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Tropical Storm Franklin spares Belize
On Tuesday morning, August 8th, residents woke up to cloudy skies and a few showers. Along the beach minimal erosion was observed, and most importantly, no serious damages. At 8AM, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) issued an ‘All Clear’ notice, discontinuing the tropical storm warning for the coast of Belize, from Belize City to the Corozal District. NEMO was also glad to inform the entire nation that according to information gathered from the District and City Emergency Committees, there were no reports of injuries or damages. It was reported that in Corozal District, the Cayes and Belize City, a total of 330 persons took refuge in shelters. Also, around 157 persons voluntarily relocated to the mainland from Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.
Tarpon Club reels in the top prize at Tres Pescados Slam 2017
44 anglers participated in this year’s 9th annual Tres Pescados Slam Tournament, the only international fly-fishing event in Belize. Held from Thursday, August 3rd to Saturday, August 5th, the three-day fishing tournament saw different participating teams attempting to land the best slam in order to claim the top prize. After three days of intense competition, it was team Tarpon Club who took home first place and top prize of $5,000 cash.
According to most of the participants, day one was the best day as the weather was very cooperative and lots of fish were caught. The other two days of the tournament saw unfavourable weather, and the catches were low. However, despite bad weather, team Tarpon Club: Nano Guerrero and Alejandro Vega, managed to reel in a good catch to lead the competition.
All Clear In Belize As Tropical Storm Franklin Makes Landfall In Mexico
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service, hereby informs the public that around 10:45 last night Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, north of Chetumal near Pulticub, Mexico.
While satellite imagery of the storm looked ominous and a huge threat to Belize, residents of San Pedro took comfort of spending a good night’s sleep while they were waiting for the wind and rain to pick up. In fact, there was very little rain and practically no high winds recorded. It did get a bit chilly.
Belize Presents Draft Update To The National Tourism Policy
Over 90 public, private and civil sector tourism stakeholders attended a presentation of the draft update to the National Tourism Policy held in Belize City on August 3, 2017. Dr. Richard Denman, the consultant contracted for the revision process, presented the draft revised National Tourism Policy, which will guide the sustainable and resilient development of tourism in Belize for the next 10 years.
The revised National Tourism Policy was drafted after extensive consultations with tourism sector stakeholders in February and May of 2017. The policy is a deliverable of the Sustainable Tourism Program II, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, through the support of the Inter-American Development Bank. During the forum, stakeholders were able to provide recommendations to further refine the draft policy.
Costa Maya Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Miss Belize Costa Maya, Michelle Nuñez was crowned Miss Costa Maya 2017 and won Best National Costume while Miss Panama Maria Fernanda Jaspe won first runner up and Miss Nicaragua Danielle Nicole Hodgson Joseph took title of second runner up.
Although attendance has been better in previous years at the festival grounds, Ambergris Caye was bustling with activity. Hotels were booked, golf cart rentals were exhausted, restaurants and bars were busy as the island filled up with visitors wanting to enjoy the popular weekend on Ambergris Caye. The festival was created to fill the gap of low activity on the island during the slow season.
Misc Belizean Sources
Mexico and Belize discuss Framework for Memorandum of Understanding on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation
On Monday, August 7th, a diplomatic and technical delegation headed by Mexico’s Ambassador to Belize, H. E. Carlos Quesnel Melendez, met with top officials from the Government of Belize to discuss the framework for a Memorandum of Understanding on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation between the Government of Belize and the Government of the United Mexican States. The meeting was a follow up to an initial meeting between Belize’s Minister of Transport Hon Edmond Castro and Mexican Ambassador H. E. Carlos Quesnel Melendez which took place in February of this year.
Punta Gorda Teen Week 2017, Aug. 7-11
Interested in acting, cooking, writing, and design? Well come out to TEEN WEEK 2017 TODAY!!
Celebrating our Maya Hero and Freedom fighter Marcus Canul
Belize Yucatec Maya - Celebrating our Maya Hero and Freedom fighter Marcus Canul at Queen Victoria Avenue , Orange Walk Town - September 2nd, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m. A small ceremony to honor Marcus Canul renacting the Caste War Expo by SJC and also by the Yucatec Maya of northern Belize . We will also have food and dances from different Maya cultural groups from Corozal and Orange Walk District . The Northern Maya Association of Belize invites everyone .
U Xamanij Masewalo'ob Belize,Maaya Kaaje' Kuxa'an , Wayano'one , Kux'ano'on , To'one Masehualoon !!! Tu láakle'ex táan ak t'anke'ex.
La Isla Bonita Telenovela selected to be part of Carifesta Barbados 2017!
La Isla Bonita Telenovela - A big thank you and congratulations to the entire cast, crew and sponsors that made La Isla Bonita Telenovela possible! The pilot episode has been selected to be part of Carifesta Barbados 2017!!!
Retail Prices of Price Controlled goods
Do you know what is a price controlled good (PCG)?
Here is a list of the different PCGs with its respective retail prices.
Taiwan Awards 26 Belizeans University Scholarships
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Belize-Taiwan ICDF Alumni Society (a.k.a. Taiwan Alumni Association) co-hosted 2017 Taiwan Scholarship Awarding Ceremony and Orientation for 26 scholarship recipients on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at Radisson Fort George Hotel. The scholarship recipients have been awarded scholarships respectively through the TaiwanICDF Scholarship Program and the Taiwan Scholarship Program. A total number of 334 Belizeans have been granted scholarships to study in Taiwan until now.
Belize Infrastructure Limited Holds National Management Workshop for Municipality Sports Infrastructure
On Friday, August 4th, 2017, the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) held a National Management Workshop for the National Sports Council and Municipal Authorities, during which time they also conducted an official handing over of sport infrastructure for five municipalities: Belmopan, San Ignacio/Santa Elena, San Pedro, Dangriga and Punta Gorda.
The workshop was organized to review the status of operations and management arrangements for the sports infrastructure in each municipality and to facilitate greater collaboration between the National Sports Council (NSC) and mayors from the municipalities for the ongoing operations of the facilities. The mayors and their support staff, as well as local sports council staff, received one-on-one and group training on topics including accounting, operations, and management.
National Jaguar Working Group Offers Recommendations
Following the Death of Jaguar
On the 27th July 2017, the Forest Department responded to reports of a jaguar being captured by farmers around the Northern Lagoon area in the Belize District. Upon investigation, it was discovered that farmers, who experienced several jaguar attacks on their livestock, retaliated by trapping the jaguar. When farmers informed the Forest Department that they had caught a jaguar, a team comprising of members of the National Jaguar Working Group (NJWG), was immediately dispatched to the area.
The team noted that prior to and during transportation to the Belize Zoo facilities, the jaguar exhibited signs of sluggish behaviour, poor coordination and weakness - all indications of a potential health crisis. Immediate and specialised care by veterinary personnel and response team was given around the clock to revive the animal, but all efforts proved unsuccessful and a post-mortem confirmed that the animal died due to heat trauma and exhaustion.
AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL STORM FRANKLIN
After being under the threat of Tropical Storm Franklin and NEMO gave the ALL CLEAR for Belize, members of the NEMO ECO in San Pedro made assessments of the few damages made by TS Franklin, which was minor erosion of beaches and collapsed coconut tree at the Mar de Tumbo area.
The SPTC work crew were out early cleaning up the sargasso that washed ashore on Boca del Rio Drive.
Ms. Soila Chan passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Chan family and friends on the passing of Ms. Soila Chan. May her soul rest in peace.
Letter: Voter re-registration in Belize
For several months, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) has made the principled call for the much-needed voter re-registration to commence, with the most recent being made on 6th July 2017, via press release. The government of Belize continues to abuse its powers to not only breach the law but essentially to perpetuate institutionalised PUDP corruption, which eats away at the very core of our governance.
Its latest determination to extend the time for re-registration by proclamation 2017 is demonstrative of the extent to which they will go in order to not adhere to the rule of law. Re-registration has been postponed almost ten years now by subsequent PUDP power manipulations. This sheds light on an even deeper concern the BPP has championed since its inception, that being the archaic functions of the Office of the Governor General.
Tropical Storm Franklin brings heavy rain to Belize and Mexico
Tropical Storm Franklin moved across the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday bringing heavy rain to northern Belize and area of Mexico.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. A strengthening trend is likely to begin when the centre moves over water, and Franklin could be near hurricane intensity at landfall in the southwest Gulf coast of Mexico. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the centre.
Revised CPD Schedule
Thank you all for your patience so far. We are grateful that the storm is now gone and we came out unaffected. Please find attached, Revised CPD Schedule, August 2017 for PRE-PRIMARY, PRIMARY, SECONDARY/TECHNICAL & VOCATIONAL TEACHERS, SCHOOL LEADERS and COUNSELORS, reflecting changes to the Workshops for the Corozal, Orange Walk and Belize Districts only.
UB 1st President's All-Inclusive Endowment Fete
UB 1st President's All-Inclusive Endowment Fete is a fundraiser event all for the long term benefit of students. The proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for well deserving Belizeans to attend UB.
Sunday, September 17 at 3 PM - 9 PM, University of Belize.
Rossy War Coming to Cayo
Rossy War will be playing at the SHC auditorium next Saturday, August 19th, for the Ms. Estereo Amor pageant.
On Friday the 18th, she'll be at the meet and greet at Midas Resort.
Cayo Youths Beautify Santa Elena Park
The Department of Youth Services had their 2017 Youth Empowerment Camp recently, and one of the major projects they undertook was the Santa Cruz Park Restoration in Santa Elena. They have a little picture collage video about the Summer camp, and many great pictures. "The Santa Cruz Park in Santa Elena, Cayo is a now brighter, more inviting space thanks to a collaboration between the Youth Rise Project in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, the Cayo Department of Youth Services (DYS), and the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council. On 24 July 2017, eighty-five (85) youths from the Youth Empowerment Summer Camp hosted by DYS and Youth Rise, spent the day beautifying the park for the camp’s community service day activity. As part of the joint effort, the Town Council made a number of improvements to the park including repairing four cement park benches, adding new chains and wooden swings sets, installing a new slide and rehabilitating a wooden see-saw. The youths, aged 10-19, then spent the day painting all the new installations in bright colours and adding paint lines to the basketball court, which now has a new rim courtesy the Youth Rise Project. The community service day was geared at instilling civic pride within the youths who are attending the two-week summer camp. Throughout the course of the camp, which runs from 17th-28th July, the youths have been participating in sporting activities as well as educational sessions on topics such as cyber bullying, fire safety, environmental awareness, and sexual and reproductive health."
Friends of the Vaca Forest Reserve
23 farmers are now rightfully known as members of the Friends of the Vaca Forest Reserve. With their IDs and t-shirts they proudly are aboard in the protection of the Vaca plateau. FCD congratulates these brave local people from Succotz, Arenal and Benque.
Let us bid a fond farewell to Stephen Whyte!
Mr. Whyte is travelling today to Nashville, Tennessee to participate in the The Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt University. He starts his program in the field of Educational Administration, Planning and Policy.
Mr. Whyte is the Principal of St. John’s Memorial Anglican School in Placencia. He decided to venture into the marvelous profession of teaching because of the love for children. He believes that all children are equal and have the ability to learn anything they set their minds to. Mr. Whyte is never bored as a teacher since he is always busy researching new ideas to try in his classroom with students who have various learning styles.
Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project
The 2016 report that sheds light on the 3rd field season of the Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project (SCRAP) is available at the Institute of Archaeology for those who want an interesting read. The volume, edited by Dr. Meaghan Peuramäki-Brown, highlights the work done at the site of Alabama but also looks at the sites of Pearce, Kuchil Balum, and Huntul Mo'.
Police Officer in Cross Border Weapon Smuggling?
Tonight, a police constable is in custody facing serious charges after he was found in a vehicle with a gun last night. Here's more on the seizure in the Cayo District:
Jules Vasquez reporting: Last night at 9:50, PC Franklin Ramirez was behind the wheel of this Ford Explorer eastbound to Belmopan when the MIT stopped the vehicle near mile 56 in Ontario Village. Three other persons were inside, they are: John Pineda Trevor Dean Brown and Elorey Graham:
ACP Edward Broaster, Ag. OC - Eastern Division:
"A search was conducted on that vehicle, and was subsequently escorted to the police training academy where a secondary search was conducted where members of the mobile interdiction team discovered a win millimeter pistol which was concealed under the glove compartment. The four occupants have since been detained and will be charged today. The police officer will additionally face disciplinary charges for the firearm."
Supt. Dinsdale Under Internal Investigation For Contraband
And another police officer was caught smuggling something from Guatemala last week. He is Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson who customs caught in Arenal with contraband pharmaceuticals on Friday. As we reported on Friday, he settled with the customs department, but it's a major professional infraction for a lawman to be caught with contraband. Today, Assistant Commissioner Broaster said Thompson is being investigated.
ACP Edward Broaster, Ag. OC - Eastern Division:
"All I can say to that is that Professional Standards Branch is conducting their investigation into that matter which I believe will be forwarded to the Services' Commission."
At around 5:30 this morning, 73-year-old Alta Vista resident, Jose Garcia, was walking towards his farm on the Davis Falls Road when he saw a trail of blood on the road. Following the trail, he found the body of a man known to him, Cesar Augusto Monroy's body on the ground.
Dangriga police arrived on the scene an hour later, and found a large cut wound to the back of the neck and another on his hand. They also noted that the body was already decomposing.
14 Year Old And City Woman Injured in Fire
There was a shooting in Belize City last night just after 10:00 and where a 14 year old boy and a 35 year old woman were injured. It happened on Cleghorn Street where Fiona Spain and the minor were relaxing on the verandah when a shooter opened fire. Police told us more:...
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB, Belize City:
"Police visited the KHMH and found a female and a male minor suffering from gunshot wounds. Investigation received as that the female and the male minor were addressed on Cleghorn Street when a lone gunman approached and fired shots in their direction hitting them and causing the injuries."
Franklin Faked Out Belize
Last night, in our coverage of Tropical Storm Franklin, we told you how the 6th named storm for this season might end up not affecting Belize. That's because Franklin started shifting away from Northern Belize a few hours before it made landfall.
So, when the storm finally came ashore on the south - central Yucatan Peninsula, Belize - from Corozal, to San Pedro, to Orange Walk - was completely spared, except for a few scattered showers. Today, Daniel Ortiz took a closer look at the storm which faked west and went north. Here's his story:
Gwen Liz Chair Says He Had Full Consent
As we told you last night, the Chairman of the Board, Roosevelt Blades ordered the locks to be changed at Gwen Liz High School yesterday evening. This is after the principal, Dr. Lorna McKay refused to turn over the keys as he had directed her to. McKay told us his letter placing her on three administrative leave, and effectively ejecting her from the compound was out of line - since she didn't have a meeting with him, and since neither the board, nor any other authority was copied on the letter. She concluded that he had acted unilaterally. Blades called us today to reject that; he says it was not unilateral and he had the full consent of the managing authority. He pointed to the regulations which make it clear that the managing authority has the authority to place a teacher under investigation on administrative leave.
No Charges Yet And Maybe No Charges At All For Crooked Tree Fatal
Last night we told you about the fatal accident at the Crooked Tree Junction which claimed the life of 20 year-old Alma Flowers. Well, the police investigators are still trying to decide whether the man who knocked her down should be criminally charged.
25 year-old Leonel Del Valle has been served with a notice of intended prosecution, and he has been released from police custody. We understand that police are speaking to witnesses to put a file together, so that they can seek the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Brandon Taylor Remanded For Weapon
Today 31 year old Jane Usher Boulevard resident Brandon Taylor appeared in the Magistrate's Court where he was charged for keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license. Taylor was picked up by police last night after they conducted a search of a yard on Central American Boulevard where he was hanging out and finding a 9 mm pistol with 17 rounds of ammunition. He pled not guilty to the charges, and was remanded into custody until October.
Four Cabbies Killed in Five Months, Police Say They're Not Being Targetted
Four taximen have been killed in Belize City between March and August of this year with - Thomas Arthur Staine becoming number four yesterday. That's an alarming number, but today the Acting Commander of Eastern Division said he does not believe they are being targeted.
ACP Edward Broaster, Ag. OC - Eastern Division:
"I wouldn't say that taxi men are being targeted. If you are saying that we had 3-4 taxi men murdered over the past 12 months, that's not an indicator to say that taxi men are targeted. Nevertheless, that matter is being investigated thoroughly and I am sure that the investigators are going to do all in their power to discover the offender or the suspect who committed that crime."
Destra Recovering After Surgery
On last week Thursday's newscast, we told you how how the Trinidadian Soca superstar, Destra Garcia, had a major fall during a concert in Bermuda. The mishap caused her to break her ankle, and after surgery, she's now recovering.
On Sunday, she made this post Instagram saying, quote, "Could have been worse...Im OK Im on the road to recoveryâ€¦ It's been a crazy 72 hrs. I want to thank everyone who kept me in their prayers. I was in so much pain and so afraid, but thanks to God, all the doctors, nurses and medical personnel, that took great care of me, from Bermuda..." End quote
Taking Stock of Jaguar Care After Unfortunate Death Two Weeks Ago
Almost two weeks ago we told you about the jaguar that was extracted from a farm in the Northern Lagoon area of the Belize district. That jaguar had been trapped by farmers after it had spent several months feeding off the livestock in the area. The Forest Department was called in to extract it, but not long after the jaguar was transported to the Belize Zoo, it died. According to experts, the stress of being captured was too much for the otherwise healthy animal to handle.
Today the National Jaguar Working Group issued a press release giving its recommendations for what civilians should do if a jaguar is threatening them or their animals. When we spoke to the Forest Department's Jaguar Officer a couple weeks ago, she gave us some of that same advice. Here's what she said...
Basketballer Kevin Brown's Slow Recovery
Well known basketball player Kevin Brown is at home in Camalote dealing with a rough recovery after he was beaten up and stuck across the head with a fire extinguisher on Sunday night in San Pedro. This is a picture of the 21 year old Brown when he was airlifted from San Pedro to Belize after the attack.
Police say Brown was at a Resort with a group of friends when a dispute arose over a piece of jewelry. He was attacked by males other than his friends who kicked and then struck him with the fire extinguisher, knocking him unconscious. He was later airlifted to the KHMH.
Sarstoon, The Other Side Of The Story
Last night on the news, we showed you those Guatemalan fishers in the Sarstoon whose presence and freedom of fishing in Belizean waters, thoroughly incensed a group of Territorial Volunteers who were in the area. They condemned the government and the BDF for letting such violations go unchecked.
Well, there are two sides to that story - and law enforcement says it's not as clear cut as it seems. They point out - and we have seen this ourselves - that many of these so called Guatemalans have valid Belizean fisherfolk license and valid seaworthiness certificates from the relevant authorities in Belize, along with addresses in PG Town, or even at the mouth of the Temash River. Law enforcement says they have been trying to crack down on it for some time, and have even started to try and see if their names on those fisherfolk licenses match a nationality document.
Help for HELPAGE
HelpAge Belize will now be able to provide physiotherapy to its elderly members. A Cuban physiotherapist was brought to Belize to work with the older persons at the Sister Cecilia Home and also the kids at the Inspiration Center. She will be here for 2 years and today the Executive Director Ivorine Bulwer told us about the significance the doctor's 2 year visit.
Ivorine Bulwer, Executive Director, HelpAge Belize:
"HelpAge Belize is certainly happy to have a physiotherapist working with us, for the past 3 years we have been lobbying with the Ministry of Health and now it has come to fruition. The physiotherapy services is certainly a needed one, reason being we have persons are getting older they experience certain health conditions, certain challenges and one has to do with mobility, movement you know the slow movement and a service that the physiotherapist can provide is to help our elderly retain their level of independence through exercise, strengthening of the muscles. We have several conditions that affects older persons.
And the elderly members as well as HelpAge staff will be able to exercise and work in a newly renovated space. Bulwer told us about the work that was done in the office.
Lawmen In Panama For US Instruction In WMD's and Border Security
Six Belizean lawmen - from the MIT and Customs are in Panama learning all about stopping terrorist threats and border security. The state department funded 4 day seminar deals with detecting weapons of Mass Destruction and general protection of borders against terrorist threats, while also offering instruction in all types of chemical and biological weapons. Participating countries are Panama, Belize, Dominica Republic, and Costa Rica.
While in Belize, today 20 Belize police officers, 10 Guatemalans and five customs and immigration officers were trained by Crime Stoppers regional and Salvador police in areas of counterfeit goods, gangs and contraband cigarettes. Brand owners such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, puma made presentations on how to identify counterfeit goods over the two day workshop at Police Training Academy.
Mexico and Belize Meet For Transport Issues
Yesterday officials from the Ministry of Transport met with Mexico's Ambassador to Belize, His Excellency Carlos Quesnel Melendez, to discuss the framework of a proposed Memorandum of Understanding. Work on the MOU, which focuses on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation, originally began in February when Melendez met Minister of Transport, Edmund Castro.
This time the CEO of the Ministry of Transport, Ruth Meighan, and Chief Transport Officer, Tirso Gavez, headed the Belizean delegation to further the planning of the agreement.
Constable and Civilians to be Charged for Illegal Firearm in Cayo
The proliferation of guns and ammunition across the western border near Benque Viejo del Carmen is a recurrent problem that is openly acknowledged by the Belize Police Department. But tonight, [...]
Firearm was Originally from Guatemala
The firearm, as we’ve mentioned, is a nine millimeter handgun from Guatemala with a matching serial number. The fact that it was found in the possession of an officer, concealed [...]
Senior Officer Tangled with Customs over Pharmaceuticals
There is another cop in hot water. Senior officer, Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson was busted in Arenal Village on Friday by customs officials in possession of a quantity of contraband pharmaceuticals. [...]
Woman & Minor Shot in Belize City
Two persons, including a minor, were shot on Cleghorn Street in Belize City on Monday night sometime after ten o’clock. When police arrived at the scene, the victims had been [...]
Cesar Monroy Found Murdered on Davis Falls Road
There was a grisly discovery this morning in the Stann Creek District where the decomposing body of a Guatemalan farmer was found on a road in Alta Vista Village. Forty-nine-year-old [...]
After Thomas Staine Murder, Should Taxi Drivers Worry?
Are taxi drivers at risk in Belize City? According to police, no more than usual. Thirty-nine-year-old Thomas Staine was murdered overnight on Monday, his stab-riddled body recovered from the Collet [...]
Corozal Weathers T.S. Franklin
A News Five team headed to Corozal overnight to capture what was happening on the ground as the northern municipality prepared for a first impending storm in the 2017 hurricane [...]
New Docs Reveal Pattern of Vegas’ Land Acquisition
A series of leaked documents from the Lands Department revealing another land grab by members of the family of former minister Gaspar Vega on Ramsey Caye and the Spanish Creek [...]
O.W. East’s Aragon Predicts Victory in Sugar City
While Vega is retiring from active politics, when we caught up with Orange Walk North area rep, Elodio Aragon Junior last Friday, we asked him about his party’s municipal elections [...]
Hilberto Campos Bows Out as Mayor of Corozal Town
In the northernmost municipality of Corozal, current U.D.P. mayor Hilberto Campos says he will not be contesting for a fifth term. Campos has been at the helm of the Corozal [...]
New Capital Sees Internal Dissension in U.D.P. Slate
And from the north to the west where Belmopan is in full swing lining up their candidates for the U.D.P. convention on August thirteenth. But all is not well and [...]
Family Claims Set-Up of Brandon Taylor for Recovered Firearm
Brandon Taylor was cleared of murder for the second time earlier this year in the death of Kaylon Matura. Since then the thirty-one-year-old has been trying to lead a clean [...]
Dr. Lorna McKay Fights On, but Gwen Liz Board Says She Must Go
On Monday, principal of Gwen Lizarraga High School Doctor Lorna McKay defied the request of the Board of Directors of the Government-run institution to clear out her desk, turn over [...]
Ministry to Meet Housing Needs for Santa Barbara Fire Victims
On Monday night, we told you about the tragic fire on Santa Barbara Street that claimed the life of twenty month old Tyrique Roberts. The baby boy was left sleeping [...]
Under Consideration, But Can Taiwan Give Grant for Puerto Barrios Road?
Guatemala’s request for six hundred and fifty million U.S. dollars to construct the CA-Nine Highway to Puerto Barrios, according to Ambassador Charles Liu, is simply a request that remains under [...]
Ministry of Tourism Reviews National Policy
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is in the process of updating the now-twelve year old National Tourism Policy which espouses sustainable tourism as the underpinning of the profitable [...]
The Parameters of Sustainable Tourism
But what exactly is sustainable tourism? It’s a question Castaneda says the Ministry was asked repeatedly during the consultations, especially in light of the apparent deviation from the National Sustainable [...]
KTV Remix Postponed; Semi-Final Rounds Begin Next Week
KTV the Remix has taken fans by storm as the competition tightens, but we’ll have to wait one more week to see who enters the semi-final rounds because in anticipation [...]
Fiesta Rama 2017 Once Again Successful
The official financial report for Fiestarama 2017 was released today by the office of the Orange Walk Town Council. The report comprises of the total amount of income earned as well as the total value of expenditures. Today we spoke to Mayor of the Orange Walk Town Council, Kevin Bernard, who highlighted that that after all expenses of the event were fully covered, the total profit amounted to nineteen thousand seven hundred ninety one dollars and twenty five cents which proved to be a little higher than that of last year. Mayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town Council: “We have made this a commitment ever since I became Mayor that we report back to the public in terms of what raised and what we gained at Fiesta Rama, this year I want to report again that we had had another successful Fiesta Rama despite the fact that we saw there was a little bit of little turn out that I had mentioned in my previous interview but all in all we did a little better than last year...”
Tropical Storm Franklin..The Storm That Never Came
Shortly before 6:00 this morning, the ‘all clear’ was issued for our country by the National Emergency Management Organization ‘NEMO’ as Tropical Storm Franklin dodged the jewel and was no longer a threat. While our country was mostly spared from the effects of Franklin, our Mexican neighbors are reporting some flooding as heavy rains and winds were experienced throughout last night as the storm made landfall sometime around 10:45 with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, north of Chetumal near Pulticub, Mexico located some 72 miles northeast of Corozal.
Corozal Moms Win Breast Feeding Picture Competition
Every year the first full week of August is celebrated as World Breastfeeding week. This year, the week was celebrated under the theme ‘Together we can make breastfeeding sustainable’, and the Ministry of Health in Belize in partnership with PAHO and WHO joined in the celebration from the 1st to the 7th of August in an effort of promoting exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life as it is a vital step to long term health. As part of the celebration, the Ministry of Health held a breast feeding picture competition where mothers from across the country were encouraged to submit pictures of them breastfeeding their babies.
Cop Busted With Illegal Weapon
A Police Constable attached to Precinct 2 in Belize City has been detained after authorities searched a vehicle he was driving and found an illegal weapon and ammo inside.
Authorities say that PC Franklin Ramirez was accompanied by Trevor Dean Brown and Elorey Graham, when they searched their vehicle at mile 56 on the George Price Highway in Ontario Village. The men were going in the direction of Belmopan when they were stopped. Authorities discovered a 9mm gun, which is suspected of originating in Guatemala. All three occupants were detained. Commander of Operations for Belmopan Police Edward Broaster explained further.