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The San Pedro Sun

BCCI hosts Chamber Day in San Pedro
In an effort to promote effective entrepreneurship in San Pedro, the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) hosted “Chamber Day” at San Pedro High School’s (SPHS) R.A. Nuńez Auditorium on Friday, April 28th. A total of nine stakeholder groups participated: BCCI’s Western Union, Customs & Excise Department, Department General Sales Tax, Income Tax Department, Immigration Department, Department of Youth Services, BELTRAIDE (Belize Trade and Investment Development Service), Export Belize, Social Security Board, Belize Chocolate Company, and the Development Finance Corporation. Opening the ceremony was Christopher Pech, BCCI Membership Program Administrator, who welcomed everyone to the event and explained the important role BCCI plays in Belize. Founded in 1920, BCCI is the largest private sector membership-based organization in Belize. Not only does BCCI help enhance the quality of life in the country, but it also promotes sustainable development through the business community.

SPHS are the champions of the 2017 San Pedro Softball Cup
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) male softball team are the champions of the 7th annual San Pedro Softball Cup. Hosted by The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), the games were held at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th. The tournament saw teams from Corozal Town, Belize City and San Pedro Town. The teams were a combination of junior and senior players, with the Belize City and Corozal Town teams featuring players from different levels, including primary school level.

Missing Canadian-American couple found dead
The bodies of Canadian national Francesca Matus and her boyfriend, American national Drew DeVoursney were discovered on Monday, May 1st, on Chan Chen road, leading to a sugar cane field in Corozal District, Northern Belize. The couple had been reported missing since Wednesday, April 26th, when a close friend, Joe Miholen, could not find them at their home. Miholen reported that he went looking for Matus at her house, who was supposed to fly back to Canada on Wednesday. He was to drive her to the international airport in Ladyville, near Belize City, but she was nowhere to be found. “When I arrived there to pick her up, the gate was closed and the car was gone,” Miholen told the media.

Ambergris Today

Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
The Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge celebrated its second anniversary on Saturday, April 29, 2017, with a social gathering held at The Great House, Mahogany Bay Village. The Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge was founded on May 6, 2015. Members and invited guests enjoyed a fantastic evening of dining and dancing. Lucy Munoz was the lucky winner of the raffle. The Masonic lodge is a fraternal organization that teaches morality; they are known to be a secret society to the community but rather claim to be a society with a secret. Mason claim that this lodge is not a religion, it respects and accepts all religions. In fact in order to become a member one must believe that there is a God, they do not recruit members but those interested need to ask to become a member. Their goal is to become better men as the organization is open only for males.

El Pescador Wins Lodge Of The Year For Excellence In Fly Fishing Industry
Congratulations are on hand for El Pescador in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize that was recently awarded with the Orvis Endorsed Lodge of the Year for excellence in the Fly Fishing Industry. Nominated for 2017 Saltwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year was local guide Carlos ‘Kechu’ Marin. The winners of this year’s coveted awards were announced at a ceremony during the 2017 Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana, on April 28. On hand to accept the award for Lodge of the Year was Ali Gentry Flota of El Pescador, who was accompanied by Carlos Marin and wife Lucy Marin.

Grace Brown To Represent San Pedro At Miss Teen Belize Pageant
Fifteen year old Grace Brown is set to represent La Isla Bonita, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, at the Miss Teen Belize pageant. She along with three other contestants from around the country were officially presented with there sash this past weekend, April 29, 2017, at Finn and Martini. “I am looking forward to enjoy myself with my companions, have a great experience, focus on contributing to our environment and environmental issues, devote all my time to practice and train as hard as I can to make my Isla Bonita proud.” - Grace Brown.

Misc Belizean Sources

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El Pescador Wins Orvis International Lodge Of The Year
I am very proud and excited to have El Pescador be honored as the Orvis Endorsed International Lodge of the year again. While I was lucky enough to accept the award last night with Captain Kechu, we accepted it on behalf of all the staff and all the guides who work so tirelessly and bring such excitement and love to their job every day. A special thank you to our wonderful guests. Without you none of this would be possible. We love being a part of your cherished vacation time. Thank you all

Afternoon cook opening on Caye Caulker
Island Magic Beach Resort is looking for an afternoon cook to work in our restaurant. Shift would be from 12noon to 5pm. Please visit office for further details if you are interested. RESPONSIBLE applicants only please. Note: If you are not mature and responsible you won't like it here.

U.S. Citizen Town Hall Meeting in Hopkins
The Embassy of the United States of America in Belize invites you to a U.S. citizen town hall meeting in Hopkins Date: May 5, 2017. Place: Beaches and Dreams Seafront Inn and Restaurant, Hopkins. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

7th International Festival of Culture
The 7th International Festival of Culture is almost here! Come experience your culture with the Belize Ek Balam Poktapok Team and many other cultural presentations! Check out the flyers for more details or contact the Benque House of Culture (NICH).

Today is 11 B'en in the Maya Tzolk'in calendar
B'en is associated with reeds and corn. To foster the growth of corn is to foster the growth of man, as man came from corn. Today celebrate your own strengths as a reed.

EUROPEAN LUXURY MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPHER AND JOURNALIST VISIT BELIZE
In January 2017, the Belize Hotel Association, attended the Vakantiebeurs Utrecht Trade show in the Netherlands. Vakantiebeurs is a 6 day event that includes one day of meetings with travel agents and press and five days open to the public /consumer/ travelers. At this show our European representative Sander Langeveld met Freelance Photographer Ms. Esther Quelle and Journalist Ms. Harmke Kraak who had been contracted to do a 16 page destination article about Belize for LXRY magazine Netherlands. LXRY is the Most high-end lifestyle magazine in The Netherlands and our BHA representative realized this was an amazing media opportunity for our members and for our country. Ms. Quelle and Ms Kraak arrived on their first visit to Belize, Tuesday April 25 and departed today May 2, 2017. During their stay in Belize they visited several destinations in Belize namely San Pedro, Placencia, Cayo and Punta Gorda. They enjoyed many of the amazing activities Belize has to offer including snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, cave and waterfall rappelling, and jungle hikes to scenic areas within the country.

Hon. Pablo Saul Marin passes away
On behalf of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Government of Belize, the Press Office extends deepest sympathies to Hon. Pablo Saul Marin, Minister of Health, on the passing of his father, Mr. Primitivo Felix Marin. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Ascenthium To Perform At Benque Viejo
We are playing for the 7th International Festival of Culture in Benque Viejo this Sat May 6th! The Centennial Park is the place to be, come out and support some good Rock n Roll! Saturday, May 6 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Princess Casino Free Zone this weekend
Princess Casino Free Zone, Corozal keeps us entertained this weekend with more Laugh Out Loud moments on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th with the "MAYITO & PITAHAYA" comedy show from Mexico beginning at 10:00 P.M. Come out, laugh, enjoy and get a chance to win. FREE ADMISSION!

Culture of Peace 2017
The 2017 Culture of Peace was last week. This year, it was held at Arenal. "Yesterday at Arenal Village presentations from kids, Benque Marimba Youth Academy “Los Hijos del West”, House of Culture Benque Viejo and Melchor and OAS AZ in the form of cultural dances and exhibition of their paintings and talent to OAS officials, Ambassador of Belize, and European Union officials."

Dia del la Cruz tonight in San Pedro
Join us in celebrating the feast day of the three crosses (Las tres cruces de Mayo) on Wednesday, May 3rd, @ 7:00 pm at the San Pedro House of Culture

Channel 7

Canadian-American Couple Found Dead In Corozal Canefield
From Wednesday night we've been reporting on the missing couple: 52 year old Canadian Francesca Matus and 36 year old American DREW Thomas De Voursey - and yesterday evening, six days after they ere last seen, the worst fears were confirmed when they were found dead. Their bodies were found in an advanced state of decomposition about six and half miles from the center of Corozal Town where they were last seen alive. Jules Vasquez has the story:... Courtney Weatherburne reporting Police kept an armed guard over the sugar road where the body was found. And when we tried to go close they told us it was off limits. On Monday at around 4:00 a cane cutter found the bodies of Canadian Francesca Matus and American Drew Devoursney piled on top of each other.

Was Woman Set In Vehicle To Burn?
So, while Corozal police continue to investigate that double murder that's making international headlines in Canada and the US, they aren't sure what the make of the vehicle which was completely destroyed by fire this morning.The vehicle, a Kia SUV, was found at mile 21 on the George Price Highway, near the Youth Hostel. Inside it, the cops found the charred remains of an adult, but at this time, the authorities can't say whether it's a man or a woman. The vehicle is registered to a female from Belmopan, who has ties to San Ignacio, and at this time, she hasn't been located. Police sources tell us that investigators are trying to locate the owner who did not show up to work today. The Deputy Officer Commanding the Rural Eastern Division did hold a press briefing this afternoon to explain that they came upon the vehicle and the burnt remains after they set chase. According to Assistant Superintendent Cocom, the vehicle fled a checkpoint:

Baby Killed In Fatal Accident
Police from the Rural Eastern Division also have to investigate a fatal traffic accident which happened yesterday in which a 7-month-old baby died. It happened at around 2 p.m. yesterday on Labour Day when 23 year-old Darrell Jackson, a resident of Belize City, was driving a Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV on the George Price Highway. He was carrying 7 other passengers, including 22 year-old Vidal Davis, 10-year Standford Casimiro, 19 year-old AJ Flores, Jermaine Wagner, Aldis Ferguson, Johlanie Ferguson, Esmay Ferguson, the 7-month-old baby. At around mile 8, Jackson lost control of the vehicle and flipped over on the side of the road. All occupants suffered varying degrees of injuries but Baby Esmay's injuries claimed her life. Today, ASP Cocom told us that their investigation shows that Jackson was driving the vehicle with only a learner's permit:

Two Children Drowned On Labour Day Weekend In Cayo, The First Only 11
And from those dramatic accidents to the drowning of two minors on Sunday. The first happened at around 2:30 in the river near Banana Bank. 12 year old Sandy Lopez was with her dad and other siblings in the river when the current swept her and her older sister away. Their father, Valley of Peace resident Armando Lopez was able to save his older daughter Dianna but he couldn't save little Sandy. Lopez told us that he will be forever haunted by the sound of his helpless daughter screaming out for help. Here is Lopez's very emotional account with English subtitles. Armando Lopez, Father: "I was with them in the river. I went with them in the river. It was three of my daughters, and one little boy with me. I stayed with three of them in one corner, it was shallow, maybe about 12 inches of water and she was with my other older daughter who is about 15 going on 16. They went into a deeper part in the river and the current took them under. When the water was higher than their waist, they shouted "Daddy!! Daddy I need help" and I left the kids and I ran, it was... Very impossible for me when I got there they grabbed on to my neck and they pushed me under. I tried to lift them up."

Second Drowning Victim Was Teenager
And later that Sunday evening around 5:00, 16 year old Belize City resident Joseph Vacarro drowned near the Hammock Bridge in Roaring Creek. Vacarro was also with his family at the river. His family says that he was a great swimmer and they are not sure what happened. They say the river wasn't that deep either. We spoke to two family friends who watched him grow up down Rhaburn Alley in Belize City. Here is what they had to say. Neighbor: "When I came to live over there, he was a little boy. Now, he still lives in the neighborhood and he grew up through this alley and he was a nice guy. He went to Edward P. Yorke. "He would definitely be missed in this alley, this community. Everybody heart goes out for him, because it's so sad how it happened. Nobody didn't expected it."

Non-Lethal Grenade Found
On Friday night, police found a grenade on Fern Lane in the St. Martin's De Porres area. After analyzing the grenade, police confirmed that it was a nonlethal British type Practice Grenade. This is the third grenade found on South Side Belize City in 2017.

Man Charged For Ladyville Murder
Today 28-year-old Timothy Turton appeared in the Magistrate's Court where he was charged with the murder of Brandon Bradley. Turton is accused of gunning down the 17-year-old honor student near his home in Lord's Bank village last week. According to reports, Turton ambushed Bradley while he was riding home after socializing with his brother and some friends at a nearby shop and shot him in the chest. Bradley's family found him dead in some bushes a few minutes later. Due to the nature of the offense Turton was not offered bail. He was remanded into custody until August 2.

Baker Bucks Price Control For Bread
Today Casa Pan Dulce, the main producer of bread in Western Belize, announced that it would be phasing out the production of its "price controlled" 16 ounce sliced bread and replacing it with a 17 ounce loaf. According to a press release issued by the bakery's management, the recent increase in fuel prices on top of rises in the cost of raw materials and import duties have made production and distribution of the product unsustainable. The price of 16 ounce sliced bread is controlled by the Bureau of Standards, so by slightly increasing the size Pan Dulce will be able to set it's own financially viable prices while still remaining competitive. We spoke to a representative of Casa Pan Dulce earlier today who told us that he expects other bakeries throughout the country to make a similar change - which could signal an end to the price controlled regime for one of the most basic food staples.

BERT And CITCO Talk Over Mass Casualty Emergencies
3 weeks ago, we showed you the disaster simulation that BERT, their ambulance teams, the police, the fire department, and the City Council staged on Princess Margaret Drive in front of the KHMH. They were testing the state of readiness of the entire emergency apparatus in the event of a mass casualty situation within the City or the Belize Distrct. Well today, BERT and their partners in emergency management held a workshop for the public servants who must respond to these types of extreme emergencies. They discussed topics such as emergency medical care in the absence of a trained EMT on sight, and how to handle persons with severe injuries. We stopped by and spoke to representatives of all 4 sister agencies about the importance of this type of skills training.:

Commonwealth Coming
Another big event that the Belize City Council is preparing for is 7th Annual Caribbean Urban Forum, win which Mayor Darrell Bradley and his fellow councillors will be hosting local government leaders from across the Caribbean, and other parts of the world. It's the second time that the Belize Planners Association have had the opportunity to host the event, and last week Friday, Mayor Bradley told us about the event and the prestige of holding it in Belize: Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "Belize City will be hosting the 7th annual Caribbean urban forum on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of May. This is a major regional conference of land use managers and urban planners. This has been held 6 years previously. It has been held in various Caribbean countries and we're very pleased to say that this year the Belize Planners Association together with the Belize City Council is hosting the 2nd Caribbean urban forum.

PUC Says OK To BEL
Today the Public Utilities Commission made its initial decision in respect to BEL's Annual Tariff Review submission. BEL had recommended that no changes be made to the Mean Electricity Rate, which is currently at $0.3699 per kilowatt hour. The PUC had previously suggested a reduction to $0.3692 per kilowatt hour, however it decided that the 0.19% decrease was too insignificant to have any impact on the tariffs and approved BEL's suggestion. Bottom line for you? No change in the electricity rate.

Toddler Crushed By Coke Delivery Truck
This morning at 8:30, it was rush hour on Liberty Street in Orange Walk Town. That's when three year old Lindsey Alina Babb's father was taking her to her grandparents for the day's babysitting. But she never made it. That's because a Bowen and Bowen delivery truck made a U-Turn and clipped her father's motor scooter. That caused the toddler to tumble off the seat, unto the street where she was crushed under the wheels of the moving truck. It was a terrible scene and we spoke to an eyewitness who lives nearby as well as Baby Lindsey's grandfather:... Voice of: Eye Witness: "I was right at my seat having breakfast when my wife said you know what an accident. Someone hit someone. I ran out and I saw the little girl in the middle of the street. Her dad was picking her up and when I went there she was already dead."

Mayor On Stalled Manhole Project
One year ago, the Belize City Council embarked on a project to replace thousands of manhole covers for sidewalks all across Belize City. That's a total of 3,600 manholes, and it was supposed to last only 3 months last year, but that project, which had a budget of 300 thousand dollars, has stalled - and we have seen very little work. So, what's up with that? That's what we asked, and the Mayor said that the contractors ran into some problems that they didn't anticipate:

CFZ CEO Suspended
The drama continued at the Corozal Free Zone today. That's because at a meeting on Friday, the board of directors decided unanimously to suspend CEO Valentino Blanco for 30 days. A letter to Blanco says that he breached confidentiality, the terms and conditions of his employment and that has led to a loss of confidence from staff and the CFZ private sector. We got more today at the Free zone form Chairman Gregory Gibson: Gregory Gibson, Chairman - Corozal Free Zone: "The board thought that under the existing circumstances that it was necessary for a situation to calm down. The board will conduct an investigation into the concerns of the staff and the accusations against the CEO. At the end of that one-month suspension period then they will make a formal position. As it stands right now it's merely for calming the situation and to give us time to investigate if there are indeed grounds for the staff feelings or if the CEO has done anything that requires some correction or maybe it's just a management style approach to things."


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Channel 5

Canadian-American Couple’s Gruesome Murder in Corozal
A Canadian woman and her U.S. boyfriend were strangled to death in the Corozal District. The couple was reported missing since last Wednesday, her SUV was first found on Sunday [...]

Who Suffered Death in Burned-Out Vehicle in Gracie Rock?
As police grapple with the double murder up north, there is another homicide that is baffling authorities.  Early this morning, a burnt vehicle was found on the George Price Highway. [...]

Orange Walk Baby Crushed in Traffic Accident
Three-year-old Lindsey Babb lost her life this morning during a horrifying traffic mishap in Orange Walk Town.  The toddler was being transported on a motorcycle driven by her father, thirty-three-year-old [...]

Toddler Dead in George Price Highway Accident
A baby was also killed in a fatal road traffic accident over the holiday weekend, this time the mishap took place on the George Price Highway near mile nine.  Seven-month-old [...]

P.M. Drops Hints about Retirement at Chamber AGM
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has dropped his largest hint yet that he will, sooner rather than later, be stepping down before the end of his term in 2020.  Back on [...]

Businessmen to Get Help with Duties
There were some sweets offered to the businessmen by Prime Minister Barrow in his address, which he couched as offering a listening ear and helping hand to the business community. [...]

P.M. Promises to Do Better with Corruption, Other Critical Issues
The recently passed General Revenue and Appropriation Bill prescribed increases in taxes totalling eighty million dollars to cover a shortfall, while limiting cuts in expenditure. Prime Minister Dean Barrow pointed [...]

Free Zone Board Acts as C.E.O. is Suspended
There is lingering disquiet at the Corozal Commercial Free Zone where meetings were held today to quell concerns of the business community. We have been reporting since last week of [...]

Cayo’s Casa Pan Dulce Changes Bread and Price
On Friday, we told you of plans by Dario’s Bakery to lift prices for meat pies from a dollar to a dollar twenty-five beginning today, Tuesday. Tonight, our viewers in [...]

Two Drowning Incidents Reported in Cayo District
Two young persons lost their lives on Sunday in separate drowning incidents in the West. On Sunday, April thirtieth, Police visited an area in the Banana Bank road where they [...]

Man Charged for Teen’s Murder in Ladyville
Twenty-four-year-old Timothy Thurton was arrested and charged last week with the murder of seventeen-year-old minor, Brandon Randy Bradley. He appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza for arraignment this afternoon. After [...]

Prisoner Convicted of Jailhouse Killing
After five months behind prison bars awaiting his fate, thirty-one-year-old Lorenzo Smith Junior, accused of the murder of his prison inmate, Alfonso Eck, was found guilty of the crime today. [...]

San Pedro Man Charged with Incest of Daughter
There is a disturbing report from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. A minor in the island is accusing her father of incest.  Because of the sensitivity of the case, we will [...]

P.S.E. Day 2: Students Tackle Problem-Solving
Seven thousand, one hundred and forty-three hopefuls sat part two of the Primary School Examination countrywide today. As hard as they studied, as thorough as their preparations were, there is [...]

Family Picks Up Pieces after Fire on Elston Kerr Street
On Easter Sunday afternoon, fire personnel were called to put out a fire inside a room at an unpainted wooden bungalow house belonging to domestic Dawn Faber of Racoon Street [...]

Football Federation Continues Suspension of Corozal President
The Football Federation of Belize has suspended the chairman of the Corozal Football Association after it was discovered that Frank Sutherland had been misappropriating funds used to pay the monthly [...]

Emergency Operators Continue Training
Do you know how to contact the emergency response authorities if you come across the scene of an accident? The number to call is 223-3292, but many people don’t do [...]

Football Leads Tuesday Edition of Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday   [Highlights of weekend sporting activities…}

CTV3

Police Looking In All Angles In double Homicide
The case of initial disappearance which has now turned into cold-blooded murder involving two foreign nationals here in Belize has gotten the steep interest of the international media, and you would expect there is mounting pressure to find answers. We turned to the Corozal Police who have had to change gears swiftly from looking for missing persons to investigating a double homicide. Officer in Charge of Corozal Police, Senior Superintendent Dennis Arnold, shared that while the authorities have detained one person for questioning, their information is that one of the victims had not reported that threats had been made against her.

Corozal Free Zone CEO Suspended For Thirty Days
Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Corozal Commercial Free Zone, Valentino Blanco, has been suspended by the Board of Directors. This comes after Blanco found himself involved in a number of allegations of corruption and the administrative staff of the zone decided to stage a protest against him by not going to work on April 27th, 2017. Reports suggest that the office staff wants Blanco gone and so does the Board of Directors and all indications are that they are closer to obtaining their objective. On Friday last the Board of Directors met to discuss and investigate the industrial action taken against Blanco and with the objective of amending the situation a motion was passed unanimously by the board to suspend Blanco from his duties as CEO for a period of 30 days. That decision was relayed to Blanco today via a letter dated May 2nd, 2017 and signed by CCFZ Chairman Gregory Gibson who spoke with the media today on the issue.

Primary School Students Sit Second Part Of PSE
Today 7,143 students from the 273 schools across the country of Belize (including those with special needs) sat the second part of the 2017 Primary School Examinations (PSE) at the designated examination centers. Those papers included the remaining two subjects…Mathematics and Social Studies. When it comes to the Orange Walk District, there were a total of nine hundred forty four students, of which four hundred seventy six of them were males and the remaining four hundred sixty eight students were females.

LOVE FM

Agric Show 2017 Draws 37K Visitors
The 47th National Agriculture and Trade Show was officially opened on Friday, April 28 on the showgrounds in Belmopan. On Saturday and Sunday, the trade and commerce went into full swing as dozens of private and public businesses occupied the booths with bargains, deals and marketing strategies. Love News spoke with the Chairperson of the […]

VIP and NTUCB Salute Workers on Labour Day 2017
May 1, also referred to as Labour Day, was the fifteenth public and bank holiday for 2017 in Belize. It is a day to celebrate labour, employment and economic activity. In a message from the Vision Inspired by the People (VIP), they saluted all Belizean Workers and stressed on the importance of the trade union […]

CITCO Evaluates Emergency Responders
On April 11, quick response personnel of the Belize Emergency Response Team, BERT along with other medical response agencies staged a road traffic accident simulation in Belize City. The simulation served as a test to assess the team’s strengths and weaknesses when responding to emergencies. The assessment of last month’s simulation is being presented today […]

California JPs Active and Helping Fellow Belizeans
Belizeans living in California, USA and who are a part of the Justice of the Peace Association hosted a delegation from Belize over the weekend for a special meeting and swearing in ceremony. Heading the delegation to the US was the President of the Belize Justice of the Peace Association, Adrian Danny Madrid. He was […]

BTV Celebrates 1859 Border Treaty
The Belize Territorial Volunteers held a concert Sunday evening at Waluco’s in Punta Gorda to commemorate the signing of the 1859 border treaty between Great Britain and the Republic of Guatemala. According to Wil Maheia who heads the BTV, the event was a success. WIL MAHEIA ” Maheia also spoke of the patrols done on […]

US Plans to Place Additional Tax on Remittances to Belize
An online article published in News Americas last Friday has listed Belize as one of the top ten countries that have received money transfers from the United States for 2015. The statistics were revealed on the heels of the introduction of a Bill in the US that will impose a two percent fee on all […]

The Reporter

Car flips on George Price highway
Police are currently at the scene of a traffic accident near mile 8 community on the George Price highway, where a car reportedly overturned sometime after 2:00 p.m., today. Unofficial reports to the Reporter are that the driver of the vehicle was trapped inside […]

MoH issues public advisory about hot weather
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued a public advisory on ways to keep cool during the excessive heat that has affected Belize over the last few days. The Ministry advises people to avoid the sun’s rays during the hottest time of the day, […]

Two minors drown in Roaring Creek
Two young people drowned in the Roaring Creek river earlier today. Reports are that Jose Vaccario, 16, from Bze City and Sandy Lopez, 12, from San Ignacio were two of several persons who went in the river from scorching inland temperatures at the Agricultural showgrounds this […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Corozal Free Zone CEO suspended
A leaked letter, signed by the Chairman of the Corozal Free Zone (CFZ), and addressed to the newly appointed CEO of the CFZ, Valentino Blanco, confirms that Blanco has been suspended from his post. The letter dated today, 2nd May 2017, outlines the reasons for Blanco’s suspension, including breach of confidentiality and breach of the terms and conditions of employment. According to the letter Blanco lost the confidence of staff and the CFZ private sector and failed to exercise his duty in a fair and impartial manner.

Belize~The Bartender Industry
Bar tenders are like pharmacists….only they serve up social medicine. With the right mix….they can help people to “forget about life for a while”….to otherwise let down their hair, smile, hum, whistle, sing, dance and engage in merry making. A good bar tender leaves his own worries home….and pays full and keen attention to the mood of each of his patrons….he tries to make everyone more happy….he is at the center of creating happiness for clients and co-workers….and profits for establishment owners.

Canadian-American couple strangled to death
Canadian Francesca Matus, 52, and American Drew Thomas De Voursey, 36, who were reported missing last week, were strangled to death, according to a post-mortem conducted on the bodies this morning. Police reported that the two bodies were found in a cane field in Chan Chen village, Corozal. The clothes on the bodies matched the description of the clothes the couple wore when they were last seen by friends.

Police confirm child dies in OW traffic accident
A motorcycle carrying a child and driven by Eulalio Babb, a 33-year-old traffic officer of Orange Walk Town, was knocked down by a red Bowen and Bowen truck driven at the time by Irvin Leal, 24.

Body found in burned vehicle involved in police chase
According to reports, sometime after 2:00 a.m. today, a gold Kia Sportage sped passed the Hattieville check point without stopping. Police then set chase after the vehicle. Reports are that the vehicle suffered a blow out and collided into a fence in an area near mile 21 on the George Price Highway.

Traffic accident in Orange Walk claims life of young child
A delivery truck knocked down and killed a little girl and injured her father a short while ago in Orange Walk town. The incident reportedly occurred in front of 1-2-3 Supermarket on Liberty Avenue in Orange Walk.

Post mortems to take place on bodies of American-Canadian couple
Yesterday, the bodies of the missing Canadian-American couple were discovered near a cane field in Chan Chen village in the Corozal district. Reports to BBN is that an on site post-mortem examination is being conducted on the bodies at this time. According to these reports, the bodies are in an advanced state of decomposition.

Blogs

Xunantunich Maya Ruins
Though the excavated portion of Xunantunich occupies about 300 square meters of land, there is more to be unearthed. What remains behind tells of a quintessential Classic Period ceremonial center, but what separates this from other ruins is the domination of El Castillo, the tallest structure (sometimes called a pyramid) in Belize. It’s thought that this huge structure was the last ruling family’s ancestral shrine. The compound is divided into plazas for easy identification, but if you need more guidance to interpret features, find detailed information about the ruin at the visitor’s center. You’ll probably get a kick out of the free, hand-cranked ferry that leaves the village of San Jose Succotz, traverses the Mopan River and delivers you to the opposite bank where you’ll travel by foot or by vehicle about a mile (uphill) to the attraction’s ticket office on the Western Highway. You must request the ferry because there is no set schedule, though operating hours run from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., so unless you intend to swim, don’t forget to book it.

Barton Creek Cave – All You Need to Know Before You Go
Because Barton Creek Cave is nearly five miles long, allow plenty of time to investigate the areas that have been opened for tourists. From the comfort of a canoe, you will pass speleothems shaped by time and water over thousands of years. Your primary point of interest will likely be ten ledges researchers have identified as former staging areas for Mayan rituals. Evidence shows the scope of religious practices conducted deep within this cave that include conducting fertility rites, human sacrifices and acting as a burial chamber. If you’re driving to the cave from San Ignacio (or sister town Santa Elena), stay alert because apparently tourists have a penchant for missing turns and going the wrong way—even on the area’s one-way bridges! Cross the Hawksworth Bridge (it’s the lone suspension bridge in Belize) and follow signs west or catch a bus or shuttle. A guided tour will always be your best option. Book with an experienced local guide and put all of the arrangements into their hands so you don’t have to lift a finger until you pick up your boat paddle.

How this expat opened his own upscale resort in Belize
David Diffendal is one of the many expats who came to the tropical peninsula of Placencia, Belize as a vacationer…but quickly recognized the business opportunities and quality of life on offer here…and stayed. "When I visited Placencia in 2014, I saw that there was a wealth of upscale restaurants, activities, and excursions in the village," says David. "But within the village, the available lodging was still pretty rustic." After speaking to locals and business owners in the area, he realized that a boutique, upscale resort within walking distance of everything was a niche not being met. Up until several years ago, Placencia was a small, remote fishing village on Belize's Caribbean coast. But after building the first paved road into the village in 2011, it's grown into a tourist hot spot with more tourists, expats, and businesses coming down every year. Even so, the peninsula is progressing at a slow pace and maintaining its authentic charm, which struck David as an opportunity to grow a rewarding business and enjoy all the lifestyle benefits of a Caribbean paradise.

TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN BELIZE
If your family enjoys snorkeling, island life, Mayan Ruins, rainforests, and adventure, consider Belize! Here are some Mayan Ruins, and some rainforest exploration. On Ambergris Caye, snorkeling the crystal clear waters while viewing the stunning barrier reefs. An ideal tour would also add a few days over the border in Guatemala to see the stunning Tikal. San Ignacio Area – A central location for accessible adventure and to experience the Maya culture. San Ignacio is located in western Belize and serves as the capital of the Cayo District. The number of activities to do here are endless. Spend your days swimming in jungle-clad rivers, canoeing or crawling through mysterious caves, observing the birds, butterflies and other wildlife, or learn about the secrets of the ancient Maya. Some of our favorite family excursions:

Belize's Un-belizeable Tips to know about Belize Culture
While Belize is certainly geographically very Central American, its long history as a British colony gives it a feel that we found more similar to some Caribbean islands than its Latin neighbors. The Creole tinged English was a familiar sound to our ears after the years we spent on St. Croix, but it would fit right in on any of the Virgin Islands, Barbados, Antigua, or Jamaica. The history of Belize, known as British Honduras from 1862 until 1964, has a lot in common with those islands. The main difference being that harvesting mahogany trees was the driving economic factor, as opposed to sugar cane.

Belize's on the Review
You can stay at remote luxury jungle eco-lodges with opportunities for rainforest walks, private waterfall dining, viewing stunning wildlife in their natural habitat – mixed with fun adventure activities such as canopy zip-lining, caving and tubing. Visit majestic Mayan temples and ruins, English-speaking Belize offers a wealth of exotic wildlife and natural beauty including rainforest, mountains, waterfalls and tropical beaches fringed by a barrier reef offering spectacular diving and snorkelling. Combine all this ancient Mayan ruins, an eclectic cultural mix of peoples and adrenalin-fuelled activities such as zip-lining and you have all the ingredients for a fantastic holiday adventure. - fsample different foods and get a feel for the music, religion, customs, markets, arts & crafts of the Belizean people. Travel to the tropical soft white sands of Belize’s Caribbean for some laid-back barefoot luxury with beach and poolside R & R, sunshine and spa pampering coupled with fantastic snorkelling and diving.

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Long Weekend in Belize
After touching down in Belize City, we got on a flight to Ambergris Caye, the largest and arguably most popular island in Belize. Belize is home to numerous islands, rainforests, jungles and fascinating points of interest like the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole. Most people don’t go to Belize to stay in Belize City. Ambergris Caye is about 20 minutes away from Belize City if you fly on a Cessna like the one pictured below. It’s a convenient and memorable experience especially to have a birdseye view of the jaw dropping clear blue water that surrounds the islands. You can buy tickets for your flight from Belize City to Ambergris Caye here. The cheaper option is to take a water taxi. Once you get out of the airport, you first have to take a regular taxi to the Marine Terminal for a fixed price of $25 – from there the speedboat takes about an hour and a half and it’s a stunning, scenic ride. The price of the speedboat is $20 one way per adult and you can conveniently book them online here.

10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Spots in Belize
One of the most underrated gems of central America, Belize rarely gets the attention it deserves. Many of the most memorable destinations in this Vermont-sized oasis aren’t well-known to outsiders. Here are ten off-the-beaten-path attractions in Belize that are sure to make an impression.

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Beyond the Horizon 2017 Provides Free Medical Services Event in Belize
Beyond the Horizon (BTH) 2017 is a partnership exercise between the government of Belize and U.S. Southern Command that will provide three free medical service events and five construction projects throughout the country from March 25th until June 17th. Members of the Utah National Guard’s Medical Command (MEDCOM) were on site to provide several different basic medical procedures and health care services to the local Belizean population. “We are providing dental services, vision exams, general medicine, a women’s health clinic, and a pediatric clinic,” said Lt. Col. Erin Merryweather, deputy commander of clinical services with the Utah MEDCOM. The free medical clinic was open at the Ladyville Recreation Center until April 21st, with a break in operation April 14th-16th over the holiday weekend. “Past experiences have shown there is the potential to treat up to 600 or 700 patients a day during this event,” Lt. Col. Merryweather added.

ICT tender: Belize issues call for information management system
Belize is inviting eligible consultants to develop a web-based information management system (IMS) for the ministry of the environment. The government received ...

Kuwait, Belize seek closer aviation ties
Kuwait's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced on Tuesday that it has signed an air transport agreement with the Central American nation of Belize, part of efforts to transform Kuwait into an aviation hub.
Speaking to the press, DGCA Chairman Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said that the country's aviation sector is on the cusp of a new phase of development, where the highest standards of safety and security will be implemented.
Meanwhile, Director of DGCA's Air Transport Department Sami Eid hailed the deal as a step towards reaching out to the rest of the world, saying it aims to facilitate aviation services between both nations.
He also pointed out that DGCA has signed some 126 pacts with numerous nations in a bid to ensure seamless travel for citizens and expatriates alike.

Canada Warns Its Citizens About Travel To 8 Caribbean Nations
The scourge of crime in some Caribbean nations has led the Canadian government to update its travel warnings on Tuesday May 2nd on eight Caribbean nations. Canada’s government is warning its nationals to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to the 8 nations. Canadians are being warned to exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to Belize due to a high rate of violent crimes throughout the country. The Canadian government warns about criminal activity, including armed robbery, mugging and sexual assault, saying it is “a significant problem throughout Belize including in resort areas.” They also warned of armed robberies that occasionally occur near the western border with Guatemala, including near and around Caracol. Female travelers are especially warned to travel in groups and avoid isolated areas, including unsupervised beaches, especially at nights, since cases of sexual assault against female travelers have been reported.

Videos

  • Trip To Belize (Part2), 11min. Second part of the trip! Did some exploring and cave tubing

  • UNCW EVS Belize Trip Spring 2017, 3min. This video shows some of the places that we visited on our trip to Belize: New River, Lamanai, El Pilar, Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, Barton Creek Cave, Big Rock Falls, and Xunantunich.

  • Nets, like gillnets, are indiscriminate, 3min. Las Cuevas residents rescuing a Leatherback Turtle from a fishing net this morning. Thanks a lot guys keep up the good work.

  • COLD BLOODED DOUBLE MURDER IN COROZAL…MISSING FOREIGN NATIONALS FOUND THEY WERE STRANGLED TO DEATH, 7min.

  • THREE YEAR OLD TODDLER CRUSHED TO DEATH BY A BOWEN AND BOWEN DELIVERY TRUCK, 10min.

  • Cancer Awareness Month - Belmopan & Belize Cancer Society, 20min.

  • Atthorneys' General Ministry / UNDP - United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), 24min.

  • Belize Trip April 2017, 4.5min. A short video and slideshow showcasing some of the student volunteers who assisted during the April 2017 trip to Belize.

  • Belize: An Adventurer's Paradise, 3min.

  • Rio Frio Cave, 2.5min. Our expectations on this cave were low... it was on the way to Caracol. Wow! What a thrill going into this cave.

  • Cave canoeing Belize, 4min.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, May 2, 58min.


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