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The San Pedro Sun

NDACC highlights effects of tobacco with a variety of activities
On Tuesday, May 30th, National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC), joined by Projects Abroad, students, teachers, and community members met at the Central Park to participate in the ‘World No Tobacco Awareness Walk and Poster Competition’. The gathering proudly marched with their handmade posters depicting the dangers of tobacco. The walk proceeded to the roundabout at the San Juan Area, and headed back down through Pescador Drive, culminating at the park. As part of the celebrations, a poster competition had been held, and on Wednesday, May 31st, Romero announced the winners. In first place, five students from Isla Bonita Elementary School (IBES) won $75 in cash: Marries, Madison, Edwardo, Brigel and Marwa.

Institute of Archeology intervenes on demolition of Maya mound in San Pablo Area
After the partial disturbance of a Maya mound in the San Pablo neighborhood, south of San Pedro Town, the Institute of Archeology (IA) has issued a stop order to halt any further development. The Mayor said that the site is part of San Pedro Town’s cultural heritage, which might even have a connection with Santa Cruz, Marco Gonzalez, or any other archeological site on the island. He is hoping that the Ministry of Natural Resources can exchange the property with the owner, and swap it for another piece of land. The IA is currently in the process of excavating the site to retrieve its Maya remnants and record its data, and the community is grateful that further development has stopped. Brown, along with the Mayor, look forward to having the site put back into its original condition, cleaned up and registered as an archeological site.

Ministry of Defence accused of inappropriate use of resources
The Minister of Defence, Honourable John Saldivar is being monitored following reports of inappropriate use of resources after he was allegedly caught using coast guard vessels to shuttle his basketball team (Belmopan Bandits) to and from Ambergris Caye for various sporting activities. The issue also received reaction from the Embassy of the United States, since the vessels were donated by the American Government. In view of such accusations, the Ministry of Defence issued a press release on Tuesday, May 30th, justifying the use of the vessels. Reports of the inappropriate use of the coast guard vessels came to light on May 25th, when the U.S Embassy acknowledged the reports.

San Pedro Lions celebrate 39th Annual Convention
From Friday, May 26th through Sunday, May 28th, Lions and Leos of the Lions Zone 59 attended the 39th annual National Convention in San Estevan, Orange Walk. After three days of activities, the San Pedro Lions returned home with a total of five awards. President Nigel Belisle told The San Pedro Sun that on Friday night, the San Pedro Lions presented a demonstration of the San Pedro Lions Club’s many services and accomplishments. From bingo night, BBQ sales, various fundraisers, eye screening programs, Mosquito Coast Park, to the recently launched eye clinic, the Club has been tirelessly active within the community.

Ambergris Today

Belize Met Service Launches New Website - Hurricane Season Starts Today
We know that Belizeans are more looking forward to Lobster Season than the Hurricane Season this year, but we cannot ignore the fact that the hurricane weather phenomenon is inevitable and we have to make preparations every year to stay safe. Last year Hurricane Earl was a major blow to Belize, particularly major damage to almost all over-the-water structures on Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. An above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year, but that does not mean that Belize will get struck by a hurricane. It just means that we must all be prepared.

World No Tobacco Day Awareness Walk And Poster Competition
As part of World No Tobacco Day, the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) hosted a poster competition and arranged a No Tobacco walk on Tuesday May 30, 2017 starting from the Central Park. Winners of the Poster competitions are as follows: First Place: Marries, Madison, Edwardo, Brige and Marwa from the Isla Bonita Elementary School, Prize: $75.00 Cash. Second Place: Caroline Sersland and Anna Garcia from Isla Bonita Elementary School, Prize: $50.00 Gift Certificate from Sand Bar.

Misc Belizean Sources


Placencia Breeze June 2017
What’s Inside Pg 3 Recycling at Lobsterfest Pg 5 Tour Guide Training / Lobsterfest Vendors Form Pg 7 From the Fire Hearth - Lobster and Mangos / Lobsterfest Duck Race Pg 9 Seine Bight News Pg 10 Lobsterfest Raffle Prizes Pg 11 Croc Corner / POV Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA Members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 19 Beach Cleanup / Placencia Lobsterfest Art Winner Pg 20/21 Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 22 PHS News Pg 23 Pop-up Placencia Pooch Parlour! Pg 24 Rotary News / 11th Battle Cancer Walk/Run Pg 25 Chocolate Festival Pictures Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 Fitness Page Pg 28 Cruise Ship Passengers arriving in Placencia Pg 29 Placencia Regatta Winners Pg 30 Placencia Peninsula Happenings Pg 31 Calender of Events

Succotz Culture Fair 2017
Save the date!! The 3rd Annual San Jose Succotz Archaeology and Culture Fair is coming up in exactly 1 month! Look out for more details!

A Tropical Night Out
A Tropical Night Out - A Rotary Club of Belmopan's Fundraising Event! June 10th, 2017 at Civic Center, Belmopan City. Come and enjoy a fun night out in Belmopan with the #1 Band in the land, Gilharry 7 Band!!! Starts 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and includes a Belize Duck Race Ticket! How awesome is that!?! Food and Drinks will be on sale! Call 607-3884 for tickets!

Today in Belize's history in the year 1797
fourteen men from the Belize River Valley paddled into Belize Town to cast their vote in favor of staying to defend The Belize Settlement against an impending attack by Spanish troops. Of these 14 men, 11 had never previously attended any Public Meetings in the settlement. When the vote was taken 51 voted in favor of evacuation, while 65 voted in favor of defense. The votes of these 14 men made the difference . We are here because they were here!!!

Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize
16,834! That's how many patients were seen at the amazing Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize free medical clinics across Belize! Thank you and BRAVO!

San Pedro Traffic Department Bicycle Safety Poster contest
Primary School Students, create a poster for Bicycle Safety, hand your poster into the San Pedro Traffic dept for a chance to win a NEW Bicycle, (donated by SP hardware). Use your artistic skills to promote Bicycle safety. Closing date Friday 23rd June 2017. Good luck.

MUSEUM MAY REVIEW: The PANAMA Photographic Exhibit Launch 2017 (May 18th, 2017-Evening)
The Museum of Belize (NICH) in collaboration with the Embassy of Panama was proud to launch 'PANAMÁ: COSTUMBRES Y TRADICIONES', as a part of our International Museum Day celebration. This photographic exhibit highlights contrast between the Belizean and Panamanian culture not to mention varying connections between both countries' culture and practices. 'PANAMÁ: COSTUMBRES Y TRADICIONES' is now opened to the viewing public until July 18th, 2017!

Bark and no Bight
I hope you are all entertained Hope the anxiety, eases you pain The PUDP Select Committee is in vain Belize is playing PUDP’s game This inquiry is to keep the Opposition tame It’s all a blasted game No one will be fined Non one we be confined All they are doing is marking time To distract you from re registration time

Deputy Secretary General, CARICOM Secretariat, challenges parliamentarians to implement CARICOM Model Anti-Discrimination Bill Regional parliamentarians, civil society leaders and UN partners at the PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum, Wednesday May 31, 2017 Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Regional Parliamentarians Forum, 30 - 31 May, Kingston, Jamaica, concluded with recommendations from parliamentarians on a non-partisan approach to issues related to stigma, discrimination and HIV transmission.

Rainy Season Opens, Public Urged to Take Precautions to Prevent Dengue and Zika
The Ministry of Health reminds the public to be aware of the dangers of Dengue and Zika as we enter the rainy season. These infectious diseases are transmitted by the bite of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Both mosquitoes are most active in early morning and late afternoon. Activities that should be done to prevent Dengue and Zika include: - Avoid having containers that can collect water in your yard, especially tires; - Cover water storage containers such as drums; and - Change the water in flower pots every 4 or 5 days.

Theme for the September Celebrations
The National Celebrations Commission makes calls for submission of theme for the September Celebrations and submissions for the Song Competition.

"Festival of Arts: A Historical Perspective"
Join us today at The Bliss UWI & The National Festival of Arts present the 2nd Annual Vernon Leslie Memorial Lecture - "Festival of Arts: A Historical Perspective".

Library Tour of St. Francis Xavier Primary School!
Visitors were the infants! They were well behaved and made the Library shine with their happy faces!

Corozal Rotary Club 2017 Raffle
Good evening everyone....we wanted to let everyone know we will be outside Carlos Orio' computer store "Office Solutions", 4th Avenue on Friday morning 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to sell Raffle Tickets for the HOT Motorcycle. We will have the bike there at Carlos' Friday to see. We will be awarding at Art in the Park July 15th. Come down and get your chance before the tickets are sold out!!!

Men @ Work Art Exhibit
You are kindly invited to the launch of Men @ Work Art Exhibit showcasing creations by ten Corozal cultural artists of various genres including paintings, jewelry, carvings, furniture and more. Please join us at 7pm this Friday June 2 for a night of artistic appreciation.

Succotz Culture Fair 2017
The 2017 Succotz Archaeology and Culture Fair is on June 25th. They'll have food, fun, and a Maya ball game. "Save the date!! The 3rd Annual San Jose Succotz Archaeology and Culture Fair is coming up in exactly 1 month! Look out for more details!"

Morena Son arrives today for Belize International Jazz Festival
They perform Saturday at the Mexican Institute & Sunday at the Opening Concert at Memorial Park

Placencia Municipal Pier Inauguration

Stann Creek ITVET Grant
The U.S. Embassy in Belize is proud to support the Stann Creek ITVET as it implements a three-year grant aimed at creating economic opportunities for at-risk youth through the provision of skills and trade. We accomplish this through a series of educational programs: Information Technology, basket weaving, jewelry making, wood carving, cosmetology and baking. To date, the program has benefited more than 200 students. Some of the participants have gone on to open their own business or are gainfully employed. This funding is made available via the Central America Regional Security Initiative Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF) in order to provide youth and marginalized communities with productive alternative activities that increase education and leadership opportunities. The goal is to reduce incidents of crime and violence by providing these types of opportunities to at-risk youth. Since 2013, the U.S. Embassy has provided nearly US $7.5 million in CARSI ESF grants to several NGOs working towards improving opportunities for Belizean youth.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
The LEGO Batman Movie, A Cure for Wellness , Life, Colossal

Channel 7

PM Finds Silver Lining In Castro Visa Cancellation
Since UDP Minister Edmond Castro's two US visas were cancelled earlier this week - most informed observers have concluded that the US State Department is sending the Barrow Cabinet a stern and strong message. But the Barrow administration has been busy looking for a silver lining in this dark cloud which has cast a long shadow over the Cabinet room - where other ministers who signed an immigration recommendation or two, might well be concerned that Uncle Sam is watching them too. Today, we got a chance to speak with the Prime Minister about it at another event. He gave the most charitable interpretation possible to the cancellation. Here's how he put it:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "I am to some degree, perplexed, because I only know what I have heard from Minister Castro and what I have seen in a letter that he shared with me from the US Embassy meaning that there is no indication of any reason for the revocation of the visas except that the minister declined to come in when invited to do so to discuss the whole issue of renewal of the visas since those visas were about to expire."

Opposition Leader Briceno Says Fire Castro
So, while that's the Prime Minister's position on the cancellation of Castro's visas by the US, Opposition Leader John Briceno says that the Prime Minister should fire Edmond Castro from his Cabinet. Briceno was on a roll yesterday, taking questions on a number of controversies facing the Barrow Government right now. When the press asked him about Castro, he didn't skip a beat while reminding how the PUP handled it when Max Samuels faced the same issue: Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "I think it's shameful and disgraceful that we have now a sitting minister who the US government has decided to canceled his visa and we need to ask the question why. Why would the United States government canceled a sitting minister's visa? Not only his tourist visa, but even his diplomatic visa."

Boots Bothered By Cancellation of Diplomatic Visa
But, as Briceno correctly pointed out, revoking a diplomatic Visa is quite severe. And, for once, his UDP opponent Boots Martinez agrees with him. Yesterday he told us that it does bother him that Castro, his Cabinet colleague was stripped in that fashion: Hon. Anthony Martinez: "The reasons would bother me. Like why would you want to revoke a diplomatic visa? I could understand the ordinary visa, but a diplomatic visa to me is a slap in the face. That is just my view."

PM Says Saldivar Won't Do It Again
And while the Prime Minister has argued - perhaps not so convincingly - that Castro's Visa might have just come to a natural end - he cannot say the same for John Saldivar's use of a Coast Guard vessel for his basketball team. Let's just say, it's almost an international incident - because we are told the US has made its displeasure known at the official level, and in the press. Today the Prime Minister said it's an exercise of poor judgement but not the end of the world:... Jules Vasquez, 7News: "We heard the Americans, the US Embassy officials have made some level of official complaint, made their displeasure known, and they've made it known as well to the press in a statement to the reporter."

Boots Wouldn't Have Done It Either
And just like the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister, Saldivar's Cabinet colleague Boots Martinez said he wouldn't have done what Saldivar did, but that doesn't make it wrong:... Jules Vasquez, 7News: "How do you view this sort of thing being a former team owner yourself?" Hon. Anthony Martinez: "Put it this way, for me I think it would be difficult for me to do that. But apart from that I see no problem really. There is a social component in life you know. In my view as I understand it, Mr. Borland said that Minister Saldivar provided the gasoline for the boat and he see no problem with it. There is a social component, it's not just criminal you should chase all about the world, there is in my view a social component. I would have find it difficult to do it, but it is a social component."

Opposition Leader says Misuse of Coast Guard Vessels Very Bad For Barrow Admin.
But, while the Prime Minister says that there will not be a repeat of the use of the Coast Guard boats as a sports ferry, the Opposition Leader says that this should not have happened in the first place. By his interpretation, this is just another fatal strike against the Barrow Government: Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "Here we have now no other than the minister of defense using these boats that have been donated for a specific purpose, for our security and for the fight against drugs and the Minister of Defense is using those vessels for his own personal use, for his basketball or football team or whatever team that he has. It is wrong and what he is doing, he is putting this country at risk, because the donors I am told are very upset and they donors could very well decide that you know what, if this is what you are going to do, if this is the abuse you're going to have, we are going to stop assisting our country."

PM Says Yellowman Was Wrong, But Not Wrong Enough to Be Fired
And then to that other subject that's been getting so much bad press for his administration. We're referring to the incident where Brian "Yellowman" Audinett threatened and assaulted the media. Barrow has been silent on it both as Party Leader and Prime Minister - but today he made it clear that the Mase-bearer's actions were inexcusable. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "I think that Yellowman's behavior is absolutely regrettable. What the chairman of the party wished to do, attempted to do: shine a light on Eamon Courtenay and the PUP and their hypocrisy and political dishonesty was well done. But Yellowman's behavior in terms of the media cannot be countenanced and so I certainly deplore it, out of hand. Again, though, as I understand he sent a letter of apology to the speaker - I think it would be good if he also sent a letter of apology to the media, in particular to you, madam."

PUP Keeps Up Pressure On Yellowman
So, despite the Prime Minister's insistence that he does not support Yellowman's removal from the position of Sergeant at Arms of the National Assembly, the Opposition is not backing down. Yesterday, John Briceno said that both the Sergeant at Arms and Party Chairman Alberto August acted disgracefully, and that should not be overlooked.

Brother Barrow Sworn In As CCJ Judge
Denys Barrow is one of the most well-known and well-respected attorneys in the country and the region. The younger brother of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, has been at the top of the legal profession for more than two decades. Barrow has also been a judge on the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and the Belize Court of Appeal, and now he is taking his years of experience and knowledge to the highest ranking court in the region. Barrow was officially elevated to the Caribbean Court of Justice as a Judge this morning, becoming one of seven judges on the court, and the first Belizean to hold the position. It's a great honor and today he was showered with honors and tributes from the legal community. The day started with his official elevation and swearing in overseen by the head of State, Governor General Sir Colville Young, and the President of the CCJ, Sir Dennis Byron.

PM Shares in Brother's Bench Big-Up
The Prime Minister also attended today's swearing in, both as proud big brother and the Head of Government. PM Barrow said it is a great honour, but he doesn't grudge his brother: Jules Vasquez, 7News: "How do you feel fraternally?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "Well it's a great day for him and clearly a great day for the family of which I am a part and a great day for Belize. So congratulations all around."

Who Will Replace Denys Barrow As Government Attorney?
But, Denys Barrow's departure means that Government is in immediate need of an accomplished Senior Counsel to take on the mountain of litigation it has to contend with - mostly from the Ashcroft Alliance. The PM says they will have to look to the wider region to find the right fit:.. Jules Vasquez, 7News: "As he leaves, from a tactical perspective, the government loses its best and most expensive attorney. How does this affect you going forward knowing that there are many battles still to be fought?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "It is a huge void to fill, but naturally we will manage. There is going to be a combination I think of local representation together with one or two lawyers drawn from the wider Caribbean."

Ashcroft Alliance Expected To Appear With Whopping Legal Bill
And one case the government will definitely need some very senior counsels for is the pending matter of the settlement costs with the Ashcroft Alliance. In September 2015, Barrow met with Ashcroft and agreed to settle the BTL acquisition case - but it came at a dear cost - almost half a billion dollars. But, now, that could go up by many millions more, because he also agreed to pay Ashcroft's legal costs. The bill for that is reportedly being submitted this week - and it's huge. Barrow told us he will fight it:... Jules Vasquez, 7News "What is the quantum of that? We're told it is in the many scores of millions of dollars?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "Well so I've heard. No question at all, but that we will challenge the quantum. You're right the settlement agreement does provide for the Ashcroft Alliance to recoup its expenses."

Ready Call Going Through Changes, 100+ Jobless
Tomorrow the Ready Call Center celebrates it's 12th anniversary in Belize. While there may be a cocktail or even a party for the staff and employees, something even more significant will be happening: the operations up at their Burrell Boom office will be shut down. It's bitter sweet because some workers will be accommodated at Ready Call's shiny ICON building in the City, while others - as many as 100 - will have to say their good byes and move on, at least for now. Courtney Weatherburne has more details. Anita Garbutt, Employee: "I'm from Orange Walk and normally to get here I have to wake up about around 6:00 in the morning, wake up do what I need to do, go out get the bus by 7, get here for my shift which is at 9:00."

Man Arrested For Stealing Hilux From His Employer
He was accused of stealing a HILUX from his own employer, and now Kareem Harvey has been charged with Aggravated Burglary. Police caught the 23 year old resident of Poison Wood Street in Belmopan in the vehicle on Saturday after his boss, the female Manager of the Pesticide Control Board in Central Farm reported to police that he held her up at gunpoint and put a plastic bag over her face. He snatched her purse with 4000 Euros and sped off in the Hilux and sped off with his loot. Harvey had been working with the Ministry of Agriculture for a year.

Alvarine Makes Allegations Against Another
We've already shown you huge chunks of yesterday's Senate Hearings on Immigration where Alvarine Burgess took the stand and alleged that she did immigration business with UDP Ministers Edmond Castro, Boots Martinez and Erwin Contreras. All three ministers have denied her claims. She also named Police Officer Rochelle Chan as the supposed mastermind, who recruited her, and he told us she's lying. But there was one other person she accused in her testimony from yesterday. He is immigration officer George Reynolds.

Alvarine And Aldo Rounds 1 Thru 15
So, we've given you a summary of most of the important parts of the testimony that Alvarine Burgess gave to the Senate Select Committee. But, as she was giving her narrative of the way the visa business worked at the Immigration Department, there were a number of instances that she and Chairman Aldo Salazar clashed on the details. As viewers are aware, he was very resistant to her appearing in the first place, and so, he was definitely her toughest cross-examiner. That led to numerous sparring matches between the two, and we've put together a few of them for you to decide if her story withstood his scrutiny:

Former Ambassador Nisbet's Testimony
Burgess was the second witness for the day; the first was Cherie Nisbet, the Former Belize Ambassador to Taiwan. She basically broke the whole story when she sent and email to her bosses at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which she alerted them that Former Deputy Mayor Eric Chang attempted to visit Won Hong Kim, who was in a Taiwanese detention center. In that email, she told her bosses that Chang called her "in a panic" asking her to urgently issue a visa to 2 South Korean nationals who "NEED" to go to Belize. She said that she inquired about the emergency, because she needed to be satisfied of the specifics to justify issuing the emergency visas. She said that Chang told her that he would have to call a "minister" in Belize to issue the visas upon arrival.

PM Says Hearing Should Continue
The hearings continue next week when Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse is expected to testify. But, how long will they continue after that? We've heard UDP politicians pushing for it to come to close. Just yesterday the Deputy Prime Minister said it has served its useful purpose and is now turning into a political witch hunt more than it is a legitimate inquiry. Surprisingly today the Prime Minister said he doesn't agree. He thinks it should continue, for a time:..

What Will Be Security Procedures Going Forward
But what will be the security provisions going forward? And who will be allowed to watch the hearings? Yesterday, the UDP Chairman Alberto August and his group called "Belizeans Against Courtenay" dominated the gallery while grassroots activists Geovannie Brackett and Raymond Rivers were denied entrance. Briceno - who was in there with a few PUP supporters and area reps - said that this was unequal treatment:

Getting NEMO On Page
Today marks the official start of the hurricane season, so NEMO and other emergency management agencies gathered at in Belmopan for a "state of readiness" review. The agencies assessed their current state of preparedness for any major natural disaster, and and strategies for response. the National Disaster Coordinator at NEMO, Col. Shelton DeFour spoke to the media today about the review... Natural disaster response organizations throughout the country will be on high alert until November 30. And while hurricanes are a visceral threat, don't forget about regular rainy weather. June first is the start of the rainy season and the Ministry of Health reminds the public to be aware of the dangers of Dengue and Zika - which are spread by mosquitoes. They remind the public to discard containers that can collect water in the yard, especially tires, to Cover water storage containers such as drums because these are ideal breeding sites for mosquitoes.

Channel 5

C.C.J. Welcomes Newest Judge Denys Barrow
The big day arrived for Senior Counsel Denys Barrow, who this morning became the seventh and final member of the Caribbean Court of Justice and will shortly be off to [...]

P.M. Says No Impropriety Behind Revoked Visa
Prime Minister Dean Barrow broke his silence today in respect of a raft of issues plaguing his administration. First, there is the embarrassing cancellation of Edmond Castro’s diplomatic and tourist [...]

P.M. Distinguishes Castro Circumstances from Max Samuels
In her testimony before the Senate Special Select Committee on Wednesday, whistleblower Alvarene Burgess attested that the U.S. Embassy is in possession of an audio recording in which Castro can [...]

Who Will Replace Denys in Fight Over B.T.L. Settlement?
Judge Barrow’s departure to the seat of the CCJ leaves behind a vacuum, as not only was the venerable attorney government’s chief legal counsel; he is also recognized as its [...]

Expenses for B.T.L. Settlement Will Go to the C.C.J.
As the PM has openly stated, litigation over the remaining B.T.L. bill will certainly be taken up at the CCJ level, notwithstanding the presumed total that’s left to be paid. [...]

P.M. Puts Confidence in Coast Guard in Wake of Saldivar Scandal
Is the owner of the Belmopan Bandits, Minister of Defense John Saldivar, justified in using coast guard vessels to ferry members of his basketball club to San Pedro on game [...]

Barrow Declares It Will Not Happen Again
The use of the boats, says the prime minister, isn’t a decision that he would have taken; however, he says that Saldivar will not be using those vessels for future [...]

Newborn’s Parents Detained after Callous Disposal in River
Police investigations continue in the south following an act of infanticide. Police say that after twenty-nine-year-old Santos Cac Asig gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday, she threw the [...]

P.M. Says Spare “Yellow Man”
The conduct of Yellow Man during the May seventeenth meeting of the Senate Special Select Committee has been widely condemned, following verbal threats he made to members of the media [...]

“Yellow Man” Responsible, Says Finnegan, But Should Not Be Dismissed
Because of his unbecoming behavior, there are loud calls for Yellow Man’s removal since as mace bearer he should be upholding the dignity of the House.  Senior Minister Michael Finnegan [...]

Faber Says “Yellow Man” Will Also Be Discussed by U.D.P.
Yellow Man will get his day before the National Assembly Staff Committee. They will decide what course of action, if any, will be taken following the Mace-bearer’s behavior at the [...]

How Alvarene Burges Was Introduced to Rochelle Chan
Wednesday’s public hearings of the Senate Special Select Committee were dominated by a woman whose name never appeared in the Auditor General’s Special Report on Immigration 2011-2013. But Alvarene Burgess [...]

Burgess Worked with Boots, Did Not Pay Contreras
While Edmond Castro was Alvarene Burgess’ main contact, on a few occasions, she had to go elsewhere to get recommendations when he was out of the country. Once, she turned [...]

Recommendation Rubberstamp: Alvarene Says the Hustle Continues
Burgess testified that, to her knowledge, no visa for which she obtained a minister’s recommendation was rejected.  This buttressed previous testimony that Immigration staff considered a minister’s intervention tantamount to [...]

P.U.P. Throw Support Behind Alvarine Burgess
Reaction to the testimony of Alvarene Burgess has been sharply divided along political lines. The Government’s supporters believe she has no basis for her claims; the Opposition has largely cheered [...]

Senate Inquiry Not Done Yet, But Costs Keep Piling Up
Chairman of the Senate Special Select Committee, Aldo Salazar says there are only few witnesses left to testify before the committee and his recommendation is for an early end to [...]

P.U.P. to Call Out Gaspar Vega at Next House Meeting
Orange Walk North area representative and former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega has not attended a single meeting of the House of Representatives since October last, after resigning from Cabinet. [...]

On 12th Anniversary, Ready Call Center Will Cut Jobs
One of the biggest private sector employers is trimming down the size of its work force. And the jobs of at least two hundred and thirty employees are on the [...]

D.P.M. Speaks of Closer Ties with Cuba
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, along with Ministers Manuel Heredia Junior, and Minister Angel Campos concluded an official visit to the Republic of Cuba on Monday. The delegation met with Cuba’s [...]

Man Charged for Stolen Agriculture Hilux; Cops Honored
Twenty-three-year-old Kareem Harvey, a resident of Poison Wood Street in Belmopan, has been charged with Aggravated Burglary in reference to a 2016 government-owned Toyota Hilux, stolen from an employee of [...]

Further Violence Reported at Old Border Crossing
There has been further violence at the old border crossing at Subteniente Lopez, Chetumal.  According to a report on POR ESTO, contrabandistas resorted to extreme violence at midday on Wednesday to [...]

Frank Lizama’s Name Tied to Skills Training Center in Collet
For the past five years, we have shared with you many stories of the Skills Training Center in the Collet Division since it opened its doors. But on Wednesday, the [...]

Healthy Living: Milk Still Does a Body Good
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrated the first World Milk Day in 2001. It was meant to be a day to remind people across the world [...]


PM Barrow Speaks On Castro's Visas Revocation
The news that UDP Minister Edmond Castro’s U.S. tourist and diplomatic visas were revoked by the United States Embassy has resulted in political embarrassment for the Barrow Administration. Yesterday Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceno called on Prime Minister Dean Barrow to get rid of Castro, but today when Barrow addressed the matter, he went to bat once again for his embattled Cabinet colleague.

What Is The Future OF Yellowman
But while Castro escaped public chastisement, Macebearer Brian “Yellowman” Audinette was not so lucky. You would recall that Yellowman and UDP Chairman Alberto August led disruptions of the Senate hearing two weeks ago. Yellowman even turned on members of the media and assaulted three, including Krem News’ Director Marisol Amaya. Prime Minister Barrow had not commented on the issue until today when he made himself available to interviews. He said while he supports August’s campaign, he decries Yellowman’s actions.

PM Measures Words When Speaking On Saldivar's Use Of US Vessels
The Prime Minister was on damage control mode today, responding to a number of controversies that have surfaced over the past weeks. Another is the admitted report that coast guard vessels were used to ferry members of sports teams privately owned by the Minister of Defense, John Saldivar. There are reports that the donors of the vessels are not happy with the situation, but Prime Minister Barrow was measured in his criticism claiming that while the Minister has ensured that it will not happen again, his intentions were good natured.

Domestic Exports Up By 2.2 Percent For April 2017
Yesterday we brought to you the latest figures as it pertains to the country’s consumer price index and total imports for the month of April 2017. While the price of goods saw an overall increase of 2.2 percent compared to April of last year, imports decreased. But the same cannot be said about our country’s total domestic exports for April 2017 which grew by 3 percent or $1 million amounting to a total of $35.7 million in comparison to April 2016.


Ambassador Nisbet Recounts Eric Chang’s Desperation for Belizean Visa
Before Alvarine Burgess gave an attention grabbing testimony, the former Belize Ambassador to Taiwan, Cherie Nisbet appeared before the committee. At the time when former UDP Belize City Deputy Mayor, Eric Chang, attempted to visit South Korean Wong Hong Kim, she was contacted by Chang who was urgently requesting a visa for two South Korean […]

Onlookers Warned Not to Disrupt Senate Proceedings
Before the commencement of today’s Senate Hearing, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Aldo Salazar gave a stern warning to members of the gallery. Senator Salazar warned that he would clear the entire gallery if the hearing was interrupted or disrupted by anyone in anyway. More police officers were present for today’s hearing. The chairman […]

Statistical Institute Says Sugar is Belize’s Top Export Earner
Consumer prices rose on average by two point two percent during April as compared to the same period last year. The latest figures from the Statistical Institute of Belize show that for the first four months of 2017, a year-to-date inflation rate of one point nine percent was recorded. The rise in airfare prices is […]

Castro Has No Interest in the United States
Late yesterday evening Minister Edmond Castro issued a statement on the US Embassy’s cancellation of both his tourist and diplomatic visas. According to the Government Minister, no reason was given to him for the decision but they did extend an invite for him to go into the Embassy to seek another approval. In his statement, […]

Briceno Wants Castro Fired From Cabinet
While Minister Edmund Castro has expressed no interest in learning why the US Government revoked his tourist and diplomatic visa, the Leader of the Opposition is very interested in knowing the reason. John Briceno told the media this afternoon that the Prime Minister needs to fire Minister Castro. JOHN BRICENO “I think it’s shameful and […]

LOO Says Defence Minister Put Belize At Risk for the Bandits
The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, then shifted his attention to Minister John Saldivar. Saldivar has come under heavy criticism surrounding the use of the Belize Coast Guard vessels to transport Bandit basketball players to San Pedro for a game. In an interview yesterday, Commander of the Belize Coast Guard, Admiral John Borland, explained […]

Mother of Murder Victim Outraged at DPP’s Decision
The mother of 31-year-old, Glen Ramirez Junior has expressed outrage at the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions surrounding her son’s killing. Agnes Ramirez told Love News that there was more to the entire situation and that a proper investigation was not conducted by the authorities. To add to that, she is of the […]

2017 Hurricane Season Will Be Above Normal
In a few hours, the hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin will officially open with a prediction of an above normal season. The Chief Meteorologist, Catherine Cumberbatch along with her deputy, Derrick Rudon hosted the media at a press brief today to speak about what can be expected. CATHERINE CUMBERBATCH “The forecast has been released […]

CEMO – Ready to Be Activated
The City Emergency Management Organization today held a press briefing to present the city’s preparedness for the hurricane season and other emergencies. Councilor responsible for Emergency Management in the City Phillip Willoughby says they have been working throughout the year and are well prepared to handle emergencies. PHILIP WILLOUGHBY “Our partnering agencies and stakeholders within […]

Belize Port Authority, Coast Guard’s New Neighbour
A three storey concrete structure was inaugurated this morning just next to the Belize Coast Guard off the George Price Highway. That edifice which was constructed at a cost of about one point seven million dollars is now housing the offices for the Belize Port Authority. On hand to declare the facility open was Minister […]


Edmond Castro’s Visas revoked
US Visas of the the Minister of Transport and NEMO, Edmond Castro, were revoked. A press release from his office was issued yesterday saying that “Castro has been given notification by the United States Embassy that his Diplomatic and Tourist visas have been revoked, and that no specific reason was...

Castro not worried about revoked VISA
As we said, Castro says in his press release issued yesterday that he once held a US Permanent Residency or Green Card, which he turned in eight years ago in 2009 and that is when he was issued both visas (Diplomatic and Tourist). Today, the media caught up with Castro and asked him about the visa i...

Man found dead, hanging at his workplace in Belmopan
The staff at the Ministry of works arrived at work this morning to a shocking discovery. One of their colleagues was found dead, hanging by the neck at the compound in Belmopan. The deceased has been identified as Michael Kerr, a mechanic of the Ministry of Works. No foul play is suspected but poli...

Florencio Pop gets his sentence reduced from 15 years to 8 years
Yesterday, Florencio Pop was successful in getting his 15 years sentence reduced to 8 years. Pop, along with his attorney, Oscar Selgado, appeared before Justice Dennis Hanomansingh who handed down his previous sentence 5 years ago. When Pop appeared before Justice Hanomansingh, under the advice of ...

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Alvarine Burgess has attempted to wreck the reputations of 2 other Ministers and a senior police officer in her quest to serve her PUP agenda when on Wednesday May 31 she appeared to testify before the Senate Select Committee. She is claiming that apart from paying Minister Edmond Castro bribes for 200 visa recommendations, she went before the Inquiry on Immigration to testify that she did visa business with Ministers Erwin Contreras, and Anthony “Boots” Martinez. Additionally, she pointed fingers at Assistant Police Superintendent Rochelle Chan, as the mastermind who recruited her into the shady business of getting big money to help Chinese nationals get Belize visas.

More tourists to Placencia, now from Harvest Caye
Tour guides from Placencia, the surrounding communities, and other parts of Southern Belize will now get an economic boost because tourists visiting Harvest Caye will now be able to go on any tour of their choice. Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) has agreed with the Barrow Government and BTB on a model that the guests, who are looking for more than the Harvest Caye experience, can get to experience other parts of the southern district. When Harvest Caye opened in November of last year, the local tour operators from Belize City complained bitterly that because NCL moved majority of their ships down south, their businesses suffered. Its been a few months since then, and a number of NCL’s own guests have been reviewing Harvest Caye on travel sites like Trip Advisor, and their main complaint is that they do not get to experience the attractions that Belize has to offer because their movement is restricted, once they land at Harvest Caye.

No charges for woman who killed her husband
Neshawn Martinez-Ramirez, the 28 year-old woman who stabbed and killed her husband in Seine Bight Village, will not be made to stand a Supreme Court trial for it. The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions believes that the police have not gathered enough evidence to disprove her claim that it was self-defense. In a Facebook post, made shortly after the fatal stabbing, Neshawn claimed that what happened was an accident. Whatever the case was, however, the couple should have been in a festive mood, because they were only 2 days away from the 1 year anniversary of their marriage. Glen didn’t make it because of the violent confrontation. His mother, Agnis Ramirez, has told the press that she did have a number of concerns about the quickness with which they had decided to get married. She said that her son insisted that this would happen, and so she went along with his decision. She added that there were no signs that she saw that their relationship could get this out of control. She counseled them about disagreements in marriage, and she was convinced that they were doing well as a couple.

Six new vehicles for law enforcement in Chiquibul
On Monday May 29 the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) handed over 6 new vehicles to various agencies tasked with protecting the Chiquibul forest. The Toyota vehicles valued at a total of $450,146.30 were handed over to 4 beneficiaries of the Chiquibul Forest Investment Initiative (CFII). These organizations include the Belize Defence Force (BDF), the Belize Forest Department, Ya’axché Conservation Trust and Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD). The BDF received three new vehicles while the remaining three organizations received one vehicle each.

A new building for Belize Ports Authority
After a combined 15 years in the making, the Belize Ports Authority has a permanent home as a new building was inaugurated on Wednesday May 31. Coming at a cost of 1.7 million dollars and located next to the Belize National Coast Guard headquarters in Belize City, the building is appropriately located for its role. Minister of NEMO and Transport, Hon. Edmund Castro explained that the proximity to the coast guard gives the agency an advantage in order for better communication and coordination between the two.

Aragon’s Mother’s Day Tribute
Mothers are the foundation of humanity. They are the reason why there is continuity of life and it is only fitting to always be paying tribute to them. Even the bible refers to the honor which should be given to mothers. In Orange Walk Town the area representative for the Orange Walk East constituency, Honorable Elodio Aragon Jr. paid tribute to mothers in a special way. On Saturday May 28, the second annual Aragon’s Tribute to Mothers was held at the Louisiana Field in Orange Walk Town to celebrate mothers in that community. Honorable Aragon and his Orange Walk East Committee assisted by the Orange Walk East Youth Popular Front put together a spectacular event featuring entertainment, food and hundreds of gifts for the mothers who were in attendance. The entertainment consisted of serenading of the moms by a Mariachi Band which was brought in from Merida, performances by Mr. Pelayo, Captain Roby and several dances by young dancers.

12 eyes to combat crime in Belize City
Over the past few months, the police department in Belize City has been going through the process of installing a new set of surveillance cameras at strategic points of the south side of the city and on Monday May 29 they were officially inaugurated. According to the Officer Commanding of South Side Belize City, Assistant Commissioner Chester Williams, there are 11 of 12 cameras which have already been installed and are currently active. These cameras are monitored on a 24 hour basis from the Racoon Street police station and provide the department with powerful zoom cameras to keep watch in hotspots across the city.

Statement by Hon. Edmond Castro on Visa cancellation
Hon Edmond Castro, Minister of National Emergency Management and Area Representative for Belize Rural North, wishes to inform his constituency and the People of Belize that he has been given notification by the United States Embassy that his Diplomatic and Tourist visas have been revoked, and that no specific reason was stated for the revocation. Hon Castro wishes to state for the record that he was once the holder of a US Permanent Residency (Green) Card, which he turned in eight years ago in 2009, at which time the US Embassy offered and issued him both visas (Diplomatic and Tourist). Notwithstanding, Hon Castro has not travelled to the United States for the past three years and says he had no interest to do so anytime soon, which is why he recently declined an invitation by the US Embassy to go in to discuss the question of renewing his visas.

City Council prepares for 2017 Hurricane season
The Belize City Council is working hand-in-hand with the City and National Emergency Management Organizations to development response and preparedness to emergencies as well as enhancing community awareness and cooperation. At a press conference held on Wednesday May 31, 2017, members from the City Council, Police Department, CEMO, and private entities discussed approaches that will be taken to better prevent extensive damages caused by various disasters as well as alleviating the effects of such damages.

Use of Belize Coast Guard Vessels
The Ministry of Defence hereby responds to the inquiries that have been made by some media houses with regards to the use of assets that have been donated to the Belize Coast Guard (BCG). The Ministry makes clear that the deployment of armed forces assets are the responsibility of the Commanders of the armed forces who are completely aware of the purpose of which they are to be used.

Belize City Council hosts first annual Coconut Fest
The Battlefield Park was packed on Saturday, May 27, 2017 as the Belize City Council held its first Coconut Fest to highlight the prominent Belizean fruit. The success of the fest was shown by the packed area that received a myriad of entertainment from several Belizean entertainers. On sale were various coconut foods and treats- from the savory coconut milk rice and beans to sweets such as tablata and stretch-mi-guts. Other vendors creatively made craft from the shell of the fruit. And it would not be a fest if the savory drink was not on sale as well. By nightfall, vendors were happily sold out.

DPM Concludes Productive Official Visit to Cuba
Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber along with Minister of Tourism Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and Minister of State in the Ministry of Health Hon. Dr. Angel Campos, today concluded a successful official visit to the Republic of Cuba. Extensive discussions addressed key issues such as collaboration for multi-destination packages in the tourism sector; the possibility of direct flights; areas of mutual interest in trade and investment; heritage tourism; and the exploration of policies that respect national patrimony. Belize expressed interest in Cuba’s policy of training young people who live in historical areas, like downtown Belize City, to learn restoration skills to be able to participate in improving their neighbourhoods and benefit from the related tourism.

Philip Goldson highway upgrades take shape
Earlier this week ,we at the Guardian Newspaper took the opportunity to visit the Phillip Goldson Highway formally the Northern Highway. Our visit took us, to that section between Travellers Limited and the Airport junction. That section of highway is under construction. It was not our first visit to that section of highway and we definitely don’t plan for it to be our last visit. This most recent visit had to be done in two parts for us to get a better appreciation for the scope of works being carried out there. The first part of the visit took place on Tuesday morning and the second part was on Tuesday night. The civil works and road furnishings are almost complete to the section between the Haulover Bridge and the Airport Road Junction. The old road was scarified, filled and widened. Modern road building methods has been used.

Justices of the Peace in Cayo learn about their responsibilities
During two sessions over the last two months, members of the Justices of the Peace from the Cayo Chapter, have been informed of their responsibilities to society. George Gomez, Minister of Justice during sessions with the Justices of the Peace on April 6th and as recently as May 28th has also informed them of their powers. According to Gomez, a Justice of the Peace falls under the Attorney General and has the same power of a sitting magistrate but in a civilian setting. Because there is a high turnover of Magistrates in San Ignacio there has always been a need for Justices of the Peace.

La Gracia village taps into energy from the sun
A key milestone for the electrification of Belize’s remote areas was recently achieved in La Gracia Village, a community just due East of Valley of Peace village. Government with counterpart funding from the United Kingdom and the Swiss Government has inaugurated a first of its kind Photo Voltaic Smart Grid, a 24 kilowatt system, which now powers some 45 households in La Gracia. At a cost of 700 thousand Belize dollars, the joint project has now made it possible for each such home in La Gracia to obtain 120 volts-- just like their friends in the urban areas. Present for the inaugural ceremony were British High Commissioner to Belize, His Excellency Peter Hughes, Minister of Works, Hon. Rene Montero and Minister of State with responsibility for Energy and Public Utilities, the Hon. Frank Mena.

Training center named in honor of past Collet Area Representative and Mayor
Residents of the Collet area and even the wider city have had the privilege of becoming part of a training center which is based in the Collet division. While the center has been in existence for some time now, it was not until Wednesday May 31 that the building was officially named. It now bears the name Frank A. Lizama, OBE Training Center and Belize city Mayor Darrel Bradley and current Collet area representative Hon. Patrick Faber honored Frank Lizama.

Mayor of Yesou, South Korea Visits Belize City to Sign Memorandum of Understanding
The Mayor of Yesou, South Korea made his inaugural visit to Belize to meet with Belize City Mayor, His Lordship, Darrel Bradley and fellow councillors. Mayor Ju Cheol Hyeon made it known that the sister cities have been in 15 years of diplomatic relations and to make most of Mayor Hyeon’s first visit, Mayor Bradley held a ceremony to sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the City Hall.

Solar lights for people in the south
The Hon. Hugo Patt, Minister of Rural Development is on a working tour in the Toledo District. As part of the tour he is distributing solar light to the villages in the Toledo District that currently don’t have lights access. The solar light was an initiative from the Ministry of Rural Development and as part of the program, the most remote villages like Graham Creek will received the lights. Other villages that are part of the program are: Medina Bank, Tambran, Golden Stream, Santa Cruz, Santa Elena, Na Luum Ca, Crique Sarco, Conejo, Boom Creek and Punta Negra.

New Belizeans sworn in Belmopan
Belizeans now have a new set of citizens to continue to take on the task of nation building. Some 36 persons were officially sworn in on Tuesday evening for the second time this year and for the first time at the Department of Immigration’s main building on Dry Creek Street, Belmopan. Administering the Oath of Affirmation was Mr. Godsfrey Ramos, who is the Commissioner of the Supremee Court. As the oath was read, all persons stood and did raise their right hand.

Artist Alex Croft charged with theft
Well known Belizean artist, Alex Croft Jr., is behind bars after he was dragged to court on a charge of theft. Allegations are that on May 28, 2017, he stole from Jamile Williams. In court, Croft, who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. He was granted bail in the sum of $500 plus one surety of the same amount. He was also ordered to pay his old court debts in default of prison time.

Attempted murder by fire
On Thursday May 25, 2017, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw 35-year-old Dorien Reneau of a Belize City address suffering from burn injuries to the left arm, left abdomen area and left foot. Investigations revealed that Reneau was along with three other persons when he was sprayed with a flammable substance by a man he knows and set on fire by another. Reneau was admitted at K.H.M.H in stable condition. Police are investigating.

Murder in Bella Vista village
On May 28, 2017, Independence Police received information of a body found beside the highway in Bella Vista Village, Toledo. They made checks between miles 45 and 46 on the Southern Highway where they saw the body of 21-year-old Armando Alvarenga of trio Village, Toledo lying in the bushes on the side of the highway. Police observed that his head was partially decapitated. The body had what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the center of his chest and to the upper right shoulder.

Bike thief gets 3 months in jail
A Belize City man is serving a 3 month sentence after he pleaded guilty to theft of a woman’s bicycle. Surveillance video provided by a camera at the Human Services Department showed 41-year-old Jerry Garbutt, a printer and resident of Gibnut Street in Belize City, as he stole the bicycle. Garbutt appeared before Magistrate, Carlon Mendoza on Friday, May 26, 2017 where he was read a single charge of theft of a bicycle. The bicycle belongs to Pastora Galvez, a Belizean resident and Domestic of Jane Usher Boulevard.

Bradley’s boat yard business slowed by arson
On Thursday night May 25, 2017, police responded to a fire at the second entrance of the Burrell Boom Village at Bradley’s Boat Yard. According to Steve Bradley, owner, he was in the process of relocating his business from Belize City to Burrel Boom. At the yard, police saw two boat moulds on fire. Two burnt tires and a bottle with gasoline were seen on top of the boat moulds. One of the moulds valued at $60,000 was completely destroyed while the other, valued at $150,000, was partially destroyed.

Kenworth Castro dies after swinging too high
Kenworth Castro, a 22-year-old diver of Bahia Area, Caye Caulker, was taken to the Caye Caulker Health Clinic in an unconcious state on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Minutes later, he was pronounced dead. Initial investigations revealed that around 5:00 p.m., Castro was seen swinging from a swing under a palapa at KoKo King when some bystanders told him that he was swinging too high. Castro soon fell and hit his head. According to bystanders, he got up and went to the edge of the palapas for a while. They went to check on him and they observed foam coming from his mouth and bystanders quickly rushed him to the clinic where he later died.

Couple charged in connection with assault of girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend
Nicoli Rhys, a well known George Street figure and Ester Garcia, his girlfriend and a former secretary, are on remand after they were denied bail after pleading not guilty of committing an aggravated burglary at the home of Garcia’s ex-boyfriend, well known businessman Mario Galvez. Allegations are that on Monday, May 22, 2017, the duo along with three males visited the home of Mario Galvez located in the Belama area. Rhys was allegedly in possession of a firearm and the group assaulted Galvez as he exited his house.

Robbery in Corozal
A robbery in Corozal netted thieves over 18,000 dollars in cash. Juanito Cowo and his common-law wife Jessica Mena reported that upon arriving home on Tuesday May 30, 2017, they were held at gunpoint and robbed of a bag containing $18,000 in Pesos and US currency and a 9mm firearm valued at $2,800. When Mena exited the vehicle, she was told to get on the ground.

Dead man found in cane field in Orange Walk
Orange Walk Police are investigating the death of a man who was found in a cane filed in that district. Police say they visited a farm on the Millers Bight area in Orange Walk on May 28, 2017. There they saw the decomposing body of a male Hispanic person. Investigations revealed that a man went to the farm and smelled a stench which came from a cane field behind his farm. He followed the odor and discovered the body.

Weed, guns and ammunition taken off the streets
On Saturday, 27th May, 2017, members of the Gang Suppression Unit conducted searches in an apartment complex off Saint Jude Street, Belize City. This resulted in the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 110 grams of cannabis. The drugs were found underneath one of the apartment rooms. No one was in the immediate area at the time of the discovery so it was labeled as found property. Another search was conducted underneath another one of the rooms of the apartment which resulted in the discovery of a black parcel wrapped with transparent tape which contained compressed cannabis amounting to 883 grams.

Fudge man charged for Littering
Glenford Tillett, 33-year-old fudge man, was taken to court on May 29, 2017 on a charge of littering. Allegations are that on Saturday, May 27, 2017 as he was sitting in front of Lina’s Store, a Chinese grocery store located on Mahogany Street in Belize City, he was picked in by police and charged with littering. According to Tillett, he was sitting on a piece of card board box when the officer approached him and asked him if he worked at the Chinese store. He said no and was instructed to leave immediately. He complied and picked up the cardboard and tore it and threw it on the ground as he was walking away.

65-year-old woman is granted bail after stealing ham
Martha Parchue, a 65-year-old repeat offender for the offense of theft, was brought to court on May 29, 2017 after authorities claimed she was caught shoplifting in Lucky Star Supermarket on Central American Boulevard. Before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, Parchue pleaded not guilty to the charge of theft. Allegations are that on Saturday, May 27, 2017, she was stealing a Celebrity brand boneless ham from off the shelf at the supermarket. Shinfeng Huang, owner of the supermarket, reported to police that while at his establishment, he and some of his employees noticed a woman placing an item from the shelf into her pants.

Hilux jacked and recovered
The manager and registrar officer of the Pesticide Control Board residing at Central Farm visited the San Ignacio Police Station and reported that on May 27, 2017 she arrived home in a Grey Toyota Hilux Pickup which is attached to the Pesticide Control Board. She stated that upon entering her house she was attacked by a male person who had a piece of black cloth covering a portion of his head and face. She stated that she recognized her attacker as a person she only knows as Kareem who works with the Ministry of Agriculture.

House fire in Orange Walk
Police visited the San Jose Village, Orange Walk District on May 25, 2017 where they saw a board with zinc kitchen and a board with zinc bodega engulfed in flames. 78-year-old Ruperto Chi reported that he was awaken by noise outside and upon making checks, he saw the kitchen and bodega on fire. He believes that the fire started from a fire hearth that was left lit. Police are investigating.

Teenager charged for armed robbery
Another teenager has been charged in connection with an armed robbery of a construction worker that occurred on May 20, 2017 on Southern Foreshore in Belize City. Shemar Nunez, an 18-year-old student of ITVET was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on May 26 where he was read a single charge of robbery with a firearm upon the construction worker.

Dorian Pakeman has no case to answer
Director of the Government Press Office, Dorian Pakeman was cleared of charges relating to the death of 45 year old Dean Dawson whom he knocked down and killed in Gardenia Village in March of last year. Pakeman along with his attorney Brian Neal, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer where a preliminary inquiry was held to determine whether a charge of causing death by careless conduct should proceed to the Supreme Court. After reviewing the evidence, Magistrate Frazer determined that there was insufficient evidence to commit the matter to the higher court and dismissed the charge against Pakeman.

Florencio Pop pleads guilty to manslaughter
Florencio Pop pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter on May 30, 2017 in the Dangriga Supreme Court for the February 2012 killing of Felix Cucul Ich. Ich was fatally chopped in Southern Belize and Pop was sentenced to 15 years in jail effective March 6, 2012. The murder of Ich occurred on February 27, 2012 between miles 53 and 54 on the Southern Highway in Bladden Village. He sustained a single chop wound to the neck. A post mortem examination revealed that Ich died as a result of traumatic shock due to partial decapitation due to a chop wound to the neck.

Shooting in San Pedro
On Saturday May 27, 2017, San Pedro police acted on information received of a shooting incident in the San Mateo area, San Pedro Town. They visited the residence of Amancia Martinez where she was observed suffering from a gunshot wound to her right upper arm and right side of abdomen. As a result she was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic where she was admitted to ward in a stable condition.

Thief fined for theft of flat screen televisions
Justin Longsworth who was on remand after being found guilty of stealing 11-49 inch flat screen televisions from his boss will be spared any more time in jail. On May 18, 2017, Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith remanded him to prison until May 25th while she decided his fate. When he reappeared in court he was fined $3,000 for the offense. Of the 11 televisions that were stolen, only one was recovered during police investigations.

Belmopan Bandits basketball team force a third and final game in Pepsi National Elite Basketball League championship
The second game in the best of three championship series in the Pepsi National Elite Basketball League championship was played on Thursday 25th May, 2017, at the University of Belize gymnasium in Belmopan where the host team the Belmopan Bandits defeated the league’s leading and favourites to win this year’s championship the San Pedro Tiger Sharks by the score of 81-73 to tie the series at 1-1 game apiece. In the first quarter of the game, none of the team dominated the action and at the close of the first quarter, the Belmopan Bandits had a slim 20-19 lead.

Belize represented well in prestigious Triple Crown river races
Hener Cruz and Kyle Mynar are currently in the United States competing against the best paddlers of North America for the Tripple Crown title. They won their first race, the Texas River Marathon, on Saturday 6th May in the C2 class. On Monday May 29th, they raced the Clinton Classic in New York which is the first leg of the Triple Crown. All three Triple Crown races are known as the most competitive races in the world. The best paddlers from North America train to do well in these races in order to prove themselves the best. Hener and Kyle placed 11th on Monday even though the conditions were as bad as they can get. It was a cold and rainy day unlike any weather Hener has ever paddled in, but still placed 11th against the best paddlers of North America.

St. Joseph girls’ and boys’ along with Wesley Upper girls’ lead primary schools basketball competition
The 2016-2017 Belize City Primary Schools Basketball Competition continued on Monday 29th May, 2017, at the Gateway Youth Centre with four games on the schedule. In the first of two games played in the girls’ competition, St. Joseph Roman Catholic School won handily over Queen Square Anglican School by the score of 28-0. The top scorers for St. Joseph Roman Catholic School were Briah Clarke and Afeni Lamb. In game two, St. John’s Primary School won over St. John Vianney School by the score of 17-0. The top scorer for St. John’s Primary School was Kelis Turton with 11 points.

Digicell wins Belize City Senior Female Softball Marathon
The 2017 Belize City Senior Female Softball campaign officially opened on Sunday May 28, at Rogers Stadium with three teams participating. In the first game of the Double Elimination Format Marathon competition, The Belize Bank Bulldogs defeated Beacon by the score of 7 to 4. The winning pitcher was Renisha Richards. In game two, Team Digicell won over the Belize Bank Bulldogs by the score of 7 to 4. The winning pitcher was Mary Flowers.

Unitedville Rebels United halts Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy
The 2017 Raymond Garbutt Cayo Senior Female competition which is sponsored by the Hon. John Saldivar continued on Sunday 28th May, at the softball pitch in Unitedville with three games on the schedule. The competition will continue this coming Sunday June 4 at the Joan Garbutt Softball Stadium in Esperanza Village with three more games on the schedule. In the first game scheduled for 1:00 pm Belmopan Bandits will go up against Esperanza Wolverines and this will be followed by game two which will feature Unitedville Rebels United against the Belmopan Emeralds and in the final game of the day, Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy will see action against Esperanza Wolverines.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
Most of you are familiar with Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” In our church, we are very eager that people should see the fallacies and the lack of a good scientific basis for evolutionism. Instead, we point people to the factual basis for science, found in the pages of God’s Word. It is particularly important that we do not allow our children to be indoctrinated by the godlessness of secular philosophies.

There is absolutely no doubt that each and every one of us voters has been warned! We have been put on notice once again. Hubert Elrington first explained to this Nation that the PUP was nothing but a criminal gang that entered politics. We have a long list of the very bad things that the PUP has done. They sold the Ports, Airport, BEL, BTL (three times), WASA, V.O.A. compound to a PUP area rep. who used a DFC loan, which was written off. The same compound was then sold to a Canadian for millions! They sold the old Customs and Immigration compound at Santa Elena border for ten dollars to cronies who resold it for a million dollars to the casinos! They sold the rights to IMARBE for $1.5 million. They lent Godfrey first $45 million of your money, then a further $8 million; he never paid the money back!

Clutching At Straws
Was scanning for the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC Monday night when I heard an annoying nasal drawl on Love FM’S “Business Hour” which could only be Traffic Torres”. I paused to listen to which straw this surrogate PUP was clutching at this week, and he actually had two issues: Land erosion in Barranco, Seine Bight and Placencia and the alleged use of coast guard vessels to transport a football club to San Pedro. Unlike Troy Gabb and Darrel Carter, I am no expert in land reclamation so I will not comment on the former issue. The latter point was the main issue of political contention this week, not only from Traffic T, but at several other media outlets. If this accusation is true regarding said issue, I personally have no qualms with Government Ministers using GOB resources to assist in sports. Isn’t it the same thing when a sports team goes to The Ministry for a financial contribution to cover travelling and subsistence costs? Why must we attempt to create an outrage from a frivolous situation? Are we so starving for political news headlines these days?

New executive elected for Cornerstone Foundation
A new executive has been elected for the Cornerstone Foundation in San Ignacio. Cornerstone is a non-governmental organization that caters to the needs of children, women and others, operating from its home base at number 27 Far West Street in San Ignacio Town. Newly elected to the Board of Directors at Cornerstone as President is Lupita Ferguson, Vice President Marilyn Greig, Secretary Aleida Trujillo and Treasurer Mercy Gonzalez.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Vehicle valued at $15,000 dollars stolen in Belize City
Police are reporting that sometime between 7:30 a.m. on May 29th, 2017 and 10:30 a.m. on May 31st, 2017, a grey 2002 Toyota Sequoia was stolen in Belize City. According to reports, the vehicle belongs to Leopoldo Suarez, 53, who told police that the vehicle’s license plates is BMP-C-05488 and […]

Harmonyville Grocery Store engulfed in flames
Yesterday police received information of a house fire in Harmonyville. When they visited the area between miles 44 and 45 on the George Price highway, they found Lupita’s Store which is a 20 feet by 20 feet wooden structure engulfed in flames. Graciane Choc, […]

Infant found floating in Toledo
Police in Toledo District are reporting that on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at 1:50 p.m., they visited San Vicente Village in the Toledo District where they spoke with the Alcalde – Edgar Pinto who informed them that at 12:00 p.m., a villager reported to him that he saw the body of a baby floating in the river.

New Port Authority Building inaugurated
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management (with responsibility for Ports), Edmond Castro was Guest Speaker yesterday at inauguration ceremonies for a new building to house the headquarters of the Belize Port Authority.

Tropical Storm warning for Pacific Coast of Mexico
This morning, a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that a tropical storm warning is in effect for the Pacific coast of Mexico from Salina Cruz to Puerto Escondido as Tropical Depression Two-E approaches.

Tanya Carter robbed in Belize City
On Monday night, Belizean singer Tanya Carter was robbed at gunpoint. According to reports, Carter was walking on St. Thomas street when three men held her up.

Wife who murdered husband walks free
BBN reported on Saturday that a woman had stabbed and killed her husband on Friday night in Seine Bight Village in the Stann Creek district. On Sunday, police detained the woman for the murder. The victim was identified as Glen Ramirez, 31 years old.

Corozal police officers accused of extortion
According to reports from CTV3 News, three police officers from the Corozal police department are being accused of extortion and threatening a resident of Corozal town.

Belize – Failure, Ambition and Self Esteem
1. The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted: attributed their success in business to hard work. I can set for myself different levels of ambition. For example, I can aim for a senior government job, with its relatively good salary, working 9-4, job security, pension scheme, job benefits (vehicle with fuel, telephone subsidy...

Patchakan RC School in Corozal needs assistance in removing killer bees
The Patchakan Roman Catholic School in Corozal District has been closed for the last three days because of killer bees that have taken over the school compound. A concerned parent told BBN that up to now, the school principal has not found someone to remove the bees from the school yard.


Meet Cedric Casimiro aka Budge – Belizean Tour Guide Extraordinaire
I recently went on a kayaking and snorkeling trip to Glovers Reef with Island Expeditions and it was all pretty spectacular. However, the best part was hanging out with Budge, the tour guide at Glovers Reef. I honestly can say that without him, the trip would not have been as awesome. So, of course, I sat down with him and asked him a few questions about himself. I’m 36 years old and my name is Cedric Casimiro. I’m mostly known as Budge though – my godmother gave me that nickname when I was a kid and it stuck! To be honest, I even prefer to be called Budge – since my godmother passed away and it reminds me of her. Some of my favourite things to do during my spare time are playing soccer, playing Garifuna drums and playing dominos with friends. I also enjoy teaching kids how to play soccer. That’s a lot of fun. I was born in Corozal. My family lived in Corozal for a few years because my dad moved there to work at the sugar factory, however, when the factory closed, we came back to Dangriga and went back to fishing for a living.

I Came out of Belize Tattoo Expo Impressed and in Shock!
The buzzing of tattoo guns filled the air as we witnessed artists from Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, USA and Belize, each unique in their style, technique and skill. We were three of hundreds who went to enjoy the two-day tattoo expo; there was plenty of artists at work to admire, food, souvenirs and entertainment. Speaking of entertainment! That freak show was FRIKIN’ FREAKY, but entertaining nevertheless! Three different people were suspended in mid air via body piercings. OUCH! YES! Holes were pierced on their backs with metal clamps, they were hooked up to ropes and pulled up into the air! YAH! Oh wait! The FREAKIEST part was when one of the guys, who was already suspended from six different hooks on his body, used two hooks on his chest to lift another young man in the air!! Watch the video; it shows it all!!! Craziest show I have ever seen.

Update FAYUQUEROS Got out of hand two detained after a wild war
Once again, fayuqueros of the community of Subteniente Lopez, Quintana Roo faced the authorities of the Land Maritime Customs of Subteniente López to continue with the control of the crossing of goods from the Free Zone of Belize. BDF, Police, Marine Guards and the other authorities where at the scene to guard the bridge that connects both nations. No pedestrians, motorists and any other vehicles where not allowed to cross on Wednesday May 31, 2017. In this regard, the Commissioner of the Ministry of Public Security in the state José Eliecer Varela Durán confirmed that the authorities of the Tax Administration Service had to call the guards on the Mexican side, as the fayuqueros were carrying illegal Goods without respecting customs agents and assaulting them. They started to throw rocks and bottles at the authorities as to protect themselves and continue crossing their illegal merchandise.

International Sourcesizz

Gulf Of Mexico Tropical Development Remains Possible This Weekend Or Next Week
We are closely watching a tropical depression in the eastern Pacific as it has the potential to track over Mexico and attempt to redevelop into a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico sometime this weekend or early next week. Given that the environmental conditions across the Gulf of Mexico are highly unfavorable due to strong amounts of wind shear, the chances for tropical development in the western Gulf of Mexico remain low, however, it is something to closely watch.

Belize: New WBG Country Partnership Framework to support economic and social resilience
Today, the Board of Executive Directors endorsed a new World Bank Group (WBG) five-year Country Partnership Framework in support of Belize’s efforts to strengthen the resilience of its economy and promote opportunities for all Belizeans. “I am pleased that the World Bank supports Belize’s medium-term development plan by helping build climate resilience and promote financial inclusion and social resilience in the country,” said Yvonne Hyde, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce. Belize’s economy relies on tourism and agro-business as its two main drivers of growth. Tourism employs 28 percent of the population and represents 21 percent of GDP. As a small and open economy, the country is highly exposed to external shocks and is vulnerable to extreme weather events — with average annual losses from natural disasters amounting to almost four percent of GDP.


  • Ex Ambassador to Taiwan Can’t Explain Honduran Diplomat’s Involvement in Kim Affair, 2min. The Committee’s first witness today was former Ambassador of Belize to the Republic of China (Taiwan), Cherie Nisbet. She was at post when South Korean businessman turned fugitive Won Hong Kim was granted citizenship despite never setting foot in Belize. Her office was contacted by then-Deputy Mayor Eric Chang after he heard of Kim’s issues and tried to visit him in the detention center in Taipei, but he never got through to him and the faked passport was confiscated and eventually returned to Belize. Chang said he had gotten to know of Kim through a Honduran diplomat, Alejandro Young, who was attending the same summit as Chang. But Nisbet said no one from her office ever contacted Young to find out about his involvement in the Kim affair and she seemed to dismiss it as unimportant.

  • Exploring belize (dare to explore) Explore inland tours, 3.5min. Aerial images around Belize showing the some the tours we offer. check us out on trip advisor or on our face book page ( Explore inland tours). located inside Eva's San Ignacio.

  • Belize Natural Energy Video, 3min.

  • Snorkeling Caye Caulker, Belize - 05/03/17, 12min. A cruise on the Carnival Breeze took me to Belize, where I visited Caye Caulker and snorkeled at their beautiful reef! This video features a few fish, a green moray eel, LOTS of stingrays, nurse sharks, and tarpon.

  • 2017 05 04 San Pedro Canyon with Belize Pro Dive Center, 3.5min. 2017 05 04 San Pedro Canyon with Belize Pro Dive Center - Green Moray Eel at 01:02, Black Grouper, Nurse Sharks, Yellowtail Snapper, Orange Spotted Filefish, Yellowtail Damselfish, Blue Tang, Surgeonfish.

  • Belize 2017, 20min. Just a few amazing moments captured with the most unbelizable people.

  • Old Belize - Rope Swing, 90-Foot Slide, and Trampoline at Kukumba Beach, 4min. Our final day in Belize was spent swimming in stunning bright blue water and relaxing on clean white sand. We visited Kukumba Beach, which is popularly known as Old Belize. A 90-foot water slide, rope swing, and floating trampoline all along the beach made our last day memorable!

  • Belize Parasail (24 May 2017),2 min.

  • Belize Tattoo Expo Excites, Entertains and Inks, 5min. People getting inked everywhere, fire dancers and the freakiest Freak Show ever! That's just what the Belize Tattoo Expo is all about. Amazingly talented tattoo artists convene at Las Isla Bonita, San Pedro, Belize for some sun, sea, beach, adventure and plenty of tattoos.

  • NICH Infomercial, 2min. The National Institute of Culture and History has released a short infomercial about themselves, and some of the site upgrades that have been done over the years. Xunantunich's Visitor Center can be seen on there. It mentions that more than $5 million will be spent over the next 4 years to upgrade national sites. Thanks, NICH!

  • Matthew & Devon Belize Wedding Film, 11min. from Jose Luis Zapata

  • 2017 Belize Cave tubing, 4.5min. Carnival Freedom excursion..... Belize....cave tubing Very fun excursion. Bus from port to river was over an hour, but fun as our tour guide gave us so much interesting information about the Country and caves. Then we geared up and carrying our tubes, we hiked through the jungle for about half mile to the cave entrance. Our guide tied the tubes together with 8 people, then off we went for 40+ minutes. We floated slowly most of the time, but did have two short rapid sections. Our guide pointed out several cool formations along the way, as well as a waterfall where we all got splashed. After the tubing, we changed clothes and went to the free lunch of chicken, rice and beans, with cole slaw. Drinks could be purchased at a window, beer, sodas, rum punch, etc. We then boarded the bus for the ride back.

  • Belize 2016, 5min. Visiting the barrier reef and mayan temples.

  • Belize Honeymoon, 5.5min..

  • 2008-12-17 Misc. Caye Caulker & Tourists Cleaning Fish (Belize), 8min. Wondering around the island & watching tourists clean their fish they caught.

  • Long Caye Wall (The Aquarium), Belize, 1.5min. Scuba diving.

  • Belize GEL iMovie, 10min. Reflection of a Shenandoah University GEL Trip to Belize. May 16-27, 2017.

  • Belize Scuba (25 May 2017), 5min.

  • 2017 05 05 Ramon's Canyon with Belize Pro Dive Center, 8min. 2017 05 05 Ramon's Canyon with Belize Pro Dive Center - Nurse sharks throughout. Notice that we have seen so many of them in previous dives that we have started to ignore them....but they wont be ignored. Lionfish, Blue Chromis, Surgeonfish, Remora, Banded Butterflyfish, lobster

  • PANDY SHOW -BELIZE, 51min. Host on this show is the Erodito Pineda,the principal of Eden High School - little Campos-Mr. Sas Jim - Police - Nayelly -Mayor Earl Trapp - Rodolfo Juan- Victor and more Longest local show tv the country of Belize

  • Belize Night Scuba (24 May 2017), 8min.

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