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The San Pedro Sun

5-a-side Football Tournament heads into finals
After eight weeks of football action, the San Pedro Town Council’s 5-a-side Football Tournament regular season has ended. The last set of games took place from Wednesday, July 7th to Sunday, July 9th, and as usual, large crowds came out to the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex to support their favorite players and teams. On Wednesday, June 21st, females and two Under-15 games took place. In the U-15 category, San Pedro Pirates suffered a loss against New Ravens, 2-5, while Caribeña Strikers triumphed over Los Catrachitos, 3-0. Afterwards the teams in the female division took to the pitch, where SPHS Girls #1 scored 3-0 over SPHS Girls #3 and the Island Strikers got 5 goals past Island Invader’s 2 goals. The SPTC 5-a-side Football Tournament Finals will begin on Thursday, July 13th. The schedules game are below:

Belizean Journalists awarded for completion of environmental course
A group of Belizean journalists, along with educators and communication officers, concluded a one year course titled ‘Safeguarding the future: the environmental and economic connection in Belize.’ The course was facilitated by the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage. On Saturday, July 8th, participants were awarded with a certificate of completion during a dinner hosted at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City. At the award ceremony, lead course instructor and facilitator Holly Edgell congratulated everyone for a job well done. “It has been a long journey with a single goal, and that is to put the environment first,” she said. Edgell was also joined by Janelle Chanona Vice President of Oceana in Belize and a founding member of the Coalition. “As advocates, it’s our duty to call out this reality as catalysts for change. As journalists, your jobs are to broadcast this reality to your audience,” said Chanona to the participants.

Dehanne Augustine is Deputy of the Coastal Executive Unit
On Tuesday July 4th, Assistant Superintendent Dehanne Augustine was officially named Deputy Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit (Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker). Augustine’s new position has her working alongside Officer in Charge (OC) of the Coastal Executive Unit (CEU), Superintendent Henry Jemmott. He previously occupied the Deputy position under the leadership of Superintendent Sandra Bowden, and took charge upon her transfer in November of 2016. Deputy OC Augustine was transferred from Caye Caulker, where she served her capacity as the Officer in Charge (OC) for over one year. As such, she has had a close working relationship with newly ranked Superintendent Henry Jemmott.

Ambergris Today

Young Belizean Football Players Score In US Soccer Event
Sixteen young soccer players from Belize are in Colorado Springs, Colorado to take part in Rush Fest, an international youth soccer camp. For most of the Warriors FC players, the trip marks their first trip by air and first time in the United States The Warriors FC players are at-risk youth from across Belize. Playing as Rush Belize, the 12 and 13-year-olds will have the opportunity train with and compete against U.S. teams and teams from other countries as part of the event. In its first match-up, on July 10, Rush Belize defeated Michigan Rush 8-0. Under the leadership of Country Director Daniel Fabro, Warriors FC recently became the Belize affiliate of Rush Soccer. The Colorado-based club is committed to the development of healthy youth through the game of soccer.

Anke And David Doehm Charged With Cruelty To A Child
Official police reports confirm this today, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, that Anke Doehm has been arrested and charged for the crime of “Cruelty to a Child” while David Doehm will be formally arrested and charged tomorrow, Thursday, when he is taken out from Kolbe Foundation, Belize Central Prison on a removal order. The arrests come in compliance with directive from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). This crime is tried only on indictment and carries a sentence of a 10-year prison term. The investigation regarding the death of Faye Lin Cannon continues.

Misc Belizean Sources

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SBDC Workshop: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS TAX
Presented by: Mrs. Lisa Clare, Tax Officer, Income Tax Department. Location: Ecumenical Junior College, Conference Room, Dangriga Town. Workshop Date: July 20th, 2017. Time: 9am to 12noon. Free of Cost. Income Tax was enacted in Belize in 1924 and remained in that basic form up to July 1998, when Business Tax was introduced. The Legislation is now called "The Income And Business Tax Act", with an effective date of January 1999 in its current form. The Act is divided into three parts with Income Tax under Part 1, Income Tax on Profits arising from Petroleum under Part 11 and Business Tax under Part 111. This Information session will help you understand the ACT in details.

Support the Fundraiser for Hope Haven Children's Home
PLEASE SAVE YOUR POCKET CHANGE for the Dollar Drive and Saturday's hangout at San Pedro Lions Club, Belize in downtown, starting at 11AM and going on all day! Buy some lunch and get drink specials (ALL proceeds will benefit the shelter), and dance to some great Belizean DJs on the turntables! Some awesome prizes are being donated for this, so you can be sure there's going to be a great raffle, too! If you have prizes you would like to donate to this event, please reach out to Joe Chung or Christopher Michael Burkey. This event will be all day, so feel free to stop by anytime!

Festival of Hope / Festival de Esperanza 2017
with Lighthouse Caribbean Christian Radio Ministry. Coming to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Spoonaz in Concert
Join us if you can this Friday night at Spoonaz. The Belize Music Agency is launching a series of music performances by Belizean artists of authentic Belizean music genre. It is geared towards visitors and tourists but will evoke the Belizean in your Belizean soul ... cover charge is BZ$20.00.

Transport Minister Hon Edmond Castro Discusses New National Bus Terminal with Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) General Manager and Public-Private Sector Consultant
Yesterday in Belmopan, Minister of Transport Hon Edmond Castro met with Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) General Manager Ms. Christy Mastry, and Mr. Marcel Ham of IMG Rebel, the Public Private Partnership consultant to the GOB, to discuss plans for a new National Bus Terminal in Belize City. The new National Bus Terminal, to be constructed as part of the Lake Independence Master Plan, now endorsed by Cabinet, will be one of the first projects to anchor the new development area. The project is now being envisioned as a public-private sector partnership with the potential for not only national and regional bus line servicing, but also expanded auxiliary commercial, retail and depot services, as well as connectivity to the local public transportation network. The Ministry of Transport will continue to work in partnership with Belize Infrastructure Limited on the Lake Independence and Transportation Master Plan efforts, for the delivery of a welcomed facility that will serve to improve the transportation system along with the legislative framework to support these nationwide enhancements.

Hope Haven Donors welcome! Every bit counts!
A very big heartfelt thank you to the San Pedro Town Council and Cayo Frances Ltd for their donation of three truckloads of fill. An inch closer to the finish line! Come and volunteer to your time anytime M-F 8a-5p at the shelter, located across from Maya Island Air!

STEAM program at the Embassy
On Friday, we had our third STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program at the Embassy. We were delighted to host 11 students from the Corozal Community College STEAM Club. Charge d’Affairs Adrienne Galanek welcomed the group and inspired them to continue the good work and to encourage other student to careers in STEAM. Gordon the Embassy's Facility Manager, Heidi, our Electrical Engineer, Mark our Civil Engineer and Darrell Chapman, our Information Officer encouraged students to continue embrace various fields of STEAM and took them on a tour of the Embassy, explaining the science and technology behind our air conditioning and water treatment systems, xeriscaping, and our new solar panels! Corozal Community College - Official Ruth Shoman Corozal Junior College (Official)

BCVIs 2007 Summer Camp
We are one week away from our 20th Summer Camp! You can help us support the children at Camp by making a donation at your nearest BCVI Clinic or deposit to Belize Bank 138210010120001. To those of you who have donated, we thank you for your kind support!

World Population Day Forum
Yesterday, The Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted a World Population Day Forum on Family Planning at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City. In attendance were adolescents from various youth groups across Belize as well as duty bearers from different sectors of society. During the forum, the audience got to hear about the reality of early childbearing from a teen mom and was also given an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns as it relates to adolescent pregnancy, sexuality education and family planning. World Population Day 2017 was celebrated under the theme “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.”

Technical Training Course for Coaches
This week in Corozal Town the Belize Sailing Association(BzSA) is hosting a Level 1 Technical Training Course for Coaches(TTC1) at the Almond Tree Resort. The one week training is being conducted by World Sailing's Regional Development Coordinator Eduardo Sylvester who is working with 20 BzSa members from around the country. The Corozal Bay Sailing Club has the largest amount of sailors in the country headed by Commodore Mr. Gerard Cordts. Don't forget to come out this weekend July 15 and 16 and support our team as Corozal is hosting the Corozal Bay Regatta!

San Joaquin Village Aventura Archaeology Day
You are invited to San Joaquin Village's Aventura Archaeology Day with Cynthia Robin, Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University.

Adopt a Puppy in Corozal
We are having our very first Puppy Adoption Day this Saturday, July 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Art in the Park. The Corozal Animal Program table will be across from the Rotary Popcorn Machine. We have ten beautiful puppies to be adopted. Please let us know if you would like to help by taking care of a puppy while we talk to potential adopters. Please spread the word about this fun event. Corozal Animal Program-CAP

Vacancy at BELTRAIDE – Business Advisor
Vacancy exists at Belize Trade and Investment Development Service for the post of Business Advisor. Kindly see the attached vacancy notice below and, if interested, apply no later than Friday, July 28th, 2017 at 5 p.m. Vacancy Notice - Business Advisor

Joyful Two Coming to Cayo
The UWI Arts Chorale and the UWI Arts Steel are about to tour Belize, and they'll be playing in Cayo. The Joyful Two, as they are called, will have a free concert next Sunday, July 23rd, at the Cayo Welcome Center, and then they'll play on Tuesday, July 25th, at the UB auditorium.

APEX and Los Hijos del West
APEX played with Los Hijos de West at the Benque HoC when they were in Cayo. Thanks, APEX, for your positive message and music! "APEX and the Los Hijos del West played at the Benque House of Culture (NICH) this morning. APEX also delivered a positive speech to everyone in attendance. Some great music was played. Thanks go out to APEX and the U.S. Embassy Belize for making this wonderful cultural event happen."

John Paul II JC 2017 Graduation
The John Paul II Junior College had their 2017 graduation. Congratulations to all the proud graduates!

Channel 7

American Couple Charged For Child Cruelty After Death Of Their Daughter
Tonight, there are charges for Anke and David Doehm that link them to the death of their adopted daughter, 13 year old Faye Lin Cannon. Police report that the DPP has directed them to jointly charge the Doehm's with the crime of "Cruelty to a child." Anke Doehm - who is in police custody - has already been arrested and charged while David Doehm - who is at the Hattieville Prison - will be formally arrested and charged tomorrow when he is brought down from prison. Of course, it's not a murder charge - which some might have expected - but the Police note that this crime carries a sentence of 10 years in jail.

Did Montero Give The Order?
The Senate Hearings continued today in Belmopan where the second pair of sitting UDP Ministers, Rene Montero, and Manuel Heredia Jr., were called to testify before the Senate Select Committee. You'll remember last week how the meeting descended into confrontation, when Edmond Castro and Anthony "Boots" Martinez were called to give testimony. Well, today, things returned to the calm, orderly exchanges that the Senators have been having with the witnesses. But, that doesn't mean that the Senators went easy on Montero and Heredia. We begin tonight with the questions that the Senate had for the Cayo Central representative Rene Montero. In the Nationality section of Auditor General's reports on Immigration, she flags a letter from Montero to former Immigration Director Ruth Meighan.

Motor Says He Never Knew Harmouche's
Among the list of applicants listed in Montero's letter to former Director Meighan were two nationality applicants, Saad Harmouch, and and Wael Harmouche. Now, the Harmouch clan are actually residents of San Pedro, and the Senate certainly had a lot of questions for Manuel Heredia Jr. today about these Lebanese Belizeans with that same last name who got nationality with his assistance. We'll get to that a little bit later, but first, here's the Senate confronting Montero about why he recommended Saad Harmouch and Wael Harmouche for nationality when they certainly were not his constituents from Cayo Central. He told them that the Immigration Department, who called him about these nationality applications numbers, made a mistake, and that's why he intervened on behalf two nationality applicants who aren't in his electoral division:

Manuel Heredia and The Harmouche Clan
So, while Montero doesn't know any of the Harmouches, his ministerial colleague, Manuel Heredia Jr., knows the entire clan of them who live on San Pedro. He claims that there over 100 of them who live on the island. In the Auditor General's report, she has 24 pages dedicated to the many Harmouches who applied for nationality with many irregularities in their file, or the manner in which they were handled. And, Belize Rural South's Manuel Heredia Jr., is right there in the audit report because the Audit team is concerned about intervention he made to assist them to get Nationality. Some of them, from the Audit Team's perspective, did not qualify. In other instances, certain procedures were not followed when granting these applicants their nationality.

Montero Said His Office Sent Recommendations, He Didn't
In tomorrow's newscast, we'll show you the questions that the Senate Committee had for Heredia about his motives for helping for helping the Harmouche applicants. But, we now turn back now to Rene Montero's testimony from the afternoon session. You heard how he asserted that he only sent one recommendation letter to the the Immigration Department, trying to assist applicants who requested it. The Senators then pointed out 2 other applicants noted in the report, and he said that he didn't send letters for them, but maybe someone from his Santa Elena office did. Here's that exchange:

Weed Coming To City By Cargo Service
Tonight Orange Walk police have two men detained for 25 pounds of marijuana which was intercepted this morning aboard the Belize Parcel and Mail Service known as BPMS. At 10:00 this morning, the company's cargo truck was heading to the city from Corozal - when, acting on intelligence, police intercepted it at the Establo Roundabout which is at the northern entrance of Orange Walk Town. They found this large blue container onboard containing 23 pounds of weed. They also found another one kilo stash stowed inside the vehicle.

Police Recovered Working Pipe Gun
And, Orange Walk police were also up before dawn to catch this homemade weapon in the Black Water Creek Area of Trial Farm. It's a crudely designed but functioning device made from two lengths of lead pipe with a spring. Police know it works, and say that a bullet believed to be from this same device grazed a woman last week. The weapon was found with a 16 gauge cartridge, and a variety of rounds used in assault elves and handguns.

Three Months Later, Cross Country Doping Tests Still Not Back
The Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic race was held on Holy Saturday April 15th., but three months later, the prizes for the top finishers haven't been handed out yet, and that's because the drug tests haven't come back from the UCLA Olympic Laboratory. What's the holdup? Well, according to reports, UCLA says Belize's National Olympic Committee owes then thousands of dollars for tests done in previous years - which they didn't get paid for. Now, the Belize Cycling Federation President Dion Leslie told us that it's not their fault because the Federation has fully paid the National Anti Doping Organization's Representative in Belize - and he says the Federation has its receipts.

BDF, Defense Ministry Not Investigating Missing Uniforms, Or Major's Connection
The BDF is not conducting an investigation into the case of close to 100 uniforms and other discarded equipment which were found at civilian Sarco Torres's home in Orange Walk. The BDF Commander David Jones did not reply to our request for a comment, and Defense Minister John Saldivar referred us to his CEO - who said they are waiting on the police investigation. But, according to our sources, the BDF is classing it as a case of improper disposal of items that had been written off. The BDF sees that as a matter strictly for the Ministry of Finance - where the Financial Secretary Joe Waight has confirmed that there was a "serious breach" in procedure.

FFB Introduces New Gen. Sec.
As we told you last night, the Football Federation of Belize fired General Secretary Michael Blease on Monday. This ends four years that Blease held a job where he made many enemies, and kept as many strong allies. The news today was that he has been replaced within 24 hours. The man taking over the job temporarily is former Magistrate and Prison CEO Earl Jones. Today, Jones along with acting President Marlon Kuylen held an impromptu press conference to discuss the way forward, and Blease's imposing figure in the rearview mirror:… Marlon Kuylen- Acting President, FFB: "The things that we thought were wrong, it was actually worse than we thought. We see that now we have to make significant changes - and we started on Monday by releasing the General Secretary and appointing Mr. Earl Jones as interim General Secretary for as long as needed. The idea is that we will advertise the post and have people apply for it and then we choosethe best-qualified person."

Comparing Crime On South And Northside
Last night, we gave you a short excerpt of joint press conference that Police Commissioner Allen Whylie held with Police Minister Elodio Aragon Jr. and CEO George Lovell. He was discussing the crime statistics for the last 6 months, and after he gave a broad overview of the number of major crimes reported countrywide, he then began breaking down the number of murders recorded in each district. One area that he was careful to examine was the Police Eastern Division. That covers the entire Belize District, but we start first with the snapshot of Eastern Division North and South, which covers Belize City itself. Here's what the numbers say about the country's largest population center and number one crime hotspot:

Belize Rural's Crime Profile
From there, the Commissioner turned to the murder count for Eastern Division Rural. Here's what the police stats are for the rural parts of the Belize District: Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police: "Ladyville recorded 4 murders at the end of June 2017 compared to 5 murders at the end of June 2016. Hattieville also recorded 4 murders at the end of June 2017 compared to 5 murders in June 2016 that reflects that in the rural command there was 8 murders in 2017 at the end of June compared to 10 murders in 2016 at the end of June and that brought the murder tally for the Belize District proper as 38 murders in 2017 at the end of June compared to 33 murders at the end of June 2016."

The Countrywide Crime Picture
Finally, here's a look at the number of murders that have been committed in the other 5 districts: Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police: "In the Cayo District for the Belmopan command at the end of June 2017 4 murders were recorded, at the end of June 2016 10 murders were recorded. In San Ignacio 9 murders were recorded at the end of June 2017 compared to 6 murders in 2016. Benque Veijo had 1 murder recorded in 2017 up to the end of June and in 2016 June they also had 1 murder recorded. That shows for the Cayo District there were 14 murders committed at the end of June 2017 compared to 17 murders at the end of June 2016. The Corozal District recorded 6 murders at the end of June 2017 compared to 5 murders at the end of June 2016."

Plans Being Discussed for New National Bus Terminal
It's been discussed for years, but the plan for the new national bus terminal on Lake I Boulevard is coming together. According to a government release "the project is now being envisioned as a public-private sector partnership." It is being spearheaded by Belize Infrastructure Limited, and yesterday Transport Minister Edmond Castro met with BIL General Manager Christy Mastry, and Marcel Ham of IMG Rebel, Government's Public Private Partnership consultant.

New Northside Top Cop And His Plans For Meet And Greet
Today Belize City's Northside Police conducted their weekly meet & greet around Gabourel Lane and the surrounding area. The newly appointed commander of the Northside, Senior Superintendent Ralph Moody, joined his officers for a tour of the neighborhood and spoke with residents about their security concerns. After making the rounds, Moody stopped and spoke to us about his ideas for making the meet and greet sessions more effective...

Where Tourism Marketing And Social Media Meet
On Friday, the Belize Tourism Board will be hosting its 3rd Annual Digital Marketing Summit. The conference will introduce stakeholders in the tourism industry to strategies that will allow them advertise more effectively online. BTB is bringing in presenters from all over the world, all of them experts in marketing on different digital platforms. We spoke to BTB's Digital Marketing Manager, Maynor Larrieu, about the event... The summit will run for only one day, and over 150 tourism industry stakeholders are expected to attend.

Overnight Tourism's Amazing April
And, success is online marketing is one of the reasons Belize's overnight tourism numbers continue to look up. The latest figures released by the BTB show an amazing increase in April, with 24.2% more overnight arrivals when compared to 2016. June also showed strong growth with a 10% increase over last year. That averages out to a strong 7.8% increase over the second quarter of 2017. And while June saw more overnight visitors than any other June on record - as good as all that was for overnight tourism, it was equally bad, or worse for cruise tourism. June saw only 13 cruise calls, and just over 47,000 cruise passengers - which is down 28% from last year.

Challenges Ahead For Sugar Industry
As we reported last week, the cane harvesting season closed two weeks ago - and now ASR/BSI along with the cane farmers associations are preparing for the next harvest. The 2016-2017 harvest saw record production of sugar, and a high sugar yield from available cane. ASR's Mac McLachlan discussed the encouraging developments: Mac McLachlan - VP, Intl' Relations, ASR Group: "We brought in almost the same amount of cane, 1.29 million ton this year, it was 1.31 last year but we did manage to make over 10,000 tons more sugar from that cane which of course is a benefit to the mill but also to the farmers through the revenue sharing agreement. We're not complacent about this we're looking at what we can do next crop or in the off crop now to ensure an improvement in mill and factory performance. We have some investment plans that will help to achieve that and so all in all we have to celebrate the fact this industry use to produce 90,000 tons of sugar, now produced near 150 in the same mill."

Channel 5

Defense C.E.O. Awaits Police Report on Uniform Caper
There is new information coming out of the Ministry of Defense tonight, following the discovery of a significant quantity of outdated military equipment that were scheduled to be dispensed with [...]

Where Was Breach in Procedure?
The inventory of obsolete battle dress uniforms, along with the detachable boat engines, was found inside a home in Orange Walk Town.  Mexican national Miguel De Jesus was found with [...]

Charges Laid Against David and Anke Doehm
In Tuesday’s newscast we confirmed that despite statements by ComPol Allen Whyle, David Doehm was behind bars at the Central Prison while his wife Anke remained in the hands of [...]

At Senate, Manuel Heredia Tells of Adventures in Couriering for Immigration
Two more Ministers of Government appeared today before the Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration.  From opposite ends of the country, Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Junior and Works Minister Rene [...]

Tourism Minister Says He Did Not Influence Harmouches’ Applications
He may not know them by name, but Heredia Junior had a curious relationship with the Harmouch family of San Pedro Town.  The family numbers over one hundred strong and [...]

Minister Downplays Connection with Immigration Officer
The Auditor General highlighted multiple cases where members of the Harmouch family applied for nationality but did not meet the residency requirement. The common denominator is that they were recommended [...]

F.F.B. Removes General Secretary Michael Blease
A new administrator has taken up the reins of the Football Federation of Belize, following the dismissal of former General Secretary Michael Blease on Tuesday.  The termination of Blease’s contract [...]

New Gen Sec Earl Jones Hopes for Time to Fix Federation
In speaking with the new general secretary, News Five learnt that the temporary position that Jones now holds will see him streamlining the functions of the F.F.B., particularly as it [...]

Rene Montero Addresses Recommendations He Made to Immigration
Now back to the senate hearings….This afternoon, Minister Rene Montero was questioned about his letter asking the Department to facilitate persons who wished to be sworn in as Belizeans by [...]

Requests for Immigration Assistance ‘Limited’
But what exactly was the Minister asking for, and did it have an impact in the elections? According to Montero, he felt the call from Immigration was genuine and concerned [...]

What Nationality Rush in 2012? Minister Distances Himself
Montero said he could not say for certain whether the appearance of Saad Harmouch in his list was a genuine mistake or someone trying to pull a fast one. But [...]

Rowan Garel Wins Taiwanese Award for Book Translation
Rowan Garel has been in Canada for about a year pursuing studies in Languages and Anthropology, but that has not stopped him from inspiring others. Recently, he was in New [...]

Onward and Upward for Tourism in First Half
Belize continues to draw tourists by land and sea to visit the Jewel, though not in record numbers as before. For the first half of the year, more than two [...]

Police Chase Leads in Mark Pollard Disappearance
It is nine days since Mark Pollard went missing while out exercising on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Family members fear the worst and the search for the Belize City man [...]

BPMS Driver & Companion Held for Weed
Earlier today, two men were busted at a police checkpoint at the Establo Roundabout at the northern entrance of Orange Walk Town. Thirty-one-year-old Jose Garcia was the driver of a [...]

A Closer Look at the Crime Statistics So Far
The gang truce has had success in the city, so much so that murder statistics have gone down in the Old Capital as well as in the rest of the [...]

New North Side Commanders ‘Meet and Greet’
It’s been two weeks since a major shuffle within the Police Department came into effect. The move saw Southern Regional Commander Senior Superintendent Ralph Moody transferred to Belize City to [...]

Focus on Discipline, Public Relations and Operations
Senior Superintendent Moody also spoke of the strategies he will implement to maintain law and order and keep criminal activity on the low.   Sr. Supt. Ralph Moody, Regional Commander, [...]

South Side Keeping the Peace
The police command was also on its meet and greet initiative on the south side of the city. Today cops from the eastern division south joined their Deputy Regional Commander, [...]

Morale and Support High for New South Side Commanders
It has been just over a week since Arzu and his commander Marco Vidal took over the Eastern Division South. Today, when we met Arzu on the south side, we [...]

LOVE FM

No charges for men caught with BDF apparel and other equipment
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie was asked to comment on the recent police operation in Orange Walk Town where a hundred old Belize Defence Force uniforms, old generators and equipment were found. A Mexican by the name of Sarco Torres had been detained along with two Belizeans but they were later released. As we have […]

While Compol says American couple released, officials say they remain in custody
The American couple suspected to have caused the death of 13 year old Faye Lin Cannon was released by police today. This is the information that the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, shared with the media this evening. Cannon and Doehm were transported to Belize City from San Pedro by boat where they were to […]

Special Envoy for Women and Children calls for proper investigation into death of teenage girl
The questionable death of Faye Lin Cannon is a tragic story, one that many believe could have been prevented. Resident of San Pedro Town have protested against the murder of Faye Lin on two occasions where they expressed that the matter was reported to the proper authorities. Special Envoy for Woman and Children Kim Simplis […]

Search intensifies for Belize City man reported missing
The search for Mark Pollard who has been missing continued today. Pollard was last seen last Monday, July 3 in the morning when he left his house in the city to go for a jog around five o’clock. He never returned home. The search for the 49 year old began on Wednesday last week, two […]

Improved cane translates to increase in income for farmers
The improved performance at the sugar mill will translate into a good pay day for sugar cane farmers. Mac McLachlan, Vice President for International Relations for the BSI/ASR Group says the cane payment for this latest crop is among the best that the industry has seen. Mac McLachlan – Vice President, BSI/ASR Group “The latest […]

Is discord on the horizon in the sugar industry?
The sugar crop flowed without much interruption, at least not by farmers, but that calm within the industry may soon come apart. As we reported last night, following a successful crop, the Belize Sugar Industry has proposed a Direct Consumption Sugar (DCS) expansion project. Direct Consumption sugars are sugars that are refined to a higher […]

BSI/ASR official says Strategic Development plan for sugar industry needs to be finalized
Vice President, BSI/ASR Group Mac McLachlan says that they are not proposing any changes in the way the revenue is shared with farmers, adding that the only change would be additional money to go around. The company has made out a list of things it seeks clarity on in the Commercial Agreement. Among these would […]

Bert Vasquez found guilty
A jury of seven men and two women deliberated for a little over two hours yesterday evening before it found 33 year old Bert Vasquez guilty of forcible abduction and aggravated assault of an indecent nature. The jury’s verdict was unanimous. Justice Adolph Lucas has deferred sentencing until July 21 in order to give Vasquez […]

Special Envoy for Women and Children says there is the need for sex education in schools
Today Belize joins the international community in commemorating World Population Day. The United Nation Population Fund along with the office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children have organized a national symposium on family planning under the theme, “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.” Partners met in Belize City to discuss the overall goal […]

Belizean and Guatemalan officials working to break “car jacking” ring
Guatemalans Ervin Rene Huex Xiquen and Marlon Benedicto Portillo were involved in a shootout with San Ignacio police on Sunday. Xiquen was fatally shot while Portillo remains hospitalized under police guard. The men had a run in with police after they were caught getting away in a vehicle they stole from Erwin Jimenez. Jimenez was […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Nothing illegal about having 100 BDF uniforms
Almost a week after close to 100 BDF uniforms were found at a residence in Orange Walk, the two men police had detained in connection with the incident have been released and police are no closer to levying charges against anyone. Police had originally intercepted a Mexican who led police to the trove of uniforms at the house in Orange Walk. BDF Commander Brigadier General David Jones had originally heaved all the blame on the Ministry of Finance claiming that it was the Ministry’s responsibility to dispose of the uniforms.

Driver and sideman detained for possession of drugs
This morning around 10 am, police were conducting a vehicular checkpoint at the Establo Roundabout at the northern entrance of Orange Walk Town when a gray Ford van with was intercepted. Police searched the van and found (2) parcels of cannabis which amounted to (10) kilograms and (1) kilograms respectively.

David and Anke Doehm to be charged for “cruelty to a child”
The adoptive parents of 13 year old Faye Linn Cannon are the main suspects in the case of her death. Police informed the media today that in compliance with directives from the DPP, Anke and David Doehm will be jointly charged with the crime of “Cruelty to a child”.

Belize & Guatemala cooperating to solve cross border car theft crimes
Two Guatemalan bandits put their lives on the line on Saturday when they stole a pickup truck from a Belizean man and then engaged in a gun fight with police. One of the men succumbed to his injuries while the other is still receiving medical treatment.

Tourism industry continues to grow
Belize continues to attract increasing amounts of tourists, according to the latest overnight visitor statistics from the Belize Tourism Board. The BTB released its latest statistics this afternoon, showing overnight growth rates for the month of April, second quarter 2017 and for the first half of 2017.

Traffic accident in Corozal
A road traffic accident occurred a short while ago around the “Tumbaito” curve in Corozal District.

Bert Vasquez convicted of sexual assault, still faces trial for murder
Bert Vasquez, 33, the man accused of murdering 13-year-old Jasmine Lowe in 2012, has been found guilty by the Supreme Court of forcible abduction and aggravated sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl. On Monday it took the jury of seven men and two women, 2 hours to come to a unanimous guilty verdict for the May 2011 incident.

Senate Special Select Committee interrogates Rene Montero
This afternoon, Area Representative for Cayo Central and Minister of Works, Rene Montero appeared before the Senate Select Committee to answer questions regarding the Auditor General’s report into the Passport, Visa and Nationality Department for 2011-2013. Montero had requested facilitation of immigration documents for 7 different persons including the Harmush family.

Minor detained for home made gun
Today police busted a minor with a home made gun and 16 gauge cartridges with 3 live rounds during a predawn police operation in northern Belize.

Belmopan cop passed away from natural causes
The Belize Police Department is currently mourning the death of PC #1749 Michael Ical. According to our sources, he passed away last night from suspected natural causes. Ical joined the police department in May 2013 and was a member of the Belmopan Prosecution Branch.

ComPol says Major Crimes are Down
Yesterday, Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie updated the nation on crime statistics for the period – January to June 2017. Although there has been numerous documented bloodshed across the country, police statistics showed that there was a slight decrease in murder. From January to June of this year, there were 70 murders. During this same period last year, there were 73 murders.

Bakery robber sent to prison
On Saturday, he robbed La Popular Bakery in Belize City of $175 and yesterday he was remanded to prison until September 19. According to court information, Jose Cocom, 24, stormed into the bakery armed with a gun and demanded cash but while fleeing the scene he was detained by police. He pled not guilty to this charge.

Blogs

Belize’s Cultural Celebrations: La Fiesta de San Joaquin
La Fiesta de San Joaquin is a cultural extravaganza celebrated in San Joaquin Village, Corozal in honor of the community’s patron saint. The fiesta commences on August 8th with the “corrida de la antocha” (torch marathon) from Bacalar, Quintana Roo to the village of San Joaquin, commemorating the cultural and historical ties between the two communities. The runners arrive on time to use the torch to light the veladoras for the first novenas (nine days of prayers). The fiesta culminates on August 16th with a mass, followed by a social feria with mechanical rides, traditional foods and beverages, and stalls with crafts and local products. A highlight of the feria is the opening ceremony where Miss San Joaquin is crowned, followed by cultural presentations and a dancehall where live bands are invited to entertain revelers.

5 Things that Make Me Happy to Be Home On Ambergris Caye
Saturday morning at 3:45am, my alarm went off. I threw off my big down comforter (it was in the 60s at night!) – time to head back home after 9 days in Barrington Rhode Island visiting my family. 6am Delta flight from tiny Providence airport to Atlanta (where everyone is SO important – in such a rush!) and then back to Belize. My original plan was to take the water taxi back to Ambergris Caye. I’d done it on my way to the states and it was totally easy. And way cheaper than the flight from Belize City to San Pedro. But it adds at least 2.5 hours to my journey and MAN…I just wanted to be home. So that leads me to my first reason that I am happy to be back home on North Ambergris Caye.

International Sourcesizz

Delaware-Sized Iceberg Detaches from the Larsen C Shelf
In a long-anticipated yet still-dramatic event, a chunk of ice nearly as big as Delaware has broken off from the Antarctic Peninsula. Satellite images from Wednesday, July 12, show that a slice of the Larsen C ice shelf covering about 1930 square miles has calved, or detached from the peninsula, over the past week (see Figure 1). The resulting iceberg is one of the 10 largest on record—not quite half the size of the world champion B-15 iceberg, which broke off from the Ross Ice Shelf in 2000. A longstanding rift in the Larsen C ice grew in accelerating fashion over this decade and especially over the past two years, lengthening from about 60 miles long in October 2015 to more than 100 miles long by May 2017. (The Guardian has a nice graphic showing the rift's progress over time.) The fracture extended to the base of the ice shelf, making it all but inevitable that the iceberg would form.

Taiwan announces visa-free entry for allies in Caribbean
The Government of Taiwan yesterday announced visa-free entry for nationals of its diplomatic allies in the Caribbean with immediate effect. According to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this is being done to “demonstrate the closeness between Taiwan and its allies in the Caribbean” and “the principles of mutual benefit and reciprocity”. With this development, nationals of Belize, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines will be given visa-exempt stays of up to 30 days. Meanwhile, nationals of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua will be granted visa-free stays of up to 90 days.

Answer nature's call from these stunning locations
If you are travelling to any of these spots it doesn't have to be a crappy experience. Here are 13 toilets that are worth travelling to. 12. Toilet Island, Belize: On usual days, one thinks what it would be like to own an island that is no less than any paradise. But an off-beat traveller might have to go an extra mile to discover an island that is famous for a fully functioning toilet.

BENQUE FIESTA – 51ST YEAR OF CELEBRATION!
This year marks the 51st year Benque Fiesta is being celebrated. Home to roughly 6500 +, this quaint and charming village comes alive as an influx of both locals and tourists head west to celebrate! Benque Fiesta is a celebration held annually at Benque Viejo, in honor of the patron saint ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel’ (Nuestra Señora de Monte Carmelo). It is the largest and longest religious festival held in the Cayo District which started on July 7th and leads to July 16th, the Patrons day.

Videos

  • Area Representative of Belize Rural South (San Pedro & Caye Caulker) Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. in questioning at a Special Senate Select Committee Hearing., 98min.

  • Belize, 4min.

  • Belize Scuba Diving Adventure, 2min.

  • Belize - San Pedro & Caye Caulker, 4.5min.

  • Belize 2017, 34min. Another wonderful vacation on Ambergris Caye (San Pedro) Belize! This year we were joined with guests, Jackie, Joanne, Pat, Andy, and Greg.

  • Bonefishing in Belize, 23min. Belize River Lodge Bonefish 2009.

  • Turtle Swimming in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize, 1/2min. Turtle swimming in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, AmberGris Caye, Belize.

  • shark & Ray 2017 Belize, 1.5min.

  • Can I travel in the U.S. on my student visa? What if I have to travel home temporarily?, 3min. We got the answers for you!