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#523696 - 05/24/17 06:08 AM Today's Belize News: May 24, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

“Hands across the Sand” brings dozens out to Central Park
The coastal community of San Pedro is more motivated than ever to protect its waters by raising awareness on environmental policies and practices. On Saturday, May 20th, more than 20 environmental advocates participated in the annual “Hands Across the Sand”. Held at the Central Park, the gathering held hands along the beach in symbolic opposition of offshore exploration and drilling, as well as seismic surveying. Over 80 countries around the world partook in the event, and Oceana in Belize organized this symbolic activity in San Pedro, and across 13 other municipalities. This year, the campaign was also aimed at spreading the message of “saying ‘NO’ to filthy fuels and saying ‘YES’ to clean energy.”

Tiger Sharks; next win would seal the NEBL 2017 championship
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks are one step closer in becoming the 2017 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Champions, after defeating Belmopan Bandits in game one of a best-out-of-three game series. For the fourth consecutive year, the island team is seeking a championship, and with the first win in the 2017 NEBL finals, Game two is the most anticipated game of the season. San Pedro Tiger Shark’s Ashton Edwards was very instrumental in their victory, netting 18 points on 50% shooting from the field, and scoring three long-distance nets. The season’s MVP George Williams brought another impressive performance, tallying 15 points, three assists and two steals. Raul ‘Thumpy’ Roches registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 re bounds, and Kurt ‘Chengo’ Burges recorded 11 rebounds.

Ambergris Stadium is officially inaugurated
After its September 2015 project launch, the prestigious Ambergris Stadium was officially inaugurated on Sunday, May 21st. Coordinated by Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), along with the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), and executed by AM Construction Company from the Orange Walk District, the $4.4 million state-of-the-art multi-purpose sporting arena was designed to transform sports professionalism on the island. Over 500 people were in attendance to enjoy great entertainment and football action. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Government officials were invited to tour the field, and even took turns at scoring a goal. Heredia, Faber, and Guerrero all made attempts, but only Guerrero was successful, and he drew much applause from the crowd. As Rompe Raja played, the football action began with an exhibition game from two Under-15 teams: the San Pedro Pirates, and A&B. Both teams were energized, but after many failed goal attempts, the game drew 0-0.

Ambergris Today

New Ambergris Stadium Officially Inaugurated To Promote Sports In San Pedro
The long-awaited inauguration of the San Pedro Ambergris Stadium on Ambergris Caye took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with much fanfare . Residents gathered to witness the cutting of the ribbon of this new project and wasted no time in making use of it. Pastor Clive Welch opened the ceremony with a short prayer. Mayor Daniel Guerrero expressed his sincere gratitude to those who have encouraged, promoted and participated in the sport of football: “From the San Pedro Football Field to Sacachispas and now the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sports Complex. It was from that old field that local football celebrities were born. They are local celebrities that now adorn our local hall of fame such as: Dimas, Spanish, Pancho Verde, Pelé, Steve, Chapo, Jaime, Panny Arceo, Chapin and more. Local football teams were: Los Atleticos, Espanoles, Los Diablos, Caribena, La Mafia, Ramon’s, Veterans, Mario Boys, Dolphins, my team Fido Rangers and much more.”

Belizeans Join Hands To Say ‘No’ To Filthy Fuels And Say Yes To Clean Energy
On May 20, 2017 at noon, Belizeans around the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment. Every year, activists and ocean-lovers host Hands Across the Sand events around the world to “draw a line in the sand,” and say “NO” to dirty fossil fuel projects, as well as call for a shift to clean, renewable energy like offshore wind and solar power. Every day, offshore oil accidents serve as grim reminders of just how deadly, dirty and dangerous the industry is and highlights the economic risks and environmental hazards posed by the activity to countries like Belize.

Misc Belizean Sources


Power wass out in Belize
but so as in Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Merida. Mexican grid is having problems.

Lazy Lizard BVB 2017 Prize awards

Commonwealth Day celebrations in Belize City
The Embassy was honored to participate in the Commonwealth Day celebrations in Belize City Monday!

2017 International Day Against Homophobia
We were proud to join Empower Yourself Belize Movement for the 2017 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. During his remarks, Charge d'Affaires, a.i. emphasized that LGBTI rights are human rights, and noted that advancing the fair treatment of all people has long been a cornerstone of American democracy.

We will be painting from a picture once again this Thursday at canucks.


New GOB Controlled Fuel Prices
Effective Date: 24th May 2017. Regular goes down 39 cents to $9.87 a gallon. Kerosene also goes down.

Pok ta pok ball game
A few great action shots of the amazing pok ta pok ball game yesterday. The ball weighs 9lbs and is made purely of rubber! What a great day!

May 15th - May 21st , 2017 Belize Fishing Report
Very enjoyable week with a lot of great fishing. Sarah and Seth were the hosts of this week’s Orvis group. Lots of bonefish and plenty of laughter as we all had a wonderful time getting to know one another. Family and friends are what lodge life is all about; and everyone walked away with new friends and big smiles. Always a treat seeing new faces!

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Workshop 2017
Day 1 of Disaster Preparedness Workshop - May 23rd & 24th, 2017.

Channel 7

UDP Chairman Forms BAC, Belizeans Against Courtenay
The Senate Inquiry into Immigration continues tomorrow - and the political rivalries are heating up. Today, UDP Chairman Alberto August put out a release on his Facebook page announcing the formation of a new ad hoc association to remove Eamon Courtenay as a Senator. It's called BAC, or "Belizeans Against Courtenay" and August says, quote, "The primary actions and objectives of BAC is to peacefully protest against Eamon Courtenay's actions and to call for his removal from the Senate." At last week's Wednesday hearing August was one of those hecklers in the gallery throwing words at Courtenay, even directing insults at his deceased father. On Friday - when August made it known that he was going all out against Courtenay - the PUP Senator said he doesn't acknowledge his existence:

Media Tells Senate Probe Chairman, Keep Yellowman Out
And while August is playing political games, the media isn't playing any games with the UDP hacks and hecklers who threatened and assaulted a journalist and two camera men at last week's hearings. Today, nine media houses - including this one - signed unto a letter addressed to Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee Aldo Salazar asking that Brian Yellowman Audinett be banned from the Senate hearings. The letter says, quote, "such aggression toward the media should not be countenanced while we are performing our duty and in the National Assembly…We therefore call on you and the Committee to disallow Audinett from returning to witness the proceedings in the gallery as he has grossly violated the sanctity of the National Assembly, which he himself serves….an attack of this nature on the media, if left unchecked, would speak ill of our country's commitment to a free, fair and democratic society...."

PSU Council Of Management Suspends President Eldred Neal
The Public Service Union's Council of Management has voted to suspend President Eldred Neal. The decision was taken at a meeting on Friday in Belmopan where we are told eleven of the 12 members present voted in favor of a suspension. There are 15 members on the council of management and 9 of them had already signed a letter calling for him to resign. But, Neal himself was not at the meeting, and so could not make a case in his own defence. That gives him grounds to challenge the council's decision on the basis of natural justice, and we are told he will do just that. Since his presidency is now being challenged under the constitution of the union, Neal is expected to lawyer up.

Evangelicals Call Out Cops for “Corrupt Law Enforcement”
And while Union President Eldred Neal is isolated, Pastor Luis Wade is anything but. Today, the National Evangelical Association of Belize - known as NEAB - gave a stout and spirited defense of the popular talk show host. The statement says, quote, "NEAB and its 250+ national churches expresses its shock and outrage at the bogus and biased charges brought against…Wade." It sternly admonishes the police, saying, quote "This type of biased and corrupt 'law enforcement' happens repeatedly and is part of why crime, violence, injustice, and corruption continue to be the order of the day in our nation…Police have (embraced) multiple bogus witnesses version of an event that never occurred." And then it hammers down with a rebuke, "Nonetheless, the whole event is recorded on video and in the Chronicles of God to Whom we will all give answer!"

Women Drowns Near Bermudian Landing, Body Recovered 48 Hours Later
And while there were no murders reported countywide over the long weekend, there were two drowning. The first we'll report on tonight happened on Sunday afternoon, when Denia Zelaya and her common-law-husband, police constable Dion Bellini went for a swim in the river at Bermudian Landing. It was a great day for a swim, but the river has raging currents, and she was pulled under. She never resurfaced and, today, two days later, our news team was there to report on the recovery effort. Here's Alex Courtenay with the story... Alex Courtenay reporting: As the summer rolls around, many Belizeans find themselves trying to beat the heat at the nearest river. Denia Zelaya, her common-law-husband and a few friends were doing just that on Sunday at a popular swim spot in Bermudian Landing, but the fun didn't last long.

Cops Say Drinking Led To Drowning in Valley Of Peace
And there is another drowning to report - and it happened in the Cayo District near Valley of Peace. Police say 26 year old Salvadoran farmer Jose Alberto Guiterrez had been drinking on Saturday and went swimming in the Colorado Lagoon near the Santander Factory. But he never returned home after his weekend dip. Police found his body floating in the lagoon on Sunday evening around 5:00. An onsite post mortem was done and it confirmed that he drowned, there were no signs of violence or foul play on his body.

Man With Belizean Roots Murders In “The Chi”
The US city of Chicago has recorded 235 murders so far for 2017, and tonight the news is about a Belizean-American with Belmopan roots who was killed there over the weekend. 35 year old Jermaine James, who is known as, "Jayblood Rasta" was stabbed to death in Chatham, a community in Chicago's Southside on Sunday night. News reports from Chicago say that at 11:48 James was in the 400 block of East 79th Street when he got into an argument with another man. The other man took out a knife and stabbed him multiple times all over his body.

Mother Says Principal Humiliated Her Son For Long Hair
A parent in Orange Walk is accusing her son's principal of humiliating and bullying him in front of the whole school. Evangelina Alamilla says she failed in cutting her 12 year old son's hair - and because of that the Principal at Solomon's Seven Day Adventist Primary School allegedly made an example of the standard four student at assembly time. Here's how his mother put it when she spoke to our colleagues at CTV-3: Evangelina Alamilla - Claims Principal Bullied Child: "She bullied my son because of his long hair. He told me, mom I need to cut my hair, I told him yes son. I am a working mom and I told him Saturday ill cut your hair. My kid came to school, in front of the assembly.

Duun Street Home Invasion At Candy House
A Belize City family continues to recover from a brutal home invasion in which gunmen stormed into their homes, and robbed them of thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry. It happened at Michael Acosta's Dunn Street home on Friday evening, sometime around 6 p.m., when he was at home with his common-law wife and their 2-year-old son. 2 men visited pretending to be interested in buying ice cream. Seen here, the family sells a number of treats under the name, "KY Kandy Krush". Thinking that the men were legitimate customers, Acosta opened the door to serve them, and that's when one of them pointed a gun at him. That assailant immediately kicked him and started to assault him, injuring his nose and mouth.

ITVET Shows Off
This week is Technical and Vocational Training week, and the 6 different ITVET schools from the different districts will be celebrating it with different activities. Today, though, they decided to team up in Belize City Open Day held at the Freetown Compound. It's a location that viewers may know very well, but today, the management and the student body invited the public in for demonstration. As they do every year, the ITVET puts on a sort of expo to show the diverse education that takes place there throughout the school year.

ITVET’s Taking The Business Challenge
Our news team also checked out the other event being held simultaneously on the ITVET Compound. It's called the ITVET Entrepreneurship Challenge, and the idea behind it is for each of the different district branches to compete against each other. They each have to come up with a product using the programs taught at the schools, and they must demonstrate that these products can create its own market niche to be successful. We took a look at a few of the product entries, and here's what they told us:

Cops Caught Kyle For Jacking Security Guard
Last week Kyle Latchman was released from police custody on bail after being charged with drug trafficking and three other offences. Today, Latchman was back in court, but this time he was charged with robbery. According to reports, a Police Mobile Unit pulled up to the corner of Dean and Regent Streets on Saturday and saw two men sprinting down the street. The cops pursued the men and caught up to one of them who they later learned was Latchman. Police said that Latchman refused to answer when asked why he was running however, not long after, security guard George Zetina appeared on the scene. Zetina told the officers that Latchman and two others had just robbed him of his cell phone, $100 cash and some personal documents with what appeared to be a firearm.

Man Charged For Arson Of Stepfather’s Home In OW
On the news, it seems like at least once a week, we report on cases of alleged arson - but there's very rarely an arrest. And that's what makes tonight different. Forty five year old Roy Mangar is behind bars at the Belize Central Prison on an arson charge after he allegedly set his step-father's house on fire over the long weekend. It happened on Saturday night on "Chips Alley" in the Louisiana Area of Orange Walk Town. Around 7:30 56 year old Lincoln Pratt was at work when hiss neighbors ran to tell him that his 18 by 20 feet wooden house was on fire. Pratt told CTV-3 that his stepson had told him he would burn down the house as a form of retaliation for abuse:...

Molotov Thrown At Belama Home
And while Orange Walk cops say that is a clear case of arson, Belize City police are investigating what looks like an attempt to burn down a family's home using a Molotov cocktail. At around 3 a.m. on Sunday, police went to a home in Belama Phase one where they met the 28-year-old owner, Andrew Ferguson. He reported to police that his wife woke him up after someone broken broken some sort of glass inside the house. He immediately checked and found the front wall of his home on fire, and he noticed a broken bottle which had the strong scent of kerosene. Apparently, someone threw it at their home, and one of the walls was set ablaze. He managed to put it out quickly. Police don't know yet who threw the incendiary.

Conserving Antiquities In The Event Of A Disaster
Over the past three years, we've brought you extensive coverage of the Maya Antiquities Road show that's traveled to five states in the US . Right now it's in Dallas, Texas. And overtime it travels between museums, conservators go to great pains to package all the pieces to withstand any shocks on the road. But what if, these delicate pieces do get damaged, do they just become write offs? American Conservator Newberry says they can actually be salvaged. Newberry held a workshop in Belize today on how to protect the collection and recover it after damage. Courtney Weatherburne was there and has more details. Artifacts are fragile, they have to be carefully handled and properly stored. And when they are finally put out on display, they certainly can't be touched, sat on or tampered with.

Haylock For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge With 14 Year Old
Lord's Bank resident, Dennis Haylock, appeared in the Magistrate's Court today where he was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl. The minor made a report along with her mother and a social worker. She claims that she and her cousin were walking down the Lord's Bank Road when Haylock approached and began walking with them. The cousin continued on her way home, and the minor said she went with Haylock to his house. She spent the night there, and they allegedly had sex the next day. The girl apparently spent another night at Haylock's house, after which her mother called the police and went to retrieve her. The girl was examined by a doctor, who certified that she was carnally known.

Taking a Hand Against Oil
It's called "Hands Across the Sand" and on Saturday at noon, residents of 12 communities gathered around the country and joined hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment. It's an annual event organized by OCEANA.

Channel 5

Media Writes to Have Senate Committee Chair Ban “Yellow Man”
Media houses, including this station, have endorsed a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Special Select Committee which condemns the unprecedented and unprovoked actions of members of the United [...]

Alberto August of Belizeans Against Courtenay Apologizes for Press Attacks
Chairman of the United Democratic Party, Alberto August, this afternoon told News Five he was taking full responsibility for the attack on members of the press last week at the [...]

August Says They Will Return to Wednesday’s Hearing
August called on Leader of the Opposition John Briceño to remove Courtenay from the Senate, a decision Briceño has said previously he will not make. Courtenay is seen as the [...]

Eamon Refuses to Engage August
Even before today’s interview, August appeared on the U.D.P.’s Wave Radio Morning Show on Friday. Not only did he reiterate his intention to return to Wednesday’s meeting, but he challenged [...]

NEAB Stands Up for Pastor Louis Wade
Turning to another incident involving the media…We note that there has been no official statement from G.O.B. in respect of the assault by U.D.P. operatives on Marisol Amaya and other [...]

Naturalized Belizean Drowns in Belize River; Second Drowning Reported in Cayo
Two persons drowned over the weekend in separate incidents in the Belize and Cayo Districts. In Bermudian Landing, in the Belize River Valley area, twenty-three-year-old Denia Zelaya was with her [...]

Belizean Stabbed to Death in Chicago
There is a report from Chicago that a Belizean was fatally stabbed over the weekend. The thirty-five-year-old Jermaine Jones, who also goes by the name “Rasta Jayblood,” lived in south [...]

Teacher’s House Damaged by Explosive
This extended holiday weekend saw two fire-related incidents. In Belize City, a teacher sustained minimal damage to his residence, but in Orange Walk, the home of a security guard was [...]

Dennis Haylock Charged for Unlawful Sex with Minor
A Belize City engineer is tonight on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was accused by a fourteen-year minor of sexual abuse on April sixteenth of this year. [...]

Search Continues for Accused P.G. Killer Simon Lino
Punta Gorda police are still looking for Simon Lino, accused of last Wednesday’s brutal stabbing murder of popular musician Lascelle Martinez. Lino is believed to have fled to neighboring Guatemala; [...]

Calcutta Teen Tops CANTO Video Contest
There’s some good news…On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on May seventeenth, the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Operators (CANTO) has announced that a Belizean won [...]

Senate Committee to Visit Immigration Department in Belmopan
The Senate Inquiry into the corruption at the Immigration Department resumes this Wednesday. At least two persons are scheduled to testify before the Senate Special Select Committee. Now, the Belize [...]

What are Legal Rights of Committee’s Witnesses?
As the Senate Special Select Committee swims into deeper waters, questions are rising as to what rights do witnesses who appear before it have and do not have. Two of [...]

How to Cash In on Registering Intellectual Property Designs
Do you have a special design or invention that can make lives easier and make money too? Then pay attention to our next story. The Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO) [...]

ITVET Hosts Open Day
Technical and Vocational Education has traditionally been a field dominated by males, but this year, the program is aggressively proposing to change that to include women.  ITVET is holding activities [...]

Sports Monday with James Adderly
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]

Residents across Twelve municipalities join hands as part of the Third Annual “Hands Across the Sand”. On May 20th at noon, Belizeans around the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment. Every year, activists and ocean-lovers host Hands Across the Sand events around the world to “draw a line in the sand,” and say “NO” to dirty fossil fuel projects, as well as call for a shift to clean, renewable energy like offshore wind and solar power.

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Principal Accused Of Bullying
An Orange Walk Primary School Principal is tonight under fire after allegations of bulling are being brought against her. Evangelina Alamilla, the mother of a twelve year old standard four student at the Solomon’s Seven Day Adventist Primary School, today contacted our news team and reported that the Principal of the School victimized her child in front of the entire student population. Evangelina Alamilla- concerned parent: “Last week Tuesday on the 16th my son came to school in the morning, which I have the fault and I admitted right, she bullied my son because of his long hair, he told me mom I need to cut my hair and I told him yes son, I am a working mom and told him Saturday I will cut your hair...”

Media Demands Yellow-man Not Be Permitted At Senate Hearing
Tomorrow’s Senate Select Committee hearing will be closely watched by the public. This is because, firstly as we have announced, the witness is slated to be Alvarine Burgess, the whistleblower who spilled out information about UDP politician Edmond Castro’s involvement in visa hustling from which he profited personally. Burgess and Castro have battled out the issue in Court, with Castro dropping the case against Burgess’ revelations, but Court trials are closed doors and without television cameras. The Senate hearings are prominently covered by all media houses including live coverage from us.

Father And Son Burglarize Mary Hill R.C. School
Police have detained a man and his son, a minor, after they were caught leaving the Mary Hill R.C. School compound in San Andres Village in the Corozal District last Wednesday. While you may think maybe they went for a PTA meeting, the duo was actually seen leaving the compound about 3 in the morning with a load of equipment in their hands. A Police patrol in the area stopped them and noticed that in hand they had laptops, projectors and other equipment, which authorities later realised was loot from a burglary they had committed at the school. Today we spoke to the acting-Principal at the school to find out how the burglars struck.


Marvin Chac Pap Died of Cerebral Haemorrhage
Last Wednesday, May 17, Love News was at the Belize City Municipal Airstrip where the body of 18-year-old, Marvin Cristobal Chac Pap was being flown in after being found in the Ceibo Chico area. It is an incident that led to several erroneous reports in the Guatemalan media, casting aspersions at the Belizean soldiers. Brigadier […]

Belizean Man Killed in Chi-Town
A Belizean man was killed in Chicago, USA over the weekend. News reports emerging from the windy city are that 35 year old Jermaine James also known as “jay-blood” was fatally stabbed by another man. A news article states that James was ‘fatally stabbed late Sunday during an argument in the Chatham neighbourhood on the city’s […]

Student’s Future Uncertain Following Series of Incidents in Caye Caulker
A 16-year-old boy was detained over the weekend by police in Caye Caulker Village after the authorities had received reports of a crime in the making. The young boy was reportedly looking forward to graduation in the coming weeks and had already been accepted at a junior college in Belize City when the school’s principal […]

Indian National Dies in Road Incident in Placencia
A fatal traffic incident occurred on Friday night just before eleven o’clock in Placencia. According to the police, the incident occurred between miles twenty and twenty one on the Placencia Road. Upon arrival at the scene police saw a grey Toyota Forerunner on the side of the road with a red and black Honda Shaw […]

Preventing Further Disruptions at Senate Inquiry
The Special Senate Select Committee will convene tomorrow in Belmopan to continue its inquiry into the findings of the auditor general reports. Last week’s Senate Hearing had to be suspended after the UDP Chairman, Alberto August, Mace Bearer, Brian Audinett and other UDP operatives disrupted the proceedings. August promised to return every Wednesday to protest […]

Haylock Charged and Remanded for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with Minor
Dennis Haylock, a resident of Lord’s Bank Village, was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Haylock was remanded into custody until August 18. On April 20, the girl, accompanied by her mother and a social worker, went to the police station in Ladyville […]

From Mahogany Street to Central Prison
Twenty-nine year old Kareem Gordon, a construction worker of 25 Casuarina Street, was sentenced to three years and fined ten thousand dollars today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he pled guilty to drug trafficking for 233 grams of cannabis. Gordon was busted around 4:30 p.m. on May 21. The police reported that they were […]

7th Chess Olympiad: Another Success for Players
On Saturday, a number of young persons gathered for the seventh chess Olympiad in Orange Walk Town. We have more in this report.

Bodybuilding Champion Announces Candidacy in Upcoming Elections
The countrywide municipal elections is about nine months away and as we told you some weeks ago, the call has gone out from the political parties for interested candidates. Today, well-known bodybuilder and five time champion, RigoVellos announced on social media that he will be entering the political arena. Vellos wrote, “Over the past weeks, […]

Men Went for Valuables Not Ice Cream
The home of a family in north side Belize City was invaded by two male persons on Friday night at around six thirty. Police were alerted of the incident on Dunn Street where they found 35-year-old, Michael Acosta injured to the nose and mouth after two men went to their front door asking to buy […]


Belizean fatally stabbed in his neighborhood in Chicago
“A 35-year-old Jermaine James a Belizean living in Chicago was fatally wounded on Sunday night. James was not too far from home when he met his demised. Chicago police said that the incident occurred just before midnight on Sunday in the Chatman neighborhood. On 79th Street, James got into an argum...

Media Wants YELLOWMAN Banned from Senate Gallery
Earlier today, Alberto August, the Chairman of the United Democratic Party (UDP) apologized to the media for the assault by House Mase Bearer, Brian “Yellowman” Audinett on the media which occurred immediately following the suspension of last week’s senate hearing on immigration and nationality. Th...

Evangelical Churches back Wade’s Version of events
The National Evangelical Association of Belize which represents over 250 churches across the Nation of Belize has issued a scalding press release directed at the Belize Police Department. The release is based on the incident involving Pastor Louis Wade Jr, PlusTV’s Managing Director, and Rober...

Jose Gutierrez drowns over the weekend in the Colorado Lagoon
On Sunday, 26-year-old Jose Alberto Gutierrez, a Salvadoran farmer, body was found floating down the Colorado lagoon in the Valley of Peace village. The Colorado lagoon is found between Valley of Peace and the sprawling Santender Property. Plusnews spoke with the Chairman of the Village, Juan Aria...

23 year old Denia Zelaya drowns at Black Howler Evolution Tour’s
And there is another drowning to report over the long weekend. On Monday afternoon, Dion Bellini who is a police officer, and his lover, 23-year-old Denia Zelaya left to have a fun-filled afternoon swimming at Black Howler Evolution Tour’s situated in Bermudian Landing village in the Belize Distri...

Man escapes with his life after being robbed
It was last week, Tuesday that we reported of a Good Samaritan that had stopped to render aid and lost his life as a result. Another Good Samaritan was repaid with evil for his kind deed, but this time, thankfully, he managed to escape with his life. According to police reports, yesterday 60 year ol...

Minor chopped 30 year old man
30-year-old Manuel Sho narrowly escaped death after sustaining chopped wounds. Sho reported to police that at approximately 2:48 p.m., yesterday 22 May, Monday afternoon, he was sitting on a picnic table by the Primary School in the Red Bank Village, when a 15 year old male student approached him wi...

The Guardian

Leaving No One Behind: Calling for Taiwan’s Participation in the 2017 World Health Assembly
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) calls on Belize’s support for Taiwan’s participation in World Health Assembly (WHA) that seeks to benefit all humankind. Nine years ago, having garnered tremendous international support including Belize, Taiwan was invited by World Health Organization (WHO) to attend the 62nd WHA as an observer. Since then, Taiwan’s active participation in WHA and WHO technical meetings has improved disease control in Taiwan and around the world, as Taiwan is committed to assisting Belize and other countries that face health challenges to fulfill WHO’s vision.

The Reporter

Police charge man for setting father’s house on fire
Police have charged Roy Bennett Mangar, 45, of Santa Maria Street, Orange Walk with “arson”following a fire that destroyed his father’s house. Lincoln Pratt, 58, a security guard of Chips Alley, Louisiana area, Orange Walk town told police that he was on duty at around 9:15 Saturday night when he heard that his son was dismantling his 18′ by 20′ plywood house. Pratt said he rushed home to discover Mangar setting the house on fire.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

UDP chairman leads movement against Senator Eamon Courtenay
Today Chairman of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Alberto August announced the official formation of a group named Belizeans Against Courtenay (BAC). August, in a statement today says: “…the time has come for the Belizean people to raise in protest of the actions of Eamon Courtenay who, in selfish furtherance of the interests of the opposition People’s United Party and his Lord, Michael Ashcroft, is hell bent on unleashing hardships on the Belizean People…”.

Sixty-year-old man robbed on highway
On Monday May 22, police responded to a robbery at San Isidro Village, Toledo District and visited the area where Mercedes De Jesus Madril, a 60-year-old Guatemalan unemployed of Trio Village was seen along the Southern Highway.

Salvadoran man drowns in Colorado lagoon
On Sunday May 21, shortly after 5 p.m. police were informed of a body floating in the Colorado lagoon not far away from Santander sugar factory. Police responded and discovered the decomposing body of 26-year-old Salvadoran national Jose Alberto Gutierrez, in the lagoon.

Student arrested for random chopping incident
Yesterday at around 2:48 p.m., police received information of a chopping incident in Red Bank village in the Stann Creek district and visited the area. Manuel Sho, 30, of Red Bank Village reported that a 15-year-old male student approached him while he was sitting on a picnic table by the Primary School.

Statement on Pastor Louis Wade Jr.’s Wrongful Charge
Today, the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) issued a statement saying that the association and its over 250 national churches express shock and outrage at the bogus and biased charges brought against Pastor Louis Wade Jr.

Mr. Belize has sights set on Corozal Mayoral seat
Internationally-recognised and award winning bodybuilder, Rigo Vellos, officially announced his bid for Mayor of Corozal Town in the next municipal elections scheduled for March 7th, 2018. Vellos, who is preparing to defend the Mr. Belize bodybuilding championship title for a sixth consecutive time in October this year, launched his Mayoral campaign under the theme: “Strong Leadership for Corozal Town”.

Belize among most peaceful countries to visit in 2017
An article from the Dailystar travel newsite lists out some of the most peaceful countries to travel in 2017. Belize is listed among the seven safest destinations of 2017 to visit.

Police seeking motorcycle helmet thief
On Saturday, May 20, a resident from Spanish Lookout reported to police that a man entered his yard with the intention to steal a motorcycle. The man realized that he couldn’t move it, so he stole the motorcycle helmet. The culprit was caught on camera.


Belize in July
July is one of the best months to enjoy a vacation in Belize. With fewer crowds and most resorts and hotels offering deep discounts, July is a wonderful time to visit. Air carriers in the United States offer affordable rates on direct flights from several major American cities, and there is plenty to do and see in Belize.

Road to Cayo: Restaurants, Murals and My Hotel in San Ignacio, Belize
Just a few days ago, I made my way out to Western Belize. 91 miles as the crow flies but from the far north east of the country almost to the western border with Guatemala. Simply put: less than 100 miles from reef to jungle. It’s AMAZING how landscapes can change so quickly in Belize. My trip: the pink circle to pink double circle. I was spending a night in San Ignacio town and getting up early to head into the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve (blue star) – an area like no other in Belize BUT I’ll tell you about that in a future blog post. There is a flight via Tropic Air that will quickly take you the distance. I went the scenic aka the budget route. Golf cart ride from 7 miles North Ambergris Caye to San Pedro Town (40 mins). San Pedro Belize Water Taxi ride from San Pedro Town to Belize City (1 hour 15 mins) – I took the 8:30am boat. Express bus from Belize City to San Ignacio (2 hours 15 minutes).

International Sourcesizz

BC - Earth - We have still not found the missing link between us and apes
About 150 years ago, when Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution through natural selection, scientists began to accept that humans – for all our sophisticated behaviour – belong to the same family tree as all other animals. The idea led to two inescapable conclusions. First, our species is not an only child. Somewhere out there in the natural world, there is at least one species of animal that is more closely related to humans than any other – what biologists would come to call humanity's "sister species". Secondly, and as importantly, our species has a long-lost parent. It stands to reason that if humanity has one or more sisters, then these siblings must have shared the same parent species at some point in prehistory. Evolutionary biologists call this species the "last common ancestor" (LCA). Most people know it by a non-scientific name: the "missing link".

Welp, guess this headline really screws things up. But for at LEAST the next year these destinations will be relatively off the radar, untouched, underdeveloped, under-Americanized, and about every other turn-on word for adventurous travelers. It's fine if you like to sit on the beach at your all-inclusive and sip on that Bud Light. But if you need us, we'll be visiting these countries, with very few other Americans. You know, until we ruin them with this headline. BELIZE: Why you need to go: Sun seekers will love the sandy cayes that run along the Belize Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea (a delight for divers, as well). Hikers will find mountains; tubers will coast along rivers that run through caverns. And those simply Indiana Jonesing for adventure can traverse the jungle to Mayan ruins.

Three new mini thorn snails described from Georgia (USA), Belize and Panama
Although computer tomography (CT) is widely used in medicine, its application in micro snail identification is still at the pioneering stage. However, Dr Adrienne Jochum from the Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern (NMBE), Switzerland and her interdisciplinary team of German and Swiss scientists (Dr. Alexander M. Weigand, University of Duisburg-Essen, Estee Bochud and Thomas Inäbnit, NMBE and the University of Bern, Dorian D. Dörge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Dr. Bernhard Ruthensteiner, Zoologische Staatssammlung Muenchen, Dr. Adrien Favre, Leipzig University, Gunhild Martels and Dr. Marian Kampschulte, Justus-Liebig University Giessen) have recently applied it in their research, now published in the journal ZooKeys. As a result of their revolutionary approach, the scientists report three new thorn snail species - tiny, colourless and highly fragile creatures that measure less than 2 mm and belong to the genus Carychium.

The Great Blue Hole e le isole del Belize
Non è un miraggio, bensì realtà: un’enorme voragine blu nel bel mezzo del Mar dei Caraibi, sogno di ogni subacqueo. Si tratta del Great Blu Hole, un atollo situato a circa 60 chilometri da Belize City e circondato da una fantastica barriera corallina, facente parte del più ampio “Barrier Reef Reserve System”, un sito dichiarato Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità dall’UNESCO.

Safe places to travel in 2017: Seven destinations with low threat of terrorism
The recent string of terror attacks – the most recent of which happened at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night – has left everyone worried about their own safety. In the past few years Brits have cancelled holidays popular hotspots including Spain, France and Turkey, following atrocities. Here we reveals seven destinations that are considered safe from terror in 2017: 6. Belize. Belize is one of the best places in the world to go scuba diving thanks to its famous Great Blue Hole.

Caleb Orozco honored by OutRight Action International
OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco—the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won—with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, "A Celebration of Courage," a press release stated. OutRight's award ceremony ( held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room ) was attended by more than 300 activists, human-rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The evening's host—performer and artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond—shared the stage with presenter Congressman Mark Takano and honorees Orozco, Unibam Belize, OutSpoken award recipient Logo TV and OutStanding Awardee Blanche Wiesen Cook, prize-winning biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt. Gay men's health and life magazine FS has revealed that many minority individuals believe there has been little progress toward fighting against racism in the gay community, reported. A survey of more than 850 gay men showed that 75 percent of Black gay men, 81 percent of South East and East Asian gay men, 86 percent of South Asian gay men and 78 percent of mixed-ethnicity gay men have experienced racism on the gay scene. Other eye-opening figures revealed that 85 percent of Black men admitted to feeling sexualized or objectified on the gay scene, while 100 percent of Arab gay men said they thought the gay community had a problem with racism. The full survey is at .uk.

New Database Aims to Track Rights Violations of Caribbean's Most Vulnerable Communities
The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and the Dominican Republic-based Centro de Orientacion e Investigacion Integral (COIN) recently launched the Caribbean's first online database documenting human rights violations. The Shared Incident Database, or SID for short, aims to provide supporting data for and facilitate the work of those advocating safer and healthier conditions for the region's most vulnerable. The SID will track incidents affecting people living with HIV, sex workers, drug users, men who have sex with men, transgender people, marginalised youth, migrants and inmates — all communities that are stigmatised and frequently suffer from discriminatory practices.


  • People claim police brutality in Santa Elena, 3min. Bad experience at Santa Elena foot ball field..Police Pulling out gun an so in font of kids!!.. So disappointed!!

  • 2017 Belize, 13min. Scuba diving at Blackbird Caye Resort, Turneffe Atolle.

  • GOB Takes New Approach to Early Childhood Development, 6min. From May 16th to 17th, stakeholders and partners in early childhood development met at the Ramada Hotel in Belize City for their 2nd Biennial Conference. Our team joined the group at day two of their event to learn more.

  • Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize, 1min. Yesterday and today we had great turnout at our free medical event in Dangriga! We will be providing vision, dental, women's health, family/general medicine, dermatology and more! We are open every day until June 1st. The lines may be long, so don't wait until the last day!

  • Fishing in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Belize tunnel diving with sharks, 2.5min. Belize dive trip, 100ft dive and ran out of air

  • Belize Vo-Tech: 2016 Seniors receive Diplomas, 2.5min. The 2016 Seniors receive their Diplomas at the Belize Vo-Tech graduation ceremony.

  • Catching a Black-tailed Indigo snake at Macal River, Belize, 3.5min. Anant Deshwal catching a Black-tailed Indigo snake on study abroad course on Coastal Caribbean Biology. The snake was captured during an animal biodiversity survey at Macal river in Cayo district, Belize. This Study Abroad course from University of Arkansas was lead by two renowned ecologists Dr. K. G. Smith, Distinguished Professor at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and Dr. Ragupathy Kannan, professor at University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.

  • Wells Scholars Belize Trip 2017, 5min.

  • Belize Christian Academy: Spiritual Emphasis Week 2017, 12min. As we recap and reflect on Spiritual Emphasis week, we present to you a sneak-peek into how it all happened. Enjoy!

  • Belize 2017, 4min.

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