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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.
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.
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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
BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE RAFFLE
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?
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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.
MORENA SON PERFORMS AT THE SP HOUSE OF CULTURE
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
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:...
"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."
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...