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The San Pedro Sun

Doehms charged and re-arrested as San Pedro Police continue investigating murder of Faye Lin Cannon
American couple David and Ankhe Doehm remain in police custody as the prime suspects for the murder of their adoptive 13-year-old daughter Faye Lin Cannon. The duo had their first hearing at the San Pedro Magistrate Court on Monday, July 10th, where they were on trial for a separate matter-drug possession. Ankhe denied the accusations and was released, but almost immediately re-arrested. David declared himself guilty for the offence and was offered bail, but after he could not meet this, he was re-arrested as well. The couple will remain in police custody for another 48 hours as police continue investigating. It was also revealed that there are intentions to interrogate Faye’s siblings, as they might be able to contribute vital information towards solving the case, which is still being treated as a homicide. “We don’t want to exhaust the children at the moment with the investigation, but at some point they will be interviewed by a specialist in order to try to get more evidence,” he said. Jemmott denied multiple reports about the alleged abuses the children were exposed to while with the Doehms. “We have one report that was made to the Human Development Department in 2014, but after that there were no other reports.”

Team Hard Knox wins Grand Caribe’s first Deep Sea Fishing Tournament
For the first time ever, in collaboration with the Belize Game Fish Association (BGFA), Gran Caribe Resort hosted the first International Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament from July 7th to the 9th. A total of 25 teams registered for a three-day fishing extravaganza, competing for $44,000 in cash and prizes. The tournament was a grand success, and after three days of arduous efforts out at sea, Team Hard Knox from Belize City captured the grand prize. Second place went to Team Jolly Mon, while Team Ambergris Divers Fish Tails took home the third place. The other two teams in the top five included Team Reel Challenge in fourth place and Team Mad Storme in fifth.

The Government of Belize reaches an important cornerstone in Border Management
The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that an important upgrade to Belize’s Border management system is complete. Particularly, this initiative strengthened the capacity of Belize’s Department of Immigration and Nationality Services (DINS) and its staff to manage the border more efficiently through an upgrade of the recently installed PIRS/MIDAS computerized border information management system.

Residents hold peaceful demonstration for Faye Lin Cannon; parents charged for drug possession
A peaceful demonstration was held in San Pedro Town on Saturday, July 8th following the murder of 13-year-old Faye Lin Cannon. Hundreds of residents convened at the Central Park, calling for justice and demanding local authorities to take immediate action against the culprits. Faye’s adoptive parents David and Anke Doehm, have been in police custody since Thursday, July 7th pending charges. On Monday, July 10th, they were charged for drug possession, and will remain in police custody for another 48 hours as investigations continue into the murder case.

Shooting victim identified as Julian Tun by San Pedro Police
San Pedro Police were initially seeking two persons of interest at the start of investigation. However, on Monday, July 10th, Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Superintendent Henry Jemmott told The San Pedro Sun that they have since detained nine persons for questioning in connection to the murder. As of press time, no official charges have been laid against these persons. Tun was no stranger to police, as on June 20, 2016 he was arrested and charged with 4 counts of attempted murder, 2 counts of dangerous harm, 4 counts of use of deadly means of harm, 2 counts of wounding, 1 count of possession of an unlicensed firearm, and possession of unlicensed ammunition. Tun was the main suspect in the attempted murder of Police Corporal Alrick Arnold during a gang shootout in front of the Queen Street Police Station in Belize City. While previous news reports indicated that Tun had been remanded to the Belize Central Prison following his arraignment, the exact date of his release is not yet known.

Ambergris Today

David And Anke Doehm Remain Detained After Appearing In Court Today
Today, David Doehm was charged with the possession of a small amount of class C controlled drugs, namely diazapam (Valium) - .187 grams. He and wife Anke appeared in San Pedro Magistrate’s Court, on July 10, 2017, where he pleaded guilty to his charge. Anke on the other hand pleaded not guilty, stating that the drugs were not hers. David was fined $108.00, but could not pay his fine and remained detained. On the other hand, Anke walked free after being found not guilty of the drug charges. Upon stepping out of the San Pedro Police Station, she was detained once again pending investigations on the Faye Lin Cannon murder case. Once David is able to pay his court fines he will also be released and re-detained. The couple has not yet been charged for murder and will remain in custody for another 48 hours as investigations continue.

Human Services’ Statement On Faye Lin Cannon Case - Siblings Receive Protective Care
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation joins the nation of Belize in grieving the death of 13-year-old, Faye Lin Cannon of San Pedro Town. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is collaborating with the San Pedro Police Department in its criminal investigation. Following the detention of the mother and stepfather by the Police Department, on July 6th, 2017, the three surviving siblings were taken into protective care. DHS is also currently conducting its child abuse investigation and has referred the children for therapeutic counseling to assist them through this traumatic experience.

Exciting New Deep Sea Fishing Tournament Hosted By Grand Caribe
With top cash prizes and the allure of major bragging rights, anglers (and residents) were excited as Grand Caribe hosted its first annual Deep Sea Fishing Tournament this past weekend from Thursday, July 6 to Sunday, July 9, 2017 in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. This tournament offered a total of $44,000 Belize dollars in cash prizes with 1st place receiving $15,000, 2nd place receiving $10,000, 3rd place receiving $7,000, 4th place receiving $4,000 and 5th place receiving $1,500. A series of prizes were also offered for the heaviest fish by type and the top angler overall, top female and top junior.

Top PSE Students Of San Pedro And Caye Caulker Awarded
On Friday, July 7, 2017, The Minster of Tourism and Area Representative of Belize Rural South, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., took the opportunity to congratulate and award the top PSE performers for both San Pedro and Caye Caulker. “Education is important and I’m glad that over the years we have helped many students by giving them some kind of contribution towards their studies,” stated Hon. Manuel Heredia. “Weather students are studying on the island or from the island studying anywhere in the country, assistance is given to them.” Congratulations to Kiona Sanker from San Pedro R.C. School, Colin Grief from Island Academy and Dylan Pacheco from Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School!

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Southern Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch Meeting Wednesday JULY 12, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Lone Star Grill and Cantina.

BELIZE DEFENCE FORCE CONDUCTS FIRST RESCUE MISSION USING UH1H HELICOPTER
The Ministry of Defence wishes to inform the public that the Belize Defence Force Air Wing (BDF AW) carried out its first Rescue Mission using the UH1H, on July 8th, 2017. The mission was carried out in the village of San Benito Poite in the Toledo District, where three children, ages 10, 14 and 16 years old, were rescued. The three children went on a fishing expedition and were stranded on the far bank of the Poite River that had crested above normal due to a flash flood. As a result, the Hammock Bridge was damaged making it unusable and the main bridge was submerged making it impassable.

CALLA CREEK ROAD REPAIRED – JALACTE HIGHWAY CLEARED
The access road to the village of Calla Creek, via Bullet Tree Village, has been repaired after being significantly damaged by recent rains and flooding in the western part of the country. The road was rendered impassable early Friday morning, July 7, 2017, when a portion of it, where a few culverts are located, was completely washed away by flooding. On Saturday, Minister of NEMO Honourable Edmond Castro visited the area, and through public-private sector collaboration between NEMO, Cayo West Area Representative Hon Erwin Contreras and Cayo businessman Sergio Chuc, the road was repaired and made passable once again. The Minister of National Emergency Management and NEMO advise that this is only a temporary fix, and that a more permanent solution will be engineered and executed by the Ministry of Works.

PACT-UB Scholarship Program 2017
The University of Belize (UB) and the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to implement a scholarship program designed to enhance the National Protected Areas System towards the achievement of Belize’s sustainable development goals. The agreement was recently signed by Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, Ph.D, President of the University of Belize and by Percival Cho, Ph.D, Board Chairperson of PACT for the period 15th June, 2017 through 31st August, 2019. For more information, contact Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Jean Perriott at jperriott@ub.edu.bz.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Chevening Scholarships
Applications for the Chevening Scholarship open on August 7th!

Press Release re: Faye Lin Cannon
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation joins the nation of Belize in grieving the death of 13-year-old, Faye Lin Cannon of San Pedro Town. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is collaborating with the San Pedro Police Department in its criminal investigation. Following the detention of the mother and stepfather by the Police Department, on July 6th, 2017, the three surviving siblings were taken into protective care. DHS is also currently conducting its child abuse investigation and has referred the children for therapeutic counselling to assist them through this traumatic experience. While DHS is unable to discuss the details of cases due to our mandate of confidentiality, there have been a number of disclosures about the Department’s previous involvement with the family in the media. Departmental records show that in 2014, there was a report of improper supervision and inadequate parenting whereby the Cannon children were being exposed to the elements. A joint investigation was conducted along with the Police Department, where the parents, children and school officials were interviewed.

Armenia Village now has a police station
Courtesy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

BELIZE COALITION TO SAVE OUR NATURAL HERITAGE CONCLUDES JOURNALISM COURSE, “SAFEGUARDING THE FUTURE: THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC CONNECTION IN BELIZE.”
Course participants recognized for their capstone projects and first place winner announced. On Saturday, July 7th, 2017, the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage concluded the journalism course “Safeguarding the future: the environmental and economic connection in Belize” with a course completion dinner and award ceremony at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. The Coalition partnered with the Department of the Environment, University of Belize, and the U.S. Embassy to bring about the free, 12 month course which included class and field work focused on topics and issues at the heart of Belize’s environmental and economic crossroads. The curriculum also included modules on basic journalism and newsgathering, skills, best practices, and instruction in the use of social media and digital platforms taught by lead course instructor and facilitator, Holly Edgell, along with guest lecturers.

The UWI Arts Chorale & UWI Arts Steel Pan are in Belize for several performances
UB is one of the sponsors and the "Joyful 2" concert takes place at the UB Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan City on July 25th at 6:00 p.m. The price is $10 per person. Tickets are available at: the door. UB by calling 822-1000 ext. 193. the Belmopan City Council by calling 822-2271.

Cultural Industry Workshop
Over the past weekend the Corozal House of culture executed our Cultural Industry Workshop for the 2017/18 fiscal year. The workshop sought to establish a Poktapok Ball Team. Through kind community efforts and support we have established a team out of Xaibe Village. We are so delighted to have a group of men who have taken up the challenge and have already shown great promise and skill. Thank you to the manager, coach and members of the Belize Ek Balam Poktapok Team for instilling their knowledge of this deeply rooted Maya sport. We look forward to continued meaningful interactions with our Yo Creek brothers.

Corn Husk Doll Workshop
That's some awesome corn art from the Benque HoC's Corn Husk Doll Workshop. Wow! "Congrats to Benque House of Culture (NICH) on the completion of this wonderful training workshop, done in partnership with ICA's Summer Arts 2017 Program. Beautiful work."

SISE 2017 Summer Art Camp
The SISE House of Culture is planning 3 art workshops for kids. They'll have a general art workshop, a crochet and yarn workshop, and an expressive art workshop. Call 824-0783 for more information. They are all free.

BETEX - BTIA Award for the BTB's contribution
Received by Director of Marketing & Industry Relations, Ms. Karen Pike.

Channel 7

Jury Deliberates Bert Vasquez Abduction Case
Right now, A jury of 7 men and 2 women is deliberating the fate of 33 year old Bert Vasquez - who is being tried for forcible abduction and aggravated assault of an indecent nature against a girl who was 16 years old at the time. Justice Adolph Lucas gave the jury his summation this afternoon and the jury went in after 4:00 pm. The victim - whose name the judge said cannot be released - is now 22 years old. She testified that at 8:00 on the night of May 13, 2011, she was near Pound Yard Bridge waiting for a bus when Vasquez arrived. She said he approached, put a gun to her side and told her to walk with him and don't scream, otherwise he will shoot her.

16 Year Old Murdered On San Pedro - Was It Retaliation?
16 year old Julian Tun was killed in San Pedro on Saturday night. Now, Tun was not even an adult - but already he was the one of the most wanted names in the streets - because he was accused of trying to kill a senior George Street figure in a truly brazen execution attempt last year. And so while he should have been extremely cautious, he's just a teenager, and when a female lured him out to San Pedro on Saturday night - even though he probably should have known better - he took the invitation left his home base. Daniel Ortiz found that decision led directly to his death:...

Faye Lin's Father Pleads Guilty To Minor Charge
San Pedro Police still have not been able to charge Anke and David Doehm for anything related to the death of their adopted daughter, 13 year old Faye Lin Cannon. As we told you, the 13 year old was found dead in her parents Ambergris Caye condo a week ago, showing signs of severe physical and sexual abuse. They have been in police custody since Thursday - but investigators still haven't been able to put together all the pieces to charge them for anything related to Faye's death.

Retired Teacher Run Over Early On Sunday
A 60 year old retired teacher was knocked down and killed this weekend. At around 5:00 yesterday morning, Rene Gutierrez was driving along the Phillip Goldson Highway on his motorcycle. He left his house along the highway to pick up a friend in Belize City. 37 year old Anthony Humes was also heading to Belize City in his Wingle and he knocked Gutierrez off his cycle in front of Caribbean Tires. Gutierrez did not survive the impact. We spoke to Gutierrez's brother this evening about the accident.

Teenaged Female Dies On Hummingbird
There was another fatal accident but this time on the Hummingbird Highway - and the victim is a teenaged female. 32 year old Teakettle resident Oscar Corado was driving his Ford ranger pickup along with his passenger 19 year old Dangriga resident Damarias Ralac. But Corado lost control and overturned near mile 22. Corado survived the crash but Ralac died from her injuries.

Police Release OW Man With BDF Uniforms
On Friday we told you about the close to 100 BDF uniforms and old BDF boat engine parts which were found at a residence in Orange Walk. BDF Commander David Jones told us that all the items had been written off and should have been destroyed by the Ministry of Finance. But they weren't and they ended up in the hands of a Mexican man who BDF and Police found near the Mexico border with BDF uniforms. He led police to the residence of Sarco Torres in Orange Walk Town. Today the Financial Secretary who runs the Ministry of Finance confirmed to us that Torres was part of a work gang that the Ministry contracted to dispose of almost 1200 uniforms and other BDF items that had been written off. Waight says all the uniforms should have been burned - but he believes they were not, and Torres took a portion for himself.

BDF Helicopter Swoops In To Save Stranded Boys In Flash Flood
And in better news from the BDF, they used one of their helicopters to great effect this weekend. One of the UH1H choppers was used in its first rescue mission. It was deployed to the western Toledo District in San Benito Poite where three children, ages 10, 14 and 16 years old, had been stranded on the wrong side of the river. A flash flood washed away the hammock bridge, and the main bridge was submerged. The currents were too strong for any boat to attempt to bring them back over to the home side of the river. So, the BDF flew in, found a landing area, loaded the boys up and took them back across the river. The young men had gone fishing and hadn't heard any advisories about severe weather advisories in the area.

Was San Pedrano Pultarco Murdered? City Cops Say Yes, Island Cops Say No
So far on the news we've already told you about a weekend murder in San Pedro. Well, there is another sudden death on the island that the forensic examiner says looks like a murder. On Wednesday, 56 year old Plutarco Noralez was found dead and the on Thursday, the forensic examiner said that he died of Traumatic Asphyxiation due to neck and chest compression due to blunt force trauma. Police sent it out to the media under the heading "murder", but the office run charge of the island said he disagrees and here's why: Supt. Henry Jemmoth - OC, Coastal Executive Unit: "Whilst investigating the Faye Lin's, we got an information on Wednesday that a male person died at the hospital. We proceeded to that location where we made checks and saw the lifeless body of Mister Plutarco Noralez, a Honduran national. He has no fixed addressed. All we know is that he wonders around in the Boca Del Rio Park and he is a frequent drinker that remains in that area."

Cayo Cops Killed Guate Carjacker On Calla Creek Road
The news of stolen Toyota Hiluxes is nothing new in the Cayo District - in fact, it is an all too common occurrence from Belmopan to San Ignacio. And 10 times out of 10, those stolen rides end up in Guatemala. But this weekend, that almost happened again, but it didn't. That's after Cayo police chased two Guatemalan bandits in a stolen pick up truck through rural Cayo. The armed thieves were attempting to make it to Guatemala, when they lost control of their vehicle and crashed on the Calla Creek road. As the Guatemalans tried to escape on foot, a fire fight with police ensued, ending in the death of one of the bandits. Alex Courtenay went West to speak to the police and find out exactly what happened...

Carnival Band Leader's Costume Material Burnt Up
Belizean United's Carnival band leader Ashman Wiltshire has been trying to focus on getting his costumes ready for the road march but his mother's Friday night house fire has distracted and derailed him significantly. Wiltshire just returned to Belize from Los Angeles Friday morning with costume materials for Friday night's Miss Carnival Pageant. When the pageant was over he and his friends went to grab food and some drinks but instead of coming home to unwind after a long night -Wiltshire came home to find his mother's house ablaze. Wiltshire told us he believes that it is his own relative who burnt it up. The fire department also confirms that it is arson:

Shooting After Cabana Confrontation
Three men were shot early on Saturday morning in Belmopan. Sometime after 3:00 am, Police say that after a fight at La Cabana - Berthran Bermudez was shot to the left and right upper thigh, Ismael Trapp was shot to the right index finger and left foot, while another man who refused to cooperate with the police was shot to his left ankle. The scene was processed and 7 nine millimeter shells were found. Police have made no arrests.

Belize Bank Shaky Transition Taxes Account Holders
If you are having trouble accessing your Belize Bank online account, using a debit card, taking out a few dollars from the ATM, or just chasing a cheque, you are not alone, many Belize Bank account holders have been experiencing these troubles for the past week. According to Bank Executive Chairman Lyndon Guiseppi, that's because the bank is transitioning from a System- which they had been using for 15 years - to a new system called Fusion Banking Essence. It is a state of the art banking platform that they say will improve overall services for you the consumers. But the transition has seen basic services collapse. Guiseppi says that the system shift began last Monday and these gliches with the online site and the ATM should normalize by the end of this week. The Belize Bank apologizes for any inconveniences caused.

Courtney Is Tops In Environmental Course
On Saturday night, Channel 7's Courtney Weatherburne won the award for best story when the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage concluded a 12 month course in environmental journalism. The course was called "Safeguarding the future: the environmental and economic connection in Belize". It focused on topics and issues at the crossroads of environmental and economic issues. The curriculum also included lessons on basic journalism and news gathering skills, best practices, and instruction in the use of social media and digital platforms. Holly Edgell was the lead course instructor.

A Laboratory of Art
The Image Factor is celebrating summer by sending artists into the lab. No, their not mixing science and art, instead, they're inviting all creative persons to perform, install or project work in the Image Factory for a maximum of 24 hours. Katie Usher was first up with her project called GRUB PIX, which she explained: The LAB4 continues tomorrow with Leroy the Grandmaster Young. Yasser Musa comes in on July 20th with a special invitation to Donald Trump:… The lab installations continue through to July 21st with a new project being presented daily.

Rains Caused Road Ruin, Landslide
Earlier on in the news, we told you about the shootout leading to police fatally shooting a Guatemalan bandit on call Creek Road. Well, that's not the only reason that road is making news. It was significantly damaged by recent rains and flooding in the western part of the country and by early Friday morning it became impassable when a few culverts were washed away by flooding. On Saturday, through public-private sector collaboration between NEMO, Cayo West Area Representative Hon Erwin Contreras and Cayo businessman Sergio Chuc, the road was repaired and made passable once again.

Channel 5

Faye Lin Cannon’s Adopted Parents Charged Over Valium
The death of thirteen-year-old American national Faye Lin Cannon has sent shockwaves across the country. The teenager was found dead and a post mortem exam determined that she was physically [...]

San Pedranos Expand Protest Over Teen’s Death
Another round of protest as held over the weekend in the San Pedro where police have not yet been able to pin murder charges in the case of Faye Lin [...]

Dept. of Human Services Details Efforts to Help Troubled Family
As the island continues to reel over the death of Faye Lin, the Department of Human Services is coming under fire for a purported inaction in respect of complaint made [...]

San Pedro Mayor Was Not Aware of Rumored Issues
We showed you the protests on the island where San Pedranos are angry over the death of Faye Lin. Residents have taken to the streets to express their regret and [...]

Julian Tun Shot Dead the Day He Visited Ambergris Caye
Crime in the prime tourism destination has spiked; three murders were recorded in three days. Even as police continue investigating the death of Faye Lin Cannon, on Saturday night, a [...]

Jury Gets Case of Bert Vasquez for Forcible Abduction
The sensational case of forcible abduction, sexual assault and harm against Bert Vasquez, involving a sixteen-year-old minor back in May 2011 came to an end just before news time. At [...]

Why Was Honduran Handyman Plutarco Noralez Marked for Murder?
Police on the island are also investigating the unusual death of a Honduran national. Fifty-six-year-old Plutarco Noralez relocated to Belize from La Ceiba, Honduras years ago – first living in [...]

Eamon Courtenay Named Temporary Judge of Eastern Caribbean Appeal Court
The Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean began sitting today in the British Virgin Islands. It did so with a newly appointed judge – Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay. News [...]

Police Win Showdown with Guatemalan Carjackers – 1 Dead, 1 Injured
Two Guatemalan carjackers were shot by police over the weekend; one died on the spot in Calla Creek, Cayo. On Saturday, the robbers lay waited Omar Jimenez and his son [...]

Rene Gutierrez Suffers Fatal Knockdown on Philip Goldson Highway
Police continue to investigate a fatal road traffic accident in Belize City. Thirty-seven-year-old Anthony Humes was driving a Wingle pick-up truck into Belize City from Ladyville on Sunday morning around [...]

Trio Shot after Fight at La Cabana Bar
A night of socializing at La Cabana Night Club in Belmopan has left three men suffering from varying degrees of injury after gunfire erupted at the establishment.  According to Belmopan [...]

Who Burnt Flowers Family Out of Zacaranda Street Home?
A Belize City family is out of house and home tonight after their residence on Zacaranda Street was gutted by fire. The twenty-by-twenty-five foot wooden structure was, according to fire [...]

No Charges for O.W. Trio Caught with B.D.F. Material
On Friday, we reported that Orange Walk police had arrested and detained a trio of men, including a Mexican national, found in possession of discarded military uniforms and outboard engines [...]

Helicopters to the Rescue for Toledo Teens
The Belize Defence Force Air Wing was hard at work over the weekend, responding to an emergency situation in the Toledo District. The Ministry of Defence reports that three children [...]

Fewer Major Crimes Reported
Police are reporting less major crimes across Belize in the first half of 2017. Official statistics have the figure tallied at eight hundred and sixty-six in total from January to [...]

The Image Factory Opens its “Lab”
For four years, the Image Factory Art Foundation has opened its space to new and established artists during the summer months for what it calls free and open experimentation, where [...]

Sports Monday – Basketball and Softball Stats
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of weekend sporting activities….]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

CARICOM reiterates support for Belize in territorial dispute with Guatemala
The Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have reaffirmed their support for Belize in its ongoing territorial dispute with Guatemala. At the 38th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting held in Grenada last week, member countries characterized their support for Belize’s territorial integrity […]

Ministry of Human Development issues statement on death of Faye Lin Cannon
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation today issued a release stating that it joins the nation of Belize in grieving the death of 13-year-old, Faye Lin Cannon of San Pedro Town. “The Department of Human Services (DHS) is collaborating with […]

UB and PACT partner to give out scholarships
The University of Belize (UB) and the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to implement a scholarship program designed to enhance the National Protected Areas System towards the achievement of Belize’s sustainable development goals. The agreement was recently […]

Shotgun stolen from parked car in Belmopan
A weapon was stolen in Belmopan and cops fear that it might be in the hands of criminal elements. According to police reports, Belmopan resident, Elijah Samuel Gill, 40, told cops that between 12:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Sunday his black 12 gauge […]

One dead, one injured in Calla Creek police chase; weapons and ammo seized
On Saturday, BBN reported of a fatal shooting on the Calla Creek Road. Today, police issued an official report on the incident. According to police, cops visited an area on the Calla Creek road where a black Toyota Hilux pick-up was seen on the […]

SUV stolen from Belize City parking lot
The theft of motor vehicles in Belize City continue unabated, thieves again had a busy weekend. The latest victim is 36-year-old Mouhsen Rammal. He told police that he had parked his 2014 Ford Escape SUV vehicle in the parking lot of San Pedro Belize […]

Belize City home burns to the ground
On Saturday morning a house was burnt to the ground in Belize City. At around 1:54 a.m., police visited #4496 Zacaranda street where cops saw a pink upstairs wooden structure measuring approximately 20 x 25 feet destroyed by fire. The owner of the home, […]

Golf cart stolen in San Pedro
On Friday, July 7, 2017, Emelda Jones, a Massage Therapist of San Pedrito Area reported that on Thursday, her husband parked their golf cart in front of the yard and on Saturday morning, they discovered that the golf cart was missing. The golf cart is valued […]

Body discovered in sugar cane field in Orange Walk
On Friday, July 7, 2017 around 2:11 p.m., Orange Walk police visited a cane field located about 2 1/2 miles out of San Estevan Village and about 1 1/2 mile inside a feeder road where they found the lifeless body of Manuel Novelo, 45, a […]

NEMO says Calla Creek road repaired and Jalacte Highway cleared
NEMO informs the public that the access road to the village of Calla Creek, via Bullet Tree Village has been repaired after being significantly damaged by recent rains and flooding in the western part of the country. The road was rendered impassable early Friday morning, July […]

Blogs

Practical Travel Gear
This post is in celebration of Amazon Prime 2017 which started tonight at 6:00 pm pst. Amazon has become the easy shopping source for many especially when it comes to vacations. The following 6 reviews all come courtesy of traveler Todd Boewe. He reached out for advice on all things Ambergris Caye. He opted to choose family adventures while here with his kids. Todd did, however, do some advance planning for their family trip – online shopping. Here are Todd’s best travel accessories reviews for items that he and his daughter chose on Amazon for their trip.

WELCOME TO THE SUMMER WAVE To'on Masehualoon ( We are Maya) event held in Corozal NICH
Today, I got invited to blog about The Mayan History To'on Masehualoon ( We are Maya) inside the Corozal House of Culture. Unfortunately, I never get invited unless I get approved to go take photos of an event. Or, just my voluntary. Mayan history today, has been forgotten a bit. Happily, I can say that the Mayan History is not forgotten by the old generation who are alive today around Belize. They are happy to teach younger generation the importance of their culture. I am happy to announce that To'on Masehualoon ( We are Maya) was organized to teach this group of kids a hand full of Mayan History and learn something about the Mayan Culture in Corozal. This is how it all began.

A full activities happening this month in Corozal
Summer activities at the Corozal House of Culture, call 422-0071 to register:

International Sourcesizz

Eck Institute for Global Health to study Zika in Belize
The University of Notre Dame has announced a collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the Belize Ministry of Health and the Belize Vector and Ecology Center aimed at strengthening the country’s ability to respond to Zika virus and other arboviruses. Researchers are already working in Belize as part of the five-year project, which will include a full epidemiological and entomological surveillance study, training for health care professionals and public health awareness and education. Just how widely Zika has spread in Belize is unknown, and Grieco said that is precisely why this project is so vital to the country’s future. “This will put Belize on the front line of determining what’s going on in its country,” said Grieco, who also serves as associate director of the Eck Institute for Global Health. “As in many areas of Central and South America, the Zika situation in Belize is not well-defined. The symptoms of Zika can present in the same way as many other illnesses in these settings, resulting in cases going underreported.”

CCJ seeks to trigger digital revolution in Caribbean courts
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is hoping that a set of technological upgrades it recently adopted will trigger a digital revolution in courts across the region, and transform how justice is delivered. CCJ president, Sir Dennis Byron, who spearheaded the court’s adoption of the new digital platform for document-filing, case management and performance measurement, described the switchover as “a major development for lawyers and courts in the region”, with significant potential to make the delivery of justice more efficient and timely. Byron explained that the electronic filing of case documents, in particular, would save both time and money for all parties.

Chills follow excursion into ATM cave in Belize
Our Maya ancestors saw caves as a portal to the underworld, often referred to as ‘Xibalba,’ which translates to ‘the place of fear or fright.’ They believed evil spirits, demons and monsters were guarding caves and only elites, priests and their entourage were permitted to access them; commoners were not allowed to go in,” says caving tour guide Gliss Penados. And yet here I am, a mere commoner, about to descend into the underworld of Actun Tunichil Muknal, also known as the ATM cave, in western Belize. Under a blazing sun, our tour group treks through a tropical jungle, punctuated by a few river crossings before we arrive at the entrance of this massive limestone Mayan archeological site. It feels both foreboding and magical. A portal back to between 300 to 600 AD. Ancient Maya believed the rain god Chaac resided in the underworld and that gods could be both benevolent and malevolent. Offerings were made to keep the gods happy, especially Chaac, to ensure healthy maize crops.

Videos

  • KTV the Remix (July 4, 2017), 2.5hr.

  • One week annual camp kicked off today, 6min. The Orange Walk Central Annual Sports Camp, now in its 18th year, has become one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Sponsored by Area Representative Johnny Briceno, the camp caters to youths between the ages of 8 and 12, and uses sports like football, volleyball and basketball to teach the valuable principles of teamwork, discipline and integrity. The one week annual camp kicked off today with over 90 kids registering.

  • A 43 member medical team visiting from the United States for their 23rd consecutive year, 6.5min. The medical team expects to serve up to 300 patients daily and over 1,000 patients throughout the week. While the free medical care set up shop in Corozal Town, as of tomorrow they will be moving on to four communities.

  • A conversation with Economist, Ervin Perez, on the IMF Prescriptions, 38min.

  • CEO Jose Alpuche gives updates on developments in the agriculture sector, 27min.

  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) commemorates World Population Day, 26min.

  • Hope Run Project is hosting Hope Run 5k 2017., 32min.

  • Anke Doehm walks free after being found not guilty of possession of drugs....or so she thought!!, 1min.

  • HEFY Belize 2, 7min.

  • Belize 2015, 5.5min. Darknight Cave Tubing

  • My trip back home to Belize 2017, 5.5min. Here's a glimpse of my trip back home in Belize. It's always nice to go back home and spend quality time with family.

  • You Better Belize It, 18min. An adventure in Belize with Suz and Tay.

  • Belize trip, 8min. A little look at some of the fun we had in Belize.

  • Queen of the Bay, Belize District Pageant Saturday Night, 2min.