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San Pedro Pirates trailing in Premier League of Belize Tournament
Week nine of the 2017-2018 Premier League of Belize (PBL) Opening Season saw yet another loss for the San Pedro Pirates Football Club. Taking on the BDF Football Club in an away game at the MCC Grounds in Belize City on Sunday, October 8th, the San Pedro Pirates suffered a 1-0 point defeat. This latest match puts the Pirates in sixth position in the tournament standing, with only eight overall points.
The match against BDF FC started at around 4PM. Several island football fans traveled along with the Pirates to show support and cheer them on. It was a tight match through the game time, with neither team allowing a goal. However, in the 60th minute, BDF’s Jarren Lambey managed to sneak by, scoring the only goal of the match. Unable to score a goal of their own, the San Pirates had to settle for defeat.
Kristin Marin joins Caribbean Regional Youth Council Executive Team
On Thursday, October 5th, The National Youth Council of Belize (NYCB) announced the installation of Belize’s Kristin Marin as the Vice-chair of Membership and Partnership on the Executive of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC). Marin is the Director of Projects Abroad Belize (PAB) as well as a member of the Belize Red Cross – San Pedro Branch. She had also been volunteering with the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYNF).
NYCB nominated Marin for the position after she submitted an application to participate in the World Youth Conference for 2017, to be held this November in Belize City. Her application was revised by the NYCB after which she was asked to submit a photo identification and manifesto. She was further questioned on the importance of being nominated to work with CRYC before her application could be shortlisted.
David Doehm’s death ruled suicide
American national 59-year-old David Doehm was found dead in a hotel room in Belize City of an apparent suicide. Doehm had been out on a $10,000 Supreme Court bail for the charge of ‘Cruelty to a Child’ in connection with the death of his stepdaughter 13-year-old Faye Lin Cannon. His body was apparently discovered by a housekeeper on Thursday, October 5th around 12:30PM. No foul play was suspected and police told the media that Doehm had committed suicide.
Kristin Marin Appointed In Caribbean Regional Youth Council Team
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.
EmPOWER Girls: International Day Of The Girl Child
EmPOWER girls: before, during and after crises.
Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem:
Girls today enjoy better life prospects than previous generations in many ways. Prosperity and nutrition are improving, child marriage and teenage pregnancy are declining, and female educational attainment and participation in the labour force are on the rise.
However, these advances are far from universal and are increasingly tenuous in many parts of the world. The poorest—particularly girls—are often left behind, their rights undermined.
New Tree Species Discovered In Toledo, Belize
A new species of tree has been documented in the forests of southern Belize. Parasenegalia lundellii (family: Fabaceae) was discovered by plant ecologist Steven Brewer in the pristine Bladen Nature Reserve, which is co-managed by Ya’axché Conservation Trust. The new species is found in semi-evergreen tropical forests and is restricted to rugged limestone ridges and slopes such as those of the Maya Mountains.
Misc Belizean Sources
BELTRAIDE attends Foro de Cancun 2017
Foro de Cancun, an annual forum aimed to strengthen ties between Latin America and the Greater Caribbean for better integration and diversity in global value chains, was held on September 27th – 29th, 2017 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. BELTRAIDE, represented by Ms. Diana Hernandez from EXPORTBelize and Mr. Gian Hernandez from BelizeINVEST, Generation, attended this year’s event, promoting Belize as a viable and opportune market for trade and investment.
The main activities of the Forum included business round-table discussions between buyers and exporters from the region, but also seminars and workshops on building a regional strategy to project business opportunities to other external markets. There were varying interests in the displayed products, some of which included: hot sauce products, juices, chocolate and rum. Buyers present were from China, Columbia, Mexico, U.S.A., and other countries in Europe.
Sandy Toes Retro Halloween Costume party
Here you go San Pedro we doing it big again this year but this time with a fun twist.
Sandy Toes Retro Halloween Costume party.
we going back way back throwback style.
so many prizes so much fun.
and ofcourse yo boy Dj Patrón.
playing the hits all night.
Saturday Oct 28th Sandy Toes will
Drumming Summer Camp
In September, the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project in collaboration with the Belize National Kriol Council conducted a Drumming Summer Camp for youths in the community. As part of their pulbic awareness campaign, the group performed at the opening ceremony of the 2017 BCCI Expo. They performed so well that we understand that they were offered a gig in November. We say keep on drumming boys!
International Archaeology Day lecture
Orange Walk, October 17 and 18. Banquitas House of Culture
Reducing Conflict between farmers and jaguars
Even though jaguars are present around livestock farms, verified by camera traps, there seems to be no conflict when farms are well managed. Protected Areas Program Director Karla Hernandez and Toledo’s Human Jaguar Conflict Officer Marchilio “Moon” Ack are working alongside farmers to reduce conflict between jaguars and humans. So far, 30 farms have been assessed and reports of “jaguar” attacks investigated.
This work is being supported by US Fish and Wildlife Service.
BAS Urban bird walk
Mark your calendar. Set your alarm. BAS Urban bird walk is this Sat starting at 6 am from the Ocean Ferry bridge. Last year in the rain we counted 52 different species of birds. See you there.
Taiwan supports Small Scale Farming in Schools
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated BZ$5,000 to support the Belmopan Police Department’s Small Scale Farming in Schools initiative in the Belmopan Jurisdiction.
This project is developed with a focus on community youth empowerment through sustainable agriculture practices to lead the young generation to a positive way of life.
The beneficiaries include San Martin Government School, Garden City Primary School, and the Methodist High School. 1,200 children will be impacted by these projects.
EmPOWER girls: before, during and after crises
Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem
for the International Day of the Girl Child,
11 October 2017.
Girls today enjoy better life prospects than previous generations in many ways. Prosperity and nutrition are improving, child marriage and teenage pregnancy are declining, and female educational attainment and participation in the labor force are on the rise. However, these advances are far from universal and are increasingly tenuous in many parts of the world. The poorest—particularly girls—are often left behind, their rights undermined.
They get less education, have fewer opportunities and are more likely to take jobs that pay less and involve more risk than girls who are economically better off. In addition to the social forces against them, girls continue to face high levels of gender-based violence, unwanted pregnancies, and unsafe deliveries. One in four girls will be married before she is 18, and one in five adolescent girls aged 15-19 will give birth.
Winners of the Ozone Photo Competition 2017
The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Belize, within the Department of the Environment (DOE), hereby announces the winners of the Ozone Photo Competition 2017, which was held in celebration of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer under the theme “Caring for all life under the sun”.
The NOU received a total of 18 entries from various age groups throughout the country and is pleased to name the following winners:
1st Place Winner - Aerd D’Belle,
2nd Place Winner - John Banner,
3rd Place Winner - Nadir Price.The First Place winner will receive $500.00 dollars, the Second Place winner will receive $450.00, and the Third Place winner will receive $300.00. The winners will all receive their prizes on October 16th, 2017 from the DOE.
Eugene Palacio passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Palacio friends and family on the passing of Mr. Eugene Palacio. Mr. Eugene Palacio was the Director of Local Government and was of great assistance to the San Pedro Town Council and the community of San Pedro. May his soul rest in peace.
Meet the new Education Assistant and Bird Trainer at Belize Raptor Center!
Maricia is a recent graduate of Independence Junior College with an Associate degree in Natural Resource Management and a huge passion for Birds. Doing volunteer work with Belize Audubon Society and participating in the BBC Raptor Watch program, it is with great honor that she has joined our team at BRC.
The first week has been a full hands on learning experience, building bonds with all the ambassadors and jumping right in to outreach programs, we see amazing new opportunities in the future for BRC with Maricia on board.
1st Annual CorozalBay Biker Fest 2017
Something new for our little Town. Inviting Bikers and Public in general to day of Fun, Rock and lots of Throttle shifting. Spread the word!
Menu Includes Bratwurst, Homemade German Potato Salad, Homemade Sauerkraut, and Homemade German Chocolate Cake, 1 Authentic German Draft Beer All For $25 BZ Please RSVP By October 18, 2017. Anyone Wearing Lederhosen Eats Free!! — at Cerros Beach Resort.
Sunday, October 22 at 12 PM - 6 PM, Cerros Penisula, Corozal.
It Came From The Jungle Halloween Party
It's our first Halloween Party and we're prepared to scare you dancing on the dance floor! Join us this Oct 28th from 9pm - 3am with a cocktail of music genres, booze and food.
Dress to impress for a chance to win amazing prizes, including a bar tab for Most Unique Costume, Creepiest Costume & Sexiest Costume.
Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo.
Art in the Park in Corozal this weekend
Here is hoping the weather holds up for this weekend's ART IN THE PARK!
D-Stress at the Princess Casino Free Zone Corozal
Another LAUGH OUT LOUD weekend with popular stand up comedian Gustavo Chapa "EL AGÜIGÜI" this Friday October 13th and Saturday, October 14th. We invite you to come out and have a full laugh out loud weekend. NO COVER!
Boo at the Zoo 2017
The Belize Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo will be happening on Saturday, October 28th, and it starts at 1:30. Dibary has tickets, and you can also call the zoo at 822-8000 for more information.
"Mark your calendars, folks! October 28th will be another spooky Saturday with the 4th annual Boo at the Zoo! This year we are teaming up with our friends from Wildtracks and the Crocodile Research Coalition to include "Howlereen" and "Croctober" booths, too! Tickets are already available for purchase at the Zoo. Stay tuned for announcements on ticket outlets in the cities/towns. Contact us at 822-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information."
Life birds or Die
the new motto of this crew that took this expedition beyond the Belize's Barrier Reef.A little sample of what we lived A pleasure my friends. Halfmoon caye
Another Fatal Accident on Southern Highway
A man on motorbike was killed on the southern highway this afternoon - and what's chilling is that it happened just a few hundred yards from another traffic fatality less than 48 hours earlier.
Today at around 3:00, 32 year old Sebastian Cucul was on his "Skygo" motorbike rounding a curve near mile 31 on the Southern Highway when he collided head on with an 18 wheeler carrying a full load of sand and gravel.
The driver of the 18 wheeler tried to avoid the impact and swerved, which caused the loaded truck to triple over on the side of the road, dumping the huge load.
US Embassy Reinforces "Criminal Immunity" Clause
But it seems that there will be no notice of intended prosecution for US diplomat Justin Guidry - who police say, caused the accident that killed 30 year old Samantha Castillo, 23 year old Martha Nayeli Vasques, and her one year old child Deanna Castillo. The three were in a Honda Element - which Guidry hit while overtaking at mile 2.5 on the George Price Highway.
The Police Department has refused to say if he will be prosecuted or not, but today the US Embassy did reply to one of our questions about the accident.
In response to our question about whether Guidry is covered by diplomatic immunity - The Embassy's Public Affairs Office says, quote, "The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations affords criminal immunity to diplomatic agents and members of the administrative and technical staff of an Embassy."
Might Deputy Kareem Challenge Leader Briceno?
PUP Leader John Briceno surprised many in his party on September 30th when he called for a snap national convention on November 26th. It was endorsed unopposed by the National Party Council - but tonight, it's clear that it's not going to be a cakewalk to that date.
Briceno did it to consolidate his power, and quiet those whispers of dissent within his party. But tonight, it's not a whisper; Deputy Party Leader Kareem Musa has made it public that there are those in the party who find Briceno's brand of leadership divisive.
Today, Musa held a press briefing at his office to say that he is considering challenging Briceno for the leadership in November's convention. To hear him tell it, it all started after KREM's Marisol Amaya asked Briceno about a possible challenge right at the September 30th meeting. For background, here's what she asked Briceno:...
PUP Files Suit against GOB For Franz Park Appointment to COA
And while Briceno has some interesting days ahead with Musa, he's also taking out a lawsuit against the government to block the appointment of Justice of Appeal Franz Parke. The law firm of Courtenay Coye LLP today filed suit against the Attorney General. The suit says that Franz Parke does not meet the requirements of the constitution to serve on the Court of Appeal that the decision by the Prime Minister to appoint him for a period of five years is unconstitutional and void, and that he was not constitutionally appointed to the court of appeal.
Norwegian Missing For More Than 48 Hours
Norwegian Belizean citizen Christoffer Jan Roggema has been missing since Monday. Roggema who once owned the Cocoplum Garden Spa in Caye Caulker recently moved to the village of St. Margaret on the Hummingbird Highway. On Monday morning Roggema went to see property with a business partner and a land surveyor in the bush. A friend who is now leading the search tells us that Rogemma was battling a bad case of the flu along with a bronchial cough. He was encouraged not to go due to his illness and the difficulty of the hike into the area but he still insisted. After a while Roggema's illness caught up with him. The other men went back for the car to pick him up so he did not have to walk any further. They told Roggema to wait but when they got back he was nowhere to be found. They believe Roggema ventured off onto another trail while waiting. They were reportedly able to reach Roggema via phone but the signal was not strong enough and they lost him. The men immediately reported Roggema's absence to the police and they have been searching ever since. It has been more than 48 hours. The canine unit was brought in today but they still did not have any luck.
Was Almendarez Killed By Relative?
27 year old Jason Almendarez was killed in broad daylight yesterday at a neighborhood restaurant. At 2:15, he was buying lunch just a few blocks from his home in the St. Martin's area - when a gunman came up and shot him in the head. He survived for three hours and died at five to six yesterday evening at the KHMH.
Today his mother refused to comment, but reports from the area say that it was a dispute over money with a relative that led to his execution. Police haven't released any information on possible suspects.
His was the second murder in the city in less than 24 hours. His mother says he was not involved in any gang.
Man Shot Twice, Cops Mum
Police also have not released any information on a shooting that happened last night. According to unofficial reports, at around 8:00, 26 year old Javon Bradley was standing in front of a yard on Lakeview Street - not far from his home. A gunman shot him to the right midsection. He is unofficially reported to be in a critical condition.
Media Boycott Police (Again)
Now, if you've been counting so far in the news tonight - I've probably said about 6 times that "police haven't provided information." Indeed, it has become the norm where the police press office has flatly denied the media any interviews since September 13th. In that time there have been about three dozen media requests for interviews with the police about cases of urgent public interest, and these have all been declined. For our part, we have been asking the police press office if there has been a change in policy, but we've gotten no answer.
So, today the media decided to once again go on a boycott of the police department. We did it earlier this year, and we're doing it again because the Senior Command has acted unilaterally in taking a decision that affects the free flow of information and undermines the public's right to know. So, as long as the boycott continues, the media has unanimously agreed not to cover any police events or give them any publicity - because we insist our relationship must be unilateral - in the interest of our viewership.
Begging to Be In BDF
A crowd of young men from all over the country have been camped out in front of the BDF Price Barracks for 12 days - waiting patiently to be called in from the standby list. Well, all their money and food supplies have run out and they haven't gotten any call as yet. Instead of being welcomed with open arms by the BDF, they say they are being chased away and even roughed up by police. Now when we say 12 days - we mean they have not moved from that spot. So their beds are cardboard boxes and their bathrooms are the nearby bushes. Today when we spoke to a couple of them they say they are enduring all this to get a job.
Delyn Jones, Crooked Tree Resident:
"We came from October the 1st that is 2 weeks now."
Courtney Weatherburne, reporter:
"2 weeks actually out here, staying here."
"12 days, yes ma'am."
Senate Select and The CEO
Today, the Senate Select Committee held its 36th session in the ongoing Senate Hearings on Immigration. After 4 days of testimony from the current Immigration Director, the Senate Committee today called her boss, the CEO in charge of Immigration, Edmund Zuniga, to testify.
It was a short 2-hour conversation, where the senators mostly confirmed details of the administrative changes that have been implemented at the Immigration Department to prevent the type of abuses seen in the audit period of 2013 to 2015.
So, it was mostly things which we, and by extension, you, the viewer already knew, but there were 2 interesting topics which the Senate brought up with CEO Zuniga. The first was introduced by Business Senator Mark Lizarraga, who wanted to know if the Ministry has any intention of engaging the Police Department to investigate the many actionable cases of fraud and forgery exposed in the Auditor General's report. As you've been hearing, the witnesses have been sort of washing their hands of responsibility for initiating any real police intervention, and Senator Lizarraga wanted Zuniga's opinion on that issue:
Can Suspect Nationality Documents Be Cancelled
So, while Senator Lizarraga wanted to find out if there would be any police investigation into the Audit Report, PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay wanted to know what CEO Edmund Zuniga's stance was on a wholesale cancellation of all fraudulently obtained nationalities.
Courtenay pressed Zuniga on that topic, and here's how that part of the hearing went:
Eamon Courtenay - PUP Senator:
"You are aware that there has been evidence before this committee that many people have Nationality who did not qualify, you are aware of that evidence?"
Edmund Zuniga- CEO, Ministry of Immigration:
Eamon Courtenay - PUP Senator:
"There is a list of 2,000 or add people who received Nationality directly connected to elections many of whom from testimony in here did not qualify. Is anything being done with respect to that list?"
"Not as far as I know, no."
Court Clarity on Controversial Shares
7 months ago, we told you about the big Supreme Court judgment that 600 retired public officers won against 2 of the biggest workers unions - the PSU and the BNTU. That should have been the end of that fight over several million dollars in backpay, but it appears that the saga will continue.
Since 2014, the BNTU and the PSU had been controlling the use of this money after the Barrow Administration handed it over to them.
It goes all the way back to the wage freeze from 1995 to 1997 implemented by the Esquivel Administration.
To compromise with those public officers, Prime Minister Esquivel gave them 450,000 shares in BTL. These shares were issued INSTEAD of the frozen increments. The dividends from the shares were supposed to be used to compensate the public officers for their losses in the wage freeze.
Cops Turned Into Cocaine Cowboys?
The police professional standards branch is cracking down on crooked cops - including those officers from the Special Patrol Unit - who allegedly turned into cocaine cowboys.
Back in April of this year, an SPU Corporal and two Constables and another officer searched a home in Santa Elena Town. They reportedly found 27 parcels of Cocaine.
They confiscated the drugs and arrested the persons in the home and started taking them to Belmopan.
But, on the way there, they allegedly stopped and released their detainees and continued to Belmopan.
When they got to Belmopan, instead of depositing the drugs they allegedly went and stashed the drugs with the intention of selling them and sharing the proceeds.
Pink Eye and The People
The Pink Eye outbreak has been spreading like wildfire in Belize. Thousands of children and adults have come down with the condition - and, every day, hundreds more show up at clinics for diagnosis and treatment.
Even though it only lasts up to five days, the great discomfort that accompanies the condition, makes life miserable for that short time.
So, right now in Belize everyone is either recovering from it, or doing all they can to not contract it. Today 7 news went out on Albert Street to hear how people are coping with the outbreak and we also learned about some unique remedies that are used to fight the Pink.
"Have you gotten pink eye yet?"
"I gotta meet thousands of people in the nature of my work so to avoid contact with the pink eye I avoid physical contact. People like to shake my hand so I buck fist. However, I make sure I don't ever touch my face until I get home and wash my face."
Narcie Celebrates Abilities
They may not crack the mainstream too often, but many Belizeans are faced with crippling disabilities that make everyday life a daily challenge. However many of these people defy the odds by learning to live with their disability and lead a productive life. These stories are not just moving but they are also inspirational. Narcie - which is the National Resource Center for Inclusive Education - is now encouraging disabled persons to share their stories. They have opened a competition called the "I Am Able Video" competition. Dr. Candy Armstrong from Narcie gave us details:
Candice Armstrong, NARCIE Volunteer:
"It is a video competition that is geared toward highlighting the life or lives of someone living with a disability and the challenges they overcome so it is supposed to be like an inspirational. Moving something that would motivate someone who has a disability or someone who does not have a disability to realize that this person can do it why can't I."
Police Assoc. Educating Cops
Earlier we told you about the media boycott of police news. So, then, you might be asking why our next story is about the Belize Police Association? Well the association has nothing to do with the senior command - it's an association that exists to look out for the welfare of officers - and in doing that, they often clash with the senior command.
Now the association is holding a raffle to raise funds for a scholarship program to benefit Police officers. The raffle has three grand prizes and plenty raffle tickets to go around. The president of the Association told us more...
Eldon Arzu, President of The Belize Police Association:
"The purpose of this raffle is to commence a scholarship program which will benefit police officers and their children. The raffle has three prizes. The first prize being a 2012 Jeep Liberty, The second prize is a motorcycle, and the third prize is a 43-inch flat screen TV."
Kareem Musa for P.U.P. Leader? He Says He is Considering Options
Is there an unexpected challenge for the leadership of the People’s United Party ahead of a national convention in the weeks ahead? Deputy Party Leader Kareem Musa called a press [...]
Despite John Briceño Support, Others May Challenge Him
Since the announcement of the national convention, letters of endorsement for Briceño’s leadership have been issued from an overwhelming number of caucuses; in fact, from as many as twenty-eight those [...]
P.U.P. Leader Claimed Kareem Was on His Side
On the occasion of the National Party Council meeting in Belize City, party leader John Briceño was asked specifically about a Kareem Musa leadership challenge and whether the timing of [...]
Musa: Titles Don’t Matter, Actions Do
With only a midterm in electoral politics to his credit thus far, is Musa prepared to take the reins of the oldest political organization in Belize? He admits that his [...]
P.U.P. House Divided: is Son ‘Stalking Horse’ for Ex-Leader Dad?
According to Musa, the P.U.P., despite being in opposition since 2008, remains a house divided and continues to be bogged down by dissent among factions within the party. Musa says [...]
Media Begins Boycott of Police; No Update from ComPol
At this station, we have joined media colleagues countrywide in a boycott of all activities of the Belize Police Department as we await action on various issues to better improve [...]
P.U.P. Begins Challenge of Franz Parke in Supreme Court
The law firm of Courtenay Coye and Company, acting for Opposition Leader John Briceño, this afternoon filed a fixed date claim form against the Attorney General concerning the appointment of [...]
Mom Says Goodbye to Jason Almendarez
The murder of Jason Almendarez occurred on Tuesday afternoon on Jasmine Street off Mahogany Street in Belize City. Almendarez was purchasing food when he was targeted by a gunman believed [...]
Jaron Bradley Critical, But Recovering after Latest Shooting
Tonight, another Belize City youth remains in a critical, but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a shooting on Tuesday night. Just after seven o’clock, Jaron Bradley [...]
No Charges for Diplomat in Fatal Accident as Family Buries 3 Victims
The fatal accident that happened on the George Price Highway over the weekend took the lives of twenty-three-year-old Marta Vasquez, her eighteen-month-old daughter Deanna Castillo and her sister-in-law, thirty-year-old Samantha [...]
Fatality for Motorcyclist near Red Bank
A motorcyclist identified as thirty-three-year-old Sebastian Cucul died after a traffic accident this afternoon at the Red Bank village junction on the Southern Highway. This is the second fatality in [...]
Cops Interdicted for Cocaine Theft and Extortion Cases
Five officers have been placed on interdiction after they were slapped with disciplinary charges which stem from two incidents; one in the west involving a large quantity of cocaine and [...]
Ex-forensic Examiner Appeals Conviction for Evidence Tampering Offer
Orlando Vera, the former Belize Police Department Forensic examiner, was convicted of the offense of abetment of the crime for perverting the course of justice and has been serving a [...]
Can Money Buy Love in P.U.P.?
Earlier in the newscast, Deputy Party Leader Kareem Musa told the media that he is contemplating whether he should challenge Party Leader John Briceño for leadership of the People’s United [...]
39-year-old Kareem Musa Emphasizes ‘the Audacity of Youth’
At thirty-nine-years-old, Kareem Musa would be the youngest politician vying for leadership of the People’s United Party. He represents a number of voters, as well as members of the P.U.P., [...]
C.E.O. Admits Roles Mixed Up at Immigration
The Senate Special Select Committee called C.E.O. in the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality, Edmund Zuniga, to testify this morning. Chief of command behind Minister Godwin Hulse, he is responsible [...]
Where Did Cabinet Visa Reports Go?
During his testimony in May, former Minister of State for Immigration, Elvin Penner, contended that Cabinet, during his tenure, received monthly reports from the department on the number of visas [...]
C.E.O. Zuniga to Police: Don’t Wait; Investigate!
As a former Auditor General, Edmund Zuniga told the Senate Special Select Committee that it is standard practice for the Police Department to receive copies of the audit institution’s reports [...]
Migration Policy, in 2 Years’ Time, Gives Greater Direction
Since the Auditor General’s Report 2011-2013 was completed, many questions remain unanswered as to aspects of the country’s migration plans and efforts. Belize does not at present have a comprehensive [...]
I Want To Be a Soldier in the Army!
Police were called in this morning at Price Barracks to remove a group of men and a woman hoping to be accepted as recruits for the new B.D.F. intake. They [...]
How Not to Go Overboard Mentally at Work
On Tuesday, Belize joined the rest of the world to observe Mental Health Day. And as we reported, this year the focus is on mental health in the work place. [...]
Disus's Allege Aggressor Charge For Aggravated Burglary
Thirty five year old Bernard Bustillos, the man charged for ‘Aggravated Burglary’ against thirty eight year old Eddie Disus, appeared at the Orange Walk Magistrates Court yesterday where he was officially arraigned in the presence of Magistrate Albert Hoare. Bustillos was granted bail in the sum of $2,000 which he was unable to meet and as such was remanded to prison until his next court date scheduled for the 20th of December, 2017.
Is Kareem Musa Eye In PUP Party Leader Seat?
Will Deputy Leader Kareem Musa challenge current Party Leader John Briceno in a national convention slated for November 26th? That’s the question that has been spreading fast and furious for several weeks since the PUP held its National Party Council in Belize City and announced that there would be national convention.
Today the Deputy Leader addressed the issue squarely in media interviews. He explained that he has had no intention as he believes the Party must stay united, but the talk out there has caused supporters to encourage him.
PUP To Challenge Appointment To Franz Parke As Court Of Appeal Judge
While PUP Leader is looking to keep the Party united heading into a national convention, it is also preparing to take the Attorney General to court over the appointment of Appeals Court Judge Franz Parke. The Party is preparing to file a leave for judicial review before the Supreme Court, requesting that the Court reviews the appointment and declares it improper, unconstitutional and therefore null and void. PUP Leader John Briceno had indicated to the Prime Minister that he opposes Parke’s appointment because of insufficient experience in his resume. PM Barrow, who remembers Parke as a former law classmate, has proceeded with the appointment.
Media Boycotts Belize Police Department Events
The media and the Belize Police Department are at odds once again tonight and there is no telling when there will be a truce. For the past weeks there have been multiple murders including two here in the north and other major crimes across the country and the department has refused to grant any interviews on these issues. For that reason the media including CTV3 News has instituted a boycott of events to promote the work of the Belize Police Department. Today, the media had been invited to cover the closing ceremony of a GREAT training the Department holds in conjunction with the US Embassy.
Daniel Carillo's Killer Remains Unidentified
Three days have gone by since the gruesome murder of forty two year old Daniel Carrillo and tonight Orange Walk police remain unsuccessful in obtaining leads or making arrests in connection to his death. As we reported yesterday, Carrillo was socializing at the home of his relatives on Sunday October 8th and had left the residence at about 1:00 a.m. to purchase at a Chinese store located on Mopan Street, only a stone’s throw from where he had been socializing, when he was killed by a lone gunman. It is reported that the individual rode up to Carrillo from behind and fired a total of nine shots which caught him on the back.
Fatal traffic accident in Southern Belize
There was a fatal road traffic accident on the Southern Highway this evening. It involved a motorcycle and a truck which was carrying sand. Reports are that it happened at around 3 o’clock this afternoon near the Red Bank junction. A man of Hispanic decent was driving the black motorcycle when the incident occurred. The […]
Kylah Ciego is Belize’s CARICOM Youth Ambassador
Dangriga Native, Kylah Ciego, has been selected to be Belize’s CARICOM Youth Ambassador. Kylah has been involved in youth work from as early as her high school years as the President of the Student Council for Ecumenical High School 2007-2008. Having completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Belize, Kylah […]
Belize represented at Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit
Two Belizean women were in Jamaica last week, participating in the 5th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit. The forum was held under the theme Routing our GPS (Governance, Peace and Security). One of the participants, Dominique Noralez, spoke of her experience. Dominique Noralez “Well of course it was a great experience. I very much enjoyed […]
BDF participated in training to assist at risk youths
Members of the Belize Defence Forced participated in a training last week on how to positively influence at risked youths in Belize City. The training which was for ten days was facilitated by the Louisiana National Guard, LANG, in Louisiana, USA. The LANG and the BDF have trained and worked together as part of the […]
International Atomic Energy Agency holds training in Austria
Lawyers and regulators from 53 Member States in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America gathered last week in Baden, Austria for the start of the Nuclear Law Institute (NLI), a two-week training event on nuclear law conducted annually by the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA since 2011. The NLI was established to […]
A call for men to unlock their full potential
Do you want to embrace your manhood to the fullest? Pastor Osborn Collins of Mount Zion Seventh-Day Adventist Church says that attending an upcoming conference on Friday, October 13, can equip you with the proper keys to be the ideal father and husband. Osborn said it is time for men to stand up and step […]
Breaking Belize News
Tragic traffic accident on Southern Highway claims one life
Shortly after 3 this afternoon, police responded to a fatal road traffic accident on the Southern Highway.
According to reports, a driver of a motorcycle was killed on impact when an 18 wheeler truck carrying sand collided into the motorbike.
House of Representatives to meet on Friday
The Government of Belize press office today issued a communique informing that on Friday, October […]
Girl Power today!
Today is commemorated worldwide as International Day of the Girl.
This is a call by the United Nations for the “Empowerment of Girls Across the World.”
Taiwan donates $5000 to Belmopan police
Today, Taiwan’s Ambassador Charles Liu presented a cheque of $5000 to Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, the Officer Commanding the Belmopan police.
The donation is for gardening projects for three primary schools.
2 police officers interdicted for charges of extortion
Today, two police officers were arraigned before a tribunal for the act of prejudice of good order and discipline.
According to reports, Sergeant Sheira Nicholas and Officer Richard Dixon Polonio extorted the sum of $3,000.00 from a businessman in Punta Gorda Town so that they do not the charge him for a human trafficking offense.
3 police officers interdicted for 27 parcels of cocaine
Three officers have been placed on disciplinary charges for neglect of duty and act of prejudice to good order and discipline.
According to police reports, on April 26, 2017, a team of Special Patrol Unit Personnel headed by police corporal Clinton Thomas and accompanied by officers Kishane Peck, Albert Augustine and another officer conducted a house search at a home in Santa Elena Town.
Norweigan-Belizean man missing
Chrisstoffer Jan Roggema, a Norwegian/Belizean citizen and businessman, has reportedly gone missing since Monday, a close relative informed BBN.
The worried relative explained that Roggema, who owned the Cocoplum Garden Spa in Caye Caulker, has been living in Belize since the late 1980’s and recently moved to St. Margaret’s village six months ago.
Eugene Palacio passes
Last night, 47-year-old Eugene Palacio lost his battle with cancer. Palacio was a life-long public officer in Belize. He served his last years and days in the public service as Director of Local Government with responsibility for city and town councils in Belize. He was well respected by both major political parties as he was considered a fair and objective public officer.
Belize’s football in eternal crisis while Trinidad and Tobago stuns the US
Yesterday, relatively speaking tiny Trinidad and Tobago stunned the mighty US of A 2-1 in world qualifying eliminating the goliath of El Norte. T&T population 1.3 million, stuns USA population 325 million, 100 times larger.As one Sports Illustrated report puts it: “COUVA, Trinidad and Tobago — On the most surreal and embarrassing night in U.S. soccer history, the U.S. men’s national team lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago (the worst team in the CONCACAF Hexagonal) and was eliminated from contention for World Cup 2018.
The doomsday scenario happened.”
Healing the Discontent through civil resistance
By Godwin Sutherland Sr.: The country continues to experience violent criminal acts and social discontent since celebrating Independence Day 2017. The nation witnessed an outpouring of solidarity over the disappearance of young Kelvin Usher. Despite the many angles and perceived missteps associated with this case, what stands out is the mistrust the populace has for the police department and its Gang Suppression Unit.
CICIG’s head has visa revoked
The Comission Internacional Contra La Impunidad Guatemala (CICIG) has been investigating corruption of high public and government officials in that country. It is an international commission charged with carrying out in depth and transparent investigations into serious crimes by politicians.
Belize participates in 5th International Seminar on Social Investment
Twenty countries from Latin America and the Caribbean are attending the 5th International Seminar on Social Investment taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Moist conditions to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly moist and unstable conditions to continue.
Sunny skies with a few cloudy spells are expected today with cloudy skies tonight. A few showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected over most areas. Southern and coastal areas will experience more showers.
72-hour sale: Southwest Airlines fares fall below $100 round-trip
Deal hunters, get ready. Southwest’s broad twice-a-year blockbuster fare sale is back, dropping round-trip fares below $100 on dozens of the carrier’s shortest routes.
The sale also includes longer routes, with the price of flights loosely tied to distance. Flights begin at $49 each way on Southwest’s shortest routes and increase to $79, $99 or $129 each way for longer flights.
The sale launched Tuesday morning and covers travel from Oct. 31 through Dec. 19 and from Jan. 3 through Feb. 14. Flights on Fridays and Sundays are excluded. For Florida and Nevada flights, sale fares are good only Sunday through Wednesday for inbound flights and Tuesday through Friday for outbound flights. (Full fine print)
Hanal Pixan (food for the souls)
A Mayan celebration of the famous Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Hanal Pixan is a time for family and friends to honor the memories of their deceased ancestors. Over the first two days of November, spirits are believed to return to the earth for a celebration of food, drink, and prayer. Their graves are decorated with gifts and fruit and altars are prepared with photographs, the iconic Mexican sugar skulls, and colorful flowers.In Mayan tradition, death comes in waves. The first death is, of course, a literal one and comes the moment that the human body ceases to function. A second death occurs with burial as the body is returned to the earth. Hanal Pixan is considered so important, though, because of the third kind of death: the end that comes when a person is no longer remembered or thought of by those still living. The stories and dances, poems and prayers that are characteristic of these days are meant to preserve the memory of those deceased, to help their spirits have some kind of immortality.
Last 36 of 72 Hour Cheap Flights Deal
In the early morning hours, just before dawn today, Ambergris Caye was hit with a bit of a cold front. Winds from the west and thunder usually are the indicators of such a front, and this one is no exception.
For those you of close to Florida who are experiencing cooler temperatures and would like a quick and cheap get-away, Southwest Airlines might just give you that opportunity… But you must act fast and book by October 12, 2017 – 11:59 Eastern Daylight Time.
Another positive spotlight on a Belizean artist. “My Belizean heritage is important to me because it informs my life and my perspective so much.” JR Mahung. For Latinos in the United States, connecting to our culture is not always an easy feat. Whether it’s because we’re struggling to navigate two worlds simultaneously or we’re a generation (or more) removed from Latin America, it can be difficult to find exactly where we fit in. It’s a tough task for anyone, but especially for those who rarely see their Latin American countries represented. This has certainly been the case for US-based Central Americans, who are either cast in a negative light or unacknowledged.
The emergence of the small but mighty Central American Twitter has helped bring the beauty of Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Panama, and Costa Rica to the forefront. And it’s their important work that got us wondering how creatives use the isthmus as a source of inspiration.
Below, read how seven Central Americans – all based in the United States – have put in time to learn about their culture and produced richer work as a result.
Accused Belize gunman tied to cop killing
The man accused of gunning down a former Toronto man in front of his wife and kids in Belize was also involved in a 2005 cop killing.
Apolonio Kiou — also known as Apolonio or Polo Cervera — was arrested and charged with the murder of 38-year-old Gabriel Bochnia in Corozal last Wednesday.
So far, detectives have not released a motive for the crime but it is known that Kiou was acquainted with the Bochnias. The dead man called out his name, “Polo” as he was being gunned down.
Spotted Eagle Ray Belize, 2min.
Caribbean Squid-Belize, 1.5min.
Belize Diving trip 2017, 4min.
Britt and Jer: Honeymoon in Belize!!!, 10min.
Highlights from Belize - San Pedro Island, 12min. My family took a trip to Belize back in July and though I’ve already shared several videos from that trip, I decided to put together a highlight of all the days there using some footage I didn’t use in my previous videos. San Pedro Island (Ambergris Caye), La Isla Bonita, is absolutely beautiful!
Talk Ah Di Town October 5, 2017, 30min.
Morning Matters With Ian Courtenay, 62min.
International Day of Girl Child - NWC & UNFPA, 44min.
Belize City Council - Hands Across the Caribbean, 23min.
San Pedrano Actor Horacio Louis Guerrero, addresses the audience at the screening of Christopher Coppola’s film ‘Torch,’ premiere on Sunday, October 8th at the Mill Valley Film Festival in San Francisco, California USA, 1.5min.
Horacio Louis Guerrero and Shelley Huber, min. Two well-known San Pedranos who were featured in the pilot episode of La Isla Bonita Telenovela (Soap Opera), Horacio Louis Guerrero and Shelley Huber, now appear on the big screen in Christopher Coppola’s film ‘Torch,’ which premiered on Sunday, October 8th at the Mill Valley Film Festival in San Francisco, California USA. Here Miss Shelly addresses the audience.
The Great Blue Hole is un-BELIZE-able, 1min.
Miss Belize Iris Salguero during the Miss Earth 2017 Group 2 (of 3) Preliminary Swimsuit Competition held at Versailles Palace in the Philippines, 5min.
Diving the Blue Hole, Belize - DJI Mavic Pro Drone Edit, 2.5min. While it is not the most diverse dive in terms of wild life, there are plenty of stalactite and cave formations to see! IF you're lucky you might just run into a hammerhead shark!
Kayaking through Placencia, Belize, 1.5min.
Super Beautiful Caye caulker Island, Belize, 6.5min. Amazing island of Caye Caulker in Belize. one of the most beutiful places that I have seen so far on my travels.
African Creole Drum School in Belize, 2min. Join Emmeth Young and family on their off grid homestead for drum lessons and a homemade meal cooked on the fire hearth with food harvested straight from the farm!
Grey Reef Shark Approaching Divers Belize, 1/2min.
One of the biggest environmental goods derived from the Chiquibul Forest is water, 2.5min. This video developed by Nick Lormand, funded by PACT, captures this message.