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The San Pedro Sun
San Pedro Police Explain New Marijuana Laws at Public Consultation
San Pedro Town police officers, along with other authorities held a consultation on Thursday, October 19th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. In attendance were students from the San Pedro Junior College, San Pedro Adult Continuing Education and island residents. The purpose of the presentation was to explain the new marijuana amendment law that seeks to decriminalize the possession of up to 10 grams per person.
The consultation began at 6PM, and was facilitated by Senior Superintendent and Legal Officer of the Police Department Bart Jones. “Misinformation is one of the major issues we will face with this new law, as people will feel that they will be able to smoke anywhere,” said Jones. The new laws allows a person to smoke/posses 10 grams of marijuana within private property; the public smoking regulations will remain. Also, this new law will not apply to current rules educational institutions have regarding drug policies on school compounds, and students are subject to school regulations. Jones also addressed the issue of establishing disciplinary measures against police officers found in possession of 10 grams or more once the law goes in to effect.
U.S. Congressman Engel Tours Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve in Belize
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) visited the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) research station at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve on a Congressional delegation to Belize last month. The focus of the trip was to survey the impact of U.S. foreign assistance programs on livelihoods and conservation in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas. Congressman Engel is the first member of Congress to make an official visit to Belize since its independence in 1981, and the first ever to visit Glover’s Reef. Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) visited the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) research station at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve on a Congressional delegation to Belize last month. The focus of the trip was to survey the impact of U.S. foreign assistance programs on livelihoods and conservation in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas. Congressman Engel is the first member of Congress to make an official visit to Belize since its independence in 1981, and the first ever to visit Glover’s Reef.
BTB Holds 15th National Tourism Award Gala Event
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its highly anticipated 15th National Tourism Awards Gala Event on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel.
The event was well attended with guests coming from all regions of Belize. Distinguished guests included, Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, and Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, among others.
The theme of the night was “Rainforest Meets Reef”, a setting that was most fitting for the tourism stars of Belize, which depicts the diversity of Belize’s tourism product.
Belize Makes History By Introducing Offshore Oil Moratorium Legislation
Belize made history on Friday, October 20, 2017, by introducing legislation to enshrine an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil in its marine territory, including territorial seas and Exclusive Economic Zone.
iTravel Belize’s Amber Edwards and recently awarded Ocean Hero Madison Edwards, were on hand at the National Assembly as Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow introduced the landmark legislation at the House of Representatives. The were excited to be part of history and such an important event. The Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage congratulated the Prime Minister and the Government of Belize as the legislation comes a year after seismic testing near the Belize Barrier Reef was stopped following public outcry.
Belize Public And Bank Holiday Schedule 2018
The Government of Belize Press Office has sent out a press release informing about the Public and Bank holidays for 2018. It is notified for general information that public and bank holidays specified in the First and the Second Schedules to the Holidays Act, Chapter 289 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000 - 2003, will be observed on the following days during the year 2018 in accordance with section 3 of the said Act:-
Misc Belizean Sources
Specialized Doctors visiting Caye Caulker
There will be two specialized Doctors visiting Caye Caulker on Thursday October 26th 2017. Dr. Rosita Elena Jimenez de Chavez General Surgeon and Dr. Yoannel Chavez Hernandez Orthopedic Surgeon. Please feel free to contact Celina Jimenez Novelo at 6071440 to make appointments for either Friday or Saturday . They will be on the island for 2 days. On Pasero Street.
Victoria House's re-opening!
Join us at Admiral Nelson’s Bar for one of our signature cocktails or tasty appetizers on October 25th for Victoria House's re-opening!
Mystic River Road, Cayo District, Birdlist
This morning I tried something different. I jumped off the bus and walked to Mystic River Resort birding. However, I walked at a normal pace and did not look at any bird at all. I birded 100% by ear. Here are the results.
the ancient Maya celebration of food for the soul... Saturday October 28, Corozal Town Central Park
Archaeology Week in Orange Walk
The Institute of Archaeology would like to thank the Banquitas House of Culture (NICH), especially Ms Cindey Rivero and her hard working staff for helping us make International Archaeology Week in Orange Walk Town a success. The same thanks and gratitude goes to Ms. Jan Brown and her team from the Marco Gonzales Maya Site, Peter, Kay, Leslie, Jerry and Peter, and the staff of El Patio Restaurant & Lounge, for all their work making our visit to San Pedro Town a huge success.
The Weller House (The strongest wooden house in Belize)
This remarkable house was started in the 1960’s and is still standing today. The complete house was made out of old boards and everything on it is double strapped and supported by several different supporting beams. This is why this house takes the distinction of the strongest wooden house in Belize. Each piece of board was cut out to fit the other without any space in-between even the interior furniture is hand-made.
This house took a long time to build, but was built with precision, and with pride. It is a landmark and a relic in the valley and there are many stories about this house. Some say it is haunted, some say that it could not be finished because of the curse of a spurned lover, some even say that a room was built at the very top for the Right Honorable George Cadle Price. Many of the stories are just fables made up by curious passersby who were probably too scared to stop and inquire about the origins of the house.
BOO AT THE ZOO 2017
Bring the family out to celebrate our spooky, special Belizean wildlife this Saturday from 1:30-5:30pm. Our friends from the Crocodile Research Coalition, Wildtracks, and the Belize Raptor Center will be there, too!
Tickets are still available at:
Dibary CAYO (Downtown San Ignacio)
Sweet Ting Pastries (San Ignacio)
D Pharmacy (Belmopan Bus Terminal)
Travellers Liquors Ltd. (Philip Goldson Highway, Belize City)
Electronic Solutions & Supplies Ltd. (Slaughter House Road, Belize City).
See you Saturday!
14th Annual Saga Halloween Party & Costume Contest
October 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
WHERE: Palapa Bar and Grill.
San Pedro. Calling all Ghost and Goblins and scary creatures of all kinds. It’s time for the Saga Halloween Party. It’s the Humane Society’s 14th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party and Costume Contest. Get your four legged furry friends ready for the best dang pet party in town. Come for lunch and stay for the fun! There will be contests and raffles and games and prizes. Face painting and sack races and so much more. Don’t miss the Celebrity Judged Costume Contest. The fun starts at 11AM. Parking is free! All proceeds will go to Saga Humane Society Spay Neuter Initiative Program. It’s hip to SNIP!
NICH Celebrates "Hanal Pixan"
The National Institute of Culture and History, through the Museum of Belize and the Corozal House of Culture cordially invite you to experience the Maya culture with Hanal Pixan.
Hanal Pixan, which translates to "food for the souls", will take place Saturday, October 28th at the Corozal Town Central Park. This fun and family-centered event will be a display of the Maya’s ancient tradition of honouring the dearly departed.
This event will highlight several facets of Mayan culture and traditions. This is a wonderful opportunity to come and see altars, experience cultural performances, view an educational exhibit about the Caste War, enjoy the food demonstrations, partake in live art, savor pib at the park and so much more. The culinary delight of the night is the ability to taste our tangible heritage with authentic Maya cuisine. Hanal Pixan is a fantastic cultural experience for the whole family.
We look forward to you joining us for the opening ceremony and explanation of this deeply rooted tradition beginning at 7 PM on Saturday, October 28th in the Corozal Town Central Park.
For more information contact Debra Wilkes at 422-0071
CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) Competition
The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities is pleased to announce that Belize will be hosting Energy Week 2017 during from November 21 - 24 under the observance of CARICOM Energy Month (CEM). CARICOM Energy Month 2017 and Belize’s National Energy Week 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “REthinking Energy”.
Belize’s Energy Week 2017 activities will help to facilitate and promote stakeholder engagement in the discussion and exchange of ideas for appropriate energy related issues in Belize and sensitize the public about efficient utilization of energy and access to clean and alternative modern forms of energy.
As part of Energy Week 2017 activities the Energy Unit will be hosting a Video and Photography Competition.
BELTRAIDE and OAS launch Global Value Chain Workshop
On Monday, October 23rd, 2017, The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and The Organization of American States (OAS) launched The Global Value Chain Workshop.
This four-day workshop is designed to support the initiative, “Small Business Development Center Model” led by OAS. It aims to provide participants with insights into how to develop effective policies to increase Caribbean countries’ competitiveness in these chains at the local, regional and global levels.
4th Swan races: 5K & 10K & 2.5K (kids), in Peninsula Placencia
Sunday, November 5 at 8 AM - 10 AM, Seine Bight, Stann Creek... and this year.... the half 5K for young people 9-11 and the 4h series in the "Young Runners for Life".
For everybody but mostly for beginners who want to have a healthy life and they see in this kind of races the best way to start with this new challenge, in the Peninsula of Placencia. Also for the runners that are training for The End of World Marathon.
Open for everybody.
Poets Corner: Asset Mapping
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez.
Five hundred youths stoned with lime
Lime juice is what you should have in mind
Someone needs to do some asset mapping
Checking the skills set these youth are packing
Create a corporative or something
Decide the skills that they’d start selling
Then start marketing
Don’t fight government
Create your own and be independent
When government begins to see your strength
They will want to join your movement
By then you’d be independent
Being able to pay your bills and rent
PRINCESS CASINO FREEZONE COROZAL HALLOWEEN
It will be a spooky night Thursday, November 2nd at the PRINCESS CASINO FREEZONE COROZAL. Come dressed up in your favourite halloween costume and get a chance to win in the various halloween competitons. There will be many fabulous prizes and surprises. Don't forget our live music by SON CAFETAL. Come and enjoy and get a chance to win BIG! It all starts at 10:00 p.m. Belize times.
Panamanian Folkloric Gala
If you happen to be in the area, Saturday, November 4th. live performance by the great Panamanian Folkloric Gala at the Bliss Centre in Belize City. FREE
Benque Cancer Walk
The Rotaract Club of Benque had another successful Cancer Walk/Run.
In related news, the San Ignacio Cancer Society is having their Cancer Walk on Saturday.
"The Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo wants to thank everyone who made it for the Cancer Run. Taking action to improve access to cancer care. We want to thank our sponsors and the persons that made this event possible. Piccadilly Night Club, Benque UNO Gas Station, Ms. Esmeralda Morales, Raw Spa, Mr. Christian Castellanos, Atlantic Bank, Okis Night Club, Dj Esteban, Belize Cancer Society, Dr. Marvin Manzanero and Trophy Depot."
U.S. Citizen Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, October 28 at 10 AM - 12 PM, Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina, Belize City. Limited Passport & notary services will be available.
U.S. Citizen Town Hall Meeting in Hopkins Village
Monday, November 6 at 11 AM - 12 PM, Beaches and Dreams Seafront Inn,
Seafront Drive, Hopkins.Limited U.S. passport & notary services will be available.
She Lost Two Sons To Murder In Less Than Two Weeks
She lost two sons to murder in 11 days and, tonight, Karen Almendarez is breaking her silence, and speaking out against the man who she says orchestrated his murder.
This is after her 25 year-old son Shaquawn Almendarez was killed yesterday at his gate. It happened at 5:30, and by 5:45, he was at the KHMH dead - his 28 year old brother Jason had died right there 11 days previous at 5:55 pm. When he died, his mother turned us away - saying she was doing it to save her son's life. But, it didn't help, he was marked for death - and his killers carried it out. So, today, with two sons' dead - one fresh in the grave and another in the morgue - she invited the media for a sort of street-side press conference.
Karen Almendarez - Mother of Deceased:
"I remember when they killed my first son, Jason Almendarez, I declined all interviews to protect my other son. So now, I am willing, and I want them to see my face."
Is High Grade Weed Trade Really Driving Murders?
At Friday's house meeting, Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington shared police intelligence into what's driving the latest spate of murders. He said it's because of marijuana debts left unpaid:...
Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Area Rep, Pickstock:
"There's a new trend with respect to the marijuana trade. Marijuana is much more expensive. It is being imported into country and people are given amounts to sell. And when they don't account for the proceeds, the record is suggesting, that that is when these people are being executed and they are being executed by their own associates, their own friends."
As we understand it the expensive marijuana he refers to is high grade weed sources from Mexican dealers who are impatient and dangerous when they aren't paid for their product on time.
Was "Belly" Killed For His Gambling Game?
A man was gunned down on Saturday night near his favorite gambling spot. 41 year old Sydney Lamb was at a Causarina Street store when a gunman rode up on a bicycle and opened fire. Lamb's family believes it was robbery because his money was stolen. Courtney Weatherburne has more.
Courtney Weatherburne reporting
Cox Tire Shop is a popular hangout spot that's always live with the racket and clamor of close friends and gambling buddies.
Sydney Lamb also known as "Belly" was a faithful member of the gambling crew - so much so that pictures of him are pinned on the door of Cox's place.
Voice of: Aunt:
"That is his life, that is his life, he loves his card, he love his gambling and he love his dice."
Cops Finally Release Report on Ricardo the Slain Octogenarian
82 year old Ricardo Vasquez died on Friday, almost exactly one week after police found him beaten up in a drain. Finally, on Saturday, the police press office sent out its first report on what is now being investigated as a murder.
Police say that on last week Monday night around 10:45 Vasquez was walking on Water Lane heading towards his home on Bagdad Street when a man beat him up and fled the scene. His family says he was robbed. Vasquez had an abrasion on his right cheek and hand along with a cut wound to the back of his head. No one has been charged so far.
Startling Southside Statistics
No one has been charged for that murder or any of the other 9 city murders in October.
So, with this weekend's two murders, there have now been 25 killings on the Southside since July - and ten recorded in the month of October alone - a high point which has only happened in the span of one month once before, that was in January of 2013. The worrying part is, October still has eight days to go.
Even more disturbing is that according to our figures, there have now been 49 murders on the Southside so far for 2017, which is already a record - since, by our count, the previous high mark for southside killings was 48 for all of 2014.
Fearless Fitzroy Speaks Out Against Senior Command
The Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie has called the media to a meeting tomorrow to iron out our differences, and, hopefully, end the media boycott of the police department.
And while we wait and see what's the outcome of that meeting - media personalities and journalists have been making the rounds on morning talk shows - sensitizing the public to the reasons behind the boycott.
But, when Marisol Amaya and Luis Wade appeared on KREM W-U-B this morning, it took an unexpected turn when former police press officer Fitzroy Yearwood called in. He was unceremoniously pushed out of the department back in August when he reported, correctly, that one of the Castro brothers was wanted for questioning in connection with the Kevin Brown beatdown on San Pedro. Of course, he was right - Jafari Castro was charged for harm in that incident.
Alrick Took One On The Chin
And while we've reported on the two weekend murders, there were also a pair of shootings. On Friday night, 32-year-old Ladyville resident Alrick Gotoy was walking at the corner of Partridge and Banak Street when a man on a bike fired several shots at him. Police did visit the area but no witnesses came forward to speak. It was a close call for Gotoy who was shot to the chin and is stable at the KHMH. Police continue to investigate.
Woman Caught In Crossfire
And, a 23 year old woman was caught in a cross fire on Friday night. George Street resident Allyson Crystal Murillo was walking on Glynn Street around 6:00 when a man shot at another man on the street. Instead of hitting the intended target, the bullet struck Murillo to her right forearm.
She was taken to the hospital and treated. Police are looking into the matter.
Principals In Maya Rights Case Report to CCJ
Today, the Maya Leaders Alliance and members of the Mayan communities from the buffer zone in Souther Belize were before the Caribbean Court of Justice in a teleconference session.
It was supposed to be a report hearing where the claimants and the Government present updates on the steps taken to implement the court's consent order, which was handed down in April of 2015. But, the Mayas of Southern Belize who want communal land rights legitimized, have been quietly grumbling about the lack of any real progress to implement the court's ruling.
To hear it from their perspective, the Maya Land Rights Commission, set up to start the implementation, hasn't really done much, and they are no closer to a legally recognized communal system than they were 2 years ago when the judgment was first delivered.
Bridal Shower Terror: They Expected Strippers, Got Robbers
On Saturday Kristie Hulse and her family and friends were having a bridal shower at their residence on St. Jude Street in Belize City. They were all having a great time, when two males entered the house dancing. Everyone thought they were part of the night's entertainment, until the dancers pulled out guns. Hulse shared her traumatic experience with us via phone.
Sahar Vasquez, reporter
"You guys were there having a good time and then what happens?"
Kristi Hulse, Shower Attendee:
"We saw two guys come in dancing to the music. They were dancing coming in like strippers, so we did not actually notice it was two gun guys until like everybody stared them down and we noticed that they had two guns."
SIF and CDB Partnering Against Poverty
Today the Government of Belize along with the Caribbean Development bank launched the Ninth Cycle of the Basic Needs Trust Fund - which is a ten million US dollar tranche of funding for SIF. Launched under the theme, "Partnering Against Poverty" it will be directed those most vulnerable communities which don't have access to basic necessities like schools, water, and electricity. Today, SIF'S Director told us that they want to work with the utility companies:
William Lamb, Executive Director of the Social Investment Fund:
"We are launching both the loan from CDB and the ninth cycle grant from CDB."
Cayo Cops Under Investigation For Needless Brutality
A Cayo police officers are under investigation for beating down what looks to be a vagrant. This video which has been circulating on Facebook, shows a police corporal in plainclothes punching and then kicking a defenseless man. And it's not forced used to suppress a dangerous suspect, because he tells the man to move, and makes no effort to arrest him.
The professional standards branch is investigating that and another case of alleged brutality of a young man in a neck brace with serenely black and blue eyes - also in Cayo.
House Approves Funding For New Haulover Bridge
The funding for the new Haulover Bridge has been approved by the House of Representatives. That came on Friday - one week after the Prime Minister returned from meetings in New York with the Opec Fund for International Development, which will fund the project. Here's what the House approved, and why the Opposition Leader wasn't happy about it:...
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"The government of Belize aims at improving both the traffic congestion in Belize and the connectivity and accessibility to the area by replacing the old Haulover Bridge for a new longer and wider bridge, 147 meters long and 20 meters wide, with pedestrian sidewalks on each sides which will evolve costs in civil works, land acquisition consultancy services and supervision and whereas the government of Belize has requested assistance from OFID in the sum of US$12 million for partial funding of the project. Whereas the OFID has approved an offer of a loan of US$12 to the government of Belize to finance 68% of the total cost of the civil works."
A Norteno's Dream: Imagine There's No Border
And, later on, in the debate over the Immigration Amendment Bill - opposition Leader Briceno floated an idea that's sure to get some traction in the north: no more checking in at the border when going to Mexico:
Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition:
"Maybe it is since we are looking at that amendment, maybe we also need to look at amending the immigration law of this having Belizean citizens leaving the border and every time they leave the border they have to stamp their passports."
"I think that Belizeans should be allowed to leave the country freely and the stamping of passports is just a waste of time and it creates an unnecessary bottleneck at the borders."
A Harvest of Plenty (Corn)
In the midst of all the weekend violence, several kids and adults from Belize City were able to escape from it all at Central Farm at the annual Harvest for Kids event. Lead organizer Alexander Perez told us that this year they collected an exceptional amount of corn as 10 combines worked simultaneously on 40 acres:
Alexander Perez, Director Of Belize Camping Experience:
"We went to the harvest this Saturday and one of the most amazing things was there was a harvest and farmers and farmers came from Spanish Lookout."
"We had 8 machines that came out and they had a parade."
"When we started getting the harvest what was the most incredible thing is that we got a bumper crop."
A Homeboy's Healing
This afternoon several high school students got to hear the life story of a gang member from Los Angeles who found a way out and made a major life change. But, he had some help along the way from an NGO named Home Boy Industries. After sharing his story he gave us a little summary about his life and what motivated him to get out.
Verdugo is here as part of the US Embassy Speaker Programme.
He continues to help people that are in difficult situations and has met with gang members in Belize.
BTB Bigs Up The Best In Tourism
Last week, we told you all about sustainable tourism and how good the numbers look so far in terms of tourist arrivals. Well a few hotels and tour operators are being recognized for their contribution to those promising figures.
BTB's 15th National Tourism Awards was held on Saturday at the Princess Hotel. There were several award categories. Leroy Welch from Las Terrazas Resort in San Pedro got the award for best Frontline personnel. Ian Anderson's Caves Branch took the hospitality award. While San Pedro's Grande Caribe got Hotel of the year. For the Small accommodations of the year award, Caribbean Beach Cabanas in Placencia came on top. The tour guide of the year award went to Estevan Choco from The Lodge at Big Falls. Toledo Cave and Adventure tours got tour operator of the year award and finally Restaurant of the year went to Rumfish y Vino in Placencia.
BTL To Get Big Bucks From Int'l Bank
And in one more bit of business from Friday's house meeting that we didn't get to cover in our last newscast, the government made an amendment to the International Banking Bill. It will allow BTL to make a loan from an international bank to get financing for their fiber to homes program:..
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"The need for speed is because BTL has announced this national broadband plan, wants to move posthaste, as quickly as possible ahead with their program to bring fiber to the homes so that the services overall and in particular the internet services can be improved."
Lamb/Almendarez Families Grieve Twice Over as Cousins Killed within Hours of Each Other
The Almendarez family has been hit by a string of tragedies; it is heartbreaking to lose a family member to the ongoing urban gun violence but to lose three, the [...]
Robbed and Murdered: Ricardo Vasquez Attacked on His Way Home
Police say that eighty-two-year-old Ricardo Vasquez was murdered. On Friday we reported that Vasquez had succumbed after spending almost a week in the Intensive Care Unit of the K.H.M.H. He [...]
Failed Lie Detector Test Not About Top Cop Role
Friday’s revelation that Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie failed a lie detector test apparently administered through U.S. authorities sometime around 2008 has raised eyebrows. Whylie was one of eight senior [...]
Ex-Police Press Officer Fitzroy Yearwood Defiant, Reveals Castro/Police Lawsuits
In a candid interview this morning, career police officer Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood exposed the police department for his abrupt transfer earlier this year. Yearwood was performing the duties of Public [...]
Inspector Says Formation Commander Sent Questioned Info
Yearwood is adamant that he did not disseminate false information to the media when he shared details of a police situation report involving the Castro brothers in an altercation in [...]
Ahead of Media Meeting on Tuesday, Inspector Offers Support
Amid his own professional differences with the Belize Police Department, the media has found an ally in Inspector Yearwood who stands firmly in our corner when it comes to the [...]
As Murder Count Threatens Record Again, Police Dig in Heels against Gangs
With this weekend’s murders, the count for 2017 according to News Five’s unofficial statistics now stands at one hundred and twenty, just twenty-five off the count for 2012, the most [...]
Maya Lash G.O.B. in C.C.J.: ‘Absolutely Nothing’ for Communal Land Rights
April twenty-second, 2015, was a historic day for the Maya peoples of the South. In the Supreme Court of Belize, the Caribbean Court of Justice presided over a consent order [...]
Guats to I.C.J. Referendum Next March
It was made official today: the Guatemalan Congress has approved Sunday, March eighteenth, 2018, as the official date when their referendum on the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute will be held. President [...]
Coast Guard Rescues Guats Stranded on Reef; Extent of Damage to be Determined
Guatemalan vessel ‘AMADOR’ ran aground Belize’s Reef on Saturday night. There were ten occupants on board including Carlos Pena – a well-known Guatemalan artist – who put out an SOS [...]
Mom Blames Cops for Son’s Beating in Blackman Eddy
A twenty-one-year-old man says police brutalized him over the weekend. Shirlene Mai of Blackman Eddy says her son, Tray Ara, was picked up by four cops when he was walking [...]
Man and Woman Injured in Separate Belize City Shootings
Aside from the murders, there were two other shootings over the weekend in the city. Both occurred within two hours of each other on Friday night. Around eight o’clock shots [...]
Cane Farmers’ Association Settles with A.S.R./B.S.I.
While it may have gone under the radar during the news last week, News Five has confirmed that the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association and American Sugar Refining/Belize Sugar Industries [...]
U.S. Ex-Gangster Tells Story to Kids At Risk in Belize
Is intervention the key to addressing criminal activities and gangs in Belize? The response differs depending on who you are talking to. But can youths and gangsters caught up in [...]
Homeboy Industries Similar to Youth Apprenticeship Program
Homebody Industries is a nonprofit organization that assists gang members and convicted felons to change their lives to become contributing members of the community through education, healing, tattoo removal and [...]
No Return for Economic Citizenship or Residency Program
In the House of Representatives last Friday, a total of twelve bills were dealt with over the course of the sitting, several of which were held over from the last [...]
House Approves Loan for Haulover Bridge
Last week Prime Minister Dean Barrow secured a twelve-million U.S. dollar loan from the OPEC Fund for International Development on a visit to Washington, D.C. It’s intended to replace one [...]
Basic Needs Trust Fund to Pump More Funding into Underprivileged Communities
Over fourteen million U.S. dollars will be invested in underprivileged communities in Belize. It was officially announced today at a launch of two projects that are set to improve the [...]
Rain Can’t Stop Sports Monday Jam
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]
Mother loses Two Sons in One month to Gun Violence
Over the weekend two more men were gunned down and killed in Belize City. The first murder happened on Saturday night when a lone gunman shot and killed 42 year old Sydney Lamb. The second homicide happened on Sunday evening when 25 year old Shaquan Almendarez was shot and killed at his front gate. Almendarez […]
Lamb meets his Demise at Grocery Store
The first murder over the weekend happened on Saturday night with the shooting death of 42 year old Sydney Lamb. Lamb was targeted when he was at a store. According to his family, he was also robbed. Dalila Ical has the details. 42 year old Sydney Lamb was shot and killed on Casaurina Street in […]
Families of Murder Victims Wary of Police
As the murder count in Belize City continues to grow, the families of those affected are also growing less trusting of the police department. As we reported earlier, the mother of Saquan Almendarez said that her son had reported the threats he was receiving but authorities did nothing in response except to taunt him. But […]
Man Shot to the Chin
Belize City police are investigating a shooting incident which occurred on Friday night. 32-year-old Alrick Gotoy of Ladyville was shot to the chin at around eight o’clock while at the corner of Banak and Patridge Street. Police say that Gotoy was walking when he was approached by a man who was on a bicycle and […]
Woman hit by Stray Bullet
A woman received a gunshot wound to the forearm from a stray bullet. Police say that around six o’clock on Friday evening, 23 year old Allyson Murillo, was walking on Glynn Street when she was shot. According to reports, a man was being chased by a gunman who fired several gunshots. Unfortunately, one of the […]
Hyde: “Vidal’s Style of Policing has not Worked in Belize City”
The crimes situation in southside Belize City has been escalating for the past few weeks. There is a gang warfare between different fractions and while the murder count rises, authorities try to figure out a solution to the problem. During last week’s Sitting of the House of Representatives, Area Representative for Lake Independence, Cordel Hyde, […]
Hyde makes Claim that COMPOL failed Lie Detector Test
According to Cordel Hyde, the Area Representative for Lake Independence, Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, failed a lie detector test. During his presentation at the Sitting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan, Hyde had in his possession a letter dated November 6, 2008. The letter is from former US Ambassador to Belize, Robert Dieter, […]
Hopkins Village Underwater
Villagers in Hopkins are experiencing localized flooding. Pictures sent to Love News show much of the village under water. Residents in the south are advised that a Tropical Wave is passing through the country and heavy rainfall is expected throughout the Stann Creek District during the course of the night. Residents in communities that are […]
T&T’s PM makes first trip to Belize for IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley is scheduled to be in Belize on Wednesday to participate in the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit. According to a statement from his office, the main theme of the summit will be cooperation for the prevention of and treatment of natural disasters, an area in which Mexico has […]
Opposition supports Land Tax Amendment Bill 2017
At the sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday, the Land Tax Amendment bill 2017 was presented for its second and third readings. The bill seeks to amend the Land Tax Act to allow for the employment of a Commissioner of Land Tax who will be charged with some responsibilities previously held by the […]
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Belize~ Analysis of Belize Tourism Report 2016
By Richard Harrison: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Tourism.
“Within the Belize Tourism Board Act, Chapter 275 of the Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2011, the Board is a selected group appointed by the Minister of Tourism, with the mandate to manage, protect and develop the Belize tourism industry.” ~ BTB website
Rain batters Cayo district
Showers and wet weather continue to affect Belize today.
Since this morning, it has been raining constantly in the Cayo district.
Several pictures have been circulating on social media showing schools, roads and drains flooded in Succotz and Benque Viejo del Carmen.
CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) Competition
The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities today announced that Belize will be hosting Energy Week 2017 during November fro the 21 – 24 under the observance of CARICOM Energy Month (CEM). CARICOM Energy Month 2017 and Belize’s National Energy Week 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “REthinking Energy”.
NICH celebrates “Hanal Pixan”
The National Institute of Culture and History, through the Museum of Belize and the Corozal House of Culture is hosting Hanal Pixan.
Hanal Pixan translates to “food for the souls”.
The event highlights several facets of Mayan culture and traditions.
Mexican and CARICOM Leaders heading to Belize
The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley is on his way to Belize to attend the IV CARICOM- Mexico Summit scheduled for this Wednesday.
According to news outlets in Trinidad, the main theme of the summit will be cooperation for the prevention and treatment of natural disasters.
Man charged for pen gun and ammo in Belize City
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Police issue report on murder in Belize City
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Muzzled Police Media Officer speaks out against Department
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Halloween: An innocent celebration or a day when demons roam free?
I have always loved Halloween. There is a magic in being able to dress up and embody another character, even for just one night. For traditional Belizeans, Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, is the first of three days celebrating the dearly departed. October 31st is the eve of the Christian celebrations of All Saints Day (November 1st) and All Souls Day (November 2nd). Halloween may now be a joyous day where children and adults alike dress up and have a jolly time, but there may be a darker side to it. It’s a story that has been passed from one generation of Belizeans to another. Every October 31st that approached, my grandmother would to tell me a tale of what it ‘truly’ means to celebrate Halloween. To her, and generations before, Halloween is the celebration of the devil – the one day out of the year wherein the gates of hell open and demons roam freely on earth. Sounds just like an old folk’s tale, right? After all, wouldn’t we be able to tell a demon or monster from a real person. Well, that’s the tricky part… most people are in costume, each one more ghoulish than the other! How can you truly tell?
Rainy Season In Belize
In Belize, a small country in Central America which occupies the south-east of the Yucatan Peninsula, the climate is tropical, hot all year round, with a rainy and muggy season from June to October, and a less hot season from November to February, when the northeast trade winds prevail, but they still unload rainfall, which gradually decreases, so that from February to April it's the driest period. From March to May, before the rainy season, the heat gradually increases, so that in April and May the hottest days of the year occur, and there may be torrid days, especially in inland areas; in May, even thunderstorms become a bit more frequent.
The rainy season runs from June to November when annual Belize rainfall is highest. The early months of May and June when rainfall is just getting underway, are a good time to travel to Belize as you can you can escape the tourist rush and hotel rates tend to be lower.
Low Season (Jun–Oct)
Heavy rainfall from June to mid-November, especially at night. Hurricanes possible between August and October. Few tourists; prices for accommodations drop significantly.
Visiting Belize in December? Don’t miss these exciting festivals
December is easily one of the most popular months to visit Belize. With plenty of warm sunshine and fun festivals, there’s something exciting going on all month.
Here are a few festivals and events that you don’t want to miss in Belize in December:
From Hotel Concept to Coolness and a Great BBQ Dessert Recipe
It was super cool from the start way back when Shawn and Forrest were doing show and tell on a tablet of their amazing house and boutique hotel concept. Watching Playa De Sala come to life has been even cooler. After seeing their recent installation of gorgeous crystal chandeliers and a heavenly bathtub on Facebook, I was excited by my friend and the co-owner Shawn’s offer for lunch and a fresh grand tour.
Playa De Sala is located south of San Pedro town on the west side of the island across from Las Brisas. Since I had not driven south for a while, I arranged to pick my friend Debbie (Pirate Girl) up in DFC with 45 minutes to spare, a few for Belize time at her place and enough extra in case we ended up on pothole patrol.
South west Ambergris Caye roads can be a little rough and bumpy, especially during rainy season. Thankfully our route was mostly dry and decent the day Deb and I went – we were able to navigate the road less traveled pretty well. Even though it is not far away in the grand scheme of travel it still takes a while to drive just over 4 miles (mostly on a dirt road) when you are pedal to the medal in a golf cart at 15 mph.
Development Of A Tropical Storm Over The Western Caribbean Remains Possible Between Wednesday & Friday With A Track Towards The Cayman Islands & Western Cuba Around Friday & Southeastern Florida & The Bahamas This Weekend
I am putting the chance of the development of a tropical storm in the western Caribbean near the Cayman Islands at 45 percent. The most likely timeframe for this development to occur is between Wednesday and Friday.
It looks very likely that whatever forms in the western Caribbean (tropical depression, tropical storm, hurricane) will be pulled north and northeastward into a trough of low pressure over the East Coast this weekend.
This means that there is the potential for at least tropical storm impacts for the Cayman Islands and western Cuba Thursday through Friday and the possibility for some impacts from this system across southeastern Florida and the central and northern Bahamas on Saturday.
PM for disaster talks in Belize
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley leaves today for a Caricom-Mexico Summit on natural disasters in Belize.
A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said the main theme of the summit will be co-operation for prevention of and treatment of natural disasters, an area in which Mexico has experience and institutional capacity.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow will co-chair the one-day summit which aims to consolidate the progress of the III Caricom-Mexico Summit (Merida, Yucatan, April 2014).
Belizean Diplomat Predicts Significant Decline In ACP Sugar Export To European Markets
The Belize Ambassador to the European Union, Dylan Vernon, is predicting that sugar export from the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries into Europe will be decreased “significantly” as a result of the change in the regime that manages the EU sugar market.
The regime changed from October 1, this year with the removal of domestic quotas. Sugar suppliers to the EU under Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Everything But Arms (EBA) Initiative, comprised mostly of small and vulnerable economies, had strongly opposed the abolition of EU domestic sugar quotas when it was first mooted in 2013.
Vernon, who is also the chairman of the ACP Sugar Subcommittee told the just concluded 20th Meeting of the ACP Ministerial Trade Committee that a recent study on the impact of the EU sugar reform on ACP suppliers noted that, while the final outcome of the reform is uncertain, sugar production in the EU is expected to increase.
12 adventures to have in the Caribbean
The Caribbean offers more than just blue waters and white-sand beaches. Experience these 12 exciting adventures that you can brag about back home.
Dive into Belize’s Blue Hole:
More than 100m deep, this perfectly round, royal blue eye on a turquoise sea
and reef system is a karst limestone sinkhole from another age, and a classic Caribbean dive. You descend to a sandy ledge at 40ft and then over the lip into the blue gloom, with the wall on one side and a pod of Caribbean reef sharks on the other. As the sunlight fades, the corals bleach to deep red and your eyes adjust to spot stalagmites in the cave. As you fizz out back onto the sandy ledge, the air you breathed out below comes up through the porous limestone— it’s like diving in Champagne, but even more magical.
Che Guevara, 21min. PGTV News Network
San Ignacio Town Video, 2.5min. Devin Burns has a great promotional video for Cayo. Great mix of drone footage and video. Joseph Andrews from above looks totally different. Definitely worth a watch.
"This is a video I've wanted to do for more than a year now and I finally got it done!! It was time! Hope you all enjoy!
Diving in Placencia Belize 2017, 7min.
Videos of the BTB Award Winners
Rainy day in Belize, Oct 2017, 1.5min. Heavy rain for about 2 hours, woke me from a dead sleep..
Project Mangrove: Een stukje Belize in Burgers' Zoo Aflevering 3, 24min. In aflevering 3 van de documentaire, over onze Mangrove, beginnen we met een terugblik op de vorige afleveringen. We hebben gezien hoe de zeekoe haar plekje vond in de Bush, hoe onze architect naar Belize ging om de sfeer te proeven en hoe de voortgang van de bouw van de Mangrove ervoor staat.
Swofford Cruise Belize Excursion - off the map, 6min. Boating in Belize - spider monkey.
YOUTH IN POLITICS ROUND TABLE, 2hr16min.
Senate Select Committee commenced its investigations into the findings of the Auditor General’s, 7min. It has almost been a year since the Senate Select Committee commenced its investigations into the findings of the Auditor General’s special audit report on Immigration. During the course of the testimonies provided by senior Immigration officials, the Committee has learnt of the challenges faced by the various sections of the Immigration Department.
Caribbean Shores representative and PUP didn’t let Faber’s Road contract offat FridayHouse sitting, 4min. Caribbean Shores representative and PUP Deputy Leader Kareem Musa didn’t let the Faber’s Road contract off the hook at Friday’s House sitting. He and the Prime Minister got into it over whether the process of selecting the contractor is acceptable or not.
In their letter to the Ministry of Works, COLA gave CEO Errol Gentle two weeks to respond to their request for inspection of the contract documents, under the Freedom of Information Act. That deadline date is this Friday, October 27th.
Friday Opposition Leader John Briceno went with evidence in hand to expose the poor quality road, 5min. As mentioned by Vellos and as we had showed you last Friday Opposition Leader John Briceno went with evidence in hand to expose the poor quality road works produced by Imer Hernandez Construction Company. Briceno also discussed the millions of dollars in road contracts dished out by the UDP through Belize Infrastructure Limited, which seem to go to specially-connected companies..
IMER HERNANDEZ’S DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED SPREADS ITS TENTACLES TO COROZAL, 4min. The Imer Hernandez Development Company Limited $7.9m Faber’s Road contract fiasco in Belize City dominated the newscast for an entire week last week, culminating with the trading of sharp political jabs at the House sitting last Friday.
Now into a second week, the UDP-connected construction company owned by the nephew of former UDP Deputy Leader Gaspar Vega continues to make the news, but this time it’s for street works that the company is doing in Corozal Town with contracts awarded by the UDP Corozal Town Council.
BTB Where Did The Year Go, 17min.
The Gray Fox is very curious and as we stand very still, 1/2min. Looking for birds, she suspiciously, slowly comes closer and closer - drawn by her immense curiosity.
Wellness in the Workplace, 6min. Routine check-ups, they are not only for babies or persons with ailments. Check-ups are necessary for all of us. Knowing your health status is important and here's what we found out about doing routine health checks.
Roles of Justices of the Peace, 6min. Justices of the Peace, who are they and what are their duties? Belize Now sat down with a representative from the Attorney General’s Ministry to find out more.
Diving Placencia Belize 2017, 7min. Roberts Grove,
Splash Dive Center,
Go Sea Tours
Our Belize Honeymoon, 4min. We took a late honeymoon to Belize in October 2017. Here we show you the adventures we took during the off-tourist rainy season.
B Hawk Belize San Pedro 2017, 4min.
Belize Trip - Day 2 - Dive 1, 1.5min. We dove Tackle Box Canyon first thing and got to travel through the canyons, which was pretty neat.
Belize Trip - Day 2 - Dive 3, 2min. We got caught in the middle of jacks. The dive masters said it was unusual to see so many at once. I kept looking for the shark chasing them, but that didn't seem to be a thing.