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Today's Belize News: August 25, 2017 #525424
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The San Pedro Sun

Jose Armando and Sarbelo Marroquin charged for murder of Scott Charles
Police have formally charged Jose Armando Marroquin and Sarbelo Marroquin for the murder of Scott Charles. Charles was gunned down at his home in the Elliot Subdivision of San Pedro Town on Wednesday, August 16th. Charles received gunshot wounds to the lower part of his abdomen and lower thigh, and was transported to Belize City in a critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries around 1PM the following day while he was undergoing medical treatment. (l) Jose Armando and (r) Sarbelo Marroquin have been charged for Scott Charles’ murder. The official report states that on the night of August 16th, at around 8:40PM, someone knocked on Charles’ door. As soon as he opened the door, several shots were fired in his direction, causing his injuries.

David and Anke Doehm appear in court; case adjourned for September 20, 2017
David and Anke Doehm were back in court on, Thursday, August 24th in Belize City, facing charges of Cruelty to a Child. The prosecution informed the media that the court sessions dealt with mainly statements that were provided by persons who claimed to have witnessed child abuse by the Doehms. Due to the lack of scientific evidence, the rest of the disclosure of the case was scheduled for September 20, 2017, when the Doehms are expected to return and face the results of the tests from the forensic investigation. The couple continue to be the main suspects in the death of Anke’s adoptive daughter Faye Lin Cannon, who was found dead in her bedroom on July 3rd, at a condominium complex in northern Ambergris Caye.

Orange Walk’s Joanne Cantun is Miss Estereo Amor 2017
On Saturday, August 19th, Joannie Cantun of the Orange Walk District was crowned as the new Miss Estereo Amor 2017-2018. The pageant took place at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, Cayo District, and saw the participation of seven candidates from around the country. The community of Ambergris Caye was well represented by Vivian Noralez, who did a great job showcasing the Hispanic/Mestizo culture that dominates the island. The other contestants included Carmelita Lara (Cayo), Ederline Gree, Kayla Awe and Julissa Gilharry (Corozal), and Selena Urias from Belize City.

The BTB awards scholarships to Four Belizean students
The Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, presented scholarship awards to four full-time Belizean students during a brief ceremony this morning at the BTB’s headquarters in Belize City. Those receiving the scholarships are Kody Roaches, who will pursue an Associate’s Degree in Tourism at St. John’s Junior College; Rayeli Ake, who will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management at the University of Belize and Norberto Alvarado, who will pursue Culinary Studies at Conalip El Pantel Temixco/Bakery Program at Ambrosia Centro Culinario in Mexico.

Belize was Guest Country at the XXI Afro-Caribbean Festival in Veracruz, Mexico
Belize was the guest country at the Twenty-First Afro-Caribbean Festival in Veraruz, Mexico, held from August 10-12, 2017. The event was hosted by the Government of the State of Veracruz, through their Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Veracruzan Institute of Culture. The importance of the festival is to acknowledge Africanism as a part of the Mexican culture. The event was organised by Belize Honorary Consul in Veracruz Ms. Sandra Vasquez. Belize’s Ambassador to Mexico H.E. Oliver del Cid, congratulated the Government of Veracruz and the people of Mexico for recognizing African aspect of their culture. According to the Government of Veracruz website, Ambassador del Cid mentioned in his address at the opening ceremony that “culture is not only to sell tourism or take photographs but to respect and recognize the rights of indigenous peoples who in many cases in Latin America are Afro-descendants.”

Reef Radio celebrates 18 years of service to island residents
The island’s first radio station, Reef Radio, celebrated its 18th anniversary on Saturday, August 19th at the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex. The celebration saw live performances and fabulous giveaways, and lots of entertainment. Reef Radio supporters joined the celebration early in the evening, and founder Eiden Salazar warmly welcomed everyone to the special occasion. The program of events began shortly after 8PM. “I am happy that everyone came out tonight to join us for this special evening,” said Salazar. “The radio is not really a business; it is a service for the community.” Reef Radio has assisted island residents in all possible aspects throughout its existence. It has been the main means of massive communication when residents are in crisis and in need of emergency donations. Every successful radiothon/telethon or any fundraiser of its kind has been possible through the generous assistance of Reef Radio.

Ambergris Today

Perspective People! I Choose To Make San Pedro My Home
The island is all abuzz about a murder that took place late yesterday afternoon in downtown San Pedro; a shooting purportedly connected to another murder that occurred just a few days before, and likely not very coincidently taking place on the day of the funeral of the first murder victim. I have read through hundreds of comments posted on the local news articles about these murders, and a good majority of the comments were made by tourist types who state in a variety of ways that because of these crimes (and others that have made the news) they will likely never visit (or return visit) to San Pedro, and some who are second- guessing in commentary whether or not San Pedro is any longer a fit and safe place to which they might consider moving. Of course this town thrives on its tourism industry. News of crimes can and does have a detrimental effect on the psyche of potential visitors.

The BTB Awards Scholarships To Four Belizean Students
This year’s Jean Shaw Scholarship Award went to Emilse Marin, who will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management at the University of Belize. The Jean Shaw Tourism Scholarship was established in memory of the late Jean Ursilla Shaw, a renowned female tourism pioneer who played an integral part in the development of Belize’s tourism industry in her lifetime. The Fund was established by the BTB, in collaboration with its private sector counterparts, to support the development of qualified Belizean females pursuing a career in tourism. This scholarship covers tuition, books, and fees.

David And Anke Doehm Appear In Court For Cruelty To A Child Charges
David and Anke Doehm appeared in Belize City Court this morning, August 24, 2017, on charges of Cruelty to a Child in connection to the death of Faye Lin Cannon. The court hearing was scheduled to be held in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, but moved to Belize City this week. Attorney Jaqueline Willoughby representing the state commented that a partial disclosure (mostly statements) was granted to the Doehms. Ellis Arnold represented Anke, but Dickie Bradley wasn't there for David. The prosecution states that they should receive the rest of the disclosure by September 20, 2017, The preliminary inquiry into Faye’s death would be set for October 5, but that depends if the disclosure arrives as scheduled.

Misc Belizean Sources

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The BTB awards scholarships to Four Belizean students
The Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, presented scholarship awards to four full-time Belizean students during a brief ceremony this morning at the BTB’s headquarters in Belize City. Those receiving the scholarships are Kody Roaches, who will pursue an Associate’s Degree in Tourism at St. John’s Junior College; Rayeli Ake, who will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management at the University of Belize and Norberto Alvarado, who will pursue Culinary Studies at Conalip El Pantel Temixco/Bakery Program at Ambrosia Centro Culinario in Mexico. This year’s Jean Shaw Scholarship Award went to Emilse Marin, who will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management at the University of Belize.

If you see crocs in your area, call ACES at the number in the link, don't kill them.
ACES traveled to Caye Caulker to save a couple of crocs this weekend. It's a sad state of affairs when a wild animal needs rescuing from it's natural habitat, but after numerous reports of dead crocs in this area and poachers continuing to set baited hooks to catch and kill we had to take action. If anyone sees anything like this going on and a crocs life, or any wildlife for that matter is in danger, please don't hesitate to contact ACES on 623 7920. We're always here to help

La Isla Carinosa Academy Turkey Dinner
Aug. 26, $10.00

Caye Caulker Spay and neuter surgery Aug 28
The CC Humane Society is bringing Dr. Baptiste to the island to do spay and neuter surgery this Monday, 28 August. If you want an appointment to have your pet snipped, please send me a PM. This will probably be the last opportunity to have it done on the caye for the next few months.

Poets Corner: PUDP Apartheid
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. From slavery to apartheid Since 1981 this cannot be denied Political, economic and educationally deprived The entire country is polarized Inter-connectivity is still not realized Consecutive governments have done power consolidation There is still no proportionate representation One party and its elite class eats After every election pass Every party weh come rips us off No freedom of information Even the opposition get debate notes hours Before a parliamentary session When party loyalist di have big discussion

New mural in Corozal
Congratulations to our youngest member of the Corozal Street Art Movement (CSAM) Miss Cayley Wade(13 years) with her original design and Miss Vianay Bautista in painting a mural on the wall of the Public Restrooms at Rainbow Beach!

Miss Divali Nagar Queen 2017 Pageant
Miss East Indian Belize 2017 Shaenna Gilharry of Corozal, outgoing queen Asia Gilharry, and members of the Corozal Organization of East Indian Cultural Heritage (COEICH) recently met with Ambassador of India to Belize Mr. Muktesh K. Pradeshi and Honorary Consul General of India to Belize Mr. Arun Hotchandani, as well as with Kathak dancers from India. Shaenna will represent Belize at the upcoming Miss Divali Nagar Queen 2017 pageant hosted by the National Council of Indian Culture of Trinidad and Tobago (NCIC TT), scheduled to conclude on October 16, 2017 in Trinidad & Tobago.

San Pedro Power Outage postponed
Postponed until further notice: Power interruption previously scheduled for a portion of San Pedro Town on Friday, August 25.

SSBA Summer Camp Showdown
The SSBA's Basketball Summer Camp is coming to a close, and they are having a grand finale that everyone is invited to on Friday, August 25th, at the SHC auditorium, starting at 5:30pm. There will be many games throughout the evening, along with food and drinks. It's free, so go out and support their wonderful initiative of engaging kids with learning sports and skills.

National Flag Day is September 1st
September 1st is now National Flag Day. To celebrate, many municipalities will be unveiling a flag monument. Great way to kick of the September Celebrations! "On the morning of Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 6 a.m., most municipalities will be unveiling a Flag monument. The monument will include a Flag pole and a Plaque detailing the official description of the Belizean Flag. The plaque is approximately 48 inches high by 32 inches wide and is designed for public awareness regarding the official description of the flag of Belize. The unveiling will be accompanied by the raising of the Belizean Flag. Members of the public and civic organizations are all asked to take note of this initiative and are all invited attend the unveiling in the municipalities. Households, businesses and government institutions are also encouraged to feature the Belizean Flag on September 1st. The National Celebrations Commission invites everyone to become familiar with the Belizean Flag and to raise it with pride."

The U.S. Embassy is offering scholarships for an online course "Exploring Web 2.0: Tools for Classroom Teaching and Professional Development."
This course trains English language professionals to optimize the use of internet resources for teaching purposes and to conduct distance education or enhance face-to-face instruction. This is a three-week long course: October 2-20, 2017. The time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per day, but participants do not have to be online at any specific time and can complete assignments at their convenience. Deadline to apply: September 6, 2017.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Please pay attention to the schedule: Rough Night @ 7 Screen 1 - Fri & Sun Screen 2 Saturday. All Eyez on Me @ 9 Screen 1 - Fri & Sun Screen 2 Saturday. Captain Underpants @7 Screen 2 - Fri and Sun ONLY. Baywatch @ 9 Screen 2 - Fri and Sun ONLY. Mayweather vs. McGregor Saturday Night Screen 1 Free.

Belize Fishing Report, August 14th - August 20th, 2017
Tropical storm Harvey was threatening to visit us this week, but it now seems the threat has dissipated. The fishing before a major storm is usually really good and this week has not proven any different. Our bonefish are feeding well and all bonefish anglers are benefiting from the bite.

FOOTBALL SUPERSTARS TEAMS OF BELIZE (PART TWO)!
These classic Belizean football teams remains some of the best Belize has ever seen.

Frankie Reneau's Timeless Motown Memories
Which show will you attend? August 31st or September 1st? Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, Reserved Seating $30 (Limited Seats Available), General Seating $20

Channel 7

Fourth City Murder In A Week
Belize City has been relatively quiet since April, after former Southside Commander ACP Chester Williams facilitated a citywide gang truce, but this month has seen a sharp spike in murders. In August alone, seven people have been murdered in the city, four of them killed just this week! The latest in the string of violence occurred at around 4:30 this afternoon when a gunman shot up the area surrounding the Conch Shell Bay Fish Market. In an attempt to escape the gun fire, reports say Windell Gibson and Keron Santos ran over to Lindo's Alley, but were followed by the assailant, who fired at least eight more shots at the pair. Both men were shot and Gibson succumbed to his injuries not long after. Santos is currently in critical condition. It is still unknown if Gibson and Santos were the intended targets since the fish market is a heavily trafficked area, and it was crowded at the time of the incident.

Doehm Couple Back To Court
A month ago, we told you about the high profile case out of San Pedro involving the American couple, David and Anke Doehm. They were charged with cruelty to a child for the death of their 13 year-old adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon, after a week of being investigated but not charged with murder. Well, they've been out on bail, living in Belize City, staying under the radar while they await today's adjournment of their case in the Magistrate's Court. The DPP's Office committed to provide partial disclosure to them so that they can see the evidence that the police has amassed against them for the questionable death of their daughter. Crown Counsel Jacqueline Willoughby showed up, and did just that. She handed over a sheaf of police witnesses statements that she intends to use to convict them of the negligence which directly led to Faye's death.

Police ID Body Found, Family Grapples With Loss
The body that was found yesterday afternoon has been identified as 25 year old Linton Broaster-Wilshire. His family had to bury him last night- no coffin, no funeral service because his body was starting to decompose. They didn't have any other choice. And it's that tragic and devastating end that his family now has to come to terms with. Today Courtney Weatherburne met with the family who is now left wondering...why. Veree Hyde, Cousin: "Linton was here, he came Monday afternoon because he wanted me to plat his hair and then I was cooking so he asked Cristina, the next cousin to plat his hair and she went out for her mom and he dropped asleep right here in my chair. He get up off the chair like an hour after, he went to hail his aunt, came back, drank water and he just walk and went."

18 Year Old Crevan Cardinez Was Dumped Overboard and Left For Dead
Yesterday we told you about a report that a man was thrown out of a boat by Rock Park on Princess Margaret Drive. Two Fisheries officers saw it and deployed their own vessels while also calling the police and Coast Guard who deployed divers and boats, but found nothing. But the report was accurate, and the body was found this morning, in the sea near the municipal airstrip. It is 18 year old Crevan Cardinez - a young man from the gang neighborhood of Taylor's Alley who was just in court two weeks ago, accused of shooting at someone here in the city. He was also found with a gun. And now, just 6 days after getting released on bail, he's dead. Today, police told us what they know so far:

Jevaun Recaptured and Arraigned
Last night, we told you about 24 year-old Jevaun Belizaire. He was the man who escaped for police custody after he was charged for the murder of 24 year-old Ryan "Fish" Thompson. Well, he has been recaptured, and tonight he's behind bars at the Belize Central Prison. Police say that they caught him in Belize City at around 5:30 a.m., and he was charged with escaping from lawful custody. He was arraigned today before Acting Chief Magistrate on the offenses of murder and and escape. Due to the nature of the offense, he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until October 24.

Two Supposed Hitmen Charged For Drug Related Murder On San Pedro
And police cracked another recent murder, this one on San Pedro. We told you last week how 25 year-old Scott Charles was killed inside his Bay Side home one week ago. Well police have arrested and charged Jose Armando Marroquin and Sarbelo Marroquin for the crime of murder. They will be arraigned in Magistrate's Court at the earliest convenience, and they will then be remanded to the Belize Central Prison. Police sources tell us these men are believed to be hitmen for one of the warring groups on San Pedro that has been trying to protect their drug turf. They were identified by witnesses in an identification parade.

No Goodwill From GOB, Chinese Performing Troupe Has To Pay 70K For Visas
The China Disabled Persons Performing Arts Troupe is set to arrive in Belize on Saturday for a performance on Sunday night. Featuring persons who are blind, deaf, and mute, the Troupe is well recognized internationally for their awe-inspiring performances. But, tonight the Belize-Chinese community isn't happy with the Government of Belize - because they have to come up with sixty-six thousand dollars to pay for the visas for the 33 members of the troupe. Now, the troupe will only be here from Saturday to Tuesday - and the precedent with other Asian performers is that they usually get the fee waived - since it is a goodwill cultural visit. But, these mainland Chinese performers aren't getting any waiver - because, reportedly, because the minister has no power to waive fees.

PUP Make Scathing Statement On Land Scandals
For the past 2 nights, we've been showing you the latest set of leaked documents out of the Lands Department. It shows how family members of Former Lands Minister Gaspar Vega ended up getting compensated with island properties on Mosquito Caye. That's after the Lands Department sold duplicate land titles to parcels of land on Caye Caulker that were already privately owned. The owners of those pre-owned titles then sold it to the Vega's in a private transaction - which, the Ministry of Natural Resources compensated them for. It follows a similar pattern that has been revealed several times over the past few months with land acquisition by the Vegas and today, the PUP released a statement basically saying, enough is enough.

Stole The Safe, But Didn't Get Much
Thieves broke into Westrac Orange Walk on the Phillip Goldson highway last night - but they didn't get much - even though they stole the entire safe! According to police, 30 year old Jacob Friesen reported that when he got to work this morning at around 7:30 he saw that a glass window located on the front side of the building was broken. Friesen looked inside the store and found that his metal safe containing only four hundred dollars in cash along with other documents had been stolen.

Police Get Big Handgun In City
Last night at 8:20 PM the GSU searched a white Mariner SUV in front of the Yabra basketball court. Karon Wright was driving accompanied by Monica Murillo. The search turned up a .45 pistol - which is a high powered, prohibited firearm. Both were detained and now have pending charges of kept prohibited firearm.

'Round George Street
Last night in Belize City, police searched an abandoned lot on George Street. They found two pounds of weed and ten 9 millimeter rounds. No one was present at the time of any of these searches so the items were marked as found property.

Another Gun On Pedro
Two more searches were conducted yesterday. At 5:00 pm GSU officers attached to San Pedro searched an abandoned lot in the San Juan area - which is a crime hotspot. They found one one rusty, but working .380 pistol.

Dion and PIV Team Up For Park
The convention for the UDP mayoral candidate is coming up on Sunday. And, right now, both candidates are wrapping up their final campaign efforts. Today we caught up with mayoral hopeful Dion Leslie painting a park with members of the PIV gang: Dion Leslie, Mayoral Hopeful: "This is a combination of about 2 weeks of work where we chose the Flamboyant street Oleander street, Jasmine street, and all the areas in between that people may know as PIV um but we chose this area in Lake independence in parts of pick stock to do a comprehensive clean up in terms of cleaning of drains picking up of garage and a basic upliftment of the area in general. All the residents got involved."

Leslie Ready For Sunday Convention
In the run-up to the convention, Leslie has been working on several projects to keep himself visible in the community. But for his opponent Phillip Willoughby, visibility is business as usual. Seems like he's on the news just about every other day - and even though he is the underdog in Sunday's convention with less money and less support from his political colleagues, Willoughby's high public profile has made him a kind of dark horse. But Leslie is still the favorite to win, and the choice of his party. We asked him about the road ahead.

A Single Service Website For Foreign Trade
Today the Directorate for Foreign Trade launched a new website aimed at making details of its activities more accessible to stakeholders and the public. The website features information regarding Belize's trade policies and relations, as well as regular updates and press releases. Today the CEO in the Ministry of Trade told the media about significance of the new site... Amparo Noble Masson - CEO, Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce: "The website for us is a big step forward. The Ministry has been making efforts, because it realized that it's important to have all the information relating to the Ministry and the particularly the Director General for Foreign Trade, to share is with stakeholders and the general public. The Ministry and the Directorate have been working very, very hard, have been doing a lot of work and making a lot of progress in areas of trade and so on, and the general public is no really aware of what we're doing. This website will be the platform for which we will be sharing information on a consistent basis."

To Graduate From GREAT Is Great
Today 48 kids graduated from the GREAT summer program. It's an ongoing initiative spearheaded by the police to keep Southside youth away from gang life. The program began on August 7th and the participants had a packed 3 weeks with all kinds of fun educational activities. The officer commanding the Community Policing Unit Inspector Elroy Carcamo told us more about the objective of the summer program. The program was sponsored by The Youth and Community Transformation Project and the US Embassy.

Charity In Celebration Of Tyler's Life
7 year old Tyler Savery was killed in November of 2016, and since then his mother Shakera Young has been leading her own crusade to turn his loss, into a gift for others. She followed through with that today when she donated one hundred backpacks to deserving children. 7News was there:... Shakera Young, Event Coordinator: "We are giving away backpacks today with supplies within the backpack. But within the backpack, I have also included a New Testament bible for the kids."

Belize Volleyball Girls Silver At CODICADER
We told you earlier in the week about the girl's volleyball team that did make it to Honduras to represent Belize at the CODICADER games. The good news tonight is that after facing off against four different teams they came out of the CODICADER games with a silver medal.

Chevening Champs Named
7 Belizeans will be traveling to the UK for a postgraduate degree. This is after the British Government awarded them the Chevening Scholarship. In a release it states that "the Chevening scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders and influencers to pursue a one-year Post Graduate degree in their field of expertise at any UK university". This year's awardees are Cinnamon Bottaro, Shari Bowen, Jaraad Ysaguirre, Lloyd (Ian) Smith, Janine Cayetano, Sylvia Batty and Nicole Haylock. They will be studying in areas as diverse as Conflict, Security and Development, to International Security and Global Governance.

Channel 5

Evening Murder Rocks Conch Shell Bay; 1 Other Critically Wounded
We begin tonight’s newscast with a third murder to report in just over twenty-four hours. Gunmen executed the attack with precision in broad daylight through Lindos Alley late this afternoon [...]

Why was 18-year-old Crevan Cardinez Killed Aboard a Boat?
A team of divers from the police department, the coastguard and civilians gave up the search for an unidentified body on Wednesday evening, following a report of foul play in [...]

Another Neal’s Pen Road Resident Killed; Are Deaths of Linton Wilshire and Ryan Thompson Related?
Meanwhile the body of a man found off the George Price Highway on Wednesday has also been identified as a Belize City resident of a Neal’s Pen Road Extension address. [...]

Jevon Belizaire Recaptured and Arraigned for Murder
After twenty-four hours on the run, accused murderer Jevon Belizaire has been recaptured by Belize City police.  The twenty-four-year-old suspect fled from custody on Wednesday morning while being allowed to [...]

Brothers Charged for Ambush Murder of Scott Charles on Ambergris
A pair of brothers is awaiting arraignment in San Pedro after being charged for one of two recent homicides on the island. Jose Armando Marroquin and Sarbelo Marroquin have been [...]

Doehm Couple Handed Partial Disclosure in Faye Lin Cannon Cruelty Case
Today, former residents of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, David and Anke Doehm, are charged with child cruelty in the death of thirteen-year-old Faye Lin Cannon almost two months ago. The [...]

American Living in Belize Pleads Guilty to Drug Possession
A Belizean-American couple and their visiting friend were read drug charges after a police search of their Caye Caulker cabana on Tuesday afternoon. Twenty-four-year-old Sloane Breaux; his wife, twenty-three-year-old Catherine [...]

John Zabaneh Counts Cost of Fight to Get Off ‘Kingpin’ List
Embattled businessman John Zabaneh has been cleared of the kingpin designation that was given to him and two others, including Dion Zabaneh, by the United States Treasury a few years [...]

How Banana Businessman Plans to Rebuild
In order for Zabaneh to move on with his life, he now has to rebuild his businesses from the ground up.  He says the ordeal has also taken a significant [...]

Mayoral Aspirants for Belize City Make Final Pitches Ahead of Convention
The United Democratic Party’s Belize City Council convention is set for Sunday morning at the ITVET grounds from ten a.m. to five p.m. It is headlined by the race to [...]

Beautifying ‘the Valley’
We caught up with Leslie at the basketball court on Flamboyant Street in Lake Independence constituency, where residents were hard at work laying plants and cleaning up the neighborhood’s basketball [...]

GREAT Work Continues with Sporting Cup
To continue to engage at risk youths, the GREAT and Cadet Programmes have joined forces for an event they call the GREAT Cup. It will feature three sporting disciplines and [...]

Tyler Savery Foundation Helps Kids Get Back to School
The Tyler Savery Foundation distributed close to one hundred school bags to under-privileged children. The kids were treated to a fun day at the pool at the Pickwick Club and [...]

LOVE FM

Police have identified murder victim found on George Price Highway
Police have identified the body that was found on Wednesday afternoon along Mile three of the George Price Highway in Belize City. Yesterday police received a call which led them to the body of 25 year old Linton Wilshire, about three hundred feet in the bushes off the highway. Wilshire was wearing only his boxers. […]

Police recovered body of a man lost at sea
Belize City police continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was fished out of the sea this morning. As we reported on Wednesday, shortly after one o’clock, Coast Guard personnel were called out to an area near the Fisheries Department in Belize City to look for a man who had been thrown […]

The Doehms case adjourned to September 20
Today, Anke and David Doehm appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser in Belize City where their case was adjourned to September 20. It is expected that on that date the prosecution will be able to provide full disclosure. In July, the San Pedro community was shocked and outraged, after 13 year old Faye Lin […]

Magistrate Rodriguez, accused of rape, makes appearance in Dangriga Magistrate Court
Suspended Magistrate Norman Rodriguez also appeared before a magistrate today. Rodriguez appeared before a magistrate in Dangriga Town for a disclosure session. The prosecution presented evidence in the rape case against Rodriguez. The preliminary inquiry case has been set for October 25, when it will be determined whether there is a prima facie case. If […]

Man, who escaped from police, is back in custody
Police confirmed this morning that the man who allegedly killed 24 year-old Ryan Thompson was recaptured by police. 24 year old Jevaun Belizaire, who was in custody at the Raccoon Street Police Station, was allowed to use the restroom. But this opportunistic detainee managed to escape from the station. Police then launched a manhunt for […]

Elrington tight-lipped about who he is supporting for Mayor
Two men are vying to be the UDP’s Mayoral Candidate for the 2018 March municipal elections. They are two councilors Dion Leslie and Phillip Willoughby. So who does Elrington support? That’s a question he refused to answer. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “Historically our practice has been for us to invite the various candidates […]

GOB refuses to pass up over $30,000 in visa fees
Yesterday reports surfaced that the Chinese Association of Belize was not happy with the Government of Belize. Reports are that the Chinese Association of Belize had asked the Government to waive more than thirty thousand dollars in visa fees for a group of visually impaired children who are traveling through Panama to Belize to perform […]

PUP calls for Vega’s resignation
The People’s United Party came out swinging today at former UDP Cabinet Minister, Gaspar Vega. In a release, the PUP is calling for Vega’s immediate resignation as a Member of Parliament. The PUP is also asking that the Prime Minister quote, “immediately convene an impartial investigative team to look into the gross unjust enrichment of […]

Minister of Tourism comments on the increase of Departure Taxes
Earlier in the month, Tropic Air had announced that it would suspend its routes to Chetumal, Merida and San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Tropic Air says the decision was made to suspend the routes after they conducted an in depth analysis of their performance of the last four months. President John Grief says an important factor […]

San Pedro Police make arrest in Scott Charles murder
San Pedro Police have arrested and charged Jose Marroquin and Sarbelo Marroquin for the murder of Scott Charles. On August 17, gunmen reportedly went looking for Charles at his home in the Bay Side Area of the island and when Charles opened his door, it was then that someone fired several shots at him. Charles […]

Man attacked and thrown overboard
This afternoon, shortly after one o’clock, Coast Guard personnel were called out to an area near the Fisheries Department in Belize City. Police received reports that a man was thrown into the sea after being beaten by three other men. Love News understands that a team of fisheries officers was leaving on assignment when they […]

Unidentified man found dead
A man was found murdered this afternoon along Mile 3 in the George Price Highway in Belize City. Investigator are still trying to identify him but what we learned so far, is that the back of his neck was slash three times. Officer Commanding the Crimes Investigation Branch, ASP Alejandro Cowo shared more details. Officer […]

Senators cast doubts on Town Council Bill
This morning the Town Council Amendment Bill 2017 was passed in the Senate but not before it was widely debated. The bill makes provisions to give greater fiscal autonomy to local governments in seven municipalities. These municipalities will now be able to raise funds for capital projects. While supporting the bill, Senator Mark Lizarraga, who […]

Senator keeping the Re-registration issue alive
Just before the Senate was adjourned today, Senator for the None Governmental Organizations, Osmany Salas raised the issue of re-registration of electors. Senator Salas again pointed out why they feel the process is important. NGO Senator, Osmany Salas: “This has a direct bearing on our electoral division, our constitution stipulates provides that we shall have […]

Border Dispute has the country divided
The Belize & Guatemala Dispute originated with the British who had settled Belize once called British Honduras. Under the British rule, the dispute was never resolve despite repeated efforts. Today, the border dispute is still an issue that Belizeans are divided on. As we shared with you, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Lisa Shoman has […]

Guatemala launches Educational campaign on Border Dispute
According to Agencias Guatemalteca de Noticias, AGN, the Guatemalan Government has decided to launch two hundred and twenty seven thousand teachers for its educational campaign on the Guatemala/Belize Dispute with the purpose to take the case to the International Court of Justice. According to the article, Guatemala’s Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs seek to […]

Zabaneh emerges victorious against the USA
Belize businessman, John Zabaneh was successful in his case against the US Treasury Department. In July we reported that Zabaneh had filed papers in the DC Federal court suing the US treasury Department after he was named as a drug trafficker which led to the downfall of his business and by extension, the deterioration of […]

Efforts are being made to level the playing field in Politics
On August 31, the National Women’s Commission in collaboration with the US Embassy will be hosting a National Women in Politics Conference. Executive Director, Anne-Marie Williams, told Love News that the conference is being spearheaded under the Commission’s mandate which is to act as advisory body for the achievement of gender equality, equity and women’s […]

BTB gives away $31,000 in scholarships
Today, Belize Tourism Board (BTB) handed out four scholarships to deserving students. Herbert Haylock, Director of Quality Assurance & Industry Standards at BTB said that despite the small number the scholarships given to the students today, the value of the initiative is worth Thirty-One Thousand dollars. Director of Quality Assurance & Industry Standards, Herbert Haylock: […]

Men found with questionable money
Yesterday evening, Belmopan police search the home of 49 year old Ruben Magana and 21 year old Isau Magana in Valley of Peace Village. Officers received information that the Magana’s had thousands of dollars in their possession. A search of the residence confirmed the tip as police found a total of thirty three thousand nine […]


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Kevin Bernard saddles Orange Walk with a 12 year debt
Just in time for the municipal elections Kevin Bernard after doing nothing for Orange Walk after two consecutive terms, ran head first and saddled the Orange Walk town council with a debt that will see at least three consecutive councils Struggling to pay for the debt with one of the municipalities most secure revenue streams. In May of last year Bernard went into a contract with a construction company, De’Mar’s Stone Company to do work in the municipality to the tune of $999,456. In a letter addressed to De’Mar’s, Bernard committed to start paying for the works at the start of June 2016 and he further committed that those payment will continue for a whopping twelve years up to June 2028.

Barracuda can make you sick
In the space of four days the Ministry of Health has put out two advisories that the consumption of Barracuda can make you sick. On Friday August 18th the ministry put out a release stating that, “suspected fish poisoning (Ciguatera poisoning) was detected in persons that had eaten fish bought from a fish vendor in Ladyville, Belize District. Further investigation into these cases has linked and identified that the fish consumed was barracuda.” Then on Wednesday August 23rd a second advisory was issued stating that, “2 further cases of suspected Ciguatera poisoning have been identified. Investigations conducted so far reveal that the barracuda fish from the Turneffe Islands area has been the sole carrier of the ciguatoxin or poison.”

$6.9M More on road improvements for Cayo
On Monday, August 21 the Ministry of Works and Transport and Belize Roadway Construction Ltd. signed on to a BZ$6,968,955.40 contract to conduct extensive works in Santa Elena town. The contract is for Lot 5 of the Fourth Road Project, which is rehabilitation works within Santa Elena Town in Cayo District. The works will include the drainage improvements of 1,870m on the George Price Highway between Three Flags and Loma Luz Blvd. intersection with the Hawksworth Bridge; 160m along Liberty Street; and 1,940m along George Price Avenue between the Loma Luz Boulevard intersection and Hawksworth Bridge. Works to be carried out will include the clearing and removal of any remnant structures (including existing driveway entranceways), fencing and the like within the road reserve, earthworks, construction of concrete box drains, sidewalks with roadside curbs and runoff channels, pavement rehabilitation including the application of double surface dressing, and the installation of road furniture and road user safety features such as line markings, signs and lighting.

Corozal sets record number for conventions
The United Democratic Party held its convention in Corozal to select a team to represent the party in the March 2018 Municipal elections. During a spirited election process a total of 10 candidates placed their names on the ballot with the expectation of winning a position as a councilor candidate. Meanwhile 2 persons placed their names for the mayoral position. Voting started at 10 and after 1,661 persons had cast their ballots the winners were declared. Shortly after 6pm it was clear that Richard Quan had bested his opponent Rafael Castillo. Quan had received 1,274 votes while Castillo received 375. It would be about a half hour later that the results for the councilors would be known and in the end it was Melhem Williams who received the highest votes with 1,142; Nonita Ramirez received 1,012; Benjamin Acosta got 1,008; Carlos Acosta Sr. received 962; Rodolfo Riveroll got 920 and Juliet Marokin received 833. These are the candidates who will now represent the UDP in the upcoming elections.

Julius abandoned by his party
This Saturday being August 26th, will make one year since Julius Espat’s uncouth behaviour cause him to be named, suspended and eventually carried out the house like a bag of dirty laundry or garbage.Well like the old saying goes, last week Friday, it appears to have been déjà vu all over again. It appeared like Julius was about to embark on a reenactment of his performance from last year. Last Friday was exactly eight days short of being one year since that infamous performance by Julius. The similarities between what occurred last year and this year almost mirror each other. Like last year, the bone of contention was a similar issue. Just like last year, on the MOTION OF THE ADJOURNMENT, Julius rose to speak on the matter of an Auditor General’s Report. For clarity we will transcribe the interaction the way it happened in the house last Friday.

John Zabaneh no longer considered a drug kingpin
After 5 years of suffering, Stann Creek businessman John Zabaneh is no longer considered a drug kingpin by the US State Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The sanction has been lifted, and he can resume conducting business relationships as per normal. His family owned businesses have had great misfortunes, however, where millions of dollars have been lost because of the designation. Back in August 2012, when OFAC first sanctioned him, and his companies with the designation, those business interests took a nose dive. He and his businesses, Mid-South Investments Limited, Mayan King Limited, Crown Paradise Enterprise Limited, and Belize Chemicals Limited, were effectively isolated. No business entities, no service provider, and no financial institutions were willing to conduct business with someone designated a “kingpin”. Zabaneh complained as loudly as he could, insisted that he was not a narco-trafficker, but it was to no avail. He even pointed out that this designation prevented not only US companies from doing business with him, but Belizean companies were also giving him a wide berth, rather unfairly.

Members of the Belize City Council Child Advisory Body receive School Grants
Children of the Child Advisory Body, an arm of the City Council which consists of 13 members, received back to school grants on Thursday, August 15, 2017 at the City Hall. There, Councilor Hyacinth Latchman-Cuellar presented to members of the body who range between the ages of 8 and 17. Latchman-Cuellar’s portfolio includes everything involving children and she was grateful to be a part of this initiative. The first grant was distributed in 2015 and for each subsequent year, she has played an integral part in the relationship between the city and its youths. This initiative offers a unique approach that equally benefits both parties. The hardworking children have been very active in some decision making that’s related to youth and have all been enthusiastic to help. According to the councilor, the grants are just ways of saying “Thank you.”

Benque Viejo neighborhood watch summer camp
A Zone 4 neighborhood watch group activity under the leadership of Captain Samuel Bruce concluded last Friday in Benque Viejo. As a result, Inspector Stephanie from the Benque Police Formation proceeded to hand out certificates of completion to the children of the zone 4 summer camp, followed by volunteers serving a delicious meal to all. Since 2008 the Zone 4 Benque Viejo Neighborhood watch has been very active with various community events. Among their signatory event is the annual Children’s Summer Camp offered free of charge to hundreds of children. Among the activities this year were arts & crafts, sports, educational lectures, and implementing community policing programs such as the GREAT program.

BTB offers four Scholarships
The Belize Tourism Board presented four lucky recipients with scholarships all relating to the field of tourism. The short ceremony took place on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the BTB Conference Room where the recipients and family members were present. The program, which has been in effect for over 5 years, seeks specifically to benefit students that wish to endeavor into the field of tourism. Financial support given to recipients is accompanied with individual agreements. Each scholarship beneficiary enters a specific concord with the Board which generally stipulates that the scholar maintains a certain GPA and performs well since all their efforts should be dedicated to their work rather than on the financial burdens of studying. After their study periods, each recipient has the opportunity to join the BTB for a short period.

The new Carnival route
The Belize City Council hosted a press conference on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 with the purpose of establishing parking and vending regulations for carnival day. The council also finalized their update on the carnival route and gave reassurances on the safety to be expected at the crime hotspots at Mayflower Street and Conch Shell Bay. The route starts at Caesar Ridge Road, into Central American Boulevard, right into Vernon Street, left onto Bel-China Bridge and onto Douglas Jones, through Cinderella Plaza, onto Kelly Street, Baymen Avenue and finally onto Princess Margaret Drive. The endpoint of this year’s carnival is the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, the first time in many years.

Hon. Edmond Castro opens Belize River Valley Development Symposium
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management and Area Representative for Belize Rural North Hon. Edmond Castro was Main Speaker on Wednesday morning at the opening of the Belize River Valley Sustainable Development Symposium in Bermudian Landing. The objective of the symposium is to assist communities in the villages throughout Belize River Valley to organize and put in place proper systems and institutions for residents to utilize existing technical knowledge, expertise and skills for profitable production in Agriculture, Clothing and Textile, and Agro-Processing; and to develop innovative initiatives which will attract the youth in the area into agriculture and working in their community for its overall development.

Top track athletes receives City Council recognition
Mayor Darrel Bradley and several other city councilors hosted Ashantie and Ashontie Card and Faith Morris and their coach at City Hall on Friday, August 18, 2017 for their international representation of Belize. Morris has recently returned from Kenya when she participated in the International Association of Athletics Federation Under-twenty World Championship. The trio has also represented Belize in Central American and other regional athletic games in which they performed well.

Government of Belize officially announces legislation on Indefinite Moratorium on Offshore Oil Exploration
During the sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday, August 18th, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow officially announced Cabinet’s August 15th decision to legislate an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Belize’s territorial sea, including the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Prime Minister Barrow stressed that the current administration has had, and has committed to for some time now, an official policy decision to abstain from oil exploration in our territorial sea and EEZ. Cabinet’s decision is in furthering that policy decision, to assure citizens, the environmental community, and investors, that the Government of Belize is committed to sustainable development.

Goldson House teams up with BCVI for 3 day summer camp
A summer camp for about 20 children has just successfully ended in Belmopan with the participants learning about one of Belize’s brilliant leaders. The Goldson House at number 82 Orange Street, Belmopan, in collaboration with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCCI), ended its summer camp last Friday. The three-day summer camp sensitized participants on issues relating to blind persons. The camp was open to children 6 to 15 years, and commemorates the 94th birthday of Belize’s National Hero, Hon. Philip S. W. Goldson, who was blind.

No momentum for the PUP
Over the weekend the PUP held a convention in Punta Gorda to select candidates for the municipals. Well when it was all over it was as if it never started. They had dusted off the good old Carlos Galvez to run as mayor and after overworking, there were a mere 518 persons who voted. The other two candidates Charles Selgado got 191 votes, Joseph Martinez got 46 and Soraya Roches got 35 votes. To say the least the turnout was pathetic and indicative of the kind of support that the PUP has in that municipality.

Taiwan supports the Chiquibul National Park conservation
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau of the Council of Agriculture is happy to support the conservation work in the beautiful Chiquibul National Park for the third straight year. Through a contribution of US$10,000 to Belize’s “Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD)”, this year’s sponsorship will particularly help manage and protect the Chiquibul Cave System. The Chiquibul Cave System, deeply situated in the Chiquibul National Park, is the largest and longest cave system in Central America as well as a world class cultural heritage. However, it is relatively unknown and a robust management presence is needed. The surrounding forest cover is also under continuous peril from illegal extractors.

Taiwanese group assisting schools in Cayo
Schools in rural Cayo are becoming equipped with computer hardware, thanks to international help. The Belize Educational Service Group BESG from Taiwan recently handed desktops and laptops to schools during a special ceremony at the Sacred Heart College auditorium in San Ignacio Town. Present for the delivery of the computer hardware was H. E Charles K.Y Liu, Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize, who shared that such acts will undoubtedly increase the friendships between Belize and Taiwan. Community developer Ricky Cunil, commenting on the special occasion says, “I want to commend them for the great job they have been doing in schools and in Belizeans lives. It is not easy to do community service and fly to another country to carry out your project. Every year they are helping schools in rural areas with computers, with classroom equipment and other stuff to make school environment student friendly.”

Traffic Teams working for a safer Belize
Traffic management in the Nation’s capital continues to be addressed by various stakeholders. On Thursday of last week, the Belize Road Safety Project Management Unit, Belmopan Police, National Transport Department, and the Belmopan Municipal Traffic Department met to discuss traffic management; especially on the George Price Highway and within Belmopan. According to Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, the evidence derived from statistics indicates that serious and fatal accidents occur mostly during weekends.

Christian Espat denied bail for shooting that left three injured
Christian Espat, the 21-year-old accused by police of trying to kill two minors, is behind bars because at his bail application on Friday, August 18, 2017, there was objection to bail by Crown Counsel Jacqueline Willoughby. His application will be heard again on August 25, 2017. Late August 14, 2017, the resident of the San Pedrito area, San Pedro was arraigned and remanded to the Belize Central Prison without bail after he appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court

Road traffic accident near Northern Border leaves two hospitalized
On August 18, 2017 at about 7:00 p.m., Corozal Police visited an area between miles 89 and 90 on the Phillip Goldson Highway where a red Freightliner Century Truck with container was parked on the left side of the road. It was also observed that a Toyota Corolla was on the right side of the highway with its front portion extensively damaged. Initial investigations revealed that about 6:40 p.m., the driver of the Toyota Corolla lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the rear of the container. The car was being driven by Ernesto Pech. Pech was accompanied by Jarbi Alvarez and Rosari Alvarez. Pech was travelling toward Corozal Town from the Belize Northern Border.

Bail after being charged for wounding his ex-lover’s mother
On Monday August 21, 2017, 23-year-old Angel Gonzalez, a chef from San Pedro, was brought into Belize City to be arraigned on a single charge of wounding upon his ex-partner’s mother, Adelita Gonzalez. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. Allegations against Gonzalez are that on Saturday, August 19, 2017, Gonzalez intentionally and unlawfully caused a wound to Adelita Gonzalez. There was no objection to bail and it was granted to him in the sum of $1,500 plus one surety of the same. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to post bail due to the late arraignment and had to be remanded to the Belize Central Prison for the night. His employer, Sergio Pech, posted bail for him on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Man with broken jaws wants help with his medical bills
A football game on San Pedro has left Patrick Robinson with two broken jaw and Moryl Diaz liable for thousands of dollars. The incident occurred on August 20, 2017 on San Pedro which left Robinson unable to walk properly and with a large medical bill. A misunderstanding ensued during the game when Robinson allegedly charged at Diaz. In a moment of instinct, Diaz swung at Robinson and now has Robinson in the position he is in. On Monday, August 21, 2017, 51-year-old Diaz, a captain and fisherman of Belize City was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a single charge of grievous harm upon his friend, Robinson. Diaz who was unrepresented, pleaded guilty to the charge.

Canadian manager’s home burglarized
Barbara Dawn Kelt, a 58-year-old Canadian Manager of South Water Caye, Stann Creek, reported to police that between 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2017 and 8:00 a.m. the following day, someone burglarized her office at the International Zoological Expedition (IZE) building. Stolen were an Avanti security safe valued at $ 350.00, an expired Canadian passport which had in it her Belizean residence certificate, a Canadian birth certificate, an updated Canadian passport, and $16,000.00 in cash. Total loss amounted to over $16,350.00. Police investigation continues.

Hard working carpenter killed in San Pedro
Armando Lopez, a 34 year-old carpenter and fisherman who moved to San Pedro Town over 10 years ago, became the second victim to lose his life to gun violence on the island in 4 days. Island Police sources tell the press that there is a recent feud over drug turf that has flared up between 2 dominant groups, and Lopez may have been a casualty of that war. The incident happened in broad daylight on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Sometime around 2:40 p.m. Lopez was sitting inside the Winner’s Spot Bar on Barrier Drive, which is a street in the heart of Downtown. It is one of the busiest parts in the island tourism destination, but Lopez’s shooter and his accomplice still carried out their attack.

Customs officer shoots and kills a man, police still investigating
Dwayne Almendarez, a 30 year-old resident of Orange Walk Town died at the KHMH on Saturday, August 19, 2017 after clinging to life for 4 days in a coma. Cellular phone footage shows that he got into a confrontation with a Customs Officer in a contraband hotspot in the Orange Walk District. Shortly after that incident, he was shot by a Customs Officer, and those injures claimed his life. Footage captured by a civilian shows that on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at around 4:45 p.m., a customs officer, who remains unnamed by police, was supported by BDF soldiers in an attempt to stop a bus traveling through Yo Creek Village. It was heading from Santa Cruz, a famous contraband hotspot that borders Mexico’s Botes.

Motorcycle thief is denied bail
Shawn Perez, a 22-year-old fisherman and construction worker of Jane Usher Boulevard, Belize City is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was accused of handling a policeman’s stolen motorcycle. Perez, who was unrepresented, appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser in court on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 where he was read a single charge of handling stolen goods. Allegations against Perez are that on July 26, 2017 in Belize City, he dishonestly appropriated a red motorcycle valued at $3,100, the property of Edwardo Ciau, a police officer with the Belize City Prosecution Branch in Belize City. The officer had parked his motorcycle at home in the Port Loyola area when it was stolen.

One fake cop granted bail, the other nowhere to be found
Earlier in 2017, two Belize City men, Dorian Blair and Barrington Slusher Jr., were accused of impersonating police officers. Blair was previously accused of this crime and in court on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, he was a no show. This is the second time that Blair has failed to show up to court and as a result, a bench warrant has been issued for his arrest. At their initial court appearance, the men were both denied bail but Blair managed to secure bail through the Belize City Supreme Court. Slusher was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until August 23, 2017 when he was granted bail in the lower court. He appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser who granted him bail in the sum of $2,500 plus one surety of the same amount.

Father of two is gunned down at home
The Belize City family of 24 year-old Ryan “Fish” Thompson continues to mourn his untimely and violent death. Gunmen shot him right outside of his house, just as he arrived home. His two young daughters and his girlfriend were at home when he was attacked. Thompson’s relatives told the press that he arrived at his home on Neal Penn Road Extension at around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2017. He was just about to open the door to the house when a gunman emerged from the darkness and immediately started shooting at him. Thompson was injured to the left side of his chest, and to the right leg, and as soon as the gunfire subsided, first responders found him where he had collapsed.

Four men charged for attack on retired Superintendent of Police
Two brothers and two others are accused of attacking a retired superintendent of Police. They have been identified as 24-year-old Darrell Brown, a Security Guard at the Princess Hotel & Casino, 29-year-old personal trainer Rayford Brown, Eckert Powell, a sales agent, and 25-year-old Aaron Tillett, a security guard at Sadie Vernon High School. The first three appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Friday, August 18, 2017 while Tillett was not arraigned until Tuesday, August 22, 2017. At each of the arraignments, they were all unrepresented. The four men all pleaded not guilty to the single charge of wounding upon Francis Williams, a retired Superintendent of police who ended up losing a tooth at the end of the vicious attack.

Men accused of robbery in PG out on bail
Two Belize City men accused of robbing Three Star Chicken Company of an undisclosed amount of money on July 10, 2017 and who have been on remand for the armed robbery are presently out on Supreme Court bail. They were granted bail by Judge Adolph Lucas when they appeared in court on Friday, August 18, 2017 where they were represented by attorney Anthony Sylvester. They have been identified as 18-year-old Kevaughan Smith and 23-year-old Jovanni O’Brian, both residents of the May Flower area. They were brought to the Supreme Court for their bail application. There was no objection to bail and they were each offered bail in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same.

Scott Charles dies after being shot in San Pedro
On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, another shooting incident occurred on La Isla Bonita. This time, Scott Charles, a tour guide and fisherman, was the victim. According to initial police reports, Charles was at home with his wife and child when someone knocked on his door. Upon opening the door, several shots were fired in his direction causing him to be hit in the lower abdomen and upper thigh. He was taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic but had to be air lifted to the KHMH where he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Accused of stealing a Skill Saw
Corey Sebastian, a 21-year-old Belize City resident, is being accused of burglarizing the Security Booth of Global Company located on Barrack Road in Belize City. Allegations are that on Sunday, August 20, 2017, he entered the Security Booth of Global Company as a trespasser and stole a silver Skill cutting saw valued at $700, the property of Errol Lynch. Sebastian appeared unrepresented before Acting Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser on a single charge of burglary. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and since there was no objection to bail, he was granted bail in the sum of $3,000 plus one surety of the same which he was able to meet.

Shooting Incident
On August 21, 2017 at 5:35 p.m., police visited Vernon Street in Belize City where they saw 18-year-old Marquise Conorquie, unemployed, with a gunshot wound to the right thigh. Investigations revealed that Conorquie and a companion were on Laura Dunn Street when a male person came from behind a wooden house and fired a single shot in their direction, causing his injury. Conorquie and his companion then ran through the burial ground onto Vernon Street and the perpetrator ran in the direction of Antelope Street. Although the victim is failing to cooperate with the police, investigation continues.

Traffic officer is on remand following gun play
A Traffic Officer is on remand after an alleged incident involving a gun that occurred on Tapir Street on Friday, August 18, 2017. On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the 24-year-old Mario Vernon was escorted to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court where he appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza to answer to a single charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon upon his neighbor, 21-year-old Jervin Lewis. In a report to police, Lewis said that he and Vernon had a misunderstanding on August 18, 2017 over money and that was when Vernon pointed a gun toward him. Fearing for his life, Lewis reported the incident and as a result, Vernon was detained and charged.

Austin Williams fears losing his arm after knife attack
A man could lose his arm after being attacked by another man over the weekend. The man accused of the attack was arraigned in the Belize City court on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. He has been identified as 21-year-old Lynton Maskall, a resident of Belize City. Maskall appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was read a single charge of grievous harm upon Austin Williams, his neighbor. No plea was taken from Maskall in light of the fact that the doctor that performed the examination on Williams recommended that he see a specialist in reference to his injuries. As a result, the charge against Maskall might be upgraded to a more serious offense.

Digicell Belize City Senior Female Softball champion
The Belize City Senior Female Softball competition came to an end on Wednesday 16th August, 2017, when Digicell defeated Beacon by the score of 10-7 in the second game of the best of three series to recapture the prestigious Belize City title it lost four years ago. Digicell won the series 2 games to 0, while scoring a total of 23 runs against the pitching of Beacon while giving up 19 runs to Beacon. The winning pitcher for Digicell was Mary Flowers and the losing pitcher was Hortence Thurton in relief of Kenisha Sutherland.

Belize Athletics Association to hold National Track and Field Championship
The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of its National Track and Field Championship event. The event will be hosted at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on the 26 – 27 August, 2017. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned to the Belize Athletics Association via email ( belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com) or from our Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association) or at the Marion Jones Sports Complex. Cost of registration is $10.00 per athlete.

Firms Basketball competition enters playoffs round
The Belize District Basketball Association 2017 Firms’ competition regular season came to an end on Thursday 17th August, 2017, at Swift Hall here in Belize City. In the first game played, Central Health defeated The Kings by the score of 72-45. The top scorers for Central Health were Faisal Ahmad with 20 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals; Keith Pollard with 14 points, 17 rebounds and a steal and Paul Moro with 11 points and 3 rebounds. Meanwhile, the top scorers for The Kings were Farron Louriano with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals; Dave Apolonio with 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 steals and Leon Williams with 7 points, 6 rebounds and an assist.

Conscious Youth Development Programme 2017 Peace Cup to commence on August 28
The Conscious Youth Development Programme (CYDP) has announced that its 2017 Football Peace Cup will commence on Sunday 28th August, 2017. Interested teams can register to participate in the up- coming competition at the offices of the CYDP at 117 North Front Street in Belize City. It is noted that the first 14 teams to register will participate in the Peace Cup. The Organising Committee informs that the first meeting for the 2017 Football Peace Cup is scheduled for Thursday 10th August, at 1:00 pm at the CYDP Office.

Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy repeat as Cayo Softball champions
Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy repeated as the champions of the Raymond Garbutt Sr. Cayo Senior Female Softball Competition which was sponsored by the Hon. John Saldivar, when it defeated the Unitedville Rebels United by the score of 5-0. The winning pitcher was Leandra Guy and the losing pitcher was Francine Salazar. The Cayo Softball Association presented the championship awards and individual awards immediately after the game. Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy and Unitedville Rebels United will represent the Cayo Association at the XXVII National Women’s Softball championship.

Verdes FC and Police United win in Premier League of Belize Football competition
The Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Football Opening Season continued over the last weekend with four games on the schedule. On Saturday 19th August, out at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, the host team San Pedro Pirates FC and the visiting Belize Defence Force FC played to a 1-1 draw. The goal for the visiting Belize Defence Force FC was scored by Hector Martinez while the goal for the San Pedro Pirates FC was scored by Jarren Lambey. At the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village, the visiting Bandits Sports and the Placencia Assassins FC played to a 1-1 draw.

Marijuana, LOUIS, MOSE, EAMON, LISA, RALPH, SAID and GOEBBELS
Louis Wade babbled:“…every beer, versus tequila, versus ‘big foot’ or ‘elephant foot’…” He is mouthing foolishness because alcohol, bottle size and folklore are not comparable! Beer and tequila are alcoholic drinks. Elephant foot refers to a large sized bottle. Bigfoot is a make believe ape like creature. “Marijuana comes from a plant just like cocaine comes from a plant, just like alcohol comes from a plant, just like heroine comes from a plant. Plants have chemicals. It just so happens that marijuana has 420 Tetrahydrocannabinol of which science has only identified and tested 50 of the 420. When a person smokes marijuana they add heat to 420 chemicals, so a chemical reaction takes place and the 420 chemicals turn into something else.” The previous words are again owned by Louis Wade. He is talking even more foolishness this time!

Jack in the Box
To set the record straight, I don’t want you to think that all supporters of the People’s United Party whom I come in contact with are all insufferable fanatics. In fact, many of them are reasonable, rational individuals whom out of fidelity to family and tradition are PUP’S. You see, here in OW people will hardly change their religion or their political affiliation. With that common courtesy out of the way, I want to tell you that two major issues transpired over this past week which has the Opposition going “Cinco, seis” as they say in Spanish. The first is that the popular Phillip de la Fuente is once again contesting for the mayoral seat here in OW on behalf of the UDP. Before Phillip’s entry, the PUP was practically celebrating a “sure –win”. Now they are depending on Facebook with fake news to try “belittle” Philco. One half-crack bird brain told me that he heard it from “high up” that Bernard would win.

Issue #36 of The BELIZE AG REPORT is online!
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Issue #37 of The BELIZE AG REPORT is online here!.
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Biochar Implementation in Agricultural Systems of Belize
In addition to pressures to adapt to climate change, agricultural production demands include innovative and effective solutions to balance both food production and environmental sustainability (Lehmann and Joseph, 2015). Volatility in agricultural commodities, in parallel with population growth, have initiated an alarming concern as to whether the rates of agricultural production will be able to meet its future food demands. Recent years have shown an improvement in agricultural productivity, but future demands are uncertain, especially in light of environmental factors such as climate change (Sands et al., 2014). The climate problem is now extremely large and is drastically affecting our food production systems.

Old Crops Become New: Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batata) Part 2
An Underutilised Tropical Root By Santiago Juan. An Underutilized Root Sweet potato is a plant grown for its tuberous roots in tropical, subtropical and warm-temperate regions. As mentioned in the last Belize Ag Report, issue 36, sweet potato is cultivated for food in more than 100 countries, sometimes as a staple food but usually as an alternative food. All varieties of sweet potato are a good source of vitamins and minerals. In East Africa, the sweet potato is known as “the protector of children” because it is often the only food that stands between a child’s survival and starvation. A fast-maturing perennial plant, it is grown mainly as an annual. The roots are adventitious, mostly located within the top 25…

Belmopan Weekend Farmers’ Market at NATS Grounds
By Sally Thackery. The new pavilions at the Belmopan showgrounds are now open on Saturdays and Sundays for local farmers to sell their products to the public. Opening day, Saturday July 29, was lively and well-attended, by both the public and the market sellers. Big thanks to CEO Jose Alpuche and Show Grounds Coordinator Gary Ramirez for such a bright vision for this property at the entrance to Belmopan. The entire showgrounds have been cleaned up, mowed, landscaped with beautiful plants and vendor stalls have been colorfully painted. These detailed improvements also include a new entrance gate, bathrooms in all sections and designated parking areas.In addition to fresh vegetables, the market offers dry goods, eco-friendly cleaning products, fruit trees, flowering…

SIRDI EU IPDM Project: Metarhizium anisopliae Production to Control Froghopper in Sugar Cane
By Jeffy Gomez, Luciano Chi, Luis Gongora and Jian Cob. Froghopper is considered a major pest in sugarcane; every crop cycle it affects sugarcane farmers by increasing control costs while decreasing productivity. The problem is especially serious with the elimination of the preferential market for Belize’s sugar. Hence, it is of great importance to start adapting more environmentally-friendly controls by deterring the use of chemicals and meeting standards set by the Fairtrade market. With the assistance of the European Union (EU), the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI), the project entitled “Strengthening of Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) in the Sugar Industry” is being implemented in the northern sugar belt. The…

Beyond the Backyard: Suck Your Way to Health
By Jenny Wildman. I came across an article about a strange fruit that can boost your brain function – something all seniors think of when they cannot remember names or misplace their glasses. The picture was that of the fruit known here as kenep, kinnip or guayo. The deciduous, polygamous kenep tree is part of the soapberry family along with logan, rambutan and lychee, all cousins to the northern chestnut. The scientific name is Melicoccus bijugatus commonly referred to as Spanish lime, quenepa, genip, chennet, talpajocote and mamoncillo from the verb mamar to suck. Kenep trees are native to South America and the Island of Margarita and also found in drier woodlands and gardens of the Caribbean and Central America.…

2016 Domestic Export Trade Data Disaggregation
Top Export Partners,Top Exported Products, Data extracted from Statistical Institute of Belize

Rice: Circle R’s Contribution to Food Security in Belize
By Jeffrey Magaña. The highest priority for Circle R Products Limited, a farmer-owned business, is food security for Belize. Their newest product, Dalla Rice, was recently introduced to provide a 14 oz. package of grade A rice for $1. Harvest for Kids is grade A premium rice; Jade is grade B; Ruby, grade C and Topaz, grade D. The Harvest for Kids product is named for the socially responsible project it supports. A percentage of the sale of all Harvest for Kids rice goes to support Belize Camping Experience in Belize City, summer Bible camps and work with kids in schools throughout the city. We believe that if our children are inspired today, our country can become a better place.…

Fusarium spp.: An Important Disease of Soybeans
By Felix Cawich, Agronomist, M.Sc. Worldwide, soybean is considered an important crop for the production of oil and as a source of protein for people and animals. In addition, it´s now being used for biodiesel production. According to the Worldwide Web Foundation (WWF), soybean production has grown 10 times in the last 50 years, covering over one million square kilometres. The increasing production area, like the increase in yield of monocultivation, has also led to higher presence of disease in soy plantations. Furthermore, the varying climate may favor rapid development of diseases. Important Diseases Diseases originating from different microorganisms can cause blights, cankers, rots, rusts, wilts and others, causing damage to different parts of the plant at any given growth…

Fertility Needed for Growing Pastures and Hay
By Neal Kinsey. When the requirements for life-giving soil fertility to provide abundant plant growth and robust animal health are accurately considered, far too many pastures and hay fields used for livestock production are seriously lacking. Testing the soils in pastures and meadows has sadly proven this to be true far too often, even when only the absolute minimum nutrient content for those soils is considered. To treat your animals right you have to treat your soils right. Anything less and you rob from the total potential of life-giving principles for your soil, the plants grown there, the livestock that consume them and the products that are provided as a result. When soils are not cared for correctly, it is…

Modern Water Wisdom: An Interview
AUTHOR JUDITH SCHWARTZ EXAMINES WATER MANAGEMENT Reprinted with permission from Acres USA magazine, Vol.47, No.6 Interview: Author Judith Schwartz Examines Water Management. When writer Judith Schwartz learned that soil carbon is a buffer for climate change, her focus as a journalist took a major turn. She was covering the Slow Money National Gathering in 2010 when Gardener’s Supply founder Will Raap stated that over time more CO2 has gone into the atmosphere from the soil than has been released from burning fossil fuels. She says her first reaction was “Why don’t I know this?” Then she thought, “If this is true, can carbon be brought back to the soil?” In the quest that followed, she made the acquaintance of luminaries like Allan Savory, Christine Jones and Gabe Brown and traveled to several continents to see the new soil carbon paradigm in action. Schwartz has the gift of making difficult concepts accessible and appealing to lay readers, and that’s exactly what she does in Cows Save the Planet And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth, which Elizabeth Kolbert called “a surprising, informative, and ultimately hopeful book.”

Homemade Health – Why and How to Use Essential Oil – Part 1
By Marguerite Fly Bevis, RN, BSN. This article, part 1 of a 2 part article on essential oils, describes their basic properties and why they are used. Part 2 will describe how to use them. Essential oils, the quintessential essence of medicinal plants, have been used by man for therapeutic purposes for thousands of years. They are mentioned in the Bible at least 600 times. Thirty-three different oils are mentioned. Essential oils are the original medicine upon which modern medicine is based. Birch and wintergreen contain salicylic acid, the same component in aspirin but essential oils are easier on the body and present fewer, if any, side effects, whereas modern medicines can have many, some of which can be more…

Belize Strengthening Partnerships by Applying “One Health”
By Dr. Joe Myers, DVM. BAHA Medical and veterinary officers from Belize were trained to collaborate using “One Health” strategies in zoonotic and food-borne disease surveillance, diagnosis and preparedness and response, through a comprehensive two-year professional development programme, the One Health Leadership Series (OHLS). The OHLS is part of the regional One Health, One Caribbean, One Love Project, implemented by the University of the West Indies (UWI), School of Veterinary Medicine. The One Health project was funded by the European Union (EU) and managed by the ACP Science and Technology Programme (S&T II), in collaboration with the ‘Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Project’, of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme coordinated by Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).…

Control Postbloom Fruit Drop in Citrus Production

Maya Mountain Heirloom Cacao
What Makes Belizean Cacao So Special? Understanding Genetics of Belizean Cacao Beans By Dan O’Doherty & Minehaha Forman. In the rapidly growing world of specialty craft chocolate, Belize has earned its place among the fine flavored origins of cacao. Known for its unique fruity/caramel flavor, Belize cacao has won numerous awards in recent years. Cacao beans originating from Maya villages in the Toledo district of Belize and processed by Maya Mountain Cacao, Ltd (MMC) recently received an heirloom designation from the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA). The cacao sample was made into chocolate and blind-tasted by a panel of nine veteran chocolate companies including Guittard, Valrhona, and Felchlin. Panelists universally praised the sample for its overall high quality, as…

Cannabis Hemp Building Materials
By Karin Westdyk. James Savage, a New York business analyst, was greatly disturbed after learning about mold problems making thousands of New Orleans homes uninhabitable after hurricane Katrina, and of the thousands killed in Haiti, crushed by their own homes during an earthquake. He searched for solutions and came up with a material that has been around for thousands of years and started a company to create building materials made from mold resistant, stronger-than-steel cannabis hemp. Hempcrete The outer portion of the hemp stalk has a long history of use for producing paper, fabric, rope and sails (the word canvas comes from the word cannabis), but Savage discovered that hemp chips made from the woody interior of the cannabis plant…

Nematodes – Friend and Foe
by Mary Loan. Nematodes are non-segmented worms that live everywhere on the planet, including in ice and snow to the depths of the ocean and even in arid deserts. They are most abundant in tropical regions of the world, like Belize. Other names they are known as include: eel worms, thread worms, root knot worms. There are thousands of identified species of nematodes with estimates of about one-half million varieties to be ‘discovered’, studied and named. Most nematodes are almost invisible to the human eye and are less than 1 mm, or 1/125 of an inch in length. There are generally thousands of nematodes in a handful of soil, over one million in a spadeful, and as many as three…

The Humanure Handbook — A Review by Chris Harris
This is the book no one would publish. Why? Because it deals in some detail with a subject distasteful to some, uncomfortable to others and “something we just don’t talk about “ to yet more. So the author, Joseph Jenkins, published it himself. And in the process he did us all a big favour. OK, so what is this “taboo subject”? Well it deals with the subject of the ecological disposal of human waste. At first glance the author’s ideas amount to little more than an advanced view of the “bucket and chuck it” approach used in many rural areas of the world already. But here comes the rub. Jenkins applauds the “bucket” idea, but strongly challenges the “chuck it”…

Dear Veggie Detective
Dear Veggie Detective, Would you please investigate the mystery of the white-centered tomato? Why do some tomatoes have white centers and others are all red and tasty? Signed, Tomato Lover Dear Tomato Lover, Your mystery is solved! Tomatoes with white centers have a deficiency in potassium, an element abbreviated as K because phosphorus was assigned the letter P. Basic fertilizers that you buy have three main elements: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) and are designated in 3 numbers which corresponds to these three elements. If your soil doesn’t need N or P you can buy elemental potassium fertilizer. Potassium will give you not only the nice red color on your tomatoes but bigger fruit…

Ag Briefs
UB CF announces that the next Neal Kinsey Soil Fertility 3 day course will be held the week of August 27th (note this has been changed from the dates in the previous Ag Report). This will be a repeat of the very well-received Intro 2 Course given in February. To register, contact David Thiessen at 670-4817 or thiessenliquid@gmail.com. Limited registration. Avocados reached the highest prices in the US over 19 years early this summer, at $28 USD/10 kilos, due to lowered yields caused by bad weather and other problems in the main producing countries of Mexico (strikes), Peru (floods), Chile (droughts) and the US (California droughts). Avocado as colorant: Researchers at Penn State, USA, inadvertently discovered that avocado…


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Two shot, one dead in Conch Shell Bay shooting
Just before 5:00 p.m. today, two men were shot on Lindo’s Alley near the Conch Shell Bay area of Belize City. In the aftermath of the shooting, one man is dead and the other is was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). […

BTB awards scholarships to four Belizean students
Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia, presented scholarship awards to four full-time Belizean students during a brief ceremony this morning at the Belize Tourism Board’s (BTB) headquarters in Belize City yesterday. Those receiving the scholarships are Kody Roaches, who will pursue an […]

PUP demands investigation into corruption at Ministry of Natural Resources
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a release today saying it is appalled at the level of corruption which has been revealed in the Ministry of Natural Resources, and which overwhelming evidence shows is directly linked to former minister Gaspar Vega and members of […]

Rainy weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly moist and unstable conditions to continue. Sunny skies with a few cloudy spells are expected today with cloudy skies tonight. Isolated showers are expected over most areas. Southern and coastal areas will experience more showers. The wind will […]

BTV calls for GOB to suspend further talks with Guatemala
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) today issued a press release stating that August 24, 2015 is a date which will live on in shame and regret. The Belize government was informed by Guatemala that the Sarstoon Island and Belize’s half of the Sarstoon River […]

Zone 4 Children’s Summer camp completes 10 years
This year, the annual Zone 4 Benque Viejo Neighborhood Watch Children’s Summer Camp reached its milestone 10th camp. Captain Samuel Bruce is the leader of Zone 4 neighborhood watch group. It has been in full operation since 2008 with various community efforts through the […]

GSU finds gun in San Pedro
Yesterday evening, members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) searched an abandoned lot in the San Juan area of San Pedro and found a .380 pistol. No one was in the area and the gun was deposited as ‘found property’. Today's News Sponsored By: […]

GSU bust man and woman with illegal gun
Last night at around 8:20, Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) officers searched a white Mercury Mariner SUV in front of the Yabra basketball court in Belize City, in which cops found a .45 pistol. The vehicle was being driven at the time by Karon Wright […]

Police recapture Jevon Belizaire
This morning around 5:30, Jevon Belizaire, a murder suspect who had escaped police custody, was re-captured in Belize City. Belizaire is in police custody and will be additionaly be charged for ‘escape from lawfully custody’. Belizaire was charged yesterday for the murder of Ryan […]

Ranchito pair detained for ammo
Yesterday around 1:00 a.m., police were patrolling on San Andres Road, Corozal town when cops saw a man and a woman riding on a motorcycle. A search was conducted and officers found four rounds of .9mm ammunition in the immediate area. Both persons were […]

Orange Walk police find weed
Last night at around 7:30, Orange Walk police searched an abandoned building on Rio Grande Street which resulted in the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 1,570 grams of cannabis. The weed was labeled and deposited as ‘found property’. Today's News Sponsored By: […]

Blogs

Beautiful Japanese Food Served In A Beautiful Space: Jyoto Restaurant
I’ve been waiting for one particular restaurant to open for a while. Announced at the end of 2016, Jyoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is finally OPEN! Located at Mahogany Bay Village – about 2 miles south of town, the restaurant opened quietly last month. But it was this advertisement on their facebook page that was my call to action. The entire menu is available and it’s quite impressive. I loved the selection of teas – I tried the smoky green tea ($3bzd) and loved it. The appetizers all sound absolutely delicious. Garlic-soy edamame, gyoza (or Japanese pork dumplings), poke salad, seaweed salad…yum. Let me stop for one second to say how great our server was. She was knowledgeable about the entire menu – answering all of my questions about the fish and the difference between the green teas. Really really on top of it all.

Birding the unbirded road
Yes another Crooked Tree blog. Like I said in the previous blog Crooked Tree is a birding hotspot and it's not just the egrets ,ibises, cormorants, storks and herons that call the lagoon and waterways home.We have vireos, warblers, woodpeckers and whole bunch of other "land dwelling" (I don't think land dwelling is a good term to describe birds) birds. Since I've begun birding I've failed at trying to class the village of Crooked Tree as one sole habitat. I mean it's primarily cashew trees? with Pine, Oak, Palmetto and even few patches of Broadleaf. This mixture offers some good birding. Crooked Tree has been where I've done a lot my birding in my short time as a birder mainly because I spend a lot of time here, my grandfather was born and raised in Crooked Tree so I'm often visiting. I've been birding the same patches over and over so I decided to try somewhere different, there is this road know by the villagers as the Big Pond Road, before the highway was built it was used to connect the villages of Crooked Tree and Carmelita, now that there's a highway vehicular traffic is almost none existent. Perfect for birding!!!!

“Our Property Taxes Are So Low, We Pay For Five Years at a Time”
Cristo Rey, the charming village where the Baker’s home is located, is near the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. “It’s a quiet, respectful village,” says Mark. “Cristo Rey Road is the gateway to the beauty of Mountain Pine Ridge that houses Caracol, an amazing Maya archaeological site. There’s also a plethora of caves, streams, and swimming holes to soak in during the warm summer days.” The Bakers paid $120,000 for their Cristo Rey jungle home. Mark says, “You get three times the home for your dollar here. Our house was one of the three featured homes on the House Hunters International show that aired in September of 2010. It’s a two-story, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home on a three-quarter-acre lot. A small creek flows through our property about eight months a year. We bought our home turn-key. Furniture, linen, towels, kitchen appliances, and pots and pans were all here.” Note that it’s not unusual to buy a fully-furnished house in Belize.

Top 10 reasons travelers choose Belize, over all the other tropical places they can go!
This list is based on the feedback we've received from guests over the years. We always ask during a guest's stay, why did you pick Belize? We love the answers so much, we wanted to share them. Most people only have a certain amount of vacation time and it is precious, so we hope this helps you decide on your place this year!! 1.) The number one reason is ......Belize is one of the few unspoiled, authentic places left, that are still considered accessible to travelers. There are plenty of rustic places in the world, but many are quite difficult to get to, and few people want to spend a full day or two of their precious vacation time getting to the place. You can get to Belize in a half day or less of travel, and the minute you step on the land, you can feel the difference. It is just different enough to be a challenge, but friendly and small enough that you feel like an expert by the time you leave.

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Elfreda, your daughters are being humiliated: The Political Disempowerment of Women in Belize
Political empowerment remains out of the reach of Belizean women but it doesn’t have to be. Not with the long history of women's political activism in Belize. Anne S. Macpherson starts the introduction to her book, “From Colony To Nation: Women Activists and The Gendering of Politics in Belize 1912 – 1982 with the story of Elfreda Reyes, who in the 1930s joined the fight against British colonial rule. Elfreda was a prominent speaker and organizer and was a founder of the nationalist campaign to secure a minimum wage for domestics at the time. The story of Elfreda’s activism is one of fierce determination and courage. She was an "agitator." What would Elfreda think of the disempowered status of Belizean women today? Her story is missing from Belize’s history but the role she played in the political arena in her time is significant.

September 10th: Belize Celebrates Battle of St. George's Caye
On a warm September morning in 1798, the future of what would become Belize was uncertain. After numerous clashes between Spanish naval forces and a small contingent of British hardwood loggers, issues came to a head. Relying on stealth and superior strategy, the ragtag British forces defeated a superior Spanish naval fleet on September 10 in the waters offshore of St. George's Caye, one of the most important historical events in the country's history. Today, the Battle of St. George's Caye is a national holiday celebrated every September 10 with parades, singing, live music, games, and festivals in every town and village. Coming at the beginning of what is widely known as "Patriotic Month," September 10 is a time when Belizeans working overseas return home to join friends and family for a month-long celebration of their heritage. The recitation of patriotic poems, the singing of popular local songs, and streets and people bedecked in red, white, and blue (the national colors) continue until September 21, the day that Belize celebrates gaining its independence from Britain in 1981.

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There’s More to Belize Than Just Beautiful Caribbean Islands
In my 30s, I dreamt of living on a romantic Caribbean island, surrounded by the aquamarine Caribbean Sea… I wanted to swim to my heart’s content in clear, lukewarm water, surrounded by vibrantly colored tropical fish, corals, and sponges. In 2008 my dream became a reality when I moved full-time to Ambergris Caye. My husband, Mike, and I first visited Belize in 1999, on an International Living tour, and we bought our first property on Ambergris Caye. Since then I’ve indulged in all of the water activities I’d yearned for, and many more besides. Snorkeling and scuba diving top the list. But I’ve also danced to live rock bands on the beach under a full moon, with a brisk sea breeze keeping me cool and my husband and I have regularly indulged in a delicious meal at a café on the beach, with the sea but a few steps away. We’ve spent many lazy Sunday afternoons at popular beach hot spots, socializing with friends while listening to live bands, and we’ve walked miles of publicly owned beaches, on the south and north sides of Ambergris Caye. Belize may be small, but it’s jam-packed with interesting options, for tourists and expat residents alike. This spring I’ll return to the Cayo, to update expat lifestyle options for our readers and I’m certainly looking forward to enjoying the Cayo’s rivers and ruins again.

Freeing up ganja: Belize moves ahead
Just one week ago, legislation to decriminalise small amounts of ganja received its first reading in Belize’s parliament. It’s not yet legalised light-up time in Belize City. There’s a fair way to go—the proposed amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act goes to a parliamentary committee. There will be second and third readings in both houses, all that sort of stuff. But the bill looks certain to get through. It has backing from the full cabinet. It was introduced by the home affairs minister, Wilfred Elrington.

Who is Latin America and the Caribbean leaving behind?
Last month at the High Level Political Forum in New York, more than 40 countries — 11 from Latin America and the Caribbean — shared their progress in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), within the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The meeting has made evident the region’s political will to adopt and accomplish this universal agenda. Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru and Uruguay presented their progress, along with Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela that shared their reports in 2016. The SDGs recognize the virtue of inclusive, sustainable economic growth that respects the environment and strengthens institutional and regulatory frameworks. The agenda seeks to “leave no one behind,” and admits that the market alone does not solve all problems. This is fundamental for our region, the most unequal in the world.

Videos

  • Belize Audubon Society - Reef Protector Program, 28min.

  • BTL Expo Promotional Campaigns, 17min.

  • BTIA Orange Walk Chapter - 3rd Annual BTIA Tourism, 18min.

  • See and Taste Belize Festival, 18min.

  • Talk Ah Di Town August 24, 2017, 25min.

  • Exploring San Pedro, Belize montage, 13min. Today we headed north of San Pedro and brought you guys along. Hope you enjoy the beautiful Island.

  • 2 dollar rod shore fishing in Belize Placencia, 3.5min. A video showing what to use and what you can expect to catch while fishing from shore in Belize.

  • KTV the Remix (August 22, 2017), 2hr.

  • In new NASA video, Hurricane Harvey looks like it’s about to swallow all of Texas, 2.5min. A brief-but-haunting video released by NASA on Thursday night shows Hurricane Harvey’s powerful churn toward Central Texas, where the slow-moving storm is expected to throttle coastal communities with high winds and up to 25 inches of rain. The footage was captured just after 6 p.m. by cameras aboard the International Space Station, not long after the tropical cyclone — aided by warm water and favorable winds — regenerated over the Gulf of Mexico. An astronaut on board, Marine Corps Col.Randy Bresnik, later tweeted two photos of the storm with a message of solidarity for those in its path.

  • Belize Film Commission, 6min. The Belize Film Commission is making efforts to strengthen independent film pursuits in Belize and to make the country a greater film destination for foreign investors. What does this mean for Belize? Watch our story below to find out!

  • Fisherman in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Casa Santa Maria, 2min. This video is about Casa Santa Maria - Bed and Breakfast in Cayo, Belize - Central America

  • Jumping Off Things, 1.5min. In Mexico, Belize and Guatamala. We ended up spending quite a lot of our time jumping off things in nice places.

  • Explore Belize, The Top Tourist Attractions in Belize, 2.5min. Picture a country with tropical beaches, coral reefs, cave formations, exotic wildlife and a laid back Caribbean atmosphere.

  • Howler Monkeys at Chaa Creek Lodge in Belize, 7min.

  • Santino's Messengers Band - Belize on Fire, 5min.

  • Fishing, Lobster Fetch, Snorkel, Beach BBQ, 2min. Good times with guest Dana and Carl from Tyler, Texas. Great work Roberto and Shadow...Amazing, we'll done! The fresh catch for Beach BBQ was superb.


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