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The San Pedro Sun

Archaeology students conduct four-week excavation on San Pedro Maya site
As part of a four-week archaeological field study, a total of 14 students majoring in anthropology have been excavating the “San Pedro Maya” site, located at Hostel La Vista on Barrier Reef Drive. Under the supervision of Dr. Scott Simmons, Professor of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) USA, and Dr. Tracie Mayfield, University of Arizona Anthropology Instructor, the students began their mission on May 25th, hoping to unveil clues to the ancient Maya cultural systems, trade, and their interactions among other regions. Now entering their fourth and final week, the students have been on a mission to uncover answers to these important scientific and cultural questions. Using shovels, trowels, screens, tape measures, hand brooms and brushes, they have been excavating the site six days out of the week, from 8AM to 4PM. The students have dug several grid test pits, and using their hand tools, they take off the top layer of grass, dig through the layers of soil, remove the items of interest, clean them, sort them out, and then write a report on their findings.

Belize Red Cross holds forum in Ambergris Caye
Under the theme ‘Everywhere for Everyone,’ the Belize Red Cross held their fourth Volunteer Forum on Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th in San Pedro Town. Hosted at The San Pedro Town Council Conference Room, the forum discussed the challenges within the organization and ways to improve and move forward in the work they do for the country. This year, volunteers from across Belize convened to focus on the different challenges volunteers go through in the eight different branches around the country. According to Belize Red Cross Director General, Lily Bowman, everyone shared how they have managed to overcome said difficulties that have affected their performance during the past year. “We look at volunteerism as a way two-way exchange, by being mutuality beneficial to the volunteer as well as to society,” explained Bowman. “The forum also touched on opportunities that we experience when we solve the difficulties that come our way.” At times, the lack of volunteers become an issue. “Some branches may be able to solve their issues faster than others, thus, we shared that information so we are on the same page and work as a team,” she said.

The Children’s Agenda 2017-2030 officially launched
Less than a month after Prime Minster Right Honorable Dean Barrow and Leader of Opposition Honorable John Briceno made a global proclamation and signed the new Children’s Agenda 2017 – 2030 on May 15th, it was officially launched on Thursday, June 8th. The Agenda is a result framework that looks at the development of children and adolescents ages 0-19 over the next 14 years, and focuses on five main principles: the role of families, family-oriented policies in promoting education, safety, economic opportunity, and overall well-being of their members. The Agenda also raises awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and adolescents. This will be achieved through a strategic action plan that includes six transformational goals and five outcomes; with the overarching goal of having a community that is connected, respected and contributing positively to the development of all human beings.

Lobster Season reopens: Belize Fisheries Department predicts a profitable lobster season
Regulated by the Belize Fisheries Department (BFD)-under the Fisheries Act of Belize, the consumption and harvesting of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus Argus) is only permitted from June 15 to February 14. After a four month spawning period, the lobster season reopened on Thursday, June 15th, and the BFD is making a positive prediction for a profitable lobster season. According to Ramon Carcamo, BFD Officer of the Capture Fisheries Unit, the Spiny Lobster fishery has been stable for the past five years, and remains one of the top marine exports for Belize. “There has been an increase in production, and it is projected that the season will be profitable, with a total of 500,000 to 600,000 pounds of tails produced for 2017-2018. The quota should be more than sufficient to provide for lobster festivals and supply for the tourism sector,” said Carcamo. Although Hurricane Earl slightly impacted the lobster season in 2016, BFD has never recorded a downward trend. Carcamo said he predicts that this year’s season will yield $15 million dollars.

Attorney Lisa Shoman appointed first Belizean judge in IDB’s Administrative Tribunal
On Monday, June 12th, Attorney Lisa Shoman announced she has been appointed as a new judge for the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Administrative Tribunal. She is the first Belizean in history to hold this position. Shoman’s six-year appointment will become effective on July 1, 2017, where she will join six other adjudicators in Washington, DC, USA, including Madam Justice Desiree Bernard from Guyana. The IDB is the main source of multilateral financing in Latin America and the Caribbean, which provides solutions to development challenges and support in the key areas of the region. The Tribunal was established in order to hear complaints and settle disputes that arise from the employment relationship of the Bank or the Corporation and their staff members. The Tribunal then has authority to examine evidence, conduct hearings, issue rulings to guide the proceedings, and render judgment.

Ambergris Today

Lobsters Galore!
The island of Ambergris Caye is getting ready for Lobster Feasts everywhere. Lobster Season today opens in Belize. Three Lobster Festival to follow in San Pedro, Placencia and Caye Caulker.

Celebrity Spotting; Can You Guess Who Is Back In Belize?
She is back in Belize on vacation, this time with a group of friends. Olympic Gold Medal US Athlete, Simone Biles is tweeting in Belize, showing her followers all the fun she is having in the sun, sand and sea. She was not lying when she said that she loves Belize.

Caye Caulker Miss Lobster Fest Pageant Contestants Announced
The Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Pageant Committee this week presents the delegates for this year’s Miss Lobster Fest 2017-2018 pageant. Four lovely young ladies have taken up the challenge and have commenced with preparation to give a great show for the general public to enjoy. The four beautiful contestants are Aleizy Durantes, Aaliyah Elijio, Katleen Cutkelvin and Annabella Requena. The Lobster Fest committee at La Isla Cariñosa has already put together the schedule of events for this year’s celebrations that commence with the Miss Lobster Fest Pageant on Friday, June 30, 2017, followed by a weekend packed with events for the entire family to enjoy on July 1 and July 2.

Misc Belizean Sources


Pallotti School of Music's Summer concert
You are cordially invited to The Pallotti School of Music's Summer concert fsaturing the PSM alumni. Sunday, 5 PM - tickets are $10.00

Belikin Beer is giving away Awesome Buckets full of Belikin Party Merch to FOUR lucky winners to Party Like a Lobstar at Banana Beach Resort, San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize inside El Divino Restaurant. HOW TO WIN? 1. Like the El Divino page 2. Heart this picture 3. Tag a friend

Lobster Season Opened Today!
It's official. Lobster Season Opened Today! Happy Lobsta Day to all you lobster Lovers!

Queen of the West 2017 Call
Queen of the West 2017 is fast approaching, and the SISE Town Council is calling for pageant candidates. Contact them at 804-2035 for more information. The application deadline is June 24th.

Belize Fishing Report, June 5th - June 11th, 2017
The permit are around in droves this week and with the calmer weather they were also ready to eat. Many of our anglers enjoyed that awesome fight that the permit gives every angler. Kitty, who had never fished for permit before but, came to the lodge on a permit mission, caught one in the most unusual way. After a long day of permit hunting with no luck, she was enjoying a beverage outside the bar, and a permit literally almost fell in her lap. An osprey had caught one and made a special delivery by dropping it at her feet from 100’ up. Isa, our fishing director, picked it up, tossed it to her and it quickly became her first “caught” Permit and the catch of the day. Crazy! Perfect weather and hungry fish. What could be better!

Congratulations St. Johns Junior College (SJC)!
SJC is the first institution in Belize to offer a degree in Music. Starting August, doors to its Music Centre will open to twelve students for the Associate Degree in Music program. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to study something that is different that will create a lot of opportunities for Belize and for the music industry.

This Day In History
June 15th, 1843 - Arrival in the Settlement of Colonel Charles St. John Fancourt (Superintendent of British Honduras 1843 - 1852). He was accompanied by Robert Temple, Esquire, Barrister-at-Law, who came out to fill the newly-created post of Chief Justice.

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the all female Cuban band from Snatiago, Cuba , Morena Son, performed in front of the San Pedro House of Culture as part of their tour throughout Belize. They performed various songs, from salsa to bachata, and even a favorite of the late Celia Cruz, who was originally from Cuba. It was a spectacular event! The members of the band interacted with the audience and had them on their feet doing various Cuban dances like the Cha Cha. Amongst the audience, there were a few Cubans now residing in Belize who were delighted with the music and dancing - very well known Dr. Lerida Rodriguez, Mrs. Barbara Brown and Dr. Nidia Larrinaga from the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinc II.

Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize exercise is literally beyond the horizon!
oday, the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Belize, in coordination with U.S. Army South, celebrated the successful completion of the Beyond the Horizon 2017 (BTH) collaborative humanitarian exercise. The ceremony took place at Price Barracks in Ladyville. Valued at USD $11.5 million, BTH furthered the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to the Government and people of Belize. BTH enhanced health and education infrastructure, provided free medical services across Belize, and created lifelong partnerships. The value of these partnerships is priceless.

Application deadline for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2018-2019 has been extended to August 15, 2017!
Don't miss this great opportunity!

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Power Rangers, The Fate of the Furious, Before I Fall, Chip Happens

This Day In History
June 15th, 1852 - Philip Edmond Wodehouse, Superintendent of British Hoduras (1851-1854) forwarded a copy of this letter and commission by schooner, addressed to the Magistrates at Roatán, informing them that Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, had acceded to the wish of the inhabitants for the establishment of a regular form of government, and had issued the commission under the "GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, erecting the Islands of Roatán, Bonacca, Utila, Helena, Barbarrat, and Morat into the "Colony of the Bay Islands", and further informing them that Mr. Wodehouse at Belize would be the authority to which they, as "a new British Colony", might now directly appeal

Channel 7

Barahona's Killer Charged
Earlier this week we told you about the murder of 21 year old Cotton Tree resident, Omar Barahona. Barahona was preparing to move to the US for work, and his family and friends held a small going away party before he left. According to reports, Barahona went out to the street to meet Devon Brooks, which is when they were approached by another man, who opened fire. Brooks sustained injuries to the leg, but Barahona was shot in excess of 7 times. After conducting their initial investigation, police are of the opinion that Brooks was actually the intended target, and Barahona may have been killed because of their friendship. Brooks has been connected to several robberies in the past including last year's Income Tax Heist, and may have been targeted for splitting the money unevenly.

Three Weeks Later, Cops Nab The Man They Say Killed "Hard Rock"
The popular DJ known as "Hard Rock" was killed three weeks ago, and since then, police have been saying they know who his killer is but they couldn't find him. Well, he was found yesterday in Belmopan, and promptly arrested and charged. He's 25 year-old David Richard Arnold, and tonight he's at the Belize Central Prison. Arnold was arraigned this evening before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer on a single charge of murder. Because this is a capital offense, Senior Magistrate Frazer informed him that cannot get bail, and no plea will be taken from him, since the case will be tried at the Supreme Court.

Hon. Aragon Says Professional Standards Branch Will Be Thorough
The Police Department is under maximum scrutiny for the shooting death of Richard Allen Garcia. The Chunox villager was killed last week Friday - and villagers have bitterly protested, saying police recklessly used lethal force to take his life. A post mortem showed that he died form multiple gunshot wounds - when police say he was brandishing a machete. Nearby buildings were also left marked with bullett holes. Today, the Minister of State with responsibility for the police expressed his condolences and his assurances that an internal investigation will be thorough:

Did Police Premeditate?
But, while a man is dead, and lethal force was used in abundance, if we go back to the genesis of the event, we'll see that it was basically just an eviction. Richard Garcia, known as "Charlie" was staying in someone else's home and the owner wanted him out. But, then why did police go there with machine guns and assault rifles? That's what we asked the Officer Commanding Corozal - and his answer led us to a very pointed question for the minister who was formerly a career police officer:... Alex Courtenay: "On Friday, when the Officers went to go and confront Mr. Garcia we were told through our conversations with the residents that those officers were very heavily armed. Is that, was that amount of armament necessary to go and deal with one man who was as far as you know just armed with a machete?"

House Speaker On Why She Wanted "Yellowman" Fired
As we told you last night, the House Staff Committee voted "five to two" on Friday against firing Mace-bearer Brian Yellowman Audinett. The vote was brought by the House Speaker, Laura Longsworth - who was one of the two who voted for his dismissal. Today she explained why she pushed for him to go, and how she feels now that he won't be going anywhere:..

DPM Faber Says "Yellows" Was Not Let Off Easy
And while Longsworth voted in favor of a dismissal, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was one of five who voted against it, but in favor of a reprimand. Today Faber explained that it doesn't mean they let Yellowman off that easy. Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister: "They could argue as they did in that house staff committee meeting, that there is a lot to be desired in terms of a lot of things including the sergeant of arms general conduct, but we believe that that should be addressed as a separate issue of the issue of him dealing with the journalist or interacting with the journalist in the manner in which he did..."

90 Year Old Killed In Vicious August Pine Ridge Robbery
Tonight there is a beastly and shocking murder to report. The victim is a 90 year old shopkeeper in August Pine Ridge Village, Orange Walk. This afternoon at around 2:00, the very senior citizen was alone in his shop when two men walked in and attacked him. The tied him up, stabbed him two times, beat him severely, and then left him for dead. Incredibly, he survived, but died a short time after at the Northern Regional Hospital. Details are very scarce at this time, but we'll have the full story in tomorrow's news.

Customs Destroys Cases of Contraband Beers
On this newscast, we often report on the Customs Department in Orange Walk and the various seizures they make of contraband, beer, cigarettes and vegetables. They regularly come across Mexican Beers by the multiples of cases - which is only a small fraction of the large quantity that is smuggled across the many illegal crossings oil the Rio Hondo. Today - as it does every six months or so - Customs destroyed hundreds of cases of illegal beers at a location in Orange Walk. They did so following the rules of evidence with authorities cross referencing the cases destroyed with the recorded seizures. Here's how it looked:

Moneylender Shot In Benque
A moneylender from Benque Viejo Town is hospitalized for gunshot injuries after being attacked at his home. At around 10 a.m. this morning, 2 Hispanic men reportedly went to the home of Erwin Cocom, and they started shooting at the businessman, hitting him in the right hip, the hand and the leg. The cops haven't clarified if the men escaped with any money, but they say that Cocom was transported to the KHMH in a stable condition. Other sources say he is not at the KHMH.

Chairman Faber On Splintering of Churches in Morality Commission
Last week we broke the news about the divisions within the Churches that make up the Church-State Commission on morality. The Bishops of the Anglican and Methodist Churches withdrew from the commission because they felt that their views were not being represented in the final position paper which would be presented to government. So, now, the question is, will the government accept a position paper from a Church representation that is splintered? Today the Deputy Prime Minster - who chairs the commission - told the media that it is a matter of concern because they wanted a unified position:..

Mek Mi Rich Case Goes To Appeal
Back in February of 2016, the Corozal businessman, Curtis Swasey, won a big judgement against BTL and the owners of Mek Mi Rich, Andre Vega and Sanjay Hotchandani. That's when Justice Courtney Abel ruled that the gameshow's owners stole his idea of lottery texting, and got rich at his expense, with the help of BTL. BTL was definitely not satisfied with the decision because the judge found that persons within the telephone company breeched confidentially agreement that they signed. BTL insisted that they did not give his idea away to the owners of Mek Mi Rich. So, they filed an appeal, and in response, Swasey filed a cross-appeal. They want to ask the Court of Appeal to consider if the award of damages was enough. Justice Abel awarded Swasey $25,000, which BTL had to pay, but Swasey and his attorney did not believe that he was duly compensated with that award.

Beyond The Horizon, The Last, Long Goodbye
After 4 opening ceremonies back to back, The Beyond the Horizon 2017 construction projects are finally completed. And today there was an official closing ceremony to tie everything together. As we have reported the projects include the construction of a new emergency room and the donation of an incinerator at the Western Regional Hospital, new clinics in Ladyville and Double Head Cabbage and a 3 classroom building at St. Matthews Government School. Here are a few comments from the closing ceremony. The entire project is worth $11.5 US million dollars. There will be another project to connect the new emergency room to the hospital.

Horizon Projects Go Back Decades
For General David Jones, this New Horizons project bought him back to the early days of his career. When the New Horizons came to Belize in 1995, Jones was a junior officer and he worked along with two US Army Soldiers - who made the trip back for this year's "Beyond The Horizon." Today all three of them spoke about how times and ranks have changed but the building the erected remains:...

Jones Ready For Retirement
By then, General Jones will no longer be commander of the BDF. He told us he leaves in a few months:... Brig. Gen. David Jones - Commander BDF: "The Commander of Belize Defence Force, whoever becomes the commander will only serve in capacity for 4 years, so despite me reaching my age, I have remained actually a year, more than I should. I'm expected to retire this year. So my official retirement date to be in December so I will demit office this year and someone else will take up the reign."

General Rejects Charges of Inappropriate Conduct
And there are those in the BDF who cannot wait for Jones to go. Now, it's true that being disliked is often synonymous with leadership - and there's no leader who is universally loved. So, there will naturally be detractors, and what can only be called haters. But, there are also those we have spoken to - at various ranks - who say the general's management of BDF resources has been less than optimal in terms of transparency. We asked him about those characterizations today:

Immigration Minister of State Watching Senate Hearings Closely
Last night, we had highlights of the Senate hearings on Immigration. The former Minister Carlos Perdomo testified and it gave the current minister, Beverly Williams some reason to pause and reflect. She says the standard of accountability this represents makes a Minister reluctant to act decisively. Hon. Beverly Williams, Minister of State - Immigration: "In terms of the questioning of the former minister of immigration, the Cab. Sec. and the responsibility being laid at his feet for what was done in immigration and he himself taking responsibility and that is why we and I take very seriously the responsibility given to me by the Prime Minister."

Belize Saying No To Refugees Right Now
We also got a chance to ask Williams about the status with refugees. None have been accepted, and Williams told us why: Hon. Beverly Williams, Minister of State - Immigration: "Somewhere in the 1980s I believe was very instrumental in looking at a refugee program. We have the birth of Salvapan, Las Flores and all those Salvapan communities. At this juncture I believe we are impacted by the surrounding nations and the challenges in there as it relates to gang violence and so that is what we are saying for Belize. We have to be very careful when we look at what it is we are introducing to Belize."

Senior Cop's Son Had "Kush" Buy the Pond Say Police
Today the son of one of the Police Department's highest ranking officers was charged for drug trafficking in the Magistrate's Court. It happened yesterday when Police raided an apartment building on Vernon Street to search for illegal firearms and drugs. After sweeping the ground floor, the cops proceeded upstairs and knocked on a locked metal door blocking the corridor. After identifying themselves the cops asked to be let in, but the residents refused.

Belize Content With Taiwan Says DPM
Earlier this week, we told you about the surprising news that Panama had broken all diplomatic ties with Taiwan and shifted loyalties to China. Experts in international relations predict that with China's global influence rising, the rest of its allies in Central America will do the same. That's Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Belize. Today we asked the Deputy Prime Minister what Belize's plans are, and he gave a brief reply:..

An Artist For The National Collection
The Museum of Belize has 4 new paintings that it has added to its national collection of artworks produced by Belizean artists. These new ones come from Belizean American Robert S. Reyes, who grew up in Belize and migrated to the US to establish himself as a painter, and an architect in California. The donations were made with the help of Governor General Sir Colville Young, who is his long-time friend. NICH and the Museum of Belize held a small induction ceremony for the collection this afternoon. 7News stopped by there to speak with the Museum Director about the importance of a national collection like this one. Here's what he told us:

General Says Paying Civilians To Play is No Big Deal
Much has been made in certain circles of a 2009 document which recently surfaced showing that the BDF used force monies to pay civilians to play for and coach its Semi-pro football team. Today, the BDF commander says that it's no big deal, really: Brig. Gen. David Jones, Commander - BDF: "That report that came out was something that happened in 2009. I'm not aware of how much they were paid at that time and so I will not comment on that, but I know the practice has been happening for years were civilians have been recruited into the volunteers and the primary purpose for them was to play on the BDF football team. So, being that they were volunteer soldier, they can do duties but also they are being used to play and represent the BDF on their football team. The BDF team is a moral element for the force."

Channel 5

More Tomorrow’s Jeremy Parham Charged in Murder of Omar Barahona
The murder of twenty-one-year-old Omar Barahona Junior shocked the Cotton Tree residents and surrounding communities in the Cayo District.  Last Saturday, Barahona Junior was shot and killed as he attended [...]

In Belize City, Construction Worker Arraigned for Murder of “Hard Rock” Bennett
Three weeks ago, popular DJ and radio personality Andrew “Hard Rock” Bennett was gunned down on Central American Boulevard. Hard Rock’s murder shook the community because it broke a three-week [...]

Puerto Azul Conspirators Face Jail Time and Fines; But Is It Enough?
After a year of investigation by Italian police, the courts of Italy have pronounced justice on several persons accused of defrauding investors of more than twenty million U.S. dollars in [...]

Police Minister Wants Investigation to Take Course in Chunox Shooting
An internal investigation conducted by the Professional Standards Branch into an officer-involved fatality in Chunox Village is ongoing.  On Friday evening, forty-four-year-old Richard Garcia was shot and killed when a [...]

Safety Informed Decision to Leave Body on the Ground
The deadly shooting took place on the evening of June ninth, at around five p.m.; however, the lifeless body of Richard Garcia was not removed from the scene until almost [...]

Can Morality Commission Stand after Withdrawals?
Recently two church leaders, namely the Anglican Diocese Bishop Phillip Wright and the Methodist’s Reverend Roosevelt Papouloute, decided to remove themselves from the Church-State Commission, which is also referred to [...]

Corporal Punishment Still Not Tolerated
Since last week, we’ve been reporting on a case of corporal punishment in San Pablo, Orange Walk. It came to a head on Monday when Thais Cowo, the mother of [...]

Orange Walk Shopkeeper Murdered in August Pine Ridge
Police in Orange Walk are just back from the scene of a murder at a shop in August Pine Ridge village that happened around midday this afternoon. The victim has [...]

Small Fire at Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center
There was a small fire in the city this afternoon. Sometime after four this evening, a fire started in a lower flat of a building at the Dorothy Menzies Child [...]

Stevedores Want Port Negotiations Stopped
A group of stevedores have called for a stop to the negotiations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In a letter sent out earlier this week, thirty-three stevedores called on President [...]

Why Yellow Man’s Apology is Enough for Deputy Patrick Faber
Speaker of the House Laura Longsworth told News Five since Tuesday that Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett gets to keep his job as mace bearer after his deplorable behavior on May [...]

Culture Minister Says Investments Can Be Made in People and Buildings
On Wednesday, former President of NICH, Yasser Musa came out against the proposed Heritage Preservation Legislation Bill, saying it does not invest in artists. Musa said the millions of dollars [...]

No Change in Belize’s Taiwan Policy
On Monday, Panama severed diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) and in the same breath it announced it was establishing ties with the People’s Republic of China. President [...]

Reward for Information to Find Robbers of T.T.C.U.
The Toledo Teachers Credit Union in Bella Vista Village was burglarized last Thursday and a significant sum of money, over one hundred and fourteen thousand dollars, was stolen from the [...]

Ex-Immigration Minister Refuses to Accept Responsibilities for Missteps
On Wednesday, you heard Cabinet Secretary and former Minister of Immigration and Nationality Carlos Perdomo essentially disclaim all responsibility for the decisions taken by officers in the public service junior [...]

At Senate Inquiry, ASP Rochelle Chan Says ‘Possibilities’ Are Endless
With an outright denial of the claims of whistleblower Alvarine Burgess two weeks ago, Police Assistant Superintendent Rochelle Chan appears to be putting the burden of proof on Burgess and [...]

Senior Officer Asks, “Where is Foundation for Accusations?”
As reported on Wednesday, Assistant Superintendent of Police Rochelle Chan has flatly denied the allegations made against him. But if what Alvarine Burgess has said of him is a lie, [...]

Police Going Ahead with Plans for Transfers
There will be a new regime at the helm of law enforcement in the Belize District jurisdiction come July first as well as in other districts.  Eastern Division South will [...]

Celebrating the Work of Law Enforcement with a Basketball Game Vs the Press
The Belize Police Department is getting ready to observe Police Week. The week of activities starts on Sunday June eighteenth and ends on the twenty-fourth. Police officers will engage in [...]

Closing Successful “Beyond the Horizon” Campaign in Ladyville
More ten million U.S. dollars has been invested in the education and health sectors through the U.S. Embassy’s Beyond the Horizon Project.  Communities in the Belize, Cayo and Stann Creek [...]

4 Paintings Added to Belize National Art collection
Robert Sydney Reyes may not be well known among Belizeans at home, but his works of art will endure in the National Art Collection for years to come.  That’s because [...]

Healthy Living: The Surprising Benefits of Yoga
As the celebration of International Day of Yoga approaches, a number of people are looking forward to taking advantage of a first time experience at the multiple gatherings planned for [...]


Money Lender Shot at Home in Benque
A Belizean money lender was shot multiple times while at home this morning. Police say that two Hispanic men on motorcycle approached Erwin Cocom at his home in Benque Viejo Del Carmen at around 11 o’clock and fired a barrage of bullets at him. Cocom was hit to the hip, hand and leg. He was […]

Dangriga Teacher Dies in Traffic Incident
A woman was killed in a road traffic accident this evening in Dangriga. According to reports, sometime after four o’clock this evening, Naomi Taylor McKenzie was on a bicycle on Ecumenical Drive in that municipality when there was a collision with a motorcycle coming in the opposite direction. Mckenzie was killed on the spot while […]

Fire at Dorothy Menzies’ Children’s Home
A small fire broke out at Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center compound today. The fire started under a small shed behind one of the buildings shortly after four this afternoon. Residents in the area reported that they smelled paper burning and soon located the blaze. One of them, Derrick Leslie told Love News what he […]

Beyond the Horizon 2017 Closes at Price Barracks
March 20, 2017 saw lead members for the Beyond the Horizon project giving the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Defence, Felix Enriquez, a tour of their space on Price Barracks where the various teams would be staying for the most part for the duration of the project. Fast forward almost three months later […]

More Litigations on Mek Mi Rich
Belize Telecommunications Limited, BTL, and Curtis Swasey are back in court, this time at the Court of Appeal. Both parties, it appears, are not satisfied with the quantum that Justice Courtney Abel awarded Swasey at the Supreme Court in February of 2016. For context, back in 2016 Curtis Swasey filed a law suit against BTL […]

13 Months Later: Still No Approvals for Refugee Applications
On May 10, 2016 – over one year ago we reported that ninety two applications had been vetted and recommended, up to that point, to the Refugee Eligibility Committee. They were submitted to the Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Beverly Williams. To date, despite the regular meetings of the committee and the […]

Carlos Perdomo on Checks and Balances in Immigration
Former Immigration Minister Carlos Perdomo appeared for the second time before the Senate Special Select Committee. Perdomo, whose name appears several times in the auditor general reports, was mainly questioned by Senate Mark Lizarraga. Senator Lizarraga was primarily interested in the procedures put in places after irregularities were discovered within the department. MARK LIZARRAGA “Do […]

14.5 Pounds of Weed Found in Vernon Street Home
Police have confiscated over fourteen pounds of weed, a majority of it in a bust conducted on Wednesday morning in Belize City. Police report that the drug was found at a residence on Vernon Street by a joint Special Branch and strike team. Authorities say the team announced itself and requested entry which the occupants […]

Farmers and BSI Reach Agreement Over Molasses
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) have finalized an agreement, eleven months after the industry suffered a loss of molasses. In July of 2016, the Belize Sugar Industries reported that it sustained a loss of 3,900 tons of molasses due to a process called the Maillard Reaction. It […]


ASP Rochelle Chan denies allegations made by Alvorine Burgess
The Senate Select Inquiry continued today into the Auditor General’s report on Visa, Passport, and Nationality sections of the Immigration Department during the period 2011 to 2013. Assistant Superintendent of Police stationed at the Hattieville police station, Rochelle Chan, made his appearance to...

Addy Pacheco won’t testify without her attorney present
Immigration Officer Addy Pacheco appeared before the senate Select Inquiry today as well. She was to be the first witness, however, at the beginning, she explained that she was willing to answer questions but not without her lawyer present. She informed the Chairman that her lawyer was unable to att...

Accident in Gardenia Village; man in coma
There was an accident this evening on the Phillip Goldson Highway in Gardenia Village and one person is in a state of coma. .Information is sketchy at this time but we do know that a red and silver SUV lost control and flipped off the road, landing on the driver’s side of the vehicle. A tree appear...

Belize City man found guilty of firearm offenses in attempted bank robbery
2 year old Jamaal Jackson beat a murder rap about a year ago and was later charged with kept unlicensed firearm and ammunition after he was shot in the foot by police during an attempted robbery at Scotia Bank in February of last year. Today, he was convicted of the two firearm related offenses in t...

Carlos Perdomo’s second day at Senate Inquiry
Appearing for the second time in front of the Senate Committee was former Immigration Minister and present Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo. Perdomo was Minister of Immigration and National Security for a period of the time that was under review by the Auditor General’s report. His name was mention...

DPP awaits report on Chunox Villager killing
Investigation into the killing of Chunox villager ,Richard Garcia continues. Garcia was shot and killed on Friday by police officers who had tried to enforce eviction from a house in the village where Garcia was staying. They say Garcia attacked the Police with a machete and despite warning shots,...

Businessman robbed in Dangriga Town
A businessman was robbed in Dangriga Town on Tuesday night. 42-year-old Edilberto Arzu reported that sometime between the hours of 6:30 and 7 o’clock Tuesday night, he , his wife, his father-in-law and two children arrived at their home in the 1st New Site area. He says they got out of the vehicle a...

False Nationality documents land two at court
Forty-two-year-old Marcos Basto and thirty-one-year-old Mark Antonio Rosales were charged back in November 2015 for thirteen counts of possession of false documents in respect of nationality certificates. At a preliminary Inquiry yesterday, the two Belizean men learned that they will have to stand t...

Weed found in san Ignacio, teen arrested for weed in Camalote
San Ignacio police found 4.4 pounds of weed. On Tuesday evening, at around 4 p.m., police were conducting mobile patrol in the area of Shawville, San Ignacio, when they searched an open area. There they found 4 black plastic bags containing 4.4 pounds of cannabis. No one was in the area at the time...

Joseph Martinez arrested for drug trafficking
41 year old Joseph Enrique Martinez was arrested by San Pedro police. In San Pedro Town early Tuesday morning, an Anti-Drug Operation was conducted at Coco Plum apartments Complex in the San Marcus area of the island. Police say they searched a room being occupied by Martinez and found 403 grams of ...

FFB responds to allegation of “Rigged Election”
Yesterday we reported on the Football Federation of Belize’s conflicts regarding the upcoming elections for that body. Sergio Chuc, in an interview with the media, accused the FFB of putting together a “rigged election”. This is after Chuc was rejected as a candidate for the presidential race follo...

Training in Suicide prevention
Fifty-four persons from across the country have received training in Suicide Prevention through a partnership between the Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (RISE) Project, Galen University, and COBEC. The workshops were one of the first activities under the recently launched Youth Ri...

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$114,000 stolen from Toledo Teacher’s Credit Union
The Toledo Teacher’s Credit Union in Bella vista village suffered a major blow on Thursday of last week when burglars made their way into the institution and made off with 114 thousand dollars in U.S. and Belize currency along with two firearms a pump 12 and a 9mm gun. According to the manager, Leopoldo Romero, the building was secured on Thursday evening and when the security guard came on duty on Friday morning, the building had been broken into. Surveillance footage from the building shows two men coming to the establishment properly equipped to gain entry into the building and further to the vault. He says that the burglars were armed with a steel cutter, drills and a five ton jack. The thieves cut a hole in the wire perimeter fence of the credit union and then made quick work of prying open the burglar and wooden doors. They then unhinged the vault’s door using a 5 ton jack and made their way in and further break into the credit union’s safe.

Senior police officer tells Senate Alvarene Burgess is a beggar and liar
Assistant Police Superintendent Rochelle Chan has testified before the Senate Select Committee that Alvarine Burgess told blatant lies about him. He has insisted forcefully that her fictional narrative of him as an immigration hustler has unfairly hurt his reputation. Readers will remember that on Wednesday, May 31, Burgess went to testify in the Senate Hearings on Immigration. She used that opportunity to maul the reputations of Chan, Ministers Edmond Castro and Anthony “Boots” Martinez, and Immigration Officer George Reynolds. She claims that she was once an immigration agent, and that Rochelle Chan recruited her into bribing ministers to recommend Chinese nationals for visas, so that their applications get guaranteed approval.

Launch of Children Agenda 2017-2030
The Launch of the 2017-2030 Agenda took place on June 8, 2017 at the Best Western Plus Biltmore Plaza. The Agenda was developed as a result of the Government of Belize’s continued commitment to improve the lives of children and adolescents over the next 14 years. While the Agenda will be a national specific and targeted one, it will also adopt a universal approach. The situation of children and adolescents as a collective will be focused on, but the specific marginalized and disadvantaged groups will also be a focal point. Very importantly, the rights of children will be taken into consideration given their embryonic aptitude and capacity.

Sergio Chuc can’t run for FFB presidency
The Football Federation of Belize is scheduled to have an election to select a new president on June 24th. But the election is not going as smoothly as possible since a controversy has erupted within the organization. Sergio Chuc who contested the position of president on April 30, 2016, is not being allowed to run. Chuc had run for the position against outgoing president, Ruperto Vicente and at the time there were 22 rounds of voting each time ending with a tie between the two. That situation led to senior vice president Marlon Kuylen is holding over as president until a new date was set for the 24th of June. While it would seem like a simple carrying forward of the process, Sergio Chuc called a press conference on June 13 to announce that he is being unjustly barred from running. Chuc says that the decision came from the Electoral Committee of the FFB. That committee made a decision to not allow Chuc to run for president after allegations were made against him on April 30th for bribery, corruption, conflict of interest and attaining an advantage in seeking the office of the presidency.

More electricity expansion in the south
A massive amount of electricity expansions are currently taking place in the south. Through lobbying efforts of UDP Toledo East Standard Bearer Peter Eden Martinez and Senator for the South Hon. Macario Coy, the government is investing to expand electricity coverage in various villages in Toledo. Expansion is taking place in Laguna and Hicatee villages in the Toledo West constituency. Other expansion areas include Bella Vista Village, Bladen, Trio and Midway villages in the Toledo East constituency.

BTB hosts first Virtual Trade Expo
For the first time in history, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) will host a live Virtual Expo on 29th – 30th June, 2017 at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. The Expo is targeting travel agents, tour operators and wholesalers originating from Belize’s major tourism markets, namely North America, Europe, South America and Central America. Other industry partners such as international associations, Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) agencies, press and other industry professionals have also been invited to attend. The theme for the Expo is Discover the Best of Belize’s Jungle and Beach. It will be a live event that will take place in an online environment. The Expo is equivalent to a conventional trade show, except suppliers and buyers connect with each other via the internet, regardless of their geographic location, to exchange valuable information.

Fifth National Climate Outlook Forum held
Variations in climate influence most human activities either directly or indirectly resulting in losses or benefits. Understanding and making effective use of available climate information is therefore critical to ensure efficiency and sustainability, both in the current context and in the future, when climate change is expected to impose additional stresses on agricultural systems and human livelihoods. The National Meteorological Service of Belize (NMS) provides weather and climate information and products of various timescales (daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal) to enable key economic sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, water resources, disaster risk reduction, energy, forestry and health, to anticipate, prepare and respond to climate anomalies and extreme events.

Elderly in Cayo now have new revenue stream
A brand new shop, the Octavia Waight Thrift Shop and Surprise Boutique was opened Monday behind the main Octavia Waight Center in San Ignacio Town. The new shop now becomes a new revenue stream to take care of the 34 residents that are now at the Octavia Waight Center. Now available at a reasonable price are miscellaneous items such as clothing for male, female and children. There are a range of house decoration items. Others include glassware, sheets, shoes, swim suits, sweaters, phone accessories, coffee makers and electronic items. The new shop is located at the corner of Carmelita and San Ignacio Streets. Staffed by volunteers, the shop will be opened from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Beyond the Horizon in Double Head Cabbage
The U.S. Embassy and the Government of Belize, in coordination with U.S. Army South, held the fourth ribbon cutting ceremony in Belize Rural Central. That ceremony was a part of the Beyond the Horizon 2017 (BTH) collaborative humanitarian exercise. The ceremony, during which the U.S. Government officially handed over the keys to the new Double Head Cabbage Clinic to the Ministry of Health, took place in Double Head Cabbage.

Ministry of Health receives new health center in Ladyville
Since arriving in the country a few weeks ago, the men and women of the United States Southern Command have been working toward the Beyond the Horizon initiative. BTH will consist of several projects across the country. A team of specialized personnel have dedicated their time and efforts to develop communities, rural ones specifically. The first phase of that project took place on June 9, 2017 at the inauguration of the Ladyville health center. The keys to the center were delivered to the Ministry of Health by the U. S. Government. The facility will be home to a comfortable health center for patients from Ladyville and surrounding areas. The center will host a waiting room, bathrooms that cater to patients with special needs and disabilities, a triage room, private consultation rooms, and a pharmacy.

One standard motor vehicle registration and license system to be implemented
For the most part, the process of acquiring any form of driver’s license or vehicle registration has been anything but a uniform and cohesive process. Up until now, there were 9 different systems for the 9 different municipalities but since the latest Belizean-Taiwanese venture, all of that will change. The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been the spearhead in this USD $2.8 million project. The project is a 4-year joint partnership on e-government so that the Belizean citizenry will be able to enjoy a more effective and efficient transport service. On June 8, 2017, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Taiwanese Ambassador, H. E. Charles K. Y. Liu, and Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight of the Ministry of Finance. The MoU is for the e-government initiative “Belize Motor Vehicle Registration and License System” (BMVRALS). The intent of the 4-year-project is to make the current, decentralized system one that will be integrated and centralized by the end of its two phases.

ROC terminates diplomatic ties with Panama
The Republic of China has terminated diplomatic relations with the Republic of Panama with immediate effect June 13, in order to uphold the sovereignty and dignity of the nation. The ROC will close its embassy in Panama, recall its technical mission, and end all bilateral cooperation and aid programs. The ROC government expresses indignation and deep regret over Panama’s unilateral decision to sever diplomatic relations with the ROC and establish ties with the authorities in Beijing. Following more than a century of diplomatic ties, the government of Panama led by President Juan Carlos Varela?disregarding the longstanding bonds of solidarity and friendship between the peoples of the ROC and Panama and the long-term assistance in many areas provided by the ROC in support of Panama’s national development caved in to Beijing and decided to switch its diplomatic engagement toward the Beijing authorities for economic gain.

The Rotary Club of San Ignacio sponsors two students for higher education
The Rotary Club of San Ignacio continues to sponsor young scholars to both the secondary and tertiary levels of education. As a fully volunteer organization, the Rotary Club of San Ignacio along with international donors and sponsors, support a scholarship program for students starting in high school. Rafael Cal was a visionary pioneer of the Rotary Clubs, who served as a Manager of the Scotiabank Branch in San Ignacio for many years. Even with his passing, a firm legacy remains with the Raphael Cal Memorial scholarship, which supports the young through four years of studies. While the students go through their educational career, the Rotary Club of San Ignacio Scholarship Committee members are their mentors.

Minister Aragon and YPF members from O.W. East gives Santa Martha Park a facelift
On Sunday June 11, the area representative for Orange Walk East, Honorable Elodio Aragon Jr. Along with members of the Orange Walk East Youth Popular Front, travelled to Santa Martha which is a village situated In the Orange Walk East constituency. Whilst there the area rep. and his crew took up the task of giving the community park a much needed facelift. The chairlady of Santa Martha Village Mrs. Maria Julia Chi got in touch with Honorable Aragon and members of the O.E.Y.P.F. and decided to engage in a community project which in this case involved the beautification of the park in the village. This park serves the community of more than 1000 residents and had been neglected for some time now. Mrs. Chi got a few residents to clean the area and chop the overgrown grass and then Hon. Aragon and his crew descended upon the park - paint brushes in hand.

A racket is a service that is fraudulently offered to solve a problem, such as for a problem that does not exist, that will not be put into effect, or that would not otherwise exist if the racket did not exist. The awarding of Profit Sharing Agreements for petroleum exploration (PSA) should have been standard. However, according to complaints made to the US Embassy contriving persons in Belize took advantage of their position and connections to turn the process into a racket. The seriousness is that the facilitator or perpetrators of such crimes deliberately institute hurdles or stumbling blocks in a simple process that would see innocent businesses eventually seeking their help to eliminate the hurdles.

Shyne - a music ambassador for all
Music ambassador, Shyne Barrow , continues with his never ending stride to assist the development of music and musicians in Belize. Proof of this came on Wednesday June 14th when he was present at the launching of Positive Vibez’s 5th release entitled Punta Survives. According to Barrow, Vibez approached him for assistance with the release of the new album, and like he does for any other artist in Belize, Barrow assisted. Barrow was present at the Image Factory as the album was officially launched. In magnanimous fashion proved that he is an ambassador for every Belizean musician as it is no secret that Vibez has had and continues to have political affiliations with the People’s United Party but that mattered not to Barrow as the assistance to Vibez was forthcoming nonetheless.

Western Regional Hospital gets expansion and new incinerator
On Tuesday the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Belize, in coordination with U.S. Army South, held the third ribbon cutting ceremony as part of the Beyond the Horizon 2017 (BTH) collaborative humanitarian exercise. The ceremony, during which the BTH Task Force Commander officially handed over the keys to the emergency room expansion and a new structure with a medical waste incinerator to the Ministry of Health, took place at the Western Regional Hospital (WRH). BTH is a collaborative training exercise between U.S. Army South, the Belize Defence Force (BDF), the Ministries of Defence, Health, and Education, as well as partner nations, such as Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia. BTH also includes numerous NGOs and private companies from the United States and Belize. The emergency room expansion project could not have happened without close cooperation and partnership with the WRH and the Belmopan City Council.

World Oceans Day Cleanup 2017
Today, to commemorate World Oceans Day, the U.S. Embassy led a beach cleanup project in Dangriga. The U.S. Army South’s Beyond the Horizon partnership team and the U.S. Embassy joined forces with Dangriga City Council, Dangriga Community Police, Belize Defence Force, Belize Coast Guard, and 98 students and four teachers from four different schools in Dangriga, including Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program graduates. The participants cleaned up a stretch of beach in front of the Holy Ghost School in Dangriga. The team collected approximately 150 bags of debris.

Farewell party turns to final farewell for 21 year old
Omar Barahona Jr., a 21 year-old resident of Cotton Tree Village in Cayo, was gunned down and killed in front of his home. That was where he was enjoying a going-away party because he was scheduled to travel to the US for a job. Belmopan police have since detained one man who is currently their main suspect. All indications are that Barahona was an innocent victim who was murdered simply because he was socializing with his friend, who was the target. That unfortunate incident happened on Saturday night, at around 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. His family had organized a small gathering with food and drinks in his honor. Those close to the family say that he had gotten a job in Iowa, and he was supposed to leave in a few days to start his career.

Arson in Stann Creek
Errol Acosta, a 26-year-old businessman of Deloro site area, Pomona Village, Stann Creek reported that on June 10, 2017 at about 2:00 a.m. while at home along with his common-law wife, Marcelina Perez, and his two children, he heard footsteps on his verandah. Shortly thereafter he noticed his house was on fire. The house, valued at $20,000, is an elevated wooden structure measuring 17 by 23 feet with zinc roofing. It was completely destroyed along with household items, all to a total of $30,713. The building was not insured. Police are investigating.

Attempted murder in Belize City
On June 8, 2017, Belize City Police visited a residential yard in the Police Street area where they saw John Hoare suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to investigations, Hoare, a 50-year-old security guard of Simon Lamb Street, was sitting in the yard guarding slot machines owned by Princess Casino. He was approached by two male persons when one of them pulled out a gun and fired several shots at him.

Drunken brawl lands U.S. Embassy warehouse employee behind bars
Tevin Montero, who was unrepresented in court, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on June 12, 2017 after spending two nights in police custody. He was charged with assaulting a police officer, using insulting words, and resisting arrest after police had to intervene in a fight at the corner of Black Orchid Boulevard and Riverside Street in the Saint Martin’s De Porres area. Montero pleaded guilty to all three charges. He is now on remand awaiting sentencing.

Tanya Carter’s robbers sentenced
After more than a week on remand awaiting sentences in the robbery of popular artist, Tanya Carter, three Belize City teenagers learnt their fate in court on Friday, June 9, 2017. They were all imposed some form of prison time by way of suspended sentences which will only take effect if they are not in adherence to the conditions laid out by the court. The trio includes two minors, aged 16 and 17, one who is a high school student and the other who is a recent high school dropout, along with 19-year-old Darwin Monroy. Community Rehabilitation Department recommended the conditions for the trio.

Chef charged with drug trafficking
A Belize City chef and baker is on bail after having being arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court charged with drug trafficking on June 8, 2017. The chef, Moses Moore, was unrepresented when he appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza where he pleaded not guilty and was offered bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same which he was able to meet. The allegation made against Moore was that on June 7, 2017, he had 117 grams of cannabis with the intent to supply for the purpose of drug trafficking. According to the police, on June 7, constable Zebedee Moore and other members of the GSU were conducting mobile operations where they observed a group of men and women socializing in a yard on Victoria Street.

Supreme Court for men found with false nationality documents
Two men, one from San Pedro and the other from Corozal, will have to stand trial at the Supreme Court for the offenses of 13 counts of possession of false documents. They were found in possession of nationality certificates that they were not entitled to have. The men are Marcos Basto, 42-year-old unemployed resident of Corozal Town, and Mark Antonio Rosalez, 31-year-old unemployed resident of San Pedro Town. In November 2015, the duo was charged jointly with 13 counts of possession of false documents.

Sarteneja fisherman fined for fishing in a reserve
A Sarteneja fisherman was fined almost $1,000 after he admitted to fishing inside the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and having 28 undersized conchs in his possession. He is 31-year-old Elvin Isaac Jimenez. Jimenez was first summoned to court in April 2017 but failed to show up. He was brought to court on June 13, 2017 on a bench warrant. He explained in court that he fell ill and had no money. At his arraignment, after being excused without being additionally charged, he pleaded guilty to the two charges. He was charged with possession of undersized conchs and with fishing in a conservation zone, inside the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve. He appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser.

Mental patient stabs 84 year old businessman in Orange Walk
On June 10, 2017, police received information of a stabbing incident at Reyes Tortillas place situated on Progress Street, Orange Walk Town. They visited the area where they saw blood stains on the ground and a kitchen knife with blade measuring 8 inches in length with blood stains. Investigation reveals that 84-year-old Pablo Reyes, businessman of Progress Street, was standing outside his business place when a mental patient, 33-year-old Nigel Guerra, of Savannah Street, Louisiana area, Orange Walk Town reportedly approached him and inflected stab wounds to his left forearm and two stab wounds to the abdomen area.

No bail for man accused of stealing BEL meters
Santiago Padilla, 32-years-old, is remanded after being accused of stealing over $177,309.18 worth in meters, a total of 3,033 face meters, from BEL. Padilla’s arraignment took place before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was read a single charge of theft. He pleaded not guilty but the prosecutor in the case, Cpl. Christopher Smith, objected to bail. He was remanded into custody until July 26, 2017.

Police shoot and kill Allen Garcia
The Professional Standards Branch of the Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a man from Chunox Village, Corozal. Police officers say that they had to shoot him because he came at them with a machete, and attempted to chop an on-duty officer. The incident happened at around 4:50p.m. on Friday, June 9, in Chunox. The police were there to speak with 44 year-old Richard Allen Garcia. They were on yet another attempt to try and reason with him because he was staying at the residence of the land owner, and he had overstayed his welcome on her property.

Serial rapist’s 15-year-sentence quashed in Court of Appeal
A Belmopan man accused and convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in March 2011 and sentence to 15 years for rape and 10 years for robbery at gun point is now free of those convictions. Belmopan resident, Alberto Ical saw his conviction quashed and he was acquitted. On March 11, 2011, Ical was convicted of rape and robbery of a woman in Belmopan. The woman testified in court that she was walking in the market square area heading to catch a bus when she was held at gun point by Ical. She said she was ordered to get undressed and fearing for her life, she complied. She said that her attacker raped her in the drain and robbed her of a silver ring and $250 in cash.

Security guard robs security guard
A Belize City security guard, David Reneau, employed with the Radisson Fort George Hotel is the latest robbery victim after he intervened whilst his work place was being robbed. The robber has been identified as Phillip McLaren, a security guard himself. McLaren appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on June 14, 2017 where he was read two charges, one count of attempted robbery and one count of robbery upon Reneau. According to the police report, CIB personnel responded to information of a robbery at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. There they spoke to Shakira Brown, a receptionist that said two male persons entered and asked the price for renting a room for the night.

Man remanded for having sex with a minor
Abel Lara is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was accused of having sexual intercourse with a minor. He was remanded by Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on June 14, 2017 for the offense. No plea was taken and he was denied bail. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until August 29, 2017.

Teenagers remanded for robbery of fast food restaurant
Two male persons were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on Thursday, June 8, 2017 for a burglary at a fast food shop located on Albert Street. The older man has been identified as Adrian Sanchez who recently turned 18-years-old. Sanchez is currently on remand at the Belize Central Prison. The second culprit is 16-years-old. Allegations are that on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Lopez Fast Food was burglarized and damaged. They were both caught hiding in the ceiling by police. They were immediately detained. The owner of the restaurant, Roxanne Nunez, was contacted by police. They told her that her shop had been burglarized and when she visited the area, she saw that the ceiling was damaged. She estimated the damages to be approximately $375.

4 years for unlicensed firearm and ammunition
Wagner’s Lane resident, 24-year-old Macory Neal, has begun to serve a 4 year sentence. He was sentenced on June 13, 2017 before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after she found him guilty of possessing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Neal and 21-year-old Maleik Humes, another Wagner’s Lane resident, were charged jointly with having a 9 mm Beretta pistol along with 42 live rounds of 9 mm ammunition but in the trial on Friday, June 9, 2017, Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith ruled that only Neal had a case to answer to and acquitted Humes of the charge.

Orlando Vera, ballistics expert denied bail
On June 9, 2017, Supreme Court Judge, Hon. Justice Herbert Lord, heard a bail application for convicted prisoner, Orlando Vera. Vera is the Belize Police Department Ballistic Examiner who, on June 1, 2017, was convicted of the offense of abetment to pervert the course of justice. He was recorded by Belmopan businessman, Michael Modiri, during a meeting. On the recording, he was heard telling Modiri that he could help him win his gun case by tampering with evidence to allow the case to crumble.

7-years for habitual burglar
June 12, 2017 was set for trial against Jamaal Warrior for burglary. He was accused of trespassing into the home of Sharon Peters on Albert Street West and stealing $438.00 in items, including electronic and personal items. Warrior, who was unrepresented in court, changed his not guilty plea to guilty for burglary. His court record was produced in court and Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith sentenced him to 7 years, the minimum sentence for burglary, after noticing his long rap sheet for similar offenses.

Belizean paddler places first in Texas Water Safari
Hener Cruz of Esperanza Village, Belize and Kyle Mynar of Texas have won the Texas Water Safari 2017 in the USCA C2 class in a time of 39 hours and 29 minutes. The Texas Water Safari is known to be the toughest canoe race in the world since it is a 260 miles nonstop race with many dams and small falls where they have to portage. This is the first time since 1997 that a team in the USCA C2 class has placed third overall. Hener and Kyle beat the second place team in their USCA C2 class by 5 hours and 29 minutes. A six men canoe in the unlimited class came in first overall while a tandem unlimited canoe came in second only beating Hener and Kyle by 30 minutes. A total of 150 canoes entered the race in 13 different classes. This is a record amount of entrants for the Texas Water Safari. Hener and Kyle beat the fourth place six men unlimited team by 2 hours and 15 minutes.

St. Joseph girls and St. Ignatius boys capture Belize City Primary Schools Primary Schools Basketball championship
The 2016-2017 Belize City Primary Schools Basketball Competition came to an end on Monday 12th June, 2017, with the championship games played in both the girls’ and boys’ competition at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium. In the girls’ championship game, St. Joseph RC School defeated St. John’s Primary School by the score of 20-7 to capture the Belize City Primary Schools Basketball Title. The top scorer for St. Joseph RC School was Afeni Lamb with 14 points while the top scorer for St. John’s Primary School was Kelis Turton with 5 points. In the boys’ championship game, St. Ignatius School won over Belize Elementary School by the score of 26-20 to capture the Belize City Primary Schools Basketball championship.

St. Joseph RC School girls and St. Ignatius School boys to represent the Belize District in National Primary Schools Basketball championship
The Belize District Primary Schools Basketball competition came to an end on Tuesday 13th June, 2017. In the girls’ championship game, St. Joseph RC School defeated St. John’s Primary School by the score of 34-23 to capture its first ever Belize District Basketball title in the girls’ competition. The top scorer for St. Joseph RC School was Briah Clarke with 22 points while Kelis Turton top scored for St. John’s Primary School with 21 points. In the boys’ championship game, St. Ignatius School defeated Belize Elementary School by the score of 38-29. The top scorer for St. Ignatius School was Kyle Castillo with 17 points and the top score for Belize Elementary School was Jahzani Lightburn with 9 points.

Football Federation of Belize to hold Ordinary Congress
The Football Federation of Belize Electoral Committee has confirmed that in accordance with Article 13 of the Football Federation of Belize Electoral Code 2011, the following candidates Marlon Kuylen (Acting President of the Football Federation of Belize) and Ruperto Vicente (former President) will contest for the post of president, while Carlos Galvez and David Griffith (vice president), were approved to contest the up-coming elections for the respective vacant post.

Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy best the Belmopan Bandits
The Raymond Garbutt Cayo Senior Female Softball Competition continued on Sunday 11th June with three games on the schedule at the Raymond Garbutt Softball Pitch in Roaring Creek Village. In the first game played, Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy won over the Belmopan Emeralds by the score of 9-1. The winning pitcher was Leandra Guy and the losing pitcher was Aludy Arthurs. The competition will continue this coming Sunday 17th June out at the Mae Gordon Sports Field in the City of Belmopan with three games on the schedule. In the first game which is set for 12:00 pm Belmopan Emeralds will go up against Unitedville Rebels United. In game two, Esperanza Wolverines will see actions against the Unitedville Rebels United and in the final game of the day, Belmopan Emeralds will do battle with the Esperanza Wolverines.

Digicell leads the Belize City Senior Women’s Softball Competition
The 2017 Belize City Senior Female Softball competition continued on Tuesday 13th June, at Rogers Stadium between the defending champions the Belize Bank Bulldogs and former champions Digicell. Digicell prevailed over the former champions the Belize Bank Bulldogs in as many outings by the score of 10-9. The winning pitcher was Kimani smith and the losing pitcher was Renisha Richards.

Games at the Santa Elena Sports Complex
The Astros have come out triumphant in Cayo Central games held at the spacious Santa Elena Sports Complex on Thursday of last week. Astros went against Hillview and came up with a five goals to four win. The man of the day within the Astros Team was Jose Garido, who scored a total of three goals. Meanwhile; both Eustace Conorque and Keolon Vasquez from the same team struck with one goal each. Even though Hillview had lost by one goal, the main man to oppose from that team was Trimain Gentle, who came through with three goals.

The BTL and UHS Issues
I want to be as blunt as possible this week without being offensive. These weekly million dollar battles with the avaricious Ashcroft Alliance over all the rotten monkeyshine deals he concocted under the 1998-2008 Musa Administration are getting wearisome and vexing. From the BTL issue to the Universal Healthcare hustle, Belizeans are so fed up that they are now making all kinds of comments. I will mention a couple of these remarks later in the essay but what I cannot skip is the fact that WinkyGrab is having a field day with the UDP on his incongruously-named Monday night talk show.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
Every new day for believers on earth comes with a special delivery of mercy and grace from God. But the packaging of the gift looks so ordinary that it is easy to ignore it. It comes to us from the word of God on which we choose to meditate for the day. That word contains our healing, wisdom, protection, deliverance, power to obey and much more. However what we extract from the word is very dependent on how we approach it.

Hurricane Facts & Tips Atlantic Hurricane Season
This week’s Hurricane Tips 1. Take a picture and written inventory of all household assets and assign a value to them. 2. Take picture and written inventory of your jewelry. 3. Locate your insurance policies, bank and travel documents. 4. Secure your inventory, jewelry, and documents in a water tight container. a. Note zip lock bags failed during last year’s Hurricane Earl.

“… In the world of machiavelli power always trumps principle”
A very common saying is ‘The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword,’ yet everywhere one looks, the chaos wrought by the sword is evident! I have boldly written about the extremely sneaky plan to militarize some police forces of the world. Up north, Chunoxenos are saying that ‘the police seemed to be excessively armed, and may have acted recklessly.’ Be mindful that countries are run in the name of the PEOPLE. Representatives of the PEOPLE formulate laws; and armed personnel under authority of the PEOPLES’ laws, are deployed. Garcia should have left the lady’s property long before the arrival of the police and he definitely should not have charged with a machete…sad, a human life lost. Belize does not want or need a militarized police force – but we do need and want maximum help to get the unfounded Guatemalan claim vaporized!

What your social media pictures say about you
Lots have been said about our favorite social media platforms; good ole’ Facebook, Twitter -and now Snap Chat and Insta. But good or bad, we can’t deny that we love our cyber world. We do the most for The Gram and Facebook. We post pics that portray the image that we want our friends- and the world to have of us but even in our guise to fool the world we are actually revealing much, much more about our psyche than we think when we post. What do your photos on the Web say about you? What hidden complexes or secret desires, which sometimes even we ourselves don’t realize, do they tell the world? A recent study has delivered some interesting findings.

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Which is the Lie?
Up to the General Elections in 2012, the Honorable Carlos Perdomo was the Minister responsible for Defense and Immigration. After those elections, Perdomo became Cabinet Secretary to the second Dean Barrow Administration of 2012-2015. On October 10 of 2013, the Prime Minister of Belize […]

BECOL to conduct Simulation Exercise in San Ignacio/ Santa Elena
Belize Electric Company Limited issued a press release today informing residents in San Ignacio/ Santa Elena and the surrounding communities that a simulation exercise will be conducted on June 27, 2017. The exercise is being conducted with the collaboration of the National Emergency Management Organization […]

BPP Toledo Offers Reward
The BPP Toledo Branch is offering $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of over $100,000 from the Toledo Teacher’s Credit Union (TTCU). In a press release issued today, the BPP Toledo Branch said, “We are […]

Road traffic accident on Philip Goldson Highway sends one to the hospital
A road traffic accident happened a short while ago on the Philip Goldson Highway near Sandhill Village. According to reports, a man has been rushed to the hospital for treatment in an ambulance. A source told BBN that the man was driving a RAV4 […]

Benque Viejo businessman shot
Reports reaching to our newsroom are that a well-known businessman from Benque Viejo Town, Cayo District was shot at his home this morning by three armed men. According to reports, the businessman is a money changer at the Western border and police are currently searching […]

Transformation: New Cayo bridge takes shape
By Delroy Cuthkelvin: Infrastructure development is one of the hallmarks of this Dean Barrow/UDP Administration. The transformation has been so constant and extensive – we almost take it for granted. The West has seen its fair share – countless streets rehabilitated and paved; drainage dramatically improved; parks, […]

Belize City man robs Southern Quick Loan shop in Dangriga
Yesterday around 3:00 p.m., police responded to an armed robbery report at Southern Quick Loan on Chatuye Street, Dangriga. Felecita Murcia, 29, the cashier of Southern Quick Loan reported that while at the business place, a man entered the office with a manilla envelope in […]

Santa Elena teen missing
Casandra Fuller of Hill View area, Santa Elena Town, Cayo District reported to police that on Tuesday night around 8:30 she was at home with her 13-year-old daughter Niya Richards. Fuller told police that when she questioned her daughter about a relationship with a young man, […]

David Arnold charged for HardRock’s murder
Andrew Bennett aka “HardRock”, a popular DJ from Belize City was murdered in front of his home on May 24, 2017. Police informed today that they have arrested and charged David Richard Arnold, 25, a construction worker of Armadillo Street, Belize City for the murder. Bennett […]

BTB wins Innovation & Creativity Award
Picture: San Pedro Sun The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has won the prestigious Innovation & Creativity Award of the Latin American Travel Association (LATA) based in London, United Kingdom for its Belize Virtual Expo – the first of its kind in the country. The […]

Positive Vibez releases new album entitled “Punta Survives”
Belizean artist Positive Vibez has released a new album entitled “Punta Survives”. According to a press release from the Image Factory Art Foundation, every time a new book, art exhibit, research or music album is released in Belize it should be a cause for […]

Lisa Shoman appointed to IDB Admin Tribunal
Attorney at Law, Lisa Shoman has been appointed as a judge on the Inter- American Development’s Bank Administrative Tribunal. Shoman will serve for six years and her new appointment commences on July 1, 2017. Shoman is the first Belizean to be appointed to this position. […]


Chaya: Overlooked Deliciousness & Wonder Green of Belize?
Chaya or Maya Tree Spinach is native to the Yucatan and to Belize – it’s a food that you see in some of the local restaurants that serve some more typical cuisines – and once in a while you see packages of it at the local green grocer. Chaya is the most delicious green that most people have probably never tried – or even heard of. What is it? How do you use it? And…I’ll tell you why I LOVE IT. If you like spinach or collard greens or chard, you would LOVE THIS STUFF.

Open Lobster Season What's happening around (Open Season of the Lobsterfest 2017)
It’s been almost four months since the lobster season was closed to allow the spiny lobster populations to Reproduce. The opening of Belize's Lobster Season Opened Today June 15, 2017 at El Divino, and it will continue with a grand block party on Saturday, June 25th. And, you what that means: Lobsterfest Time! Book your flights early at as this year's events promise to be even bigger and better in destinations like San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Placencia and Corozal!

International Sourcesizz

Odds Increasing for a Gulf of Mexico Tropical Storm Next Week
The odds are increasing that the Gulf of Mexico or Western Caribbean will see formation of a tropical depression early next week. In their 8 am EDT Thursday Tropical Weather Outlook, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) gave 5-day odds of tropical cyclone development of 50% for this region, up from the 20% odds given on Wednesday morning. Satellite loops on Thurday morning showed a steady increase in heavy thunderstorm activity over the Western Caribbean, as a large low pressure system called a “gyre” of low pressure began to form (see the website of SUNY Albany’s Phil Papin, who has developed automated routines to diagnose these gyres). This gyre is expected to move slowly west-northwest to northwest, and will be centered near the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday. The interaction between this gyre and a tropical wave expected to move into the region this weekend may be enough to trigger formation of a tropical depression by early next week. The next name on the list of Atlantic storms is Tropical Storm Bret.

As large birds disappear from the ecosystem in the team's model, fewer seedlings from a smaller array of plant species survive. What's more, this effect is more pronounced and happens more rapidly if larger birds are among the animals forced out of the ecosystem.
There's no doubt that animals play critical roles in maintaining healthy forests. In these species-rich ecosystems, birds and mammals—especially large ones—ingest seeds from all kinds of plants and, ahem, distribute them around the forest. If those seeds take root and grow, it closes the circle and the forest's diverse mix of plant life remains intact. However, as large animals—the ones that humans are most likely to hunt and that are most affected by forest loss—disappear from the ecosystem the forest's plant biodiversity goes down. But why that happens hasn't been clear.

Yesterday we had our ribbon cutting ceremony for the new clinic in Double Head Cabbage built as a part of Beyond the Horizon. It sits next to a high school that was built by the U.S. military in 1995. Four of our soldiers here with us this year were here twenty two years ago and helped to build the school . Here's their story.

Student athletes partner with Courts for Kids for volunteer trip to Belize
Kent State partnered with Courts for Kids to send 19 student athletes and four staff members to Belize in May to build a multipurpose athletic court. The court’s primary use is for volleyball, soccer and basketball, but it may also be used for community celebrations and dances. Katie Schilling, assistant director of student athlete development at Kent State, organized the trip. Senior football player James Alexander participated in the trip. Alexander said he liked being a member of and forming relationships within the community of Aguacate.

Lawyer for Ex-Treasure Hunter Asks Judge to End Jail Time
The attorney for an ex-treasure hunter jailed on contempt-of-court charges is asking a federal judge in Ohio to end his client's imprisonment. Judge Algenon Marbley has held defendant Tommy Thompson in contempt of court since December 2015 for violating terms of a plea deal by refusing to respond to questions about the location of 500 missing gold coins. Attorney Todd Long said in a Wednesday court filing that federal law prohibits holding someone under such conditions for longer than 18 months.


  • HIV Regional Testing Day 2017 initiative, 1min. The National AIDS Commission today launched this ad as a part of the organization's ongoing Regional Testing Day 2017 initiative (June 30th, 2017), as well as to continue advocating for HIV testing and awareness.

  • Evolution Not Revolution, 1/2min. In our work with Belize Tourism Board, we dug deep and discovered how to elevate a nation by showing its true colours and attracting curious tourists.

  • Belize Progressive Radio Live Stream, 3hr. Belize Progressive party talking about burning issues that is plaguing the nation of Belize.

  • The Corals of Mexico and Belize, 5min. When we went to these two beautiful countries, we experienced several amazing diving paradise. From small to big encounters, with sharks, stingrays and several other magical creatures.

  • Scuba Steve Diving in Belize Lion Fish Grouper Lunch, 5.5min. My recent Scuba Diving trip to Belize. On our second dive to find Lion Fish we encountered this very friendly Grouper who followed us for the entire dive.

  • Father's Day Belize UNICEF, 2min. Alex Desmond, a stay-at-home dad in Belize, shares his experience on trying to be the best dad he can be.

  • LENNOX SAMUELS, BELIZE & THE WORLD! (PART TWO), 31min. "I think the government of Belize, whatever the party, should set up a kind of expatriate department in some ministry whose sole job is to identify, track down, and keep in touch with these people (Belizeans), so that even if they don't end up repatriating to Belize, you get the benefits of their expertise. You make it so that they contribute to the country."




  • Isla Bonita Yacht Club, 3min. My first trip to Ambergris Caye, Belize and I stayed here at Belize’s only Yacht Club. Had a marvelous time and cannot wait to go back. The club is walking distance to shops, restaurants, activities and the town of San Pedro (made famous by Madonna – La Isla Bonita song 1986). Besides walking, the islands main mode of transportation is by golf cart. Belize is home to the second largest coral reef in the world and if you venture in to the water, you will experience breathtaking views above the water and majestic sights of coral and sea life below, The country is between Mexico and Guatemala but the principal language is English being that Belize is a former English colony (British Honduras) and they became their own country in 1981.

  • Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2min. Today the World observes Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is not too late to join or one action goods drive and its NEVER too late to protect an older person.

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