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Today's Belize News: July 7, 2017 #524448
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The San Pedro Sun

Police investigating death of 13-year-old Faye Lin Cannon
San Pedro Police are currently investigating the death of an American minor believed to have been physically and sexually abused. According to official reports, police responded to a “Sudden Death” alert at a hotel approximately one and a half miles North Ambergris Caye where they discovered the body of 13-year-old Faye Lin Cannon. Present at the scene were the child’s adopted parents, two American nationals, David and Anke Doehm. During initial investigations, Faye’s parents testified that she was mentally ill and would physically hit herself against the walls during her attacks. They also claimed that the child had been inside her room for the past three weeks refusing to come out or eat anything. According to the mother, Faye had complained of difficulty breathing on Sunday, July 2nd. The body was later transported to the Karl Huesnuer Memorial Hospital in Belize City where a post mortem examination conducted indicated that the child had been physically and sexually abused and the cause of death due to compression on the chest causing internal hemorrhage. Both parents have since been detained by San Pedro Police, pending investigation and charges.

Over a hundred runners participate in Belize Fitness Cancer 5K
In an effort to further raise Cancer awareness and show solidarity with those affected by the disease, Belize Fitness held its first annual 5k ‘Cancer Run,’ on Saturday, July 1st. Over a hundred participants joined celebrity runners Nicole Amato, Tatiana Girardi and Holly Barker at the Sancas Plaza at 6AM. The designated route went all the way to the Northern Ambergris Caye Police Booth and back to the start line. For a $20 registration fee participants not only helped to spread awareness but also raised funds for the San Pedro Cancer Society. Runners were provided with a number, a dry fit shirt, breakfast, and drinks. At the end of the run, four top participants were awarded in four categories.

Central Bank of Belize to introduce new Automated Cheque Processing
On Tuesday, July 4th, the Central Bank of Belize announced their plans to launch ‘Automated Cheque Processing’, which is a new component of the Automated Payment and Securities Settlement System (APS3). Starting on Friday, July 7th, all cheques deposited countrywide will now be processed electronically, allowing for faster clearing time. As APS3 seeks to reform Belize’s national payment system, it provides the groundwork to facilitate the electronic transfer of funds domestically, for both large and small value payments, including an instant funds transfer feature. Through APS3, financial institutions are connected in a local network, which will enable banks to provide customers with services to make electronic payments quickly, safely, and securely anywhere in Belize. This project provides a wider range of payment options such as (1) Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for low-value payments (which includes bulk payments, such as payroll and accounts payable) within the same day, (2) Instant Funds Transfer (IFT) (an electronic payment that is available 24/7) within a few minutes, (3) Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) for high value payments within an hour, and now (4) automated clearing and processing of cheques by the end of the next day.

Police Report: Drug Trafficking
On Monday, July 3rd, San Pedro police conducted a search at the apartment of 31-year-old Jermain Dion Zuniga, construction worker of San Pedrito area, San Pedro Town. The search led to the discovery of three parcels of cannabis, weighing a total of 953 grams. Zuniga has since been arrested and charged with ‘Drug Trafficking’.

Panama’s Felix LT to perform at Costa Maya
The International Costa Maya Festival is a celebration of art, music, culture and entertainment. With an international pageant and fun line-up of performances, the committee is tasked with discovering performers for everyone to enjoy. One such artist gracing this year’s festival stage is Panamanian Reggaeton singer Félix LT. He will make his Belize debut on Friday, August 4th, priming festival-goers before the Undisputed Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds, takes the stage. A versatile performer, Felix’s “Romantic Style” lyrics and harmonies are based on daily life. Under the production of renowned music producer Carlos Ariza, better known as Caito, he is currently promoting his latest song entitled “No Quiero”. He has also recorded several remixes with international artists from Honduras and Belize, including a remix of the song “Húndele el Clutch” with Renato, Supa G, MC Loco, Glen King and Yoel el flow del movimiento. Be sure to swing by the festival to check out this rising star, and of course, enjoy some reggaeton fun!

Belize Telemedia Limited to debut DIGINET in San Pedro Town
Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) CEO Rochus Schreiber and his team paid a visit to La Isla Bonita on Friday, June 23rd. While on the island, they announced that San Pedro will be the first municipality to experience DIGINET, a new service which will offer superfast fiber-based internet up to 100mbps for homes and businesses. The island is expected to be fully connected to this upcoming service by August 2017.

Ambergris Today

Nemo Minister In The South Following Weekend Flooding
On Monday and Tuesday, July 3rd and 4th, 2017, Minister of National Emergency Management Hon. Edmond Castro was in the South to assess the impact of flooding over the weekend and the effectiveness of the National Emergency Management team in the Toledo District, which was affected by the floods; and in the Stann Creek District, parts of which were momentarily placed under flood warning on Sunday afternoon. The Minister stopped first in Dangriga where he met with Mayor Francis Humphreys and NEMO Southern Regional Coordinator Keith Emmanuel at the Stann Creek Emergency Command Center (EOC). They visited key locations at Sarawee and Hope Creek where the North Stann Creek River had to be monitored during the flood threat, which fortunately did not materialize over the weekend.

Belize Canoe Association To Compete In Guatemala
The Belize Canoe Association (BCA) is trying to develop the sport of kayak alongside the country's traditional canoeing. On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the BCA sent four athletes - namely Avis Guydis (female), Chris Guydis, Bayron Cruz and Brandon Lind - to Guatemala City for a kayak competition. This competition is called the Copa CentroAmericana and it is a regional event for Caribbean and Central American countries being hosted by the Guatemalan Canoe/Kayak Federation to build the sport in this region.

Could 13-Year-Old Faye’s Death Been Prevented? Community Rallies For Hope!
The death of 13-year-old Faye Lin Cannon sent shockwaves throughout the island community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. After island residents discovered that her post mortem report showed that she had been the victim of sexual and physical abuse, residents blamed themselves for not doing more for her; even save her life. Even though police have not charged Faye’s parents David and Anke Doehm for her death, investigations continue into the case that is being treated as a homicide; Cannon’s parents will remain in custody for 48 hours. After Faye’s death, alarms started ringing in residents minds. Could they have done something to prevent her death? Is the community guilty of not helping? These questions arise as residents recall various instances where human services were made aware of possible child neglect/abuse on Faye and her sisters.

Adoptive Parents Detained As Police Investigate Death Of 13-Year-Old Girl
The adoptive parents of 13-year-old Faye Lin Cannon have been detained by the San Pedro Police as they investigate the death of the American minor believed to have been physically and sexually abused. Police reports indicate that on Monday, July 3, 2017, at around 8:50a.m., they responded to a report of a “sudden death” to a hotel located 1 1/2 miles north of San Pedro Town where in a condo they saw the body of 13-year-old American student Faye Lin Cannon. Both American parents were at the condo when the police arrived to investigate.

Misc Belizean Sources


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

World Environment Day is a day that is celebrated worldwide, including Belize, in recognition of the value and benefits the environment provides to us and other living organisms. This year (2017) the Department of the Environment (DOE), organized an online photo challenge under the theme “Connecting People to Nature” in commemoration of this day. The theme appeals to us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share. The photo competition asked members of the general public to submit original photos that captured their favourite spot in nature in Belize or how they connected with nature; in addition, they had to briefly share on social media their story about that photo using the hashtag #BelizeWithNature.

BELTRAIDE Launches new volume of INVESTBelize Magazine
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), through its technical unit, BelizeINVEST, officially launched its fifth Volume of the INVESTBelize Magazine today, Thursday, July 6th. The launch is the unfolding of yet another precious chapter showcasing Belize as an Investment destination! Since its inception in 2012, the magazine is widely known for its effective promotional platform showcasing business success stories and investment opportunities in Belize. This year’s theme, ‘Belize, Your Competitive Hub for Investments’ provides investors, capital suppliers, opportunity seekers, and business professionals from around the world, with engaging articles, success stories, current business statistics, and upcoming projects and services in Belize.

Belize Delegation Attends 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM
St. George’s, Grenada. July 6, 2017. Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington attended the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in St George’s, Grenada on July 4th to 6th, 2017. CARICOM Heads of Government reiterated their support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize. They urged the development of a protocol for the Sarstoon and expressed hope that the referendum would be held as soon as possible to allow for the Guatemalan claim to be referred to the International Court of Justice.

Digital Border Crossing Card
The Department of Immigration implemented the use of the Digital Border Crossing Card on 1st July 2017 following months of consultation with and notification to the Corozal Free Zone (CFZ) Management, as well as the major established businesses in the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) area. In a meeting held with the CEO of the CFZ in January 2017, the use of the border crossing card was welcomed as a means to facilitate the movement of persons employed in and those visiting the Free Zone, as well as for Belizeans who wished to use the card to pass the Immigration Controlled point. In April of 2017, the major business establishments in the EPZ and CFZ were notified of the availability and use of the card and were provided with the necessary applications to supply their employees, enabling them to obtain the card before the implementation date. Provisions were made for the issuance of special cards to foreigners who were holders of Temporary Employment Permits and Permanent Residents who were employed in the Zone. To date, some 2000 cards have been approved and issued.

Emergency Family Plan
Here's a useful guide from NEMO to assist you in creating an emergency family plan for the hurricane season. You can find a guide from NEMO at

The National Celebrations Commission is pleased to announce the winner and theme for the upcoming September Celebrations. After careful deliberation by the Commission, the submission made by Ms. Janine Sosa was selected. The theme focusses on our unified Belizean people, cultures, and country. This year’s theme calls on us to recognize the often difficult decisions that must be made to ensure our nation’s progress. It acknowledges the moment in which we take pleasure in the victories of our past and present, and uses these accomplishments to strengthen our advancement into the future. Over 250 entries were submitted for this year’s Theme Competition. A panel appointed by the National Celebrations Commission then narrowed the field to the top 58 entries. Each entry was scored and Ms. Sosa’s entry attained the highest score, claiming the grand prize of this year’s National Celebration Theme Contest 2017. The theme for this year’s Celebrations will be: "Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!"

Western Dairies 50th anniversary
You are invited to our celebration country wide from the 7 to 11 of August 2017

Belize Fishing Report, June 26th - July 2nd, 2017
Stronger winds are continuing this week, but the bonefishing has remained fabulous. Some of our anglers have been boating over thirty a day. We are having overnight rains with some pop-up showers but not enough to affect any fishing. If you are an avid bone fisherman, it is a perfect time to be here.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
The Circle, Ghost Shell, Power Rangers, BUster's Mal Heart.

Channel 7

US Parents Detained For 13 Year Old Daughter Found Dead in San Pedro, Police Say Abuse
Tonight there is a very ugly and tragic story coming out of San Pedro. This 13 year old, Faye Lin Cannon is dead, and she appears to have died as a result of extreme physical and sexual abuse. The parents called police to their condominium unit on northern Ambergris Caye on Monday morning, saying the teenager was unresponsive. Her mother Anke Doehm told police that Faye woke up at 7:00 am, asked for water and went back to bed. 15 minutes later, her father, David Doehm found the child unresponsive. They called the police and a doctor confirmed that she was dead. But this was no ordinary death that the young girl endured. Her body was seen with multiple bruises to the arms and legs, plus she had a swelling on the right side of her head with a cut wound on top of the swollen area.

Boots Says Senators Need To Show Respect
Yesterday we showed you the fiery exchanges in the Senate hearings. It was the first time that UDP Ministers Anthony Boots Martinez and Edmond Castro testified and they surely made quite an impression - launching sharp and cutting remarks at the Senators. Well, Anthony Boots Martinez doesn't think he was rude at all; he says he might have gotten a bit too riled up, but it's not anything out of norm when it comes to him. This evening in an interview Martinez explained as much and added that really, it's the Senators who should check their behavior. Hon. Anthony "Boots" Martinez: "In my humble opinion I referred to what was before me in committee. I referred to what was in the senate report. I referred to what was the terms of reference of the committee. I need not to respond to anything outside of the committee."

Hon. Martinez Says Restraint Is Difficult
We also asked Martinez what he thought of his colleague Edmond Castro's testimony. Martinez didn't answer directly because he says he didn't hear it, but he took the opportunity to call out PUP Senator Michel Chebat on his line of questioning. While Castro didn't think twice before attacking Senator Mark Lizarraga- Martinez says he had to hold himself back from insulting Chebat. Courtney Weatherburne: "In terms of Castro testimony he called out Senator Mark Lizarraga on a personal issue regarding his maid. Did you think that was appropriate to bring up in that case? Did you hear that part where Castro actually called out Lizarraga on that?"

Panton Says Minister Colleagues Need To Be Mindful of their Role
We also asked Minister of State Tracey Taegar Panton about what she thought of her colleagues' behavior in the senate hearings. Panton says she didn't see their testimonies but reminded them of their role as government representatives. Hon. Tracey Taegar Panton, Minister of State, Investment Trade & Commerce: "I didn't see the senate inquiry yesterday, for me Wednesday is my constituency day so I am very busy doing work for the residents of the area. I have seen comments on Facebook but not that I can speak to directly. I will say that as leaders, as parliamentarians, as government representatives, we are all expected to carry ourselves with a certain decorum, we are expected to facilitate questions and answers as is necessary and I hope that my colleagues did that, I don't know in the manner in which they did becasue I didn't see the presentation first hand but I would say we do have a responsibility to carry ourselves with a certain decorum."

New Border Cards No Big Deal Says Immigration Dept.
There was an uproar at the northern border on Saturday when the Immigration Department implemented a new twenty dollar digital border crossing card for Free Zone workers and regular visitors. The workers say they already earn very little and can't afford it, and claim that the new measure was thrown on them without sufficient notice. Well, the Immigration Department put out a release today saying that it implemented the card on Saturday after months of consultation with the Corozal Free Zone Management, as well as the major businesses in the Zone.

Mark Pollard Still Missing
Tonight, Belize City resident, Mark Pollard is still missing and his family is growing increasingly worried. The 49 year old went for a morning run on Monday - and hasn't been seen since. This morning his family did a search around the Haulover bridge where his run was expected to finish - but they found nothing. The Coast Guard is also searching and they have found nothing. If you have any information about Pollard you can contact the family at 620 8107 or 6012014.

Crazy Home Invasion In Roaring Creek
Yesterday, Guatemalan chef, Axel Ibarra, was taken to the hospital after being brutally beaten in his Roaring Creek home. Ibarra told police that at 4:30 that morning, he was in his bedroom when two men known to him as Jose Juarez and Richard Trapp, broke in and began to punch and chop him. Ibarra eventually fell to the ground and Trapp stamped him in the face several times. The men searched his pockets and took $400 before leaving. Both men are from St. Matthews Village, and police have detained them for questioning.

Record Volume Of Sugar Produced
The sugar crop - which started in December finished last week - and ASR/BSI reports that it produced a record amount of sugar. That's a total of 144,086 metric tonnes, eleven thousand more than last year, and two thousand more than the previous record set in 2015. And they accomplished this feat despite grinding about 23,000 fewer tonnes than last year. The increase in sugar production from less cane is owed to good cane quality, and improved factory performance, not to mention good weather for most of the crop.

In Depth: The Sarstoon Exploration
Yesterday our news team joined an expedition to the upper Sarstoon to see if they could find any oil traces in the river which forms Belize's southern boundary. That's after an oil tanker toppled over on the Guatemalan side on July first, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the Rio Chacon, a tributary of the Sarstoon. We showed you a small part of that story last night, and tonight, Alex Courtenay has the full report: For years the Sarstoon River has been a hotbed for political and military tension. And at the beginning of the month, the southern border between Belize and Guatemala came under threat from a potential environmental disaster. On July 1st, an oil tanker crashed as it was travelling on the Pan American Highway. The tanker tipped over, spilling about 4000 gallons of crude oil into the Rio Chacon below. The Rio Chacon feeds directly into the Sarstoon, and then into the Caribbean Sea, which means that if left unchecked, an oil spill could jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Belizeans.

Will UDP Hold Door Open For Darrell
Turning now to politics, what is the status of the mayor of Belize eCity, Darrell Bradley? Weill he run for office again? Seems like that's a question we ask ourselves every three years because the mayor flip - flops frequently. Yesterday we asked the deputy party leader if the party will keep the door open for him and for how long:... Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister: "As far as I know its only Dion Leslie who has put in his application so far and I heard rumors that Councilor Willoughby will also put it in, but I don't know that he has put it in. I am not able to confirm that he has."

Justice Barrow Assumes Post On CCJ Bench
Today prominent Belizean attorney and brother of the Prime Minister, Denys Barrow, officially assumed his seat as a Justice of the Caribbean Court of Justice. Barrow, who has practiced law for over 4 decades, was selected over candidates from throughout North American and East Europe. Aside from his practice in Belize, Barrow has served on multiple international benches, including a short stint on the Belize Court of Appeal. He is one of 7 judges on the CCJ bench.

The Many Mysteries of "Ephre"
Yesterday, the Sports Council threw a major press conference to welcome international "futsal" player Paco Sedano. If you didn't know his name that's because "futsal" isn't popular in Belize, but in Europe its huge and that's where Sedano plays for the legendary Barcelona FC. So, he's a big name, but he was only here as a spokesperson for a project that's much bigger than sports? How big? That's what Jules Vasquez tried to find out:...

Castro and The Ukranian Recommendation
UDP Ministers Edmond Castro and Anthony "Boots" Martinez appeared before the Senate Select Committee yesterday and we're all still trying to put it in context today. You saw some of that at the top of the newscast, but now we got back to yesterday's testimony for some more of the heated and haughty exchanges. We've already showed you how Castro chose to attack the credibility of PUP Senator Michel Chebat and Business Senator Mark Lizarraga. He also dismissed the list from Former Immigration Director Maria Marin, which flagged the frequency of visa recommendations from ministers, as "garbage" and "hearsay". The Committee even retrieved copies of recommendation letters for visa applicants which had his ministerial office's letterhead and his signature, and he refused to acknowledge them as his. He said that these were "forged" and even though they "looked like his", he wasn't "sure" that they were.

Hon. Boots, Mr. "Yessir"
Minister Anthony "Boots" Martinez also had to answer for one visa recommendation he sent. It's for a Chinese applicant, Wen Zan Yu, who applied to visit Belize in 2013. The Auditor General does not complain specifically about Wen Zan Yu, but she did not think that the person who sponsored Yu should have been allowed to do so. That person is Zian Li, and at the time he was only a permanent resident, and so, the Auditor General does not believe that he should been allowed to host Wen Zan Yu. Yesterday, Martinez was asked about it and he acknowledged that he made a recommendation letter, but he said that he did it on behalf of the sponsor, who he knows, not the applicant.

A New Magazine For Investors
BELTRAIDE today launched the fifth volume of its INVESTBelize Magazine. It's a publication designed to attract investors and showcase opportunities in Belize. This year the theme is: 'Belize, Your Competitive Hub for Investments', and we found out that it's about demonstrating how innovative business models can work in Belize: Lejia Melanie Gideon, GM, Enterprise and Innovation, BELTRAIDE: "The theme for the 5th Volume for the Invest Belize Magazine is Belize your innovative hub for investment. We decided that this was the most appropriate theme because the companies that we are seeing more and more setting up shop in Belize is using a lot of creativity in how they design their businesses and how more important how they deliver their product and services so again it was just showcasing all of the innovative companies we have in the country so far."

Scotiabank and Its Students
Yesterday, Scotiabank had its 11th Anniversary of Educational Grant Celebration where it handed out 60 educational grants - with no less of a special guest than the Minister of Education. Scotia's Country Manager explained:

We Say Downsizing, Scotibank's Shaw Says Right-Sizing
And while we had Shaw, we got a chance to ask him about what we understood to be downsizing at Scotiabank - where over a dozen senior staffers have moved on. We heard that it was as many as 18, and he agreed that many had moved on - but didn't want to characterize it as a downsizing:... Michael Shaw, Managing Director - Scotiabank Belize: "Let us set the record straight, it is neither 17 nor 18. The truth is that only to date, only 8 of those persons displaced and they still have an opportunity to find an employment with us because they haven't truly left our system yet, so as soon as opportunities comes up they have first preference in applying for those jobs so we have not lost 17 or 18 persons. Part of this exercise..."

Vidal Getting Vital Info From Community
Moving now to police matters, yesterday we showed you Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal;'s entrance tot he Southside with his first meet and greet session. He held that in the area of North and South Creek, which had seen a string of shots fired days earlier. He discussed his approach to the community:...

Capital Cops Brought Down Crime
MOVING NOW TO BELMOPAN POLICE, according to OC Howell Gillett between January to June 2017 major crimes in their jurisdiction dropped by 35 percent and he says it is as a result of community support. Gillett gives us the breakdown. OC Gillett says they will continue to work on their community policing efforts.

Senate Debates Tax On Land Transactions For Foreigners
And finally, tonight to today's Senate Meeting. There was robust debate to the changes in the taxes on land transactions by foreigners. Here's the back and forth on that divisive issue:

Rare Praise For PM From Business Senator
And while the Senators disagree on the effect that this amendment may have on the real estate sector, they were a lot more bipartisan when the Economic Development Council Bill was tabled in the Upper House today. This is an advisory body that has been embraced for years by Prime Minister Dean Barrow to discuss ways to strengthen the economy from the private sectors' perspective. This law intends to ensure that the EDC will have institutional longevity. So today, Business Senator Mark Lizarraga, who is usually opposed to the Government, congratulated the Barrow Administration on the decision to enshrine it: Hon. Mark Lizarraga, Business Senator: "Today the business community is pleased that after many years we have finally gotten a piece of legislation, although not perfect. Don't get too happy."

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American Parents Detained for Daughter’s Death in San Pedro
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Did Ministers Act with “Decorum” on Wednesday?
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‘Boots’ Sticks to Guns
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Tracy Panton Says Inquiry is About Recommendations, Not Grandstanding
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News Five Investigates Sarstoon River “Oil Spill”
On Wednesday, OCEANA and the Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage organized a media tour to Cadenas, and an additional trek to Gracias A Dios in southern Belize. This [...]

DOE Says Tar Was Spilled; National Plan Still in the Works
As you heard in that story, the local press didn’t observe anything that looked like crude oil in Belize’s water ways. But Guatemalans living in the area claimed that the [...]

Less Fishers But More Gill Nets in Sarstoon
Over the years, we’ve reported on the illegal fishing taking place in southern Belize. Hundreds of Guatemalans are fishing illegally in Belizean waters and it is an issue that Wil [...]

Is Gracias a Dios Border Marker Neglected? That’s What the BTV Believes.
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Business Development Focus at Senate
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Fixing Issues with Land Transfer Payments
Two of the Bills garnering wide debate were the Stamp Duties Amendment Bill and Economic Development Council Bill. The former deals with stamp duties chargeable on transfers of land, particularly [...]

B.C.C.I., B.T.I.A. to Dictate Composition of Economic Development Council
There was near-unanimous support for the establishment of the Economic Development Council, which advises the Prime Minister and the Government on economic and business issues. The Bill calls for ten [...]

BECOL Gets New Headquarters
There was a groundbreaking ceremony today in Cayo for a headquarters for the Belize Electric Company Limited, BECOL, whose parent company is Fortis. Fortis is the previous owner of Belize [...]

Edmond Castro Dismisses ‘Minister’s List’
Earlier in this newscast, you heard from one of the two witnesses at Wednesday’s Senate hearings, Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez, attempting to justify his behaviour. And while raising strong objection [...]

Castro Stung by Questions on Court Case
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Castro Caught over P.M. Admonition
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INVEST Belize Talks Technology
The fifth edition of Invest Belize was launched today at the Radisson by BELTRAIDE of the Ministry of Trade and Investment. This volume focuses on how technological advancements can expedite [...]

CARICOM Heads of Government Support Belize against Guatemala
The thirty-eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) concluded today in Saint George’s, Grenada.  The conference discussed the Single Market and Economy [...]

The Plan to Decrease Gender-Based Violence
The National Women’s Commission, the Secretariat of the National Gender-Based Violence Committee, today launched the Plan of Action 2017-2010 as the country’s national response to Gender Base Violence. This 2017-2020 [...]

Who Will Be Miss Carnival 2017?
Carnival season 2017 is in full swing and mas bands across the city are meticulously preparing for the upcoming road march.  Getting there, for most associations, means participating in all [...]

Healthy Living: Stay Fit, Stay Dry
If you’re preference for fitting in daily exercise is a nice outdoor jog or walk in the mornings or evenings; then surely the onset of the rainy season is not [...]


GAF Trails Media at the Sarstoon
A trip led by The Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage to the Sarstoon yesterday went uneventful surrounding the common practice of hostility by members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces. There was one Guatemalan military vessel that showed up but the boat captain, Wil Maheia who also heads the Belize Territorial Volunteers was not […]

Guatemalan Trespassers Caught in the Chiquibul Forest
Two Guatemalan men were captured early yesterday morning in the Chiquibul Forest. Forty year old Victor Aldana Lopez and twenty seven year old Antonio Ramirez were detained by FCD park rangers who believe the men are macaw poachers-guaqueros. There was a third man, believe to be the leader of the group, who was able to […]

Justice Lucas Quashes Al Jones’ Conviction
An inferior court appeal by 27 year old Al Jones, succeeded today when Justice Adolph Lucas ruled that they were discrepancies in the testimonies of prosecution witnesses and he quashed the conviction, set aside the sentence and acquitted Jones. On March 15, 2016, Jones was convicted of possession of a point thirty eight revolver and […]

A 3-Year Plan to Fight Gender Based Violence
An 83-page document was officially presented to stakeholders and the media this afternoon that seeks to combat gender based violence. The 3-year action plan will see several agencies engaged in the effort with a look at areas including health and education. Speaking to Love News on this document and its contents and objectives was the […]

Senate Convenes Over Amendments to House Bills
Today the Senate convened to discuss the amendments to eight bills including the Customs and Excise Duties, the International Business Companies, Stamp Duties, Economic development Council, Money Laundering and Terrorism, Belize Building and National Cultural Heritage Preservation bills. Also included was the General sales tax amendment number two bill 2017, which was given its second […]

September Celebrations Coming
The theme for the upcoming September Celebrations has been decided on after the committee received multiple submissions. This morning via a release from the National September Celebrations Commission, it was noted that the 2017 theme is, “Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!” Among the more than two hundred and fifty suggestions received over the […]

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What was perceived as somewhat of a reprieve at the fuel pumps on July 1, 2017, when the prices for Regular Fuel and Diesel were decreased, was short-lived as on Tuesday night there was a stark increase in fuel. The Belize Bureau of Standards noted that while Regular Fuel remains at ten dollars per gallon […]

BECOL: From the Mollejon to Santa Elena
The Belize Electric Company Limited, BECOL, a company owned by Fortis Inc., today broke ground for the construction of a headquarters building in the Cayo District. The location is at Mile 69 on the George Price Highway. BECOL, which lost its majority ownership of the Belize Electricity Limited when government nationalized the company in June […]

Fortis Hopes for Solar Installation with Cooperation From BEL
Since the nationalization of the Belize Electricity Limited, in which Fortis maintained 33 percent shares in the company, BECOL CEO Lynn Young says they have maintained a good working relationship with the government. LYNN YOUNG “So when we looked at it we said you know what we are part of the San Ignacio/Benque community, we […]

INVESTBelize Launches Its 5th Publication
The fifth volume of the INVESTBelize Magazine was launched today in Belize City by the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, BELTRAIDE. This year’s, ‘Belize, Your Competitive Hub for Investments’ was chosen as this year’s theme. General Manager Melanie Gideon, explained. MELANIE GIDEON “We decided that this was the most appropriate theme because the companies that we […]

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Adoptive parents detained in death of 13 year old
On Monday, July 3 around 8:50 am, San Pedro police visited a hotel on a report of a sudden death incident. Police saw the body of 13 year old Faye Lin Cannon. At the time, Cannon’s adoptive parents were present at the hotel. The two American nationals reported that around 7 am, Cannon woke up and asked for water and then went back to bed.

2 Belmopan high school graduates turned young entrepreneurs
Two 2017 High School graduates from Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic High School in Belmopan have created their own delivery business. Kirk Williams and Daunte Noralez created a delivery business named Royal Express.

Immigration Department launches digital border crossing card
The Department of Immigration implemented the use of the Digital Border Crossing Card on July 1st, 2017 following months of consultation with and notification to the Corozal Free Zone (CFZ) Management, as well as the major established businesses in the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) area.

2017 Fisher of the Year
Like most fishermen his age, 45-year-old Leobihildo Silvino Tamai, who lives in the northern coastal village of Sarteneja, Corozal, has been fishing since he was a teenager. So what makes this dedicated husband, father, grandfather and well-loved resident stand out, so much so, that he was selected Fisher of the Year 2017?

Silver SUV stolen from businesswoman
Teresita Leslie, 55, a businesswoman of George Price Highway reported to police that between the hours of 6:00 p.m. on Monday July 4 and 7:45 a.m. yesterday, someone stole her silver colored 4-door, 2011 Ford Explorer SUV bearing license plate BCC 57877 while parked on the street side in front of her residence.

Guatemalan chef robbed at home in Roaring Creek
Yesterday, police visited the Western Regional Hospital where Axel Ibarra, 32, Guatemalan Chef reported that sometime around 4:30 a.m., he was inside his room in Roaring Creek village when two men entered and started to punch him to his face and then inflicted several chop wounds to his head.

Santander donates new truck to Belmopan Police
Yesterday, Santander donated a brand new vehicle to the Belmopan Police Formation. Officer Commanding Belmopan Police, Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett received the donation and explained that it will be used to patrol the Western corridor from Franks Eddy Village to Blackman and all the villages in between.

Disguised John Mcafee claims recent visit to Orange Walk
John Mcafee, the millionaire American anti-virus pioneer who moved to Belize and later snuck out of the country under bizarre circumstances in 2012 following the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faull while local police sought him for questioning in relation to the incident, in a post on his page yesterday claims he was in Orange Walk recently.

BPP calls for re registration
The Belize Progressive Party issued a release today stating that it frowns upon the repugnant testimonies given by the elected Ministers of Government during yesterday’s Senate Committee Hearing, concerning the Immigration scandal.

September Celebrations 2017 Theme announced
The National Celebrations Commission today announced the winner and theme for the upcoming September Celebrations. After careful deliberation by the Commission, the submission made by Janine Sosa was selected. Sosa’s theme submission was, ““Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!” The theme focuses on our unified Belizean people, cultures and country.

Erwin Santos finally captured
Erwin Santos was wanted by police for questioning in connection with two murders. Santos is the main suspect in the murder of Markie Mendez and another murder. Yesterday morning, Belmopan police apprehended Santos in Teakettle after a manhunt.

Senator Smith speaks on Minister’s conduct
Following the blatantly disrespectful conduct of Ministers Edmond Castro and Anthony Martinez at the Senate Inquiry this week, Pro-Ten Chair of the Senate Special Select Committee, Elena Smith, condemned their behavior by saying that it was unjustified.


Heavenly Girl’s Getaway at Victoria House Resort
A heavenly girl’s getaway at Victoria House Resort was just what the doctor ordered for my friend Sandie and I. We both really needed the spirit of tranquility and peace that is the heart of this luxury island resort. As we were driving to our destination (which was down the street from Sandie’s house) she said “Let’s pretend we are really on vacation and are tourists.” It was not hard to do, as Victoria House instantly gave us a decadent taste of what the Caribbean was made for – island style relaxation, pampering and rejuvenation. Check in included a delicious welcome ginger refresher drink. Soon we had sand between our toes and breeze in our hair along with gorgeous blue skies, swaying palms and the Caribbean sea on the walk to our suite.

10 things I love about Chabil Mar Villas
Chabil Mar Villas in the Placencia Peninsula (southern Belize/Stann Creek District) turned out to be a lovely place to vacation, or staycation if you are Belizean like me! This summer has taken us to so many amazing places in Belize and I’m just loving our country even more now! I’ve been having so much fun sharing my summer with you on social media and decided it was time for a little blog action.

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Belize: Attempts to Undermine the Alcalde System
In early 2016, Alcaldes in the Maya village of Santa Cruz arrested an outsider who, in violation of the village’s customary laws, built his house and began farming on a sacred site, causing irreparable damage to the Maya temple of Uxbenka. Leading up to this arrest, the Alcaldes, traditional leaders of indigenous Maya communities, had issued advice, warnings, and orders to the outsider. But the Alcaldes were slapped with criminal charges by the Punta Gorda police for their actions and were publicly denounced by the Belize government simply for exercising their rights. Throughout the extended trial process, the Belize government presented no evidence against the Alcaldes. Ultimately, all charges were dropped and proceedings are now taking place against the government, citing the grievous harms inflicted on the Alcaldes and Uxbenka. But the case reflects a pattern of using the criminal justice system to intimidate Alcaldes, weaken the indigenous system of governance, and subjugate the Maya people. The Alcalde system is based on the customary law of Maya villages in the Toledo district of southern Belize, which predates British and Spanish colonizers. Although the system continues to thrive today, attempts to delegitimize Alcaldes, diminish customary law, and consequently sow division in Maya villages are rooted in the colonial history of Belize. As the colonizers’ policy stated, “the Maya were to be settled” and the Alcaldes were a threat.

My Depressing Summers in Belize
Still, I love all of it. One of the big rewards is the wonders you stumble into by just spending so much time in nature, the kind of things you see in BBC documentaries narrated by David Attenborough. Last summer I woke up in the middle of the night, looked over the dock and saw a dozen spotted eagle rays slowly circling beneath me. It looked like a mobile you’d hang over a baby’s crib. We’ve also come across mating leatherback turtles (awesome, but not so sexy), orcas and manta rays in the Galápagos Islands, a huge tiger shark in Moorea and fields of tiny eels peeking out of their holes on the sandy seafloor in Palau. By the time I graduated from high school, most of that coral splendor was gone. A disease linked to ocean warming wiped out about 99 percent of elkhorn coral colonies across the entire Caribbean — literally hundreds of millions of corals disappeared in a matter of months. This species and closely related staghorn corals had dominated Caribbean coral reefs for at least 5,000 years. Things aren’t getting any better. A few days ago, a colleague, Bill Precht, a coral reef scientist with an environmental consulting firm, sent me a note describing what he saw on a recent dive at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It’s typical of my summer correspondence from fellow scientists. Depressing. “This reef is a coral graveyard,” he wrote. “Lots of recently dead colonies now covered with a thin veil or sediment and turf algae.”

Belize, Cyprus, and Philippines Open 60-Meter Bands
In Belize, the secondary allocation of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz has become available with a maximum EIRP of 25 W. The Cyprus telecoms regulator, the Department of Electronic Communications, on June 30 issued a gazette notice updating the national frequency table to include the new WRC-15 secondary allocation of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz with a maximum EIRP of 15 W, as well as the secondary MW allocation of 472 to 479 kHz, with a maximum EIRP of 1 W.

Bangladeshi man found murdered in Belize
A Bangladeshi businessman has been found dead inside his rented flat in Belize City, the capital of Belize. Police say Abdus Salam, 29, was strangled to death on Saturday and that they are looking for a man who was seen getting out of the flat after the murder, reports News5. The motive behind the first recorded murder of a Bangladeshi national in Belize is unclear. Central American country Belize, bordering the Caribbean Sea, sits between Guatemala and Mexico. Salam operated a small business in Belize City and shared the flat on Orange Street with several others.

Ibraheim Campbell dives off cliff in Belize
The time off between the end of mini-camp and the start of training camp is a chance to relax for most NFL players. Some are able to do that from the comforts of their own homes. Others need to travel the globe. In the case of Cleveland Browns safety Ibraheim Campbell, he went to Placencia, Belize.


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  • A Tourist's Guide to Belize City, Belize, 13min. From the Dominican Republic, I fly to Belize City, the often overlooked capital of Belize. I stay at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and then have a wander around the central core of the city, enjoying the laid back Caribbean feel. The next morning, I take a tour of other parts of the city with a guide, including the cathedrals and Belize Museum.

  • SWIMMING WITH A MANATEE: Belize: Week three: CC, 12min. Caye Caulker lobster fest and snorkelling.

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  • The Dive Bar in Ambergris Caye, Belize, 3min. I had a chance to visit The Dive Bar in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, and boy, what a treat! This dive shop and bar is located just a quarter mile from the Boca del Rio bridge, and there are tons of things to do here! Grab some breakfast, then go diving, fishing, or snorkeling! Come back and enjoy a nice lobster meal, or take a kayak/paddleboard out! Swing over the water, rent some jet skis, play cornhole... The list goes on and on!

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