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The San Pedro Sun

Maya and Tropic Air planes clip wings at San Pedro airstrip
On Monday, July 24th, a Maya Island Air and Tropic Air plane reportedly clipped wings around 9AM this morning at the San Pedro airstrip. Although it was confirmed by the Belize Department of Civil Aviation (BDCA) that no one sustained injures, the collision has allegedly put both planes out of commission. According to Lindsay Garbutt, Director of Civil Aviation of the BDCA, information regarding the incident is currently being gathered. "I have sent two inspectors to check on the matter, and I am just waiting on the report. Afterwards, [we] will sit down with the entities that manage that specific airport, which is the Belize Airport Authority, and look at measures to ensure that incidents like this does not happen again," said Garbutt. "Tropic Air was taxiing to the gate at the airport when our airline's wings collided. However, no one was injured," stated John Grief III, President of Tropic Air, who confirmed that the incident did occur.

Out on bail, Anke Doehm makes brief stop on Ambergris Caye for belongings
After being granted Supreme Court bail for the charge of 'cruelty to a child,' on Friday, July 21st, David and Anke Doehm were one step closer to walking free. The couple continue to be the prime suspects in the death of Faye Lin Cannon. David could not meet his $10,000 bail and was thus remanded to the Belize Central Prison. However, Anke met bail and by Sunday, July 23rd, she was back on Ambergris Caye. Accompanied by an unknown young lady, Anke was only on the island for a couple of hours before heading back to Belize City. After an eyewitness reported seeing Anke boarding a 10:30AM boat from Belize City to San Pedro Town, word quickly spread and protesters lined up on the beach to wait for her. The unhappy group of persons followed Anke calling her 'murderer', 'monster,' 'killer,' and more. Anke silently walked to Barrier Reef Drive where she boarded a taxi to her condo on Northern Ambergris Caye. Residents nearby observed her packing her belongings and making her way back downtown.

Ambergris Today

Belize Ambassador To USA Meets President Trump
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.

Anke Doehm Packs Up And Leaves Ambergris Caye In Four Hours
On Sunday, July 23, eye witnesses reported seeing Anke Doehm boarding the 10:30a.m. Ocean Ferry Water Taxi leaving Belize City with destination to San Pedro. Word quickly spread around San Pedro Town and residents lined up to confirm her arrival on Ambergris Caye. Chanting "You Murdered Faye", those who gathered followed her as she walked on the beach, to Central Park, where she crossed over to Front Street (Barrier Reef Drive) to meet the nearest taxi past her store Rubi Moon. Shortly after, Anke and her companion returned to the water taxi and left the island on the 4p.m. boat. Ambergris Today met up with Anke at the Ocean Ferry Belize City terminal where she was seen assisted by three more people, reportedly all Belizeans, who helped her with her luggage and drove her away.

Misc Belizean Sources


Phillip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson
Tuesday, July 25th is the Birthday of this great Belizean Hero. Here is a short version of his life, courtesy of Hector Silva Phillip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson was born on the 25th of July 1923, in Belize City. He was the second son of Mr. Peter Edward Goldson and his wife Florence Matilda Babb Goldson. He attended St. Mary's Primary School and although he never had the never had the opportunity to go to high shool he studied at night and successfully obtained the Cambridge University Overseas Junior Certificate in 1939 and Senior School certificate in 1941.

Vacancy at BELTRAIDE - IT Officer
Vacancy exists at Belize Trade and Investment Development Service for the post of IT Officer. Kindly see the attached vacancy notice below and, if interested, apply no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27th, 2017..

Half Moon Caye & Blue Hole Trip
This July, visitors got a chance to experience these spectacular sites, first-hand with BAS! The Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Natural Monuments are a part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site. Both sites are co-managed by the Belize Audubon Society. It all started with the boobies! Located 55 miles east of Belize City, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is infamously home to the Red-footed Booby Bird. Gazetted in 1928, HMCNM is not only Belize's oldest site for wildlife protection, but also the first designated protected area in Belize since 1982. A few miles away lies the Blue Hole Natural Monument, a fascinating geological formation adorned with coral and cave formations. The tranquil abyss measures 1,000 feet across and approximately 415 feet deep.

In preparation for their CONCACAF Champions League football debut, Belmopan Bandits SC had an impressive nil-nil draw in their first international friendly against Inter Playa, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. On Thursday, August 3, 2017, they play their first Champions League game in Nicaragua against CD Walter Ferretti. The following Thursday, August 10, 2017, the return match takes place at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. The Belmopan Bandits have already made Belize proud and, with the entire country behind them, we are confident they will take that national pride to a new level. Go Bandits! Go Belize!

International Costa Maya Festival's Sashing Ceremony Thursday July 27th
Get ready for the Sashing Ceremony at Fido's Courtyard!

Car wreck by Banana Beach
Crazy morning, This happened by Banana beach in San Pedro Ambergris Caye.

Have a bee infestation on Caye Caulker?
Notice: any problems with bees in your yard or close to your home? Any bee infestation??Please let us know. Persons are here who are going around to spray and get rid of them.

Toddlers, Teens, & Tiaras
Mahgany Bay Village Resort, Ambergris Caye - "Toddlers, Teens, & Tiaras - Mahogany Bay Village invites you to a very special public event on Saturday, July 29th from Noon - 2:00 p.m. at Shaken Sunset Bar, Mahogany Bay Village in south San Pedro. Bring your princesses (and princes!) to meet and take a photo with the International Costa Maya Festival 2017 Pageant contestants from neighbouring countries that share our Maya heritage. Admission is free, and there will be special-priced offerings of all-ages snacks and drinks to enjoy. Also making an appearance will be the young women enrolled in local non-profit program SHINE, an empowerment group for teenagers at San Pedro High School. Part of the event proceeds will directly benefit SHINE."

According to Routesonline, WestJet plans a NEW weekly (Friday) #NONSTOP FLIGHT from Calgary, Alberta to Belize City, Belize. Flights start November 3rd and will complement the existing twice weekly flights from Toronto. The new Calgary flights are also timed for easy connections from Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. So, now there are even more options to get to your Belize Vacation.

Kaleidoscope: Thru The Eyes of a Child
The Wildfire Artmosphere will be having an exhibit of the art from all the student workshops Rony Jovel has had over the last few months. They've been renovating Wildfire for the exhibit, and it's ready. The exhibit is Saturday, July 29th, at 7:00pm.

Belize Fishing Report July 17th - July 23rd, 2017
Lots of happy anglers and tons of fish coupled with an awesome staff and great food. Who needs anything else? "Tons of Tarpon" is the common theme this week. There are so many hungry tarpon around. Michelle managed to hook up with five in one day. Freda, a first time tarpon angler also landed two nice tarpon, with one of those weighing in around seventy pounds. If you have never experienced it, watching a tarpon jump out of the water while one is on the end of "your" line is a sight to see and something every angler should be able to put on their catch list. Come and put it on "YOURS".

Joyful 2 concert in Belmopan at the UB Jaguar Auditorium. It's at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25th. $10 per person and $5 with student ID. They are hosting workshops and concerts across Belize since last week, but they are wrapping up their tour this week with two more events. On Tuesday, July 25th, they will be in Belmopan at the University of Belize for a paid show. And on Wednesday night they will be at BTL Park in Belize City where you can catch them in a free concert!

Job Opportunities at the Corozal Free Zone!!
Openings at Princess Casino Free Zone

Miss Estereo Amor Pageant
The Miss Estereo Amor Belize Pageant will be happening at the Sacred Heart Auditorium on Saturday, August 19th. Rossy War will be performing. Giselle Rodriguez will be representing San Ignacio, and Carmelita Lara will be representing Benque. Will Moreno took their glamour shots. "Mark your calendars! The most awaited event of the year is almost here! Miss Estereo Amor Belize pageant followed by the grand concert featuring Rossy War! This one you do not want to miss!"

World Youth Conference Coming to Belize
The 2017 World Youth Conference will be held in Belize. This is a first, and they've made a short 'Welcome to Belize' video for the occasion. You can register for the event on their website. "For the first time in the Western Hemisphere the World Youth Conference is coming and it's all happening IN BELIZE! Check out our website and register! Registration closes July 31st , 2017. Globally Running to 2030 ; becoming sustainably strong!

This Day In History
July 24th, 1822, The principal inhabitants of Belize, address a memorial of their grievances against Colonel George Arthur (Superintendent of British Honduras 1814-1822), praying he may never resume the Superintendency of the Colony.

Channel 7

Bar Scolds Media, Tries To Makes Nice With CJ
The Bar Association has decided that it will give Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin until the end of September to deliver the backlog of 29 outstanding judgements that have been pending between 2 and 5 years. That's according to unofficial reports - but there'll be no press release from the Bar Association Executive confirming or denying it. That's because the Bar Executive is mightily displeased that their internal documents reached our news desk on Friday. This evening, the Bar sent a press release scolding 7News for releasing the documents on Friday's news. The release says, quote, "the report...sought to portray the a sensational and wholly inappropriate manner." End quote.

The Harassment of Anke Doehmn On San Pedro
On Friday night's news, we showed you how the Americans Anke and David Doehm got Supreme Court bail, despite the howls of protest outside of court, and the objections from the DPP's Office. Both the prosecutor and the public believe that they are a flight risk, after being charged with cruelty to a child for the death of their adopted daughter Faye Lin Cannon. Anke Doehm met bail that same day, but her husband, David, didn't and, so he was taken back to prison. It was expected that he would be able to meet bail today, but we've confirmed that he is still on lockdown tonight.

Man dies In Cayo, Cops Say His Co-Worker Is The Suspect
A man who was savagely beat down last Friday in Santa Elena died on Saturday. 38 year old Marlon Peters was hanging out with his co-worker and friend Errol Smith on Friday July 14th. But something went terribly wrong that Friday afternoon when Smith pounced on Peters and beat him unconscious. Courtney Weatherburne has more details on this street fight turn murder. Marlon Peters and Errol Smith worked together at the Ministry of Works in Cayo. They were also known to be friendly with one another outside the workplace. But last week Friday July 14th, a cool friendly outing between the two led to a deadly brawl on Maxi Street.

Man Hit With "Two By Four" Succumbs
So, while San Ignacio Police are investigating the fatal beatdown of Marlon Peters, Belize City Police are investigating the murder of 22 year-old Trevaun Chee. It is believed that he was hit in the head by a "two by four." It happened at around 2:00 on Friday afternoon when Chee was walking on Mahogany Street. Police investigations say that he was a short distance from his Mahogany Street Extension Home when he encountered a 17 year-old male. The two had some sort of confrontation, which escalated when the minor grabbed the plank of wood and lashed him in the right side of the head. He was rushed to the KHMH, but his medical condition deteriorated, and on Sunday, he passed away.

Police Detain Alleged Mother and Sister For Discarded Baby
Over the weekend police detained two women for the baby that was found in East Canal last Thursday. The women are the suspected mother and her sister - who works at the hospital - and is believed to have delivered the baby. Our reports say the mother refused to say anything - and have both gotten an attorney. The mother was released, and today, Police told us the very little they could about the person they have detained: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, Investigator - CIB Precinct 3: "What I can say is that we have spoken to persons of interests and there is one person in custody at this point. Nobody has been charged and the investigation continues."

Man Flung Off Mangled Motorbike In Accident
At about 10:30 Saturday night, Ladyville police responded to a traffic accident near the Burrell Boom Junction. Police say they found a white van on the left hand side of the road with the front end extensively damaged. Police also found 25 year old Christian Contreras lying in the middle of the road next to his black motorcycle, which was also mashed up. Contreras was unconscious and had received severe injuries to his head and face. An ambulance arrived not long after and took him to the KHMH where he is currently in critical condition.

Cops Shot An Underaged Teen In Griga
The Police Press Office hasn't released any details but 7News has received reports from Dangriga saying that the cops shot a 17 year old in that southern town. Sketchy information says police pulled up in an area of the town and one of the officers got jumpy and shot the teenager. He was taken to the Southern Regional Hospital, where he is stable. Civilian sources tell us that the shooting was unjustified.

Scandinavian Tourist Raped on Caye Caulker
There was a rape on Caye Caulker this weekend. The story the police press office put out says a 24 year old female resident of Caye Caulker reported that at around 4:00am on Saturday morning while sleeping she was awakened by a man who was on top of her holding a knife to her face. He threatened to harm her if she resisted, and he proceeded to rape her. Well, when we looked into the story, we found that the victim was not a resident of Caye Caulker - as police had said, but a tourist from the Scandinavian country of Denmark. Our sources tell us that she was staying at one of the many hostels on Caye Caulker - which do not have optimal security. Island police are looking for a suspect.

Cayo Man's ruthless Sexual Assault
26 year old Arsenio Cano has been charged for sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl. The minor reported that on Saturday July 15th Cano broke into her house, grabbed her and tried to rape her but she fought him off. San Ignacio police gave us more on this troubling case. ASP Daniel Iche, Deputy Officer, San Ignacio: "A thirteen-year-old female of Santa Familia Village reported that on Saturday, July fifteenth at about 11:40 a.m., she arrived home, she found the door open and she went inside and was grabbed on her arm from behind by someone. She began to wrestle with the person and she recognized the male person to be one Arsenio Cano. During the struggle with Cano he apparently pulled down her pants and touched her inappropriately. An investigation was carried out and Arsenio Cano, twenty-six-year-old Belizean laborer of Santa Familia Village was subsequently charged for the offenses of burglary, attempt rape and sexual assault."

Police Having A Hard Time With Portillo Case
While police has solved that sexual assault case, they are having some difficulty solving the Maynor Portillo murder case. Portillo was shot and killed in mid-June. His body was found at the Novelo's Convention Center in Santa Elena. Police told us more about this difficult case. Reporter: "Have you made any arrest of Maynor Portillo?" ASP Daniel Iche, Deputy Officer, San Ignacio: "No, not as yet."

Pawnshop Owner Complains, City Council Says He's Confused
Tonight, a businessman says City Hall is harassing him for no reason, and running him down for money he doesn't owe. That man is Gilroy Usher Jr., and in late 2014, he moved his Belize City business, First Stop Speedy Money, from Cemetery Road to King Street. The location on King Street is significantly smaller than the previous building he was renting, so he sent in an application for City Council to reassess his trade license fees. According to Usher, Citco did not complete the reassessment until early 2016, but was still charging him based on the assessment of when his business was on Cemetery Road. The confusion has led to a multitude of problems for Usher, who received a stop order from CitCo this morning. He explained the situation to us today...

No Albert Reciprocity For Philloughby?
On Friday's news, you may have heard UDP Mayoral aspirant Phillip Willoughby waxing poetic about why he's the best UDP candidate for the job. But things hit a little rough patch when we asked him about the last time he stepped aside as a candidate to make way for someone else. That was in the Albert Division in 2015 - when he abandoned his candidacy for that division to let Tracey Teagar-Panton run. The man we lovingly call "Philloughby" took one for the team, and in return he was supposed to get a diplomatic posting in Chicago - which never worked out. So, at least, you'd think he could expect some reciprocity from Taegar-Panton. So then you can imagine our surprise when we saw her on Facebook with her committee hugging up with Willoughby;s opponent, Dion Leslie.

Chetumal Bridge Takes A Banging
Over the last several months we've reported on the deterioration of the Lake Independence Boulevard. And while we have told you about the constant renovations taking place on the new road, today renovations are needed on the bridge that connects it to Chetumal Street. According to reports, at around 3:00 yesterday afternoon, a blue minivan crashed into the side of the bridge. So far, investigations reveal that Enrique Cuellar was driving in the direction of the George Price Highway when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the bridge's railing. The impact caused severe damage to the barricade, almost completely dislodging it from the bridge.

GSU Gets Weed And Weapon
The GSU has gotten another stash of weed and weapons. On Saturday afternoon, the unit conducted Operations on Police Street in the Saint Martin's De Porres Area, where they found 6 9 millimeter rounds, one home-made firearm and 11 grams of weed broken down into bags for sale.

Johnny Gabs Takes Kingpin Case To US Court
For almost 5 years now, Stann Creek businessman John Zabaneh has been battling with king pin designation from the US Treasury Department. The Treasury Office of Foreign Asset's named him as an associate of the Mexican drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and the Sinaloa Cartel. Well, American press reports say that he is now fighting back. His US attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the US Treasury Department The designations under the King Pin Act "prohibits US persons from conducting financial and commercial transactions with these individuals and companies, and also freezes any assets they may have under US Jurisdiction."

A Strange case Of Murder, Or Was It Suicide?
In December 2014, we told you about the shooting death of the American Retiree, 66 year-old Timothy Patrick McNamara. He was found dead on the verandah of his home on the Old Northern Highway. He was shot in the head with a 9mm pistol belonging to his American wife, Tracy McNamara. She told police that they had been talking in the house about some money problems that they were having. He then went on the verandah, and shortly after, she reportedly heard a gunshot. She told the police that he shot himself, but police weren't so sure about that at the time. Here's what the then Rural Executive Officer had to say at that time:

The Civic Shelter is For Those Who "Man The Fort"
Last week, we took you inside the Civic Center - to see the very decked out interior of the most expensive public or private structure ever built in Belize. And while ti will serve as a sports facility and concert venue, it's also a hurricane shelter. But, as the designer explained off camera - its not necessarily meant to serve as a shelter for regular folks running from the storm. Here's how he put it:... Voice of: Daniel Arguelles, ARCHITECT - I.E.: "No more than two thousand occupants should occupy the building during the event of a hurricane - and that is simple for the fact that although we have 90,000 gallons of water, 20,000 gallons back up plan water in the roof."

Another For Big Money Robbery
The messenger at UNO Bel China gas station was robbed of almost 16 thousand dollars in February. Five months later, police have arrested a second person for the well orchestrated robbery. He is 33 year old Arthur Humes, a resident of Curassow Street. Humes pled not guilty to the charge when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. He was remanded into custody until August 15. The incident occurred around 9 a.m. on February 7. In March, 24 year old Lloyd Leslie was charged with the offence.

Belize Volleyball Girls Got Fifth In Regional Tournament
After four grueling days of competition, the U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship wrapped up this weekend. Belize hosted 6 other teams from Central America, in a tightly packed schedule that saw the teams playing two matches in one day. After the final match on Saturday, Costa Rica walked away with the Gold medal, with two of it's players receiving individual awards. Team Captain Edya Espinoza won Best Attacker and Best Receiver, while her teammate was named Best Defender. Honduras finished in second place, with Ruth Aguilar winning Best Service, and Nathaly Perez being named the Highest Scorer, with 99 total points. Guatemala rounded out the Top 3, followed by Nicaragua, Belize and El Salvador, and Panama in the bottom spot.

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Channel 5

Marlon Peters Succumbs to Beating; Friend and Assailant Detained by San Ignacio Police
San Ignacio Police tonight have another apparent murder on their hands. The incident that precipitated the death of thirty-eight-year-old Marlon Peters took place ten days ago; however, the investigation has [...]

Minor Detained in Alleged Retaliation Killing of Trevaun Chee
There was a second murder recorded over the weekend, similar to that of Peters. Twenty-two-year-old Trevaun Chee was hit multiple times to the head and body allegedly with an aluminum [...]

The Bar Wants End to Overdue Court Judgments, But No Fuss
Is Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin's job under threat for outstanding delivery of court judgments? For now, no because at a meeting of the Bar Association of Belize on Friday night, [...]

Teenager Fights Off Would-Be Rapist in Santa Familia
A teenage minor of Santa Familia Village was sexually assaulted over the weekend by someone who broke into her home on Saturday morning.� The thirteen-year-old-girl had just got home, only [...]

Detention Reported in East Canal Baby Dump Case
A forty-two-year-old has been detained for her alleged involvement in the disturbing discarding of a newborn baby boy last Wednesday in East Canal in Belize City. While that person is [...]

Ex-G.S.U. Commander Glenn Caliz Not a Target Of Investigation into Fund Stealing
Former GSU Commander Glenn Caliz�his name has been mentioned on two occasions last week in respect of an investigation reportedly being carried out by the Ministry of Home Affairs into [...]

Second Half of B.T.L. Arbitration Headed to C.C.J. in October
One year ago, the Government of Belize began making payments to Dunkeld International, the B.T.L. Employees' Trust and British Caribbean Bank Limited for the settlement of costs for the double [...]

Minivan Driver Crashes into Rail on Chetumal Street Bridge
There were several traffic accidents over the weekend. The Chetumal Street Bridge opened for traffic over two years ago and it took some four point five million dollars to do [...]

Van and Motorcycle Meet, Cyclist Injured at Boom Junction
A road traffic accident at the Burrell Boom Junction on Saturday night has left one man hospitalized. Around ten-thirty that night, police responded and upon arrival, saw an extensively damaged [...]

E.U., U.B. Partner to Train Teachers in Early Childhood Education
The European Union has been implementing its Accompanying Measures for Sugar program in Belize for some time now. While one of the key targets has to do with road construction [...]

G.S.U. Collect Homemade Gun, Ammo, Weed from Police Street
The Gang Suppression Unit was busy this past weekend as personnel from the agency descended on Police Street on Saturday afternoon.� No arrests were made but the officers were able [...]

Second Man Charged in UNO Gas Station Robbery
A second man has been charged with the armed robbery of businessman Robert Pickwoad at the Uno Gas Station on February seventh. He is thirty-three-year-old auto body works mechanic Arthur [...]

2 Charged for 9 Pounds of Weed in a Vehicle
Twenty-three-year-old Patrick Petillo and twenty-eight-year-old Ronald Michael were jointly charged with one count of drug trafficking when they appeared in court today. Police report that on Saturday, July twenty-second, they [...]

Uniting Belizeans at Home and Abroad
Belizeans United For Equal Rights at Home and the Diaspora – it is a group that is aiming to create a movement under one banner that will bring about the [...]

Jamaica's Peter Morgan Wants Belize to Consider Dual Citizens in Parliament
Another matter that the movement hopes to see change is the matter of dual citizens in parliament. It is a controversial topic - but BUFERHD maintains that they will not [...]

Sports Monday's Sporting Highlights
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of weekend sporting activities...]


LICU Reports More Than Half A Million Dollars In Cash Shortage To Its Membership
After two years since the controversy between the La Inmaculada Credit Union Limited (LICU) and its former general manager as it relates to serious allegations which were brought against her regarding breaches of financial policies, the LICU held its 67th and 68th annual general meeting at the Muffles College Auditorium. The presentation to members included the institution's financials, declaration of dividends, as well as other progressions which fall under the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 fiscal years.

Anke Doehm Moves Out Of San Pedro
After receiving Supreme Court bail at the sum of ten thousand dollars last Friday, Anke Doehm, the adoptive mother of thirteen year old Fay Linn Cannon returned to San Pedro over the weekend, causing havoc with infuriated islanders. Doehm boarded a ferry from Belize City en-route San Pedro yesterday morning. Word seemingly spread around the town and residents lined up to confirm her arrival to the Caye. Chanting phrases like 'You murdered Faye' and 'Murderer' the angry mob followed Doehm throughout San Pedro, as can be seen on this video provided to us by our colleges over at 'Ambergris today'

GOB Will Push For Removal Of Dual Citizenship Ban On House Of Representatives Again
Last Friday, Foreign Minister Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington responded to a chain of questions on a number of pertinent issues including the Senate hearings and the revocation of his Cabinet colleague's visa. One other very controversial matter raised by Elrington is a second attempt at the removal of the dual citizenship restriction currently on members House of Representatives. The matter is a major point of contention for members of the diaspora, as it is for Belizeans living in Belize. According to Elrington, the Barrow Administration wants to placate the diaspora.

Will OW People's Staduim Be Ready For Annual Fiesta Rama
Fiesta Rama 2017 is just around the corner. It's an event that will see two days of activities kicking off on Saturday July 29th at the Orange Walk People's Stadium. But will the area be ready for the event? If you have visited the stadium recently you might have noticed that the fence is currently being replaced. The work is being carried out by the National Sports Council and it is the hope of Mayor Kevin Bernard that the entire fence will be up before Saturday.

Upgrade Of San Francisco Street Continues
As part of their mandate to pave and upgrade a vast majority of streets in Orange Walk the town council is currently engaged in the reconstruction of San Francisco Street. Today as the project moved into its second stage we visited the area and caught up with Mayor Kevin Bernard who had a message to share with Orange Walkenos when it comes to traffic safety in the area. Mayor Kevin Bernard - Orange Walk Town Council: "It's a very lengthy road and I would want to plea to drivers that when this road is completed, please this is not a highway, it's a residential area people live in these areas and you need to respect the speed limits and we need to understand the traffic laws specifies what your speed limit is we will need to replace some pedestrian bumps I think at the back coming of the boulevard into this narrow lane..."


Robbers Target Belmopan Businessman
Belmopan Police are investigating a robbery that occurred on Saturday night. We hear more in this report from correspondent Fem Cruz. FEM CRUZ "Belmopan Police are investigating an armed robbery that left a Chinese businessman of Belmopan injured. Love News understands that a little after 9PM this past Saturday night 35 year old Zing Hue [�]

Second Suspect Nabbed for Armed Robbery
A second person has been charged for the robbery of fifteen thousand eight hundred and seventy eight from Robert Pickwood. He is 33 year old Arthur Humes, a resident of Curassow Street. Humes pled not guilty to the charge when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. He was remanded into custody until August 15. [�]

WestJet Is Coming to Belize
There are plans for the expansion of the Philip Goldson International Airport as we had reported some weeks ago considering the constant increases in arrivals and the number of flights coming to Belize. Another airline looking to make a stop to the PGIA is WestJet. They have announced their direct flight from Calgary in Alberta, [�]

Mother of abandoned baby still unidentified
On Thursday sanitation worker Julian Jimenez found the lifeless body of a baby boy as he cleaned out garbage from the canal near South Street Bridge. Authorities were called and a full investigation into the incident was launched. This afternoon, the only statement from police on the matter is that the mother of the child [�]

David and Anke Doehm out on bail
Since the homicide of 13 year old Faye Lin Cannon, her adoptive parents, David and Anke Doehm who had been charged with cruelty to a child, had been held in police custody and on remand at the Belize Central Prison until this morning. The Doehms were granted bail by Justice Dennis Hanomansingh. Their attorneys were [�]

San Pedro residents protest at Doehms' bail hearing
Meanwhile just in front of the Supreme Court buildings, a handful of protestors gathered at Battle Field Park. They were there to protest the Doehm's bail hearing. They were shocked when they learned that David and Anke Doehm received bail. Protestor 1 "As a mother it hurts me and I know what is justice system, [�]

New Belize Ambassador to the US presents credentials
His Excellency Francisco Daniel Gutierez has become Belize's tenth Ambassador to the US. Ambassador Gutierez takes over from His Excellency Patrick Andrews. Gutierrez presented his letters of credence to the President of the United States of America at the White House. In his remarks to President Trump, Ambassador Gutierez expressed greetings from Prime Minister the [�]

PM on personal leave
Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country today for the United States on personal leave. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington will act as Prime Minister until his return on July 25.

Minister Wilfred Elrington says he knows of no Cabinet decision to halt security clearance for nationality applicants
During her testimony to the Senate Special Select Committee, Immigration Officer, Ady Pacheco stated that Cabinet directed applicants for Belizean nationality, especially Chinese, no longer go through the security clearance process. Minister Wilfred Elrington says he does not know of any such decision. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs "I am not aware of [�]

Foreign Affairs Minister speaks on increased security at PGIA
We also asked the Foreign Affairs Minister about the recent travel advisory that the Government issued. In that advisory, the government announced additional security measures that it has been implemented on outbound passengers flying from Belize to the U.S. Minister Wilfred Elrington says it is because of the US Muslim ban. Wilfred Elrington - Minister [�]

Bert Vasquez maintains his innocence
Bert Vasquez who was found guilty of forcible abduction and aggravated assault was to have been sentenced today by Justice Adolph Lucas. But his sentencing was adjourned to next week. His attorney Oscar Selgado told the court that he would not submit a mitigation plea. As he was being escorted back to the holding cell, [�]

Mayflower area gets facelift
The Mayflower area in Belize City is getting much needed attention. Residents in the area have had to live in very unhealthy conditions but with some assistance, the area is getting cleaned up. The work is headed by Councilor Philip Willoughby. Today he was in the area along with the South Side Police Commander Senior [�]

Governor General visits troop at BDF Volunteer Camp
Paul Mahung reporting� "The visit facilitated by Commanding Officer of the BDF Volunteer Battalion Lt. Ellison Ogaldez." Lt. Ellison Ogaldez - Commanding Officer, BDF Volunteer Battalion "In the beginning of the tour he met officers and men of the battalion and inspected a guard of honor by Women Belize Defense Force Volunteer Battalion led by [�]

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New WestJet flight builds on positive tourism outlook for Belize
WestJet's new direct flight from Calgary, Canada to Belize adds to the already positive outlook for Belize's tourism industry. According to the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), the country had already seen a marked growth in visitor arrivals for the first half of 2017 from both overnight and cruise ship passenger arrivals. Overnight arrivals grew by 7.8 percent for the first half of 2017, while cruise passenger arrivals went up by 3.1 percent.

Huawei and BTL launch subsea cable system
Belize Telemedia Ltd. (BTL) and Huawei Marine announced the launch of BTL's new trategic Evolution Underwater Link (SEUL). The project will bring fiber-optic submarine cable connectivity to San Pedro in northern Belize, enabling super-fast broadband speeds to the island. Rochus Schreiber, CEO of BTL said: "The SEUL project is an important element of BTL's transformative Network Evolution Plan, and its delivery permits world class high-speed network connection between Belize and the island of Ambergris Caye, which will significantly enhance the prospects for economic development on the Caye - and eventually throughout the country.

NCL called out for exploiting Big Red on Harvest Caye
One Green Planet, the largest publishing platform on eco-sustainability, in a recent post condemned Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) for its "exploitation of wild species" in Belize regarding the cruise line's captivity of a rare scarlet macaw named Big Red. Big Red was rehabilitated for release back into the wild and was reportedly in perfect health. Unfortunately, with approval from the government, Big Red was "spirited away under a veil of secrecy" and is now living in captivity on Harvest Caye, alongside other animals that One Green Planet insist are being exploited.

PUP to hold convention for San Ignacio/Santa Elena Mayoral candidate
The People's United Party (PUP) will be holding a convention to elect a Mayoral candidate for the 2018 municipal elections in San Ignacio and Santa Elena towns. Three mayoral candidates will be vying for the post on August 13. The open convention will be held at the Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio town.

Errol Smith detained pending charges for murder of Marlon Peters
Marlon Peters, 38, was beaten badly on July 14 after socializing with his coworker, Errol Smith. The incident occurred shortly before 5:00 that evening when police were called to the scene on Maxi Street in Santa Elena town. Peters and Smith had gotten into an altercation in front of Smith's home with Smith inflicting fatal wounds to Peters.

Belizean artists represent at Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan
Two Belizean artists are in Astana, Kazakhstan a country in Central Asia, representing the country at Expo 2017. Cecil "Cocono Bwai" Jenkins and Denise Castillo, left the country on Sunday, to perform at the expo, which is expected to draw a crowd of between 3-4 million people.

Woman detained for disposal of baby
Today police held a press conference where they revealed that the child died of acute respiratory syndrome. Police further revealed that a forty two year old woman was detained pending investigations.

Port cooperation workshop held in Belize
Photo: International Maritime Organization Last week there was a port workshop held in Belize from July 18-20. The purpose was to identify and deal with potential threats to port security operations. The event took a closer look at security needs and associated risks. [�]

Rivers free to flow, case thrown out
Firebrand community activist Raymond Rivers and Belize City Councilor Philip Willoughby, who have been locked in a court battle since last November regarding claims that Rivers threatened Willoughby, had the matter thrown out last Friday. Willoughby had alleged that Rivers threatened to kill him, [�]

Results of PUP convention in Dangriga
On Sunday, the PUP in the town of Dangriga held an internal convention to select their municipal slate that will contest the next town council elections scheduled for next year in March. When the final ballot was counted the victorious were Derrick Velasquez for [�]

Van crashes into Belama bridge
The Government of Belize will have to spend more tax payers' dollars repairing the bridge near Chetumal Street in Belama. Yesterday evening a man driving a blue van on the bridge lost control and crashed into the metal railing. No one was hurt but [�]

Man hit with bat dies
BBN has confirmed that Trevaun Chee also known as Devon Chee is dead. He passed away at the KHMH while receiving treatment. He had been hospitalized in a critical condition since Friday afternoon when he ws hit to the back of the head with [�]

More flight routes from Canada to Belize and Mexico
WestJet has just announced new flights to Mexico and Belize. Those flights leaving from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver are scheduled for later this year and at the start of next year. The schedule is as follows: Calgary - Belize City eff 03NOV17 1 weekly WS2216 YYC0915 - [�]


Heavenly Hammocks!
We enjoy lounging in hammocks so much that July 22nd is designated National Hammock Day. Of course, we aren't complaining - Belize and hammocks are like two peas in a pod, and our travels across Belize have led us to many a relaxing hammock. From caba�a porches, to sleepy beaches and under the shade of the jungle canopy, we have snoozed in some of the best. There are many places to hang your hammock in Belize, and here are some of our favorites:

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This Has to Stop! Cruise Line Steals Exotic Birds From the Wild to Display Them in Captivity
It seems like cases of wildlife exploitation for the sake of profit and entertainment can never be far from one's mind. Recently, it was discovered that Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) is using wildlife from the rain forests of Belize to entertain their exclusive passengers on the private island cruise ship port of Harvest Caye. According to a Care2 petition launched to raise awareness for and fight the disturbing practice, a number of wild animals currently live in captivity on this "tourist playground" - among them, keel-billed toucans, iguanas, snake, butterflies, and scarlet macaws. One of the wild-caught macaws, less than two years old, was rehabilitated for release back into the wild, fortunately being in perfect health. However, the release day never came for the beautiful bird - the macaw, known as Big Red, was "spirited away under a veil of secrecy" and is now living in captivity on Harvest Caye, alongside the other animals.

WestJet announces Calgary service to Belize
WestJet has announced new non-stop weekly service between Calgary and Belize, effective November 3, 2017. The service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017-18, which includes more flights from Calgary. "WestJet will increase service from Calgary by 52 weekly flights this winter," said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-president, network planning, alliances and corporate development. "As the carrier with more flights from Calgary International Airport than any other, we have designed our Calgary flight schedules to deliver 55 percent more connecting itineraries, which will help to launch new flights in future seasons and further expand our presence in YYC - a key driver in economic and employment growth in the city."

Why Yuca Should Love Cassava
Whether you're full-on gluten free or Paleo, or you're just looking for simple ways to avoid so much wheat, chances are you've come across cassava. And if you haven't yet, you will soon. Cassava (pronounced kuh-SAH-vuh), also known as yuca, is a shrubby root native to South America that is also grown in Malaysia, the Philippines and parts of Africa. It behaves similarly to wheat, giving good texture and neutral flavor to crackers, bread, pasta and chips, and it's nut free. (Another popular alternative starch, tapioca, is part of the same plant.) "Cassava � creates a neutral flour, which can be used in various forms of baking," holistic chef Daniella Hunter tells Clean Plates. "Cassava starch (tapioca) goes even further in that it can help to create a smooth consistency, and can, in a small way, help to mimic gluten. It's not nearly as 'glue-like' as gluten, but it helps when formulating gluten-free baked goods."

Caye Caulker - Belize - duiktrip
Alweer de eennalaatste dag van onze rondreis door Mexico, Guatemala & Belize, en dit was de dag waar ik het meest naar uit had gekeken. Duiken in Belize. Met een gezonde dosis spanning op zak en een volle tas met zwem- en duikspullen zitten we langs de waterkant te wachten op de rest van de groep, alvorens we koers zouden zetten naar Eagle Ray Wall met 'Menippe'. Toch nog maar wat foto's maken om de wachttijd door te komen. Een kwartier later vaart 'Menippe' onder begeleiding van de kapitein de haven uit en ik schat een uur later gaat hij voor anker, duikstek nr. 1 is bereikt. De duiksets zijn opgebouwd, de groepen zijn bekend en veiligheidsprocedures zijn doorgenomen. Nu is het een kwestie van aantrekken/opzetten, buddy-check en te water.


  • Belize NOW | Episode 27 - Friday, July 21, 2017, 32min. In tonight's headlines: Ambassador Gutierrez presents credentials to President Trump, Maypen Village gets a new bridge, Ministry of Agriculture launches its Belmopan Farmer's Market, Belmopan Police and the Ministry of Agriculture team up for a youth summer camp and Department of Youth Services Launches World Youth Council 2017. These stories and more on this week's edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, July 21st, 2017!

  • Belize Caste War project by SJC, 2min. The history of the Maya of northern Belize today known as the Yucatec Maya . This is the stories of Maya of Orange Walk who are telling their story from their Grandparents about the Guerra Social Maya "Caste War" . The Caste War was a Maya rebellion where the Yucatec maya fought against the Spanish and British . This expo is coming soon to northern Belize!!!!

  • New strategies for the Sugar Market, 6.5min. It can't be business as usual in the Sugar Industry. Remaining static in the face of mounting global changes is not an option. New strategies are necessary to move forward and grow markets and opportunities. Expanding Direct Consumption Sugars (DCS) is just one of our strategies.

  • Belize 2017 from Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 7min.

  • Echo Middleton - Road Runna " 2017 Soca " (Belize), 3min.

  • spotted eagle ray in close up - Belize, 1min.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize Visuals Part 1, 4min.

  • Turneffe Flats Fly Fishing Belize, 3.5min.

  • KTV the Remix (July 11, 2017), 2.5hr.

  • The annual Spartan Bodybuilding Classic was held on Saturday night in Corozal town, 2.5min. The annual Spartan Bodybuilding Classic was held on Saturday night in Corozal town, featuring some of Belize's most promising fitness athletes. This year our local fitness buffs were challenged by a team of Mexican athletes as well as an experienced American fitness athlete.

  • SMART READING, 6min.

  • Talk Ah Di Town July 6, 2017, 30min.

  • Good Governance, 42min.

  • The National 4H Foundation of Belize, 18min.

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  • Ministry of Agriculture to Launch Belmopan Farmers' Market, 4.5min. Earlier this year, we featured the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds in Belmopan, where the Ministry of Agriculture has made millions of dollars in infrastructural improvements. This week, we visited the grounds to learn about a new initiative being implemented by the Ministry. Here's more on this �

  • May Pen Village Gets A New Bridge, min. For some time now, residents of the village of May Pen have had to confront undesirable and at times, unsafe conditions to get in and out of their village. High water levels in the Black Creek would often result in residents being trapped inside or locked outside of their village, as the 34-year-old wooden bridge had run its course and was no longer safe. Residents of May Pen now have cause for peace of mind - and even celebration, as a new, all-weather, metal bridge has been constructed.

  • 24 Hours In Belize, 3min.

  • Belize 2017 from UMC of Steamboat Springs, 11min. Images from the high school service trip to Belize June 24-July1

  • Discover Belize, 4min. Small & Big Country...From reefs to jungles to beaches to the mysteries of ancient Maya, you can truly experience it all here. Just make sure you schedule some time to relax.

  • BELIZE'S 2015 NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS IS ST. CATHERINE'S "STAR VOLLEYBALL CLUB"!, 7min. While a very vibrant volleyball tournament that continues to engage Belizean youths in sports is presently underway in Belize, this expose and documentary on the Belize "Star Volleyball Club" that won Belize's High School Championship in 2015 comes to you the Belizean Legends audience two years later.

  • Belize Trip - Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, 5.5min. Our trip to Belize - July19-23 2017! Flew into Belize City, took a water taxi to San Pedro on the Ambergris Caye. We stayed at the Caye Casa right near the center of town. We snorkelled the Shark/Ray Alley and Hol Chan Reef. We ate amazing Caribbean food! We had an amazing time and look forward to our next trip!

  • Belize 2017, 9min. My week of Diving Belize 2017.

  • Barton Creek H�hle � Belize, 7min. San Ignacio ist im Grunde das Zentrum der meisten Aktivit�ten in Belize - heute sind wir zur Barton Creek H�hlen gefahren!

  • American Airlines 737 800 landing in Belize city, 15min.

  • Estels Dine by the Sea! San Pedro, Belize, 2min. A great place for breakfast in San Pedro, Belize on the island of Ambergris Caye!

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