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Today's Belize News: June 20, 2017 #524155
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The San Pedro Sun

Marco Gonzalez Summer Solstice Event Cancelled for 2017
We just can’t fight Mother Nature. It got us this year,” stated event organizer Jan Brown, Founder/Chairman of the Board for Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Ambergris Caye (MGMSAC), Ltd. “With one tropical depression over the area bringing in unfavorable conditions, and another on its’ heels, I just can’t have the event close enough to the Solstice date to make sense. Maybe we’ll have a “summer festival” instead”. MGMSAC had scheduled Maya Priest Martin Choc to return from San Marcos area in Toledo to again do the blessing followed by the Yo Creek Masewal Cultural Dance Group to perform the lovely Maya dances. Volunteers were lined up to serve food and beverages as well as provide tour services around the site. “If you went on a tour in the past, you were in for a treat this year to see how it is transformed in many areas due to 360 degree cleaning of many mounds. You can really see the formation of the houses now,” says Ms. Brown. However, the current rain has wet the foliage so much that fires aren’t possible to thwart off the mosquitoes, making the visit uncomfortable at this time.

ADVISORY NO. 4: BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE NORTHWEST CARIBBEAN
The low pressure system located near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. It is producing winds up to gale force strength several hundred miles to the east and northeast of the center which are not affecting the country. Although surface pressures are falling over the north western Caribbean Sea, the low still lacks a well-defined center of circulation. Regardless of development, heavy rains are expected to continue over portions of Central America, and Belize. If necessary an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system today.

Ambergris Today

More Rain Expected As Tropical Disturbance Moves Away From Belize
The low pressure system located near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. It is producing winds up to gale force strength several hundred miles to the east and northeast of the center which are not affecting the country. Although surface pressures are falling over the north western Caribbean Sea, the low still lacks a well-defined center of circulation. Regardless of development, heavy rains are expected to continue over portions of Central America, and Belize. If necessary an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system today. Gradual development of this system is expected while it moves slowly north-north-westward across the Yucatan Peninsula, and then over the southern or central Gulf of Mexico today and tomorrow, where a tropical or subtropical cyclone is likely to form. This system is expected to bring moderate to heavy rainfall over the country with the heaviest rainfall likely over central, southern and some coastal areas. The concerns remain localized flooding of low-lying communities and flash floods near rivers and streams especially in the south.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Belize Fishing Report, June 12 thru June 18
Plenty of tarpon landed this week in spite of the lack of Permit. Some of our anglers had multiple shots with multiple hook ups. Pam caught a really nice Tarpon. Kim, the host of the Orvis group, managed to land three in one day fishing the back lagoon while the group was out enjoying their time out on the water. Isa, our fishing director knows where to find them in the back lagoon. Come join us and let him take you too!

Scholarship Opportunity!
Florida Institute of Technology automatically considers international students for merit based scholarships. Check out the link for more information:

Dia de San Pedro 2017
Here is SATURDAY'S line-up for the Día de San Pedro's festivities 2017! SAVE THE DATE!

Congratulations to the four teams that Participated in the first ever Father's Day Quadrangular 2017
•Team United F.C lead by Mr. Elvis Buena •Team Costa Boys lead by Mr. Umaña •Team Joker FC. Lead by Mr. Joe Gonzalez •and Los Catrachos Lead by Mr. Tony Maldonado Congratulations to Los Catrachos on their championship!

Eastern Division North police personnel removing graffiti and painting at Lopez Mateo Park in Belize City

Rotary Orthopedic Clinic 2017
Rotary is sponsoring an orthopedic clinic at La Loma Luz Hospital and the Western Regional Hospital on July 10th. Thanks, Rotary!

Diabetes Outreach
Free diabetes services people!

German Journalists Conclude Working Visit to Belize
Representatives of five top German media outlets have concluded a four-day working visit to key tourism areas in Belize as part of a three-country tour organized by the Central America Tourism Agency (CATA). The team was comprised of Susanne Kilimann from Magazine Forum, Stefan Keiffer of Rhein Zetung Newspaper, Bernhard Mogge from Diereise Oneline Journal, Britta Matzen from Madsack Weekly and Robin Hartmann from Journalismusbü Hartman News Agency. The team arrived in Belize on Sunday, 11th June as part of their last leg of a tour to Central America, which included Panama and Nicaragua. In Belize, they visited the Warasa Garifuna Drum School in Punta Gorda, the Nim Li Punit archaeological site, Placencia Village and Laughing Bird Caye among others. The main purpose of the journalists’ visit was to obtain a first-hand experience of the Belize tourism product, with the potential to produce several articles on Belize in their respective publications. The visit was facilitated by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in support of participating stakeholders.

Summer Splash on Caye Caulker
June 24.

Police officers clean up the streets and paint the parks

Pantempters Anniversary Tour Concert
The Pantempters steel orchestra is celebrating 25th Anniversary through this year!! Kick off will be July 1st(Sat) @Cayo Welcome Center /5:30~ Of course Pantempters Jr. will be performing!!

3rd annual soca fete 2017
clock Friday, June 30 at 5 PM - 8 PM, Next Week, Corozal

BTIA 32nd Bi-Annual General Meeting
Industry stakeholders are advised that the Belize Tourism Industry Association will hold its 32nd Bi-Annual General Meeting at the George Price Center in the beautiful Garden City of Belmopan on July 6th, 2017. Meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. sharp and ends at 12:00 p.m. All members and stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

BTIA’S POSITION PAPER: GLYPHOSATE AND ITS IMPACTS ON HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
The chemical compound Glyphosate (the key ingredient in Roundup) is the number one pesticide used to eradicate weeds in farms in Belize and worldwide. The World Health Organization’s IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen in 2015. The Pesticide Action Network International (PAN) issued a comprehensive report in 2016 stating several long term and chronic effects on the environment, humans and animals worldwide due to the high usage of glyphosate. The alarming conclusions from international studies and reports about the effects and impacts of glyphosate have been taken into consideration by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) as a national issue that needs to be given urgent attention.

World Croc Day at Belize Zoo
World Croc Day rocked! Despite the downpours, TBZ and our friends at the Crocodile Research Coalition pulled off a super successful World Croc Day: a first ever in Belize! Fun is clearly waterproof, as eager visitors still enjoyed games, face-painting, croc talks, and lots of prizes and giveaways! We were also joined by some special guests from across the border when colleagues from the Jardin Zoologico Payo Obispo in Chetumal joined in on the excitement, and even brought along some superb musical entertainment! A special thanks to Amb Carlos Quesnel and his family and staff for helping make this visit happen. Huge thanks to all visitors who braced the rain to join in on our celebrations. CROCS ROCK!

The 2017 Belize Archaeology Symposium schedule is out!
NICH And the Institute of Archaeology welcome all to the Belize Archaeology Symposium. The 15th installment of the Belize Archaeology Symposium (BUS) is scheduled for June 28 - 30, 2017 in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize. The primary objective of the Belize Archaeology Symposium is to disseminate current archaeological information to the people of Belize, the tourism industry, and the general archaeological community. It is envisioned that the conference will provide an interdisciplinary arena that will allow students, staff, faculty, and practitioners to discuss and exchange ideas about the latest developments in the field. Edited versions of the papers presented at the Symposium will be included in our annual publication series entitled "Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology.

Channel 7

Hon. Castro's Sons Had Run-In With Cops, Accounts Differ
UDP Minister Edmond Castro constantly seems to be going from the frying pan to the fire. And after one week out of the headlines - he's back in the news tonight - but not for something he allegedly did, it's more like what his sons 23 year old Wasani, and 21 year old Jafari are accused of doing. Their troubles with the law started early on Friday morning at around 4:00 am - when a Belize City Southside police patrol said they were speeding on East Collet Canal in the Conch Shell Bay Area. The police came up on them - and PC Shelrick Caliz claimed they cursed him, warned him about who their father was, and eventually assaulted him. Caliz claimed the vehicle had no license. We have to say claimed because his own commanding officer is tonight saying that PC Caliz's report is not accurate.

Castro's Caught With Contraband
But to pick up the story from there, just 14 hours after that incident with the police in Belize City, they were caught by the Customs Department in Orange Walk with a truck full of contraband beer. Customs officers intercepted Wasani and Jafari Castro, along with Dedric Ramclam and Gian Espadas, on a BSI road transporting 89 cases Coronas, valued at an estimated $6200 dollars. And, they were in a whit swingle with no plates. The group was immediately taken into custody where they made an agreement with the officers to settle the matter out of court. Today we spoke to Comptroller of Customs, Colin Griffith, about the incident...

Teenaged Girl Murdered In Santa Familia
A couple was viciously attacked on Friday night in Santa Familia - the boyfriend, 22 year old Eliseo Bacab survived but his 16 year old girlfriend, Amy Guerra didn't. Bacab was stabbed several times in the neck while Guerra's throat was slashed. It's a disturbing case coming out of a quiet community like Santa Familia. Courtney Weatherburne has more details. Just to note, in the story it says the attack happened on Saturday night but that is not the case, it happened on Friday night and Guerra's body was found on Saturday at 2:00 in the afternoon. Here is that story.

Cops Charge Three For Murder
And police have already charged one of the 3 men with attempted murder. He is Steven Manzanero. The other 2 will be charged with murder. Here is what police had to say in this case. ASP Daniel Itche, San Ignacio Police: "The investigations revealed that he was along with a female, 16 years old, at the football field in Santa Familia Village sometime around after 10pm and whilst there 3 male persons approached them. One of the male persons attacked him, Eliseo, who inflicted stab wounds to his body. The female ran away going towards the riverside that is nearby behind the football field. She was followed and there she was attacked and her body was later retrieve from the river. Two large cut wounds was observed on the right side of her neck."

Elderly Man Dies As His Pickup Plunges Into Rio Hondo
Today there was a tragic accident in Santa Cruz Village - which is in the Orange Walk district. That's one of the hotspots for smuggling across the Rio Hondo River because it is right across from Botes in Mexico. This afternoon, 69 year old Froyland Peralta was by the riverside when it appears he put his Ford Ranger in the wrong gear, so instead of driving away from the river, he reversed into it. That's when his vehicle plunged into the river. Peralta drowned and his body was found in the pan of the pickup truck. His passenger who is hearing impaired managed to survive.

Man Found Dead On Roadside In Unitedville
A man was found dead early on Saturday morning in Unitedville Village, in the Cayo District. Police don't know what killed 52 year old Jorge Lemus - and will only say that it is classified as a body found. That's because he was found face down in a drain off the highway, with bruises observed on left eye and left side of face swollen. He could have been knocked down, beaten, or maybe just fell, so police are waiting on a post mortem. But, his family isn't - today his sister told me she believes he was robbed:... Voice of: Sister: "When they told us that he is dead, it was shocking, but he was working with my oldest brother. He was doing construction there and he had got paid the Friday night. So what we believe is that they wanted to rob him or they robbed him and that's what happen."

Customs And The Cops, "Making Nice"
In April we told you about the contraband cops who were caught on video trying to evade customs officers. The cops were attempting to smuggle a "bulto" of clothes past Customs, and tried to ditch the 40 pound bag on a sugar road. The video was initially kept private by Customs in an attempt to preserve its relationship with the Police, however it was soon leaked online and to the media. Since that incident, there have been reports that the relationship between Customs and Police have been deteriorating. When we spoke to Comptroller of Customs, Colin Griffith earlier today, he said that both agencies are still as close as ever...

When Will "Old Bridge" Between Belize and Mexico Re-Open?
Griffith also gave us an update on the situation at the Old Mexico-Belize Bridge between the Corozal Free Zone and Subtiniente Lopez. The former border crossing, which was frequently used by "fayuqueros", to smuggle goods from the free zone into Mexico was closed to vehicles in May. The fayuqueros responded to the closure, by blocking the Federal Mexican Highway to the Chactemal Bridge, the official border crossing. The protest was cleared up by the Mexican military in less than half an hour, and since May, there have been no reports of further revolt. Here what the Comptroller told us... Colin Griffith, Customs Comptroller: "On the Belize side of the bridge you would have checkpoints on certain days. This is also in collaboration with the Corozal Free Zone and we continue to monitor that area and we can say that the exportation of commercial shipment through the old bridge has ceased. They have now been directed to the new bridge that has been requested by our Mexican counterparts. But that exercise is ongoing."

Cocaine On a Cruise Ship?
The police have not released any official information, but 7News has learned that 3 employees of Norwegian Cruise Lines were charged with drug trafficking for allegedly being in possession of two kilos of cocaine on a cruise ship. Our information is that the 3 men are now arrested and charged, and they are at the Belize Central Prison. Reports are that the men, 2 nationals of St. Lucia and 1 from St. Vincent, arrived on last Tuesday, on an NCL ship which made a port of call at the Harvest Caye Island getaway. The men worked on the Ship. Reports say that the two kilos may have been picked up in Roatan. The men were arrested, and charged, and they were arraigned in Magistrate's Court. They are now at the Belize Central Prison.

A Murder In Santa Elena
And back out West, a man was shot and killed in Santa Elena - the second murder in the Cayo district. Police don't have a motive at this time but here is what they had to say on this murder case. ASP Daniel Itche, San Ignacio Police: "San Ignacio police visited the Novelos Convention Center compound in Santa Elena Town at the eastern end of the building the motionless body of a male person identified as Maynor Leonel Portillo, 20 years old Belizean laborer of Bradley's Bank area of Santa Elena Town was found in a sitting position leaning on the wall of the building with apparat gunshot wound to the head. The scene was processed and he was transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival."

Another Landmark Sign In City
If you've passed by Battlefield Park in Downtown Belize City, you may have noticed a strange new Belize sign that was recently put up in the Park's grounds. It's designed to be a tourist attraction like the ones at the Lighthouse area of Marine Parade, and the Buttonwood Bay community. Now, it's a small addition, and if you're wondering why the Belize City Council rolled out all the formalities, the mayor told us that all public-private sector partnerships need to be recognized. He explained why: Perrera told us that the sign is valued at a little over $5,000 dollars. It is already generating public interest from persons wanting to take selfies with the Supreme Court in the background.

Commercial Center Renovation Loan Finally Gets Green Light
The inauguration of the new sign gave us the opportunity to ask the Mayor about the stalled renovation of the Commercial Center in Downtown Belize City. That's the building that's been cleared out for months now so that it can be repaired as part of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project. It was approved back in 2014, and it was launched in 2015, but since then no real work has started on the Center, which in a severe state of disrepair. Time is running out, since the funding for the project expires in February of 2018. So, we asked the Mayor if he and his team have made any progress in getting the roadblocks out of the way so that the renovation can start.

Will The City Flood This Year?
So, while those construction works are coming, what about the City's infrastructure to mitigate flooding? Is it capable of withstanding any flooding that might come in this hurricane season? We already told you that this season is going to be very active, and as you saw in the weather report earlier, there is already a tropical storm forming out in the Caribbean. The mayor told us that although Belize City is always susceptible to flooding, the work that his team has done to alleviate the problems should allow for significant relief:

Can The Mayor Deliver Caribbean Shores In Municipal Election?
The mayor is hoping that those and all the works he and his council have put in will be enough to convince the Belize City resident to re-elect him. UDP insiders have told us that at the most- recent UDP council meeting, the Party leader, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, specifically asked Mayor Bradley if he is doing enough work in Caribbean Shores to bring out the vote for year's Municipal Elections. He is up for re-election, but he's also the UDP standard bearer in that constituency, which is being represented by PUP's Kareem Musa. Here's how he answered that one:

Mayor Calling Residents Who Don't Like Noise At BTL Park To Come Out
In the meantime, the Mayor is hoping that those Belize City residents who live around the BTL park will come out on Wednesday evening to a public meeting. The Council is trying to address the concerns of those citizens who complain that the BTL park is to noisy on most nights that they want peace and quiet. As viewers are aware, it's a popular venue for music and entertainment events, and it's also the location of the Pier 1 Bar, that opens for business during the weekend. Combine those with the other night-life spots the area, and the residents complain that they are harassed by the noise pollution.

The Importance of Fisherfolk
The fisheries industry is one of the country's most profitably and important money makers. Thousands of Belizeans make their living fishing, scaling, filleting and selling their catch. These fisherfolk must also work along with conservation groups to ensure that they are using sustainable fishing practices. Fisherfolk's Month is celebrated to as a way raise awareness for the work members of the fisheries industry do in conserving our natural resources. Today the Wildlife Conservation Society launched a photo exhibit to show off the unique relationship between fishers and the marine life that they make their living from. Here's what the WCS's Assistant Country Director had to say about the display...

Cops Clean Up Graffiti
Police Week officially launched yesterday, and today to show their love for their community, officers from Precinct 4 in Belize City participated in a clean up of one of King's Park's most used parks. For years, the Lopez Mateo's Park has been the victim of graffiti from members of surrounding gangs, so the cops spent the day scrapping off the some of the park's unwanted paint job. We spoke to Precinct 4's Deputy Commander, Assistant Superintendent Francisco Ack, about the clean up...

Police Week is Packed!
The clean-up is just a very small fraction of all the work the cops are doing countrywide for the observance of police week. The 7 days started with a mass yesterday and features all kinds of community initiatives and interaction. The police public relations officer told us more: We'll be following many of the police week activities.

Woman Dies In Fatal Motorbike Accident
And rounding out the police news tonight, there's one more traumatic death to report - and again it's in the Cayo District. It happened in Roaring Creek, where there was a fatal accident on the Valley of Peace road. 26 year old taco vendor Fabiola Vasquez was riding her motor bike alone when she lost control on loose gravel and flew off the bike. She was died on the spot.

Ich Bin Ein "Belizer"?
The BTB is reaching out to the western and central European market with the visit of five journalists from Germany. They arrived from a Central American tour on Sunday, 11th June and toured the country, making stops at the Warasa Garifuna Drum School in Punta Gorda, the Nim Li Punit archaeological site in Toledo, Placencia Village and Laughing Bird Caye among other destinations. After their "media jolly" in Belize, they are expected to go back to Germany and write articles about their experiences. According to the BTB, those media outlets have the potential to reach approximately 60 million viewers in Western and Central Europe. Europe is one of Belize's target markets - yet airlift continues to be an issue.


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Channel 5

Vicious and deadly attack on young couple stuns Santa Familia village
Turning to crime, it was a particularly violent weekend in the west. A horrific attack on a young couple has left the Santa Familia community in shock. The sixteen year [...]

Police, family stumped over killing in Santa Elena Town
There was further bloodshed in the west on Friday night. Hours before the murder of Emy Guerra, twenty-two-year old Maynor Portillo was found shot to the head near the Convention [...]

Castro boys battle Police to stalemate but Customs ensnares them for contraband beer
It was a violent weekend in the west. Two persons were murdered, another injured, and the death of a man found in a drain is under investigation while a young [...]

Chester Williams says case against Castros had ‘bored holes’
The Eastern Division (South) police’s official account differs slightly in that the vehicle was parked when the officers approached, but the rest of the leaked report appears to be true. [...]

Police want internal leaker, insist Castros face no charges
So there will be no charges, and the matter appears to be resolved – except for the leak of a usually confidential police document seemingly designed to bring pressure on [...]

Who wanted Jorge Lemus of Unitedville dead?
The family of fifty-two-year old Jorge Lemus is trying to come to terms with his untimely death. His body was found in a drain in the village of Unitedville in [...]

Fourth death of weekend a traffic mishap; police were not ‘chasing’ Fabiola Velasquez
Still in the west, twenty-six-year-old Fabiola Velasquez lost her life in a traffic mishap in the early hours of Sunday morning while riding a motorcycle along the Valley of Peace [...]

Police admit sloppiness in processing crime scene but family allege cover-up
Another charge made by the family, believing that foul play may have been involved in the death of their loved one, is that the officers left behind evidence of an [...]

Ministry of Health and Customs working out plans for pharmaceutical importation
The Ministry of Health recently announced that it will take over all processing for importation of pharmaceuticals into Belize. Considering past problems involving the drug inspectorate it seems a strange [...]

Big meth bust on Harvest Caye; three Eastern Caribbean nationals in jail
News Five has learned of a significant bust of drugs on the island of Harvest Caye, where Norwegian Cruise Lines has their cruise port. Sometime last week, three visitors to [...]

Jury frees Orange Walk man charged with theft
An Orange Walk man is free of the charge of theft following the conclusion of his trial in the Supreme Court late on Friday. A jury of nine deliberated for [...]

New sign lights up Battlefield Park
The historic Battlefield Park has a new decoration: a Belize sign where people can take photographs and have a reminder of where they are. Mayor Darrell Bradley says it is [...]

Customs, Mexico still struggle with patrolling border
We have been regularly reporting on issues along the Mexico-Belize border with respect to contraband and other smuggling, illegal entry and exit and other issues. The Customs and Excise Department [...]

Celebrating the Police Department
The men and women of law enforcement across the country, those attached to the Belize Police Department, are celebrating Police Week 2017. Since launching a calendar of events on Sunday [...]

Future filmmakers gather at House of Culture
About twenty budding filmmakers are learning an introductory course in video production from established director and producer Steven Torriano Berry. The creative force behind local dramatic television series “Noh Matta [...]

Belize government officials converge for Green Climate Fund meeting
This morning in Placencia, representatives of various ministries within the Government of Belize convened a Green Climate Fund conference. G.C.F. is a fund established within the United Nations Framework Convention [...]

Jennifer Smith is new Miss Y
The competition was close, but on Saturday night Belmopan native Jennifer Louise Smith was crowned the new Miss Y.W.C.A. 2017-2018, succeeding Ms. Eleanor Sutherland. Smith won the crowd over at [...]

Volleyball and women’s football top Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights from the weekend sporting activities….]

LOVE FM

Ramos Charged After Jilting Businessman Online
Twenty-eight year old Joshua Ramos, a construction worker of M and M Street in Belize City, was charged with obtaining property by deception when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. He pled not guilty to the charge. He was offered a bail of one thousand dollars and his case was adjourned […]

NEMO Issues First Advisory for Hurricane Season 2017
Today marks sixteen days into the 2017 hurricane season and already the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO has issued its first advisory. There is a system in the northwest Caribbean Sea which will have effects on Belize. Meteorologist Shanea Young explained to Love News what kind of weather is forecast for the next few days; […]

Court of Appeals Reveal Cases of Missing Records
The Court of Appeals handed down a ruling today in the case of Gilbert Henry who was convicted of dangerous harm and sentenced to five years in prison. Henry appealed his conviction but his appeal did not come up until long after he had served his time incarcerated. Attorney Kevin Arthurs was involved in this […]

Principal Charged for Inappropriate Behaviour with 12-Year-Old Student
The Principal of Monsignor Romero RC School in Valley of Peace has been charged for sexual assault. Johnny Valencia appeared in Belmopan Magistrate Court on Wednesday where he was read a single charge of sexual assault. According to reports, a twelve year old student reported that she was not feeling well and was sent to […]

Investigation Launched Into Teacher/Student Sexual Encounters in Cayo
San Ignacio Police and the Ministry of Education are investigating allegations of sexual misconduct by a teacher. The allegations are that a teacher at Eden Seventh Day Adventist High School in Santa Elena, Cayo, was sexually involved with a female student at the institution for at least two years. But the allegations go further, suggesting […]

Eyewitness Recounts Fatal RTA in Dangriga
26-year-old Naomi Abigail Taylor was killed in a road traffic accident on Thursday evening in Dangriga. Taylor who was a teacher at Kids First School in that municipality was along with a co-worker on Ecumenical Drive when the incident occurred. We spoke with the co-worker who shared how the incident unfolded. CO-WORKER OF DECEASED “When […]

Caleb Responds to DPM on Church State Commission
Gay Activist, Caleb Orozco is currently in Cancun, Mexico attending a coalition meeting of the LGBTI at the OAS General Assembly. Despite not being in country, Orozco says he has been following the local news and is has found it necessary to submit his position on the Church State Commission and the comments made by […]

Nonagenarian Chopped to Death in Northern Belize
Police in Orange Walk are investigating the chopping murder of a ninety year old man. At around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, Pedro Pol of August Pine Ridge Village was in his shop when two Hispanic men armed with machetes barged in. The machete wielding due proceeded to bound Pol’s hand before robbing the shop. During the […]

Wasabi Avila Shot; Police Says It Was A Robbery Attempt
A man was shot last night in Belize City. It happened on Jasmine Street and the victim has been identified as Wasabi Avila. He was shot to the back and was rushed to the KHMH where he was treated and released. ACP Chester Williams told the media this evening that the investigation has so far […]

PUP Criticizes House Committee and Wants UDP Chairman Gone
One week after the House Committee met to discuss matters including the outburst of Brian Audinett during the Senate Inquiry on May 17, the main opposition party has issued a statement on the outcome of the meeting. A press release came after one o’clock this afternoon stating, quote, “The People’s United Party expresses its condemnation […]

PlusTV

15 year old falls out of moving vehicle; dies
A 15 year old is dead as a result of a traffic accident. Justice Recinos received severe head and facial injuries when she fell out of a moving vehicle that was being driven at the time by a family member on Saturday June 10th. The student of Julian Cho Technical Highschool was transported to the Pu...

Santa Elena high school teacher investigated for allegedly impregnating student
There is another matter under investigation involving sexual relations between a teacher and his student. The high school teacher, in Santa Elena, Cayo, is accused of impregnating an 18 year old third form student. While criminally there is no case, since the student is 18, ethically, and according ...

Appeal for Mek Mi Rich case
The man who won a case against BTL for stealing his ideas for the Mek Mi Rich game show, is appealing his award of damages. Back in February of 2016, Curtis Swasey was awarded $25,000, after he won the case against BTL and the owners of Mek Mi Rich, Andre Vega and Sanjay Hotchandani. BTL filed an a...

CWU president to meet with negotiating team before responding to Stevedore’s letter
We have reported on the letter sent by stevedores to the President of the Christian Workers Union, Dale Trujeque instructing him to “..step away from the bargaining table with Port of Belize Ltd with immediate effect”. The letter further instructs Trujeque that “..you are prohibited from organ...

Small fire at Dorothy Menzies Child Care center
There was a small fire at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center located at St. Thomas Street in Belize City. It happened on Thursday afternoon. Police say when they got to the scene, a sofa and an AC unit were seen completely damaged by fire at the back of the building. 35-year-old Kisha Coye, a fos...

NEMO issues first advisory for 2017 hurricane season
The National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, has issued its first Advisory for this 2017 Hurricane Season. It informs of a large area of disturbed weather which has formed over the northwest Caribbean Sea and adjacent land areas of Central America. NEMO says that the system is unlikely to ...

Belize Leaders for Social Justice rallying for change to the minimum wage and gas prices
The last time the minimum wage was changed was in 2012 from $3.10 to $3.30 an hour. That works out to about $132.00 a week if the person is working full time. With the cost of living rising, this places many families in a position of poverty. Belize Leaders for Social Justice has taken on the fight ...

Beyond the Horizon closes out in Belize
Closing ceremony for the Beyond the Horizon 2017 exercise in Belize was held on Thursday. The ceremony took place at Price Barracks in Ladyville. Valued at USD $11.5 million, the exercise consisted of five construction projects and three medical service events in Ladyville, San Ignacio, and Dangri...

The Reporter

Editorial
It may seem like excessive attention being lavished on a single bird, the Scarlet Macaw named Big Red, and much ado about nothing, but the concerns of this newspaper go much beyond this singular and now famous parrot. . The Forest Department, which has legal responsibility for the care and protection of wildlife in Belize, has gone on record to say that it has loaned the iconic bird to the tourist facility at Harvest Caye after receiving credible information that it was not safe to release this parrot back into the wild. Mr. Marcelo Windsor, the Forestry officer who made the decision to give the parrot a new home as an exhibition bird on Harvest Caye, says he was persuaded by reports from Dr. Isabel Paquet Durand, who had examined the bird and had determined that Big Red was not a suitable candidate for release back into the wild.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Tropical storm Bret heads to Trinidad and Grenada
This afternoon, a hurricane hunter located the disturbance in the Atlantic and found it to have developed into a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center today issued advisories on newly formed Tropical Storm Bret, located just to the southeast of […]

A new sign for Belize City
The Belize City Council unveiled its latest beautification project today, a new sign in the Battlefield Park. The sign was donated to the council by businessman Steven Perrera, a long standing partner with CitCo that collaborated on the Belize signs near the Baron Bliss […]

NHC monitoring Tropical Storm Bret
The Hurricane Hunter aircraft located the center of the nearby tropical disturbance causing increased rainfall in the region and found it to have developed into a tropical storm today. Tropical storm Bret is moving toward the west-northwest near 30 mph (48 km/h) and is […]

Castro’s sons pay fine for contrabanding 89 cases of beers
Over the weekend, two of Edmond Castro’s sons were caught with eighty nine cases of contraband beers. Orange Walk customs patrol stopped the vehicle and found the cases of corona on Friday night. Their white wingle was held at the Orange Walk Police station. The two […]

Young woman dies in motorcycle accident
A young football player lost her life yesterday in a fatal traffic accident. Fabiola Vasquez, 26, of Young Bank was riding her motorcycle alone when she lost control on loose gravel. Vasquez was pronounced dead at the San Ignacio Hospital. © 2017, BreakingBelizeNews.com. This […]

Belizeans: A Ticking Time Bomb.
Dear Editor and Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow: Would you be concerned and moved to action if you knew that every day each man, woman and child in Belize eats a daily dose of harmful chemicals with each tortilla and each slice of bread they ingest? The facts […]

Three men charged for brutal murder of Santa Familia teen
According to police reports, Steven Manzanero, Reginald Patt, and Armando Coleman have been arrested and charged for the murder of Amy Guerra and attempted murder of Eliseo Bacab. Police say that Eliseo Bacab and Amy Guerra were at the village football field when they […]

Belizean makes US most wanted list
A Belizean man is listed among the top 10 most wanted list for the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Forty-four year old Santos Moreira is wanted by US officials for deportation back to Belize, having been deported several times due to criminal […]

Body found in drain in Unitedville identified
On Saturday morning, police confirmed that the body of a man was found in a drain near the George Price Highway in Unitedville Village, Cayo. The victim has been identified as Jorge Lemus, 52. Lemus was found face down in a pool of water […]

NEMO issues advisory number 4 on weather system
UPDATE: The low pressure system located near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. It is producing winds up to gale force strength several hundred miles to the east and northeast […]

Police celebrate Police Week 2017
Police officers gathered for a mass yesterday in celebrating the start of police week 2017. The Belize Police Department have prepared a number of activities to commemorate their commitment to the community and country. The activities include clean up campaigns, school visits, open days, […]

More rain expected; weather system being monitored
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Blogs

It’s time for a bird bath!
With the rainy season upon us, some of us welcome a much needed shower! After months of hot, dusty weather, the long-awaited precipitation is celebrated by many. Not only are the plants rejoicing, but creatures who have been looking hard for fresh water the last few months are now quenching their thirst. Of course the birds are happy too, delighting in the opportunity for a proper ‘bird bath’ under the cool, refreshing rain. This pair of Mourning Doves have the right idea, making the most of this afternoon shower on Ambergris Caye.

Selfies Galore at the New Belize Sign in Belize City
How lucky were we to be in Belize City during the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the latest beautification project by the Belize City Council. We were killing time in the city as we planned our next road trip when we received our invitation. There was a NEW Belize sign unveiling. We just had to make an appearance. The new sign is located at Battlefield Park in the heart of downtown Belize City. We were eager to go take our selfies. This sign is different than the first two. Instead of large letters spelling out BELIZE, the new sign is in the form of a picture frame/post card that highlights the historical Belize Courthouse in the background. Tourists and locals are invited to walk up to the Belize Sign, sit or climb on it to take their perfectly framed pic. It’s fun and a great addition to picturesque signs in the city. Our good friend Steven Perrera, who was responsible for the creation, installation and beautification of the fist two (now very famous) BELIZE signs was also responsible for this one as well.

International Sourcesizz

Learning how to save lives in Belize
UK transport research organisation TRL is a delivery partner in the Belize Road Safety Project, which has been awarded a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its outstanding contribution to road safety. TRL’s Darren Divall told Transport Network about the organisation’s contribution to the project. Established by the Belize Government’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in 2013, the Belize Road Safety Project sought to drive a reduction in injuries and fatalities from traffic collisions along a demonstration corridor between Belize City and Belmopan.

Belize Should Increase Consumption Taxes: IMF
Belize should increase the General Sales Tax rate to cut its deficit, the International Monetary Fund has said. The IMF said that the country should consider measures including broadening the base of the General Sales Tax (GST) and increasing its rate to the regional average of 15 percent, from 12.5 percent. It said that both steps could increase revenues by one percent of gross domestic product. Electronic tax filing and payment systems could also be enhanced, especially for GST and income tax, where less than 10 percent of registered taxpayers file or pay their taxes electronically, the IMF said. In his March budget speech, Dean Barrow, Belize's Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Natural Resources, rejected the IMF's "publicly rehearsed" advice to raise general sales tax (GST), ditch zero-rated treatment for certain products, cancel exemptions, and increase personal and business income taxes as "regressive and punitive to both citizens and enterprise."

Simone Biles interrupts her vacation to make sure she can still do gymnastics
Simone Biles is currently taking a much deserved vacation with family and friends in Belize. From cliff jumping to wearing custom T-shirts to zip-lining in the jungle, the trip has clearly been action packed -- with time to relax at the beach as well. Despite all the fun, Biles took a moment on Monday to make sure she still could, you know, do gymnastics. Thankfully, she did a handstand -- by the pool -- and proved that she very much still could.

Our mosquito bites were infected with wriggling LARVAE: One couple's story of the nasty holiday souvenir no one wants
At first, Katie and Ian McCabe assumed the small itchy lumps that appeared on their skin while on holiday in Belize were ordinary insect bites. The couple had gone on a guided jungle walk and — despite using insect repellent and wearing long clothing — they’d unwittingly left a few patches of skin exposed. ‘I got two mosquito bites on my scalp and Katie had one on the back of her neck,’ recalls Ian, 57, a communications engineer. ‘We just assumed they would go away.’ However, the bites slowly grew. And when the couple returned home to Wilmington, Kent, two weeks later, the lumps had taken on another disturbing characteristic. ‘I could feel something moving around inside,’ says Katie, 55, who works with the families of children with autism. ‘As if it was scratching away at the sides.’ By now they had an inkling about what was going on. Before they left Belize last August, the pair had watched a documentary on their hotel TV about the human botfly — an insect whose larvae (or maggots) can live just under human skin.

Videos

  • The US Embassy to Belize marked the closing of the Beyond the Horizon, 34min.

  • Boy Talk, 1hr50min.

  • Fathers Day Show Special, 1hr25min.

  • Belize NOW | Episode 23 - Friday, June 16th, 2017, 32min. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launches a website dedicated to the Belizean Diaspora, we sit down with the newly appointed National Sports Director, Toledo residents get solar lights, and the Beyond the Horizon Project wraps up. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, June 16th, 2017!

  • Belize Department of the Environment - Connecting People to Nature, 5min.

  • The Most Interesting Man in Belize, 2min. I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Belkin.

  • Belize at UN Oceans Conference 2017, 1hr20min.

  • Belize Diving, 1min. Just a couple of dive instructors on holiday diving in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

  • The Nembhard Sisters at Belize "Keeping It Hòt Marriage Conference". June 16-18, 2017, 5min.

  • Institute of Archaeology annual Symposium, 30min.

  • Smart Belize introduces its UMTS Network and Online Charging System, 23min.

  • Belize Police Department celebrates Police Week, 37min.

  • Mourning Doves showering in the rain, 15sec. June to November is considered the rainy season in Belize. During this time the country's wildlife gets a healthy dose of refreshing showers. Such is the case for this pair of mourning doves who enjoyed a little morning shower!

  • Amigos Del Mar, San Pedro, Belize, 4min.

  • Jesse & Joanna Belize Wedding Film Teaser, 3min. from Jose Luis Zapata

  • Belize Vacation, 3.5min. Our recent trip to Belize, highlights from our time in the Cayo District and Caye Caulker

  • Belize National Dance Company (BNDC) Caribbean Community, 8.5min.

  • Belize Fly Fishing | Tom Rosenbauer, 34min. In this episode of The New Fly Fisher Tom Rosenbauer takes Colin McKeown to El Pescador Lodge in Belize to teach him how to fly fish for permit, bonefish and tarpon on a fly.

  • BELIZE 2017 - SUMMER VACATION, 4min. Went on a trip this summer with my girlfriend to Belize, CA. We were able to do a lot of different activities while we were there and I thought I would share. Enjoy!

  • Belize- Dream Land, 5min. the best 10 days of my life. I love you Belize.

  • Big Tarpon Fishing Belize, 8min. 80 lb Tarpon in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  • OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Belize Oral History, 7min. In this "2 Cents Cam", we interview residents of Belize City to document the heritage and history of Old Government House.

  • Solid Waste Management - Belize Department of the Environment, 2min. Belize Department of the Environment on solid waste management, mock news segment.

  • Swing Bridge, Belize Oral History, 6min. In this "2 Cents Cam", we interview residents of Belize City to document the heritage and history of Swing Bridge.

  • SIKAFI, Belize Oral History, 4min. In this "2 Cents Cam", we interview residents of Belize City to document the heritage and history of SIKAFI.


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