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Today's Belize News: May 4, 2017 #523350
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The San Pedro Sun

North Ambergris Caye Police Substation re-opened
Officer in Charge of the Eastern Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Dezerie Philips gave the opening remarks. “Today is a significant day in San Pedro. Every time we inaugurate and open a police booth, it is a huge step we take. This booth was further up north, but we changed the location to meet the policing demands. Crime is everybody’s business. We need everyone to come on board with us to ensure we can do our best to serve our communities,” said Philips. Mayor Guerrero further stated the SPTC has invested $75,000 on solar panel lights to help reduce crime. He also stated that Deputy Mayor Gary Greif recently met with Minister of State for Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon Junior, and finances were approved to install solar lights. These lights will be placed in strategic places around the island, particularly in areas where shootings have occurred in the past.

Matuz Bombers & San Pedro FC enter Mclean U-17 football finals
The Matuz Bombers and San Pedro FC have both qualified for the championship finals of the Mclean Insurance U-17 football tournament organized by the Belize District Football Association. The Hattieville Riverside Boys U-15 and Matuz Bombers U-15 also won the under-15 finals by big wins at the MCC grounds in Belize City on Saturday, April 8. The Matuz Bombers U-15 edged out Carlston FC: 2-1 in the first semi-final. Eshaq King scored the first goal for the Bombers to lead 1-0 at intermission; and Nigel Matus scored a second goal after the break. The Bombers’ defence blundered in conceding a penalty, and Shane Pratt converted for Carlston’s only consolation goal. The Hattieville Riverside Boys U-15 schooled the City Boys 3-0 in the second U-15 semi-final. Aaron Hendricks scored the first goal to lead 1-0 at intermission. Ruben Darius scored a second goal after the break, and Enoch “Monster” Rhaburn scored a third goal to seal the 3-0 win.

Belize Bureau of Standards inaugurates new metrology laboratory
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, in collaboration with the Government of Belize (GOB) and the European Union (EU) officially opened its new Metrology Laboratory on Friday, April 28th in Belmopan City. The Lab will be responsible for setting measurement standards to serve as the basis for ensuring equity in the marketplace and as a reference for calibration services throughout the country. It is the first of its kind in Belize and is the first purpose-built, state-of-the-art metrology facility within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Belize now joins other countries in the Caribbean region that have had a longer history in offering metrology services, like Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Tiger Sharks win first NEBL semifinal against Western Ballaz
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks continue to dominate as the number one seed in the 2017 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tournament. After the first round of semi-finals, the Tiger Sharks and the Belmopan Bandits emerged victorious this past weekend. On Saturday, April 29th, the Tiger Sharks played a familiar opponent, the Cayo Western Ballaz, at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. With the home court advantage, Tiger Sharks took the lead, leaving no room for the Western Ballaz to catch up. In the third quarter, the Tiger Sharks had a whopping 24-point lead. However, the Western Ballaz rallied, closing the gap in the final quarter with only a one-point deficit in the last 23 seconds. The Tiger Sharks fought for the win, and some free throws in the end allowed them to seal a tight 82-78 victory.

Ambergris Today

Belize Mourns Death Of American And Canadian Couple
The country is in shock this week at the announcement of the disappearance and death of Canadian Francesca Matus, 52, and American Drew Thomas De Voursey, 36, who had made Corozal their home. According to a post-mortem conducted on the bodies they were strangled to death. Their deaths are now being investigated as homicides. And so the Corozal community, in which the couple became a part of, had rallied together to search for their friends whom now they morn their tragic death. Much international coverage has been given to this case and Belize once again is getting a bad reputation for being unsafe, especially for tourist.

Misc Belizean Sources


Belmopan Humane Society Open House
We are having an Open House on Saturday, May 13 , for a day of fun with the family, including all pets! We hope you can drop by to see where the Humane Society property is, check out our Jumble, Plant and Book sale, maybe get a good bath for the dog, have some lunch and get a professional photo of your family pet. Dr. Baptist will be on hand for wellness checkups and vaccines, so bring the whole household along for our special pet day.

Are you going to work in the United States with a worker’s visa?
If you are, the US Embassy Belmopan wants you to know your rights. Know your rights! You Have the right to: · Be treated and paid fairly · Not be held in a job against your will · Keep your passport and other identification documents · Report abuse without retaliation · Seek justice in U.S. courts We are committed to preventing trafficking and labor abuses.

Today is 12 Ix in the Maya Tzolkin calendar
Ix carries with it a lot of symbolism. It represents the jaguar, the night-time sun, is associated with the goddess Ixchel and also represents corn. It is also said to represent sacred Maya altars, and is a day for both mountains and plains.

Human Jaguar Conflict Officer Marchilio “Moon” Ack
Protected Areas Manager and Human Jaguar Conflict Officer Marchilio “Moon” Ack, over the weekend, participated at the National Agriculture & Trade Show Grounds. He shared tips to livestock farmers on how to reduce conflict with jaguars and the importance of jaguars on Love FM - News and Music Power and at the event. Human-jaguar conflict is increasingly becoming a sensitive, multi-layered issue. As more forests – the jaguar's home – are converted for agricultural activities and community development, clashes between people and the forests’ apex predator becomes more widespread.

May First Friday Tres Cocos Trash Pick-up
Keep the spirit of Earth Day going with First Friday Tres Cocos Trash Pick-up on May 5th! Just 2 short hours of picking, laughs (really!) getting to know your neighbors and showing the island some love. Join us at 8AM-10AM, starting at Paradise Theatre. Bags, gloves, pick-up sticks & water all provided.

BTEC, BELTRAIDE holds it Certificate Ceremony for the Basics of Caregiving
The Belize Training and Employment Centre ( BTEC) , a unit of Beltraide , held a certificate ceremony for its Basics of Care-giving Training on April 28th at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development in Belmopan. This five week training sought to prepare participants to work for and on behalf of the elderly. The training included soft skills such as professionalism, work ethic, resume building and interview preparation; technical skills, First-Aid and CPR provided by the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) as well as an internship at the Sister Cecilia’s Home for the Elderly in Belize City.

National Tapir Day
Happy to attend the celebrations in honor of National Tapir Day and Fuego’s 4th birthday at the The Belize Zoo. Congratulations Sharon Matolas, Jamal and all the great staff for their excellent job!

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Belize Sugar Industries Limited
Belize Sugar Industries Limited invites qualified, motivated and agile individuals to submit applications for the position of Port Security Officer (PSO) based in Belize City. The PSO will be part of a team of Security Professionals whose responsibility is to watch over BSI’s Land, Port and Marine assets in the Belize City area and offshore. Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A Walk Through Benque Viejo Book Launch
A Walk Through Benque Viejo, a new book all about the culture of Benque, is being launched this Friday morning at Centennial Park. Great way to kick off the International Festival of Culture. "A Walk through Benque, book launch on our places of dearest memory, make it a date Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m."

Belize Fishing Report: Weeks of April 24th - April 30th
Light winds at the beginning of the week with strong winds ending the week. The fish are always hungry ahead of a storm and this week was not different. All the fish were eating including the tarpon and permit. Most of our guests landed bonefish with some of them bringing large bones to the boat.

New conservation post in the Chiquibul
Finally after 3 years, the construction of the next conservation post in the Chiquibul is materializing, in the northern region of Chiquibul. Road access underway. This is made possible through the support of the Government of Belize.

Visitation is starting to occur in remote areas of the Chiquibul such as Natural Arch and already garbage is beginning to be a problem
We certainly don’t want added problems in these wilderness zones. FCD’s karst team conducting a clean-up of the area

Channel 7

Canadian Suspect in Double Murder Will be Charged For Burglary Tomorrow
Tonight, there is a somewhat surprising new development to report in the case of the North American couple murdered in Corozal.  First, we can confirm that the single male suspect who police had detained is a Canadian.  And, second, he will be charged tomorrow. But it's not a murder charge - in fact, it's not for any crime in Corozal.  This suspect will be taken to Placencia where he will be charged for an unrelated burglary.  We're still working on getting details on that alleged crime, but after he is arraigned on that charge, he will then be taken back to Corozal where he will be questioned further on the murder of 52 year old Canadian Francesca Matus and 36 year old American Drew Thomas De Voursey.  As we understand it so far, he is not cooperating with police.  Sketchy information to 7News suggests that the couple may have been targeted for murder by persons familiar to them, possibly in a land dispute.  Police believe that more than one person was involved in the murder.  A post mortem determined that they were both strangled and then taken to a remote sugar road in Chan Chen where the killer or killers dumped their bodies.

Worst Fears For Missing Pamela Lino After Burnt Kia Found
Last night, we told you about the charred human remains that police found inside a burnt up vehicle at mile 21 on the George Price Highway. Well, police are no closer to identifying the victim, and tonight, there are growing concerns that the burnt victim is actually, the owner of the vehicle, Belmopan resident Pamela Lino. She's a teacher from the Belmopan Baptist High School, who hasn't reported to work for 2 days now. More worrisome than that is that no one has been able to get in touch with her, despite the best efforts from her co-workers, friends, and police.  As we reported, at around 2:30 a.m. yesterday, Hattieville police spotted her white Kia Sportage heading toward their checkpoint, westbound for Belmopan. As soon as the driver saw the police, he or she turned the vehicle around and headed back toward Belmopan.

Man Charged For Fatal Accident Where 7 Month Old Was Killed
Twenty-three year old Darrel Jackson was driving the SUV that flipped at mile 8 on the western Highway on Monday. It caused the death of a 7 month old baby - who was a passenger inside the vehicle. Today, he was charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, drove motor vehicle without due care and attention and drove motor vehicle in contravention of learner's permit. Magistrate Stephanie Gillett released him on a bail of $5,000 and his case was adjourned until August 3. He was travelling with 7 passengers when he lost control of the vehicle and flipped.

No Peace At Tourism Village
The local tour operators at the Fort Street Cruise Tourism Village were in an uproar again today.  This time they say it's because the BTB is restricting their movements with too many rules.  That has pitted some tour operators who are confined to one area against others who can roam freely.  It's one more symptom of too many fighting for too few scraps - and today tensions boiled over when the BTB - which officiates the terminal sent letters of reprimand to those tour operators who were allegedly caught roaming outside their approved area.  We spoke to operators on both sides of the dispute:… John Pollard - Owner, Big John Tours: "What they are doing which is plain to be seen, they are dictating the pace for us when we should move, when we should not move, if we should use the bathroom and whatever else may come along. Jules that is not right." Dennis Tillet - Tour Guide, Big John Tours

UNCAC, Towards Implementation
Late last year, there was a lot of pressure built up around the signing of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC.  The teachers went on a record 11 day strike, the business sector threatened a shutdown, and, under pressure, the Barrow Administration signed unto the agreement in December.  But that was the easy part, now it's all about the long, hard and expensive road ahead. That's putting in the mechanisms to implement the convention.   That journey began today with a workshop at the Inspiration Center. It's the preliminary stage where the convention and all the requirements are explored. The Attorney General Mike Peyreffite gave us a better understanding about the workshop. Legal expert Cristina Ritter also discussed the overall importance of UNCAC for Belize.

BTL’s New CEO Speaks
Last month we reported that BTL finally found its newest CEO. The search for the new head of the company started six months ago after then CEO and current member of the Board of Directors Anwar Barrow, announced his resignation. Barrow officially stepped down from the position in February, but no replacement had been found, so company CFO, Ivan Tesucum acted as CEO in the interim. In April, BTL finally found its new leader in European Rochus Schreiber, a 20 year veteran in the telecommunications industry.  BTL held a press conference today to formally introduce Schreiber as CEO. Here's what Schreiber had to say about the transition and his goals... Rochus Schreiber - CEO, BTL: "My first priority, first job when I came here was to meet with as many people as I can, with as many employees and customers and interact to learn about what it is they want. It's to learn and interact about their needs and their desires about what works, what doesn't work for them and understand what it is the difference, what is the gap between what we are doing and their needs.

How Will New BTL Boss Handle Union?
Schreiber also discussed how he plans to positively build relations with the BTL staff. Last month, employees at the company's St. Thomas Street branch staged a walk out. The employees, who as members of the Belize Communications Workers Union, were dissatisfied with the company's lack of communication. The walkout was also prompted by an alleged standstill in the negotiations of a collective bargaining agreement, which determines the employees' salaries and benefits. Here's the update Schreiber gave us on that situation...

Copper Network Obsolete, BTL Internet Going Fiber, But When?
Schreiber also touched on BTL's switch to fiber optic to deliver internet to homes, as well as improving the reliability of their internet service in general including the outdated copper network… Rochus Schreiber - CEO, BTL: "They are two fronts in which we will be operating, one is a continuation of what we already started which is the mobile network evolution. As you know we already launched 11 new sites in the first quarter of this year which brings our total mobile coverage to 111 sites across Belize which is the most of any of the two networks which operate here and this will continue. This year we are planning to add more sites, we currently have a plan for 17 more and we are budgeting to add another in total 50 sites to bring our coverage to every area where there are customers in Belize."

Senate Hearings On Immigration Continue
The Senate hearings on Immigration continued today, and this time Senate wanted to question the Department's IT Manager for a second time. They've been hearing some startling disclosures from witnesses on breaches to the passport system which may have been exploited to get passports for persons who did not qualify. The most recent came last Wednesday on from Therese Chavarria, a retired Immigration Officer. She said that she had no difficulty fooling the passport system into accepting a picture of 2 applicants who didn't show up to take a picture for their passports. That's important because other witnesses have come before the Senate to say that it's impossible to take a picture of persons who didn't show up personally for their application. Yet, that's exactly what happened in the case of Won Hong Kim and others, and so, Rodolfo Bol, the IT Manager was called back to counter or confirm that revelation. Here's how the Senate Chairman put it to him directly today:

Teachers, Students Walk Out At Delille
There were no classes today at Delille Academy in Dangriga. That's because the teachers and students stormed out of the classrooms in protest. According to the teachers, their principal is refusing to pay 4th form teacher Timothy Lewis for April. Lewis received a letter of termination on April 24th because his teacher's license had expired in March. Lewis is demanding that he be paid for his service in April. Now while this sounds like an internal or an administrative matter, the teachers and students say they have had it with the principal and made their voices heard today. We spoke with Denise Flores-Henry who is the Staff Representative on the Board of Governors at the school and teacher Timothy Lewis himself via phone. Here is how they describe the situation.

US Making Sure No WMD in Bze
Today the US Embassy's Export Control and Related Border Security Program handed over much needed radiation inspection equipment to the Customs and Excise Department. The donation, valued at about $45,000 USD, consists of equipment that will help the Customs Department in identifying radioactive materials that could be harmful to people, or used as a component in a weapon of mass destruction. We spoke to Regional Export Control and Border Security Advisor, Greg Bates about the donation... Greg Bates - Reg. Export Control & Border Security: "Weapons of mass destruction is the proliferation globally and our efforts by the global community to prevent the proliferation into unsavoury characters or countries that are trying to develop a military grade, chemical or biological or nuclear logical programs. There is also an issue to terrorism when we have organizations such as ISIS and Al-Qaida who have publicly announced their intent to develop and create radiological dirty bombs, chemical weapons and we've seen use of that.

Accounting Firm Talking Social Issues With Belize Kids
Today a group of city kids spent all day preparing for a youth innovation competition that will be held tomorrow at the ITVET. It is part of Price Waterhouse Coopers outreach work in Belize. The objective is to get youth thinking about creative and effective ways to stop violence in Belize. Now, violence is a very complex issue to address in a 3 day workshop but one of the organizers say that they hope this initiative will inspire these kids to make a difference even if it is in a small way. Brad Denning - PWC, Partner: "Today where are at ITVET, is part of PWC's youth innovation challenge actually so we are working with a lot of the local schools and we are creating a competition to address youth violence in Belize so we have a number of teams from across Belize City that are competing for a prize and their task is to come up with an idea, an original idea to combat youth violence so we partnered every school with 2 or 3 mentors from PWC and we work on presentation skills, mentoring, coaching, confidence, resume building and interviewing skills."

Another Fire On Elston Kerr
Early yesterday morning the fire department responded to a fire on Elston Kerr Street. A small, unoccupied wooden house was completely engulfed in flames. This is the same house that was damaged by fire last month. The fire department contained the blaze, but not before the flames spread to a nearby house. No one was injured, and while the house that originally caught fire was primarily used for storage, the family that lives next door says that their home received extensive damage. According to one member of the family, several pieces of furniture and at least three motor vehicles were damaged during the blaze. We spoke to Jaron Meighan, who was awakened by the flames:…

The Trouble In Free Zone
As we told you last night, the CEO of the Corozal Free Zone Valentino Blanco has been suspended for 30 days. But, Blanco's attorney has written to the chairman of the Free Zone to say that his suspension is arbitrary, unreasonable and unlawful.  The lawyer adds that Blanco left the office yesterday under threat of personal injury.  We asked the chairman of the Free Zone Chamber - who was in the lobby applauding his departure about that:… Jules Vasquez: "You all accumulated here in like protest." Kishore Makhijani - Corozal Chamber of Commerce: "In protest but was a very peaceful thing, we didn't disrupt anything. Most of the time we were downstairs standing and then just because it's too hot so we told them let's come upstairs and we'll standing doing nothing."

US Takes The Media Over The Horizon
And finally tonight, as part of World Press Freedom Day the US embassy teamed up with the US Army to give the local press a helicopter tour of the various sites that the Beyond the Horizon 2017 operation is working on. Here's the scene at the western regional hospital:…

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Channel 5

1 Man Detained in Double Murder of Foreigners in Corozal
The murder by strangulation of fifty-two-year-old Francesca Matus and thirty-six-year-old Drew Thomas DeVoursney continues to baffle police up north. The Canadian woman and her American boyfriend went missing last week [...]

What Happened to Pamela Lino?
Belmopan teacher, Pamela Lino, is still missing tonight. Her vehicle, a Kia Sportage, was found burnt on the Gracie Rock junction on the George price Highway early on Tuesday morning. [...]

Charges Awaiting Accused Magistrate in Rape Case
We can confirm tonight that the Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, has directed the police to proceed to bring charges against a magistrate serving in south. The magistrate, however, [...]

Grenade, Non-Lethal, Picked Up Over Holiday Weekend
Sometime between Friday night and Saturday over the holiday weekend, Belize City police reportedly discovered a grenade on Fern Lane in the Saint Martin De Porres area. The grenade has [...]

Corozal Free Zone C.E.O. Fights Suspension
The situation on the ground appears to be returning to some normalcy following Monday’s suspension of Valentino Blanco as C.E.O. of the Corozal Commercial Free Zone. The Board suspended him [...]

At Senate, Rodolfo Bol Changes Tune on Passport System
The Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearing at the National Assembly this morning was truncated due to logistical issues with bringing witnesses to Belmopan. The sole witness to testify is [...]

What Happened During Kim Passport Window?
What does this mean for what happened with the Won Hong Kim passport? The Department’s records state that a file was opened just before eleven in the morning and closed [...]

Belize Has No Diplomatic Presence in Dalian, China
Bol also told the Senate panel about the capability of foreign embassies in the U.S. and elsewhere that had limited access to the main system in Belmopan that allowed for [...]

No Additional Charges for Cops Accused of Contraband
Almost a month ago, police announced disciplinary proceedings against a police constable and a special constable based in Orange Walk, who were accused of illegally contrabanding items at the Rio [...]

Your Light Bill Won’t Go Up
There is not likely to be any change in the electricity rate any time soon. On Tuesday, the Public Utilities Commission appeared to agree with Belize Electricity Limited that no [...]

New C.E.O. of B.T.L. Introduced
There’s a new Chief Executive Officer in the driver’s seat at the government-controlled Belize Telemedia Limited replacing the prime Minister’s son Anwar Barrow.  Rochus Schreiber, a career professional in the [...]

Customs, Police Gear Up to Fight Weapons of Mass Destruction
In more than a century and a half of existence, the office of Comptroller of Customs and Excise has seen it all. But often, it’s what you don’t see coming [...]

How to ‘Know Your Money’
The Central Bank of Belize is hosting a two day “Know Your Money” presentations to be conducted by international De La Rue International which prints the Belize currency notes. The [...]

Going Beyond the Horizon
In commemoration of World Press Freedom Day, local journalists and media personalities were invited for a fly over of Belize from the Belize District over to the Cayo District. Treated [...]

B.T.L. Calms Employees, Preparers New C.B.A.
Earlier you heard from the Chairman of Belize Telemedia Limited introducing the company’s new C.E.O., Rochus Schreiber. Within days of assuming as C.E.O., employees of B.T.L., those belonging to the [...]

A.G. Leads Implementation of UNCAC
Key stakeholder of the government, business sector, media and other agencies were in attendance of a training on the implementation review of the mechanism of the United Nations Convention Against [...]

Drivers Charged for Traffic Violations in P.G.
Four drivers were convicted on April twenty-eighth, 2017, at the Punta Gorda Town Magistrate’s Court of offences under the transport laws. The cases were brought by Cesar Muschamp, Traffic Warden [...]


Digging Into the Portable Passport System and Economic Citizenship
Today’s Senate hearing was brief, with Rodolfo Bol as the only witness to appear before the Special Senate Select Committee. Bol is the IT Manager for the Immigration Department and he was mainly questioned about the passport system and its processes. Senator Mark Lizarraga questioned Bol about a particular statement in the auditor general’s report. […]

Belize Falls in Rank on the World Press Freedom Index
Each year on May 3, many nations around the world celebrate the freedom of the press and their independence. In several countries, freedom of the press is non-existent. In recent months, our regional segment in our newscast has featured stories where dozens of reporters have either been jailed or killed by higher authorities. For 2017, […]

UNODC Expert In-Country for UNCAC Workshop
Late last year Belize signed onto the United Nations Convention against Corruption, UNCAC, and as of January this year, government started to put together the project board and other systems to work towards the implementation of the UNCAC. What follows the accession to the UNCAC is a self assessment which Belize has started and in […]

Officially Presenting BTL’s CEO, Rochus Schreiber
Today Belize Telemedia Limited presented its new Chief Executive Officer, Rochus Schreiber. Speaking about the importance of the transition within the company in a brief press conference this morning was Chairman of the Board Nestor Vasquez. NESTOR VASQUEZ “Mr. Shreiber joins the company at a very critical time because we are in the middle of […]

Negotiations Over CBA for BTL Workers Continue
At this morning’s press conference, CEO Rochus Schreiber said Belize Telemedia has resolved the brief impasse between the company and the Belize Communications Workers Union. On April 12, B.T.L. employees across the country staged a walkout in protest since the company’s management was reportedly refusing to properly address a labor issue with the Union. CEO […]

Demands at Delille for Removal of Principal
Classes were disrupted at Delille Academy in Dangriga. Correspondent Harry Arzu stopped by the campus to get the details. HARRY ARZU REPORTING “Many teachers and most of the students from Delille Academy here in Dangriga are up in arms over a teacher who was terminated and has not been paid for services rendered to the […]

Senator Warns Reporters Not to Be Intrusive
After last week’s Senate hearing, a picture showing Senator Ashley Rocke on Facebook began floating on social media. The picture was taken by a reporter and shared on Facebook. The church senator was roundly criticized on social media and today before the senate hearing commenced, Chair of the Committee, Senator Aldo Salazar, warned reporters not […]

No Change in Electricity Rates, Says PUC
The Public Utilities Commission made its Initial Decision in respect to BEL’s Annual Tariff Review submission and makes no adjustments to the electricity company’s submission. BEL had made the submission for the Annual Review Proceedings on April 1 this year recommending that no changes be made to the Mean Electricity Rate. That currently stands at […]

Belize Signs Air Transport Agreement with Kuwait
Belize’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia Jr recently signed onto an agreement with Kuwait under the air transport industry. The agreement is reportedly part of Kuwait’s efforts to transform Kuwait into an aviation hub. According to the Director of the Air Transport Department, Kuwait is on the verge of entering a new […]

Belize Keeps Medfly Under Control
The Mediterranean Fruit Fly or Medfly is considered one of the world’s most destructive pests. For the most part, Belize has managed to maintain its status as being Medfly free. Roberto Pantaleon is the Executive Director of the Medfly Program for the United States Department of Agriculture. He told Love News they have been working […]

Joseph Vaccaro Drowns Weeks Before Graduation
The family of 16-year-old, Joseph Vaccaro was preparing for his graduation day however this weekend, the teenager died as a result of a drowning incident. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story. FEM CRUZ “A family outing this weekend in the Belize River mouth fall area of Roaring Creek Village turned out deadly for a 16 […]

Prime Minister Reviews Economic Standing at BCCI’s AGM
Last Friday we told you of the address given by the Prime Minister at the Annual General Meeting for the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry last Thursday night at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. The part of his twenty four minute presentation that demanded more attention than the numbers and forecast […]

Fire Consumes Family House in Southern Belize
A fire in rural Toledo has left seven persons homeless. Here is Paul Mahung with that report.

PSE Part 2 Over and Done
Standard six students from throughout the country sat the second and final part of the Primary School Examinations today. Thousands of students sat the Mathematics and Social Studies examinations today and we spoke to a few of the students. The results are expected to be out later this month.

Charred Remains in Burnt Vehicle Suspected to be Pamela Lino
Police are trying to establish the identity of charred human remains found inside a Kia Sportage SUV at around 2:30 this morning. The discovery was made on Mile 21 on the George Price Highway in front of the Youth Hostel. Investigators are treating the matter as a murder and that’s because the driver of the […]

Infant Dies in Road Traffic Incident
A road traffic accident yesterday claimed the life of a seven month old baby girl. Esmay Ferguson was in a green Mitsubishi car with eight other persons when the driver, 23 year old Darrell Jackson lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle overturned at Mile 9 of the George Price Highway killing baby Esmay and […]

Timothy Turton Remanded for Murder
Twenty-eight year old Timothy Turton, a security guard of Lord’s Bank Village, was charged with the murder of 17 year old Brandon Bradley when he appeared today before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. Magistrate Mendoza explained to him that the court cannot offer him bail because of the nature of the offence. Turton was remanded into custody […]

Belize Appeals for Reconsideration at the DC Circuit
In late March, the Belize Court of Appeals ruled in favour of the Government of Belize when it rejected the Belize Bank’s bid to have a 37-million dollar arbitration award enforced. While the Government was successful on this end, they continue to face challenges on the issue since they cannot seem to get the US […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Media warned on Freedom of the Press day
Today, on what is being celebrated globally as International Freedom of the Press Day, as the Senate Select Committee continues its hearing into very serious allegations of corruption at the Immigration Department, President of the Senate Aldo Salazar issued a stern warning to members […]

Kids and motorbikes do not mix!
I cannot imagine a more terrible thing to happen to a child than to die in a motorcycle accident or for any parent to witness or experience than their child dying this way. My most heartfelt condolences to the parents and family of the […]

Car stolen at northern border
Jermain Jorgueson, 28, of Belize City reported that between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. yesterday, he parked his grey 1995 Mazda Protégé car valued at $7,000 in front of the ICB office at the Northern border . Jorgueson reported that upon his return the […]

Belize City house burns
According to police reports, yesterday morning around 3:35, police visited Elston Kerr street, Belize City where cops observed a wooden house with zinc roofing completely engulfed in flames. The fire was later extinguished by personnel from the Fire Department. Dawn Faber, 52, owner of […]

Charred body found in burned vehicle still unidentified
The charred remains of a human body found in the backseat of a burned vehicle near mile 21 on the George Price highway is still unidentified. Police also say that a cause of death has yet to be determined and police are not able […]

Air Canada to fly to Belize in December
Today, Air Canada announced six new routes. The continued expansion of the airlines network routes includes flights from Toronto to Belize. Flights are now available for purchase at and through travel agents. President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada, Benjamin Smith stated: “Air Canada […]

Students and teachers protest at Delille Academy
Reports to BBN is that there is an on going protest at Delille Academy in the Stann Creek District. The protest is reportedly against the administration. The group is in support of a teacher from the school who was allegedly not paid for April […]

Price of bread on the rise
Yesterday, the management of Casa Pan Dulce issued a statement on the prices of bread. The bakery has shops in Belmopan, Santa Elena and San Ignacio. The bakery also delivers to grocery shops in the villages and towns. In its statement, the bakery said: […]

Belize~Review of P.M. Barrow farewell to Chamber
On April 27, 2017, Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow delivered what he referred to as his last address to the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the largest private sector organization in Belize. In his address, he used various statistical measures to […]

Belizeans, please…stop vote fi yellah, chicken-hearted COWARDS!
On May 2nd, 1998, 7 masked men held up and robbed more than 200 Belizean men, women and children on the Hummingbird Highway. A 19 year old BDF volunteer, Generio Chi, was murdered in cold blood. These men were reported by eyewitnesses to […]


A May Morning in San Pedro
Today the wind has shifted. No more breeze from the south and the haze it seems to set over the caye…today is a gorgeous bright blue May day. And I headed to town. Inspired by the pretty weather and sparkly ocean, I took a bunch of pictures. Two things of note on this Wednesday. We are starting to see the decline in visitors as things warm up in the states and Canada – it’s the time of year that you can actually find a parking spot for your golf cart. Just wait until school gets out. And fruit and veg was delivered today. The island usually gets new produce on Tuesdays and Saturdays. But since Monday was a holiday (Labour Day, May 1st) – we got a Wednesday delivery this week. And the best of the bunch looks like beets, habanero peppers…

Everything You Wanted to Know about Belize’s Rainbow of Cultures
If you travel frequently, you know that many nations claim to be melting pots, citing a mix of languages, arts, foods and customs that come together in a sort of United Nations of citizenry. But Belize truly does exemplify one of the most complex mixes of cultures on the planet; for a small nation, it’s crammed with distinct peoples with roots reaching back in time and across oceans. Come with us on a short, colorful journey of discovery as we introduce you to seven major cultural presences, each happy to call Belize home. Together, Belizeans show the world that people can live together in harmony, irrespective of their unique heritages.

El Pilar Mayan Ruins – Hidden Beneath The Belize Jungle
Because not every Mayan ruin gives visitors so complete a picture of the Maya ways of life and their traditional agricultural practices. It’s the single largest Belize River Valley site and was once home to a population of 20,000 during the Maya Classic Period, circa 800 BC, yet many of the large public buildings weren’t added to this settlement until around 250 BC. Another unique aspect of El Pilar is its proximity to water. Not all Mayan villages can make that claim, but it’s likely the reason the area was named Watering Basin. Gain access to this attraction by starting your journey in San Ignacio and then travel 7.5 miles north. You will wind up close to the Belize-Guatemala border, and since this massive reserve filled with flora and fauna actually straddles both countries, you may wish to take in Guatemala’s Peten District’s portion as well. There are several options: by land, you can drive or be driven the 8 mile distance, but prepare for bumps and mud, depending upon the time you visit Belize, because these roads aren’t paved. Alternately, you can travel via the Belize River and Bullet Tree Falls. Given the arduous route, a guided tour is always the best option.

Rio Frio Cave in the Mountain Pine Ridge
Prepare yourself for a dramatic entrance as you follow stepping stones into the cave and get a first glimpse at the vast chamber that awaits. This uber-wide entrance is part of Rio Frio’s charm: it’s welcoming and so striking, you won’t be the first person to gasp at its grandeur. Spot 70-foot natural arches, colorful boulders and dramatic stalactites, some of which emulate primitive chandeliers suspended in time. As you explore this quarter-mile-long cave, you’ll spot a stream, pools and even cascading waters spilling from nooks and crannies. Take the Western Highway to the Georgeville turn off (mile 65) and continue five miles past the Douglas de Silva Forest Station. If you get lost, ask anyone you meet to point you in the direction of Augustine.

The Garifuna culture and a rememberance of Andy Palacio
The Garinagu (plural of Garifuna) of Belize are an indigenous group with a history that is as similar as it is different from that of other indigenous groups. Every Easter Saturday since 2014, Hopkins Village in western Belize, comes alive, in a celebration of the culture of the Garinagu. The Hopkins International Parranda Music Festival aims to “enable indigenous people to unite around a worthy cause developing cultural pride in an era when much of the Garifuna culture needs to be preserved.” WIB sat down with Trina Palacio, a Garifuna student from Belize who is currently studying Economics at The University of the West Indies St Augustine Campus. Palacio helped us understand what it feels like to be Garifuna in Belize. She explained that she often experiences a sense of double consciousness as a Garifuna. According to Palacio, with their rich history, some people do not always understand what it means to be Garifuna, because they have preconceived notions about what it means to be indigenous. “If you’re indigenous then why is your skin dark? Why is your hair kinky? Why do you have a Spanish last name?” The questions are sometimes endless, she says, and having to constantly explain who you are, and why you are, can be exhausting and frustrating.

International Sourcesizz

2 detained in connection with missing couple found dead in Belize
Police have detained two people in connection with the suspected murder of an American man and his girlfriend who were found dead Monday afternoon in Belize. Drew DeVoursney, 36, of Atlanta and Francesca Matus, 52, of Toronto were reported missing last week and their remains were found Monday in an "advanced state of decomposition" with DeVoursney's body on top of Matus body, according to police. Police have referred to the case as a murder investigation but have not released any more information about the two suspects detained or any possible motive behind the deaths.

Air Canada adds new routes to Belize and St Vincent
Air Canada announced on Wednesday the continued expansion of its international network with the addition of new routes for the winter season, including Toronto-Belize and Toronto-St. Vincent (subject to government approval). "Air Canada is continuing its strategic, global expansion with a diverse range of exciting new non-stop routes this winter to Australia, South America, the Caribbean and the United States," said Benjamin Smith, president, passenger airlines at Air Canada. "The addition of the first long-haul, international scheduled service to St Vincent in the Caribbean, along with the addition of Toronto-Belize… offers new choices for travellers looking to escape Canadian winters," he concluded.

Easter Week at Ambergris Caye: A Combination of Spiritual Fulfillment and Delightful Experience
It’s undeniable that Ambergris Caye inhabits one of the most pleasing cultures in the world. Aside from the stunning aesthetics of Belize’s largest island, it boasts its undying rich culture that magnetizes foreign tourists in the locality; and one strong testament has been its recently held Easter Week Celebration. The celebration, which manifests a balanced expression of a flabbergasting experience due to the sense of party atmosphere in the weekend, and at the same time, not overlooking the sense of faith and spiritual fulfillment incorporated in the Easter week celebration, gives the locals and tourists a very satisfying involvement in the annual event. Spearheaded by the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church, Holy Week 2017 began on Palm Sunday, April 9th. The annual tradition began in the Palm Sunday mass, where palm leaves were blessed, given to the congregation, and turned into crosses as a symbol of their faith; which means the welcoming of Jesus to the Holy City.


  • San Pedro Lionfish Tournament 2017, 2min. San Pedro could easily be considered a community success story of lionfish management. Popular snorkel and dive sites have very little lionfish. They are mostly found at reefs that are not regularly visited. However, the importance of continued education and hunting of lionfish is still considered a necessary priority. Dive operators and guides celebrate the reef each year with their marine reserve partners by engaging in a weeklong celebration called Reef Week Hol Chan. Teams are dedicating May 12th to cull lionfish through a fun filled tournament that involves guests and the wider community.

  • News Five's Isani Cayetano shares what Press Freedom Day means to him in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day!, 30sec.

  • Celebrating World Press Freedom Day! Flying over beautiful Belize, 1hr15min. Channel 5 & other local journalists joined the US Embassy today on a fly over!

  • Saving British Honduras, 2min. Legacy interviews is a growing independent documentary production company based in London. We create professional documentaries containing life stories and personal biographies of your family members and friends which will be priceless for future generations. This is a short excerpt from one of our previous interviews, in which John Roberts discusses a little known international incident that occurred when he was Rear Admiral of the famous HMS Ark Royal, where they had to steam across the atlantic to stop Guatemala from invading 'British Honduras', known today as Belize.

  • Walnum/Hansen Belize 2017, 4min.

  • Sea Trekking in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Dennis goes Skydiving in San Pedro, Belize, 6.5min. Our very own Dennis from Grand Caribe goes on an adventure tour, skydiving 13,000ft over our beautiful island with Skydive San Pedro Belize.

  • Scuba Diving Encounters: Diving with Sharks in Belize, 1min. Watch as one of our editors goes scuba diving with sharks in Belize. Scuba Diving Magazine

  • Deep Sea Fishing At Belize, 6min.

  • Belize Highlights, 2min. This highlight video is from our trip to Belize City in the Summer of 2016! We spent 4 days exploring the city and it's surroundings; Caye Caulker Island, Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave.

  • National Agriculture and Trade Show 2017 : Let's Get Growing - Evening, 3hr. AT MINUTE 35: Check out Ya'axche Protected Areas Manager and Human Jaguar Conflict Officer, Marchilio Ack sharing tips on how to reduce conflict with jaguars!

  • BSI ASR CROP REVIEW 2017 - WEEK 21, 3min.

  • Diving in Belize, 5.5min. Diving at San Pedro,Belize with Amigos Del Mar. Cribbean Reef Shark, Green Sea Turtle, Spotted Eagle Ray.

  • Re: Today's Belize News: May 4, 2017 [Re: Marty] #523354
    05/04/17 08:44 AM
    05/04/17 08:44 AM
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    Diane Campbell Offline
    Diane Campbell  Offline
    Frustrated seeing international news coverage on the deaths in Corozal. Firstly, why is this international news. Double homicides in LA don't even make the news in Ohio.
    But if for some reason it is relevant, the media houses should at least get the information correct. There have been references to a "robbery gone bad" which seems the opposite of everything the police have said. People Magazine did a short video piece in which they said Brazil instead of Belize, and then showed a photo of a US Embassy in a Spanish-speaking country.

    Re: Today's Belize News: May 4, 2017 [Re: Marty] #523378
    05/05/17 09:11 AM
    05/05/17 09:11 AM
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    Judyann H. Offline
    Judyann H.  Offline
    Diane, I feel your frustration.....Today it seems like anyone with a laptop is a reporter and even the best of news gets terribly distorted. In this particular tragedy; poor reporting adds insult to injury...... frown

    My friends call me Judyann

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