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The San Pedro Sun

ADVISORY NO. 3: TROPICAL STORM NATE HEADING THROUGH THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN
NEMO and the Met Service hereby informs the public that as at 4:30 p.m., local time Tropical Storm Nate with winds of 40 miles per hour was located near 14.9 North Latitude and 84.3 West Longitude or approximately 460 miles south east of Belize. The pressure was at 1001 milibars. Nate is moving to the north-northwest at 10 miles per hour. The main threat to Belize is expected to be mostly thunderstorms and heavy rain which are likely to cause dangerous flash floods and localized flooding. As much as 6 inches or higher rainfall is expected. The current track keeps the centre of the storm in the warm waters off the coast of Belize. The stronger winds are expected to be east of Belize, over the sea. By tomorrow Nate is expected to be directly in front of Belize.

David Doehm found dead in Belize City Hotel Room
On Thursday, October 5th, the Belize Police Department confirmed the discovery of the body of David Doehm inside a hotel room at the Ramada Princess Hotel and Casino. According to reports, police were called to the scene sometime after noon. Upon inspection, they discovered the body in room 523, allegedly with a plastic bag over his head. So far, besides the confirmation of the deceased identity, police have yet to give out an official statement on the incident.

San Pedro Pirates suffer first home loss against Belmopan Bandits
The game began at 3pm, and ‘Ping pong’ was the name of the match, as the ball control volleyed between teams equally. The pressure was also on for both teams, as fans demanded a goal. There were close attempts, but the goalkeepers didn’t make it easy for either team, at least until minute 45, when the Pirates’ Jesse Smith, scored a goal for the halftime lead of 1-0. The second half intensified, as the Bandits came back fierce from the break. Once again crosses and passes took over, with both teams equally dominating the ball. It was until minute 72, that the Bandits Elroy Smith found his way and scored a goal for his team. The Bandits weren’t easily satisfied, so at minute 82, Armando Gaitan nailed another goal. Island fans cheered for more goals from their home team, but none of their attempts were successful. When the final whistle was blown, it was a 2-1 victory for the Belmopan Bandits, and the first home loss for the San Pedro Pirates.

After 25 years of drumming, the Pantempers Steel Orchestra celebrate their big anniversary!
On Saturday night, September 30th, the evening air was filled with the Caribbean chime of steel drums. Held at Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar, and sponsored by La Sirene Resort and Spa, the Pantempers Steel Orchestra delighted a crowd of all ages while on their 25th anniversary countrywide tour. The Pantempters Steel Orchestra first began in 1992 as a university steel band at the University College of Belize. From a humble beginning with no more than ten members, the band rose in the entertainment circles, becoming one of Belize’s premier steel orchestras. Featuring a culturally dynamic repertoire of music, they also play popular favorites like Despacito by Luis Fonsi, Madonna’s Isla Bonita, Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley and even the catchy theme song from Mission Impossible.

ADVISORY NO. 2: Tropical Storm Nate
NEMO in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service hereby informs the general public that Tropical Storm Nate, with winds of 40 miles per hour is located near 14.3 North Latitude and 83.7 West Longitude or approximately 550 miles south east of Belize. Nate is moving to the northwest at 8 miles per hour. The current track shows the centre of the storm in the warm waters off the coast of Belize. The stronger winds are expected to be east of Belize, over the sea. Nate is forecasted to reach the Yucatan Peninsula and head into the Gulf of Mexico by Friday night or Saturday.

BTB launches “A Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund”
The Belize Tourism Board will donate a $1 for every tourist arrival for the month of October and the initiative is that each stakeholder donates a $1 for every guest; therefore, creating a multiplier effect. The BTB initiative is being supported by participating agencies and tourism stakeholders such as the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), the Belize Hotel Association (BHA), Tour Operators, water taxis, hoteliers and local airlines amongst many others.

Ambergris Today

Tropical Storm Nate To Be In Front Of Belize By Friday
NEMO in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service hereby informs the general public that Tropical Storm Nate, with winds of 40 miles per hour is located near 14.3 North Latitude and 83.7 West Longitude or approximately 550 miles south east of Belize. Nate is moving to the northwest at 8 miles per hour. The current track shows the centre of the storm in the warm waters off the coast of Belize. The stronger winds are expected to be east of Belize, over the sea. Nate is forecasted to reach the Yucatan Peninsula and head into the Gulf of Mexico by Friday night or Saturday. The main threat to Belize is thunderstorms and heavy rainfall which will continue to cause localized flooding to streets, low-lying roads, bridges, and flood prone villages, towns, and cities. Nate is expected to be directly in front of Belize by tomorrow and it is likely that a Tropical Storm Watch will be issued for the country.

Belize Police Treating David Doehm’s Death As Suicide
Information coming from the Police Department is limited but the only official report released a few minutes ago reveals that David Doehm’s lifeless body was discovered in a room at the Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City at 12:40p.m. by the cleaning service. He had a plastic bag over his head with a tube that led from a small Nitrogen tank to the inside of the bag; beside him a note was found. In the note David stated that he was tired of his life but Police are not releasing its contents as it is part of the ongoing investigations. They are treating it as a suicide case while they await results from the post mortem examination. Where is David’s wife, Anke? Police say that she was informed of his death, but not releasing any more information of her whereabouts. Investigations reveal that he checked in at the hotel alone yesterday, Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Reportedly, Anke did visit her husband at the Princess Hotel in the morning and went back to the hotel after a scheduled custody hearing at the Belize City courts. There is no word yet of the outcome of that custody hearing.

Spiritual Retreat For Couples In San Pedro
Great spiritual couple’s retreat this 14 & 15 of October at the Lions Den, for married and engaged couples. There is a fee of $100 per couple. For more information you can call # 610-4738 or 604-0771. See you there. God Bless.

Misc Belizean Sources

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2nd Annual Belize International Yoga Festival ( BIYF)
Dec. 2 & 3, Harbour View Greens, Belize City

Protest for the reduction of high fuel prices in the City.
Marching continues against High gas prices. Crowd marching in water in Belize City

Hellen Ethelma Adolphus Missing
Asking the public assistance in locating Hellen Ethelma Adolphus 15 years old 5f 3inch tall. She's been missing since August 8 2017 and we have no idea where she is . A REWARD of $500. BzD Is being offered for any information in locating Hellen Adolphus.it will be fully confidential. Contact phone number 6052036 or 6152582. Note to Hellen if your are reading this post can you please contact a family member and just let us know that you're okay.my number is 6058299

Looking for a low cost filling breakfast in San Pedro?
Mr Deli bacon egg hash brown burritos are a great $5 option. (Located beside Wings and across from Tropic Air parking area) Tip - get there earlyish if you want one. Yesterday 10:50 am was too late so today I got there by 9:30 and was well before sell out point.

South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Wednesday OCTOBER 11, 2017 @ 7:00pm LONE STAR GRILL and CANTINA

Message from the Ministry of Health
On the issue of non-release of workers by employers during an employees' illness that is infectious, it is an offence under Section 93 of the Public Health Act. Please if this is occurring, contact the office of your Public Health Inspector in your respective district to investigate and enforce. For more Information, Also contact the Ministry of Health Information Officer in Belmopan as well. Call 822-2325.

San Pedro Talk on Marijuana postponed due to weather
Due to the inclement weather, the Belize Police Department has postponed the planned talk on Marijuana to a future date (to be announced)

GoFundMe for Emelie Cerpa
Hello my name is Emelie Cerpa. I am 22 years old and living in San Pedro, Belize. First I would like to send my gratitude to those who read my story: Beginning this year in January, I began to notice I was gaining weight. My weight changed from 121lbs. to 153lbs. in less than a week. I then decided to do a physical evaluation here on the island of San Pedro in Belize. I underwent several tests and they were unable to pinpoint the cause or make a valid prognosis. After, I made the decision to travel to Chetumal, Quintana Roo Mexico. In Chetumal, the doctor was able to diagnose an inflammation of the colon.

The Embassy of Mexico in Belize Announces the Third Binational Seminar Mexico-Belize on Health Cooperation Issues
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize, in collaboration with the University of Belize, the University of Quintana Roo, and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) Unidad Chetumal, is hosting a three-day binational seminar under the theme “Cooperation on Health Mexico-Belize”. The seminar will be held from October 4th to 6th, 2017, at ECOSUR, Chetumal Campus (Av. Centenario km 5.5, CP 77014, Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Tel. (983) 835 0440). The seminar will feature presentations on Mexico-Belize border health issues, and a proposal for the establishment of the Mexico-Belize Border Health Commission will be discussed along with past and present cooperation experiences in order to improve future interaction on this matter.

Belize on Caribbean Regional Youth Council Executive
The National Youth Council of Belize (NYCB) announces the installation of Kristin Marin as the Vice Chair of Membership and Partnership on the executive of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC). Ms. Marin was nominated by the National Youth Council of Belize as a candidate to vie for the post and the nomination was accepted by the electoral board of CRYC by way of returning officer, Ms. Tamar Moss of the Bahamas. The elections were on the agenda as the second sitting of the General Assembly for the 5th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit which took place at Runaway Bay, St. Ann in Jamaica where ten of the thirteen member states were present. The observers included secret ballot counters, the CRYC electoral board and the designate UN representative from UNDESA. This third round of elections for CRYC closed at 1:05am and it was announced that Belize came out victorious over Guyanese contender, Onika Stellinburg, with six of the ten votes.

Belmopan day with Kendis Gibson!
We kept him busy and engaged in the Garden City: a lively discussion on investigative journalism and ethical reporting with the Government of Belize communications specialists, a motivational visit to the biggest high school in Belize--Belmopan Comprehensive School, and a captivating lecture on journalism with eager University of Belize students!

Police Issue Official Report On Corozal Murder
On the 4th October 2017 at 10:30pm, Corozal Police responded to a shooting incident in Chula Vista area, Corozal Town. Investigation reveals that Mrs. Jeshanah Maritza Zetina 27yrs old of Chula Vista area, her husband Gabriel Buchnia 38 yrs Canadian contractor and their 3 children had just arrived at their house. He reportedly exited his vehicle to open his gate when a person with half his face covered with a rag whom he recognized as polo ran up to him and fired shots at him, causing injury to his abdomen area. The male person then pointed the firearm at his wife and it reportedly misfired. "Polo" then ran away across the street towards the Recalde Stadium. Mr. Gabriel was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital for medical attention and then to the OW Hospital where he later succumbed to his injury.

Dennisito Live music Pier 366
October 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Repeats, WHERE: Pier 366, San Pedro Belize. COST: Free SATURDAY EVENTS: Live Music by Dennisito Every Saturday 6p – 9

Wine Social Host
Thursday, October 12 at 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Marbucks Coffee, Tropicana Drive, Tres Cocos Area, San Pedro, Belize. Hosts a popular wine social on Thursday (4:30-7pm) with wines by the glass, complimentary nibbles and live music by Chris Guida. A great place to chat with locals and visitors.

Wahoo's Lounge Karaoke Night
Saturday, October 7 at 7 PM - 10 PM, Wahoo's Lounge Belize, Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro, Belize. Repeats

Sandy Toe's Live music Nicky Roselli
WHEN: October 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Repeats. WHERE: SANDY TOES, San Pedro, Belize. COST: Free. FRIDAY EVENTS: Live music Nick Roselli Sandy Toes Beach Bar. Tsunami Nick TONIGHT at Sandy Toes from 7pm-10pm with special Guests from “Sex On Fire-Ball” , Sabine Stanzer & Christiaan J. Van Schalkwyk! We’ll be Cranking Out Your Favorite Classic Rock-n-Roll Songs. This Gig Gets Better Every Week. Come Join The Party!

Full Moon Party Koko King
WHEN: October 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm. WHERE: Koko King, Caye Caulker, Belize. COST: Free. Blue Wave Sounds & Fyah Statah Sounds. Bonfire – Food – Cocktails. Booze Hour 10p-11 – $10BZ for top shelf. Entrance FREE before 9p, After $5BZ. For those coming to the island for our full moon party, Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel is offering a special price! Contact them for more information! Boat Transfer to and from Koko King Dock until 2a, Departure every 30 minutes

Job Opening at BEL
A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Supervisor, Meter Inspection in the Transmission & Substation Department (Belize City). Job Ope

Dia de los Finados 2017
Coming Soon! Novena & Exhibition, Nov. 2nd at 7pm in San Pedro. Kindly join us as we honor out dearly departed.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Spiderman, Homecoming; Amityville, The Awakening; Girls Trip; Wish Upon. Note: the church has an event planned early Friday evening .. We will only be showing the late night movies at 9:15 Friday.. so no 7 o'clock movies on friday .. only the 9 o'clock movies at 9:15 on Friday... If that makes sense.....

Channel 7

David Doehm's Carefully Calculated Suicide In Room 523
The names David And Anke Doehm burst into the national spotlight in July when their daughter Faye Lin Cannon was found dead in their San Pedro condo - the victim of neglect and abuse. Well tonight, that story has taken a shocking twist: David Doehm was found dead in a Belize City hotel room - room 523 at the Princess Hotel and Casino. By all indications, he had taken his own life, and done so in a most unusual way. 7News has confirmed that Doehm was found with a suicide note beside him, and a plastic bag over his head which is consistent with asphyxiation. But, it seems he went to lengths to make sure his end was quick: 7News has confirmed that police found a tank of nitrogen gas beside him. A receipt found in the room showed that he bought the tank of nitrogen, took it into the room - and used that to asphyxiate himself. The way nitrogen works is that breathing in the gas, reduces oxygen to dangerously low levels - knocking the person unconscious after one or two breaths, and kills them shortly after. The plastic bag is used to keep the gas in.

Another Canadian Killed In Corozal
Corozal residents are shaken tonight after another Canadian has been killed in their town, this time in the Chula Vista area. 38 year old Gabriel Bochnia was shot and killed in front of his home last night after 10:00. Bochnia and his family had just come back from a Chetunmal trip. They had taken Bochnia's parents to get the bus to Cancun and then to Canada. But now, his parents have to return to Belize - this time it's not for a vacation but for their son's funeral. Courtney Weatherburne went to Corozal today to find out about the deadly late night encounter. Gabriel and Jeshanah Bochnia had been married for 7 Years. They were blessed with 3 beautiful children. But the joy captured in this Christmas photo was taken from them last night. Voice of: Neighbor 1: "Around 10:20pm I would say, there was a storm, thunder, lightning, whatever, but I was getting ready to sleep and when I heard what sounded to me like gunshots."

Homeless Man Found Dead, Police Suspect Blunt Force Trauma
And there are two others murders to report tonight: one in Belize City, the other in Belmopan. The first involves a homeless man - found dead by a security guard on the San Cas Plaza compound. At 2:00 this morning, we was conducting a routine patrol on the compound when he came upon the lifeless body of a vagrant known to him as Michael. Police have since confirmed that it is Michael Garbutt, and he had an injury to his jaw and one to the back of his head. Police sources tell us that it shows signs of a homicide; that an examination suggests that he was hit with a pipe or some heavy object which smashed his jaw, and crushed the back of his head.

Body of 33 Year Old Found Stabbed Up In River
And there is another murder to report - this one in Western Belize. This morning at around 8:00, Belmopan police received a report that there was a body in the river near Banana Bank Resort. The owner John Carr says he provided a boat to go and retrieve it:... John Carr, Banana Bank Owner: "They brought a boat and went about a mile upstream. The body was in the center of the current moving rapidly. They found the body, took the body and brought it to Banana Bank and finish working the scene at best they could there. They seem to be very efficient on their money on the thing. They acted like they were in a hurry and they worked at it and did a good job and I can only say good things about the police. I just think that there is too much stuff going on. There is no facts right now, but there is some evidence on the body that it was foul play."

Belize NEMO Watching Tropical Storm Nate
Last night we told you about TD16, well tonight it's Tropical Storm Nate, and so far it's already responsible for 22 deaths in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Tonight, Tropical Storm Nate is about 450 miles southeast of Belize with winds of 40 miles per hour, and dropping copious amounts of rain. NEMO says the main threat to Belize is expected to be mostly thunderstorms and heavy rain which are likely to cause dangerous flash floods and localized flooding. As much as 6 inches or higher rainfall is expected. NEMO further advises that "the current track keeps the centre of the storm in the warm waters off the coast of Belize. The stronger winds are expected to be east of Belize, over the sea. By tomorrow Nate is expected to be directly in front of Belize. It is likely that a Tropical Storm Watch will be issued. Nate is forecasted to reach the north-eastern Yucatan Peninsula and head into the Gulf of Mexico by Friday night or early Saturday. Due to the size of the system the country could continue to experience rainfall even after the storm gets into the Gulf of Mexico."

Protest Against Pump Prices
A week ago, we told you about the Prime Minister's commitment to lower gas prices by mid-October. That's after pump prices have been steadily climbing higher and higher for months, with no decrease in sight. Well, a group of grassroots activists decided to take to the streets to make the point clear that these current gas prices are breaking the backs of poor people. Our news team was out there to observe it from start to finish, and Daniel Ortiz has that story: In small groups, the morning's would-be protesters began to gather at the Constitution Park, and just before their march to the battlefield park. Firebrand Raymond Rivers started giving the on-duty police officers hard time, taking out his frustration with the Government unto the police.

Briceno Says Fuel Should Go Down By Two Dollars Per Gallon
Today's protest gave the media an opportunity to ask the Opposition Leader about the Prime Minister's promise that by mid-month, fuel prices will go down. He told us that won't believe it until he sees it: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "He makes many promises. He says something and he does something else. I will judge him when he takes corrective action. If he was serious about, with this shipment right now, he could have reduced the tax but he has refused to reduce the tax. He says that the prime acquisition cost is going to go down, fine, it might go down 5 cents, it might go down 10 cents, it might go down 50 cents but that is simply not enough. He needs to reduce the tax by at least $2 so that we can keep the price of fuel under $10. At the very least that is what he needs to do. But I will not believe him until I see that he has taken corrective action. This is unsustainable; this is unacceptable because the burden that he is putting on the Belizean people is just way too much. We are at a breaking point and he needs to act and he needs to act as soon as possible."

Fire At Top Placencia Resort
One of Belize's most exclusive and highly rated resorts, the Turtle Inn in Placencia had a fire today. We are told that the fire started in the Kitchen and spread to the lobby area. But, it was contained there and did not affect the rooms, and the larger compound. It caused quite a commotion on the Peninsula since Turtle Inn is known as one of the top draws for tourists and the high season is coming in a month. But, we are told the damages, while significant, are manageable. Turtle Inn is part of the Family Coppolla Hideaways group - owned by famed Godfather Director, Francis Ford Coppolla.

Santa Marta Villagers Still Out of Their Homes
As many as 50 families In Santa Marta village in the Orange Walk District continue to be dislocated by extreme flooding. As we showed you yesterday, the waters rolled in on Monday evening, flooded farms, and forced people out of their homes. One resident in a shelter told CTV-3 news that the water in his house was up to his waist. Here's his account, translated: Jorge Luis Lanza, Villager - Santa Martha: "It's something...an experience, I've never had in my life before. It's like, all of a sudden the water just started to rise. And by two or three in the afternoon, the water was at my waist. The truth is I got frightened because I have family, I have my kids and my wife, my children, my siblings. We managed to take out some stuff, but some of them just stayed there."

Chamber Says Senate Committee Should Provide Timeline
The Prime Minister says he's willing to extend funding for the Senate Special Select Committee into next year, as long as they can come up with a timeline to wind up the hearings. Today the Chamber of Commerce agreed. They issued a statement statement saying, quote,"The BCCI also believes it is not unreasonable to call on The Committee to provide a practical timeline and associated budget estimates that they believe would be sufficient for the fulfillment of their Terms of Reference." The chamber also calls on the Commissioner of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions to, quote, "leverage the work of The Committee to complete their own investigations with the aim of bringing criminal charges against all persons who have violated our laws." end quote.

The Importance Of Standardizing Labels On Packaged Food
Today in Belize City, the Belize Bureau of Standards held a consultation with producers of pre-packaged goods. The goal of the consultation was to get the opinion from Stakeholders on the standards for labelling their products. Rodolfo Gutierrez told us more about the importance of the consultation. Rodolfo Gutierrez, Belize Beaurau of Standards Consumer Protection Liaison Officer: "This will be a compulsory standard like I said for pre-packaged foods what that does for everybody especially in the industry especially the small and medium enterprises it prepares them to get that quality assurance level of their business established nowadays the markets are having some requirements especially if you want to export you need to at least start with the labelling aspect of it. It is very key."

Making Plans For The Elderly
What better way to celebrate international day of older persons than to host a conference on how to improve care and economic security for the elderly? Many older persons suffer greatly especially those abandoned by family. The conference was held today at the Biltmore and we found out more. Ix-chel Poot - National Council on Ageing: "Today we are having the first national conference on aging and the rights of older persons. It's our activity to celebrate international day of older persons. And what the conference seeks to do is to bring together persons from different backgrounds, our stakeholders across the developmental strategy of Belize, to really discuss aging in a different format, different way than what we normally talk about."

Glover's Reef Rebounding
Two weeks ago, we showed you the major catch of out of season conch in the Glover's Reef Atoll. Fisheries officers suspected that had been happening for months - seriously depleting marine wildlife stocks in the area. Well, while that may be true in the short term, the Wildlife Conservation Society reports that a 7-year study of marine environments near the Glovers Reef Atoll shows that fish-stocks are good. They say it's because of replenishment zones, which are basically no take zones used in conservation to give fish populations a chance to recuperate from overfishing. A comprehensive, 7-year study of the replenishment zone at Glovers Reef Atoll found higher numbers of Lobsters, Conch, and Other Fish Species in and around Replenishment Zone of Glover's Atoll.

Port Loyola Land Dispute Between Neighbors and Brothers
Our next story is about a property dispute involving two brothers who also happen to be neighbors in the Port Loyola Area. Abdalla Bishop and Frederick Vernon say that their neighbor Joel Bishop is surveying what used to be a basketball court in the Old College area. The court - of what remains of it - falls between all three properties: Joel's, Abdalla's and Vernon's. They say this land should be kept public, and explained why:... Frederick Vernon - Property Owner: "When I came in from work this morning, I met six survey persons under the house and I asked them what they were doing here. They told me that they were working for Mr. Bishop, Joel Bishop. They said that this property will soon be his. They said it is not his yet but the government intends to give him it as some sort of settlement."

Mother Please For Missing Son
Tonight, the Belize City family of 27 year-old Calvin Cattouse continues to worry about his safety because they haven't seen or heard from him since last Sunday. His mother, Bernadine Cattouse, is starting to fear the worst, because from her perspective, he's never stayed out for this long, and he's always kept in close contact with her via phone. This evening, she came to our office to make a public plea for him to get in touch with her if he's okay. Alternately, she is hoping that anyone with information on his whereabouts will get in touch with her or her family. Here's what she had to say:

Making Magic For Charity
Sunrise Rotary is bringing its annual magic show to Belize this weekend. It's a fundraiser for the group's charitable works at St. John's Vianney, and it's also a great family outing for a good cause. Nicola Longsworth told us more:... Nicola Longsworth - PR Director, Rotary Sunrise: "We are having our annual international Intermagia magic show. It's a group of international magicians who are visiting Belize. We have them here and they will be performing at the Bliss on Friday at 7 o clock, Saturday at 2, and Sunday at 3 o clock."

Channel 5

David Doehm, ‘Tired of Life,’ Found Dead in Princess Hotel Room
There have been nine deaths reported across the country in the span of one week. But the last twenty-four hours have been especially bloody, with four deaths reported – two [...]

Canadian Gabriel Buchnia Shot Dead in Corozal
Up north in Corozal, a bloody murder took place in the quiet community of Chula Vista, smacked between Altamira and Paraiso Villages on Wednesday night. The heavy rains and thunderstorm [...]

Welcome Resource Center Reports Attacks on Homeless as Michael Garbutt Murdered
A homeless man was murdered in Belize City. He was found lying dead in the San Cas Plaza parking lot in Belize City. He has been identified as sixty-year-old Michael [...]

Administrator Warns Leave the Homeless Alone
Garbutt lived on the streets and that made him vulnerable – like all others who use bus stops, streets and other public spaces for shelter. Joyce Ellis of the Welcome [...]

In Cayo, Cotton Tree Man Stabbed and Dumped in River
There is another murder to report out west. Thirty-three year old Isau Perez of Cotton Tree, Cayo, was discovered dead and floating in the Belize River. The body was located [...]

Gas Prices Brings Protestors to Battlefield
Organizers of today’s protest march concerning record high gas prices worried as much about the turnout as the changeable weather. Despite weeks of public angst, there was still a fear [...]

How Mennonites Are Avoiding High Prices in West
During this morning’s protest on gas prices in Belize City, political leader of the Belize Progressive Party Patrick Rogers alerted us to a novel way that Mennonites in the West [...]

Turtle Inn Burns in Placencia
A well-known resort on the Placencia Peninsula suffered a huge blow this afternoon after a massive fire gutted a large portion of Turtle Inn Resort. The beachside hideaway property was [...]

Guat Caught with Smuggled Belize Cigarettes
A Guatemalan national has been busted with a large quantity of contraband cigarettes.  According to reports in the Guatemalan media, the cigarettes found their way into Melchor de Mencos from [...]

Edwin Castillo Convicted for Yo Creek Murder
In the Orange Walk Supreme Court before Justice Herbert Lord, Edwin Castillo was convicted for the murder of his friend Javier Ack. The incident occurred back in mid-June 2012 in [...]

Jail Catches Accused Over Old Drug Fine
Forty-two-year-old Ruben “Bird’’ Heredia is in trouble with the law for a fine of ten thousand dollars which he neglected to pay by July thirty-first for a conviction of drug [...]

Police Begin Review of O.W. ‘Riot’
The Police Department has promised a review of the incident on September sixth at Tower Hill in Orange Walk. Supporters of the People’s United Party, having rallied in downtown Orange [...]

T.S. Nate Drops Rain; Kills 22 in Costa Rica
Tropical Storm Nate has killed twenty-two people in neighboring Costa Rica and Nicaragua and up to news time, fifteen more Costa Ricans remain missing due to the passage of the [...]

Police Award 7 in Belmopan
As much as the Police Department dislikes the focus on the bad apples in its regime, it much more greatly enjoys promoting and praising those who have done well in [...]

A New Way Forward for Older Persons
The International Day of Older Persons is observed annually on the first of October. It is a day to acknowledge, honor and re-commit support to a vulnerable population around the [...]

New Tree Grows in Bladen Reserve
There is some interesting news from southern Belize where a new species of tree has been discovered in the forests. The species is Parasenegalia lundellii which was discovered by plant [...]

Improving Labels on Prepackaged Foods
The Bureau of Standards is hosting consultations with producers and manufacturers of prepackaged foods. The aim is to get the labeling on prepackaged goods up to industry established minimum required [...]

Healthy Living Assesses ‘Pink Eye’ Outbreak
September may have been the month of celebration, but this year it was also the beginning of a rapidly spreading conjunctivitis or pink eye epidemic. The latest information from the [...]

LOVE FM

Scotiabank loses over Two Hundred Thousand dollars in robbery
Sources have revealed to Love News that the three Hispanic men who robbed Scotiabank in Spanish Lookout yesterday morning got away with more than two hundred thousand dollars. We are told that the company’s staff are still reconciling and balancing the bank’s financial reports. Yesterday three masked men, armed with a shot gun and smaller […]

Tropical Storm Nate kills 17 in Nicaragua
Tropical Storm Nate shifted from Tropical Depression 16 this morning as it made landfall in Nicaragua. According to reports, Nate is responsible for at least seventeen deaths in Nicaragua and Costa Rica by late this afternoon. The storm’s maximum sustained wind speeds stayed at forty miles per hour for much of the today but there’s […]

BCCI comments on Senate Hearings
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has responded to the proposal made by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in regards to the continuation of the Senate Select Committee hearing. During a recent press conference, Prime Minister Dean Barrow stated that he would reconsider government’s decision to no longer financially support the senate hearing past […]

Belize Leaders for Social Justice take to the streets to protest fuel prices
This morning the Belize Leaders for Social Justice held a demonstration in Belize City to protest the high cost of fuel. The turnout for the protest was approximately one hundred protesters. Many PUP supporters were a part of the protest. Moses Sulph Co-Chair of the Belize Leaders for Social Justice was asked how he felt […]

COMPOL: GSU will continue to be a part of the police force
The Police Department’s Commissioner Allen Whylie met yesterday with the Commander of the Gang Suppression Unit, GSU, Superintendent Andres Makin to start the process of “re-purposing” that arm of the Department. The Prime Minister made the announcement following the appearance of Kelvin Usher who went missing for several days after he got lost in the […]

Leader of the Opposition participated in fuel protest
At the protest was Leader of the People’s United Party John Briceno and other members of the PUP. Briceno explained why he joined the protest led by Belize Leaders for Social Justice. John Briceno, Opposition Leader “We are here as citizens of this country. There was a call for everyone to come out to […]

Commissioner of Police was succinct in his response to toll bridge incident
In a brief interview with the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, the media questioned him about the incident at the Tower Hill Toll Bridge in the Orange Walk district. The incident occurred on September sixth, when, after holding a peaceful protest in Orange Walk Town, Opposition Leader John Briceno led his supporters to the Toll […]

Director of Immigration calls on Commissioner of Police to investigate bogus Chinese passports
At the Senate hearing on Wednesday, Director of the Immigration Department Diana Locke made her fourth and final appearance before the Special Senate Select Committee. As the Committee reviewed the recommendations made under the passport section by the Auditor General the issue of irregularities surrounding Chinese passports were brought up again. One of the recommendations […]

Fire broke out at Turtle Inn
Late this afternoon a fire broke out at Turtle Inn located between Seine Bight Village and Placencia. Details are still sketchy but Love News understands that the fire began in the kitchen area of the Inn. Preliminary reports are that the resort’s kitchen, storeroom and office caught fire and were destroyed. The Inn is owned […]

Flood water causes Santa Martha villagers to seek refuge at hurricane shelter
Villagers of Santa Martha in the Orange Walk District are experiencing localized flooding. Area Representative for Orange Walk East, Elodio Aragon Jr has been informed that much of the village is underwater. Some seven families or 39 villagers including children are being housed at the community center which doubles as a hurricane shelter. Aragon Jr […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Did David Doehm commit suicide?
BBN reported today that the lifeless body of David Doehm was found in a room […]

NEMO issued advisory 3 on Tropical Storm Nate
NEMO and the Met Service hereby inform the public that as at 4:30 p.m., Tropical Storm […]

Turtle Inn resort on fire
Confirmed reports reaching BBN is that the Turtle Inn resort in Placencia is currently on […]

Body of Cotton Tree man found floating in river
e This morning around 8:30, police responded to the sighting of a body in the […]

David Doehm found dead at Princess Hotel
David Doehm, the American national who along with his wife Anke, was arrested and charged […]

Belize on Caribbean Regional Youth Council Executive
The National Youth Council of Belize (NYCB) announced today, the installation of Kristin Marin as […]

2017 CARSI grants support civil society and good governance initiatives
On Friday, September 29, 2017, the United States Embassy announced the recipients of the […]

Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Group win international award
The Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Conservation Group (CBSWCG) located in Bermudian Landing Village are being […]

Man found dead this morning unidentified
e This morning around 2:30, police visited the compound of San Cas Plaza located at corner […]

Kendis inspires young students at Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence
Yesterday, ABC Journalist and News Anchor Kendis Gibson arrived in Belize for the second time […]

Canadian man ambushed and murdered in Corozal
Last night around 10:30, Corozal Police responded to a shooting incident in Chula Vista area, Corozal […]

Chamber calls on authorities to bring criminal charges against persons who participated in corruption at the Immigration Department
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) issued a press release today stating that […]

US Congressman Eliot Engel visits Belize with delegation
On September 15-19, 2017, Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Ranking Member on the U.S. House […]

NEMO issues advisory on Tropical Storm Nate
NEMO in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service hereby informs the general public that Tropical […]

Protest against high fuel prices underway
Belizeans have gathered at the Constitution Park in Belize City to protest the recent hike […]

Body found in Roaring Creek Village, Cayo
According to confirmed reports, a body was found this morning in Roaring Creek Village, Cayo. […]

Unstable conditions over Belize as Tropical Storm Nate approaches
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is reporting that showers and thunderstorms are projected to […]

Canadian man shot and killed in Corozal
Reports reaching our newsroom are that a Canadian national who has been living in Belize […]

Minor charged for murder of Christian Contreras
ne Yesterday, a seventeen year old minor was charged for the murder of Christian Contreras,18. […]

Tropical Storm Nate forms in the Caribbean
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nate. This morning, the tropical […]

Yo Creek man gets life sentence for murder
Yo Creek resident, Edwin Hernan Castillo, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday. He appeared […]

GSU here to stay says Whylie
The Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) has come under fire repeatedly and even more so when […]

Blogs

Christopher Columbus is Observed on October 12 in Belize
Columbus Day. October 12th is the day in which the Americas observe Columbus Day, otherwise known as the Day of the Americas or Pan American Day. Belize celebrates this day with a national and bank holiday.Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries in the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. The landing is celebrated as "Columbus Day" in the United States, as "Día de la Raza" ("Day of the Race") in many countries in Latin America, as "Día de la Hispanidad" and "Fiesta Nacional" in Spain, where it is also the religious festivity of la Virgen del Pilar, as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Belize and Uruguay, as Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina, and as Giornata Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo or Festa Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo in Italy and in the Little Italy around the world.

Belize – Your Next Caribbean Vacation Destination
When planning a vacation getaway, most people look for warm tropical weather, sun, white sand and sea. Places like Puerto Rico, Cuba, Turks & Caicos, St. Martin and the US Virgin Islands are some of the many destinations that come to mind. But how about Belize? The little Jewel is often under the radar on this search; however, this destination not only offers incredible cayes but also pristine tropical rainforest, among many incomparable attractions found only within this little nation; not to mention the uncrowded destinations.

It’s a Pirate’s life for me . . . that’s Pirates FC, our Premier League team
It sort of follows that once you build a first-class football field you should expect it to attract a classier level of football. Well, that’s happening at Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro, Belize. The town-built field opened earlier this year and has been host to some fine games, none of which I’ve been able to get to until last week. Ambergris Caye has its own Premier League team this year and as the new kid on the block, they’re doing alright. Until last Saturday, the San Pedro Pirates F.C. had gone undefeated in three home games. Playing on the road has shown the Pirates to be a more-vulnerable team. No wins away. Don’t lose sight of the fact that Saturday’s game was against the league-leading Belmopan Bandits and that, at half-time, the Pirates were up 1-0.

International Sourcesizz

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Here's Where Caribbean Islands Stand
Most islands are either open for business or plan to be by Thanksgiving. Make no mistake: Puerto Rico is in the middle of a humanitarian crisis. Ninety-five percent of the U.S. territory remains without electricity, and 53 percent lack access to potable water. The crisis won't be over for high season. For other Caribbean islands impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the story is more hopeful. Several islands still have work to do, but most would tell you: They're open for business. And if they're not quite yet, they plan to be soon. A number of Caribbean hospitality businesses have been tracking the progress of affected islands, providing regular updates on the conditions of airports, hotels, utilities, and facilities. Here's where the islands stand.

Belize pioneers managed access for its coastal fisheries
In the past year, Belize, a small Central American country located between Guatemala and Mexico with a coastline of about 400 kilometers and generally a low profile in global affairs, has quietly become a world leader in marine conservation. It has done so by changing its entire coastal fisheries from open access to managed access. The new managed access program began last year and now requires Belize's 2,800 fishers to obtain licenses to fish in two designated areas of their choice along the coast and keep accurate records of their catches. The program uses a rights-based approach to motivate fishers to respect geographical and seasonal fishing restrictions, catch size, and some quotas. “Belize is one of the first countries in the world to have a managed access fisheries along the entire coast,” Gavin McDonald, project researcher with Fish Forever which helped establish Belize's managed access program, told SeafoodSource.

La. Guardsmen train Belizean forces to help at-risk youth
The Louisiana National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program concluded its most recent 10-day Challenge Program Instructor’s Course at the Gillis Long Center in Carville, Sept. 28. The class graduated with eight guest cadre from the Belize Defence Force who came to learn how to instruct troubled youths in their home country. The LANG and the BDF have trained and worked together as part of the State Partnership Program for more than 20 years. The trained cadre will return to Belize to facilitate a Youth Challenge Program that will mirror the LANG’s own program of the same name. The program is schedule to start Oct. 16, 2017.

Machel in Belize
Machel Montano performed recently at the Belize Soca and Jazz Festival where he performed before several thousand people from throughout the western, north-western and south-western Caribbean, as well as North America and Europe, who came to the island for the major event at the Hour Bar Field.

Canadian man, 38, fatally shot in front of home in Belize, police say
Police in Belize say they’re investigating the fatal shooting of a Canadian man. Police spokesman Raphael Martinez says Gabriel Bochnia was shot Wednesday night as he and his wife and their three children were returning to their home in the Chula Vista area of Corozal. Martinez says as Bochnia, 38, got out of his vehicle to open the gate, a man with a rag over his face came from behind the bushes and shot him in the abdomen. He died of his injuries in hospital. Martinez says Bochnia’s wife — 27-year-old Jeshanah Maritza Zetina — and the children were not injured and the attacker fled the scene. Martinez could not say how long Bochnia had lived in Belize or where in Canada he was from, adding that the investigation is in its early stages.

Belize's reef saved by researchers who stumble on solution
Belize is well known for the glistening Caribbean waters that lie off its coastline – a peek under the surface reveals a submarine world full of vibrant coral, energetic fish and plenty of other creatures sure to pique your curiosity. Such an ecosystem exists in a delicate balance that human impact can often disrupt. When a reef off the coast of Placencia began showing signs of strain, a Florida professor and her doctoral student set out to solve the mystery and save the delicate biosphere. Dr. Maya Trotz and doctoral candidate Christine Prouty discovered the issue in 2014 when they were working on finding beneficial uses for wastewater in coastal communities like Placencia. They discovered that the facilities at Laughing Bird Caye National Park were the root of the problem; the septic system created a runoff that then escaped into the surrounding waters, causing excessive algae growth and affecting nearby reefs.

Videos

  • Work Continues on Managing Shark Population, 5min. Back in 2012, a national shark working group was established to devise a national plan of action for the conservation and management of sharks. That plan now provides for a framework for the management of domestic small-scale shark fishery. In order to build on what we know of the shark populations and their management, the Fisheries Department is hosting a three-day workshop to prepare a “non-detriment finding” for hammerhead shark species in compliance with international regulations. News Five’s Andrea Polanco was at today’s opening and has more on the event and the announcement of a first of its kind ray sanctuary.

  • The National Garifuna Council, 18min.

  • Oceana - Hawksbill Turtle, 23min.

  • Ministry of Health - Conjunctivitis Update, 39min.

  • Belize Riverview Nursing Home, 1/2min.

  • The Blue Hole Belize, 1/2min. Flying above the deepest blue hole in the world, in Belize.

  • TOP 5 LAS CANCIONES MÁS orripilantes de belize, 3min.

  • Belize It !, 6.5min. Cześć! To wracamy po krótkiej przerwie ze zdwojoną siłą! . Belize It !

  • Journey in Belmopan, 1min.

  • CANADIAN A SHOT AND KILLED OUTSIDE HIS HOME IN CHULA VISTA AREA COROZAL TOWN, 1min. Corozal Police are investigating the execution-style murder of a Canadian national which occurred last night in the Chula Vista area of the town. Thirty eight year old Gabriel Buch-nia was shot in the presence of his wife and three children ages 3, 6 and 9 as the family arrived home at around 10:30pm. The family had just returned from Chetumal after dropping off Buch-nia’s parents who were visiting from Canada.

  • Belize National Teacher’s Union is marking the anniversary of the historic strike, 45min.

  • Hummingbird Furnishings is celebrating its 30th anniversary, 30min.

  • Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation - Mr. Belize 2017, 19min.

  • Making Magic For Charity, 4min.

  • El Pescador, Belize Fishing With Friends, 6min.

  • Open Your Eyes Belize - Care for Child Development Dr. Jane Lucas, 38min. The Pan American Development Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. They target issues within communities in Latin America.

  • Belize 2017 0906 Scuba diving, 25min.