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2017 Carnival Road March attracts thousands in Belize City
The 2017 Carnival Road March was held in Belize City on Saturday, September 9th, and saw thousands of Belizeans lined up along the designated Carnival route. It is one of the many anticipated events during the September Celebrations, and features Belize’s vibrant culture and heartfelt patriotism. This year the colorful road march ended at the Marion Jones Sports Complex where several participating bands were awarded for their outstanding performance. Despite the grueling temperature and humid atmosphere, spectators from all around the city and country convened along the parade route. The different participating groups in this year’s event put on another memorable show, complete with elaborate costumes. It was a live jamboree on the streets of the city, with blaring speakers playing Soca beats, while both junior and senior bands, and steel pan bands mounted on large double deck trucks did their best to charm the judges along the route.
Hol Chan Office Pays Tribute To Belize Barrier Reef
Madi was so excited to see a new mural in town depicting Belize’s Barrier Reef. Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office commissioned the talented work of local artist Eruterio Carillo of Chuy Arts to bring the colorful underwater world to life on the building’s walls.
It took four and a half days to complete with the staff constantly giving the poor artist additional things to add in, even an additional wall to paint, but the results are amazing, says Hol Chan.
Well the final product is wonderful and Reef Warrior Madi approves with with a huge smile and a big thumbs up! The Hol Chan staff hopes that the San Pedro community will enjoy the mural, take selfies and maybe feel a little more connected to the reef each day as they pass by.
Belize Red Cross Opens Hurricane Irma Disaster Fund Accounts
Belizean In US Coast Guard Providing Assistance During Hurricane Irma
Meet Kareem Orio, he is a Marine Science Technician (MST) in the United States Coast Guard, currently stationed in Puerto Rico. He grew up in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye attending both San Pedro Roman Catholic School and San Pedro High School. He is son of Alva Rubio a primary school teacher at San Pedro R.C. School.
He recently shared these images on his Facebook profile page where he participated in fly overs on board a US Coast Guard helicopter in Puerto Rico before, during and after the threat of Hurricane Irma that just recently ravaged the lesser and greater Antilles in the Caribbean.
Kareem told us that his job as a MST is ensuring safety and security of US ports by conducting Vessel Inspections, Container Inspections, Facility Inspection, Waterways Management and Environmental Protection by responding to Oil discharge and Hazmat release.
Government Responds After Airlines Complain About Caye Caulker Airport
Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in more than a decade has battered millions of people in the Caribbean more. At least 34 people are believed to have been killed.
The Category 5 hurricane has cut a swath of destruction through half a dozen Caribbean nations and overseas territories. Reports from Barbuda suggest that nearly every building has been damaged or destroyed, causing approximately 1,800 persons to be without shelter, while hundreds of thousands of people in Puerto Rico are without power according to authorities. Further reports of severe destruction have been received from the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, as well as Saint Martin and St Barts (Saint Barthélemy), and St Kitts and Nevi, and Cuba.
BAA to Secure Funding for Reconstruction of Caye Caulker Municipal Airport - In a press release issued by the Belize Airports Authority, the government of Belize responds to the joint release from both Tropic Air or Maya Island Air over safety concerns at the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport.
After announcing that both airlines will suspend flights to La Isla Cariñosa effective October 1, the Belize Ports Authority released information announcing the final stages of securing the necessary funding from the Social Security Board (SSB) to begin the reconstruction of the runway.
BAA states that in 2016, consultants were engaged to conduct feasibility studies for the repairs of the municipal airport in Caye Caulker. Based on the results of the study, the BAA subsequently took the decision to reconstruct the facility in line with the long-term vision of the Authority. Hence, a comprehensive design was commissioned.
Misc Belizean Sources
Belize Youth Challenge
Are you or someone you know up for the challenge? Contact the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation for more info today!
Are you up to the challenge? We're looking for Belizean males 15-17 years who want to: Make a positive change in their life, Develop themselves physically and mentally.
Come check the Belize ID at Corozal NICH
Two power interruptions, portion Toledo on Thursday, September 14 from 6:00am to 7:00am and from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Affected areas: entire Punta Gorda, Cattle Landing, Hopeville, Silver Creek, Big Falls, San Pedro Colombia, San Marcus, Blue Creek, Aguacate, Mafredi, Crique Hute, Jordan, San Antonio, Jacintoville, Laguna, Machaca, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Midway, Barranco, Eldridgeville, Forest Home, San Miguel and surrounding communities. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at Punta Gorda Substation.
Parades on Friday in San Pedro Town
Friday the 15th September, there will be two parades happening, at 9:00am, the Roman Catholic School will be hold a parade from the RC school aound the town. Please be prepared for some delays and take extra care because of the children. At the same time the Adventist school will parade in the Escalante area.
Please follow instructions given by the wardens and keep our children safe.
San Pedro Traffic Department
4th Annual Soca & Jazz Festival
What do you do when the undisputed KING of Soca, Machel Montano chooses Koko King for a day of relaxation before the upcoming 4th Annual Soca & Jazz Festival?? We welcome him and show him how we do it here on Caye Caulker! September 16th - Machel Montano will be at Koko King for the afternoon.
Entertainment by the 2017 Carnival Queen - Khadeja Tunn alongside our very own DJ Julian playing the hottest in Soca.
Happy hour all day | 7 beer-buckets specials! Don't miss the opportunity to meet the King of Soca!!
Machel will NOT be performing in Caye Caulker but do not miss his live performance on September 20th at the Hour Bar Field in Belize City.
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2017 Annual Culture Day!
It is here again!!! Bigger and Better. On behalf of myself and the mayan community of Independence Village, we are hereby expressing our invitation to the public for the annual culture day on 16th September, at the Triangular Park. Please visit the Mayan booth for your delicious local dishes, such as Caldo, boyos, indio tamal, caldo pork with potch, sweet corn tortillas and the famous Cacoa drink to quench your tirst. We will also have live marimba music performance, so make it a fun day. Lets come together to celebrate our rich culture.
Karaoke NIGHT 2017 - September Celebrations Event
Saturday, September 16 at 6 PM,
Central Park Caye Caulker.
Government of Belize, BEL, and the Public Utilities Commission Make Commitment to Energy Future
Today, September 13th, the Hon. Frank Mena, Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy, and Public Utilities; Jeffrey Locke, Chief Executive Officer of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL); and John Avery, Chair of the Public Utilities Commission expressed their commitment to providing reliable and sustainable energy through participation in the Belize Consolidated Project Plan (CPP).
The Belize CPP is a roadmap that will outline how to meet the electricity needs of Belize and its consumers over time. Providing access to reliable and affordable electricity is a priority for all parties. The CPP will ensure that sustainable options for electricity are pursued in the optimal approach for Belize while harmonizing the efforts of these three leading organizations.
New NEMO Deputy National Emergency Coordinator
Mr. Colin Gillett has been named as the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).
Mr. Gillett holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. His work experience includes Director of the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, Project Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Belize, and Private Consultant in Project Management and Logistics.
In his new position, Gillett serves as Deputy to NEMO’s National Emergency Coordinator (NEC), Colonel (Ret.) Shelton DeFour, who stated, “We have an extensive public education and preparedness programme, and the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator will assist with the management and administration of the staff and headquarters’ functions in order to enable the Head of Department to implement NEMO’s disaster and emergency strategies and programmes.”
St Martins School Threat?
The Belize Police Department has observed indications of a possible threat being circulated on social media concerning a St Martins School for today (Thursday). The Department wishes to advise that stringent security measures will be in place today and thereafter at St Martins School to ensure the safety of all students and teachers.
Watch HOGAN this Friday, September 15th at the Bliss Centre right after the Belize International Film Festival announces the OFFICIAL SELECTION for its 12th Edition of BelizeIFF in November. The fun begins at 8 pm at the Bliss. Boxing fans, don't miss Hogan as he goes up against the Guatemalan!!
Reverend Al Sharpton Rocks the Belize Flag for September
Triplets born at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital
This morning, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children visited the Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PICU/NICU) at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital to make a donation to Belize's most recent mother of triplets.
The new mother was all smiles and even shed a few tears of joy as she expressed her gratitude to the various organizations who donated items ranging from strollers and playpens to bath products, toys, clothes and food items.
If you would like to make a donation to the first time mother, you can call Mr. Tylon Tillet at telephone number 6150223. All donations accepted!
Independence day Carnival Parade Route
2008 - Aug 2017 Airport Tourist Arrivals to Belize
New Mural in Corozal
A beautiful collaboration with two CSAM artists, Elvis Eddie Aldana and Vianay Bautista! The mural is located at Her Majesty's Prison historical landmark on 2nd Street South.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR ITVET/CET STUDENTS - INTERNATIONAL OZONE DAY
Over a dozen students will be receiving scholarships to study Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC). The National Ozone Unit, within the Department of the Environment (DOE), will be hosting an award ceremony on September 13th, 2017 at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) Conference Room (Belize City) at 10:00 a.m.
Each scholarship is set to cover the cost of tuition for each recipient for the completion of the second year of their RAC programme, and upon graduating, each recipient will receive a basic toolkit for start in the field. The more than dozen scholarship recipients were chosen from 3 designated institutes across the country based on their active partnership with the Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians (ARACT) – ITVET Belize City, ITVET Orange Walk and Cayo Center for Employment Training (CET). The scholarships were distributed among the 3 institutes and recipients were selected based on an application process via these institutes.
September Celebrations Full Moon Concert
The SISE HoC is having a Full Moon concert to celebrate the September Celebrations this Friday, September 15th, at the Cayo Welcome Center. The Paranda Blues Band will be performing.
"Greetings from the San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture (NICH).
You are cordially invited to join us for a full Moon/September Celebrations concert at the Cayo Welcome Center, this Friday September 15th at 7 pm."
Movie night Thursday, September 14 at the Governor General Field
Good afternoon Belmopan! Mark your calendars for movie night Thursday, September 14 at the Governor General Field. Movie starts at dark.
Come and enjoy free popcorn and the movie Friday Night Lights.
Friday, September 15th, Belize International Film Festival Media Launch and Screening
The first 25 People to 1. Like our page and 2. Share this post starting at 10:00 AM, will receive a complimentary ticket to the Belize International Film Festival Media Launch and Screening of the thrilling and motivating Movie "Hogan"!
Cops Need Help To I-D Body Found In Macal
Cayo police need your help to identify the body of a murder victim. The body was found floating in the Macal river near the New Santa Elena/San Ignacio bridge yesterday afternoon. The post mortem shows that the dark skinned man was stabbed to death and left for dead underneath the new Cayo bridge. Police today called on anyone with information to assist:
ASP Daniel Iche, Deputy Officer, San Ignacio:
"San Ignacio police visited the bank of the Macal River about 500 yards down from the new bridge where the body of a male person was seen floating face down in the middle of the river. The body was retrieved and it was in a state of decomposition. It was dressed only in a long black pants without shirt. He was seen with a cut wound to upper left side of his back, a cut wound to the forehead and a stab wound to the right upper chest and a stab wound to the right hand. The person is yet unidentified."
Father of 10 Knocked Down and Killed
A 45 year old father of 10 is dead after he was knocked down and killed. It happened yesterday at noon. Jose Cucul was on his way to his Maya Mopan home on his bicycle when an oncoming van rammed into him. His skull was cracked from the impact - and he died shortly after at the western Regional Hospital. Courtney Weatherburne has more on this tragedy.
After only 2 months, Jose Cucul's farm is flourishing. His corn, beans and cassava are all thriving.
But Cucul won't be able to enjoy the produce of his labor.
He was knocked down and killed yesterday afternoon at the intersection of the Ring Road and Cemetery Road.
Police Looking For Guatemalan In Murder of Salvadoran
Cayo police are also trying to make head way in the Buena Vista barroom brawl murder. Salvadoran national 22 year-old Jose Ulysess Sibrian was stabbed to the chest over a drink on the 10th September. Police say they are looking for a Guatemalan national.
ASP Daniel Iche, Deputy Officer, San Ignacio:
"It is based out of a misunderstanding that started from a bar within the village where the deceased had bought a drink from the bar and the other guy came in, took away his drink and drank it. There is where the misunderstanding developed and it continued on the street."
"No one has been charged as yet. We are looking out for one Hispanic male person in that investigation."
Sr. Supt Vidal and ACP Chester At Daggers Drawn
Last night on the news, you saw the City's Southside Commander Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal make some extraordinary claims about his predecessor, Assistant Commissioner Chester Williams. When asked about the period of peace between rival Southside gangs that Williams had created between April and July - Vidal said it wasn't peace at all, and went on to explain it as a kind of accommodation with certain gangs that a senior officer, ACP Williams was involved in. That's an allegation of criminal complicity, and here's how he put it yesterday:...
Sr. Sup. Marco Vidal:
"In terms of any peace having been, between whatever period you want to put it, as a journalist, if you would go in and speak to the very people who speak about peace, you would know that there was no peace and there was a number of underlined issues that prevailed during that same time. My policy is that I don't give any persons any break, in terms of breaking the law. If the criminals are not happy with that then we will enforce the law. And that's it."
"There were some persons allowed to do some things and others not allowed to do the same thing."
Belize Red Cross: If You Want To Help Irma Victims, Donate Money
For the past few nights we've been showing you the massive devastation that Hurricane Irma caused in the northern Caribbean and Cuba - killing at least 44 people and leaving thousands homeless.
If you're wondering how you can help, the Belize Red Cross says don't send canned food and blankets, give money.
In a release issued today the Belize Red Cross says, quote, "at this time, the Belize Red Cross is not able to assist with the collection and distribution of in-kind donations. In the meantime, donations can be made to the disaster fund accounts at the following banks in Belize. Funds collected will be transmitted to the IFRC to assist with the disaster relief efforts in the affected areas." Those accounts are in the Belize Bank, Atlantic Bank, Scotiabank and Heritage Bank.
And, indeed, the need is great. On the small island of Barbuda alone, 90% of the housing stock has been destroyed, leaving 1,800 persons without shelter. In Cuba 10 died and hundreds of thousands of people there and in Puerto Rico are without power - and could be so for weeks. The British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, as well as duty and French Saint Martin and St Barts as well as St Kitts and Nevis suffered substantial damage.
Cuba and The Ethic of Disaster Preparedness
And while those Caribbean countries face formidable rebuilding efforts: they have help, St. Martin is a French Colony, Anguilla is a British overseas territory, and other countries like Turks and Caicos will get a 13 million dollars payout from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility, and other CARICOM countries will get special support form the Caribbean Development Bank.
And Cuba was definitely the hardest hit as Irma sat on the islands coastline for 48 hours with Category 4 and 5 winds. It smashed dozens of hotels, and left millions without power, while destroying thousands of acres of sugar cane. Indeed, paying for the reconstruction will be a challenge: But Cuba stands alone: the US Embargo - which President Trump renewed hours before Irma made landfall, prevents Cuba from joining the IMF and the World Bank, as well as other regional lending institutions that grant infrastructure loans.
Dos Pistolas en Pedro
Police have taken some more firepower off the streets in San Pedro.
Today at around midday a joint Gang Suppression Unit, Special Patrol Unit, and San Pedro Police operation was conducted in the San Mateo area - which is the island's large slum.
This led to the discovery of a .45 pistol and a .380 pistols along with magazines and nine .380 rounds. No one was present at the time of the find so the items were deposited as found property.
Immigration Hearings Continue
The Senate Hearings on Immigration resumed last week Wednesday after a month's break with the testimony from the current Immigration Director, Diana Locke. The Senate Select Committee wanted to hear from her what changes have been implemented at the department to ensure that there can be no more systematic abuses - the kind which pertained during the Audit Period of 2011 to 2013.
Well, they called her back today for a second session, and they questioned for an additional 3 hours about what Immigration looks like today. It was mostly housekeeping, but some of it was very important. That's because the hope is that the changes will prevent visa foils from being stolen like they were in December 2012. There is a new scanning protocol to create a searchable archive of all new passport applications that come to the department. This will make it harder for files to mysteriously disappear, like the infamous Won Hong Kim application.
Director: What To Do With Fraud Cases?
But, the Immigration Department is uncertain about what to do with the cases where persons are seeking renewal of immigration documents, but their files are missing, or the source documents look suspicious.
The new director is hoping to clean things but, she says that there are a number of files sitting on her desk and she has no idea what to do them. She told the Senate Committee today that she wants to see what they have to say on how to proceed with these types of applications:
Hon. Mark Lizarraga - Business Senator:
"In the cases where you have found documents to be false in your time since you've been there, have you taken away status? What have you done?"
Diana Locke - Director of Immigration:
"I cannot take away status from anyone, especially if you hold a passport with nationality. That - as I said, a decision has to be taken at another level as to what happens from there. We have basically - "
Cabinet Decree: In Case of Uncertainty About Authenticity
If Locke was to follow her directives from the Cabinet, however, applications like those would have already been processed. Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse sent a letter to Acting Director Maria Marin in 2014, informing her of a Cabinet policy. It basically says that if the Immigration officers can't find the file of source documents for persons who have immigration documents for 5 years or more, the department must not delay the processing or renewals for these applicants for more than 2 weeks.
The Senate asked the director about that today, and here's what she had to say:
Hon. Mark Lizarraga:
"So, going back to a ledger that may have been falsified, and just looking for a name, and a number, how would that help to verify?"
Diana Locke - Director of Immigration:
"A name a number and a file."
Hon. Mark Lizarraga:
"A name a number and a file."
A Citizen's Identity Database
And, Immigration Director Locke is hoping that the government will soon launch a new type of identification system which should hopefully insulate against fraud and forgery. She mentioned it again today in her testimony saying that this National ID System will allow for departments such as Vital Statistics, Social Security, Immigration, and Elections and Boundaries to verify the identities of citizens from one universal database:
Diana Locke - Director of Immigration:
"I do recognize that the Government is trying to - as I indicated the last time - look at a national identification system. And I think that from what has been presented to us, as the initial stages. I think it's a good idea. I think it would remove a lot of the issues that we independently face right now, because we're all going to be verifying against one source of data. And so, I think that is something that I would hope can actually be implement, because I think that this would help us to take this process much further along, and able to generate documents that can be considered secure."
Interconnection of Agencies Is the Future
That National Identification System is still in its early phases, and so, these departments are looking at a more immediate fix. Representatives in charge of Vital Stats, Social Security, Immigration and Elections and Boundaries have met to discuss interconnectivity of all of their databases. That would allow for the triple checking of the identities of persons applying for documents from each these separate entities. The Director told the Senate Committee that she hopes that this interconnection will take place very soon:
Diana Locke - Director of Immigration:
"Since my arrival at the department I have had the opportunity to sit in a meeting with the registrar general, representatives from Social Security and from Election and Boundaries where we have discuss the challenges that we all faced - where documents originate from, what are the things that we are seeing. At the department we have the passport section maintains a file of all the documents that we come across that we have concerns about. We have a connection with the Vital Stats where, not an electronic connection, but we have the option to pick up the phone and verify things we them if we have doubts with anything."
Is Vital Stats The Weakest Link?
In the quest to pass themselves off as Belizeans, persons seeking to get immigration documents often start with the forgery of birth certificates. Here on this newscast, we've shown you many cases where fraudsters manage to get a fraudulent birth certificate, with the stolen ID of dead Belizeans. After that, all doors open up, and they get passports, nationalities, Social Security Cards, voter's ID cards, driver's licensesâ€¦the whole nine yards.
And that's why today, the Senate decided that they will call officials from the Vital Statistics Unit to explain how their system works, and how it can negatively affect the Security of Immigration.
Here's the conversation on that topic with Director Locke:
Hon. Eamon Courtenay - PUP Senator:
"The integrity of your system to a large extent is dependent on the integrity of Vital Stats?"
Diana Locke - Director of Immigration:
"That is correct."
Belizean Caught With A Cool Million in Salvador
A Belizean caught with half a million US dollars in cash in El Salvador has ties to the Benque Viejo Free Zone, sources tell us.
Belizean Oscar Lesby Itza and Panamanian Adam Enrique GutiÃ©rrez Morales were caught at the Oscar Romero Airport in San Salvador on Friday. Police saw them acting suspiciously, checked their bags and found $499,460 dollars in bulging packs of $20.00 and $ 50.00 dollars bills.
Salvador's Financial Investigation Unit charged them for money laundering.
A Triplet's Tale
Miracle, Marlon, and Mallory are the names of triplets that were born last week Tuesday at the KHMH. It was a roller coaster pregnancy, but the new mom was beyond proud to show everyone her newest additions.
The media was invited to see the babies:
Sahar Vasquez reporting:
This morning tears of joy rolled down the face of Virginia Garnett. After a difficult pregnancy, Garnett gave birth not just to one child, but three last week Tuesday at the KHMH in Belize City.
"I feel happy right now. I feel happy. I feel emotional. My tears bringing down are tears of joy and I just want to thank everybody and God. My three babies and I will try m best to do anything for them."
Sweet Pain Band Stand Up For Stand Creek Queen
The popular Punta Rock party band "Sweet Pain" has a viral hit on their hands with their new song, named "Goh Frahn Ya". It talks about the now legendary mix-up over the two Queens of the Bay on Tenth Day - one of whom just happens to come from Sweet Pain's hometown of Dangriga.
The catchy tune has the currency of Calypso music - which - decades ago - used to lampoon the news of the day - mixed with the relentless rhythm of Punta.
And, it all comes at the expense of Chairperson, or maybe that's former chairperson, of the Queen of the Bay Committee Zenaida Moya.
Vida - one of the leader singers for Sweet Pain told us that he came up with the song as he watched the debacle of the double crowning on TV on the Tenth morning. By the time the tenth parade came to his hometown of Dangriga in the afternoon, he debuted the song. He told us more via phone today - but first, here's a few seconds of the song, if you haven't heard it yet.
Scholarships To Save The Environment
This morning the Department of Environment awarded eighteen lucky students with scholarships to further their studies in air conditioning and refrigeration. The students will be advancing their knowledge in this technical field as well as being educated on how to make these AC and refrigeration units friendly to our environment. We spoke to Environment minister Omar Figueroa and two of the scholars about this opportunity and what this small gesture means for the environment.
Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State Agriculture. Fisheries, Forestry, Environment, & Sustainable tourism:
"The government of Belize has provided 18 scholarships to deserving Belizeans. We are doing it through the department of environment because of course it focuses on refrigeration and air conditioning and it is extremely important for this field to be managed properly for the students to understand the technical aspect of refrigeration and for them to have proper tools so that we minimize leakage of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere so this scholarship I think will come a long way to allowing us to better meet our commitments to the Montreal Protocol by containing and minimizing the leakage of these chemicals to the atmosphere."
The Jaguar's Tale: Lessons Learned
In July, we told you about the livestock-eating wild jaguar caught on a farm in the Northern Lagoon area of the Belize District. The Belize Zoo and the Forest Department were called in, and extracted the Jaguar. But it died shortly after it arrived at the zoo. Today we asked Minister Figueroa - who is a jaguar expert about the ordeal.
Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment, & Sustainable tourism:
"There is a lot of lessons that we need to learn when we have these types of incidents. No one should attempt to capture a jaguar if you don't have the expertise. If there is a threat of a jaguar to a farm you need to call the forest department you need to call the people that have the expertise to deal with it."
What Community Wants From Cops
This afternoon the police conducted another meet and greet in the Precinct 1 and Precinct 4 areas. While they were touring the precinct 1 areas we got some insight on the meet and greet from Deputy Division Commander for the south of Belize City, police Superintendent Daniel Arzu along with a resident.
Supt., Daniel Arzu - Deputy Division Commander:
"We are focusing on the entire area behind the Raccoon Street Police Station and so far, as what we would normally expect, the residents are quite cooperative with us and we are grateful for how they receive us because there is this need to dialogue and to foster the relationship between the police and the community and that is practically what we are doing this afternoon. What we are doing here is to sensitize the residents to find out from them how best they can give us some suggestions as to how we carry out our functions and that's something that we are quite receptive of because the reality is we want to bridge the gap and we also want to reduce crime at all costs and part of our tool is the community in these crime fighting measures."
BTV, Around The Island
The Belize Territorial Volunteers are going back to the Sarstoon this Saturday September 16th. But, this time they say they are not trying to bait the Guatemalan Navy; they're doing an Eco-challenge. It's a Kayak and canoe race - and co-organizer Mario Lara told us more:..
Mario Lara, BTV:
"It's a kayak, canoe race around Sarstoon. We're starting at Barranco Village, we're going to go around Sarstoon island- which belongs to Belize- and then we're going to go back to Barranco Village."
Jules Vasquez- Reporter:
"Critics would say that it is a provocation disguised as a fun day."
Mario Lara, BTV:
"Sarstoon is squarely in Belizean territory so we're not thumbing the nose at the Guatemalans. Yes, we are standing up for Belize's territorial integrity but not in a disrespectful manner. We're doing it in a very safety conscious, solidarity, kind of patriotic manner."
Farewell To The Flash, The Flesh, The Glitter and the Grind of Carnival 2017
Last night we left you with footage of the Tenth Parade, tonight it's the carnival, as we say farewell to the flash, the flesh, the glitter, and the grind that is the carnival road march.
Join us as we take one last look, goodnight.
“John Doe” Surfaces Near New Bridge over Macal River
There is a second murder in less than forty-eight hours to report in the west. On September tenth, Jose Sibrian was stabbed to death following a confrontation at a bar. [...]
Body Shows Tattoos of Rosary, Names “Dian” and “Emmanuel”
But the identity of the victim remains a mystery and police is turning to the public for assistance as well as their counterparts in Guatemala to determine who is John [...]
Hispanic Man Sought in Buena Vista Murder
The first murder victim in the west for this month lost his life on the tenth. Police are yet to crack that case in the murder of Jose Sibrian, a [...]
Chester Williams versus Marco Vidal: Will Senior Cops Land in Court?
Is there a bitter sibling rivalry brewing within the ranks of the Belize Police Department that may very well end up in the Supreme Court? Since succeeding Assistant Commissioner of [...]
Southside Boss Clams Up over Lawsuit Threat
We caught up with Senior Superintendent Vidal this evening during a Meet and Greet event on Curassow Street in Belize City and asked for a response to Williams’ Facebook post [...]
Father of 9 Killed Along Belmopan Ring Road in Traffic Mishap
A father of nine perished in a traffic accident at the intersection of Cemetery Road and East Ring Road in the nation’s capital. The accident happened on Tuesday afternoon and [...]
Maya, Tropic Adamant over Caye Caulker Flight Suspension; Repairs Will Take Months
Both local airlines, Maya and Tropic Air, have announced the suspension of flights to Caye Caulker beginning this October. The airstrip at La Isla Carinosa is in terrible state with [...]
Senate Chair Says Inquiry is “Adequately Financed”
The Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration hosted Director of Immigration Diana Locke for the second consecutive week and we will have highlights of her testimony shortly. But the bigger [...]
Minister & C.E.O. Next to be Called
As for further witnesses to be called, the Committee’s schedule is known for at least its next meeting on September twenty-seventh, when Director of Immigration Diana Locke continues her testimony [...]
Business Senator Details “Minimal” Expenses
While there has been no public comment from the business and private sector despite being apprised of the Prime Minister’s letter, the Senator representing them on the Committee, Mark Lizarraga [...]
How Will Final Report Be Written?
The final report of the Senate Special Select Committee will be highly anticipated. It has already been guaranteed that it will not likely lead to criminal charges unless there is [...]
Triple the Joy for New Mom at K.H.M.H.
A Belize City first time mom delivered triplets last week. Two boys and a girl were delivered by Doctor Jose Guerra at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Today the young [...]
Guats Get Away with Free Residence in Belize
Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse has been on record commending the high number of Chinese seeking visas to “visit” Belize. Of course, these persons pay as much as two thousand [...]
Warning over Documents Presented by Foreign Nationals for Belizean Children
The Committee has expressed interest in bringing in the top person at the Vital Statistics Unit; a division of the Attorney General’s Ministry that is responsible for recording and registering [...]
The Do’s and Don’ts of the Visa Vetting Committee
This afternoon, with Senator Mark Lizarraga in the chair on behalf of Aldo Salazar, there was further probing into the processes of the Department and in particular the Visa Vetting [...]
Mark Lizarraga Deplores Police “Thugs”, Incivility after O.W. Protest
An indelible stain on the nation’s consciousness was left by protests a week ago tonight in Orange Walk Town against the handling of another complex Ministry – natural resources. There [...]
Can Government Account for Spending from Increased Fuel Revenues?
For a country that imports far more than it exports and has for all of its existence, fuel is particularly important. Belize has for the past decade or so taken [...]
Police on the Meet and Greet Beat
In the weekly police meet and greet, we caught up with Regional Commander of the Eastern Division South Marco Vidal on the south side of the city. Vidal and other [...]
BNTU Orange Walk Branch Award Members Of The Community And Elects New President
The Belize national Teachers Union has been in existence for the past 47 years and is one of the largest unions currently in our country. The union was formed with the objective of looking out for the rights and benefits of teachers in our country.
Every two years the different district branches of the union hold an election to select their executive members. Earlier today members of BNTU Orange Walk gathered at Gala Lounge where the new board was elected. After holding the post as BNTU Orange Walk President for the past seven years, Otilio Munoz was today replaced by the new president, Keith Agustin.
The Ministry of the Environment helps students to realize their dreams
This morning, the Ministry of the Environment’s National Ozone Unit hosted an award ceremony at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET), where eighteen students were given scholarships to further their studies in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, RAC. Also, the scholarship award ceremony was held to commemorate International Ozone Day 2017, which […]
Colin Gillett is the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator
Colin Gillett is the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). His appointment to the post became effective on September 4. Gillett serves as Deputy to the National Emergency Coordinator, Ret. Colonel Shelton DeFour. In his capacity as the Deputy National Emergency Coordinator, his duties include assisting with the management […]
Is there tension between Southside Commander and his predecessor?
In a press briefing on Tuesday, Commander of Southside Belize City Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, though not directly, alluded that his predecessor was facilitating criminals. In other words, that some gang factions were allowed to run their drug business while others weren’t. Sr. Superintendent Vidal said this after the situation in some areas within the […]
Career Opportunity to be a Translator
There is a new online course being offered for those looking for a career in translation. If you have the desire to be a professional translator, this is your opportunity. Lennox Lamb, the Administrator of Speak Out, spoke with Love News about the course. Lennox Lamb, Administrator of Speak Out “A nine month course is […]
First ever watershed management plan
The Natural Resource Management Program from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Belize and the World Wildlife Fund will develop a Management Plan for the Belize River Watershed. A release from the University says the plan will be the first of its kind in Belize and serves as a model for […]
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany donates to GG
On Wednesday morning Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Belize His Excellency Harald Peter Klein donated musical instruments to the Governor General of Belize His Excellency Sir Colville Young. The donation was made at the Belize House in Belmopan and includes a clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and an oboe. A press release from the […]
Senior Supt. Vidal comments on the effectiveness of Meet & Greet
The Belize Police Department continues its weekly meet and greet sessions every Wednesday with the public across the country. It has been a little over two months since the transfers became effective and today we asked the Commander of south side Belize City, Senior Supt. Marco Vidal how successful the meetings have been and whether […]
Police take weapons off the street
Around midday today a joint GSU, SPU and San Pedro Police conducted an operation in the San Mateo area in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye which led to the discovery of a point forty five and a point three eighty weapon with magazines and nine point three eighty rounds. No one was in the area so the […]
Caye Caulker to get new airstrip
The Belize Airport Authority has announced that it is now in the final stages of securing funds from the Social Security Board to reconstruct the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport runway as the design has been completed. The Authority is expecting funds to be approved by the end of September. The project is expected to start […]
Darnell Talbert charged for Drug Trafficking
Nineteen year old Darnell Talbert, a construction worker of King Street, was charged with drug trafficking and possession of a controlled drug when he appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford yesterday. Talbert pled not guilty to drug trafficking for sixty one point one grams of cannabis but guilty to possession of forty one grams of cannabis. […]
Breaking Belize News
San Ignacio police need public’s assistance in identifying body found floating in Macal River
The body of a dark complexion man was found floating in the Macal River yesterday.
An on-site post mortem examination was conducted at the scene because of the state of decomposition.
The medical officer certified the cause of death to be due to multiple stab wounds.
Mexican embassy to commemorate anniversary of Mexico’s Independence
On September 15, 2017, Mexico will celebrate the 207th anniversary of the beginning of its War of Independence.Mexico’s war began with the call made by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the Father of the Country, to the people of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, to follow him in the search for Liberty, Independence and Sovereignty.
BTEC’s Job Preparedness Training Makes its Way to Cayo
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) announced that it is taking its Hospitality Job Preparedness training to the San Ignacio/ Santa Elena Towns in Cayo.
The sessions include training in the areas of hospitality, including wait staff, housekeeping/janitorial, and front desk/reception.
Belize Airport Authority to reconstruct Caye Caulker runway
Yesterday, BBN reported that Tropic Air and Maya Island air issued a joint release informing that due to the condition of the runway in Caye Caulker, both airlines are suspending all flights to Caye Caulker effective October 1.
IDB and GOB discuss sustainable development through strengthened transport planning
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Infrastructure and Energy Sector Manager, José Agustín Aguerre visited Belize last week to meet with top government officials and discuss ways of improving transport infrastructure in an inclusive and sustainable way.
Visiting the Belizean ID Exhibit 2017
Belizean ID Exhibit is being displayed over at the Corozal House of Culture NICH. This exhibit is to showcase the public about the history of Belize. On Thursday, September 7th, 2017 the Corozal House of Culture did a short ceremony to talk about the cultural Identity of the Belize’s cultural people. Schools participated in this event to learn about the Belizean ID. During my visit to the Corozal House of Culture, I saw a variety of information about the History of Belize. Where did the people came from, who are they? What is Belize ID? This exhibit is a mere attempt at engaging all Belizeans to answer the following and pose some new questions about our Belizean identity.
Belize Named by Forbes to List of Best Countries for International Real Estate Investors
There are a few key locations that international real estate investors will consider placing their money. But how and why are they choosing these specific locations? The experts on the Forbes Real Estate Council, some of the best international real estate investors in the U.S., made their list of the top nine places to put your money in real estate.
Belize was among the list of nine countries identified by Forbes. The small Caribbean country is easily overlooked by some investors. Other countries on the list like the Bahamas or Great Britain have been top investments for decades. But Belize has caught the attention of top international real estate investors for its stable growth and strong tourism, while still maintaining the native culture.
One of the big determining factors for a successful real estate investment is location. Consider the location of Belize. The country is only a 2.5-hour flight from Dallas, one the biggest cities in the U.S., and only 2 hours from Miami and Houston. Belize is also a destination for all ages. International Living Magazine listed Belize as a top location for retirees because of the tax incentives. In addition, the country offers plenty of adventures for adults and kids – beach activities, jungle cruises, ziplining, Mayan ruins, and more.
Mayan child sacrifices buried with ‘supernatural’ obsidian
From building cities aligned with stars to purposefully crossing their babies’ eyes, the Mayan civilisation was known for its strange rituals.
And a new study has shed light on perhaps one of the weirdest rituals undertaken by the ancient civilisation – child sacrifices.
Researchers have discovered 42 obsidian ritual stones in the ancient Mayan city of Ceibal, Guatemala, some of which were found in the graves of child sacrifices.
The findings suggest that the precious rocks were thought to hold spiritual or ‘supernatural’ powers for Mayan people.
Foreign Service Officer Applications wanted
The Embassy of the United States of America hereby announces that applications for the position of Foreign Service Officer (FSO) are now being accepted from U.S. citizens by the Department of State. One of the first steps in becoming an FSO is to take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), which is offered worldwide at various locations and only to U.S. citizens. The FSOT will be offered in Belize at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4, 2017. The registration deadline for candidates intending to test overseas is September 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
FSOs are at the forefront of all U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions around the world as well as in Washington, D.C. These Officers are instrumental in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.
If you are a U.S. citizen and are at least 20 years of age and interested in serving as an FSO, please visit the Department of State website at http://www.careers.state.gov/ for information on eligibility, application, registration, testing, and more career information.
‘Gringo’ missionaries arrested on sex and drug charges in Honduras
Two US missionaries were arrested in Honduras on pornography and narcotics possession charges, after their house was raided by police authorities on the popular tourist island of Roatan. The operation took place in the early hours (6:00 am local time) last Wednesday, September 6.
The two men, identified as David James Waschko (39) and Philip J. Waschko (88), are both from Pennsylvania.
The double arrest was undertaken by members of the National Police under the direction of the DPI (Dirección Policial de Investigaciones). Both men are accused of “unfair deprivation of liberty, trafficking in persons and pornography”.
Senate select hearings have resumed, Special Senate Select Committee meeting Live from National Assembly Chamber, Belmopan.
"Dent" the Keel-Billed Toucan - Rescue Highlight, 2.5min. While passing through the Belize Bird Rescue earlier this year, I had the chance to meet this curious little keel-billed toucan with a dent in his beak, and even got the opportunity to feed him! Dent has since been re-released thanks to our friends at the Belize Bird Rescue, and is doing well!
Diving Adventures in Belize. Part 2: Blue Hole and Red-footed Booby, 17min. Diving in Belize: The Great Blue Hole, visiting Half Moon Caye, diving with Reef Sharks, Dolphins, Sea Turtle, Grouper and more.
Carnival Montage 2017, 4.5min.
Leader of the Opposition - National Issues / Independence Reflection, 48min.
Belize Security Threats Home & Abroad, 20min.
Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry 21st Expo Belize Market Place, 17min.
Belize Massage [San Pedro, Belize], 3min.
CRAZY BELIZE UNDERWATER FOOTAGE!!!, 4min. For my first video I thought I might take y'all to the underwater paradise that is Belize.
Our Epic Trip to BELIZE!, 3.5min. A little highlight video from our trip to Belize! We split our time between San Pedro and Caye Caulker! I had such an amazing time ...
DRIVING THE COUNTRY SIDE OF BELIZE, 8min.
A Taste OF Belize With Caribbean Flavors Recipe for Jamaica/Sorrell Drink, 9min. Here is the recipe to make a very healthy drink (Sorrell Drink, Jamaica, Hibiscus,) by Sandra
Belize Aggressor 2016, 14min.