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The San Pedro Sun

Supreme Court grants David and Anke Doehm bail; Residents say the justice system failed
Following the tragic murder of 13 year-old Faye Lin Cannon on July 3rd on Ambergris Caye, her adoptive mother, Anke Doehm, and step-father, David Doehm, have remained the preliminary suspects of her death. Although the Doehms have not been charged for the crime of murder, they were both arraigned for “Cruelty to a Child” on July 12th. After remanded to the Belize Central Prison for several days, the couple sought bail at the Supreme Court of Belize on Friday, July 21st. Despite protesters peacefully demonstrating on Battlefield Park during the hearing process, Honorable Justice Denis Hanomansingh granted the Doehms bail of $10,000bz each. David Doehms’ Attorney, Richard “Dickie” Bradley, explained why the Doehms were given bail. “David Doehm was denied bail at the Belize Magistrate Court [on Thursday, July 13th] on the grounds that he was a flight risk, along with the seriousness of the charge. However, it has been the law of this country that bail is a right, and not a privilege—under the Constitution of Belize, Section V, Sub-section V.

BTB Holds Annual Digital Marketing Summit
On Friday July 14th, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) hosted its third annual Digital Marketing Summit. Aimed primarily at the hotel industry, it featured presenters discussing such topics like Travel Trade in Digital, Creative Digital Content, Social Media and Digital Strategy. Ten presenters took turns discussing a variety of ways the tourism industry in Belize can capitalize on the tools available to capture new clients and lifelong fans. Each panelist reiterated the same basic idea: think of potential customers not as consumers, but as people. Stakeholders were urged to step back from the bias of one’s own business and look at it from a consumer perspective. From the first click online through the final booking, businesses must take matters in their own hand to engage the customers from beginning to end.

Enhanced security measures to be implemented at international airport
An increase in security checks at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport is being required for all travellers bound to the United States of America. The official announcement was made by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation on Tuesday, July 18th. Passengers are now advised to be at the airport at least two hours prior to their departure to avoid delays or missed flights. The new rule became effective Wednesday, July 19th, and it requires that passengers be in compliance with U.S security requirements. Additional security measures will be implemented on outbound travellers flying from Belize to the United States, and are a direct requirement from the United States Department of Homeland Security. It calls for an increase in security protocols around aircraft and passenger areas, and the use of advanced technology, expanded canine screening along with the establishment of additional pre-clearance locations.

Building materials stolen from Hope Haven
Currently under construction to assist victimized children and women on Ambergris Caye, Hope Haven organizers have sadly had to report three counts of theft since Saturday, July 15th. After taking count of inventory and reviewing camera footage, the following building materials were stolen: 2X4X14 boards, zinc, sheetrock, along with other construction materials. Hope Haven Organizer Brittney O’Daniel stated that her team is doing all they can to identify the persons involved. “Aside from Saturday, we were broken into on Tuesday, July 18th, and Wednesday, July 19th. I just want people to stop breaking into the place. So far, camera footage has revealed that a burgundy pickup truck was hauling materials, and we are still reviewing footage. We have also filed a police report,” said O’Daniel.

SPPD to enforce liquor license law on vessels serving alcohol
Whether you’re on a day cruise, sunset cruise, or even on a snorkeling tour, more often than not, alcohol is served at some point on your trip. In a recent meeting between Chairlady of the San Pedro Town Council’s (SPTC) Trade and Liquor Licensing Board, Jennie Staines, and Officer in Charge (OC) of the Coastal Executive Unit, Superintendent Henry Jemmott, it was mandated that San Pedro Police will now enforce the law that requires tour operators who supply alcohol on their vessels to obtain a liquor license. According to the ‘Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Act’, Section 21, Chapter 150 (3), Revised Edition 2011, of the Substantive Laws of Belize, “there shall be granted under this Act the following kinds of licenses permitting sale of liquor in the premises and by the person described in the license: (i) a vessel license for the sale by the master of the vessel of liquor to passengers for consumption on board the vessel.”

Ambergris Today

Defense Attorney Says Prosecution Failed To Convince Judge In Doehm Bail Hearing
David and Anke Doehm were granted Supreme Court Bail of $10,000 each for the charges of Cruelty to a Child in the death case of Faye Lin Cannon. Angry protesters from San Pedro chanted "Justice for Faye" while the court was in session in Belize City. Needless to say, everyone was disappointed at the outcome of the court hearings as the Doehms walk free for the time being. Bail conditions include that the Doehms surrender their personal documents to the US Embassy, report to the Queen’s Street Police Station every Monday and the usual conditions that bail garners. The judge ordered the Doehms not to leave the country, otherwise they would be immediately detained with bail removed. It was the position of the prosecution that the Doehms were a flight risk.

Misc Belizean Sources


This "Belizean Legends Athletes All Stars" comes through the courtesy of the publication "The Genesis Agenda 2003", of Belize called, "Champions of Belize". The magazine and calendar publication that was produced in Belize in 2003 honored twelve of Belize's most outstanding athletes from the past. We here at "Belizean Legends" expresses a deep sense of gratitude to the Belizean publication for chronicling the sports history of some of the most important Belizean athletes in Belize's history. We hope to compliment and extend the work that they have done since 2003, and look forward to bring you the Belizean Legends audience a second part in this documentary series on Belizean sports and athletes.

Emancipation Day
United Black Association for Development Educational Foundation (UEF) has been collaborating with other community partners in recognition of Emancipation Day on August 1, 2017. If you would like to volunteer and participate in this communal effort you may text or call 671.8050.

It has been quite an honor for yours truly to have been in the presence of the humble and dynamic Belizean "Gold Medalist" and softball player, Sonia Buller-Davis, during a long awaited exclusive interview with her in the Belizean Legends studio in Los Angeles, California. Sonia Buller-Davis' journey to the shores of the Cayman Islands after her emigration from Belize in the early 1970s is a story within itself, and before her rise to fame in Belize as one of Belize's most spectacular athletes in the historical Belizean softball era of 1968 to 1976. She finally culminated her journey to tell her story of Belize's softball greatness on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 where we had one of the most informative discussions on Belize's softball sport history.

The historical documents left behind by the legendary Belizean historian, Ismael Omar Shabazz is research in volumes of the other chapter in Belizean history that remains uncovered even up to day. And one of his most noteworthy work in Belizean pre-colonial history is his unfolding of the African and Muslim presence before Christopher Columbus arrival in the Caribbean and Central America. Shabazz reveals the historical excavations that was founded by a Canadian archeologist, Dr. Pendergrass, who conducted excavations at the Mayan temple of Altun Ha in Belize and found the solid stone structure of this Muslim worshipper seen here in the photo and in kneeling (sujud) position in one of the caves that the Mayas used in their worship. Shabazz reiterated in his research that from the historical research and analysis of Afrocentric scholars like Ivan Van Sertima and Dr. Henry Clarke that Africans came to the Americas before Columbus. He also established that the indigenous peoples, the Mayas, once worshipped the images of these Africans seeing them as gods.

H.E. Francisco Daniel Gutierez Presents Letters of Credence to the President of the United States of America
H.E. Francisco Daniel Gutierez presented his Letters of Credence to the President of the United States of America at the White House, thus making him the tenth Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America. In his remarks to President Trump, Ambassador Gutierez expressed heartfelt greetings from the Prime Minister the Right Honorable Dean Oliver Barrow and the Belizean people. He underscored the friendly, and long-standing bilateral relations existing between both countries.

BWRC Manakin Maya Mountain Marathon
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Manakin Maya Mountain Race! Please tag yourselves in these pics! Thank You to very much to the prize sponsors: San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Calico Jacks, Hode's Place and BWRC. Thank you for the water stations kindly contributed by Crystal Paradise, Table Rock and Wildlife Institute students! Thanks to all who came, participated or helped. We hope you enjoyed yourselves as well as the beautiful Maya Mountains. We hope to see you again in the future. Now back to our "real job": caring for some animals at the clinic"

Crocodile Street in 'San Pedrito closed July 25 8-5
Please be advised that the main street in San Pedrito (Crocodile Street) will be closed to all traffic 8:00am- 5:00pm Tuesday 25th of July, this is to allow WASA to make a connection to the new apartment building on the corner of that street. ALL heavy vehicles must use alternative route, golf carts and motorcycles can pass following the diversion signs.

Joy Estrada making big waves in the United Kingdom
Joygiie for Urban Outfitters UK. I'm all over their home page.. mee, little ol' me. PS. this project was why I got braids, they were going for the @zoeisabellakravitz look and I think we nailed it!

NEMO Flood Mitigation in Toledo
As part of its general nationwide Flood Mitigation Program, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has deployed equipment to the Toledo District where it is currently engaged in excavation and clearing of drains. Work is currently taking place in the Magoon and Indianville areas, and will soon extend to Hopeville and other flood prone areas. NEMO Toledo District Coordinator Kenton Parham says they are familiar with the major problem areas, most of which have been confirmed by the recent rains. He says they are confident that the works being done will significantly alleviate the situation, enabling the water to run off quickly when it rains excessively.

The Central American Commission for Maritime Transport (COCATRAM) in collaboration with the Belize Port Authority (BPA), Port of Belize and Port of Big Creek will be hosting the “XXXIX Central American Port Forum, REPICA” to be held during the period 25th -28th July 2017, at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza in Belize City, Belize. The purpose of the Central American Isthmus Port Meeting (REPICA) is to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences through the discussion of port issues. The meeting will be attended by well over eighty (80) delegates from eight countries representing port managers & administrators, representatives of Ministries of Transport, port authorities and other related entities along with major players in the Belize port sector.

Prime Minister Departs Country on Personal Leave
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the public that Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow will depart the country to the United States of America today, Friday, July 21st, 2017 on personal leave. During the Prime Minister’s absence, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington will act as Prime minister. The Prime Minister returns to Belize on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017.

H.E. Francisco Daniel Gutierez Presents Letters of Credence to the President of the United States of America
H.E. Francisco Daniel Gutierez presented his Letters of Credence to the President of the United States of America at the White House, thus making him the tenth Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America. In his remarks to President Trump, Ambassador Gutierez expressed heartfelt greetings from the Prime Minister the Right Honorable Dean Oliver Barrow and the Belizean people. He underscored the friendly, and long-standing bilateral relations existing between both countries. Ambassador Gutierez applauded the role of the United States in the preservation of peace and the respect for Belize’s borders given the unfounded Guatemalan claim, and President Trump in his remarks underscored that a secure and stable Central America contributes to the safety and prosperity of the United States. Ambassador Gutierez also mentioned the loss of correspondent banking and dangers posed therein.

8th annual Youth Summer Camp
Official Opening ceremonies were held today for the 8th annual Youth Summer Camp which is sponsored by Hon. John Saldivar, the Belmopan City Council and the Ministry of Sports. The camp consists of 8 sporting disciplines namely: Tennis, chess, football️, softball, basketbal, volleyball and flag football. Presently tennis, chess, football and softball are currently running until Friday, 28th July and spaces are still available if you want to sign up your child/children. The other disciplines will begin on Monday, 31st July.

New BECOL Headquarters breaks ground
It is official: BECOL had their ground breaking ceremony with construction on their state-of-the-art headquarters slated to begin in August. Be a part of San Ignacio's exclusive neighbourhood.

The Belize Duck Race
BELIZE DUCK RACE IS TODAY (Saturday)! See you there! Call 615-3233 for tickets!!!

2017 Spartan BodyBuilding Classic
July 22, Corozal Civic Center

BTL is looking preferably for recent graduates (within the last two years) or current junior college students with a major in the field of Journalism, English, Marketing or related fields, to fill the post of “Public Relations Intern” in the Sales & Marketing Division in Belize City. The Public Relations Intern’s Main Duties include: • Drafting of letters, press releases, and presentations • Assisting with the planning of BTL events • Coordinating BTL team initiatives

Nominations for 15th Annual National Tourism Awards
Nominations are Open!

Belizean Patriot: Zebedee Augustus "Sonny" Pitterson
Unsung hero and philanthropist Zebedee Augustus "Sonny" Pitterson (1931 - 2014) had raised himself up from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful Belizean businessmen in the City, operating Sunnyside for 55 years. In 1952, the first of Sonny’s businesses, Sunnyside Saloon, opened on West Canal, specializing in pastries. Opened with savings of $68, Sunnyside quickly established a second branch on Racecourse Street on the lower flat of Pitterson’s home, and emerged as a competitor to Dit’s Saloon on King Street. Shrugging off the disaster of Hurricane Hattie in 1961 (during which he lost almost everything and yet was able to shelter and feed 33 people and mix 900 sacks of flour, by hand, to make bread for the hungry populace in the aftermath of the hurricane), and fires caused by overheating ovens in 1995 and 2002, Sunnyside Bakery has stayed alive.

Standings after the third day of competition in the U20 Central American Women Championship
Here are the standings after the third day of competition in the U20 Central American Women Championship. Tomorrow is the last day of competition. If Belize is to get into the medal round they wouuld have to win their last two games and Guatemela would have to lose their last two games. The way Guatemala has been playing it is a long shot and it doesn't seem likely. However, Belize has a good chance to win both of their games tomorrow and move up to a tie with Nicaragua for fourth place. Belize will play at 12:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the SCA Gymnasium. $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for Children. Come and cheer on our girls. See you there!

Maya Language and Folkloric Dance Summer Program
A gentle reminder to sign up for FREE Maya Language starting on Monday, July 25th from 9:00 am-11:00 am. Come and learn Maya Language with facilitators from Universidad Intercultural de Quintana Roo. Mexico.

Ti-Tai Art Level-1 workshop
There's still space available to register your child in our Ti-Tai Art Level-1 workshop! Participants will learn the history and skill of the tradition of Ti-Tai weaving. Call 223-4524 for more info.

Channel 7

Bar Declares War On CJ For 29 Pending Judgements
In the next half hour, the Bar Association of Belize will hold its second annual general meeting and it could be pivotal for the judiciary! That's because the Bar is fed up with a backlog of over two dozen judgments which are sitting on Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin's desk. And tonight, the Bar is considering the option of calling for, quote "(the) voluntary resignation of the Chief Justice on the basis of a lack of confidence in his ability to deliver outstanding decisions." Failing that, another option is to, quote: "Make a formal complaint to the appropriate body for the removal of the Chief Justice from office for misconduct, that is, the manifest failure to deliver timely decisions in breach of the constitutional right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time."

Bail For US Couple Accused of Cruelty To Deceased Child
Last night, we told you how a group of San Pedro residents intended to stage a protest in front of the Supreme Court. They were there to demand that Americans David and Anke Doehm to remain in jail while the await a criminal trial related to the death of their 13 year-old adopted daughter Faye Lin Cannon. A small group of protesters showed up to the Battlefield Park, and chanted loudly, making a peaceful but disruptive stance at the courthouse. But, though they disturbed the business of court, they still couldn't prevent the judge from ruling that the couple should be released, while they await trial for the offense of cruelty to a child.

Baby Found In Canal Was Premature
Last night, we told you about the body of the baby which was found in the Canal at the corner of the South and East Canal Streets. Well, tonight, police have more questions and answers, and have yet to release any official information on the case. We have learned that no post-mortem has been conducted on the child's body. Investigators are still trying to find out who parents are, and and why the baby was stuffed in a plastic bag and abandoned. But, while the cops are searching for those answers, the social media rumor mill is in overdrive. There is a picture a woman being circulated on Facebook saying she is the mother who abandoned the baby. The press has asked the police about that, but they remain tightlipped about the case.

GSU Got A Gun
The GSU found a weapon and ammunition on Kelly Street this afternoon. Acting on information received, they conducted a operation in the area where they found a .25 pistol, two 9 mm Luger brand of ammo and thirty four .223 rounds of ammunition. They were all deposited as found property.

Top Shelf Liquor On the Down Low
Yesterday we told you about the contraband confrontation on Yo Creek Road. Well there was another contraband seizure this morning but there was no confrontation. Police found 10 bottles of contraband alcohol, including vodka, Jack Daniel's and Bailey's in a knapsack on the cargo of a Maya Island Air flight in San Pedro.

Police and Politicians Descend on Mayflower 'Hood
Today, City Councilor Phillip Willoughby called us out to the heart of the Mayflower Street neighborhood. Now, he's a municipal politician who's trying to be mayor - so for him to call out the media is not surprising. But when we got there we found that he also had the Southside commander Marco Vidal with him. Now we know that Vidal - as the former head of the GSU - is a feared figure in Mayflower - which is the heart of the Ghost Town Crips. But, today we found him in community policing mode - here's how it looked.

Philloughby Wants Your Vote
And as you saw in the story, we did ask Councillor Willoughby whether he's positioning himself politically with this latest effort. As we told you a week ago, he's offering himself for UDP Mayor - which puts him in a contest with fellow councillor Dion Leslie. Today, we asked him if he intends to go all the way:... Phillip Willoughby - UDP Mayoral Aspirant: "God willing and the people support that they see my name, they recognize my tenure at City Hall since 2006, the work we have put in collectively with the media. you see me administrate over projects that cost excess of 10 million US dollars, the flood mitigation project, you have seen us work with the downtown project, you have seen us work with the transfer station project, administration, running hurricane, taking care of the disaster is my forte Jules. Its every morning 5am, getting on the ground around the city, looking at what needs to be done and doing that daily and that I have done."

Radisson Refund Guests Because Of Noisy Night Club
But, if he wants the support of residents in the Fort Street area - he'll have to solve their latest nightclub problem. The Jungle Restaurant and Bar opened across from the Fort Street Tourism Village a few weeks ago - and the management of the Radisson says it's become a nuisance to guests at the Villa Wing. We asked him about it:. Jules Vasquez: "Mr. Jim Scott told me last week that he had to be refunding guests and relocating guests on the Villa side, because the noise from the Jungle Nightclub which you personally investigated was too much. Response?"

Juge Refuses Vera (Again)
A week ago, we told you how the convicted police firearms examiner, Orlando Vera, made an application for Justice Herbert Lord to recuse himself from hearing his appeal. That's after refusing 3 applications for bail that Vera made. Well, today, the judge had one more refusal: he refused his application. Court reports are that the judge said in his decision that he doesn't think Vera has established any legal basis to ask that he recuse himself. From there, the judge announced dates for the start of the case, and he has scheduled the full hearing of the appeal, which is scheduled for August 15.

US Helping BDF Hospital
The BDF medical officers will be operating out of a new hospital in early October. That is when renovations on one portion of the hospital at the Price Barracks should be complete. That section is rundown and has needed serious work for some time. Well, the US Marine Corp will be doing all the repair work. We stopped by today to find out how important this upgrade is to BDF officers as well as surrounding communities. Major Elfryn Reyes - Force Medical Officer: "The BDF Hospital is mainly an outpatient hospital. We are limited in services so what we do is try to cure what is within our means and whatever we cannot handle we referred to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Due to the maintenance of the hospital over the years or the lack of maintenance I should say, the infrastructure has dilapidated and needed some urgent attention. We were urgently on that half side of the hospital, but moved to this side that the British had left. So it is not in use right now and that's the side the marines are going to work on."

Au Revoir, Ramsey
And the man behind most of these US Army initiatives is Lieutenant Colonel Robert Ramsey. It is his last day in Belize and today he gave us an overview of his involvement in some of the projects in Belize. Lt. Col. Robert Ramsey - Senior Defense Official, US Embassy: "I have been here for about almost 2 years serving as the defense attache. Some of the projects that stand out are obviously Beyond The Horizons here from April or June. We did 5 projects, but the one that really stand out for me was Western Regional Hospital, that's the one I felt like I was able to impact a little bit with some initiatives that I started and some that aren't complete yet for example the emergency room that was built. We have the funding and the personnel and we have the materials on order which actually connect the hospital to the emergency room. So that worked will begin sometime in mid-August. We are looking forward for that to be complete. I'm sorry I won't be here to see it but I'm so happy it's getting done."

New Bze Ambassador To US Meets Trump
Belize has a new Ambassador to the USA. He is the former Ambassador to Caricom, Daniel Gutierez. Yesterday he presented his Letters of Credence to US President Donald Trump. Gutierez becomes the tenth Ambassador of Belize to the USA and - according to an official release - in his remarks to President Trump, quote, "he expressed heartfelt greetings from the Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Belizean people. He underscored the friendly, and long-standing bilateral relations existing between both countries." End quote. The statement says he also applauded the "United States in the respect for Belize's borders given the unfounded Guatemalan claim.

PM On Personal Leave
Prime Minister Barrow also traveled to the US today. According to an official release, he is on personal leave, and during his absence, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington will be acting Prime minister. The PM returns on Tuesday, July 25th.

Belize Girls Succumb to Fatigue
In the third day of the Under 20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship, Team Belize faced off against rival Guatemala. Coming off a tough match last night, where they lost to Costa Rica in 5 sets after beating El Salvador earlier that day, Team Belize was noticeably tired, and couldn't quite keep up with Guatemala's face paced play style, losing in three sets. We spoke to one of Team Belize's coaches and players about their performance, and how they will prepare going forward...

A Camp For Kids To Go To The Next Level
For the last two weeks, SMART has been hosting children from all over the city in its annual Youth Stars Summer Camp. Kids of all experience levels were invited to participate and learn the fundamentals of the game. The camp ended today and an award ceremony was held to recognize some the top performers. We went out to the ceremony and spoke with the camps organizers about its success... Of the more than 100 kids that participated in the summer camp, a select few of them have been chosen to travel to Miami to participate in another, more advanced training camp. Here's what the SMART camp coordinators and instructors had to say about the opportunity... The kids going to Miami will be participating in the prestigious FC Barcelona Soccer Camp.

Gunny Money Business At GSU
Police have launched an investigation to find out where sixty thousand dollars went - that was supposed to be used to GSU informants. These monies are in what's called an "intelligence gathering fund" and would be paid to persons who provide information to the GSU. When the intelligence officer gets the money, he would usually sign for it - thus proving some accountability. But it seems that was missing with thousands earmarked for the GSU in the past year. On June 7th, the CEO in the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to Special Branch and the GSU expressed concerns about the use of the fund.

Dianne Says It's About Peace
Last night we had a portion of mediator Dianne Finnegan's reposes to Southside Commander Marco Vidal. He told her and her co-mediators Chester Williams and Nuri Mohammed to join the CYDP, or quite mediating because they are pursuing personal agendas. In part two of her response to Vidal, Finnegan says the only agenda is peace:... Vidal declined to comment on her response today.

Police Minister Tours
This week Police Minister of State Elodio Aragon went on a tour of the Cayo substations. It is sort of like a meet and greet session but it's with police officers. Aragon told the media just how meaningful these tours are. Aragon's countrywide tour began in May. He has visited Orange Walk and Corozal police formations as well.

International paint manufacturer Comex has partnered with the City Council to give back to the community. They will sponsor paint for a public structure and a school. We learned more about the alliance yesterday.

Channel 5

Bail for David and Anke Doehm; Court Unconvinced They are Flight Risks
This morning, the American couple accused of cruelty and neglect of thirteen-year-old Faye Lin Cannon appeared before Supreme Court Justice Denis Hanomansingh, seeking bail. David and Anke Doehm got it [...]

Attorney Reminds that Denial of Bail Should Not Be Used as Punishment
For those upset with the decision of the court, Bradley offered a timely reminder that bail is not a privilege, but a right, and that a person’s liberty cannot be [...]

San Pedranos/Belizeans Protest Outside Court
While the bail hearing was taking place before Judge Denis Hanomansingh, outside the Supreme Court, a group assembled to protest against David and Anke Doehm.  The group travelled to the [...]

Dickie Bradley Says Guilt of Clients Should not be Prejudged
Bradley also addressed the protestors outside the Court in Battlefield Park, saying he empathizes with the situation, but upholds the right of his client to be free while awaiting trial. [...]

Police Minister to Inquire About Alleged G.S.U. Funds Misappropriation
On Thursday, News Five broke the story of an ongoing investigation into missing monies from the Gang Suppression Unit’s headquarters on Newtown Barracks.  The funds were initially set aside for [...]

Discarded Baby in East Canal Suffered from Breathing Problems
The discovery of a dead baby, its umbilical cord still attached, found floating in East Canal on Thursday morning, has stunned residents of Belize City.  The baby boy, discarded inside [...]

P.M. Departs to U.S. for Personal Leave
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is on personal leave in the United States, according to a release from his office. The PM departed the country today and is scheduled to return [...]

City Center Will Double as Emergency Management Shelter
The most expensive public building in the country is located on Central American Boulevard, across from Belize Water Services.  On a tour on Wednesday, the media was shown the impressive [...]

Cecil Gill Charged for Murder of Philip Samuels
After two nights in police custody, Cecil Gill was finally arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for the murder of his friend Phillip Samuels. Gill was taken to court [...]

Bert Vasquez Claims Innocence, but Will Be Sentenced Next Week on Abduction Charge
Also in court was Bert Vasquez, who was convicted by a jury on July tenth of forcible abduction, sexual assault, and harm against a sixteen-year-old minor, which occurred back in [...]

Threatening Words Case between City Councilor and Activist Tossed
Activist Raymond Rivers also appeared in court today for an incident that goes back to November 2016 involving U.D.P. Councillor Phillip Willoughby. Willoughby accused Rivers of using threatening words against [...]

Wilfred Elrington Baffled by Case of Missing Documents; C.C.J. Says He Must Return Them
Senior Counsel and Government Minister Wilfred Elrington has been taken to the Caribbean Court of Justice in respect to his personal handling of a case for a company, Progresso Heights [...]

The Army to Benefit from New Hospital Construction
The Belize Defense Force is getting a new hospital through collaboration with the United States.  A team from the U.S. Marine will be carrying the necessary construction to bring up [...]

Daniel Gutierrez is Belize’s Man in Washington
Former ambassador to CARICOM, Francisco Daniel Gutierrez has moved up to Washington D.C. where he presented credentials to President Donald Trump as ambassador before the State Department. Gutierrez replaces Patrick [...]

Ex-gangsters in Mayflower Hoping to Turn Over a New Leaf
South Side Commander Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal was in the Mayflower/Ghost Town area today on a walking tour, meeting with residents and gang networks in that area.  One of those [...]

Residents Clean Up Mayflower/Ghost-Town Neighborhood
The Ghost Town and Mayflower area usually makes the news – and most of the time, it is not for positive stories.  But the crime-ridden neighborhood was getting a good [...]

Philip Willoughby Addresses Mayoral Candidacy; Albert Rep Supports Opponent
Just now you heard Willoughby on the garbage in Ghost Town and the cleanup efforts.  Today while the City Councilor was out, he was questioned whether his appearance was a [...]

Smart Stars Football Summer Camp Culminates at the MCC Grounds
The Smart Stars Football Summer Camp culminated today at the MCC Grounds in Belize City. The annual football summer camp has been taking place for over ten years and this [...]

How to Help Children in Disasters Return to Happiness
A week-long workshop by the Ministry of Local Government in collaboration with UNICEF concluded today at the Biltmore Plaza. Representatives from both private and public sector agencies and organizations that [...]

A Disney Show to Raise a Thousand Smiles at Bliss
A first of its kind Disney show will be held this Saturday at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, featuring international and local artists. It is a fundraiser to [...]

Get Saved with Papa San and Company at Festival of Hope
Christian music fans and evangelicals are awaiting the climax of the week-long Festival of Hope on Saturday at B.T.L. Park in Belize City.  After several days of evangelism countrywide, the [...]

Belize Challenging for Medals at Youth Volleyball Tournament
The under twenty-one Central American Female Volleyball Championship is underway in Belize City at the SCA Gymnasium. Belize is hosting the regional competition which ends on Saturday night. Team Belize [...]


Newborn baby’s body retrieved from canal
This morning, shortly before nine o’clock, a sanitation worker from the City Council found the body of what appeared to be a full term baby boy. He discovered the baby’s body in a canal near the South Street Bridge. The child had been disposed of in a black plastic bag. Dalila Ical reporting… Julian Jimenez, […]

BSCFA refutes statements made by BSI/ASR
Today the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) responded to BSI’s release issued yesterday, and it is says that BSI has made “alarming and untruthful statements regarding the commercial relationship between themselves and the BSCFA,” and has misinterpreted the Association’s intentions. BSCFA is saying that while it agrees that BSI’s proposed investment will bring benefits […]

Woman knocked down and killed in Seine Bight Village
A nineteen year old is being investigated after hitting three persons and killing one of them while he was driving in Seine Bight Village. Police report that shortly after six o’clock this morning, Obed Isaac, a resident of Blackman Eddy Village was driving a grey Silverado from Seine Bight Village to Placencia Village. When he […]

Corozal Junior College students win regional techonology competition
Belize placed first in the Canto Code 3.0 Hackathon. Corozal Junior College has announced that three of its students placed first in the Canto Code 3.0 held in the Dominican Republic. LXJ Code Belize hacked their way to the top with a ‘new and innovative communication platform to assist with natural disasters and national emergencies.’ […]

Julio Valdez points out irregularities in issuance of nationality certificates
In 2013, the now retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, Julio Valdez, was in charge of investigating the case of eight missing visas from the Immigration Department in Belmopan. During his investigation, Valdez figured out that someone took the documents from the Immigration Department to the house of Attorney Arthur Saldivar who refused to give a […]

Valdez said security at Immigration Department was very week
During his investigation, Julio Valdez, could not determine who took the documents from Immigration Department and how. He did make an observation when he visited the offices in Belmopan. Valdez told the Senate Committee yesterday that the room where the documents were being stored was easily accessible and it was poorly secured. Julio Valdez – […]

Compol questioned on status of Immigration investigation
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, told the Senate Select Committee yesterday that he did not instruct retired ASP Julio Valdez to only keep investigating Arthur Saldivar. Whylie said he told Valdez to continue investigating Saldivar and the irregularities he had uncovered in the Immigration Department. But that side of the investigation could not be completed […]

Compol speaks on Wong Hong Kim case
Police Commissioner Allen Whylie was ordered by the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to investigate the Wong Hong Kim matter. The People’s United Party successfully applied for a writ of mandamus compelling Whylie to investigate Elvin Penner and his involvement in the Wong Hong Kim scandal. That subject was brought up by Senator Mark Lizarraga during […]

Judge reserves judgement in Speednet versus PUC case
At the beginning of the week, a trial involving Speednet Communications, SMART, and the Public Utilities Commission, PUC, was tried in the courtroom of Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana. That trial surrounded a fee of more than one million dollars which the PUC says Smart owes. Smart was represented by Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay who […]

Child protection discussed
The workshop being facilitated this week by UNICEF in partnership with the Government and other nongovernment organizations focuses on what communities can do to help children reestablish normalcy during and after natural disasters and what their needs are. The workshop focuses on a technique called “Return to Happiness”. Diana Shaw of the Child Development Foundation […]

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Valdez refused to “call name!”
At the Senate Select Committee investigating the Auditor General’s report on the Immigration Department for the period 2011 to 2013, one of the highlights of the testimony of retired Superintendent of Police Julio Valdez, who appeared before the committee this morning, was his refusal to say who instructed him to stop investigating the irregularities found in some Immigration Department documents that the attorney, Arthur Saldivar, handed over to the police in October 2013. In the wake of the Won Hong Kim fiasco (which came to light in September 2013), and the 2012 general elections, prior to which there had been large scale issuance of approvals for the granting of nationality to thousands of immigrants in Belize, corruption at the Immigration Department became a hot, national topic. Somehow Saldivar had gotten his hands on a trove of Immigration Department documents.

Two cops charged with extortion
Two police officers who had been arrested and charged with extortion, were brought to court today by Crimes Investigation Branch police officers so that they could be arraigned on the charge. Corporal Marvin Salam, 37, and Constable Anthony Blair, 28, both pleaded not guilty to one count of extortion when the charge was read to them by Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. There was no objection to the offering of bail to the two accused cops and Magistrate Mendoza released them on bail of $3,000 each plus one surety each in the same amount.

Newborn baby found in East Canal
The body of a full-term, newborn infant was recovered from the East Canal near the South Street Bridge at about 9:00 this morning. The infant was declared dead on the scene by a doctor of the Forensic Unit, who was called to the scene by police. Police believe that the baby was about two hours old, and an investigation has begun to find the mother. In an interview with us this morning on the scene on South Street, a resident said that he was at his house when a City Council sanitation worker called him to come out and see something. He thought that he was calling him to see a dead dog, and he hesitated, but the worker insisted, and he went.

Keith Yearwood alleges GSU brutality
Keith Francis Yearwood, a younger brother of Inspector of Police Fitzroy Yearwood, a Police Press Officer for Eastern Division North, told Amandala this evening that he suffered an unprovoked beating by four police Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) officers last Thursday night, July 13. The self-employed taxi operator was in his car with his teenaged daughter when he allegedly was pulled out of his car by his dreadlocks. The vicious officers even ordered his daughter to come out of his car at gunpoint, despite his protest to them that she is a minor, according to Yearwood.

Traffic accident claims woman’s life in Seine Bight
At about 6:30 this morning, a Silverado F 350 pickup, being driven at the time by Obed Isaac Mojano, 19, a driver of Blackman Eddy, Cayo District, on its way to Placencia, on the Placencia Road, hit two women and a man who were standing on the road near the Cultural Center in Seine Bight. Mojano apparently lost control of the pickup, which then slammed into a lamppost, breaking it, but the post stopped its forward movement.

From SJC valedictorian to physicist: The odyssey of Sydney Taegar
I have not seen Sydney Taegar for a number of years. When I began visiting his home on Regent Street, around mid-1981, when Sydney was still in primary school, it was for the teachings of his father, the late, great Dr. Leroy Taegar. It was with Dr. Taegar’s guidance that I was able to navigate my way out of the storm that my life had become, after my stance in the Public Service Union strike against the Heads of Agreement in April 1981. The education that I received from Dr. Leroy Taegar was the first substantial training I received as an aspiring writer, and it continued for many years later, when I lived in a kind of exile in New York. Though I had not seen Sydney Taegar in decades, I had heard about his remarkable journey in education and how he had earned a PhD and had become a physicist.

“In the Paint” – Interoffice Basketball round-up
BTL used a 25-15 fourth-quarter run against Tuff e Nuff to overcome a 60 to 55 five-point third-quarter deficit, ultimately winning the game, 80-75, to secure the big bounce-back win after losing last week to the Kings. BTL shot 41% from the field on 30-of-74 shooting, with most of those points coming inside the paint and in transition. Lennox Bowman continued on his tear, hitting for 25 points in 34 minutes of play. He also contributed 4 rebounds 2 assists and 2 steals. Jason Vasquez also gave good account of himself, as he totaled 24 pts 5 rebs 4 assists and 2 steals. BTL’s veteran, Jason Lamb chipped in with 11 pts 2 rebs in the win.

Belmopan 1st Division football semifinals results; finals begin on Sunday
It was another weekend filled with excitement and memorable comebacks, as the Belmopan Football Association (BFA) completed its 2017 First Division Closing Tournament best-of-2 games semifinals series on Sunday at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. Both eventual finalists, Madrid FC and AC Milan, had to battle from behind, to the surprise and entertainment of a crowded Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Sunday. Both games did not disappoint, with AC Milan and Winz FC wrapping up the evening in extra time, after their two-game series ended 5-5 in regulation time.

Kulture leads at completion of First Round in National Over-40 Football Tournament 2017
With still a back-match in hand, undefeated Kulture Yabra Veterans lead the National Over-40 Football standings at the completion of the first round-robin; while their fellow Belize City squad, Pickstock Lake-I, who share the backmatch with Kulture, are still winless at the bottom of the standings. (See standings below.) 8 teams are in the double round-robin competition, and Week 7 games this past weekend completed the first round-robin, with 1 back-match remaining between Kulture Yabra and Pickstock Lake-I. Week 7 consisted of 3 Saturday games and 1 on Sunday.

Belize registers first win in U-20 Female Central American Volleyball tournament at SCA Multipurpose Gym
Central American countries are participating in the U-20 Female Central American Volleyball Championship being hosted in Belize this year at the SCA Multipurpose Center; and, after losing our first outing yesterday to Honduras, a reliable source reports that Belize gained our first victory today when we defeated El Salvador. Congratulations, ladies! As we go to press tonight, Belize is scheduled to meet powerhouse Costa Rica, who shut out Panama yesterday, 3-0. Belize is scheduled to play Guatemala tomorrow, Friday, starting at 12:30 p.m. Belize all the way!!

Editorial: Hopelessly corrupt
With each passing day, the people of Belize are seeing that we are living in a country which is hopelessly corrupt. Why is this so, when our citizens, by and large, are God-fearing and peace-loving? Belize is hopelessly corrupt because we Belizeans are the prisoners of a constitutional system of governance which is not dedicated to truth, honesty, and justice, but which was designed, in the first instance, to ensure that elected governments survive their five-year term of office, no matter what. All the mechanisms, structures, and institutions of public office and service, function to protect the elected government and to intimidate those who would wish to challenge it. The goal of whoever crafted Belize this constitution was to ensure political stability. The price we have paid for that political stability is hopeless corruption.

From The Publisher
A recurring theme in the plays of William Shakespeare is the matter of constituted, legitimate authority, and the societal implications and impacts of attempts to question, challenge, subvert, defy, or even overthrow that constituted and legitimate authority. Shakespeare, the greatest playwright ever in the English language, wrote during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) in England. This was a time of much turmoil in England, because English Catholics, encouraged by the Pope and supported by the King of Spain, were challenging the authority of Elizabeth, who was the head of the English Church because her father, Henry VIII, had made such a constitutional change in 1534, declaring that the king (or queen) of England would henceforth be the head of the Church of England. For all the previous centuries, England had been a Roman Catholic country wherein the Pope of Rome ruled in religious matters.

Vista del Mar, Phase 1, needs help!
Dear Editor, Vista Del Mar in Phase 1, not sure if this place is a forgotten part of Belize, from what I see, the people, residents, through no fault of their own, are suffering and reaping the consequences of the war between the Blue and the Red politics in Belize. I have never seen a government and opposition so callous or hard, indifferent towards its people in this area. The so-called streets – very rudimentary, mud holes, Perez Road area near the canals as well, “bruk up”, you cannot walk or drive a car. The politicians do everything in their power to avoid this rural area.

Stiffen the perjury laws!
Dear Editor, One good thing about true democracies is that they have an informed populace. Clearly, Belize is not yet one of those true democracies. For one, the Constitution – the boss law of the nation state Belize, excludes every Belizean, except elected lawmakers or area representatives and appointed Senators from joining the Prime Minister in Cabinet to manage our government Ministries. (See The Belize Constitution Chapter 4, Part 5, Section 40, Subsection 2). And two, the boss law in the nation does not require any sitting Cabinet Minister to give semi-annual or annual public testimony under oath about their Ministry, or anything else of Belizean public interest, to the people and their elected representatives.

BCA’s Debbie Curling answers Cedric Flowers
Dear Editor, In response to a featured article in the Amandala, Belizean Diaspora – No Representation without Taxation!, written by Cedric Flowers, published July 19, 2017, Belizean Citizens Abroad (BCA) wishes to respond by saying that we find this article egregious in so many ways. Instead of bridging the gap that divides us, Mr. Flowers continues to feed into the divide by fanning the flames that exist between us. Firstly, he negatively defines us as “agitators” rather than “advocates” fighting for our rights. Secondly, by deductive reasoning, it appears Mr. Flowers believes that in addition to boosting the economy of Belize by sending home remittances to our families, contributing to the education of many at home via scholarships, and the myriad ways in which Belizeans in the diaspora contribute, HE is now “agitating” that WE should be taxed at home!

Your citizenship
The identity of an individual and their citizenship in a given nation are probably two of the most important identifying marks any person can have. Being able to identify one’s self is part of the hallmark of who we are. It gives you that status of being a human being; it gives gender and I am not talking about the alphabet soup mixture of gender identity being promoted by the LGBT community. I mean the mechanism to be able to vote, travel, pay taxes, receive benefits, the ability to work either for one’s self or another party. You carry your identify from cradle to grave and is probably the last thing that is used to register your passing and to record that indeed you once walked the face of the earth.

Right to the Point
Continuing on our issue of domestic violence, I want to address the rights of a child, and young persons in “relationships/courtships”, under the Domestic Violence Act Chapter 179, Laws of Belize (herein DVA). This is important, especially since for all intents and purposes a child cannot access protection under the DVA on his or her own and young persons in “relationships/courtships” are not adequately addressed as having any protection. Ironically, however, children and young persons are the most vulnerable under the DVA and yet the most voiceless…. In many ways I believe the DVA fails these two most vulnerable groups and this has got to change.

Fire destroys 3 houses; 9 people homeless on Supaul Street
At about 3:30 yesterday morning, while most people were sleeping, fire engulfed and destroyed three houses in a yard on Supaul Street, leaving 9 people homeless. All their household furnishings and other possessions were destroyed. One of the houses which were destroyed was a plywood house measuring 15 ft. by 25 ft. that belonged to Devon Sankey, 24, a construction worker. Another house located in the same yard, also made of plywood, measuring about 20 ft. by 30 ft., belonging to Shern Williams, 40, was partially damaged, because a part of it is made of concrete, and a third house in the yard was also destroyed completely.

US-bound travelers face tighter security screening; terrorism cited
As of today, US-bound travelers departing from Belize via American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines, the four airlines currently providing direct flights from Belize to the USA, will be subject to additional screening measures, following a decision announced by the US Department of Homeland Security late last month to step up screening of electronic devices larger than a cell phone which could be used by terrorists to conceal bombs. On Tuesday afternoon, Belize’s Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation issued a traveler advisory saying that, “Air Travelers departing the Philip S.W. International Airport en route to destinations in the United States of America are advised that effective Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in compliance with US security requirements, additional security measures will be implemented on outbound passengers flying from Belize to the U.S.

Cecil Gill hands himself in to police
Cecil Walton Gill, 36, a computer technician of Boots Crescent, Belize City, has been arrested and charged, pending arraignment at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, for the murder of his friend and neighbor, Phillip Michael Samuels, which occurred on Monday night. After being on the run from police since stabbing Samuels on Monday night, Gill went to the Racoon Street Police Station at about 12:30 this morning and surrendered himself to police.

ComPol Whylie “did nothing!” about glaring evidence of wrongdoing in the Immigration Department
Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, former CEO in the Ministry of National Security before he became Commissioner in 2013, was in the witness chair for the afternoon session of the inquiry by the Senate Select Committee into the Auditor General’s Special Report on the Immigration Department between 2011 and 2013. Whylie was the subject of a Supreme Court application for a writ of mandamus that was successfully filed by the then Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), Hon. Francis Fonseca, and Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin had instructed the Commissioner of Police to investigate the Won Hong Kim passport scandal (involving the issuance of a Belizean passport to a South Korean criminal in a Taiwanese prison) which had blown up under disgraced former UDP Minister of Immigration, Elvin Penner.

From SJC valedictorian to physicist: The odyssey of Sydney Taegar
I have not seen Sydney Taegar for a number of years. When I began visiting his home on Regent Street, around mid-1981, when Sydney was still in primary school, it was for the teachings of his father, the late, great Dr. Leroy Taegar. It was with Dr. Taegar’s guidance that I was able to navigate my way out of the storm that my life had become, after my stance in the Public Service Union strike against the Heads of Agreement in April 1981. The education that I received from Dr. Leroy Taegar was the first substantial training I received as an aspiring writer, and it continued for many years later, when I lived in a kind of exile in New York. Though I had not seen Sydney Taegar in decades, I had heard about his remarkable journey in education and how he had earned a PhD and had become a physicist.

The Reporter

Protesters believe Doehms are flight risk persons; defense attorney says bail is a right
About 20 protesters gathered in front of the Court House this morning to object to the Supreme Court granting of bail to American nationals, David and Anke Doehm, both 56, and jointly charged with ‘Cruelty of a Child’. But while the protesters, bearing the Belizean […]

Mac and cheese dinner may cause birth defects, new study suggests
The staple meal many Belizeans like, packaged macaroni and cheese is linked to birth defects caused by harmful chemicals, a new study reveals. Phthalates, which chemicals said to be in the powdered cheese, can be harmful to an unborn baby, according to research by the […]

Supreme court grants bail to dead teen’s step parents; San Pedranos picket courthouse
The Supreme Court has granted bail to the step parents of Fay Lin Conner, the Chinese girl who was discovered dead earlier this month at her house in San Pedro. While the bail proceeding took place, a group of San Pedro residents carried out a […]

Belize City Centre on target to be completed by December
With the installation of its wooden court, certified by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) the Belize City Centre is well under way to be completed by the end of this year. The court is being installed by Conner’s Flooring and Design Company, which specializes in […]

Gas price goes down
Belizean drivers can find more relief in the latest gas price change as the cost of both regular and diesel fuels went down this week. The latest price change took effect on Wednesday, July 19, when Regular Fuel went down by 30 cents from $10 to $9.70. […]

Taking note of bladder cancer symptoms
Although bladder cancer is normally diagnosed in its early stage, it tends to return after treatment. Bladder cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the inner lining of the bladder – the organ that stores urine processed by the kidneys. The main types of […]

Tropical Storm Don weakens after causing flash-flood
Tropical Storm Don has weakened after it dumped heavy rains over the Windward Islands on Tuesday night. Heavy rains south of the storm caused flash floods and landslides in Trinidad and Tobago. Don passed southeast of Barbados and just south of Grenada during its final […]

John Zabaneh sues US Treasury Department over sanction
Banana farm owner, John Zabaneh filed a lawsuit against the United States Treasury Department this week, claiming that the Department had unjustly sanctioned him over suspicion of being connected to Mexican drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Zabaneh filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in the […]

CARDI and UB sign MOU to strengthen the agricultural sector
The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), and the University of Belize (UB) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to provide training and support toward the development of the agricultural sector. The MOU details that the two institutions will collaborate in areas of knowledge sharing, […]

DYS begins promoting World Youth Conference
The Department of Youth Services (DYS), this week, began its public awareness campaign for the upcoming World Youth Conference, with the launch of a new song and video. The DYS officially released the song and video, to be aired on local radio and television stations, on Monday, […]

Belize City man stabbed in Roaring Creek village
A weekend visit to Roaring Creek village in the Cayo district has left a Belize City man recovering from multiple stab wound injuries he sustained during an altercation with two village men. The victim, identified as an attendant in the Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner […]

Toddler falls into pit and drowns
A family from the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan City is grieving the death of a female toddler after she fell into an outside latrine pit and drowned late last Thursday evening. At around 5:00 p.m. on July 13,17-month-old Teresa Coy was playing with some of her […]

US citizen dies in weekend traffic accident
An 18-year-old American national who was vacationing in Belize died over the weekend after he was involved in a traffic accident on the Southern Highway. Devin Robert Merrell died around midday on Saturday, July 15, near the junction to the Bocawena National Park in Silk Grass village. […]

Man loses life while trying to defend female friend
A Belize City man is dead after he was stabbed once to the left side of his chest with an 11 inch blade while trying to assist a female friend who was involved in a dispute with another man. Phillip Michael Samuels, 31, was socializing with a […]

This week Belize had the satisfaction of hearing from the Inter American Investment Corporation, which came to tell us that it wants to help us to expand the private sector. The Inter American Investment Corporation, a member of the Inter American Development Bank, is committed to the development of Latin […]

Newborn thrown away in canal!
A newborn infant boy, wrapped in plastic with his umbilical cord still attached, was thrown into the canal and discovered floating in the dirty water on Thursday morning near the corner of South and West Canal streets. A City Council worker, Julian Jimenez, who was […]

Blood bank drying up, No blood for patients
The supply of blood at the Belize National Blood Transfusion Service, (BNBTS) otherwise known as the blood bank, is critically low, and health authorities say it will potentially affect patients in need of a blood transfusion if the situation gets any worse. In a memo […]

Increased security measures for US-bound travellers
Travellers flying from Belize to the United States via the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) will have to undergo increased security checks, following a new policy being implemented by the United States. The increased security measures, put in place in the US government’s continued push […]

ComPol answers to Senate Committee
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie was one of two senior officers who appeared before the Senate Special Select Committee this week. While Whylie’s name did not appear in the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department for any wrong doing, the […]

Seine Bight woman killed in early morning accident
A woman was killed in an early morning accident near Seine Bight village on Thursday, while two others were injured and a teenage boy has been served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution for causing the accident. Around 6:00 a.m., on Thursday, 39-year-old Dorla Flores; […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

PM Barrow departs country on personal leave
The Office of the Prime Minister issued a press release this afternoon informing the public that Prime Minister Dean Barrow will depart the country to the United States of America today, Friday, July 21st, 2017 on personal leave. During the Prime Minister’s absence, Minister […]

Belize Ambassador to US meets President Trump
H.E. Francisco Daniel Gutierez, Belize’s ambassador to the United States, presented his letters of credence to President Donald Trump at the White House, thus making him the 10th ambassador of Belize to the US. In his remarks to President Trump, Ambassador Gutierez expressed heartfelt greetings […]

Protest held outside court while Doehms given bail
David and Anke Doehm, the American nationals under investigation for allegedly killing their adopted 13-year-old daughter, Faye Lin Cannon were granted bail this morning as outraged citizens organized and held a small protest outside the Supreme Court. The Doehms were granted bail of $10,000 […]

ComPol threatens to sue
Commissioner of Police Allen Wylie threatened to take legal action if he is accused of ordering an end to the investigation into bogus nationality applications. Retired Superintendent of Police, Julio Valdez, testified to the committee that he was conducting a high leave investigation and […]

Seine Bight cook dies in fatal traffic accident
BBN reported yesterday of an early morning traffic accident that claimed the life of a woman. The victim has been identified as Dorla Flores, 39, a cook of Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek District. Police reports are that Obed Mojano, 19, of Blackman Eddy […]

Rugby kicks off tomorrow at Kolbe Foundation
In March last year, the first ever event for the sport Rugby was held in Orange Walk Town and was organized with the assistance of Belize City’s Community Policing Unit, as well as a Rugby Intern from a university in the United States. The […]


Experience Ambergris Caye
Often enough, when travelling, you’re challenged with making the most of the little time you may have. Even if you only have one day, here are some great options for your Ambergris Caye experience! 8am – Start your day with an activity we are known for, snorkeling! Most tour companies headed to our renowned marine reserves of Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley depart at 9AM. The colours and sights of the underwater world of the Caribbean Sea are sure to get your day off on the right track.

A Walk Around Gorgeous Caye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker is an easy affordable water taxi ride from San Pedro, Belize. 25 minutes and you are walking down the center of a sand road lined with coconut trees…passing pastel wooden buildings, locals grilling lobster and that gorgeous sea view. I don’t make it over there enough. The last time, in April of this year, I discovered some new things – like huge tarpon and tiny sea horse and changed at the famous Split in the caye. I visited them yesterday too.

International Sourcesizz

Resorts in Mexico suspected of drugging tourists
The scene at the swim-up bar at the Mexican resort where Abbey Conner was pulled listless from the pool in January was full of young tourists last month when an attorney hired by Conner’s family showed up. It wasn’t surprising. It was a typical scene at an all-inclusive five-star resort where foreigners from both sides of the equator flock to escape their cold winters. But as he watched, the attorney noticed something disturbing. “They serve alcoholic drinks with alcohol of bad quality and in great amounts, mixing different types of drinks,” he wrote in his native Spanish. That single paragraph, buried near the end of a four-page report summarizing how 20-year-old Conner drowned within a couple hours of arriving at the Iberostar Hotel & Resorts' Paraiso del Mar, offers a possible lead in the investigation into her death.

Belize Study Abroad: Worland resident goes on medical mission
Myself, eight fellow students, and a faculty advisor traveled to Punta Gorda, Belize from May 14 to May 28. While in the country, we were given the opportunity to live with local families, immerse ourselves in the Belizean culture, while also learning about their country. Even though our trip began in May, preparation began in January. It took a lot for us to prepare for this trip. We had monthly meetings where we discussed the mission work we would be doing as well as other activities we would be participating in. At our last meeting we put together boxes for us to take of all the donations we received from surrounding businesses. I was also fortunate enough to receive support and donations from a local Worland business as well, McDonald’s.

Port Cooperation and Maritime Security in Belize
Identifying and dealing with potential threats to port security operations was at the core of a three-day workshop in Belize City, Belize (18-20 July). The event took a closer look at security needs and associated risks. Through interactive presentations and discussions between participants the workshop helped identify opportunities for increased collaboration between government agencies and port owners/operators as well as assessing port security training priorities.

Bossom combines love of travel, teaching
Q: Did you study abroad? A: Yes, twice! (Three times if you count my Alternative Winter Break (AWB) trip to Belize I took after having a class there!) The first time I have ever been out of the country (aside from right over the Minnesota border in Canada) was my sophomore year for a Comparative Education class in San Pedro, Belize. We got to work in a few different schools and had so many opportunities to learn and reflect on our own education system. The next year I was fortunate enough to lead an AWB trip to the same school I worked in for that class—seeing the teachers and students again was so much fun and we had great feedback from the community.


  • SAMANTHA DIRKS---BELIZEAN-AMERICAN ATHLETE & GOLD MEDALIST!, 25min. This documentary feature on the outstanding Belizean-American athlete, Samantha Dirks comes to the Belize Legends audience after her incredible victories at the 2017 Central American Athletic Championship in Honduras, Central America in mid-July of 2017. Dirks won three Gold Medals for Belize in the 200 and 400 meters, as well as the 400 x 100 relay. She also won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award at the Central American Championships as well as winning the Best Female Athlete Award at that Central American championships. She is the daughter of the proud Belizean parent Ann Dirks, and attended the University of California State, Northridge where she ran track. A basketball player in High School, Dirks took a deep interest in Track & Field later on in her college career.

  • Protest at the bail hearing...Justice for Faye!, 1hr.

  • Protest in front the Supreme Court building in Belize City, 1min. San Pedro residents gathered in protest of Anke and David Doehms and their bail hearing.

  • Guatemala vs Belize (U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship ), 2h4. U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship Live From SCA Multipurpose Center, Belize City.

  • Belize Red Cross's Hygiene & Sanitation Poster Competition 2015, 6min. A total 180 students from 7 of Belize Red Cross's RITA Project communities participated in a Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) poster and logo competition held in December 2014 . A total of 11 murals using the competition entries were painted in the 8 project communities by students from San Antonio, Santa Cruz, Louisiana and Trial Farm. The mural was guided by Belizean artist, Mr. Teryl Godoy and completed on the 16th and 17th of April 2015. The objective was to showcase lessons learnt in PHAST in terms of good and bad hygiene practices and the importance of proper hand washing and solid waste management. An award ceremony held in the Corozal Town on February 20th, 2015.

  • Coral Reef Awareness Week, 1.5min. SHARE: Have you ever wondered why some coral reefs are a kaleidoscope of colors? In honor of Coral Reef Awareness Week, take a look at this vibrant ocean ecosystem, and learn why we can't afford to lose it.

  • Pallottine Sisters are faced with a challenging situation as their current home is no longer safe for them to live in, 5.5min.

    The Pallottine Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate have been serving the Belizean public for more than ten decades but have been living in a three story convent which has been existence since the year 1953. Tonight, the Pallottine Sisters are faced with a challenging situation as their current home is no longer safe for them to live in. This is because over the years, the building has been deteriorating and is on the verge of collapsing… compelling the Pallottine Sisters to demolish the building and seek funds to reconstruct a new one.
  • Mayan Secret Holistic Healing Syrup,22 min.

  • The Embassy of Mexico to Belize, 23min.

  • The Belize Fisheries Department and the Wildlife Conservation Society, 35min.

  • Caribbean Motors and COURTS Belize launched their Whirlpool Campaign, 23min.

  • Bruk it Down Jenny, 34min.

  • Indian Dance Bharatanatyam, 31min.

  • David & Anke Doehm Bail Court Hearing, 5min. David and Anke Doehm were granted Supreme Court Bail of $10,000 each for the charges of Cruelty to a Child in the death case of Faye Lin Cannon. Angry protesters from San Pedro chanted "Justice for Faye" while the court was in session in Belize City. Needless to say, everyone was disappointed at the outcome of the court hearings as the Doehms walk free for the time being.

  • Compliments of Ceiba Resorts, 4min. A small taste of the amazing beauty and nature of Belize. You will want to come back...and maybe stay!

  • Belize wood master art of bowls, 13min. Making a wooden bowl from a junk of wood

  • Mariposa Jungle Lodge Belize, 3.5min. Mariposa Jungle Lodge Belize, this is our second visit to MJL and the resort has gone through a few upgrades, same great staff and excellent food. New roofs and AC in every unit, virtually unlimited hot water and wi fi everywhere .. what could be better

  • Rainwater Harvesting Belize, 2min. Rainwater Harvesting is the only source of fresh water on Turneffe Island in Belize. During our family vacation, we were fortunate enough to explore their system.

  • Belize vacation 2017, 5.5min.

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