prime Minister Dean Barrow gave a rare public address last night. It was to the Chamber of Commerce in Belize City and the PM made it clear, that he will not be passing this way again. The PM gave an overview of the economy, and upcoming projects, concluding, quote, "Belize can certainly expect higher than average growth over the next 24 months." And then he added, "Since this will be my last opportunity to address your annual gathering, I close by saying how thankful I am for what has in the main been a constructive relationship with the Chamber." We would have wished to have video of the speech, but the Chamber, which says that it is all for transparency, advocated just the opposite when it kicked our news team out, saying we couldn't tape the event, and even asked that we leave the lobby area.

In A Month OF Rogue Cops, They Were Stellar
In the month of April, the police department was plagued by scandals of officers caught on camera acting corruptly or improperly. But, while those officers have been giving the department a bad name, there are hundreds of police men and women who keep performing admirably on the job. They do so without praise or recognition, and so today, the Department decided that they would award 4 such officers from Belize City. Each officer was chosen from each of the 4 precincts, and each was awarded for their exemplary performance in each of the 4 months of this year so far. We got a chance to speak with these officers today about the good work they've been doing:

Cowpen, A Road Runs Through It
Earlier in the news, we told you how the European Union contributed to the new Metrology Lab. Well, they have also contributed substantially to Belize's Road network. The latest example is the 2.3 mile Cowpen Road which was opened yesterday in the Stann Creek District. Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse says it is a road to the future:... Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agrilculture: "And when you see a beautiful road, when you see electricity running down and 3 phase at that, when you see lovely buildings at the front, when you see nice lake, when you see high school, it lifts everybody and when it lifts everybody, it gives that energy to produce and to do better and to keep the industry going." "This is a highway right into Central America, without a bump on the road. Especially if you go through Jalacte without a bump on the road and that's a magnificent achievement. Thank you EU. You can get there without a bump on the road and that is the way to go. We can pull trucks into Central America."

The Mayor Will Labour
Monday is Labour Day, and while Belize's weary workers will probably choose to sleep in - Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley and a few hundred other workers will be out sprucing up the city. It's the fifth year of the Labour for Belize initiative, and the Mayor says he wants you to come out and lend a hand:.. The event starts at 5:45 AM on Monday at the BTL PARK.

Channel 5

Taxi Driver Executed in Port Loyola
Just before three p.m. today, the body of a man was found inside his Toyota Four-Runner taxi off Fabers Road Extension on the south side of Belize City. Forty-eight-year-old Santiago [...]

Why Did Baby Ricardo Quintero Die in Independence?
There is a disturbing report of the death of a five-month-old baby in the south.  The newborn boy died on March third, under rather mysterious circumstances.  It is believed that [...]

Police Confirm Middleton Raid, Details Scarce
Police confirmed today that the Orange Walk house of visa facilitator Barton Middleton was searched on Thursday morning as we reported in our newscast. The search came on the heels [...]

S.S.B. Employees Rally, But Management Unbowed
While employees of the Corozal Free Zone stayed away for a second day due to issues with management of C.E.O. Valentino Blanco, employees of all Social Security Board branch offices [...]

S.S.B. Chair Says Employees Have No Cause to Worry
A one-point-seven-five percent pay raise is on the table for employees. According to Singh, a lot of staff members have accumulated vacation days for which they expect to be paid. [...]

Treasury Workers Shut Down Operations to Protest Planned Move
There’s also unrest among government employees at the Treasury Department, located within the Central Bank of Belize. Since this morning, News Five can confirm that the employees have been on [...]

Coast Guardsman’s Charges Against Boss Have ‘No Merit’
Last week, a petty officer at the Belize National Coastguard, Randy King filed a complaint against his Commander, Admiral John Borland. King claimed that apart from verbally abusing him inside [...]

Why Price of Dario’s Meat Pies is Going Up on Tuesday
If you’re a fan of the world-famous Dario’s Meat Pies you may want to stock up this weekend. Prices for the tasty treat go up on Tuesday from a dollar [...]

Mayor Plans Annual ‘Labour for Belize’ Initiative
The Belize City Council is marking its fifth annual ‘Labour for Belize’ event on May first, beginning at the rising of the sun at B.T.L. Park. A feature initiative of [...]

No Rally for N.T.U.C.B. as Message Talks Tough
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize, for the first time in recent memory, is not marking Labour Day with a parade and rally.  It is announced at the very [...]

Immigration Warning: Don’t go to Botes, La Union
And on this upcoming Labour Day weekend, Belizeans are expected to cross border points. Neighboring Mexican communities, including Botes and La Union, are hotspots for the illicit movement of uncustomed [...]

F.C.D. Takes News Five on Flight Over Troubled Chiquibul
Illegal activities continue deep in the Chiqubul where the forests are under serious attack. Gold-panning of late has become one of the most lucrative activities attracting Guatemalan nationals. In a [...]

U.B. Unveils Latest Research by Students
“Building Competitiveness in Belize in a Global World- the Role of the University of Belize” that is the theme in which it held its annual research conference in Belize City. [...]

National University Talks to Stakeholders About Improvement
And in more U.B. news, today the institution met with several stakeholders of the private and public sectors in a workshop to discuss institutional enhancement of the university in an [...]

S.S.B. Crowns National Tertiary Debate Champion
The finals of the National Tertiary Debate sponsored by the Social Security Board were held today in Belize City. The final two teams, Independence Junior College and Ecumenical Junior College, [...]

U.B. Prez Talks Up Agriculture Ahead of N.A.T.S. 2017
Thousands of Belizeans will be heading to the Capital City on Saturday and Sunday for the annual National Agriculture and Trade Show. Since it started back in 1970, “Agric” has [...]

LOVE FM

SSB’s 2017 Debate Competition Concludes
The Social Security Board held its final debate competition for 2017 today at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. The finalists are Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College and Independence Junior College. The topic of the debate was “Be it resolved that Belize should submit its territorial differendum with Guatemala to the […]

Claims Staked on Supa G and Muevelo
There is a video on YouTube that has garnered over one million views. The video features the song, Muevelo from Supa G but on the video there is the showing of a Guatemalan flag for the entire three minutes and twenty six seconds of the song. The video was uploaded on January 1, 2012 and […]

Teenage Student Murdered in Rural Belize
Ladyville police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of a seventeen year old student of Lords Bank Village. Reporter Dalila Ical has the story. DALILA ICAL REPORTING “17 year old Brandon Bradley spent his last minutes socializing with his older brother and sister in law before he was gunned down near his house in […]

Immigration Clerk Says Minister Penner Was Passport Agent
The last witness to appear before the Special Senate Select Committee yesterday was former data entry clerk at the immigration department, Omar Phillips. Phillips was one of the three employees suspended for their alleged role in the Wong Hong Kim passport fiasco. Phillips worked at the front desk and he received the Won Hong Kim […]

Armed 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. Today Love News obtained surveillance footage of the incident. The video shows that the station was not […]

Expert on Anti-Corruption Concepts Due In Country Early May
One week ago we told you of the meeting of the constituted board appointed to secure the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption for Belize which took place on April 20, 2017; almost five months after the signing of the convention. We also told you of the plans to have an expert come […]

Financing the Senate Inquiry: How Much Is Enough?
The Special Senate Select Committee resumed its duties on Wednesday. The inquiry started late last year and it is uncertain as to the time frame involved. Will the budget last? Chairman of the committee Senator Aldo Salazar answered that question. ALDO SALAZAR “Well the previous budget as you know, that was done up to the […]

Belize Seeks to Adapt Louisiana’s Youth Program
A Belize military delegation was recently in Louisiana, USA where they were hosted by the Louisiana National Guard. The purpose of the visit was to tour the Youth Challenge Programs in that state with an aim at establishing a similar plan for at-risk youth in Belize. Last November, Brigadier General had spoken to Love News […]

BCC’s Quest to Demolish Derelict Structures Continue
The Belize City Council has partnered with a number of organizations to try and rid the city of derelict houses which pose a threat to safety. Belize City Councilor Philip Willoughby said it is important to get everyone on board. PHILLIP WILLOUGHBY “Well basically since we began doing our assessment based on the check list […]

Concert Planned to Celebrate 1859 Border Treaty
A concert aimed at commemorating the 1859 border treaty between Great Britain and the Republic of Guatemala will be taking place in southern Belize this weekend through efforts of the Belize Territorial Volunteers. Lead organizer is Wil Maheia who has been passionate when it comes to the protection of the Sarstoon for Belize. WIL MAHEIA “The concert is […]


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Accused rapist walks; victim stops court case
A jury selection process was completed yesterday morning, Tuesday, at the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas and two women and seven men were selected to hear the evidence in the trial of Evrett “Jack” Davis, 56, indicted for allegedly raping and wounding a 50-year-old woman. The victim took the witness stand today and told the court that although the accused man did what he did, she did not wish to continue the case for personal reasons, and she would leave it up to God. The woman, who was 48 at the time of the incident, told the court that she was acting on her own free will and was not forced by anyone to go to court to say what she had just said.

Carlos Perdomo’s name called in reference to shady issuance of passport
In her audit of the Immigration Department, Auditor General Dorothy Bradley opined that the procedures at the department were ruled by UDP “Ministerial Interference,” which led to massive irregularities. During today’s Senate hearing with retired Immigration officer of thirty years, Therese Chavarria, it was revealed that the interference of former National Security Minister and current Cabinet Secretary, Carlos Perdomo, led to a shady applicant receiving a passport on the basis of a possibly fraudulent birth certificate in 2011. According to Chavarria, she refused to grant the passport to the applicant claiming to be Paul Ku, and that was when she was allegedly offered $500 to process it by a Justice of the Peace (JP) identified as Reina Chiu Hsiang Lo. However, Chavarria reportedly declined that JP’s bribe and went on vacation. Upon her return from vacation, she was informed by former Immigration Director Ruth Meighan that Minister Perdomo had instructed that the passport be issued to the applicant.

Barton Middleton invokes constitutional right to “shut up”
After a brief hiatus, the Senate Select Committee resumed its probe into the Auditor General’s Special Audit into the Passport, Visa and Nationality Departments for the period 2011-2013. The audit had documented that in the late months of 2012, a total of eight visa stickers were removed from the Immigration Department’s Western border by an Immigration officer and given to a man identified as a visa agent and known at the time only as “Mr. Middleton.” Middleton reportedly took those visas and sold them to the Belize City Council Financial Controller, Patrick Tillet, and former Belize City Deputy Mayor, Eric Chang. However, those visas were unusable and the duo attempted to recover their money from Middleton, but were unable to do so.

Brandon Bradley, 17, gunned down in Green Garden Estate area
His social media profile identifies him as a student at Gwen Lizarraga high school, but that did not stop a gunman from fatally shooting him around 10:00 on Wednesday night. After socializing with his brother at a local shop in Lords Bank, Ladyville, Brandon Randy Bradley, 17, decided to pedal his bicycle to his home. Before he could reach the safety of his home, however, Bradley was shot in the upper right chest, back and left shoulder. His brother found him in the Green Garden Estate area about 30-40 yards away from the road, in some bushes lying face down, apparently dead.

Biggest price spike since 2017 began, pushes tab for regular gas to double-digit figures
For several months, Belize City consumers have been able to buy a gallon of regular gas for under $10, but that changed after Tuesday night, when new pump prices took effect, less than a month after higher tax levies at the pumps triggered the largest price spike since the year began. However, our review of the figures indicates that this most recent price spike represents the single largest price increase, at least since 2017 began, with the price of regular gasoline up by 47 cents per gallon, compounding the 32 cents increase implemented on April 1, which included a 25-cent increase to bolster Government revenues. Pump prices have been fluctuating since the year began, beginning with a fall in the price of regular gasoline of 34 cents on January 25. Prices hit a trough of $9.47 a gallon on March 24, just before the new budget year began.

Muslim Daughter, Christian Mother: Alana Raybon and her mom, Patricia Raybon to be hosted on Sunday’s Moments of Inspiration
KREM’s Virginia Echols will feature on her show, Moments of Inspiration, from 6:00 am – 8:00 am this Sunday, April 30, Patricia Raybon, an award-winning author, and her daughter, American Islamic convert, Alana Raybon, a dedicated educator. The two are the subject of a 2015 best seller – Undivided, which shares the compelling story of the two women, once divided by their faith. “They didn’t talk. Not for ten years. Not about faith anyway. Instead, a mother and daughter tiptoed with pain around the deepest gulf in their lives – the daughter’s choice to leave the church, convert to Islam and become a practicing Muslim,” said the book’s summary.

Cricket Corner
Hello to all fans, players and supporters of cricket. Thanks to our kind sponsorship of Bowen and Bowen who continues to provide the best drinks in Belize. Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the Harrison Parks 2017 National Cricket Competition continued over the weekend. There were very interesting games played, that could even be said they were very well-played ones. At Rancho Dolores, Excellence of Double Head went up against home team, Western Eagles. Both teams had lost one game apiece coming into Saturday’s game. Both were tied for first place. For so many years, both teams have battled against each other for top spot in the zone. All the time, Excellence proved to be the better team. Again at Rancho, these two teams wrestled. Again, Excellence threw them down. But, with all the whipping, these two teams remain friends.

NEBL “In the Paint”
The 2017 NEBL playoffs are finally here, and the one thing we all know for sure is that there will be a new champion. Who it will be, of course, is anyone’s guess, but we will try to provide some insights into which of the four remaining teams we consider has the best chance to emerge as the 2017 NEBL Champion. The journey commences tonight with the #3 seeded Belmopan Bandits (8-4) visiting #2 Dangriga Dream Ballers (8-4) at the Ecumenical High School Auditorium in Dangriga Town, while tomorrow night will have the #1 seeded San Pedro Tiger Sharks (9-3) hosting #4 Cayo Western Ballaz (7-5) at the San Pedro High School Auditorium.

Dangriga sports stats
The Stann Creek Football Association’s Smart Mundialito Tournament 2017 saw its final regular season games on Saturday, April 22, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. Benguche DYFA was the victorious team, to advance to the Top-4 playoffs along with Wagierale Young Bombers, Silk Grass and New Site. Here are the results: Silk Grass won over Montise, 6 goals to 1. Alex Alvarez – 3 goals, Breyben Olivas – 1, Ean Pixabaja – 1, and the final goal was an auto goal by Montise. New Site vs Wagierale Young Bombers ended in a nil-nil tie. Ubafu vs Hopkins ended in a 1 to 1 tie. Kenan Palacio scored for Ubafu, while Paul Bradley, Jr. scored for Hopkins. Benguche DYFA won over Southside Warriors, 2 goals to nil; Leopold Vasquez and Jamaal Joseph got 1 apiece. Final standings were: Wagierale Young Bombers – 17 pts; Silk Grass – 15 pts; New Site – 12 pts; Benguche DYFA – 10 pts; Hopkins – 7 pts; Montise – 5 pts; Southside Warriors – 5 pts; and Ubafu – 3 pts.

Nat’l Women League Week 5 standings
The double round-robin regular season nears its end with Week 6 games this weekend in the National Amateur Women League football tournament. Aside from this weekend’s games, two back matches (Sagitun Strikers vs Jewel Fury, and Calcutta Strikers vs Belize City FC) are scheduled for next week, and then the top 2 teams from each group will go on to best-of-2 games semifinal playoff series. From what we have seen, women football is reaching another level in Belize. Catch a glimpse this weekend, and get ready for the playoffs up ahead.

Editorial: An alternative history
If the United Democratic Party (UDP) under the leadership of Dean Russell Lindo had won the 1979 general election, as it was widely expected to do, Belize would not have gone on to political independence in 1981. Belize would have remained a British colony indefinitely, like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, and the chances are there would have eventually been some kind of territorial partition or dismemberment. Under UDP Prime Minister Dean Lindo, Belize would have embraced U.S. investors almost unconditionally, and Belize would have become a mini-Guatemala, a classic neoliberal state with a wealthy, powerful capitalist class and masses of poor, struggling natives. As it is, it may well be that in 2017, under four different Prime Ministers, we have ended up as a mini-Guatemala. It is important for younger generation of Belizeans to understand that our region and the world were substantially different places politically and philosophically in 1979 than is the case today, 38 years later. The region and the world were still in that anti-colonial, anti-racism mode in which we had come out of World War II, a war in which the Europeans had massacred each other fighting for colonies, natural resources, and world hegemony. In 1947, two years after the end of World War II, Great Britain, the “empire on which the sun never set,” had been forced to grant independence to India – the prize of its Asian possessions, and by 1957, Ghana, a colony so rich it had been known as the Gold Coast, became the first African country to free itself from British colonialism. Nigeria followed suit in 1960. Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and various British Caribbean countries achieved independence from Great Britain in the 1960s.

From the Publisher
The matter of the injustice done to Kaina Martinez last year at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a matter in which I involved myself a while back, has become, believe it or not, a kind of personal wake-up call. I had thought we could get the issue straightened out with a minimum of fuss, but it is more intricate and more serious than I imagined. In late 1990, Kremandala became involved in a dispute with the Bowen & Bowen business empire because of the empire’s control over the executive of the Belize National Football Association (BNFA). The key difference between 1990 and 2017 is that, apart from the fact that the Bowen & Bowen patriarch, the late Sir Barry Bowen, was very much alive and active in 1990, is the fact that it was the People’s United Party (PUP) which was in power in 1990, whereas it is the United Democratic Party (UDP), of course, which has been in power here for the last nine years. In 1990, the ruling PUP did not consider me a UDP, whereas the UDP spokesmen and propagandists have been making it clear for some time that they consider Kremandala to be a PUP institution.

Claims allegation against Benny’s Kitchen is malicious
The Editor Amandala Dear Sir, My attention has been drawn to an article appearing on page 22 of the Amandala dated Friday, April 21st., 2017. The article is headed “The 2017 saga of San Jose Succotz” and is “contributed” by an anonymous person. The anonymous writer makes the bold assertion that “for all intents and purposes”, the present Village Council has delivered the Village Central Plaza to some private business people to build a private museum. Now these business people are intent on destroying the “people’s culture – customs and traditions.” At the very end of the article the writer alleges by innuendo and implication that the restaurant business called Benny’s Kitchen is involved in the takeover of the “historic” Village Central Plaza for the building of a private museum. Mr. Editor, I, Benigno Chan, am the proprietor of the business Benny’s Kitchen. My restaurant is a popular eating place in San Jose Succotz. Belizeans from all over the country come to my establishment to enjoy delicious food and fresh drinks in a pleasant atmosphere. I want it to be known that neither I nor my restaurant, Benny’s Kitchen, is involved in any project to take over the Village Central Plaza or to destroy the people’s culture. Any such suggestion as alluded to in the article published in your newspaper is a complete fabrication perpetrated by someone driven by a malicious intent to harm my business.

Stop corruption now!
Dear Editor, Although I no longer live in Belize, having decamped to the relative tranquility of a South Pacific island, my perseverations over this former British colony have diminished only slightly, and I still feel like shouting from the rooftops: “STOP CORRUPTION NOW!” All tourists to Belize (who can’t be bothered) and most expats (who refuse to look beyond their Jimmy Buffet version of reality) remain clueless as to what’s really happening in The Jewel. Or maybe they feel complicit in this culture of corruption, as in whenever they pay someone to expedite a need at the department of motor vehicles, say, or the lands department or immigration or ANY of the ministries at all.

VACCINES – Show us the science and give us a choice!
Editor Amandala Sir, We have known for many years that eating fish with high levels of mercury is not safe since becoming involved in the impact of dams on those living downstream. No one disputes the risk to children, pregnant women and those who are nursing as well as the general population. So why is there mercury in many vaccines given to us and our children, in the form of thimerisol, as well as other harmful additives such as aluminum and formaldehyde? The pharmaceutical companies are continually pushing more and more vaccines in the United States and around the world because it is profitable, not because they are concerned with the health and safety of those getting the shots. The U.S. which spends the most on healthcare and has one of the highest child vaccination rates in the world, has created the sickest child and young adult population in America’s history: 1 child in 6 is learning disabled; 1 in 9 has asthma; 1 in 10 diagnosed with a mental disorder; 1 in 13 severely allergic to food; 1 in 20 epileptic; 1 in 50 developing autism; 1 in 400 with diabetes and millions more struggling with other kinds of brain and immune system damage marked by chronic inflammation in the body.

80% of cybercrimes in Belize are perpetrated by foreigners
Cybercrimes have become pervasive, and they pose a threat to people and companies around the globe—even those who deliberately stay away from the social media platforms, where many cybercrimes are perpetrated. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), “…companies are targeted for trade secrets and other sensitive corporate data, and universities for their cutting-edge research and development. Citizens are targeted by fraudsters and identity thieves, and children are targeted by online predators.” “About 80% of cybercrimes being committed in Belize is done by foreign entities, although Belize is getting on board,” Mario Alcoser, manager/commander of the Police Department’s Information Technology Unit, told Amandala, on the sidelines of the law enforcement forum at the National Cyber Security Symposium being held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza this week.

Are referees above the law?
Football in Belize has a rich history, whereby those who are fanatics of this sport would agree that fans, sponsors, referees, clubs, and players are losing the love for the sport. This is evident at football games, that if one should compare the fans at games now, you would wonder why such drastic changes. Several factors may contribute to this “lack of love,” but is incompetent match officials an issue? Managers from numerous clubs stated that some of the officials who were appointed for their home-and-away football games made some incomprehensible errors during the games. On the other hand, one must acknowledge when the referee does an excellent job. Despite not giving the (obvious) penalty during the Bandits vs BDF FC game, I still shook the referee’s (Mr. Jones) hand after the game, due to this is my usual modus operandi. I am still trying to digest the penalty call which earned Bandits SC their first goal in the Opening Season Finals dated 31st December, 2016. In order to prevent such reoccurrence of bad calls, below are couple recommendations given to the PLB, and it is sad that none of these recommendations were taken into consideration.

Canine transmissible venereal tumor in dogs
Dear Doctor, Lulu has been bleeding from her private parts for more than a month. How long does a heat last? I’m cleaning up after her every 15 minutes. Someone told me she might have gonorrhea. Distressed in Lords Bank *** Dear Distressed, The heat cycle for a female dog averages three weeks, with bleeding lasting perhaps a week. If your dog has mated in the past and has been bleeding from her vagina for more than a week, or has a red, bulging mass coming out of the vagina (or penis for a male), then the bleeding is likely from a canine transmissible venereal tumor, a sexually transmitted disease, and will need to be examined by your veterinarian.

Not one centimeter
The British Ambassador to Guatemala, Sarah Dickson, was not wrong when she stated in her speech, given on August 27, 2013, that: “As you can see Guatemala is not alone in this struggle.” In the past the UK’s government policy was always pushing for George Price to cede an amount of land and sea to Guatemala, so as to permit Belizeans to acquire their independence. George Price did not agree with such an idea and said: “not one centimeter”. However, George Price’s opposition wanted this place to continue being a British protectorate. It was a hard struggle until George Price could have achieved his dream of making British Honduras an independent nation with the name Belize on September 21st 1981. It is a long history between 1950 and 1981, during which a lot of things took place, all kinds of discussions and agreements, but there are certain points which come to my attention and probably there is someone out there who could enlighten us concerning the reason why George Price made certain decisions.

More “freak storms” could be just one manifestation of climate change
Just this past weekend, an unusual weather event in Biscayne—villagers say it was a tornado, the government said it was a “freak storm”—ripped through that rural community leaving behind hurricane-like damages to 9 homes in the area. According to the National Emergency Management Organization, similar freak storms affected residents in Crooked Tree village on August 20, 2011 and Maskall Village on October 8, 2014. Could it be that these bizarre storm events are becoming more prevalent due to our changing climate? We put the question to Ann Gordon, national coordinator for the National Climate Change Office in Belize, who suggested that they might. She told Amandala that the temperatures in Belize have notably increased over the past half-a-century. “Based on the records that we have, observation records, the temperature in Belize has risen by about between 0.9 to 1 degree Celsius from 1960 levels and that shows that the nighttime temperature… is even higher,” she said.

Consumers getting even less for their dollar, as inflation hits 2.3% in March
Consumer prices continue on their upward trend, meaning that consumers are getting even less for their dollar, with prices up by 2.3% in March 2017, and 1.8% so far this year. Price spikes in March were perhaps most notable in the transport category, with consumers paying 18.3% more than they did last March. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), which today released its March Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, “This increase was the main contributor to the overall rise in prices among ‘All-Items’. Fuel and lubricant prices for the month of March 2017 were up by 12.7 percent from the same month in 2016.” It added that, “The highest increase among this sub-category was seen in the price per gallon of Premium gasoline, which rose from $8.27 in March of last year to $10.54 in March 2017.”

Dangriga man sentenced to 12 years for rape and abduction
Shortly after 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, Robert Taylor stood in the prisoner’s dock in the Dangriga Supreme Court of Justice Dennis Hanomansingh, awaiting his mother, who was scheduled to make a mitigation plea on his behalf before the judge passed sentence on him for convictions of rape and abduction. Taylor, 23, a laborer of Monument Site, Dangriga, was indicted on two counts of abduction and one count of rape for an incident that occurred on Sunday, January 25, 2015, in Dangriga. His mother was a few minutes late in coming to the court, and Taylor, after asking the court to have mercy on him, told Justice Hanomansingh to go ahead and sentence him. The judge urged him to wait a few more minutes. He did.

The Reporter

Man found murdered inside car
A man was found shot to death inside his vehicle this afternoon in Belize City. Police say the body of Santiago Rodriguez was found inside his white 4 Runner SUV at around 2:30 p.m., on Trinity Street in the Port Loyola area. Police investigations have […]

UB goes green!
In tandem with Earth Day,  the University of Belize (UB) has gone “green”, and has embarked on an energy-efficient/cost-saving lighting system at its Faculty of Education and Arts Campus in Belize City, by replacing all its fluorescent light bulbs with LED tubes. Director of Physical […]

JP Association, California Chapter to swear in new members
The Belize Association of Justices of the Peace, California Chapter, will swear in 13 new members this weekend, to keep up with the growing community of Belizeans in California. The historic event marks the first time that Crown Counsel Brianna Williams will swear in new […]

Taiwan looks to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with new Southbound Policy
By Alexis R. Milan Editor The Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan, more commonly known as simply Taiwan, has maintained diplomatic relations with Belize for nearly 30 years now, since 1989. In that relatively short time, Taiwan has supported Belize through a number of bilateral cooperation efforts, including infrastructural development, technical […]

Taiwan calls for participation in World Health Assembly
The Government of the Republic of China-Taiwan is calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite it to attend the 2017 World Health Assembly. Taiwan is also calling on the international community to support its participation, given the benefits that its participation brings to […]

Student murdered in Lords Bank
Brandon Bradley, a 17-year-old student, was found dead late on Wednesday night, his body riddled with bullets near the entrance of the Green Garden Estate area of Lords Bank village. Sometime after 10:30 p.m., on April 26, the ITVET student was found motionless, lying  face […]

North American couple missing in Corozal
An American couple, who took up residency in the Corozal district, has mysteriously vanished since Tuesday night, leaving friends puzzled and worried about their safety. Francesca Matus, 52, a Canadian national of Serenity Sands, Consejo Road, Corozal and her boyfriend, 36-year-old American national, Drew Thomas […]

Dangriga court prescribes 12 years for man convicted of abduction and sodomy
A jury of four men and five women  wrapped up a morbid five-day trial this week by convicting Robert Taylor of Dangriga of a vicious abduction at knifepoint and anal rape of a 25 year-old woman. Judge Denis Hanomansingh has sentenced him to 12 years on each count, but since  […]

Mexican innovators offer Belize trade opportunities
Belizean businessmen got the opportunity to form trade partnerships with Mexican companies; when the Mexican Embassy hosteda trade delegation ofentrepreneurs and manufacturers’ representatives of seven companies from Merida, Yucatan and Cancun, Quintana Roo at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City on Thursday, April 27. Belize Water Services representatives were […]

Police high command assures that rogue cops will be dealt with
The Belize Police Department has assured that it will deal with police officers who have been caught recently engaging in disreputable activity.  The assurance comes three weeks after three on-duty policemen and a special constable were found using the police mobile assigned to them […]

GOB to open 3 new preschools
The Government of Belize in collaboration with the European Union, inaugurated three new preschools in northern Belize this week, giving over 150 children access to early childhood education. On Tuesday, GOB held a single ceremony for the schools, which were opened in the Corozal and […]

No light bill increase in BEL’s latest proposal to PUC
Belize Electricity Limited is not proposing any light bill increase for its latest submission to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), under the Annual Tariff Review Proceeding (ARP). In BEL’s submission, which covers the period he period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, the company […]

Famous Belizean model, lands modeling contract in London
A young Belizean model, who has been featured in several international publications, is again making headlines after she landed a huge international modeling contract in London. Twenty-two-year-old Joyjah Estrada recently announced via a Facebook post that she will be moving to London for the next […]

Editorial
The Senate Select Committee investigating irregularities in the Ministry and Department of Immigration with respect to visa and passport fraud continued its work this week after its brief Easter recess. The Senate Committee called back the elusive Mr. Middleton to ask him more about his activities in procuring visas and […]

Fuel prices go up; everything else follows!
Businesses in Belize City are beginning to worry about the negative effects that increasing gas prices will have on their operations. The price of fuel in Belize saw its fourth increase in two months this week. This latest price hike sent regular fuel up by […]

Safety first for MoneyGram bandits
Two daring armed robbers, sporting helmets, walked into a MoneyGram International outlet inside Go Wireless Direct on West Collet Canal in Belize City during busy Thursday afternoon hours, and robbed it of an undetermined amount of money. The thieves escaped, but not before an eyewitness […]

Caye Caulker couple charged for grinder
A woman has lashed out against Caye Caulker police for targeting her family, locking her down for more than a day, and filing a ridiculous charge against her, which was eventually thrown out in court this week – all because of a personal vendetta, she […]

“Nothing more to say,” Middleton tells Senate
After a three-week break, Barton Middleton returned to the Senate Committee conducting an inquiry into allegations of corruption at the Immigration Department. He stated in no uncertain terms that he would not answer any of the Committee’s questions. On Wednesday, Middleton told the Senate Committee […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Taxi man shot and killed in Belize City today
BBN has received reports that a taxi driver was shot and killed today. According to reports, the cab driver was killed on Faber’s Road extension in Belize City.

Fuel prices send cost of living skyward in March
The Statistical Institute of Belize’s (SIB) recently released Consumer Price Index (CPI), showed that the increasing price of gas had raised the cost of living by 2.3 percent for the month of March. The price of fuel had risen three times in March, causing Belizeans to spend an average of $2.30 more on goods and services than they did the year before.

ECJ wins SSB debate again
Today the Social Security Board wrapped up its annual debate competition. The Ecumenical Junior College emerged victorious for the second consecutive year from among all tertiary schools nationwide. They defeated the Independence Junior College as they strongly argued why Belize should not submit the […]

Belizean coast guard tops training in Jamaica
After an eight week training course in Kingston, Jamaica, Belizean coastguard Daniel Sabido graduated with top honors from among his colleagues in the region. He just completed seven years as an officer when he was selected to attend the Patrol Craft Commander Course. He […]

Thief robs over $12,000 in cash from Go Wireless Direct Shop
A clerk at Money Gram located at the Corner of Cemetery Road and West Collet Canal, Belize City, reported that yesterday around 2:36 p.m. while she was performing her normal duties, a male person entered Go Wireless Direct Shop. The man approached her, grabbed […]

Businessman robbed at gun point in Belize City
Thomas Gomez, 49, a businessman and a resident of # 21 Faber’s Road Extension, Belize City, reported to police that on Wednesday April 27th, 2017 about 12:30 p.m. while at his business place, JR Lumber Yard along with his delivery man and his wife, […]

Corozal Free Zone staff protests
Yesterday, the administrative staff of the Corozal Free Zone did not show up to work. According to reports, the staff is protesting against the new CEO Valentino Blanco. The Chamber of Commerce of the free Zone is also supporting the staff’s decision. BBN understands […]

Rapist gets 12 years
In January of 2015, a woman was in Dangriga walking to the town to pick up a package when a man offered her a ride to the Benguche area. The woman reported that she thought the vehicle had hit something and when they exited […]

Belize exports up 25.1% in first quarter
Belize’s exports for the first quarter of 2017, January-March saw a 25.1 percent increase when compared to the same period in 2016, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). The SIB’s latest External Trade Bulletin, showed that Belize’s exports – January to March […]

Commercial mission held in Belize by Embassy of Mexico
Today, the Embassy of Mexico and ProMexico (the Mexican trade and investment agency) held a Commercial Mission to Belize where seven companies from Cancun and Merida displayed their products and services. From beach footwear and sandals, packaging materials, to construction and pool finishes, as […]

CDB donates $750 ,000 USD to Belize
Yesterday, 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, […]

BELTRAIDE and Twin Towns sign memorandum of cooperation
Yesterday, BELTRAIDE signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the San Ignacio/ Santa Elena Town Council. The aim of the agreement is to enhance and diversify economic activity in the municipality. Through a closer collaboration between BELTRAIDE and the Town Council, the MOC will […]

Middleton tells Senators nothing at all
The most intriguing character to appear for the Senate hearing on Wednesday was Mr. Middleton, formally, Mr. Barton Middleton. He was the person accused of selling stolen visas to Patrick Tillet and Eric Chang at a cost of $18,000. When he first appeared in […]

Blogs

Tracking our turtles with the Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program
Two types of turtles are known to nest on Ambergris Caye; Loggerhead and Green turtles. When it’s time to lay eggs, sea turtles are known to return to nest on the same beach where they were hatched on. Depending on the species, a mature female turtle can lay from 70 to 190 eggs, and it takes a span of six to ten weeks for the hatchlings to emerge. After the eggs hatch, the young turtles must make their way the sea, in hopes of reaching maturity. It’s estimated that only one in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood. Turtles nest every two years, and female turtles are believed to nest up to three times in one nesting season. Despite the little that is known about the migratory behavior of turtles between birth and sexual adulthood, it is estimated that they can live up to 80 years in their natural environment.

Sea Front Sarteneja, Belize: A Charming QUIET Village
Sarteneja is a small village on the coast of Northern Belize’s Corozal district that can’t help but charm. The water is a distinctive chalky aqua, the old style fishing boats are bobbing in the breeze and the white village streets are lined with neat homes and huge almond & mango trees. The village has a bit of an odd orientation. In Belize, the sea is generally to your east. But Sarteneja sits on a mainland bump – and faces north-west. So rather than seeing the sun rise over the ocean, here it sets. It takes a while (for me, longer then the 2 days we had) to get comfortable with that. It’s a place that, in the past, revolved around ship making and fishing. And both times I’ve visited, the sea views, low prices and SPACE make me feel like I’m about to see a real estate boom. BUT Sarteneja can only be reached two ways – by boat or by a 40 mile road from Orange Walk that is usually in horrible shape – if open at all. And, there is very little to do in town other than walking around, admiring the sea and docks and perhaps taking a swim and…reading. Almost everything is very neat and well cared for.

Corozal Community College Third winning on Band fest victory held in Corozal
This year’s band fest was held at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town and 13 bands participated in the 12th annual Bandfest. Corozal Community College has held on to the Belize Bandfest sceptre for the third consecutive year. First place category for the drum corps was won by the Southern Sound Drum corps from Dangriga. In second place was won by the Holy Redeemer Marching Band while third place was Mahogany Heights Marching Band. In the category of marching band with wind instruments, was won by Corozal Community College ranked first while Wesley College marching band ranked second. The best choreographed band was the Corozal Community College which showcased an attractive presentation.The most popular band was Holy Redeemer who received the most text votes and last Orange Walk Uprising marching band was this year’s drum line champs. Corozal Community College won Three times in a row in this Band Fest annual Marching band.

Easter weekend 2017 in Placencia!!
Placencia is known as a tranquil, peaceful, place, for 363 days out of the year. The only two days it isn't - Easter weekend! The entire country knows that Placencia is the place to be for Easter weekend, and it is PACKED and crazy. Here are some pictures from this past weekend!!! And local photographer Maz Carr captured Easter so beautifully, I had a share a few of her shots!

4 Belizean Festivals You Cannot Afford To Miss This Year
The people of Belize love to celebrate, so it's always easy to find a great festival, parade, or holiday when you come to Belize. Below are four of the top Belizean festivals you should definitely attend this year: There are several distinct holidays in September, but the whole month is one long celebration of patriotic pride. The September festival season begins with St. George's Caye Day on September 10 that marks the historic 1798 naval battle when the British triumphed over a Spanish flotilla that led to Belize becoming Britain's only colony in Central America. The triumphant apex of the September holiday season is September 21, the day that commemorates Belize becoming an independent country in 1981. Throughout the month of September, every town and village will be awash in red, white, and blue (the colors of the Belizean flag), as well as parades, live music, poetry recitals, and dancing in the streets.

Discover the Beauty of Hopkins Village
Hopkins is one of the most beautiful villages in the country. Located on the Caribbean coast in southern Stann Creek District, the village is separated by the outflow of the Sittee River. Still principally an idyllic fishing village, Hopkins is widely considered to be the cultural center of the Garifuna people in Belize. Every year on November 19, the entire country celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day to commemorate the arrival of the Garifuna people in Belize in dugout canoes. This holiday is a time for feasting, traditional drumming, and a dramatic re-enactment of the water landing. Traditional foods like cassava bread and hudut (a fish stew made with coconuts and plantains) are eaten, and the entire village comes alive with dance and music. Hopkins is easily accessible either overland via the Southern Highway or by air from the nearby Dangriga or Placencia airstrip. Approximately 1,000 people live in Hopkins, and the residents are renowned for their warm hospitality and kindness. In fact, Hopkins has been declared the friendliest village in the country.

International Sourcesizz

Canadian woman, U.S. companion missing in Belize
A Canadian woman and her American companion have gone missing in Belize, according to friends. Fifty-two-year-old Francesca Matus of Ontario, was last seen driving home from a local bar with Thomas Drew De Voursney, 36, on Tuesday evening, her friends say. Nancy Rifenbark, a U.S. citizen living in Corozal, told CTVNews.ca that she had dinner and drinks with Matus and De Voursney at Scotty's Bar in Corozal, Belize, on Tuesday night. Rifenbark said that, at approximately 11 p.m. local time, the couple left for home in Matus’ white Isuzu Rodeo SUV. At approximately 8:30 a.m. the next morning, Rifenbark said her friend Joe Milhoen went to give Matus a drive to the airport in Belize City, where she was to catch a flight to Canada. Rifenbark said that, when Milhoen arrived at Matus’ Corozal home, the gate was locked and her SUV wasn’t there. She said De Voursney’s motorcycle was the only vehicle parked at the home. Milhoen also spotted one of Matus’ suitcases through the glass of the front door.

Belize: remarkable ruins and beautiful birds
As the blazing Belizian sun shone down on the ancient Mayan city of Altun Ha, my husband and I huffed and puffed our way up the steep uneven steps leading to the pinnacle of the Temple of the Sun God. According to our guide, Ann Marie, this was a perfect day to see the view from the top of this ancient temple. “The sun god is happy when the sun shines,” she said right before she parked herself under a shady tree and suggested we go on without her. Reaching the top, we gazed out at a 360-degree view of crumbling ruins and verdant jungle. I’m not sure if the sun god was smiling, but we certainly were. Having the view all to ourselves was the best part. There wasn’t another soul in sight — except for Ann Marie under the tree. For us, the stop at Altun Ha was part of a short extension tour with Island Expeditions. The tour promised to allow us to explore two ancient Maya sites and visit one of the top birding locations in the country. We said our goodbyes to Ann Marie and made our way to the van to head to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bird’s Eye View Lodge — a top birding destination and our accommodation for the night. As we drove into the sanctuary, our driver Leonard began pointing out the flora and fauna. “We call that Bamboo Chicken,” he said, pointing to a large Green Iguana in a leafy bush. “People used to hunt them for their meat — especially in the spring because the eggs are considered a delicacy. Now the species is protected.”

Beyond the Horizon Builds Relationships in San Ignacio
Service members assigned to Beyond the Horizon 2017 took time off from their busy schedule to participate in a community relations event April 21, 2017 at the Santa Elena Sports Complex in San Ignacio, Belize. BTH 2017 is a partnership exercise between U.S. Southern Command and the Belize Government and consists of multiple construction projects and health care events in three districts of the country. San Ignacio is the second of three health fairs and follows the recently completed project at Ladyville which served over 3500 people. “The purpose of this get together is to introduce ourselves (the members of Beyond the Horizon 2017) to the communities of San Ignacio and the surrounding area and let them know why we are here in Belize, specifically in San Ignacio,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lashawn Yelling, a team leader in the 413th Civil Affairs Battalion.

I Farmed Seaweed in Belize to Learn Why It’s the Food of the Future
It was a jarring, hour-long boat ride to Little Water Caye, a sliver of an island 30 km off the coast of Placencia, Belize. There was only a small wooden house on a beach, and palm trees waving in the Caribbean breeze. But offshore, invisible from the surface, lay the first sustainable seaweed farm in Central America. I helped unload the boat—food, yellow twine ropes, and snorkelling gear—everything we'd need to spend a few days planting seaweed. The previous day, I'd walked past the headquarters of the Placencia Seaweed Co-operative on the mainland. Packages of dried seaweed, and seaweed in gel form, sat on a shelf inside the open door. The head seaweed farmer, Lowell Godfrey, greeted me and I asked him about the farm. He told me that they farm two types of red seaweed—Eucheuma and Gracilaria—and they do it using sustainable farming practices. He invited me to see for myself. Prior to this, I knew nothing about seaweed. Yes, I ordered the occasional spicy tuna roll, but seaweed is a multi-billion dollar industry, and I soon discovered that I consume and use seaweed all the time without knowing it. So do you. It's the ultimate multitasker.

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  • CCC Marching Band Victory Parade, 2min. Congratulations once again!

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